A Grandmother Tells Her Story
By Carol L. Allen
She’s 80 years young, and her home for the past seven years has
been on her 47-foot Swanee Kinner hardtop in Chula Vista, San
And, she has thoroughly enjoyed her time in Southern
California. Why? Because she had always wanted to live on a boat,
because of the camaraderie she has felt with the people in her
marina, and because of her helpful neighbors — neighbors like Ray
and Donna Farr, who have shown her not only kindness but also have
been helpful with boat advice.
However, her boat is for sale now (see
AZBW Classifieds), and she plans to move on to
Atlanta, Ga., near one of her sons.
Ginny Interrante moved to San Diego on New Year’s Eve in 2000
from Coco Beach, Fla.
She had seen an ad for a boat that stated "condo on the water,"
and this intrigued her.
Although that was not the boat she purchased, she did find one
that fit its description — a houseboat on Lake Mead — and she
brought it to San Diego.
Interrante is ready for the next stage. "My mom lived to be
100," she says, "and I need to keep busy for at least the next 20
years." It is noted, however, that she really never has retired.
This grandmother of 14 has always been busy: as a supervisor of
the budget for Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida, then as
a volunteer for that hospital’s education department, then as a
real-estate agent and broker.
When she was widowed (her husband
had been an architect) 16 years ago, Interrante said, "the wind
just came out of my sails," and she left her real-estate career,
moving then to Coco Beach.
Interrante is looking forward to being near her son Joe B., who
lives in Atlanta. Although she says her family is very close, all
of her children live in different states: Roy in Virginia, Joe B.
in Georgia, Faith in Arizona, Pat in Florida, and Karl in North
So, we wish her well. Ginny Interrante has had an experience
that so many boaters would envy: living aboard. We’re glad she