Habitat Home and Living Room

We often literally walk on the beauty of our surroundings in haste of  other concerns. As information becomes more the ‘focus’ in our lives, we tend to “miss the trees for the forest” obscuring our vision.

Thinking that may be stated backwards, defense is within this posting.

           So often text messaging, emailing, phoning & faxing, through daily routines leaves little room to look up and out at what really is your space. What is home and what is habitat? Who cares?

What a great question! Who does care? Who is it that really could care less? Possibly every living thing on the planet that has not been swallowed by the age of correspondence. They just have very limited resources for communicating concerns to the holder of the latest technology that they’ve just been stepped on or ignored. Granted sometimes this can go a little overboard and off the handle as crusading tends to come from limited yet powerful positions.

So we have  two extremes that seem to be drifting further from each their own interests. Keeping things aligned with Venus and Mars, of coarse, a pipe dream. ( look that one up on Wiki.) Caught in the middle, the over zealous, the over concerned the over cautious along with the unselfish, the misunderstood, the unheard and mostly the unseen.

Knowing about a little bit of everything would surely help slow down the discernment of  how well your surroundings are at this point and what impact our being here will have on the thin crust of the earth we will certainly be contained in and leave for others to tread upon.

Learning then legislating. Listening then responding. Collecting  and absorbing then reason and result. Too easy but so difficult. Ever had to hurry up, then wait? Both easy yet difficult. Not in a life time, can we say yah and nay in the same breath to direct the way our home and habitat become the living room we dream of or expect. We can be more diverse in our thinking, though it takes time. Our actions could be less in haste. Time is of essence and held dearly in a balance. Using time wisely has always been good policy.

With the wealth of knowledge at our finger tips, search engines begging for your single word questions and a broad library of opinion to digest, richness could be measured in health and happiness for the great and the small. Discover  more of the living room held so delicately in the “balance” of life as we know it. Play and work within.

Here is a STARTER KIT ( Click ) straight from the home of the Okanagan. Enjoy and reap the benefits just being slightly more informed with history and disclosures available. You’ll only say “gee i didn’t know that” ….once.

Gee I didn’t know that!

Many thanks to Royal BC Museum

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Hard Work, Will It Survive?

Internet Quote,” Once Working Hard Drive Now Not Recognized”

Imagine. Just for a minute. All of a sudden, a situation changes without consent. What will happen? The short answer is, ” just about anything that ever could!” So why is that? Albert Einstein will help out on this post a little bit. ” The only reason there is such a thing as ‘Time’, is because everything can’t happen at once.”

In the case of  Hard Work, just maintaining an existence ( rather than reaching some sort of goal,) short cuts generally get first attempt. As time goes on, avenues once perceived to be open, will on occasion become obscured. How can this be prevented? It can’t. Not even Lottery tickets will help. The only way of getting through a situation, is by analyzing how it was created. Use resourcefulness to work smart as well.  Albert wasn’t so dumb.

Just wearing protective gear takes strength.

The point? To each of us, the grass is always greener where ever you look except where your standing. That can’t be fixed but if you take the time to look from outside the box, maybe life in general will offer less stress, anger and greed.  As technology increases very rapidly, it is ‘like an axe in the hands of a repeat offender’. Never really satisfied if you “dream on.” So think of history and don’t leave it to the book worms in this case.

A good account for well-being, is the sense of accomplishment. For that, many of us seek recognition. That’s not a bad thing. ( Thank you Martha.) Whether it be a full bundle perfect sticks for a cooking fire, a great big bag of Return for Deposit recyclable, a completed work of art, a finished rec-room or starting the engines of a newly purchased yacht, there is a height of  exuberance. All bang heads on the same height of ceiling. All stand on the top rung of the ladder. It is human. Being recognized of accomplishments tend to lead toward improvement, betterment and a higher sense of well being. At times, like enjoying cotton candy, unless you win an award for the sickest tummy, it can get to be a bit too much, if anything.

Example. Think of this scenario: A ‘Return for Deposit’ venture, coming in for the day. Boxes and bags right full. And then, nobody cares and no one wants to make it worth your while. You’d feel let down and confused, wondering why you put in all that effort, let alone think of working that hard again. That just got real boring. All said and done, other avenues will be sought out. Guess what piles up and even plugs up? Hard work, in so many words. Some cases a very long intertwining and extensive artery of  Hard Work shrivels and dies . That’s a fact. Check recent global events, with hard work going unaccounted for. No one wants to do It and no one seems to appreciate It or want gladly to pay for it.  So it rests.

