Bruce Thomas: The Happy East Pier Buddha

Walk along East Pier and you’ll easily locate Bruce Thomas’ boat. The Happy East Pier Buddha collecting coins for Save the Bay marks the entrance. “When I make contributions, I sign them The Happy East Pier Buddha, so that’s how they address their thank you notes to me,” he laughs,...

Meet Local Authors Apr 27

Book Passage by the Bay  is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27 with a meet-and-greet featuring local authors. From 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Sausalito waterfront bookstore will serve wine plus sweet and savory treats to toast local authors, including Jen Gennari and Frank Ostaseski from Issaquah Dock. Other participating...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...