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Old 08-12-2010, 01:30 AM   #2161
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When I arrived back in the bay, it was still about 3 more hours until the tide was high enough to move the skiff in.

But while I was out there, I decided to put 12 boxes in so they were ready to go. About 720 lbs, more than enough for that little boat. But as we were only inside the bay and it was nice and calm, it was no problem. That way it would only take 3 loads on the skiff to get all the tile to shore.

And you guys complain because it takes you how long to get to your local big box store? Sheeeeesh!
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:32 AM   #2162
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This was kind of the routine...3 boxes on top of the 4 below. They just slid off nicely.

Keep in mind these are soft tiles and extremely susceptible to breakage. So one does have to be careful.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:35 AM   #2163
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Good gravy Keith, that is a tough load job. If you had a 2X4 longer than the rails are wide on the gangplank, you could clamp the 2X4 to the top of your hand truck and while going down the gangplank let the 2X4 drag on top of the gangplank rail and let the friction slow you down. Just a thought, anything that would make it easier or fast would be good. It is a shame hand trucks don't have hand brakes on them.

Buddy, that is one beautiful picture of the marina with all of the boats and the background there. I tried to imagine which way you went going back home across the water. Your life is like watching a movie.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:38 AM   #2164
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There's an idea Jim...you know anyone in Hollyweird?
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:42 AM   #2165
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Tomorrow I won't need to wait for the truck, so I think I will go over earlier. That, plus the fact that the tides recede by about 50 minutes a day should give me a higher tide when I get there.

If it's too difficult to move three boxes at a time, then so be it.

I've had one day of practice, tomorrow should be a cinch!
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After a day like you had today, giving birth to twins would be a cinch.

I can't imagine going through all that and THEN having to load them onto another boat to get them to shore.

If I start complaining about having to drive the 3 miles to Lowe's, I'll come back and read this part of the thread.

There hasn't been anything easy for you about getting this tile so far. From trying to order it and arranging delivery to getting it home.

Thanks for posting all the pictures. It really helps to understand what you're talking about.

Where is your boat in the picture? Hopefully you didn't have to push that hand truck all the way to the end of the dock.
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The unlucky part about all this tile ordering and tracking down was that there used to be a distributor in Vancouver until a year ago.

Wouldn't it have been nice if they just happened to have had an odd 750 square feet sitting in their warehouse up here!

No such luck!

It's hard to spot our boat in the marina shot...but you head down the gangplank, go to the second connecting dock and turn right...then left at the end of that one...and it's the second boat on the left. I consistently takes me 150 paces each way, so 300 steps for every 2 boxes of tile.

This is much less than a normal load for us, as we must go to the regular parking lot, which would add another 50 yards each way.

I guess that is the price you pay if you want to live away from the rest of the world!
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Is there any chance you could move your boat up closer, into someone else's parking spot while you're loading the tile?

I'm sure you already thought of that. But it doesn't seem like the person who parks their boat there would mind you doing that.

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[quote=gma2rjc;484464]After a day like you had today, giving birth to twins would be a cinch.

Now that is funny as the dickens right there.

I didn't see all of your pictures last night for some reason. I looked today and my post was way down the line and a whole bunch of pictures I hadn't seen.

Well I sure got that one wrong, I tried to find your boat last night before I saw the other pictures and I told Judy, I bet that is Keith's boat right there. The one I was looking at was the first walkway to the left and on the very end.

My friend, you got to have muscles like rocks, you truly do deserve to have a fantastic place like you have to live, after all you have gone through.

Got to run, be back soon.
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Is there any chance you could move your boat up closer, into someone else's parking spot while you're loading the tile?

I'm sure you already thought of that. But it doesn't seem like the person who parks their boat there would mind you doing that.

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We have been doing that for years, especially when we take the skiff over for sheetgoods, things like plywood. Sometimes the boat right at the bottom of the gangplank is out and we can use that. That's a treat!

Yesterday I was hoping that someone would have their boat out just on the opposite dock to us, but no luck.

We cannot take the sailboat round to the far side of the dock as there isn't enough water.
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Rather than have to have a double stack of tiles on the sailboat when I offload this afternoon, I'm going to make another plywood stand to sit on the seat at the same level as the top of the boat.

I should have done that years ago...just never thought about it.

Even when I'm offloading case lots of canned goods (that's how we usually buy) it is difficult to reach right inside the boat from the skiff and hoist the cases over.

I'll have a quick brekky and get underway...see you all later.
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Ont the way over to Boat Harbour, there were three tugs messing around with a small boom. It must have been valuable wood to have three tugs at one time. They weren't towing it - that only takes one tug.

There were two or three boom guys out on the boom apparently trying to fix something.
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After I had loaded up and taken a bit of a rest, I was heading back and the tugs were still fooling around with the boom. Only by this time the wind had taken them about 3 miles south of where I had first seen them.
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You should have gone over and told the tug boat guys that once they're done goofing around, you could use a little help moving some tile.

You know.... a lot of people on their way to work have to deal with crazy drivers, traffic jams and construction. You don't get a lot of that, do you? It sure is beautiful scenery.

Did you get the remainder of the tile from the marina?
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Bet you are wore out tonight after all of the moving. The last picture is really beautiful. We have mountains all the way around us here and we do have the Tennessee River right up to the mountains but the water up your way just looks cleaner and probably is.

I would have liked to see the wood the tugs were trying to haul up, some of that wood is very very expensive.

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