Industrial Inspiration For a San Francisco Houseboat

Strapped into orange life jackets and clutching a bottle of Champagne, Kimo and Sarah Bertram were on tenterhooks as they watched the glowing Golden Gate Bridge and forbiddingly beautiful Alcatraz Island glide by their kitchen windows, hoping that their new home—a houseboat that had just been completed in a Sausalito boatyard—would make it safely to its slip on San Francisco’s Mission Creek. Having heard horror stories from their neighbors about rough crossings, the Bertrams had been understandably apprehensive when they boarded their 128-ton home for its maiden—and final—voyage. But as the floating house slid into its resting place, they popped a cork amid cheers from the waiting crowd, made up of their builders, architects and neighbors. “It was amazingly nerve-racking and exhilarating at the same time,” recalls Kimo.

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