We have a dedicated following among the owners at a few moorages who call us for all their needs: water-heaters, decks, window replacement, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, roof replacement, siding replacement, handyman services, and dry-rot repair. Working on a houseboat presents a unique set of challenges. It is not for the uninitiated or for the faint of heart.

First, you cannot bring a level to work. A set of passing boats will have your work looking like an Escher drawing. Everything must be measured and remeasured to achieve square, level and plumb.​

Second, extra care with tools and materials is paramount. If you drop one of your tools (or a window), you will need your Scuba equipment to get it back.

Thirdly, set-up and break-down take more time than for the average project due to lugging tools up and down ramps.

That said, taking in the sound of the water lapping on the boats, working in the sun and receiving and lending a hand among these tight knit communities make it all worthwhile.

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