Boats and Homes

Can dogs live on a boat? Can cats? Can a family? Can a bin of composting worms live on a boat? All these questions and more can be answered by attending the Southwest DC Waterfront Boat-Home Tour, on Saturday, October 26th.

Located on the southwest waterfront, along the Washington Channel, Gangplank Marina is home to the largest “liveaboard”community on the East Coast. For over 30 years, it has been home to a diverse group including professionals, families, artists, retirees, scientists, congresspeople, members of the military, and many more. The homes of these water-dwellers may be small, but they more than make up for it with a unique way of life and an eclectic, vibrant community of neighbors.

For only the third time in history, the floating homes of Gangplank Marina will be open to the public for a self-guided tour of approximately 20 of the most fun and uncommon homes (and offices) in Washington DC. Owners and docents will also be available to answer questions about the boat‐homes and the liveaboard and workaboard lifestyles.

The majority of the proceeds from the tour ticket sales will benefit local charities in southwest DC. Previous recipients have included Earth Conservation Corps, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Southwest Playground Project, Southwest Scholarship Fund, and more.

The self-paced tour will take place on Saturday, October 26th, from 10 am to 2 pm. Advance tickets are recommended ($20 per person) as the tour is expected to sell out. We’re also offering a discounted ticket price of $15 to our southwest neighbors in the 20024 zip code! Purchase tickets online via the web site (tickets will likely not be available on the day of the tour). Waterfront bar & grill Cantina Marina will offer a 10% discount to tour-goers. Check out www.dchouseboat.orgfor more information. See you on the water!


By: Jess Dankert

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