Dragonfly is a great way to see the restored section of the canal in Swindon.
Dragonfly is of traditional construction, having a steel hull and superstructure. She can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew, has plenty of room inside and with heating and a table, is ideal for parties or meetings, even if the weather is poor. When the weather is good, there is also plenty of room for passengers outside the cabin. She has a galley with hob, fridge and sinks. The engine has sound reduction for a smooth, quiet experience.
There is a wheelchair lift to allow people who use a wheelchair or have a mobility problem to access the boat from the landing stage.
Dragonfly public trips resume at Easter, we will almost certainly have returned to the Waitrose jetty by then. Meanwhile, the boat is still available for charters (see below) although we are hopeful of getting her out of the water for much-needed refurbishment early in 2019. If you are interested in booking a charter trip, by all means enquire, but please do so well in advance to avoid disappointment.
We also welcome bookings from groups of up to 12 as Charters. The boat can be chartered, subject to crew availability, during the week or at weekends. It is popular for birthday and anniversary parties, including pirate parties, club meetings and get togethers, in the day or summer evenings. Plenty of notice is good to make it easier to find crew. Hire costs are £50 for one hour, £80 for two hours. We are also considering offering 'special', themed, charters, e.g. cream teas, coffee & cake, history lectures as well as our existing Pirate Parties. These will be advertised separately, here and on our Facebook page - Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Friends and Volunteers.