Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a ... A Pirate Ship | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:48



Perched in two towering redwood trees near Center St. in CV is the “Sea Wind,” a pirate ship assembled by the Grazzini family that’s a source of delight to neighborhood kids.

By Robert Souza

Arrr, Matey! Chart a course to the corner of Center and Ray streets where landlubbers can view a seafaring vessel that seems to be impaled on two big redwood trees.

It be a pirate ship treehouse that is a feast for the eyes!

“Building it was a great way to meet our neighbors and their kids,” said homeowner Vanessa Grazzini, whose husband Pete and stepfather Dave built the boat.

Grazzini said the boat, with its canon portholes and ropes to climb on deck, took a month to build.  Her two children and some of the neighborhood kids enjoy playing aboard the “Sea Wind” on a daily basis.

The boat got its name and inspiration from an old nameplate and some random boat parts found in the Grazzini home, left there by the former owner who was a biology teacher at Castro Valley High. It was just a matter of assembling the vessel and hoisting it on to the trees in their yard.

The boat continues to attract daily attention from passersby who, Grazzini said “shout from their car how cool the tree house is.”



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