Crown Basin Turk re-installed
On the 20th of May the original Crown Basin Turk (the first ever made) was removed because it did not meet the consented design and engineering standards. Last Sunday on a stunning blue-sky day with no wind, it was replaced. 17 people were split into two teams – one group flew to “Coronet Saddle” (not an official name, between Deep Creek and Coronet Creek) to complete the vegetation assessment (requirement of the Resource Consent) and roughly position the foundation frame and deck before joining the other group at the Crown Basin.
Glenorchy Helicopters successfully lifted the Turk from Arrow Junction and lowered it gently into place. The positioning went well with the corner bracing of the pre-leveled foundation frame acting as location guides for the Turk. Next, 3 tons of gravel were poured onto the plastic tank base then the plywood floor fitted on top.
The toilet was also repositioned over a giant new hole (big enough for a small village of troglodytes) – no small task as the original ‘Powder Room’ is a lot heavier than the newer toilet design! The whole installation exercise took 3.5 hours – then most of the team ski-toured up to Mt Sale and enjoyed a great run down before heading home.
The opening of the Turk was celebrated with an excellent bottle of donated Cardrona Whisky with much gratitude. I had hoped to make the bottle last for 6 Turks but with 17 people it didn’t go far!
My family spent an excellent first night in the insulated and double glazed Turk. When cooking, the inside temperature was about 17 degrees. This lowered to 12 degrees by the morning, but it was below zero outside when we went to bed so with just the residual heat the temperature stayed more than 10 degrees above ambient.
A treat of spending a night is enjoying great art and a small bookshelf of interesting books.