My first adventure! The history on this little gem is quite hazy; most say it’s a mystery how this boat came to this spot in Inverness, CA. According to another story, they say that when the boat ran aground, the owner abandoned ship (pun intended). As time passed, the land was sold and the new owners didn’t want to remove it, fearing they’d upset the local photographers. Not to mention, this is a tiny, tiny town. If you sneeze when you’re driving through, you’ll miss it. I have no doubt that the owners knew it would create a draw for tourism.
Depending on the time of year you choose to visit, you may or may not be able to make it all the way out to the boat. There was only a small stream to cross when I went in January 2015. I’d say bring a pair of rain boots or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy or ruined. If you don’t need them, then great!
One last thing: I returned to this boat a few hours later, after exploring the Point Reyes seashore, only to find a group of hooligans walking toward the boat with beer-in-hand. I was absolutely livid because I KNEW what they were up to. Sure enough, all three of them hopped onto the decaying boat and cracked open their beers. This boat has clearly been here for quite some time, being exposed to the elements, graffiti artists and looters. I do not think it wise to hop on for a ride. Something this beautiful is meant to be observed and respected.
How to find it: It’s off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness. You can’t miss it from the road. There is a small dirt parking lot behind the local grocer where you can park. Additionally, if you look up “Point Reyes Shipwreck” in Google Earth, you’ll get a great visual of where you’l be heading. Enjoy!