Saturday, August 27, 2016

Save the Date: e-Waste Collection Oct 22

The Conservation Corps North Bay has teamed with the Floating Homes Association to host an e-waste collection day. The event will take place two months from now: Saturday October 22, in the Waldo Point Harbor parking lot where Bridgeway meets Gate 6 Road. Watch this space for further details.

Get sorting, and collecting – the better to be ready on the day. Items NOT part of the e-waste recycling effort can be disposed of by consulting the drop-off points listed on the Environmental page of the FHA website CLICK HERE.

The CCNB is partnered with ECSan
e-waste recycler,
to ensure all 
e-waste is 
properly recycled.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Waterside Numbers

Why install waterside numbers? IF we had to carry out a water rescue, or needed to remove people from the waterside, the Marine Patrol could more easily find the home. IF we had a fire on a dock we might find we'd need to remove people by water. And IF an earthquake took down one or more docks, we might be helping injured people from the waterside or bringing supplies to a home via the same means.  CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE

A lot of 'IF's, but wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry? So far roughly 180 homes have opted to install the numbers. While one dock has all but one home participating, most docks have numbers for at least 1/3 of the homes. Not a bad start at all. 

If you would like to participate, you can request numbers from your Dock Rep or contact Flo Hoylman: The FHA is picking up the tab for the 3.5" reflective aluminum numbers – one way the FHA is working to make our community safer.

Thanks to Flo Holman, chair of the Emergency Preparedness committee for recognizing the need for waterside numbers, and then organizing the effort. Additional emergency preparedness info is posted on the FHA website: CLICK HERE TO VIEWAnd a final reminder: in planning for an emergency, the only way off the docks might be via water.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

FHA Board Meeting Notes – July 18, 2016

To keep everyone up to date on what the FHA Board has been doing, here’s a bullet list of the important and interesting things that happened at the July 18, 2016 Board Meeting:

  • Our webmaster is developing a comprehensive community map for the website.
  • The Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) has offered to partner with the FHA to host our own E-waste Collection Day. (See the blogpost – CLICK HERE)
  • The Environmental Committee will create a list of where various items can be recycled.
  • Twenty-one people attended the free First Aid class on June 25
  • Dock reps should let Flo know if they need more waterside numbers for their dock.
  • A CERT training is scheduled for October 1 and October 8, 2016. If we get 25 people to attend, we can have the sessions on one of our docks. Those who pass this training will be reimbursed by the FHA for the course fee.
  • Revised FHA by-laws were approved, and will be posted on the website.
  • Larry Clinton will create a flier about the blog that will go up on dock bulletin boards. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Insuring your Floating Home – For What It's Worth

Photo by Ron Moreland

When it comes to life on the water one quickly learns that what we take for granted – as normal – is rarely ever viewed the same on land. Home insurance is no exception. Over the years Ron Moreland has compiled a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of insuring our floating homes, laid out in such a way as to make navigating our insurance options as clear as possible. While very little has changed since the last update in early 2015 – an incorrect phone number was fixed and an agent who is no longer around has been eliminated – the basic info on the insurance itself remains the same. That said, it's always a good idea to revisit this information every few years. New people have moved into the community and the old timers may have forgotten some of this stuff.

To read the article INSURANCE FOR FLOATING HOMES in its entirety CLICK HERE.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bob Kalloch Memorial Celebration

Friends, neighbors and colleagues gathered to remember Bob Kalloch, former and long-time resident of A Dock. The memorial celebration, at Dunphy Park on August 20, was marked by music, personal reminiscences, and food and drink.


Judyth Greenburgh, who organized the memorial celebration,
welcomes friends and neighbors at the Dunphy Park gazebo.
Chris Hardman (Antenna Theater) reminisced about
being introduced to the waterfront by Bob and Laurabell.
Longtime neighbor Sally Champe recalled
Bob and Laurabell’s penchant for costumes.
Maggie Catfish and Joe Tate (of the original Redlegs),
sang spirituals in Bob’s honor.

