Situated in D.C.'s Washington Channel, Gangplank Marina is the largest liveaboard community on the east coast. These are the people who call it home.
Greg Whittier, Aubrey Andre and their then 17-day-old daughter Rue Constance aboard their sailboat Tenalach. “Gangplank is a family,” says Andre. “Now we have an almost 5 month old baby, and she has been held and cared for by many neighbors. This childhood cannot be recreated in the current suburban neighbors, because here, everyday is a block party.”
Roger Thiel, the most tenured resident of Gangplank, on his boat Doo Wop. “I feel a certain kin with even with astronauts because I live aboard a machine,” he says. “Another very important thing for here in Washington D.C., is that you leave your profession at the gate. It’s possible to live near a congressman or a member of the House of Representatives for a year without knowing it … whatever you do on the outside is rendered pretty level when you come into the marina.”
Paul Butler on Spiritwood II
Laynese Hooks and Dick Marchi aboard their barge Our Island.