– Marin County’s floating homes have captured
the imagination of locals and tourists for decades. Some are
drawn to the famously funky bohemian castaway dwellings,
while others are fascinated by the architectural marvels
taking shape on the recently renovated docks, complete with
exotic flora and fauna.
Indeed, each of the 10
floating homes chosen for the 2016
Sausalito Floating Home Tour exemplifies the
features that have
made Sausalito's waterfront a destination for this annual
tour since 1985.
Some may be surprised to learn some of these
‘homes’ were built on the cheap after World War II, using
war surplus landing craft, decommissioned ferries, hay
barges and other sea worthy vessels. A clear example can be
found on this year’s tour of the
South Forty Pier with the “S.S. Maggie” an 1890 steam
schooner which plied local and coastal waters, carrying
light cargo from Monterey to Ft. Bragg. Maggie “retired” in
the 1930s, but then got her second wind in the Sausalito
floating homes community and became the home of such famous
residents as exercise guru Jack La Lanne and cartoonist Herb
Williams. In the 1990s, a restoration was begun to
address her nearly fatal deterioration. With a hull so
rotten and holed by worms that the rising tide threatened to
settle her onto the bottom of Richardson Bay, the owners
gave her a new concrete hull, cast to her original shape.
And while further renovations have made her the grand dame
you see today, the S.S. Maggie maintains her personality,
with wooden pegs in lieu of spikes and bolts, and her
original Coast Guard numbers carved into the aft cross beam.
addition to the floating homes, visitors can anticipate
mouth-watering food from local restaurants including
Cousins Main Lobster,
and a full day of fun from the floating homes community of
artists, including music from
books on waterfront living; and artwork
from seven artists, including photographer Emily Riddell,
who will sell her
Floating Homes Calendar
from the Green. For a full lineup of vendors and artists,
tour info page.
shuttles with nearby parking from
Gateway Shopping Center
make visiting the floating homes community easy and
convenient. The tour is self-guided, with directional
handouts and docents available to answer questions.
The Tour is
sponsored by the Floating
non-profit volunteer organization, with proceeds partially
Friends of the Marin City Library,
Marine Mammal Center.
receive a free ticket to the tour, a free commemorative
t-shirt, and are invited to the volunteer after-party.
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This event is
anticipated to sell out, and the $50 advance ticket purchase
is recommended. Tickets are available at http://floatinghomes.org/tour/purchase-tickets or
by calling 415-332-1916. A limited number of tickets will be
available on the day of
the tour for $60 each.