Mark your calendars for the next tour – Sunday, September 9th, 2018 – Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets will go on sale July 2018.

A Message from Bridgetender Barb Abelhauser

barb-abelhauserThe tour was wonderful. We counted over 290 people who came through. I talked myself so hoarse that the next day I sounded like Lauren Bacall. 🙂 A lot of people expressed interest in what we do between boat openings. I happen to gather inspiration for my daily blog, The View from a Drawbridge, which I describe as “the random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.”  I’ve been doing this blog every day since December, 2012, so needless to say, I’ve built up a lot of material. So I’m working with a publicist to put out a series of anthologies called A Bridgetender’s View, and each one will focus on a recurring topic from my blog. We decided it would be very appropriate to lead with gratitude, and thus, my first book, A Bridgetender’s View: Notes on Gratitude was born! It’s currently available in paperback here, but an e-book and a deluxe color edition that really features the many photos by the amazing Amy Sassenberg will be coming soon!

2016 Floating Home Tour Thanks PB3

The 2016 Floating Home Tour was a lake full of fun, a bit of walking over hill and dale, and an overall grand success. The tour, “Peaceful Portage Bay” featured an eclectic blend of thirteen homes exclusively in Portage Bay, along with the unique opportunity to explore the University Bridge House.

Thanks to the Floating Homeowners who are the are the tour de force. We could not have a floating home tour without participants willing to open their doors and iconic lifestyle to our community. Immense thanks to those who opened their homes for the tour:

  • John and Marka Waechter
  • Cheryl Dyer Carlson and Ken Dyer
  • Parker Ferguson
  • Sam Kanner and Kayla Schober
  • Dave and Joyce Black
  • Corky and Martha Keck
  • Audrey Hudgins
  • Millie Livingston
  • Bruce Taft
  • Bill and Janice Albert
  • Jimmy Rogers
  • Lois Loontjens
  • Ross Hartling and Johnese Spisso

You are the stars of the tour! A few comments from the home owners: “A Huge Hit!” “Lots of dedicated, detailed, hard work. Thank you so much.” “I loved meeting my neighbors, these are my people!”

The lines were long, again. We reduced ticket sales by 500 (!!) this year, hoping to mitigate this consistent complaint by tour goers. Perhaps we will consider a staggered start or some such thing next time around. We welcome your ideas! However, while lines were long at one home, other homes had only a handful of people. It is a difficult problem to solve, and we apologize for the lengthy waits to peek into some of the homes. Special thanks to S.D.O.T. for their participation.

Thanks to the tour committee: Susan Jostrom, Tour Director; Adair Freeman, Blair Robbins, Courtney Cooper, Giff and Mary Jones, Erik Johnson, Jann McFarland, Kathy Kimball, Molly Cartwright, Sarah Morlidge, Susan Susor, Tanya Seligman, Tim and Melissa Ahlers, and Tom Hesselbrock.


HUGE thanks to our tour sponsors:  

Real Estate Brokers: 

Melissa Ahlers – Lake and Company

Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright – Seattle Afloat

LeAnne Quinn, Caitlin Finley, Erik Johnson, Kevin Gaspari – Windermere Real Estate NW, Inc.

Rick Miner and Enrico Pozzo – Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Linda and Kevin Bagley – Special Agents Realty

Mortgage Companies: 

Pacific Crest Savings Bank – Todd Hull

Sound Community Bank – David Raney

Insurance Companies: 

Red Shield Insurance

Boat Insurance – Neal Booth

Brown and Brown

Floating Home Services: 

Flotation Services – Greg Johnston

Aqua Dive – Amy and James Hicks

Envirotecture – Eric Hogeboom

Doug Bate Painting

Dunn Lumber – Jim Coshow

Little Construction – Bob Little

Peter Rogerson Appraisals

International Marine Floatation Systems, Inc. Matt Tobias

Neighborhood Services: 

G and H Printing – Kevin Upton

Seattle Department of Transportation

Floating Home Dock Sponsors: 

The Log Foundation, Willow Cove, Lee’s Moorings, Mallard Cove, Fairview Landing, The Old Boathouse, Pettus Cove, Lee’s Mooring, The Shelby Dock, Roanoke Reef, Mallard Cove

Kingfisher Dock; Jim Weyand and Marilyn Robertson

U of W Dock; Tom and Susan Susor

2700 Boyer; Jon and Judy Runstad

Onis Goodin Dock; Maggie Chon

Mark your calendars for the next tour – Sunday, September 9th, 2018 – Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets will go on sale July 2018.


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