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Building James Traylor

How Hard Can It Be?

Just two re-retired (ReRe) Canucks building our first teardrop on Vancouver Island. Welcome to our build blog. If you’d like to receive updates as they’re published, leave your email address in the box below.

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From The Blog


The goals for this week were to get the A/C and Fan installed in the roof and to get the “basement” sorted out. Our plan has been to create storage…

Hatch, Phew …

(*Gesundheit*) …and before we knew it (HA!) it was time to paint. We decided to use a heavy paint called Monstaliner for our exterior finish (it’s used, mostly, as a…

Anxiety and the Curve of Doom

Kinda sounds like an Indiana Jones film that wasn’t approved by the studios. A bit unintentional but the steps ahead of us now have been some of the most anxiety…

Tipping Points

There have been a number of times during our relationship where one of us has gotten to the point in a project where the next step, if unsuccessful, could result…

“Fire It Up!”

I confess that this is taking longer than we imagined it would. We could be working longer hours and spending less time procuring all the bits and pieces, but we’re…

We Were Framed

Modifying roof spars is way easier on the workbench before they are installed, so we needed to think carefully through all the eventualities and make any necessary modifications first. Once…

May I Cut In?

One of us has been running for many years now and knows that all runs seem to have four phases. Phase one is, “omigosh, why does everything hurt? Should my…

Feeling Shelf-ish

The Island weather has improved a bit of late. It’s not feeling quite like spring/summer but it’s getting there. And it’s nice to be able to work outside in the…

Third Time’s A Charm

The photo below is interesting to me for a number of reasons. First, how could I possibly have taken a picture so wildly un-level? It hurts my psyche to think…

An Interstitial Lull

We continue to make progress, each day, with the build. But as Dr Seuss might say, we’re in the “Waiting Place”. And yet, interestingly, he described the Waiting Place in…


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About Us

When we look at each other these days, a common question is, “How the heck did we get here?!” After over 40 years together, living in a bunch of places and on a sailboat, you’ll now find us on the southern end of Vancouver Island.

Along the way we’ve had some big adventures, a few mishaps, a lot of laughs and our share of tears. Of late we’re learning how to retire gracefully, run longer, build wiser, taste more fully and enjoy the occasional nap. We’re enjoying this project (most days), traveling and spending time with dear family and friends old and new.

One response to “Building James Traylor”

  1. Great looking build!! I’ll definitely be following your progress.
    Take a lot of photos especially things that get covered up. I had to go back to my photos to check where I ran wires or had solid plywood to mount things, and many other things.

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