Dominic Miles set up Rugby Boats in 2007, originally trading from Hillmorton Wharf in Rugby. He acquired the lease on Stowe Hill Wharf and moved the business there in 2009. Dominic worked for a time at the brokerage ABNB, where he rebuilt their website, produced their brochures and ran the sales office 5 days a week, before parting company with them and setting up on his own. The skills in marketing and customer relations for which Rugby Boats is renowned were developed in part from Dominic’s experience working for 15 years at Richard Branson’s Virgin Music Group. Dominic has owned boats on and off for 30 years, and has cruised virtually all of Britain’s connected waterways, and all the Irish waterways, plus a handful holidays on the French waterways as well.
Dominic retired in October 2016, and the business was acquired by James and Claire Millsop. They have both been on and off boats for many years including nearly 7 years living aboard cruising both the British and French waterways. The approach and philosophy of the business has not changed. They provide the same professional service as before and strive to achieve first class customer service and experience.