Old yacht reunited with its former family returns to Newport’s Wooden Boat Festival – Los Angeles Times

With all the restoration the yacht had in its 64 years under different owners up and down California, it would have been hard for someone to recognize.

It also would have been unlikely that one of the few people who remembered the vessel in its original form would have pulled his own boat next to it in Newport Beach while visiting from out of town.

But that’s what happened.

As a member of the Classic Yacht Assn., Jim Kroeger enjoys heritage boats. He grew up on the water and was familiar with Newport. His grandfather William Thompson kept a bespoke 42-foot cruiser of teak and mahogany named Sea Boarder docked outside his home on Little Balboa Island, and young Kroeger visited often.