Bournemouth EchoNew beach hut floated to new home at Mudeford spit by boat (From Bournemouth Echo)

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New beach hut floated to new home at Mudeford spit by boat

Bournemouth Echo: ALL AFLOAT: The new beach hut moves into Mudeford ALL AFLOAT: The new beach hut moves into Mudeford

A NEW beach hut headed for Mudeford was floated to its new home via Christchurch harbour under the gaze of a rainbow at the end of last month.

The extraordinary picture, captured by former managing director of Bath Travel and keen amateur photographer Stephen Bath, shows the hut cruising across the water on its unconventional delivery route.

The hut, which resembles a mini chalet more commonly seen in the Swiss Alps, was taken on its journey by water after it was deemed too large to come by road over Hengistbury Head.

Stephen, himself a beach hut owner, said it was a beautiful morning and that he was lucky to have the framing of the rainbow for his picture.

“It was an unbelievable sight – to see it majestically floating down the water,” he added.

Peter Samson, who owns Ecological Developments, which built the hut, said his company has been making them for more than ten years and that they usually cost between £35,000 and £45,000.

He added: “This was the first one that was too wide to put on the back of the lorry.” So the only alternative option was the river, and it was up to veteran boatman Geoff Elkins, seen in the blue jacket, to safely deliver the structure to its destination. Setting off from Wick and heading upstream to Mudeford at dawn, cranes were used to install the building once it arrived at its destination.

The delivery of the new hut came just weeks after dozens of beach huts across Dorset were destroyed during the February storms.

This specially designed one, however, had been ordered months in advance.

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11:09am Tue 11 Mar 14

JHC2 says...

Heading DOWNSTREAM to Mudeford - your Reporter is back to front
Heading DOWNSTREAM to Mudeford - your Reporter is back to front JHC2
  • Score: 3

11:11am Tue 11 Mar 14

JHC2 says...

He Wadeyd in the wrong way !
He Wadeyd in the wrong way ! JHC2
  • Score: 1

11:55am Tue 11 Mar 14

dobrojoe says...

Has no-one ever heard of 'flatpack'?
Has no-one ever heard of 'flatpack'? dobrojoe
  • Score: 6

12:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

sc61 says...

"his company has been making them for more than ten years and that they usually cost between £35,000 and £45,000. "

That's a heck of a lot of money for a glorified shed!

Nice photo anyway :-)
"his company has been making them for more than ten years and that they usually cost between £35,000 and £45,000. " That's a heck of a lot of money for a glorified shed! Nice photo anyway :-) sc61
  • Score: 4

12:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

MCAME1989 says...

So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??
So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't?? MCAME1989
  • Score: 6

12:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

mudefordguy says...

It would have been a nice photo if the website hadn't compressed it so much and lost all of its detail. Come on Echo - this is 2014 - not 1999 - I think you could up the quality of the photos on your site these days.
It would have been a nice photo if the website hadn't compressed it so much and lost all of its detail. Come on Echo - this is 2014 - not 1999 - I think you could up the quality of the photos on your site these days. mudefordguy
  • Score: 9

12:54pm Tue 11 Mar 14

woby_tide says...

MCAME1989 wrote:
So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??
How many Sunseekers and static caravans have you seen delivered via Hengistbury Head then?
[quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??[/p][/quote]How many Sunseekers and static caravans have you seen delivered via Hengistbury Head then? woby_tide
  • Score: 3

2:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

sc61 says...

MCAME1989 wrote:
So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??
Try getting a lorry down to the spit....
[quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??[/p][/quote]Try getting a lorry down to the spit.... sc61
  • Score: 2

3:41pm Tue 11 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Must be a slow news month as they are really scraping the barrels now!
Must be a slow news month as they are really scraping the barrels now! hooplaa
  • Score: 1

5:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

sc61 wrote:
MCAME1989 wrote:
So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??
Try getting a lorry down to the spit....
How did the cranes get there?
[quote][p][bold]sc61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: So a Sunseeker or static caravan can go one the back of a lorry....but a shed can't??[/p][/quote]Try getting a lorry down to the spit....[/p][/quote]How did the cranes get there? Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 2

9:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

uvox44 says...

Is that Eddie Jordan's new yacht? I'm sure it seemed bigger in the pictures I saw before....
Is that Eddie Jordan's new yacht? I'm sure it seemed bigger in the pictures I saw before.... uvox44
  • Score: 1

11:30am Thu 13 Mar 14

dontrews says...

Who's Eddie Jordan?
Who's Eddie Jordan? dontrews
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