Senior Artist seek rural cabin February 2015
06cc.gif - 2056 Bytes 06thousand.gif - 2349 Bytes 06ont.gif - 2360 Bytes Trent Severn Waterwat
Valhalla 87' MFV 1972                    Prism One 42' 1983 -1987                        Defiance 42' 2003 - 2007             Centaur 65' 1989 1993   


Valhalla Prism One 1983 - 1987 Defiance 2003 - 2007 Centaur





I have been asked about where Ivie now.

This is the house that is for sale.





Retired Senior 68 seeks Prepper, off grid options?

Do you have rural property that would benefit from a committed full time builder improver?

Retired Shipwright Artist seeks rural cabin, or they would possibly considering building a tiny house from scratch.

Applicant is 69 year old now living solely on pensions, thus not interested in owning property again.




Applicant is 69 year old now living solely on pensions, thus not interested in owning property again

seeking lightly serviced rural cabin while writing book. Long-term commitment desired.

I am on fixed income and am willing to make improvements to the property to facilitate 365 living.

Would consider 100% off grid as long as there is a water source, wood heat would be good.

I have 18 years living aboard and cruising boats while been a contractor / fabricator by trade with high tech kudos credits.

As to what I would create over a number of years.

Highly efferent somewhat whimsical cabin.

This could be anywhere in Canada


Distilling an arrangement down:


“You, the property owner. Deal I put up tiny house you pay material costs, and allow guerrilla living for a fixed period.

Me thinks: two years of a place to park a RV and support micro-structure* while I create a first Tiny House.

You then own structure 100% no strings when I move on at the end of the agreed period"


Now this could equally apply to modifying an existing structure wihth the caveat that Robin cannot do heavy lifting.

Hovever, Robin has a full marine workshop with everything required to build anything.

Equally, Robin has cheap $16 ph smart, strong,good labor available for the heavy stuff.


Please make direct contact for more information and links to prior projects.

This link will take you to a 2011 about page published for the recreational boating website:

Please note these pages do not have links back thus a new browser window will open.

About Robin 2011                    2015 Resume is PW secured please contact for permission




Below are some samples of prior projects.

This group of images are aboard Defiance 2003 - 2008 representing five years 365 outside at Waupoos Lake Ontario

For more on projects please see the services pages.

Deefiance battery bankbattery box covered showing the 12 and 24V control systems inverters and generatormechanical systems Defiance



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During this liveaboard person Robin operated a marine restoration repair facility as Waupoos Boat Works until health forced closure of commercial volume.

Please visit the Services webpages to view the various projects.

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Then for rural Ontario I provide Ft. Stewart 35 minutes from Bancroft above the Little Mississippi Valley.

Restoration of 1890 farmhouse and heat reduction to 2 tanks of oil and 4 cords of wood per winter.

Visit the resale website from 2002 (old html) but it should resolve.

The space ended with death of spouse from cancer.





I come with cats.

Good cats no damage critter control.

This page is a bit mixed up as I have considered this before and come close to doing it three years ago but the County is super down on RVs and gone very upscale.

However, I do currently own a class B Pleasure Way left.

Newer, perhaps not new enough?

Almost two months into the restoration I again have to give up as there is too much work to make it ready for a Central America escape. Fine for a thousand miles but not years where service and parts are difficult, not to mention a breakdown many places could cost you your life.

Concept one is to head down to my friends place in Belize where I have work and foothold.

I do however still consider a RV trailer the starting point if there is no structure presently.

Below are some picture from the winter test 2012.

The first requirement in any of these scenarios is a access porch.

In this case it was to test the furnaces (still in stock) and how much it would take to run livable heat 24/7 during winter at my old shop.

Overall I like the Tumbleweed Tiny Homes as aesthetic which is shown in art mock up below.



100% off grid RV base option


Below is the Superior RV indestructible body but abandoned as someone cut out handbrake mechanical and that took the vehicle over the edge of further restoration.


systems test full winterconception art of Tiny House inspired support

If the option ends up being 100% off grid with no structure the above test holds true.

If you can get a permit for a structure build a 16x24 garage*

If Not then no structure can be over 110 sq.ft. to be below the inspection permit limit of most jurisdictions.

This test and prior experience living aboard vessels defines your water, fuel and minimum support requirements.

The following is a complaint 110sq.ft. support structure with 600 gallons liquid and enclosed composting toilet facility.



mechanical layout and equipment Defiance


Now the living off grid movement is under attack all over Canada by municipalities who want the $ to overcharge for service

Thus the following is a refined support pod that is less than 110 square feet which is the building permit requirement for most places.

The outside finish is undecided, the mechanical components firm. It is square footage compliant support structure with fluid storage and composting toilet, wood heat

The basic systems and hardware have been 5 year frozen in the ice tested aboard Defiance see. Defiance




compliant 110 sqft support structurecompliant 110 sqft support structure

compliant support structure with fluid storage and composting toilet, wood heatcompliant support structure with fluid storage and composting toilet, wood heat


Existing structure or easy permit for build option


If it is possible to build or renovate from scratch, that is desirable as new is easier in reality.

Below is a friend of mine who embodies the whimsical.

You cannot count on society or the social net What you have is a concept and skills

As I look at structures I keep coming back this this roof line. Then consider that the actual structure is only 16" by 30' with the 6' porch. Nice

basic house 16 X 30 house

I am also open to shipping container modification.