CLICK HERE for link to previous Bob Kalloch post

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bob Kalloch Memorial Service

Bob Kalloch

Photo by Judyth Greenburgh
On Saturday, August 20 there will be a life celebration for longtime waterfront resident, activist and historian Bob Kalloch.

Bob and his lady Laurabell Hawbecker moved to the Sausalito watefront in the 60s, after they both decided to stop punching timeclocks.

They found a dilapidated WWII landing craft hull, “the Hiparcus,” and became anchor-outs. Later on they moved to what is now A dock.

He served as the manager of the marina and also started and ran the garbage service for the community. The times were changing and troubles with Marin County and Sausalito caused Bob to become involved in representing the community in negotiations with local authorities. He was Harbor Master of Gate 3 for over ten years. Laurabell is credited with creating Sausalito’s first Fourth of July parade.

Bob died of a heart attack in an Inyokern, California, hospital on May 6th. Laurabell still lives in Inyokern, looked after by Ruth Hartman – a fellow houseboat resident.

There will be a memorial for Bob by the Gazebo in Dunphy Park Saturday August 20th from 2pm – 5pm. Bring music to play, kazoos to blow, drums to beat, food & drink to share and a seat to sit on. If you have something to say or perform please let us know. Please email any digital images you have to share beforehand.

RSVP: Judyth@Jgreenburgh.com1 (415) 272-3611.

A longer remembrance of Bob’s life will appear in the next Floating Times.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sausalito Village Living Room Chat - Please Come

photo by Betsy Stroman
Teddie and Brad Hathaway are holding a Sausalito Village Living Room Chat at their home on East Pier: this Sunday afternoon, August 7, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Sausalito Village is a non-profit organization founded by a small group of volunteers who wanted to build a community of friendship and support among Sausalito's older residents.

The chat is an informal opportunity for people who might be interested in Sausalito Village to learn more, and to meet some current members of the Village. Please email Teddie at or call her at 415-299-3381 if you would like to attend as space is limited.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

(Re)Pave Paradise? Popular Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway to Receive Facelift

(Re)pave paradise? This Update from Kate Sears – reprinted here it its entirety – explains:

I'm delighted to announce that our much loved Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway will have a fresh coat of smooth asphalt and accessibility improvements on almost a mile of pathway between East Blithedale Avenue and Almonte Boulevard by late 2017.

Bicyclists, pedestrians, users of the dog park, students, residents of The Redwoods, and people visiting from all over the county and beyond, make this the most heavily-used pathway in the entire Marin County Parks system. We've long desired and pressed for the funding to make these improvements possible. We are pleased that the County of Marin was awarded $320,000 of federal Priority Conservation Area funding, with a $320,000 local match provided by County Parks' Measure A fund, to bring this project to fruition.

The Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) will oversee the design and construction of the project. DPW aims to design and acquire environmental clearance this year for the work, which will include asphalt resurfacing and installation of new benches with accessible sitting areas.

I've heard from many of you along the way who've helped advocate for these improvements and am glad we are now able to move ahead and look forward to an improved pathway by late 2017.

In the meantime, take note of the many other improvements we've initiated along the multiuse pathway, including most recently fresh striping and stencils. The County of Marin (DPW, Marin County Parks, and Marin County Sheriff's Office), the City of Mill Valley and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition are collaborating to improve access and safety along the pathway. This collaborative effort includes the Share the Path campaign, which promotes safety, communication and friendliness; regulatory changes including an enlarged "slow zone" of 10 mph adjacent to Bayfront Park; and increased enforcement of safety rules and regulations.

Please share the good news with your friends and neighbors, and also urge them to subscribe to my news and information by signing up. Stay in touch and feel welcome to write to me at And have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Friday, July 29, 2016

An Epic Race: Transpac Results

by Jen Gennari

Jiří Šenkyřík crossed the finish line first!

