By STEVE MOHR
Class of 1960
As with most great adventures, this one began with an innocent introduction to something new. It was in the early 1970s that my wife, Linda, and I snuck away from the four kids and my auto repair business for a quickie weekend getaway. We headed to
They had a small boat dock on
It wasn't long before we owned an 18-foot catamaran, similar to a Hobie and got involved in a
Now I know it sounds a little crazy, but after some research, and I mean very little research, we decided on the boat that we would build. Having only seen pictures in magazines, I purchased a set of plans from an Australian naval architect. Naturally they were drawn and worded to be used by someone familiar with building boats, which I was not, but I was always a quick learner and worked well with my hands.
We had a large home on almost an acre of property that backed up to the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks, and over the next seven years the boat slowly took shape. Now mind you, that this was a 55-foot deep-keeled ketch rigged blue water yacht, at completion weighing over 80,000 lbs. This was built almost 100 percent by my wife and me while still raising those four kids and running the same automobile business.
When it finally came time to launch we contracted a professional boat mover and with much trepidation and a lot of really big jacks, we got it loaded on his truck. That turned out to be the easy part.
Steve Mohr's story continues in about two days in our blog. Stay tuned for some thrills.