RUSS HUBBLE BOATS
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.