Lia Reaches Hawaii – in Record Time!

Lia Ditton, who lived on East Pier a few years ago, has set a world record for a woman rowing solo from San Francisco to Honolulu; she covered the distance in 86 days, 10 hours, 5 minutes and 56 seconds. The previous women’s record had been 99 days. As the...

Boat-In Movie on the Seine

Waldo Point’s boat-in movie innovation is going global. Sausalito Village reported that Paris recently transformed the River Seine into a floating cinema for social distancing fun. On July 18, as part of the annual Paris Plages,  a floating movie theater was set up on the river at the Bassin de...

Lia Ditton Capsizes, but Rows On to Hawaii

Former East Pier resident Lia Ditton, who is rowing solo from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii, was plunged headfirst into the ocean on her 19th day at sea. As she was rowing, a rogue wave capsized her 21-foot boat, throwing her overboard. While she struggled to right her craft and...

Row Row Row Your Boat – SF to Hawaii

After months of sitting tight and staying close to home it’s fair to say we’re all a bit bursting to bust out. Shortly after 11 p.m. last Wednesday (June 17) former East Pier resident, Lia Ditton, did just that when she quietly set off in a rowboat from the Corinthian Yacht...

Just Like Us – Only Opposite

Jarl Forsman of Issaquah Dock found a website that tells of a French village of upside-down boat houses. Equihen Plage is a fishing port and farming village on the English Channel coast. Back at the beginning of the 1900s, as many boats were abandoned on the shore, local fishermen used...

Different Floats for Different Folks

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the rivers of the United States were home to entire communities of people living in self-made houseboats. The history of these communities has been explored briefly in river memoirs such as Harlan Hubbard’s Shantyboat Journal but hasn’t been thoroughly examined in a...

Afternoon Jam

Jen Gennari and John Schlag recently dropped into Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael to hear their Issaquah Dock neighbor Edo Castro Woodhouse perform. Edo joined Michael LaMacchia and other musicians for a set of instrumental spins on Grateful Dead tunes and other original arrangements. Edo played a custom 7-string bass...

Seattle Floating Homes Tour Draws 850

My husband and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Seattle Floating Home Tour on September 9th. A hard-working team of volunteers showcased 12 homes in Seattle’s largest floating home area─Eastlake on Lake Union. Lake Union was made famous by the movie “Sleepless in Seattle.” This is a fresh...

Houseboaters Go to Burning Man

The week before Labor Day saw a contingent of houseboaters attending Burning Man in the Nevada Black Rock Desert. Included were Laurie and Dusan Mills, Malia and Ted Rudolf, Jarl Forsman, Steve Sekhon, Rusty Hendley, Tony Williams, Ashley Brown and Ricardo Castro, and Ashley’s frequent houseguest, their son’s Pawpaw, Tim...

Snapshots of Summer

It’s nice to step back, now and then, and appreciate life on Richardson Bay. Whether waterskiing further out in deep water, backflipping into the Lagoon closer to home, or simply enjoying the reflections as they come off the water, ours is a particularly unique vantage point. These snapshots—taken over the...