Weekend hellos! Thank you so much for your comments on this week’s article on sameness in design, I read every one and so appreciate your insight and observations. Again I’m off on another trip, this one is family focused, I’ll be in Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho for Matt’s family reunion. His cousins are hosting a down home good ol’ fashioned Fourth of July party, complete with BBQ and fireworks. Just what the 4th is all about. :)
I was catching up on a stack of magazines yesterday. One of my favorite publications is Sunset Magazine, and inside was an article about a family reunion on a houseboat. It’s a worthy read and a well written glimpse into a summer gathering on a rented vessel.
When I was visiting Seattle last month, I booked an afternoon sailing tour of Lake Washington where my captain sailed us past an entire community of floating homes, including the one made famous by the film Sleepless in Seattle.
It made me imagine living life on the water, where the bark of a seal is your wakeup call and you spend your evenings looking at a panoramic water view.
floating home in Seattle
People use the term “houseboat” loosely to describe both a mobile vessel and a moored residence, but there is a distinction. Homes that are permanently docked on the water are called floating homes. They are berthed indefinitely, and connected to city water and sewer. Houseboats, like barges and boats, are free to roam, and dock where permitted.
Floating homes all come with additional complications, government oversight, local regulations, community rules, and the engineering challenges of living in a residence that floats on the water. Just a 30 minute drive from my home is a thriving floating home community in Sausalito, California, similar to dozens more communities that exist around the world.
I’m a student of how people live, especially when it’s outside the box, so I find this lifestyle fascinating. I hope you’ll find these floating residences and houseboats equally as inspiring as I do.