For Sailing Couple, a Houseboat Moored at Penn’s Landing Is Home Sweet Home

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Image via Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jeannie Richter Conn, an ESL Specialist at Rose Tree Media School District, and husband Peter decided to fully embrace their love of sailing and move to a houseboat, writes Terri Akman for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Image via Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Their lilac houseboat with shiny white shutters and gleaming metal roof is moored at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

It was sailing that brought the couple together in 2007.

Peter was living on a sailboat and Jeannie was commuting between her dad’s sailboat and her grandmother’s Delaware County home. In 2008, they moved in together.  Peter acquired a dilapidated houseboat and got to work.

It was a mess, recalled Peter, who works in IT.

“It had been in the marina for probably close to 20 years. The decks were all rotted and the inside was half-gutted.”

Between 2008 and 2016, Peter transformed the boat into a 320-square-foot home.

The new design was as un-boat-like as possible since they had a sailboat.

That meant free-standing furniture and a bed you could walk around.

A beachy, Caribbean vibe comes through with their white couch, yellow walls, and white shutters.

The boathouse gives the couple flexibility to follow their passion to sail the world.

Read more about this houseboat couple here.

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared Aug. 31, 2019.

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