Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A New Front Deck

You've heard a lot about John. He's our good friend and the man who built our float cabin.

He's taught us a lot about living off the grid, and continues to help us with cabin construction projects.

Last week he delivered the new floating dock he made to add to and expand our front deck area.


We need space for my expanding container gardening projects, and for guests to use to park their boats. With our growing fleet of boats, mooring spots have become quite limited.


John built the dock on two large logs with extra flotation provided by 55-gallon blue barrels. The top is decked with cedar boards with a raised Bull Rail on one side for boats to tie up.


Once the dock was in place, it had to be attached to the front of the cabin. John had to trim one of our float's connecting brow logs.


Then tires were attached on the inside as spaces. He cut through the steel belt with a grinder then cut a flap with an xacto knife. That gave an attachment point to nail the tires in place.


A turfer (winch) was used to tighten three chain attachments between the dock logs and the cabin's float logs.


Now all we need to do is get a stretch of sunny weather to get it painted with stain to match the rest of the deck and to preserve the wood.

Thanks again, John. -- Margy

8 comments:

  1. That's a skookum float. And your warmer weather is coming - the week-end is going to be hot,hot!

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    1. That's the way John builds everything. Kind of nice to have summer here officially and in reality. - Margy

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  2. Such an interesting home you have!

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    1. Thanks. We knew when we saw it, it was the place for us. - Margy

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  3. Great to have added space and a good friend like John who knows all the ins and outs of cabin life.

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    1. And more space for container gardening - yea! - Margy

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  4. Great new addition - I know you will enjoy the extra gardening space, and new tie-ups.

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    1. Some of those pots were really heavy. It was good to get them off the main deck. Plus they look good down below where I can see them better. - Margy

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