East Manchester Community Boat Project


Welcome to EMCBP (East Manchester Community Boat Project).  We have had a new specially designed boat built which was delivered in November 2016. The hard work  of our fund raisers and our volunteers allowed us to raise almost £100,000 in two years. A magnifient achievement allowing us to start 2017 continuing our mission to help disabled and/or disadvantaged people experience a trip on the canals.
We are based at Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne, close to the Portland Basin Museum.

Community Spirit 2, is a specially built 57 foot narrowboat, centrally heated, with extra large cabin windows to allow all passengers a wonderful view of the passing countryside. We can take up to 12 passengers in her light and airy open plan cabin. A lift at the bow and a specially designed gangplank allows us to take up to 4 wheelchairs and can be used for our less mobile passengers too.

Our galley has a water heater for that essential cuppa, we provide the cups, cutlery and water, we ask that you supply your milk, tea and coffee.

A unique feature allows our passengers to steer the boat from the cabin, thus allowing disabled passengers the opportunity to enjoy a new experience and be a complete part of the trip.

We offer 2/3 hour day trips to Droylsden and Hyde, or a longer trip to Marple will take around 6 hours.  We also can take a less scenic route to Stalybridge where passengers can experience the lock system. Stalybridge trips are limited to 10 passengers as more crew are needed to work the locks.

Explore our website and come and book a trip with us. We sail all year round,  depending on weather conditions in the winter months.