The H 2 OME-BUOY Floathome At Maple Bay....
Your Oasis On The Sea.

The H 2 OME-BUOY floating home was the first floathome in Maple Bay to be fully certified by a marine engineer to meet BC floathome standards and local flotation bylaws. This floathome is available for sale at Maple Bay Marina in Duncan BC, and is extensively developed. This includes new electrical, plumbing and certification along with the installation of the E-One sewage treatment system pump and mounting, connecting the floathome to one of the newest and most advanced sewage treatment facilities on North America's west coast. 
2 OME-BUOY is one of the only floathomes that can also be hauled out of the water on a regular travel lift for maintenance. After over $30,000 in upgrades to the hull, bulkheads and infrastructure, H 2 OME-BUOY is awaiting your enjoyment. All work was carried out by contract professionals and overseen by a marine engineer.

Here is a useful video from the Rise on Maple Bay development, describing the area and the investment in the floathome community:


This float home was designed as a perfect retreat or full-time home for a mature couple, small family or discerning individual. Over $60,000 has been spent redesigning this 2-bedroom float home from top to bottom. The home boasts a fiberglassed Duradek roof, two upper balconies off each bedroom, a back deck off the main floor, along with a floating koi pond and lilac forest, all viewing Chisholm Island.

Enjoy your million dollar view, the most amazing scenery out each window, or just sit and enjoy breakfast on your deck and watch the cormorants coming in to roost and the harbour seals fishing in your 'backyard'.

New decks, rails, soffets, fascia, cedar tongue & grove on upper half, paint and trim were all completed between 2007 and 2009. The floating back deck and garden were refloated, with new decking and garden rails between 2007 and 2009.
Upstairs you will find your cozy and open large bedroom, with walk-out deck, custom-made walk-in shower (2010) a good sized closet and ample light.
Unlike traditional homes, floathomes often carry characteristics of boats. The float home provides access to the second floor via a marine ladder, and space is maximized by avoiding halls between rooms.

Adjacent to the master bedroom is the second bedroom and walkout covered deck. Sip your tea, read, relax and forget all your worries, overlooking the floating pond and lilacs below...
The room has carpet, full sliding door to the deck and double sliding windows to the north. Each upstairs room has an electric high-efficiency wall-mounted heater:


The downstairs kitchen includes a propane convection oven and high BTU four-burner stove and ample counter surfaces and cupboard/drawer space, double sink and stainless steel fridge.

The entire main floor is open concept with the marine ladder-way central to access the 2nd floor. There is fir hardwood floors throughout other than the carpeted upper floor 2nd bedroom.

There is a main floor two-piece bathroom with a walk-in shower upstairs. The decision to go this route was to both maximize space while still accommodating two functions (the washroom can be used while someone is bathing).

The main heat sources are three wall-mounted electric heaters in all main rooms. Propane heats the hot water, the tank located in the outer shed:

Flotation is provided by way of a robust yellow cedar barge, wrapped in over 1 inch of marine plywood, reinforced with fiberglass and then final epoxy flood coated.
The home was completely renovated in 2011. Six internal bulkheads running the full length of the inner barge were constructed and sealed watertight, each compartment with its own bilge pumps, ventilation and alarms. This, along with the propane safety system are on a deep cycle DC backup system in case of AC power failure. The home weighs in at over 40,000 lbs but is fully able to be lifted out like a boat.
For more photos of the marina and floathome community visit: Google Earth

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Typically, when you buy a float home you are buying the home, not the water. Many marina's are only month-to-month, offering little security and adding risk to your investment. With many changes with sewage treatment, water issues, and requiring floathomes to meet current codes the market is often buyer beware.
Starting July, 2014 Maple Bay Marina will be offering special long-lease arrangements for marine-engineer certified floathomes (of which Home=Buoy is one of only four currently). The owner has already expressed interest and has secured an option for five years paid up front or annually with a full five-year renewal (that's ten years, secured). This is unprecedented in the region. The buyer would have an option to pay the five years up front (for further discounting) or paid annually. For more details on rates and options please contact the seller.
For the lifestyle, the moorage is more than reasonable, lower than typical taxes paid on some waterfront homes, and much more reasonable than many float home communities in the urban centres. Current moorage is 84 cents per sq. ft if paid in advance annually, or 94 cents per sq.ft. if on a monthly rate. The home is billed based on both the home and deck footprints. Monthly moorage is $814 per month, or an equivalent to $727 per month if paid annually in advance.
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