Moving Day…by Gondola Greg

This continues our series in Teresa’s journey up to Oxnard. Gondola Greg document the entire move on his blog Please read part 2 of Teresa’s moving day.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Teresa Moves to Oxnard – the Loading

Oxnard Newest Gondola

About six weeks ago Mark Schooling asked me if I could provide him with  a trailer some time in January. Later we talked about some of his plans  for the boat that would travel on that trailer. The gondola, known as “Teresa”, holds a very special place in US gondola history – another story for another time.

Since our first conversation about the trailer we’ve talked a few times about the challenges and blessings of running your own gondola business.   Then, on Saturday, January 11th it was time: time to load the boat on the trailer and bring her to her new home.

This was a nice little gathering of gondola friends.   Tim Reinard of Sunset Gondola was there, a gondolier from Tim’s operation, Chris and his girlfriend, along with gondolier Konnor Boivin from my operation, and of course, Mark – who was experiencing all of the wonderful and stressful emotions associated with boat moving, boat launching, and business launching too.

Gondola moves

Photo by Amber Waddell

We met at the boat in the late morning, assessed the situation, and got busy loading her onto the trailer.  We had many options at our disposal, but the Rugby Team approach made the most sense in this situation.

The gondola was lined up with the trailer, and heavy duty lifting straps
gave us the ability to lift her with minimal rail-grabbing.

To aid in the forward movement, inflatable fenders served as rollers.

The saying “many hands make light work” certainly applies to gondola moving.

Gondola on trailer, no damage done, no fingers broken, and everybody smiling.

Once she was strapped down, we headed down the road, making our way to Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California.

Gondola moving to Oxnard

Photo by Konnor Boivin


Thank You Gondola Greg!

As Gondola Paradiso has been coming together behind the scenes.  After months of planning it’s just about to open.  This is an article posted on his blog.  This blog posting shows the true camaraderie of the Gondola community.

Gondola Paradiso launch date

Posted on on Saturday January 11, 2014….

Today I got to be part of one of the most significant events in the
gondola business: The launching of a new operation.

The players are all people I’ve known for many years, but the boat and the location are both new and exciting.

Today, Mark Schooling (one of the hardest working gondoliers I know) launched a gondola business of his own in Channel Islands Harbor – a popular waterway in Oxnard, California.

The spirit of camaraderie among gondoliers and company owners is one of my favorite things about operating in Southern California; a few of us were there to lift, move, drive, launch, toast and row. It was a truly great day.

There’s lots to talk about: The man, the boat, the location, and the friends who were there, but it’s been a long day and I’m exhausted.

So for now, I’ll just register my congratulations to Mark, and say thanks for letting me be part of such a big day.

Printed by GondolaGreg on January 11, 2014