Reader of the Week
Rodd Diehl AKA Old Houseboater
Rodd has been boating since he was eight years old. His first boat was a liner out of an old refrigerator that he floated in a dredge cut in his farm in Michigan. His first real boat was a 14' Molded plywood
with a 25 HP Johnson. Over the years he has owned four cruisers and seven
houseboats. Four of the house boats were projects.
He has always been
handy and enjoyed rebuilding anything. Over the years he has rebuilt a ton of wrecked
cars, player pianos, pump organs etc. Him and his wife boated Michigan for many years
until 1987 when they moved to Tennessee to Start up "Saturn". They boated
the Tennessee River and lived aboard for seven of the 13 years they were at
Joe Wheeler Marina. Truly the best years of their lives.
Rodd's occupation was in manufacturing engineering and he has retired a total of four
He has been the "go-to" guy on all the docks they have berthed at.
"Machinery likes me and I always enjoy helping anyone with a
problem," Rodd says.
He has been the Senior Moderator For the Forums section for about
16+ years and also moderate the House Boating World forum. (His profile
has almost 6000 hits.) He gives counsel and advice to
many of his followers.