The Pied-a-Mer


The Pied-a-Mer is our houseboat. "Pied-à-mer" (pronounced PYED-a-mehr) is French for "foot on the sea". For seven years it was our home away from home—we spent a couple of days a week aboard the boat, year round. Since February, 2015, it's where we live when we're not traveling.

The Pied-a-Mer is a 40' Mike Kelly design, custom built for the original owner. We bought it in 2007, when it was less than a year old. We keep it at China Harbor Marina on Lake Union in Seattle.

We don't take the Pied-a-Mer out very often, but when we do it's a lot of fun. Like most recreational boats, she spends most of her time tied up at the dock. Go to the Cruise page for more about one outing we had on Lake Union.

We used to keep our kayak next to the Pied-a-Mer. The grandkids liked to bring along a fishing net to scoop up litter—especially after the big 4th of July fireworks display.

We enjoy entertaining friends aboard the Pied-a-Mer so they can get a taste of what it's like to live on the water.

It's fun to watch the Tuesday evening sailboat races from our upper deck.


There are 30 boats of every description in our marina, many of them liveaboards. It's a wonderful community. We love our neighbors!

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Updated 2015-04-03