Sailing three minutes short of 13 days, Jiří came in second overall (for corrected time) in the race from San Francisco to Hawaii. “When I radioed, the race committee and Bri met me in a small boat—it was a surprise to me to see my mom and dad, too,” he says. “As I finished, two dolphins were jumping and criss-crossing in front of my boat.”

The Singlehanded Transpac takes pluck. Battling nausea, a shaking boat, and big swells, Jiří struggled to eat enough calories (“I lost my beer belly”). At one key moment he moved south to avoid getting becalmed. The problem: hurricanes churned up the sea to the south. It was a gamble that paid off.

His scariest moment occurred his second night out. “The storm had stripped all the sails from the deck of the boat, and they were dragging around the keel.” He recalled, “I was thinking, ‘Number one rule don’t fall off the boat; number two rule don’t fall off the boat; number three, repeat number one.’ A big wave ripped the headlamp off my head. I saw the light swirling around in the water, and I looked at it and thought, that is what could happen to me.” He hugged the mast.

About 800 miles out from the California coastline, he witnessed the environmental effects of our waste culture. “It was depressing to see,” he said. “Not only was there no sign of life but there was this human garbage.”

With just three days to go, Jiří knew one of the boats was about five miles ahead of him. “I was going fast, under spinnaker, and my boat broached,” he says. “I had to cut all these ropes, and I was sure I had lost.”

In the dark of night, he texted his despair to his girlfriend. “Within a 5-minute period, Bri wrote me something nice, then my mom wrote me something nice, and then my dad wrote me something nice,” says Jiří. “It went from dark to sun, and I was doing 8 knots, and I didn’t see any other boat.”

Jiří praised his fellow racers. “They were all so experienced and smart,” he says. “It was an amazing journey.”

For detailed results CLICK HERE
Link to previous story: A Solo Sailing Race to Hawaii

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Your State Government in Action

Photo and post by Teddie Hathaway

There are currently two bills being considered by the state government that you need to know about. They take slightly different approaches to the same thing, but at this point neither contain language that would specifically include floating homes. What you need to consider is this: do you want the language of the proposed legislation to include us - the floating home community - and if you do, what do you do about it?

Assembly Bill 2406
, introduced by Tony Thurmond of Richmond, and co-authored by our own State Assemblyman Marc Levine, allows local jurisdictions to pass ordinances to permit what it refers to as “junior accessory dwelling units” in single family residential zones. In essence this means that a room with an outside door could be turned into a junior dwelling unit if it includes a rudimentary kitchen. A separate bathroom is not required.

Senate Bill 1069, introduced by Bob Wieckowski, of Fremont, and supported by our own State Senator Mike McGuire in committee, requires local jurisdictions to allow “accessory dwellings” within the walls of the existing main house or in an existing detached structure.

Both of these bills have passed their respective houses and are now in the “other house" being considered in committee. Neither are currently scheduled for a vote, but it is likely the outcome will be some kind of combined version of the two. And here is where we come in …

If this is an issue that you care about, and certainly the members of our community that live in homes that already have more than one unit do, you may want to write to your representatives urging them to change the language in the bills so that they will be inclusive of our community.

Contact links:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hugh Lawrence Passes Away

Photo by Pat Lawrence
Hugh G. Lawrence died on April 30 at his home on A Dock at age 89. A fourth generation Northern Californian, Hugh moved to A Dock when it was first built in 1978, in a redwood home he had designed and built on a surplus WWII sand barge. According to his widow Pat, that structure received the first floating home building permit from the County of Marin.

With a law degree from Golden Gate University Law School, Hugh was an active lawyer for fifty years. He served on the Sausalito Planning Commission, ran for City Council and the school board. He helped both Don Arques and George Kappas to obtain the multitude of planning permits over many years to make floating homes legal, forging a specialized knowledge of the complexities of waterfront "mud law" in the process. Then he worked on the sale of the Arques property to Lou Cook and helped negotiate the WPH tenant leases.

