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Stay number.. three? As long as Terrapin is floating in the Bay I'll keep coming back.
Lulled gently to sleep by pelicans fishing and lines clanging softly on the masts; woken up by the Sausalito sunshine and rowers in the bay. Staying on Terrapin is special as always.
The tugboat was wonderful! Great mooring spot in the Sausalito harbor. We woke up to beautiful blue skies and the slight rolling motion of the boat. The bed and bedding was cozy and warm. We got coffee and croissants from the restaurant close by and sat in the morning sun on the deck reading and relaxing. David, our host, was most accommodating. He explained the workings of the boat and left us with snacks, drinks and chocolates! We hope to come back soon and will definitely send our friends to this unique spot in Sausalito.
David was absolutely a gentleman, Welcoming us into his clean tugboat, which was ready for our specific needs when we got there. Super nice and sweet. I give him a full 5 stars!
My wife and I had an amazing time. It truly was a unique experience staying in a 100-year-old restored tugboat. It was both very romantic and very relaxing and we wish we could have stayed longer. David was our host and could not have been any more accommodating he even met us at midnight and made sure we were stocked with snacks and towels and pillows etc. I highly recommend this experience to any person who is looking for a quiet relaxing getaway
Another wonderful stay on Terrapin: a fridge full of beer, calm sunset on deck and snug night in the cabin. Thank you David for being so accommodating and flexible again, looking forward to another visit soon!
Swapping terra firma for a night on Terrapin was very different and very relaxing. I'd highly recommend staying here to move at a different pace for a couple of nights and to appreciate the see-saw to sleep by the harbour waves in the cosy sleeping cabin.
The beautifully restored tugboat is sandwiched between a French cafe and a kayaking centre, both making for great visits. I took a kayak out in to the Bay in the early evening and again the following morning, paddling with seals and taking in the view.
David was friendly and interesting, and clearly has a lot of understandable pride for the boat. He was a great host; very communicative and flexible.
The Terrapin was a great experience from start to finish. As our very first Airbnb stay, we couldn't have asked for a better host. David is very easygoing and mellow and made us feel like old friends just staying overnight on his beloved boat. Thank you, David, for being so awesome. Our original intention was to stay in San Fran, but I am soooo glad we took the extra 15 minutes to go into Sausalito, it was so much more of a unique experience. The Marina is really easy to find. A few minutes over the Golden Gate Bridge and a scenic drive through quaint Sausalito and - voila! - you are staying on a 100 year old tugboat!!! The Marina itself is really cool, with renovated warehouse space that gives it a hip, modern feel. There is a big, very clean men & women locker room with full showers and bathroom, a beachy area where you can take out a kayak for the day, and a fantastic French restaurant (Le Garage) where we got buttery croissants and coffee for breakfast. The Terrapin is a one of a kind, 100 year old wooden tugboat. The warmth and character of the wood gives the boat a real soulful feeling. The center of the vessel is appointed with a working kitchen & a comfy boxed in couch. David walked us through what to do and what not to do as far as the electric, the toilet, the sink. It was all very easy to understand and operate, even for me and I'm not a "boat person". We shared dinner and a bottle of wine on the deck of the stern, watching the full moon and listening to the Marina sounds. When it was time to turn in, the bed is a big, fluffy nest of pillows, down quilt and flannel sheets tucked into the bow. We snuggled up with all the windows open, falling asleep to the gentle rocking of the boat and the scent of the salty, sea air. I would emphatically recommend this experience to anyone with a sense of soul and adventure - when will you ever get the chance to stay in a place that's 100 years old, all wood and floats? It was totally awesome. Thank you David!!!
David is a fantastic host: hospitable, informative, flexible, and readily available to address any potential concerns or questions. The boat itself is great! For the land lover who thinks they are a sailor/pirate at heart, it is a comfortable, comparably-priced, and cool off-the-wall alternative to the ordinary hotel experience (yawn). The marina facilities are clean and nice, and very close by, as is Sausalito itself (a nice short walk). The berth in the boat, while spacious relative to sailboats, is indeed a berth of a boat (read: not a bed - smaller, though cozy and comfortable). The boat is really immaculately kept for a 100+ year old wooden boat, but it is indeed an old boat (read: a little quirky and smells like a 100+ year old boat...just open the hatches for some fresh air if it gets to you). For a 1 night stay in Sausalito as a base to explore the awesome forests and beaches of the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, etc., this was a great, memorable experience!
Perfect stay. David and Josephine are amazing hosts and make sure to cater to their guest's every need while staying on the 'Terrapin'. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. They are the sweetest hosts and I only hope I can return to Sausalito and stay on their boat once again :)