Illustration: Nora Sawyer
Galilee Harbor Community Association is at the foot of Napa Street in Sausalito, CA
Galilee Harbor is home to 38 households, ranging in age from toddlers to octogenarians. Eighty-five percent of its residents are low income. Every household contributes to the harbor’s operation, contributing at least six work hours per month. These contributions include attending committee meetings, participating in workdays, volunteering at fundraising events, and working to support and maintain the community and its infrastructure.
Contact us to learn more about membership, community engagement, jobs and life at Galilee Harbor.
Members & Their Work
Heather Wilcoxon first came to the waterfront as an art student and continued on the academic track earning a Master’s Degree at the San Francisco Art Institute and teaching at UC Berkeley and College of Marin. The quirky characters in her paintings, simultaneously playful and brutal, have earned her prestigious awards and gallery shows. Heather is the prime mover of restoration efforts on Mono Street Marsh.
Anton and Holden
Anton Hottner and Holden Crane trained at The Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding. At North Bay Boat Works, they build from existing designs or custom design a boat based on the customer’s ideas; and specialize in structural repairs using traditional methods and materials. They handpick the highest quality timbers from local sawmills and harvest hardwoods from windfallen trees here in Northern California.
Raylene Gorum is working on the Tunnel Art Project - a community driven project for the 101 Underpass between Sausalito and Marin City. She has also been commissioned to create "Lady Bayview" -- a massive, 5,000 square foot public artwork for the new park being built on SF Bay at India Basin. She serves as Chair of the Parks and Rec Department and serve on the board of the Sausalito Community Boating Center which aims to bring affordable access to our community while preserving our unique maritime heritage.
Marc Gounard designs and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry with nautical treasures like shells and pearls. He also coaches sailboat owners on their own boats to give them confidence to sail in the San Francisco Bay or offshore, sometimes sailing with them up or down the California coast to train them in the cruising life style and he captains a charter sailboat in San Francisco @ boatsetter.com. Marc also delivers sailboats within the United States and internationally.
Erica Jordan award-winning films range from intimate character-driven dramas to documentaries about globally significant conflicts. Erica’s feature films “Walls of Sand,” “In the Wake,” and “Painted Nails,” as well as her many shorts film, received accolades at over 45 domestic and international film festivals, including Mill Valley Film Festival, Cinequest International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival and UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival at
Captain Heather Richard takes small groups of people for private sailing excursions on San Francisco Bay on S/V Corodon her classic racing yacht. She was the original visionary behind the creation of Sausalito’s first community boating program at Cass Gidley Marina.
I've been a licensed Captain for over 20 years and have operated a wide variety of vessels up and down the west coast, from small trawlers to large high-speed passenger vessels. In 2001, Sue and I purchased a Rawson Trawler in Tacoma, WA and brought her down the coast to become our home at Galilee Harbor. After cruising the Pacific NW on Seabird, Sue and I decided that we wanted an even more capable ocean cruiser so we spent the next six years building Kamahele, a steel long distance offshore troller-style boat. We did our first shakedown cruise to the Channel Islands in Southern California in 2018 and have since cruised to Alaska, and twice more to Southern California. We hope to get back up to Alaska in the Summer of 2023. In 2019, purchased an Olympus M34 system and began learning how to capture wildlife and environmental images that matched the amazing things Sue and I see living on the water and cruising the West Coast.
Karen Moeller enjoys introducing novice rowers to the beauty and tranquility of a water-based perspective on our shoreline and the ever-changing parade of wildlife. Karen instills confidence based on many years of sailboat racing and serving as a cook on educational tall ship excursions.
Filmmaker, Marianne Dolan, is a 29-year resident of Galilee Harbor and Producer/Director of the documentary Houseboat Wars which tells the story of the boat builders, artists, and musicians who outwitted developers in battle after battle for 40 years and finally won the right to create Galilee Harbor.
Richard Graef is an aquarium, zoo and museum exhibits designer most noted for the original design of the iconic kelp forest tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. His repertoire also includes interpretive graphics and logo design. Richard served on Sausalito’s Design Review Board for many years and is now serving as a Planning Commissioner in Sausalito’s Community Development Department.
Heidi Madison’s passion for boats grew as she was photographing ships as background for adventure travel. She has photographed three transatlantic voyages of the Queen Mary II, a Pacific Coast excursion on Mary Crowley’s Kaisei, and holiday cruises on Billy Martinelli’s Gaslight. For the past couple of years, she has been at the helm of the Galilee Harbor project team.
Fiver Brown has been writing songs and performing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Currently he is backed by the band Sugarbaker: Lex Razon on Drums, Scotty Lipsitz on Bass, Danny Eisenberg on Keys, and Derek Brooker on Guitar. He has been the guiding force behind the crowd-pleasing music at the annual Galilee Harbor Maritime Day celebration for many years.