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Old 05-18-2010, 09:27 AM   #961
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I'm thinking that the building inspector might have missed this one!

We sailed over to Valdez a few years back, and someone had created this masterpiece.

Turned out that our friends John and Gina were having a family reunion with relatives from all over the world and they put this together for use as the kitchen. Seriously, I'm not joking!

John ferried everyone back and forth along with all the food and camping gear and apparently they all had a great time.

DIY at its' finest!
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:32 AM   #962
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Just found this pic of our friend Ted's boat "Salal".

She's anchored at the head of Herring Bay here. It was a bilge keeler, and Ted used to think it was hilarious when other sailboat owners would think they could come up to the head of the bay to anchor. Of course, they couldn't.

In case you didn't know, a bilge keeler has two keels and will sit upright on the bottom. Whereas the usual monohull would fall over...oh, dear!
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:41 AM   #963
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The first set of batteries we had here were NiCads.

The Skytrain, which runs all over the lower mainland area of Vancouver, uses these batteries in case of a power failure in the lines. They have enough energy to drive the train off the main track and onto a siding.

Periodically, they are replaced. And if you happen to have a friend who works in the maintenance department there...

Original cost of these things was nearly $56,000. Skytrain cleaned them up and sold them off at $25 for a set! The money went to charity.

If you can ever get your hands on the right chemistry, these batteries will last for decades. By the time I finally located what we needed we were into lead-acid batteries.

I do have the proper stuff now, so if you know anyone who wants several sets of these with chemistry for free, they're available.
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Occasionally we will have the whole bay to ourselves.

And so here is a pic of two of our boats "Pelican" and "Ariki III" on an idyllic day with nary another boat in sight.
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Several years ago we were quietly minding our own business when we heard the roar of the coast guard hovercraft nearby.

We couldn't believe it when it came right into the bay on the inside of our boats. If you haven't had the experience, I can tell you that the fine spray - which you cannot see in the photo - travels 50 yards or more.

And yes, we got dampened. We never did ask why they did this.

Too bad I didn't grab the camera in time to get the pic while it was right in front of us.
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This is an old pic showing part of the studio on the left.

That oddball thing attached to it is the outside summer shower. And of course the cabin is to the right.
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Taken at the same time as the previous pic...this one shot looking east.

The shakes were all handsplit from blocks I cut from cedar driftwood. I bought a blade for a froe and used a chunk of stainless steel pipe for the handle. You need a good long handle so you can get lots of twisting effort when you are splitting shakes.

And ideally, you need a lead hammer to pound the froe with. That way you don't beat up the back of the blade. I never did make one of those.
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Just looking at that last pic...and I see there was a sheet of OSB being used as the door. I'm totally embarrassed to admit that it's still there. We have had a stained glass door to put in for about the past 10 years.

Perhaps I should elevate that little chore higher on the "to do" list.
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Every once in awhile wife number two lets her artistic side come out to play.

She made this to fit into the base of an old arbutus tree just outside the main house.

It says "Toad Hall" in case you can't quite read it.
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Every once in awhile wife number two lets her artistic side come out to play.

She made this to fit into the base of an old arbutus tree just outside the main house.

It says "Toad Hall" in case you can't quite read it.
Ah ha! A younger version of post #21.......
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You have piqued my curiosity about those NiCads. Why did you go 'away' from them? How many are there, and how did you charge them? I am looking at building my own solar power..so these are interesting? PM @ Sydclarke@shaw.ca..if you have time. Thanks
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You have piqued my curiosity about those NiCads. Why did you go 'away' from them? How many are there, and how did you charge them? I am looking at building my own solar power..so these are interesting? PM @ Sydclarke@shaw.ca..if you have time. Thanks
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Dug through many more envelopes of photos today and found this pic of the old frame that was here. This is before I knocked it down.

Not much of a photo, but it's where we started from.
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Many moons ago I constructed this cribbing so I could paint the bottom of the cabin cruiser right here. Didn't really see the point of driving it all the way to Nanaimo to the shipyard, have them haul it out, have some guy bottom paint it and be relieved of $500 for the privilege.

Just float it on at high tide, paint it at low tide and we're all done.
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Way back when, I added a big roof overhang (7') off the west end of the house. Like most everything else around here, it was curved.

It's not there anymore, but if I remember rightly it was about a 4' 6" overhang at the ends and 7' in the middle. Great fun to build that one.

It got taken off as we were going to have a chimney go right through the middle from a future wood stove which was to be located in the centre of the living room wall.

For a short time the wood stove was there. We didn't like that and moved it to its' present location.

I suppose this pic got taken because it was covered with snow.
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