Houseboat Living in Earthquake Country

Last week’s early morning (3:39 a.m.) earthquake, which roused some floating home residents from a deep sleep, is a reminder that we are definitely on Terra Non Firma. The December 17 temblor was centered in El Cerrito—only 10 miles away—and was measured at a magnitude 3.6. The tide was about...

El Niños, Tsunamis and Earthquakes

This is the fifth and final installment of a research paper on the microclimates of Richardson Bay by Yellow Ferry resident Richard Pavek. An El Niño is part of the normal weather pattern that occurs when surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal levels for an extended...

Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for holiday gifts that reflect our lifestyle? Check out the Boatload of Books section of this newsletter. You’ll find notices of publications by current and former residents as well as select books about our floating homes. Categories include fiction, non-fiction, history, memoirs, poetry and children’s books, so you’re sure to find...

Effects of Drenching Rains on Tidal Height

This is the second installment of a research paper on the microclimates of Richardson Bay by Yellow Ferry Resident Richard Pavek. An inch of rain falling on the Bay raises the high and low tides an inch more than predicted. But an inch of rain falling on the surrounding area—which...

Richardson Bay Microclimate

Richard Pavek (Yellow Ferry Harbor) has written an extensive research paper on the climate of our neighborhood and the tidal factors that affect this region. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish his findings chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter One: For the first few days after I moved to the...

Audubon Sanctuary Closed to Boats

The Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary has closed to all boat traffic—including paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes—until March 31. The annual closure protects tens of thousands of migratory ducks, geese, and shorebirds while they refuel for their journeys south. The closure is mandated by an ordinance of the Richardson’s Bay Regional...

In-Person Coastal Cleanups are Back

On the third Saturday of September, volunteers all over the world will converge on beaches, shorelines and inland waterways to pick up trash and remove dangerous debris. Considered the largest marine–related volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful opportunity to lend a hand and make a...

Call for Artists at Bay Model

The Bay Model is planning a show of floating home artists from February 13 to April 3 next year, hopefully timed to coincide with the FHA’s annual meeting, depending on COVID restrictions in effect at that time. Curator Dan Cassidy points out that entry is free and 100% of any sale...

Maritime Day Aug 6

Galilee Harbor’s annual Maritime Day festivities for 2022 will be held on Saturday, August 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 300 Napa Street. This free annual event features boat rides, live music, boatbuilding demonstrations, children’s activities, artists’ booths, a flea market, and food and drinks for purchase. Everyone...