London’s Booming Houseboat Scene

The New York Times recently reported on London’s growing houseboat community. Some of the challenges these houseboaters face will sound quite familiar. “In London, a Houseboat Used to Be the Affordable Option. Not Anymore,” reads the headline. It’s the old story of supply and demand, according to the Times: “With land-based...

California’s First Millionaire

On the morning of Friday, July 31, 1846, Samuel Brannan sailed boldly into the mist-shrouded headlands of San Francisco Bay. His ship, the Brooklyn, carried 238 fellow Mormons, known as Saints. Their goal was to build a Mormon kingdom in the Mexican territory of California without the conflicts they had...

More from Maui

We recently posted a firsthand dispatch from West Maui by former Gate 6 ½ resident Robb Petty. Robb, a retired emergency room doctor, and his wife Jane returned there just days after the devastating fire, when they learned their home near Lahaina had been spared. Since then, they’ve had limited...

8 Remarkable Houseboats

The BBC has reviewed a new book which features eight examples of remarkable houseboats from Scandinavia to the US. Surprisingly, none of the eight are located in Sausalito. The cover of a new book, Making Waves: Floating Homes and Life on the Water by Portland Mitchell, captures the freedom associated...

Dispatch from Maui

Robb and Jane Petty were neighbors on Gate 6 ½ until last year, when they bought their dream home in West Maui. Last week they were back on the dock, preparing their floating home for sale, when the wildfires struck the island. Learning that their Maui home had been spared,...

Gate 6 ½ Teen Sails in World Championship Regatta

Oscar Melet of Gate 6 ½ competed in the recent world championship regatta for 420 class two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghies. The regatta was held in July at the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante on the Mediterranean coast of Spain and included 277 crews from 22 countries. He...

Houseboat Humor

Donna Lunsford of Gate 6 ½ forwarded this amusing illustration. It seems everyone wants to get in on the houseboat action, even Admiral Picard.

Forbes Island Floats Again

The recent news that the infamous Forbes Island has been resurrected in the Delta reminded me that its visionary builder, Forbes Kiddoo, got his start fabricating concrete barges for Sausalito floating homes. Most of those barges measured no more than 20 by 40 feet, but one day Forbes got the...