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Can You Live the Dream?


 

 

 

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Can You Live the Dream?


 

 

 

 

Owatonna is a 107' U.S. Army tugboat converted to the equivalent of a 4-bedroom home. She is in a premium downtown slip in the beating heart of famous Sausalito, about two miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. She has panoramic, 360 degree views of Sausalito, Richardson Bay, Mount Tamalpais, Belvedere, and out across San Francisco Bay to Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay, and San Francisco. If you were to sail into Richardson Bay from San Francisco Bay, Owatonna is the first end-tie you'd see.

The tug is a short five-minute walk to elegant restaurants, a wide assortment of cafes, many live-music venues, and shopping, and only a 10-minute walk to a world-class, 25-minute ferry ride to downtown San Francisco, right past the Golden Gate Bridge.

Gather a party of 80 to watch fireworks from the bow twice a year. 

Stand with your coffee in the glow of sunrise, sit on the fantail with friends and watch the sun set over the mountains.

Or assemble an exclusive meeting that your associates will never forget.

Owatonna is a breathtaking boat, a breathtaking place to be. 

 

Scroll down for more about the tug, and make sure to check out more pics of the interior and the exterior, and go to details.

interested?  Email us: info@TugboatOwatonna.com

 
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The Life


The Life


Sausalito, CA


Sausalito

Sausalito, CA


Sausalito

A place of beauty most people only dream of

Sausalito is a haven of luxury and sophistication, minutes from San Francisco. But Sausalito is also a strong social community, one that's in intimate relationship with wildlife ... if you're on the water.

At night, it is deeply quiet on board. Night herons fish regularly from Owatonna's bumpers or her rudder. Then, in the morning, you may hear thousands of cormorants and pelicans sweeping into Richardson Bay hunting for herring or smelt. As you sit on deck with your coffee, harbor seals surface yards from you, snorting and sneezing as they fish for their breakfast. Loons, grebes, and coots swim and dive too.

On your way to a local restaurant, you'll encounter wild great blue herons and white egrets, so at ease among the boaters, walking the floating piers seeking the best fishing spots. Pause for them; they will do the same for you.

Everywhere you go, there are stunning, changing vistas of the Bay and San Francisco, reminding you daily of how fortunate you are to call this a home.

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Sausalito


Sausalito


Way of Life


Way of Life

Way of Life


Way of Life

Morning breaks over the East Bay. 

If you're an early riser, you can drink your morning coffee at the pilot house dining table and watch the sun rise over the East Bay.

Then you may go for a row, a run along the long waterfront, a walk in the hills of Sausalito, or a bike ride on the many scenic bike paths in Marin County.

Take breakfast along the port side with your legs on the rail and wave or talk with admiring boaters and stand-up paddlers. Sometimes the big utility boats will pass from the Army Corps of Engineers. They often wave too. 

If you're heading into San Francisco, you can walk 5 minutes to the ferry where you may well make some friends among the regulars. If you haven't already eaten, you can take a little extra time to stop off at Poggio for their elegant breakfast (complete with an operatic soundtrack), or any one of the local eateries.

If you get to know and like your neighbors you may share informal get-togethers, excursions, and knowledge about your boats. Many on the docks are accomplished artists or entrepreneurs, unmannered denizens of the edge.  If you're lucky and curious, you'll find your tribe.

This is a real community. If you enter with care, you may be well rewarded.

 

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The Tug


The Tug


The Tug Herself


Owatonna

The Tug Herself


Owatonna

And then there's the tug herself.

Owatonna is 350 tons of steel, built and launched by the U.S. Army in 1955. It is only because of her strength and durability that she is able to lie comfortably and safely at this premium end tie, coveted by many. 

Owatonna has many gearhead fans and it's easy to understand why. There is not a single thing fussy or electronic about this tug. Everything can be seen, accessed, understood quickly. All the original blueprints are on board, along with some spare parts and some of the biggest tools you have ever seen. {For more specs on the engine and workings of the tug go here.)

