I remember watching Discovery Channel, well I guess it was a while ago, may be some 12 months back or so, but I recall I was really surprised to see tug boats pulling homes, floating homes fully built, from one part of, I think it was Canada to another.
Locally we hear that in the specific Nelson zone we are running out of future space, different from the Richmond, Tasman zone because they have quite a bit coming on stream. And obviously as I have mentioned before the fact that Nelson residents are the most coastal in the whole of NZ plays a large part in that. Between the sea and the hills there is only so much finite space on which to build.
When considering climactic & environmental conditions in New Zealand, one wonders why this concept has not been attempted, in carefully selected locations, already? Personally I would love someone with a marine engineering/marine building-construction background to tell me why this would not be possible locally? Or maybe in Hamilton on the Waikato, or in Tauranga on the western side of Matakana Island?
Importantly I remember noting that many of the homes built on this program were constructed primarily from wood. They were constructed inside a large barge, sort of a dry dock, somewhere north of their final home, from memory it was 2 or 3 homes at a time in the barge. Then the tugboat towed them to their finally destination where a mighty crane lifted each home out of the barge and into its new home, in the water.
We Kiwis pride ourselves on what we can do on water, well naturally its kinda all around us isn’t it, especially when it comes to building things for water use like yachts, or super yachts. Hamilton Jet? Hey, does anyone remember something called the Americas Cup?
A place like Nelson where the Boulder Bank [hi-res photo here] completely insulates any major changes in elevation’s to just that of the tides, should be an absolute given, an absolute dream mooring destination considering the challenges I remember on this TV program.
Even in the photo, maybe clearer in the hi-res version, you can definitely see that there is a clearly noticeable difference between the waves / smoothness of the outside sea, and the inside [closest to bottom of photo] Boulder Bank estuarial sea. It could also be argued that similar conditions exist behind Rabbit Island with easy boat access to Mapua?
And what a fantastic way to liven up any waterfront zone, look what has happened with the Viaduct area in Auckland. I can tell you walking through that part of Auckland back in 1982, and then again in 2006, she’s a lot different now, in fact almost unrecognizable!
Is this a workable idea or not?……..