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Fabian Bush

Proprietor
Fabian Bush
Address
The Old Yacht Store, 49 High Street, Rowhedge, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7ET
Tel
01206 728577
Mobile
07516 691 043
Email
fabianbush@btinternet.com
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Biography
As of 2023 I'm 85% retired, and not looking for any major commissions. However, I am still on hand for advice or consultation on all aspects of wooden boats, design, restoration, building, and so on. I am still doing some boat building instruction, and have a stock of my own plans for small boats for sale.

I started with Arthur Holt Ltd at Heybridge Basin near Maldon, Essex in 1978 (at 25 already a committed amateur!) completing a 3-year apprenticeship before setting up on Osea Island on the River Blackwater in 1982. Since 1987 I've had a workshop in Rowhedge, near Colchester (once upon a time a significant yacht and ship-building village over the river from Wivenhoe). I'm a keen sailor, involved in both yacht and dinghy cruising, and interested in unusual and innovative design, as well as traditional craft.

My work encompassed both traditional and modern methods of wooden boat building, (about 60% repair and maintenance, 30% new building and design, 10% tuition and other work) and recent work commissions were for both traditional clinker and clinker plywood sailing boats designed to order. My website details many of the boats I've built.

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