Owatonna currently has sleeping accommodations for four which can easily be expanded up to eight. It's hard to estimate square footage in a boat, but we figure she's about 2000 square feet of interior living space and approximately 1000 feet of exterior space on three decks. These estimates do not include the engine room which is quite large, the workshop aft, and the machine room over the engine on the main deck above (see below).

Below decks, in the forepeak, there are two cabins, one large with a 10-foot ceiling and skylight. We've used this an exercise room, video studio, and spare guest room but it could easily be made into a master stateroom. There is also a smaller cabin with two bunk beds and a desk, and in the common space, there is a workshop/library that we have used for craftwork.

On the main deck there is a full-bed cabin forward which was once used as an office, it contains a sink as well. Aft of that is the dining salon. Aft of that on the starboard side is the 25-foot galley, and aft on the port side is the full head with oversized bathtub. Between these two areas is the machine room and butterfly hatch, still intact, through which the engine can be removed, and which contains an assortment of equipment associated with the operation of the tug. Astern of the galley is a pantry, with washer and dryer, and on the port side is the half bath, which is accessible from the aft salon, roughly 14' x 14', astern of all these, which the previous owners added in steel when they did the conversion. We have spent many quiet evenings in the warm glow of that potbelly stove, as well as nights of hilarity in the summers when we have gathered here and on the fantail with friends.

On the next deck, the pilothouse is expanded, too, to include another salon that the previous owners used as their master salon. It contains a sink and plumbing for a toilet. Forward, the pilothouse is intact, including the original bronze speaking tubes that connect the pilot and engineer from numerous stations around the boat. For the periods when the the boat is not being driven, we lifted the steering wheel off the steering column, hung it from the ceiling and lit it, and slipped a round tabletop onto the steering column, enabling us to sit in comfort and look out onto downtown San Francisco and the East Bay. In 20 minutes, the table can be removed and the wheel slotted back securely into place. There is also a full desk with cubby holes and built-in cabinets just astern of the stairs descending to the main deck.

Directly aft of the original pilothouse is a new salon built in steel. It was used by the original owners as their master stateroom and contains a sink and is roughed in for a toilet, both in one corner of the room. We use that cabin as an office. However it's used, it's a great away place. 

On the deck aft of the pilothouse you'll find room for entertaining outside. We have relaxed there many times on chaises with our margaritas, watching the boat traffic, waving to passing sailors, and hailing our friends across the dock. We have hosted a swimsuit photoshoot, a wedding, and many many parties on this broad, flat area and around the boat. All U.S. military vessels are required to have fire-fighting capability so there are two fire monitors (water cannon) on this deck.

On top of the pilothouse there is a third water cannon and the most spectacular view of all.

For more specifications, history, and price go here.

interested?  Email us: info@TugboatOwatonna.com

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The Location


Location

The Location


Location

Hey! I can see her from the ferry!
 

Sailing into Richardson Bay on the ferry from San Francisco, you'll see Owatonna.  

She's the first end-tie in Richardson Bay, a marker to incoming boat traffic that they have arrived.

What that also means is that she's the best place from which to watch boating of all kinds.  You can see regattas and races on San Francisco Bay, watch sailing lessons launched from the Sausalito Yacht Club, where you can be a member; and greet passing boaters coming in and out of the Bay and the first fairway of the Sausalito Yacht Harbor. These are your neighbors.

After they get to know you, you may find you've joined a wonderfully friendly community of like-minded boat lovers with whom you may share joy on the water. This is not just a place to store boats. This is a place where lifelong friendships can be made. For that to happen, you've got to be a good neighbor. 

It's true though, that many people come to their boats for respite from all the busyness of their lives. Owatonna offers a unique degree of privacy in this regard, despite her central location. It's just the nature of a big heavy tugboat to be inward-looking, built like a fortress, and consequently, well-guarded acoustically and visually. If your hatches are closed, no one will hear the loud music you're playing or your private conversations inside. No boat is alongside and often, at low tide, your neighbors across the dock won't even be able to see you.

But what you can see, oh, what you can see ...

 

Go here for more details and price, and to exterior and interior for images.

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More Info


 

 

For more information, email

info@TugboatOwatonna.com

 

 

More Info


 

 

For more information, email

info@TugboatOwatonna.com