Welcome To My (Boat) House

Or should I say welcome to my new house, but that isnt exactly right either. Welcome to my new boathouse! Yes that will fit the bill.

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Just the rough frame with no decking.


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You see here in Michigan we use an aluminum boat lift to lift the boat out of the water when not in use. However, when the lake freezes the moving ice will bend up and ruin the aluminum so the boatlift has to be removed from the water. Well in Virginia the lake is way to deep to make a Michigan type of boat life practical, So down there they use a boathouse. The boathouse is built on pilings that are in essence telephone poles driven into the bottom of the lake. Freezing is not an issue for this type of boat dock, so it stays in all year round!

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Here you can see the TimberTech AZEK decking being put on top of the joists.

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On a sad note, Ben and I were looking forward to putting on the decking (flooring) on the boathouse. Originally the boathouse was to be completed in March of this year. It is over half a year past due! Of course I was thinking the builder was not going to do the job. Like my usual Charlie Brown luck I had just sold both of my trucks right when I needed them the most!!! Ugggh! It aint easy being me!

No more doing it old skool...
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It would have been a lot of trips (91to be exact) up and down my steep lot. The dock guy has a much easier job just loading it onto his boat and driving them over to the job. Of course I would have had to buy the material, buy food, pay for lodging and also a rental truck. What horrible timing to be truck-less! So I had to bite the bullet and have the builder do it. I am entirely certain that I am putting his kids through school.

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Here you can see the decking laid down prior to being top screwed down.

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So all and all this has been a long time coming. It costs way more than it should for what it is, but as much as I wanted to I had no way to DIY it myself. Oh well its only money right?

Here you can see some of the other boathouses in the hood...
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That's right, Paul!
It's only money and you can't take it with you! Plus, you've got to keep up with the Joneses. The boathouse hood looks impressive. Maybe down the road you can put some finishing touches on the boathouse and add a guest house. After you buy a truck of course. First things first...

The boathouse is built on pilings that are in essence telephone poles driven into the bottom of the lake

Sounds like you're putting down some serious roots! @old-guy-photos

Love seeing the autumn colors on the trees in the background.

Have a great weekend!🍁

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Thanks so much Nina! You rock!

Yes putting down some roots and spending too much money! But I do totally agree with your idea of YOLO (you only life once for my fellow Boomers LOL)

Thanks always for your support!

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Wow, it's looking really cool! That totally sucks about the truck timing, though!

I am entirely certain that I am putting his kids through school.

At least it's going to a good cause. Ha ha. Why is everything so darn expensive?

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I love boat-riding and always dream about having a nice boathouse near the lake. Does it take too much money to build a boat-house? The weather looks so beautiful.

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Yeah like everything right now, prices are out of control and still going up.

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The money will come back
And you might even help a few more kids go to school ;D

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I think you are right. I like to stay positive. It is hard to believe how much things have went up in price and how quickly as well!

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Now fingers crossed that will happen for Hive and DTC too :p

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He sent you some sneak peeks of what your neighborhood will look like, come autumn! You have a lot of colors there and plenty of trees to soften the beauty. I know how much you and Ben were looking forward to banging those floorboards on, but, just think. When you get down there, it will be all done. One less thing for you to do.

You still have a house to build and you and Ben can hammer until that itch is properly scratched. The dock is looking pretty good already! It just needs a new boat and it will be good to go! The whole house was nearly on hold until it is running sprints now. Looks like you will have room to expand the boathouse! Maybe a guesthouse for when the Hive crew comes to visit you? Perhaps we can do Hivefest at the lake? I call the guesthouse! Or a piece of land to put my tent. Kidding.

It is fun to dream what it will be like when all of this is complete. Nice job and thanks for sharing it with us! The truck is a shame, both at the same time. Unbelievable.

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Yes well you know how my luck goes. Much like the old tune, if I didnt have bad luck, I would have no luck at all. I am full of guild until I can save back the extra money that was spent on paying the man. I am a tortured soul.

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Sorry to hear, but, thanks for the great comment!

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It costs way more than it should for what it is, but as much as I wanted to I had no way to DIY it myself. Oh well its only money right?

May I ask how much? I am planning to buy and live on a small (up to 20 feet) sailboat in Europe for around $1000 USD. Do you have any recommendations or tips?

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It will be about 50,000 USD. Sadly lumber, food basically everything has gone way up here.

Can you get insurance on it just in case something goes wrong?

A good bilge pump and large fire extinguisher are always good to have onboard.

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Can you get insurance on it just in case something goes wrong?

This depends on the type of insurance. I could get accident insurance and liability insurance, but no CASCO, because that is very expensive, even for a small sailboat.

Thank you for the reply.

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