Dragonfly was named by the Trust's patron, The Duchess of Cornwall on 8 Sept 2010 as part of celebrations to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Wilts & Berks Canal.
The boat has been largely funded by a very generous donation from the Underwood Trust, which has for many years been a staunch supporter of the restoration of the canal. The Underwood Trust is keen to see further parts of the canal opened for public enjoyment, and the trip boat will provide additional incentives to open more lengths of waterway as early as can be achieved.
The boat is of traditional construction, having a steel hull and superstructure. At 36 feet long she is approximately half the length of a traditional working narrowboat, but she has the standard narrowboat beam of 6 feet 10 inches. She is designed to carry up to 12 passengers, and can be used as day boat for Trust members as well as for public trips. The boat has been designed with extra wide doors and provision has been made for the installation of a wheel chair lift to provide access for all. Funds are now being sought by the Trust for the procurement and installation of a suitable lift.