By STEVE MOHR
Class of 1960
The adventure continues . . .
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.
The day of the move, we headed our vessel across our backyard and up onto the railroad right of way. The boat mover couldn't quite make the turn from our yard, so he jumped the tracks and of course, got stuck half way across. Now, this is a main line and the freight trains don't run on schedules, so you never know when one is coming.
You probably guessed it, but it wasn't five minutes after we became stuck that I saw the light of the approaching freight train about a mile away. After police, railroad personnel, helicopters and a complete change in the color of my hair, we got the train stopped and finally got the boat off the tracks. It took nine hours to move it 40 miles from Northridge to
At that point, we sold our home and moved aboard our dreamboat. We spent the next three years completing what could not be accomplished in our backyard; the masts, the rigging, the sails, the electronics, the anchoring systems and so much more all had to be completed in the water.
Never having even stood on a boat of this size, much less sail one, undaunted, we began the learning process, and soon became very comfortable handling her, in all kinds of weather. Linda and I often sailed her together with no other crew. We took numerous trips to Catalina and all the
After much preparation on June 28, 1986 we departed San Pedro for a 2250-mile cruise to
When we reached the Trade Winds the waves were big, some 25 feet, but "The Linda Marie" handled them with ease. We arrived at Kahului,
Most of the crew then returned home and Linda and I spent most of the next year cruising the islands and doing all the things you would expect in paradise. We encountered some severe winter storms, where we had to take refuge behind other islands as there are no safe harbors in
Nothing lasts forever though, and it became time to return home. No one was looking forward to the trip back as it's cold, wet and you are driving into the wind the whole way. It took more than 28 days because you have to sail way north up near the latitude of
We arrived home in one piece and returned to our San Pedro Marina where we continued to live aboard for many happy years before selling her as that time of our life had passed. We spent more than 25 years involved with our beloved "The Linda Marie". The memories and the photos that you see here will continue to remind us of our excellent adventure.