Donna Lunsford: Outing the Dinghy Dame

If you’ve been in the floating homes community for more than three years, you’ve probably read the Dinghy Dame’s resident profiles called Water You Doing Here? For 20 years, Donna Lunsford wrote those profiles. “The Dinghy Dame was a lot of fun to write,” she tells me with a smile.... Read more

A Double Whammy: High Winds + the PGE Shutoff

Neighbors helping neighbors. It’s how we weathered the chaos brought on by some unusually high winds, coupled with yet another PGE shut-off. Larry Clinton opined, “I’ve never seen so many whitecaps, and I moved here in the winter of 1980-81, when 90mph gusts closed the GGB. Ironically, we never lost... Read more

Larry Clinton:  The Man Who Knows Sausalito’s Secrets

When you’ve been organizing the floating homes tour for 33 years, been President of the Floating Homes Association and the Sausalito Historical Society, and a long-time Editor of the Floating Times, you’re plugged in. That’s Larry Clinton. He’s got the lowdown on the people and goings-on around town, some of... Read more

Coastal Cleanup 2019: Butts Still Worst Offender

Twenty people filled more than 19 bags of trash and recycling along our shoreline from Kappas Green to Commodore on Coastal Cleanup Day 2019. Among the unusual items found were goggles, a stinky cooler, a rusted bicycle, candles, and three license plates. The group gathered approximately 175 pounds of trash.... Read more

Cheers to Tom Dugan

Neighbors from the floating homes community joined other friends of Tom Dugan for a traditional Irish wake on Memorial Day. Tom and his wife Blaise had lived on A Dock and Gate 6 ½ for many years until he passed away two days before St. Patrick’s Day after a long... Read more

Tom Dugan Passes Away

Long time floating homes resident Tom Dugan passed away March 15—two days before St. Patrick’s Day. Tom and his wife Blaise moved to Gate 6 ½ from A Dock in 1997. He loved the view from their south-facing deck, except for a line of unsightly debris along the shore which... Read more

What’s a Berth Worth?

At 6:45 a.m., on January 29, Jane and I were awakened by the spooky sound of loud voices outside our bedroom window. I glanced out to see a brightly-lit workboat from Parker Diving Services preparing to haul out the home next to ours. An early high tide necessitated the inconvenient... Read more

Women at the Helm Feb 15

Gate 6 ½ resident Helen Vandeman has produced a new documentary about five salty senior women in the Bay Area and Washington state who were pioneering mariners. Helen will host a showing at the film at the Sausalito Library on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. The women profiled include... Read more

Recycling Odd Items & Hazardous Waste

Recycling paper, plastics, glass and metal is more or less straightforward. But what about the next level of recycling: batteries, light bulbs, left-over paint and solvent, and appliances? These ordinary household items are classified as hazardous waste, by virtue of the chemicals or metals or materials they contain. Keeping these... Read more

Another Community Icon Passes

Michael Petersen, who lived and worked in the floating homes community for nearly half a century, succumbed to leukemia last week. After chemotherapy treatments, he had a brief remission, and was seen working on the docks, walking with the aid of hiking poles. As Issaquah resident Mickey Allison recalled recently,... Read more