Rainy Lake Boat Taxi

On the lake full time.

Back in November I sat down with my boss Jim from Badiuk's. I told him about my dream of being on the lake and running RLBT.  He agreed to give me the whole summer off to run my business. So from Victoria Day weekend till Labour Day weekend (May 20 / Sept. 5 ) I will be on the lake full time. I will still work at Badiuk Equipment  during the fall and part of the winter. So this answers the question that I was asked so many times last year. 
Hope to see you all in the spring. 
Al & Carol. 
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Easy winter.

Well winter is moving along up here on Rainy Lake. Although we are having a cold spell now the winter has been easy. The lake is in great shape for winter travel. Trucks and snowmobiles can go pretty much go anywhere. There is a nice ice road to Donna's place and many other places in the north arm. With about 20 inches of clear blue ice and minimal snow cover I am going to predict an early ice out. 
Stay tuned for some great news from RLBT on Sunday. 
Bye for now. Al. 
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Taxi is on the trailer.

Last Tuesday I pulled out the boat taxi. The weather was getting cold so I didn't want to chance freezing the boat in. Since then the weather has warmed up. Today is a beautiful day,sunshine and calm lake. The 14 day weather forecast is calling for daytime temps above the freezing mark so the lake may not freeze for a while. I will blog later when the lake freezes over. 
Al. 
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Facebook.

Check out the Rainy Lake Boat Taxi Facebook page. Looking for likes,likes,likes!!!
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Winter is near.

Well another season is drawing too a close. The boat taxi is still in the water for at least another 10 days. The barge was pulled a couple of weeks ago. All the summer residence have left and the only ones remaining are a few locals and some hunters. The summer was another great one for the RLBT crew. The new barge worked great. Some improvements will be done to the barge over the winter. We have aleady booked several jobs and Carol is pumped as she will do most of the driving.

Some new services are in the works for next season. One being a dumpster in my yard. This means the boat taxi can dispose of your trash and we will even try a weekly garbage pickup at your property. Fees per bag will apply. Prices to be determined. Also will be purchasing a chipper/shredder. This means I can come to your property and chip debris on site. 

Stay tuned for more exciting news in the new year along with winter snow and ice reports up here on Rainy. As well as ice out predictions. 

Thanks everyone for your continued support. 
Al and Carol.  
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Fall is near.

Another great summer has past. The weather in general was fabulous. The boat taxi was very busy and with the addition of the barge we were able to serve our customers better. Next year I will have a dumpster in my yard and will be taking out the trash for our taxi customers. We may even do a weekly garbage pickup for those summer residence who want the garbage off there property. 
Also we aleady have several runs with barge cleaning up property's. Old fridges ,hot water heaters,derelict boats and lots of other junk. Call or email for a pickup. 
Lawn mowing is getting busy. If your lawn needs mowing this fall while you are at home let me know. Also I can keep things looking nice for your arrival next summer. We have all our own equipment for lawn care. Carol can even plant flowers so they are in full bloom when you arrive. 
Well that's it for now. I will blog in a month or so with some fall news. 
Al & Carol. 
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Barge is up and running!

Well after 3 1/2 months of hard work Carol and I have converted a old not loved houseboat into a amazing looking barge. This bad boy is outfitted will all the bells and whistles. And one of the loudest horns you will hear !!  Powered by a brand new 60 Merc four stroke. This motor is super efficient and gets the same mileage as a regular boat. That means the RLBT barge will be the cheapest on the lake. We made the maiden voyage on Sunday and it worked great. I will still need to build the ramps and should be able to haul a small bobcat or mini excavator. Call or email for a estimate for the barge to haul a heavy load to your cabin. 
Al & Carol. 
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Lake level rising.

Well it's been almost a month since the ice left the lake. The level has raised about a foot maybe more. It still has about a foot to go till it's a normal level. The dam on Rainy River opened some gates last week and the lower river is beginning to fill up also. The Boat Taxi crew has been busy opening cabins and doing yard maintainance. The summer residence are beginning to show up and soon will all be here. The barge build is on schedule. Carol will have completed the painting on the weekend and I will start on the wheelhouse and rigging the motor. There has been several inquiry's about the barge. We are very excited about the future. Well so long for now. 
Al & Carol. 
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Chicken and eggs. No No No!!!

Just some heads up to my American friends coming up to the lake. The Canadian Customs are not allowing raw chicken,turkey or eggs across the border because of that bird flue issue. Lots of good chicken and eggs at Safeway. Other news is the RLBT barge project is coming along nice. The pontoons are all done and the deck is near completion. Splashdown should be around end of June. Call or email for a estimate to have the cheapest barge on the lake come to your place with a heavy load. 
Al & Carol Boivin
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Ice is out!

Well yesterday Dick made it official and declared ice out. However as I look out my window I still see lots of ice starting at Reef Point and clogging Hopkins Bay. The wind has been blowing out of the west north west for days pinning the last of the ice there. Donna reports that there is no ice near Birch Island and Val over at McDonalds Inlet says it's all clear over there. The big yellow taxi is going in on the weekend and will be ready to roll. Carol and I are working hard getting the barge ready. RLBT has already booked several trips and some cabin openings. The lake is very low. You can monitor lake levels by going to my link page and click on lake levels. Well that's enough for now. I will blog in a couple of weeks with updates and lake conditions. 
Al. 
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