Monday, April 15, 2013

Quick Repair for Float Cabin Anchor Cables

Our float cabin is anchored to shore with steel cables. Steel is extremely strong, but it doesn't last forever. Our transition float that allows us to get to shore is attached to the rock cliff with a 5/8-inch twisted steel cable. It's the original and has lasted since our cabin came to this spot back in 2000.

John was heading up the stairs to our cliff to help his dog Bro find a "tree" and noticed that the only connecting point for our transition float was wearing through and fraying. Rain accelerates rust, but it's heavy winds and rocking floats during winter storms that puts the greatest stress on the cables at their connections.

We didn't have any spare cable to make a permanent repair, so we made a temporary fix with a cable clamp and rope. First, Wayne attached and tightened a second cable clamp below the existing one.

Then he threaded a rope under the new cable clamp and through the eye of the connector driven into the granite cliff. This quick repair will hold through any storms that pass through until John can return with his tools and some fresh cable. Thanks Wayne, I'd hate to have my transition float break away and keep from getting to shore. -- Margy


  1. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Good thing John noticed that, and even better that Wayne got get a temporary fix.

  2. You folks are like pioneers!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!
    P.S> Heard the spring peepers today!

  3. Good thing John noticed that. There is a lot of maintenance to keep you home afloat.

  4. Update: Our temporary connection is still holding. Hopefully warmer weather will come soon so we can make a more permanent fix.- Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy