on to be First Minister of Northern Ireland. Lady Trimble is similarly used to grappling with issues and she served on the Northern Ireland Equalities Commission.
The boat has been finished off by Phill Abbot at Wharf House Narrowboats at Braunston bottom lock – which seems like a meeting of political minds because his wife, Sue, once worked at 10 Downing Street, and for the Commons Speaker at the time, Bernard Weatherill. This boat isn’t only interesting because of the story behind its somewhat difficult and delayed birth. It’s a fairly unusual boat in its own right, being a tug of just 52ft long.
“We’ve always liked tugs,” says David Trimble, “and not just for the looks. My wife works the locks and a tug deck is very easy to get on and off from.”. The couple’s previous boat was 60ft and they wanted to downsize somewhat, too. On the outside, this boat is instantly recognisable as a Steve Hudson boat, thanks to the trademark bow. Let’s not argue about whether it’s a Josher or not, and just call it a Hudson. Either way, it has an impressive solid stem post and is very curvy. It’s also quite long, which means you can get away with having a somewhat shorter tug deck.
Steve Hudson used to build his shells to different levels of specification and this isn’t one of the highest level ones.