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Sausalito’s Working Waterfront Takes Center Stage in Innovation

As the Bay Area faces a slow but continual assault on its waterfront property from developers looking for real estate dollars, the Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition (SWWC) is continuing its mission to retain the Marinship waterfront as a home for maritime businesses, industrial activities, and the artist community. The organization describes itself as “a coalition of Sausalito’s maritime craftspeople, technology innovators, industrial fabricators, makers, artisans and artists.” Their work encompasses long-term advocacy for the preservation of Sausalito’s maritime heritage, and its modern-day work environment.

As sailors, we’re concerned about losing access to the Bay and to the industries that support our sport, and we want to see the SWWC succeed. To our eyes, they’re doing a great job, but there can’t be too many supporters for a cause such as this, and we want to update you on the progress among the marine and other businesses that are operating in Sausalito. We also invite you to share their stories and offer your support.

First up, in a development that holds great promise for sailors, the Sausalito nonprofit organization Spaulding Marine Center has partnered with Minnesota-based Electric Yacht to complete its first diesel-to-electric engine conversion aboard a Catalina 30. Spaulding’s team of experienced technicians and Boatworks 101 apprentices removed the Catalina’s diesel engine, and replaced it with a 10kW electric propulsion system. This is an example of the Marinship’s “new blue-economy initiative.” And as Spaulding’s staff and apprentices gain experience and fine-tune their training, the nonprofit endeavors to become “the go-to boatyard for these conversions.”

Spaulding’s first electric engine conversion is complete.
© 2024 Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition

In addition to Spaulding, there are a number of active boatyards in Sausalito’s Marinship, such as Bayside Boatworks, KKMI, and Richardson Bay Boatworks. Michael Zolezzi‘s racing sloop Yucca, once owned by the late Hank Easom, was recently spotted undergoing some maintenance at Bayside Boatworks. By the way, you can watch a short film about Hank Easom here.

Other happenings in Marinship include Canvas Works’ “largest ever project” — a massive temporary roof cover.

Clearly our boat canopy needs are in good hands with these operators.
© 2024 Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition

On the non-boating side, inventors and innovators are creating products such as a new HVAC system for an electric car, global medical devices, renewable energy systems, portable thermoelectric cooling units and more. But manufacturing facilities and boatyards are only one side of the Marinship coin. There’s a whole host of artisans and creators who work with everything from varnish to paint to sewing machines to timber to sign painting  to … We can’t list them all here, so we encourage you to check it all out for yourself.

Sausalito Waterfront works
This photo gallery represents just a small segment of what’s going on in Marinship.
© 2024 Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition

Go to Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition and learn more about what’s happening in this active waterfront community.

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  1. milly Biller 3 months ago

    Thanks for offering Oleg’s wonderful trailer on Hank !!!! I sure miss him.
    We desperately need to carry on the work of the Working Waterfront Coalition !!!!!!!

  2. John D DiRe 3 months ago

    Monica, thank you for your article on the Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition. Latitude 38 has been a big supporter and we appreciate it. Community, we need to continue to be vigilant! Our working waterfront is on valuable real estate and continues to be eyed by developers that could threaten our existence.

  3. Tracey Michele Kessler 3 months ago

    Thank you for supporting those of us in the Marinship. We are extremely grateful to all those helping support us staying in our studios/spaces.

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