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Saturday, 23 March 2013

A boat painter's reputation goes before him

A boat painter with a quarter of a century of experience has joined the team at Norbury Wharf Limited and is aiming to bring his skills to a new audience after earning a reputation for excellence across the Midlands.

Rich Corbett , 45, trained as a graphic designer at art college but began working in boatyards nearly 25 years ago. He worked at Norton Canes Boatbuilders for nearly a decade on and off, building his reputation
as a painter. Rich says: “Working with some of the best craftsman on the canal enabled me to get the experience to produce the sort of quality people expect.”

Rich's current full repaint in preparation.

He has recently been filling private commissions for specialist boat painting, in a variety of boatyards across the region, but was persuaded to join Norbury Wharf full time as its resident painter.

Managing Director Simon Jenkins says: “We have always had a good reputation here at Norbury for painting and we are delighted to have attracted Rich as our resident painter. I am sure he will build our good name  even further in the years to come.”

“I moved away from graphic design because I like using a brush rather than the computers that were taking over at the time,” said Rich, “and I get a great deal of satisfaction from the traditional skills of painting with a brush.

“What I do is really, coach-painting with a brush. Boaters like to see evidence of the brush but with a good shine that makes their boat stand out and sparkle on the cut.”

And he knows something about being a boater as he has lived on a variety of craft for more than 20 years. Like most live-aboard boaters he says: “I wouldn't change it for the world, especially as it enables to do the work I love and live the lifestyle I have chosen.”

Manager David Ray says: "Our painting dock is virtually fully booked for 2013 although we do have one space available for September. We are now taking bookings from March 2014 onwards."

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