Monday, February 29, 2016

Building a New Boat Dock

Ste. Marie waiting at her new dock for a mast raising.
Last fall Wayne and I bought a another boat. When you live on the water you can't have too many boats. Her name is Ste. Marie and she's a nineteen foot O'Day Mariner daysailer.

New brow log outside the larger one.
Wayne became interested in sailing quite a few years ago. His first attempt was a 32" radio controlled Nirvana II. She still graces the corner of our loft bedroom. Next came a Laser sailboat. Designed for racing, it was a hard boat to start his learning curve. She's now for sale because Ste. Marie is a better boat for the two of us to use to learn how sail.

New walkway and brow log on the right.
To get ready, we needed a new boat dock at the cabin. John, as usual, came to the rescue. He used our wood storage float as the base, added an additional floating support log and two bracing brow logs before decking in a walkway and boat dock with a Bull Rail for secure tying.

The new dock at the back of the wood storage float.

As soon as the rainy season ends, we'll seal the wood with opaque redwood coloured stain to match the rest of our decking. That will preserve the wood for many years to come.

Stay tuned for more of the story about Ste. Marie and how she got to her new Powell Lake home from the ocean at Port Moody in the Vancouver area. -- Margy

14 comments:

  1. A new boat, how exciting. Nice work on the dock too.

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    1. The cabin is always a work in progress. - Margy

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  2. looks like a lovely place to be..look at those fresh water :)

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    1. There are float cabins on fresh and salt water, but we think fresh water is the best. The logs last longer and we can drink the water. - Margy

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  3. You two are always surprising us with a new adventure! Such fun to read about the things you are doing.

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    1. Thanks. Life is an adventure up the lake, and in your neck in the woods. - Margy

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  4. That will be a lot of fun! Does it also have a motor or do you use only the sail?

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    1. It has a small outboard motor to help us get in and out of the dock, and to search for spots of wind on the lake, and to get home if the wind dies. Some small sailboats don't have them and it makes docking a lot more challenging. - Margy

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  5. A new boat - new adventures. Great work on the new dock.

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    1. Wayne sure loves his toys! - Margy

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  6. Exciting to have a new boat.

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    1. We've been out several times and I'm learning to like it. - Margy

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  7. The new dock looks great. How many boats do you have in total? I thought we had enough with three! Please don't encourage my hubby to get another one xxx

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    1. Not counting kayaks (3) we have one 24' Bayliner in the ocean, our 22'aluminum boat to travel up and down the lake, our barge to carry the quads to logging roads and carry heavy items we need such as firewood, a 14' aluminum boat with an outboard that we use to bomb around and do cabin chores, Wayne writer's retreat boat that has no motor but give us lots of extra space for storage and solar panel and batteries (heavy on the cabin float), and the new 19' O'Day sailboat. We also have a Laser sailboat that we hope to sell soon. It just was too hard for Wayne to handle as a first sailboat. I'm with you, no more boats! - Margy

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