Anticipation has built for several months as we constructed a unique floating home in the Port of Port Townsend. On the day the floating home launched a small crowd gathered to watch the Lift prepare to take the home to the water.
You may have seen a yacht or one of the larger ships in the Shipyard being dropped in the water by the Lift, but it is a rare chance to see it lift a house.
Once the Lift in place and straps were secure, the house was slowly lifted off the concrete blocks house rested on.
After the house was lifted, it moved at a slow creep away from a slip in the shipyard to the launch site.
It was a delicate process to get the home in right place over the water. There was a small margin for error, with only two inches of space between the sides of the house and the edge of the launch slip.
The house was deliberately lowered into the water, guided by G Little staff and a crew from the Port of Port Townsend. In the water, the home floated as the steel support beams were lowered deeper into the water.
The home was guided out of the launch slip with ropes and pulled to a temporary spot on the dock.
With the home out of the way the steel support beams were lifted back out of the water.
For the next few days, while the home was tied on the dock, our crew continued to work on interior finishes and prepare the house for the upcoming trip to Lake Union in Seattle.