Dream boat takes shape

Published online: Mar 02, 2009 News Vernon Fueston
Viewed 325 time(s)

After three years of solitary effort, it's beginning to take shape. The pontoon platform Robert Reiheld built from scratch at a dock behind his home on Queen Anne Creek has grown a super structure and is beginning to look like a houseboat.

Earlier last month, Reiheld was painting the plywood that covers what he hopes will be the living quarters of his dream boat. He said he fell in love with the idea the first time he saw one.

"I was with my grandfather at the time, traveling through Canada," Reiheld said. "He never got to build his, but I decided it was time to build mine."

When the craft is finished, it will have all the amenities of a home, complete with a kitchen and sleeping quarters.

Reiheld began building his houseboat three years ago and said he hopes it will be able to take a short cruise under its own power next summer. But even then, the boat will still be several years from completion.

His wife, Amelia, can't wait.

"I think it will be great fun," she said. "If I could just figure out what to do with the grand piano, it would be perfect. I'd love to go around the Eastern half of North America with it."

"If we make it to Charleston, it will be a success," Robert said.

http://www.dailyadvance.com/features/dream-boat-takes-shape-on-queen-anne-creek-461246.html

You May Also Be Interested In...

March 25, 2015

Restored To Her Glory

If you’re interested in restoration stories, you don’t want to miss this one—which involves a little history lesson to boot.
March 19, 2015

Why You Should Keep Your Smoke Alarms Up To Date

If you want to hear a good argument for keeping your smoke alarms up to date onboard, check out this man’s story according to Cambridge News.
March 11, 2015

Unmanned Houseboat Drifts 165 Miles

You’ve heard of runaway dogs, but have you ever heard of a runaway houseboat?
March 04, 2015

Lake Norris Update: Twin Cove Marina Is Seeing Great Progress

In an admiral show of resilience and dedication, the heavy winter damage at Twin Cove Marina, Carryville, Tenn., is already being tackled by cleanup crews.
February 24, 2015

Norris Lake Boats Suffer Severe Winter Damage

We have sad news—several boats and docks collapsed under the fury of a winter storm in the Norris Lake, Campbell County, Tenn., area this Saturday.
February 18, 2015

Houseboating Opportunities In India

The Times of India brings word that the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is investigating the possibilities of promoting houseboating in Kochi,a major port city...
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!