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Thank you cas! It'll be a month or so before I can start concentrating on the sampan. I have a couple of other projects on my bench I need to do first. If I don't, the sampan will absorb all my attention and I won't get anything else done. I'll post an occasional progress report. (I am really antsy to start on it though....:rolleyes:)

LamieB, creating an island is really an easy process. I used some 2" insulation foam from one of the big box stores, cut a hole (or two) so a plastic flower pot or the black baskets that have a ridge around the top can't pass through the hole, a left over piece of pond liner (not really necessary, it just provides a black under-layment,) and a yard or two of burlap. I shaped the foam, cut the holes with a slight angle towards the center/bottom to make the pots fit snugly. Punch a hole through the foam and run a piece of synthetic line a little longer than the depth of your pond, and tie a nail, washer, ring, anything that won't pull back through the hole. This is your anchor line. Lay on the burlap, (may want to staple it in a few places), tie a brick or something to the other end of your anchor line. Fill your baskets/pots with pea gravel, crushed marble, or any relatively fine material that won't dissolve or float away and put in your bog-type plants. Insert these into the holes of your island and have a launching party.
Using the foam there is plenty of reserve flotation and we've set regular annuals in pots on the "deck" of the islands just making sure they were centered so they wouldn't capsize the island and put the soil in the pond.:)

Here's a couple images of our islands. I started out square, then got "creative" and rounded the edges for better esthetics.
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Hope this helps..............
 
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Thank you j.w.!
BTW, looking at the first thumbnail, the new "tin" roof I spoke of earlier is visible. Big improvement over the canvas I used to use and the cost of the permanent metal roof will be paid for in three seasons of not buying canvas tarps.
 
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Aw yes I see it and looks great and always nice to save money and manpower not having to keep putting up the tarps.
I like the idea of having something more permanent w/most projects now especially when one gets more aged to perfection :smuggrin:
 
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JamieB I am so sorry! I mis-spelled your name and can't find the edit button!:(:(

Mods, Is there a limited time that a post can be edited?
 
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It's been a while since I've posted any progress on this project, but the weather cooperated yesterday and I was able to do some stripping of old finish on the sampan. Whoever did the previous finish used two different types. The bottom up to the deck was something very brittle (lacquer?) that came off very nicely with a scraper leaving a very clean surface ready for sanding. The upper part didn't lend itself to scraping and I had to resort to a thick liquid remover. This needed to be done outside as the can of "Evil" stuff smelled awful in the shop and yesterday was the first day the weather was warm and dry enough to get it stripped. I also needed to have access to a hose as after using a putty knife to lift the old finish I hosed off the area's just cleaned to neutralize the stripper.

Probably a little unusual for an island/flower pot, but once it's all settled I'm betting there won't be another in the immediate
neighborhood :)

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The boss got several of her annual pots planted. All I have to do is put the wagon under cover if a frost threatens for the next three weeks.

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Although the weather has been less than ideal, the pond and bog are just now beginning to respond to slightly warmer temps and more daylight hours. The photos don't show much improvement, but compared to what it was it's heartening to me to see any sign that things may return.

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The sampan should be taken for a fun trial ride by you in it before you turn it into the plant floater
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The sampan should be taken for a fun trial ride by you in it before you turn it into the plant floater View attachment 120587
Truly, if I did that the sampan may never see the pond :). It would be excellent for poling around in some of our local salt marshes during high tide.
I also suggested putting a furniture finish on it and using it in the house as a coffee table. You know those "looks" you gals learn in "Woman School"? I got one of those! I'm guessing that means "NO!":oops:
 
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I love it! I mean, I took Woman School too, so I agree with your wife. It belongs in the pond. But boy is it going to be cool once it's done!
 

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I love the idea and it will be neat to see it .It is still hard for me to imagine frost at this time of year .But guess Maine ,even if it is southern Maine ,Which putting those 2 words together sounds even weirder .We skipped spring here and just went to winter ,been in the 80's and 90's here .I had my first pond lily bloom in March ,which was weird even for here .
 
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I love the idea and it will be neat to see it .It is still hard for me to imagine frost at this time of year .But guess Maine ,even if it is southern Maine ,Which putting those 2 words together sounds even weirder .We skipped spring here and just went to winter ,been in the 80's and 90's here .I had my first pond lily bloom in March ,which was weird even for here .
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I agree, "Southern Maine" is close to a contradiction. I'm not a big fan of 90 degrees though, and on the one or two days a summer we do get that warm, our fish start sweating and head for the bottom of the pond! :)
We have potential for frost this evening, and maybe some snow in the mountains. It's not unheard of, but pretty unusual. I'm pretty sure climate change is not a hoax.
 

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Over population is causing a major impact on weather .Way to many people and to much waste
 
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An update...just a couple more coats of varnish, a couple of platforms built to support the pots within the boat and it'll be ready for launching. I'm hoping for the later part of next week (most of the front part looks rainy....) I know boats get wet, but it's the celebration I don't want to get "dampened". A couple of neighbors and some adult beverages may accompany the "wetting" of the boat.
For perspective here's the "project" as of yesterday...........all 10' of it. :happy:

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.........it's not completely done, but yesterday was sunny and (relatively) warm, and I couldn't stand it any more so the sampan went over the side. It's going to take some time for it to take up, but it's not making water very fast so it may only take a couple of days to swell shut.
The large hose is temporary until the bottom makes up then it will be replaced with a more discreet hose to handle the rain.

Here's how it looks now.........

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Thank you!
Once this foolish weather settles into a normal pattern (whatever normal is these days...) the final details with the cormorant and a couple more light plants in the middle will be added......
 

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