Paddle South

Attention to those who still happen to stumble by our website from time to time. We have excellent news!

Although we are not heading out on any grand adventures this winter, there are others that are! Our good friends Patrick and Jessica left home Dec. 1st in their 1966 109 and Boler camper, heading south at record speeds for a series rover. They were slow off the line but made it to Florida in time to enjoy Christmas in the sunshine.

They have been recording a blog of their journey on Patrick’s kayak rental business website, “Paddle South” in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, so make sure to check it out. They have quite the rig and there will surely be some interesting stories if there aren’t already!

Also, we must admit… they had the Rover/Boler combo first…  but there can never be too many!

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House Boat Construction (Phase 2)

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything, but the house boat construction has finally begun! The design has been finalized and is still very similar to the drawing shown in the last post. The total foot print of the boat will be 12′ by 16′, which includes a 5′ by 12′ covered deck on the front, a 10′ by 12′ sheltered living area,  and a 1′ deck on the back giving access to the bridals and ladder to the roof. The framing for the deck/floor/roof  is of 2″ by 6″ rough hemlock and the walls will likely be made from 2″by4″ dimensional lumber. Still not sure about the siding.

I attemped to seal the bungs on the barrels just after acquiring them, thinking that 5200 would surely do the job, and covered the threads and the seals of the bungs with the stuff. What I was unaware of at the time was that NOTHING bonds to Polyethylene, which the drums unfortunately consist of. Of course these barrels are used for floats all the time, but the problem with these ones, having been used for food storage, is that some of the bungs are vented. So although the threads on the bungs may be water tight, the 5200 peels right off the bungs, and the vents will take on water. The new plan is to cap them with some rubber sheet and hose clamp. Any better ideas?

So now! The construction has begun on a beach front property in East Lahave. Danielle’s father Danny has lent some tools and a helping hand on the project. Just the other day we started with the “skids” which will be used to support the house whenever it isn’t floating. The slanted beach at Pete’s is perfect for the launch. Since one end is propped up in the air over the beach, we will be able to slip an amount of logs underneath the skids,  set the houseboat down on the logs, and roll it right into the water!

Stay tuned!

March 8-15 (Eh?)

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We planned to spend a week in New Brunswick visiting Drew’s family who are scattered throughout the province from St John to Campbellton. Out first stop was in Rothesay to visit Drew’s aunt Marilyn, uncle Kurt, cousin Nathan, and Grammy Moores. We spent the weekend enjoying great company and incredible meals cooked by Marilyn. Danielle … Continue reading

The Riverport Rovers

If you haven’t heard of them, the Riverport Rovers are a small group of Rover enthusiasts from Riverport NS lead by Peter Knowles. Consisting of a few Riverport natives, and a few other honorary members, the Riverport Rovers have embarked on a some very eventful Land Rover adventures over the years. Most notably the trip … Continue reading