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Dragonfly on 8th September 2010

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.

PlaqueThe 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.

Dragonfly arriving in Swindon on 9th September 2010On 9th September 2010 Dragonfly arrived in Swindon in time to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the canal at the Wichelstowe Canal Festival on Sunday 12th September.


Meets MCA, IWA and BSSC codes for small passenger craft.

Meets MCA stability requirements

Robust enough for canal day trips (approx 60-100 days/ year)

Capacity for 12 x passengers + 2 crew

Length = 36'

Width = 6’ 10”

Draft = 2’ 6”

Steel hull & roof; 10 gauge steel bottom


Sound proofed

“Hospital” Silenced exhaust

35 bhp Isuzu marine diesel

PRM Marine Transmission

Low maintenance

Three batteries, split system. 2 x batteries for cabin & services.

Separate battery for engine starting.

Battery isolators (for security & safety)

Twin Alternators

Fixed 3 blade, bronze

Strong protection (rudder support bar)

Weed cutter


Removable table

Seating for 12 passengers



Twin ring LPG hob


2 x sinks with hot & cold water

Storage for cups & plates

Safety equipment

2 x Fire extinguishers

2 x Life buoys

Boat Hook

Long pole

Boarding ladder / plank

Float switch / automatic; engine & cabin & cockpit


Secured from "casual" vandals & thieves

Window covers when not in use

Front & rear door security




Damsel fly

Damsel fly is an open, trialable boat, which is really useful for special events. It means we can get a boat onto different sections of canal easily & quickly. She has an outboard motor and can carry about 10 passengers and is based at Melksham.