Camper/Cabin for a 12 x 24 dock

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Eyes Up Chuck, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Eyes Up Chuck

    Eyes Up Chuck Member

    Looking for some input and ideas for a spot in Nootka Sound.

    I have a dock that is 12' x 24' and I want to eventually build a cabin on it. It is anchored year round and has been there for 5 years trouble free (not destroyed by weather).

    I'm thinking of placing a truck camper on it for a few years while I build the cabin around it.

    Does anyone have any input on thoughts / ideas about this.

    If anyone has a cabin for sale? Camper? I'm open to all idea's at this point but would like to start the project asap to be ready for fishing in a couple months.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Eyes Up Chuck

    Eyes Up Chuck Member

    WOW! 24 views and no one has any thoughts on this?
     
  3. spring fever

    spring fever Well-Known Member

    Not sure we all have the right slant on what you are asking. Do you already have a bare 12 x24 dock or raft anchored on a water lease in Nootka sound? If this is correct you want some ideas of what to put on it? If you are asking about putting a raft into Nootka Sound then that is a more difficult and different kettle of fish!! Lots of rules now!!
     
  4. Eyes Up Chuck

    Eyes Up Chuck Member

    Great! Thank you for clarifying what I'm trying to ask.

    I have an existing dock already on a lease. I want to put something on it.

    Also wondering about vandalism and theft? Is there much of that in this area for these types of "cabins"?
     
  5. TheBigGuy

    TheBigGuy Well-Known Member

    I know nothing about the areas regulations, so this is only a guess. I've got the feeling having a water lease for a dock, and a floating cabin/home are very different things. You need to check into the regs very carefully before proceeding. You may very well find that building a permanent floating residence is not permitted. If that is the case your best move may be to buy an old cheap powerless boat with a galley and sleeping berths and tow it to your dock. Hopefully someone who knows the areas regs will chime in.
     
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  6. Highliner

    Highliner Active Member

    What about a shipping container house?
     
  7. spring fever

    spring fever Well-Known Member

    There are lots of reg.s now in Nootka regarding floating cabins including pick-up of all gray and black water. Taxes are around 2500 a year. I would really investigate before committing
     
  8. bones

    bones Well-Known Member

    Sound great does the lease allow for house boat? Are you the dock near hoiss point?
     
  9. Fisherman Rob

    Fisherman Rob Active Member

    You have a regulatory and a significant engineering problem to figure out. How much floatation are you going to need? How stable is the dock?
     
  10. Eyes Up Chuck

    Eyes Up Chuck Member

    Alrighty then, Looks like i got some homework to do here.

    1. Phone calls to the leaser to discuss what opportunities are available and what restrictions are in place.
    a) phone calls made, waiting to hear back from them. Might be a few days.

    2. Find out who built the dock and get the flotation specs.
    a) phone call made, waiting to hear back.


    Dock is on Blige Island. Closer to Beer-Can Bay. Very awesome location and looking forward to spending time there this summer.
     
  11. Eyes Up Chuck

    Eyes Up Chuck Member

    Alrighty then, Looks like i got some homework to do here.

    1. Phone calls to the leaser to discuss what opportunities are available and what restrictions are in place.
    a) phone calls made, waiting to hear back from them. Might be a few days.

    2. Find out who built the dock and get the flotation specs.
    a) phone call made, waiting to hear back.


    Dock is on Blige Island. Closer to Beer-Can Bay. Very awesome location and looking forward to spending time there this summer.
     
  12. TheBigGuy

    TheBigGuy Well-Known Member

    Also you must take into consideration the fact that the dock has survived winter storms to this point means very little. The stress on the float, chains, and anchors will increase dramatically with any weight and height (increased wind resistance) added to the float. You need to investigate everything very carefully before making any changes.
     
  13. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    as a camper owner id be leery of this. unless you already have a camper to plunk on it for a while, id much rather build something 2x4 framed with a proper roof and insulation. would last much better have less issues with leaks and corroding siding could easily prefab a camper sized shack and assemble it on the dock
     
  14. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Active Member

    I'd build a nice slightly raised pad on the dock and throw up a wall tent for the summer with a small diesel heater . Make sure you anchor it well to the dock and it will give you way more useable sq footage than a camper. They are light, reasonably easy to put up and not overly expensive. Take it down in the fall when you are done .
     
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  15. Reel Gone

    Reel Gone Member

    I know the spot, well protected. I believe you will run into issues getting approval for a cabin as like many have said there are many new regulations. Good luck too ya
     
  16. triplenickel

    triplenickel Active Member

    A decent non rotted out camper that's gonna survive out there won't be cheap. Depending what you find reg wise a possible work around could be a decent clean older 26' Tolly or something tied up there. Call it your floating cabin for a price similar to a camper and no engineering hassles. Build a gazebo with a tin roof and some wall panels on a track that could be slid open on sunny days or closed up when shitty and you'd have a good hangout space.
     
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  17. Eyes Up Chuck

    Eyes Up Chuck Member

    That is a great idea. I've found one a friend has that has to be rebuilt. My only cover would be how to keep someone from steeling it cause it'll just be tied up.
     
  18. triplenickel

    triplenickel Active Member

    Insure it and let em. Don't sweat it, you could stress about vandals and thieves no matter what's there. It's probably pretty unlikely, that's a tough rig to hide. There's also tons of tiny no subscription gps trackers out there nowadays for well under $100.
     
  19. JAC

    JAC Well-Known Member

    I built a hunting cabin out of a 20' sea can it works awesome. Running water, wood stove, stove, table and bunk beds. Very water tight I also had it sprayfoamed for insulation. I built a wall across the 8' opening when u open the barn doors. In the wall is a window and door so when u close up the barn doors to leave for the weekend it's pretty hard to break into.
     
  20. Fish Camp

    Fish Camp Well-Known Member

    aluminum gaden shed like this one would be perfect and price is good too.It will never mold or rot ,add a wood stove ,and it would be done in one trip with your boat. DSCF2114.JPG
     

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