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

Julie and Her Fairy Tale

Pinwheels, flowers, and glass orbs decorate the porch of the little storybook lifeboat house at the head of West Pier called the Fairy Tale. Inside you’ll find Julie Durbin, her 15-year-old cats Lao Xu and Gilligan, and Chinese lanterns and masks. Somewhere in the curves, crooks and slopes there must... Read more

Issaquah Dock History

Long-time Issaquah Dock resident and waterfront historian Annie Sutter has published a new book, “The History of Issaquah Dock.” In her introduction Annie says, “Issaquah Dock is just one of many little groupings of docks and piers and homes that make up today’s houseboat—or floating home—community at the north end... 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

Issaquah Inventor Mary Lou Jepsen

Amongst the talented creative residents on Issaquah dock is Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, a serial entrepreneur, engineering executive and inventor in the fields of display, imaging and computer hardware. Without enumerating her credentials, Dr. Jepsen is very close to delivering powerful MRI technology via more affordable devices. As mentioned in... Read more

Michele Affronte on CNN.com

Another of our resident realtors is getting great exposure for our community on the internet. This time it’s Michele Affronte on CNN.com. CNN Business writer Anna Bahney interviewed Michele for a post entitled “Life on the water: What it’s like to live on a floating home.” Despite some of the... Read more

Deck the Docks

As usual, the floating homes community got into the holiday spirit with both decorations and celebrations. Above is a slide show of some of the festivities. Thanks to photographers Michele Affronte, Carole Angermeir, Flo Hoylman, and Peter Teague for sharing these happy memories. And best wishes for a happy New... Read more

West Pier Magic

As if by magic from another world, master magician Jay Alexander has appeared on West Pier in his new home. As one of the top international corporate and society entertainers, he has performed for the Rolling Stones, Outside Lands Festival, Giants and 49ers, to name a few. He has sold... Read more

Farewell to Robin

Robin Sweeny, Sausalito’s first woman mayor and one-time owner of the ark Mayflower near Main Dock, died last month at 93. During her 28 years on the city council Robin ended up serving as mayor four times. She first moved to Sausalito in 1953 and raised her family on a... Read more

Rachelle on SFGate

Rachelle Dorris has lived on floating homes since the 90s, and as an agent for Coldwell Banker, she has plenty of knowledge about waterfront living. So, it’s not surprising that she was recently interviewed by SFGate.com, in a piece entitled “A life by the tides: What it’s really like living... Read more