WHARF HOUSE NAR­ROW­BOATS

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

PHILL AND SUE AB­BOTT came to boat-build­ing by an un­usual route. Phill worked in in­surance for more than 15 years, be­fore be­ing made re­dun­dant in the early 1990s re­ces­sion and re­train­ing as a cabi­net-maker. Sue was a civil ser­vant, work­ing at 10 Down­ing Street and the of­fice of the Com­mons Speaker, be­fore tak­ing a PhD in mar­ket­ing. She teaches at Cran­field Univer­sity. The cou­ple started fit­ting-out boats at Braun­ston in 2001 and com­plete around two a year. They soon took over the neigh­bour­ing build­ing and opened a chan­dlery.

The boat they took to the Crick show last year had elec­tric propul­sion and they’re build­ing an­other at the mo­ment, but this one has even more features such as a for­ward steer­ing po­si­tion for the owner, who is dis­abled, and a cou­ple of re­vers­ing cam­eras.

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