Between the pilings

A look at the lives of South Harbor live-aboards


August 24, 2023

Chris Basinger / Petersburg Pilot

The 60-foot DeFever yacht Daucharal, owned by Don and Alice Merrill, moored in South Harbor.

Most people in Petersburg can say that much of their lives are spent on the water, whether that be fishing for a living or for food and fun, transiting to cabins, or taking the ferry to a basketball game or on a Costco run.

To many, the waters of the Inside Passage are almost a second home.

But only a few can say their homes rise and fall with the tides, that from the moment they wake up in the morning to when they go to bed the tides are a constant force in their lives.

The live-aboards of South Harbor's C Float can.

Tied together by the tides, they share the unique joys and challenges that l...

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