Sleeping, within the walls of a large global population, is a Giant. It is waking up. Its name is Hard Work. Born naked and full of intrigue, naturally It will wander, even to the 4 corners of the earth. (Remember the earth was flat, until the Queen of Spain decided to “buck up” for Chris’s Adventure.) First thing It wants is to survive.  It is  hungry and thirsty. It is human. It looks for substantiated reason to exist. Hard Work is very much aware of how green the grass is on the other side and wonders how that grass became so green. Betting on more Hard Work left behind, Its off to have a look.  Traveled for what seemed for ever, Hard Work finds the grass is not greener. It finds no valour in persistence. Sits on Its’ thumbs.- ‘Might as well go for a soda.’ ( Thank you Kim Mitchell.)

Perspective. Wake up! Hard Work needs nurturing, recognition, and to be patronized. It carries a double edge sword. What will It do to maintain? How will Hard Work survive?

Not all of the expressed opinion  here, is necessarily the full view of the owner of this blog.

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>>>>Not for the faint of heart  Video 1

>>>> Not for the faint of heart Video 2

Best Kept Secret.

Work on “Leisure Boat Lift.” Often referred to as the most enviable position in qualified trades. A good job, in  industry. Good in  the commercial trade world.  Many times comments within ear shot proclaim, “wow what an excellent job” and “what cool stuff!” Nice to hear of course. A form of compliment, and admiration. Any work on the the lake is enviable. Right? More on hard work and inclimate weather, in posts to come.

Truth be known. Every job has its ‘story,’ so here is a partial post of what is behind the scenes today, to bring light on the subject of Leisure Boat Lift.

Start off with owning a boat and having access to lake front property and a dock. Yes this is how Leisure Boat Lift started. Work at a 1980 established welding business, with the 1977 16 ft. runabout tied to the dock, and be notified mid way through the day, the boat has sunk. Word has it, the wind has come up big time and the waves have filled the boat which is hitting the lake bottom and careening the bow under the wharf deck.

This happens twice in one month and damage is getting expensive. What to do? Okay, get the boat out of the water every time you use it. Oh boy, that would really be a pleasure. Jockey for position at the boat launch? Not pleasant.  So how about lifting the boat clear of the water after using the boat, each time? Bet there is some lifters for sale at the dealers, in the middle of British Columbia, somewhere. Well a quick 500 mile trip around to each of the retail boat sales establishments rendered a count of 19 lifters sold in 6 months. Figures from a list compilation including 24 businesses and only 6 of them knew any thing much about “Shore Stations.” Time goes on, friends with information suggesting to do this and that, finally getting a glimpse of the Trojan Hoist for car and truck. Now we have some thing for an idea! https://leisureboatlift1dnr.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/the-spark/

With a full machine shop facility, the wheels begin to turn. Metal is acquired, cut and formed. Sparks fly and spray gun flailed, voila. Something that sort of looks like it might just lift a boat while securely adjusted on a lake bottom, beside a dock. Interestingly, again friendly input such as ‘ you know what you should do’ gives momentum to the project in more ways than one.

High Flying LBL 1988 Courtesy Morning Star <<<Click on

       It doesn’t take long for the local businesses to become involved, unselfishly at their own time expense, encouraging research and development. Eventually after a number of lifting failures, unscathed at least, Leisure Boat Lift takes off, literally for the last time by air. It becomes a viable product to fabricate, handle and market. In the least, locally with in the realm of lakes affording lake front luxury.

       So who would like to buy a Leisure Boat Lift? Everybody of coarse. Even people without boats had a good mind to own a Leisure  Boat Lift, just as soon as they could see how well the Lifters stand the test of time. That shouldn’t be so hard. Just build a whole bunch and install them in the neighbours’ lake front for free and wait about 5 years. Well you certainly don’t go far on ‘wait and see.’ Found that out right o’ way. Back to work, specialty welding, pretty much anything. Enjoyed endless summers with the old http://www.campionboats.com/ 16 ft. model, safe and sound. Friends and neighbours the only great ambassadors for Leisure Boat Lift. A year or two or three later, slowly but surely inquiries turned into sales and support.

