The Balboa Brothel
A Blast From The Past
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In the outlandish style of Balboa's annual Bathtub Boat races of the 1970s,

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Harry Miller and Carol Depa formed the "Balboa Brothel," a Bathtub Boat racing team.

Photos By:
Carol Depa

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Harry, whose title was "Director of ladies Affairs," started the brothel in the late 1970s and kept it running through the last race in 1983.

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The most exotic boat built by the brothel was a hodgepodge of eight two-man life rafts tied together with PVC tubing, will power, and red and black streamers.

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The craft held 20 people and broke up after getting caught in the outgoing tide, and had to be rescued by the Harbor Patrol.