Is a purpose built wide beam Canal Boat, commissioned in 2007 following a most generous bequest to our Charity by Margaret Kane. The boat had a complete refurbishment in 2018 both inside and out. It is based on the Lancaster canal and moored at Barton Grange Marina.
The boat has full wheelchair access, with ramps onto the stern and a wheelchair lift into the body of the boat. A skipper and crew assist the families while the boat is in motion during the day and leave the boat secured for the night
The boat is used also for short residential breaks, for families who have a child with additional needs, the boat can sleep maximum 7 people.
The first bedroom has a single profile bed and the second bedroom has two sets of bunk beds sleeping 4 people. There is extra sleeping area in the lounge. There is a shower room with wheelchair facilities, a hand basin and toilet. In addition, there is a separate toilet and hand basin both which are accessible from the corridor. The boat is equipped with a wheelchair lift, wide corridor and doors to accommodate wheelchair access.
There is also spacious centrally heated living accommodation with T.V, DVD and a galley with full size cooker and fridge.
The boat is also available for out of season day trips for groups maximum 10 people.
We average 50 bookings a year, and about 500 engine running hours covering about 1500 miles All our crew are volunteers for the Kensington Foundation.
Our second boat, The Tavy Cleave, a 1964 wooden canal cruiser, was kindly given to the Kensington Foundation by Mr Tony Bateman in 2009. Our boat is moored on the Lancaster Canal and can accommodate 6 people.
Tavy Cleave is available for half days and full day trips. Please note that there is no wheelchair access.
A skipper will join you on your day out and will encourage you and your family to steer the boat.
Basic catering facilities are on board for your use.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to all our volunteer crew who enable our Charity to offer boats for use to families with additional needs, at a minimum cost – we cover expenses.
For further details of both boats please contact Mr Tim Murphy Tel: 01253 761334