Hugh also was one of the perpetrators of the famous prank in which first a picture of a daisy and then a fake Gauguin were hung from an abandoned drydocks anchored off Sausalito. He was an avid sailor who raced on his own PIC and other boats, and sailed to Hawaii.

A memorial service was held at his home, including the reading of John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever,” with its immortal opening line: “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and sky.”

FHA Board Meeting Notes – June 20, 2016

To keep everyone up to date on what the FHA Board has been doing, here’s a bullet list of the important and interesting things that happened at the June 20, 2016 Board Meeting:

  • Members of the Point San Pablo floating homes community attended the meeting and asked questions about steps necessary to purchase their marina. Jim Rowe (Issaquah Dock) also attended.
  • There are 11 homes committed for the Tour. Everyone was encouraged to volunteer at SignUp [CLICK HERE]. Also to check out our Tour Facebook page, like it and notify Facebook friends about it:
  • Larry Clinton requested Dock News for the Aug.-Sept. Floating Times
  • The number of subscribers to the blog has risen from 55 to 86 for a 56% increase, and everyone was asked to encourage neighbors to sign up for our blog: Larry Clinton will prepare a blog flier to go on dock bulletin boards.
  • The Board ratified an Executive Committee decision to get a storage locker in San Rafael for $70.00 per month to store tour and parade equipment, plus FHA archives.
  • Ron Moreland was authorized to continue to oversee and work on a lawsuit arising from an accident during the 2013 tour. Joan Sheahan will be Ron's backup.
  • Reflective numbers were handed out to be placed on the water side of any floating home whose owner requests them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fire Safety

Ron Moreland with FireMaster on another occasion.
Gabe Woods of FireMaster is back to service & supply our fire extinguishers. The recharge fee is $15, or you can buy new fire extinguishers for $50.

Saturday July 30 – from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – at the foot of Issaquah.

Fire extinguishers require routine care and maintenance. When used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or controlling it until the fire department arrives. On the docks, where a fire can quickly spread, having a working extinguisher at the ready could make all the difference.
- correction: July 30, not June 30 as originally posted -

Monday, July 18, 2016

Coincidence or Not? Humming Toadfish Are Back

photo by Larry Clinton

Parks & Rec director Mike Langford holds the mic for
Neptune for a reading from the poem Toadfish Love
Katy Boyd of East Pier reported, via Nextdoor Kappas Marina, and neighbor Brad Hathaway confirms, that the humming toadfish are indeed back. Could it be that recent 4th of July kazoo band activity has got these creatures in the mood?

Or was it Neptune (Keith Shaw) reading from Toadfish Love, in front of the viewing stand during the Sausalito 4th of July Parade, that kicked the water-dwelling hummers into high gear?

The poem Toadfish Love, written by East Pierian Gordon Haight in the style of Alfred Lord Tennyson, is reprinted from the July/August 2009 Floating Times. Click here for the original story; click this link to view the post:
Toads Stage Triumphant Comeback!


There was a time in houseboat lore
That ...Humming... Toadfish did such roar 
That sleepy neighbors could not ignore. 
Was the...humming... a nighttime snore?

But, no, scientists did say, it was 
...Humming... Toadfish at bedtime play. 
They...hummed...for mating until they were sore: 
The ...Humming... Toadfish of sex lore.

No time for feeding, no time for fun,
...Humming... Toadfish relax when done. 
From the mud of Sausalito did they come,
...Humming... Toadfish breeding their young.

So march on the 4th, and dance all night 
But late in the evening when stars are bright, 
Listen for those lovers with all your might 
For the ...Humming... Toadfish... own the night.

The 4th of July Parade, as the Humming Toadfish break into the Beatles' Yellow Submarine.
Thanks to Kay Horne for the video, posted HERE on YouTube.