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Ship Ohoi!

July 12, 2014

Every summer a terrace is built is a good summer.

I built a floating island this year. It consists only of boards from the terrace that I de-assembled in front of the guest cottage. The project is quickly done in half a day and starts from screwing together the frame.


Next step is to screw on the recycled terrace boards.


Then you have to flip the whole thing around to make the float float. Typically, one can buy ready air-tight plastic containers that make docks swim. But since they are 69 Euro a piece (at Bauhaus) and I would need two pieces, I decided to improvise a bit. I’m using 1.5 litres water bottles from Lidl, the German discounter. I haven’t been collecting enough of those for the float but I hoped that 32 pieces will keep it over the waterline when the kids stand on it. The bottles are being held into place by a chicken wire screwed on the bottom of the frame.


The last thing to attach is what every good ship needs: an anchor. I’m using a simple concrete block attached with the left-over chains from the rain gutter project.


And indeed, the float stays above the waterline, also when the kids are on top of it. I can stand on it myself in the middle. The 80 litres of air in the bottles create a decent buoyancy when I stand on them with my 80+ kg weight but when I shift my weight to one side it sinks. Well, it’s not for me but for the kids. It will survive the summer and in the winter I can return the Lidl bottles and collect my 12 Euros deposit. Until then it is: Ship Ohoi!


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  1. October 5, 2014 7:22 am

    Dear Peter and Jenni,
    Very nice and interesting blog you have. Please keep on writing. We live in a loghouse that look similar to yours, with the main exception being that it is located in Moscow neighborhood, so its surroundings are not exactly the same; nevertheless, many ideas that you presented can be applied here and thank you for sharing them in your blog. I have a specific interest in one point: how do you level the support beams when the logs are settling down with time? Would you do it yourself or it’s a job for professionals from MammuttiHirsi? Can you please cover this topic in one of your posts? Thanks!

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