Four Things Older Now 2011 Courtesy of DNRLBL

This excerpt1, is basic Leisure Boat Lift history. Posting with regard to the time between 1985 and 1989.

Not as it seems –

It can be hard to install and work with Leisure Boat Lift under a smaller roof.

Although having a roof over top your boat may seem ideal; as it does help protect against the elements, there are a few things that can be overlooked when deciding on a roof to go over your boat.

A problem that can come with having a roof is simply losing it – wind can pick up, and some models of roof aren’t planted steadily enough and can get picked up and thrown away by the wind, causing all sorts of damage.

A roof over your boat also comes with its own maintenance, cleaning and care like any marine product. In some cases, they’re known to become hosts to many birds as well (shown above) which might not be the most pleasant company to have on your deck.

Okanagan Waters and Winterization

Murky waters caused by spring run off from the water shed from the mountains.

Some waters in the Okanagan area can become quite murky and dull-looking – this is due to run off from the melting snow held in the mountains. This water fills the lakes, stirring up a lot of muck around creeks and the lake bottom. This happens every year – really nothing to be concerned about. All it really does against our crew is lower the visibility during an installation, but this is of little concern to us and our diving equipment.

But it is important to know that this is all a part of winter ending and starting a new summer season with Leisure Boat Lift. A good season requires a properly winterized Leisure Boat Lift, which is simple enough – cradle lifted out of the water, and a cover over top of your tower and drive.

A cover can be as simple as a big plastic utility/garbage bag tied over the top of the lift tower, or if you’re looking for something excellent in covers – Capricorn Upholstery in Vernon caters to the design of a fabric fitted top for a Leisure Boat Lift’s electric drive.

A properly kept LBL over the winter.


You’ll find this in your owners’ manual!

There are a few things that need your full attention when you’re operating your Leisure Boat Lift. When bringing your boat up or down, you need to keep an eye on the lift and its components. The lift is a specially designed piece of machinery that requires your attention. It is important to keep notice of the chain and make sure that it is straight and all of the links are lined up.

Another very important aspect of the lift is to watch out for the height limit – after each install, we draw a line that the lift cannot pass (as shown in the photo below.) If the line fades, you can simply re-draw it on with any thick felt pen. It’s important to watch for this line in any condition. Bad weather can make it a little harder to watch this line, or get everyone in a hurry, but lifting your Leisure Boat Lift above that line causes the chain hook to suck itself into the chain hoist and cause a big problem.

In normal conditions, you don’t even need to lift your boat as high as the line – as long the cradle is out of the water, you’re good to go.

The line in the photo shows the height limit for the lift.

When someone is operating for the first time (that isn’t the owner) it’s a good idea to supervise them and make sure they’re looking out for the chain and the height of the boat. Anyone who is operating the lift should be attentive and listen to the sounds being made by the lift.

If you hear a lot of clunking around, pausing / stopping as you lower the lift, abnormal whining or any other out-of-place sounds coming from the motor, or any other sound that seems irregular, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Sometimes all it takes is some advice from our crew over the phone, and the problem can be solved. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to ask our service crew to come out and fix whatever ails the lifter.

What Happens When The Chain Gets Sucked Into The Hoist

Not paying attention to the lift height can cause a bit of a mess!

The chain is very important to keep an eye on, as mentioned before – If the chain links aren’t in a straight alignment with eachother, you can get in the water and simply attempt to twist the links back into a straight line with each other. If this doesn’t work, again, do not hesitate to call for service. It can’t be stressed enough how important regular service and maintenance truly is for such a high quality, specially designed machine like the Leisure Boat Lift.

DNR Specialty Welding and the Lake Front


Often we’ve emphasized that service and regular maintenance are key to a long lasting Leisure Boat Lift. Like any quality machine, it requires care and upkeep. It’s easy to forget that DNR Specialty Welding is nestled right in Vernon, and not at the lake front , your boat lift can’t just be brought to us, or any other technician – it’s specialty work requiring our crew to head out and take care of the equipment; and when you factor in wages, fuel costs, equipment, and supplies, the costs for a simple job to go out and lubricate a lift can rack up.

A few requirements for a service call.

Although we are indeed detached from the lake front itself, we are certainly not seperate from the lake front community. Working in harmony with the community members is just as important as any other step in the process of Leisure Boat Lift.