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Perhaps the most famous and recognizable part of the Sausalito waterfront are the town’s famous houseboats. While this once-alternative community has lost some it’s 60’s charm to development and and vacation renters, there is still a unique vibe to the houseboat docks.

Click on the image below for an audio slideshow that captures some of the docks’ counter-culture charm.

Click on the image to view the audio slideshow

Produced by Graham Henderson

Voices (in order) Gidion Butler, Shaun Goo

Music Standing in the Mud by Luke Tan (Creative Commons, used with permission)

Life aboard a live aboard

Sausalito is well-known for its famous houseboats—you know, the ones that look like eccentric regular homes, but floating on a concrete barge. But there are other ways to live, literally, on the water in Sausalito as well. One of the more common options is to “live aboard.” More specifically, it means to live on a yacht or boat—usually tied up at a marina, but occasionally “anchored out” offshore. Unlike the posh houseboats, these live aboards are just regular boats that serve not only as a vehicle, but a home as well. Sometimes these boats can move under their own power, others haven’t moved in years and are exclusively used as dwellings.

Gidion Butler is a 20-year-old community college student who lives on an old Japanese trawler tied up in Sausalito. He was kind enough to share some of the down-and-dirty realities of living on a moored boat. Click below for his thoughts