ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Preservation Association is once again offering two bus tours of more than 60 historic points of interest in Encinitas’ five communities to raise money for the preservation of the iconic boat houses on 3rd Street.
The tours will take place on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. It is $45 per person and includes lunch at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.
The tour bus will depart promptly at 9 a.m. from the parking lot at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave.
“The proceeds from the ticket sales will help to preserve two historic gems—the iconic boathouses on 3rd Street in Encinitas,” says association board member Carolyn Cope, a lifelong Encinitas resident who will also serve as a tour guide on the bus trip.
The S.S. Encinitas and S.S. Moonlight, as they are named, were never seaworthy vessels, but built in the late 1920s by Miles Kellogg, an eccentric engineer with a penchant for incorporating scraps into new structures. He created the twin vessels out of scrap metal from the old Moonlight Beach bathhouse.
The association purchased the boathouses and an adjacent four-unit apartment complex for $1.55 million. Part of the down payment came from city affordable housing funds, which were used to acquire the apartment complex, which sits behind the boathouses, and convert them into affordable units in perpetuity.
Ultimately, however, the plan is for the boats to become a museum and to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. This will require them to be restored, which association representatives said in 2014 would cost $250,000.
The nonprofit has been making a renewed effort to achieve the restoration goal since 2014, after the recession thwarted previous efforts.
Tom Cozens, a fifth generation Encinitas resident and one of the driving forces behind the preservation of the boat houses, will serve as one of the tour narrators on the bus.
Cozens’ company, Sea Coast Exclusive Properties is the signature sponsor of the tour for a third year in a row.
Tickets can be purchased at the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association at 818 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, or can be ordered by calling (760) 943-1950.
Tickets may be picked up during business hours at the 101 MainStreet office by the Friday before each tour. Tickets may also be picked up at “will call” on the morning of the tour from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the City Hall location where the bus tour departs.
Space is limited on the 40-seat tour bus, and tickets for this popular event sell out quickly.
Each tour participant will receive a goodie bag filled with brochures and information on most of the points of interest, along with a gift from the city of Encinitas and a water bottle.