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A boat rack to save our backs!

13 Nov

Think about one of the worst jobs to do at the cottage…carrying the boats and canoes up and down the hill has got to up there at the top of the list.  Well, I have an idea that could save us a whole lot of effort and a bunch of space in the shed!

How about building a boat/canoe rack right down by the water?  The old, moss covered deck down by the lake is going to have to come down soon as it is rotting and will soon fall down.  I haven’t seen anyone use it in years.  That might be the perfect place to build a sturdy boat rack  to store our boats.


Cottage Life has a great article on how to build a boat rack, complete with step-by-step plans and a full materials list.


We might have to slightly modify the lower cross arm to accommodate the Laser but this could be the  answer to having the boats accessible to the water at all times, even when you come to the cottage alone.


Strategically placed hooks could also provide a place to hang those towels, cover-ups, life-preservers and other things you take down to the lake with you but don’t want to leave on the ground. 

The roof would keep the elements and tree debris off the boats in the summer and we could throw a big tarp over it in the winter.


Part one of the project would be site review (will the area where the old deck is be suitable?) and site preparation (tearing down the old deck).

Part two would be building it.  We could attempt it ourselves…but I think we might be happier with the result if we had someone a little more skilled do it for us.  Perhaps the deck builder?


Well,  what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Think we should do it?  Put it off till another year?  I’m always looking for feedback!

CLICK HERE to see the complete plans and materials list and download it all in PDF.


Squeaky clean

10 Oct

There is nothing I would love more than to have a nice shower when I’m up at the cottage, and an outdoor shower would be super in the summer!  Here are some issues to consider:


When we have a bath or a shower, we’re using the water from our drilled well …water which may or may not be in limited supply.  When we have 5 or 6  people who are all having a shower every couple of days… we could run our well dry.  This could be remedied by pumping the shower water up from the lake – but this would  incur additional expense and maintenance.


My personal issue is that I go to the cottage in the spring and fall when the chill air is nice…unless you are standing naked ,outside, under a shower of cold water…Yikes! So I want warm water.   We don’t have a hot water tank large enough to accommodate a shower or a place to put  a larger tank if we did get one.

On the cheap and easy end of the cottage shower scale, we could do as Mum has done at the bunkhouse and tell everyone to limit their shower time.


On the luxury end of the scale you can check out Cottage Life’s article on how to build a deluxe outdoor shower.   Click here.  The article includes a couple of videos and a great PDF of the plans with step by step instructions and a materials list.  This shower is a bit over the top – but something between Mum’s outdoor shower and this luxury model might be worth considering.

Here is another idea – have a shower in the bathroom.  A new faucet, some shower curtains… it could happen…


Just some things to consider…