Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Palapa roofing process

We are staying at the Copa Banana in Corozal. Our hosts explained that this summer's tropical storm left their pier and palapa damaged, but not un-useable. With the high season upon them, it was decided to replace the palm tree trunk pier posts with poured concrete posts and rebuild the palapa.

What a process! The pier walkway was evaluated and the old planks were replaced. One at a time, each palm tree trunk post was removed and replaced with a 400lb concrete post. Fortunately the water is less than waist deep as they dropped the concrete post from the pier into the water and guided it into the hole where the palm trunk had been.


Concrete posts in place, begin palapa construction
To rebuild the palapa took a crew of 5 about 3 days. The traditional roof was created first then the thatch was applied. The thatch had been pre-batched and tied together--like grabbing a large handful of spaghetti and tying one end together to hold the bunch so that, handful by handful, anchored with wire the individual bunches are then attached to the roof's skeleton. A rectangular crown made of branches is applied to the top of the roof for support and stability.





Scaffolding - OSHA approved?
Looking up inside the palapa roof
The end of an 8 hour day!

6 comments:

  1. how do u like the Copa Banana? we would like to know about the different places people stay in Corozal in case we have to put extra guests up.

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    1. Glynis-The Copa Banana had everything we needed for our 3 month visit. We stayed in the apartment that is only available for month long (or longer) stays. The guesthouses have bedrooms with different bed configurations:queen, twin, etc, separate bathrooms but shared living, dining and kitchen area. There is a nice pool with jacuzzi, daily housekeeping service, nice "beach" area, access to the Bay either by steps off the seawall or off the pier and a clothes washing machine. I'm sure Connie, the owner, wouldn't mind showing you the guesthouses. Hope this helps!-babs

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  2. I am loving this thing. We have a small lot on the beach and I want to have these. Thanks for sharing this info. It isnt as difficult as i think. http://www.palapastructures.com/

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    1. Cheryl-it doesn't seem to be difficult. The only hurdles I saw were the bundling process and the weather. The sound of the breeze as it rustles through the thatch is just so darned tropical!!

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  3. WOW! I'd love to have one for our backyard! Just cause we dont have a beach lot. Bummer! Yours is looking great. thanks!

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