New float home lands at Union Steamship Marina

This could be the beginning of a (mini) fleet of floating homes

If you happened to look out your window in Snug Cove Monday afternoon, you might’ve seen a small building flying through the air.

A crane lifted a two-story floatable house from its perch beside the United Steamship Company Marina and down onto the water.

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Bruce Russell was on-scene and reported, “A great round of applause was given by the many on the marina dock and parking lot when contact was made with the water, at which time many of the onlookers joined in to help move her from the launch area to her new home near the marina office.”

Lacking a concrete foundation, instead using foam-filled structural insulated panels, the building is an experiment in building design and living space. If it works, it’s the first of half a dozen duplex floating homes Rondy Dike plans to build to house marina and Doc Morgan’s staff.

Dike says it’s his answer to the housing problem on-island, which has made accommodating his workforce difficult.

Oydis Nickle, who, along with her parents Rondy and Dorothy Dike, runs the Marina, gave a speech and cracked a bottle of bubbly wine over the new seafaring home.

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