The Godfather of the Waterfront

Donlon Arques is well known as the man who fostered Sausalito’s early houseboat community when he snapped up portions of the abandoned Marinship property and made them available to folks looking to live cheaply on the waterfront after World War II. But how did that come about? Arques was a...

Controversy Brewing over Marinship

Kicking off the February annual meeting, FHA President Michael Labate cautioned, “I think we all need to be involved with what’s happening with Marinship. This is an important asset for all of us living on floating homes; there’s a whole industry there that supports us. We need to support the...

Board Meeting Notes – Nov 2019

TO KEEP EVERYONE UP TO DATE ON WHAT THE FHA BOARD IS DOING, HERE ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE DISCUSSED OR DECIDED AT THE November BOARD MEETING: President Michael Labate said that he will attend the City of Sausalito meeting about the Marinship Vision Statement and report back....

Envisioning the Future of Marinship

There’s no shortage of opinions about Marinship’s future. It’s a hub of innovation, ingenuity and creativity with a strong maritime, artistic and civil rights history. The area between Bridgeway and the Bay from about Napa Street to just past Gate 5 Road, known as Marinship, is primarily industrial and waterfront...

It’s Back to the 40s for FHA Tour

“Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea” . . . The September 30 Floating Homes Tour will be a time-warp visit back to the 1940s, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Marinship, the WWII shipyard that gave rise to our community. Themed “Homefront on the Waterfront,”...

FHA Tour: “Homefront on the Waterfront”

The September 30, 2017 Floating Homes Tour will tie in with the 75th Anniversary of Marinship, which helped to foster today’s waterfront community. Although Gate 6 Road and the area north of there weren’t technically part of the vast WWII shipyard, these areas were settled after the war by returning...

Open Homes Tour Off and Running

  We have eight homes lined up for the September 30 FHA Tour, and two tickets have already been sold.  We plan to open a total of 15 homes on East and West Piers, A Dock, Issaquah, and Yellow Ferry. When we first set the tour date, the Tour Committee set three...