Raymond is finally home after being on the boat for 2 weeks! In that time we had a “Tropical Storm” I put quotes because that was just a little rain storm for us lol. I know that others did actual have bad weather from it but for us here it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as they thought it was going to be. We made sure that to camp was tied up just in case and it stayed that way until Raymond got home!
It may not seem like we got much done this time but the work that was done was tedious.
or starters after that storm someone at the dock went to move the forklift and didn’t see the giant rope tied to the front of the camp to the forklift and yanked the whole camp out of square! (insert the red mad face emoji here lol.) So Friday morning Raymond had to go back and resquare the whole camp all over again. Once that was all done he laid all the plywood down for the subfloors. He got to all laid out and remember that he needed to cut 2inches off of each board. So he had to pull it all back up. After he got them cut he re-screwed them all back down again on just the corners. We used 3/4 treated plywood for the subfloors. He staggered them so that the seems where not all down the middle of the camp floor.
Saturday morning he chalked out where all the cross beams ran under the subfloor. This helped so that he knew where to put a screw at. He then spent the morning screwing down the entire subfloor with screws every few inches apart along the beams.
Sunday he cut and installed the front and back porch boards. Using 4 x 4 post he made timber-heads for securing the camp and towing. They are lag bolted to the main beams. He used 2 x 12 x 10 on the front and back as end caps. These will also go around the whole camp in the future.
Monday morning he was ready to move the camp into the water!!! He used pipe with chains ran through them as lifting points. They used the forklift and a cherry picker to lift and move the camp into the water. The time lap video makes it look so easy. Using the M/V Jax to push the camp into the Teche and behind our house for the next two weeks! We used the Tug this time because the current in the Atachafaya River is very strong right now and we had to push the camp against it to get into the locks.
Tuesday we went and used our Xpress boat and see how we will hook up to move it ourself. We didn’t go far just a quick little trip up the bayou then back!
We are all very excited to get this done!! Connor already knows its the camp! We are thinking of calling it “Connor’s Cabin” This really is a place we will be able to spend countless family time together!! It may take us a little longer then we had planned but spending family time together while Raymond is home is a must!!!