Well Grounded on Gate 6 1/2

Warwick Dunnett of Gate 6 ½ recently retired from his 45–year career as a commercial pilot. He spent his last 22 years as a captain, flying into the Middle East for the largest B747 air cargo company in the world with operations in 65 countries. In addition to dropping off...

Mike Brinkman: A Life of Service and Integrity

This bayside lifestyle we love so much is made possible in part by the unselfish work of serious professionals. The floating home community lost one of those visionary guardians this autumn: Mill Valley lawyer and realtor Mike Brinkman died on September 17, 2021, only a month after a diagnosis of...

Hanna and Her Moon Gate

Hanna Bui has the newest and most interesting home on Gate 6 ½. It is uniquely recognized by the beautiful entryway, which features a 19–foot diameter circular opening in the front wall. This allows one to look out to the boat’s rear wall, which hosts a similar circle of windows...

Celebration of Pam Bousquet

Pamela Bousquet’s Celebration of Life was a commemoration for Pam, a former community favorite in Marin City and Sausalito. She lived a full 80 years from November 11, 1940—November 13, 2020. The celebration was held on her birthday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 38 Issaquah Dock, Sausalito, her...

Best Wishes to Ted and Linda Sempliner

Two of our community’s most active members, Ted and Linda Sempliner, are leaving their East Pier home to move closer to family in Ohio. During their three decades here, they’ve made innumerable contributions to the Floating Homes Association that benefitted the community as a whole. The couple met while Ted...

Remington Dog Park Turns 30

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Remington Dog Park, just across Bridgeway from the floating homes community. The park owes its existence to Dianne Chute, an insurance broker who provided coverage for many floating homes, and who was devoted to her golden retriever, Remington. Addressing an...

Ex-Eastpierian Published in International Magazine

Christina Leimer, who recently lived on East Pier and frequently contributed to the Floating Times, has a story coming out this month in BESIDE Magazine. Published in Montreal, BESIDE is a French/English print publication which is distributed biannually around the world. It nurtures a community of individuals “who can empower...

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...

The First Anchor-Outs

The recent announcement of the resignation of the harbormaster for the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) got me thinking back to how the anchor–out phenomenon got its start. That story was told by the original anchor–out himself, Bob Kalloch, in an oral history recorded for the Historical Society. Bob, a...