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Finally! Cabin Cruiser Arrived in Delta...

Updated on September 19, 2014
"Glenda Fae"  Below deck cabin area
"Glenda Fae" Below deck cabin area | Source

Simple: Now Do Same Thing Backward!

Simple: Now Do Same Thing Backward!

Arrival at Tower Marina, Lodi, California - Day Four

As soon as I secured the “Glenda Fae” to the guest overnight dock, I was approached by a gentleman who seemed genuinely interested in my boat. He has been in the boat business for over thirty years. He seemed knowledgeable. When he learned where I came from, his mouth dropped open! He said, “You have got to be kidding!! You came from San Luis Obispo, California in that small boat? There is no way I would have done that! Are YOU serious?”

I called my sister who lives nearby and we spent the next two nights with her. After talking to the local boat brokers that were struggling to stay alive with no boat selling, it was obvious I would either have to have my boat trucked back to Port San Luis, which requires special permits and an escort due to the size of my cabin cruiser. It would be much cheaper to sail her back…

Ever Really Do Not Want to Do Something? - Motor Cabin Cruiser Back Home!

Getting out of the Stockton area Delta was not as difficult as getting in. I simply followed my GPS "tracks." Notwithstanding the tide was going out... I know a hundred miles upstream in a river you would think the ocean tide would not affect the river and Delta flow. The Delta actually flows backwards at times - depending on the tide. ... I did encounter strong currents and the swells coming from San Francisco pounding against the cabin cruiser. Gas consumption was twice as much going out of the Delta. I stopped twice for fuel.

I had made a commitment to motor back to Half Moon Bay the first leg of the trip. It was 110 miles. I did not want to approach Half Moon Bay in the dark because of the reef that was just above water level in the entrance...

It was much more difficult motoring out of the Delta.... Each wave pounded the boat with the water exploding over the boat.

Epilogue - The Real Story: Mom had Nightmares... after the Trip


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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Nell Rose,

      The process of the trip was appreciated. The moments of sheer terror in the ocean were not! My mother is deeply appreciated. She has nightmares everynight after the trip. For some reason, in her "nightmares," she is trying to get out the boat bumpers (soft ballon-like tubes used to chusion boat agaist the docks) and steer the boat. She was not capable of steering the boat. She would panic...

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, it sounds like a dream trip that turned into an exhausted one! really interesting reading, cheers nell