Naturally I wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge up close, so cycling seemed a good idea. I was also really keen to visit the little town of Sausalito, which sits on the 'other' side of the bridge, on the edge of the bay. So I combined the two things.
The Sausalito houseboat community consists of more than 400 houseboats of various shapes, sizes, and values, along the north end of town, approximately two miles from downtown.
The roots of the Houseboat Community lie in the re-use of abandoned boats and material after the de-commissioning of the Marinship shipyards at the end of World War II.
Many anchor-outs came to the area, which created problems with sanitation and other issues. After a series of tense confrontations in the 1970s and 1980s additional regulations were applied to the area and the great majority of boats were relocated to approved docks. Several are architect-designed pieces that have been featured in major magazines.