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Russ Hub­ble Boats is one of the smaller boat build­ing firms on the wa­ter­ways, as Russ and his wife, Clare, do pretty much ev­ery­thing them­selves.

The firm has been go­ing some 17 years. It started when Russ was fit­ting out a boat for him­self -but some­one of­fered to buy it. Since then he’s had a reg­u­lar stream of or­ders. The qual­ity of Russ’s join­ery is what at­tracts many cus­tomers. “Peo­ple used to like open spa­ces in their boats,” he says, “but now I seem to be build­ing more and more fur­ni­ture.”

Clare spends a lot of her time with a brush in her hand. She paints the out­sides of the boat, and var­nishes the in­sides.

The firm has fit­ted out a va­ri­ety of boats over the years, in­clud­ing wide beams and nar­row­beam Dutch barges. This boat is their 19th.

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