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 Peter Knowles’ 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!
Although we’re no longer “on the road”, we still feel the need to maintain a a certain level of adventure in our day to day lives. What better way to do so than to live on a house boat for the summer months. We dreamed up this little plan during our months on the road, … Keep reading →
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 … Keep reading →
We set out for home on Saturday after an amazing couple days of music and beers in Asheville. As you can imagine, this was an emotional time for us. Although it was the thought of the frigid northern weather we’d be driving into that we really dreaded. We were finally going home – entering the … Keep reading →
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 … Keep reading →
We set out on Tuesday from Nashville and headed for the Great Smokies in eastern Tennessee. It was a 200 mile drive to Maryville that day, up and down the hills of Tennessee (but mostly up), and we worked that 2.25 L harder than we ever have. It wasn’t long after we set out that … Keep reading →
The Bluebird Cafe is a small acoustic music venue a few miles from Nashville’s downtown, and Scott had recommended we try to get in on Friday or Saturday night for a songwriters circle. He stressed the word “try”, because of the size and popularity of the venue. The venue hosts some of Nashville’s greatest songwriters, … Keep reading →
We got on Hwy 70 headed to Nashville, which is quite an enjoyable ride if you ask us. It was our first chance to see some of rural Tennessee and avoid any serious traffic at the same time. The landscape has changed significantly from the flat cropfields of Mississsippi, and we found ourselves rolling up … Keep reading →