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jameso posted 12-11-2001 03:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for jameso   Send Email to jameso  
I was supposed to fish a trout tournament this weekend but at the last minute my partner was struck with a bit o "honeydew fever". Since the boat was fueled and I was mentally primed I decided to do some coastal sightseeing and photography.
I launched the 15' about a mile east of I-95 at a county ramp, this is across the ICW from Jekyll Island GA. and across the river from Brunswick GA.
Air temp was a balmy 76 or so and the water temp inshore was 69/71. I headed south on the ICW past Jekyll and the sound to Little Cumberland Island, beached the boat and took some shots of the old lighthouse on the N end of the island then proceeded south the lenght of Cumberland Island to St. Mary's GA, nice old downtown area, had a lesiure lunch and stretched my legs and back!
After refuleing I headed north again this time I wanted to do some exploring of the tidal creeks in the area but dark clouds on the horizon forced me to apply more throttle and head north. I did take the time to cruise closer to the island as tide was full. About 10 minutes from the ramp it started raining, Gore Tex saved the day. One brief squall and I was home. Rain all Sat. nite but Sunday was clear, my son wanted a boat ride so we again launched from the same ramp and went up river about 10 miles to visit some friends and attend a cookout.
Great weekend, glad we do not have to "winterize" !!
Jim Armstrong

Buckda posted 12-11-2001 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
James,

You've got a bunch of jealous Midwesterners reading this site. It's stories like that that make me wish I lived further south...except that I also love snow...what a predicament!

Sounds like fun.

gunnelgrabber posted 12-11-2001 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
jameso,..a nice trip!..st.andrews sound there has tested whalers and sailers for many years.the old lighthouse on the n.end of little cumberland is special also.that part of cumberland is privately owned and they come run you off, threaten,make noises etc if they find you there, and even if anchored closeby in the icw...christmas creek around the corner is one of the prettiest places on the atlantic coast...our little group of adventurers was 25 miles +/-up the icw at sapelo and doughboy sound.we were able to run "outside" on return leg...great boating 12 mo/yr!...(hi'bout dem' sand flies?)...lm
Glenn Weigle posted 12-11-2001 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Glenn Weigle  Send Email to Glenn Weigle     
Unfortunately I am selling my 22 to get a boat with a cabin and hidden potty. Fortunately, I have had a lot of folks come visit and want to test ride. As I am fives minutes from the ramp and another five to Cumberland Island, test driving (forced to) has been a pleasure as I could ride in the boat every day. The last ride was Monday, light breeze, 78 degrees, and clear as it is here in NE Florida. I left Lake Erie and Ohio to this. g
David Ratusnik posted 12-11-2001 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
jameso- Sounds like a fabulous set of trips. Recently, my wife and I plus various pals I boat with have commented on the perfect weather- we are in Central FlA, KSC, Cape Canaveral area. This weekend was something else- out Saturday and Sunday for 3 1/2 hours a pop. Did a little bit of it all- cruised, the sun was nice and warm so the 13 y/o did a bit of wake boarding (claims he's getting more "air" under the board), and threw a lure or two at some fish (pal claims they were trout- I suspect toad fish). I think the key to it all is to kick back appreciating the wonder of it all. You know a Whaler on the water on a sunny day with wind less than 5 mi is a work of art. Just going along. Hope your kid appreciates what you are exposing him to. Have a good one David
jameso posted 12-12-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
gunnelgrabber,,yes the sand gnat squadron was flying! I did beach on N end of L cumberland, and took some photos of the light house. Technically I think the beach is public property, and I try to respect it.
Sapelo and doboy are a great trip, I usually put in at Two Way fish camp and run up there, good oyster po-boys at the marina/resturant. I have also stayed in some of the private lodgin on Sapelo!!!Talk about getting away, no phone, no store, one road!
Great area, I want to do the Tybee to St. Mary's next year, but I need something larger than the 15,
Jim Armstrong
jimh posted 12-12-2001 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It was wonderfully warm this last weekend in Michigan. After I put the Christmas lights up, I drove over to the storage yard, got the boat out, drove up to northern Michigan,
dropped her in at Charlevoix, headed out across a beautiful Lake Michigan about 40 miles due west, took a peak at South Fox Island, ran back to Charlevoix, hauled the boat, drove back 275 miles to Beverly Hills, re-winterized the engines, put the boat back in storage, drove home, and raked up the rest of the leaves. I took this picture 'cuz I knew no one would believe me...

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/images/foxIslandBeach897x594.jpeg

David Ratusnik posted 12-12-2001 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
jimh- I've been curious about this whole winterize the boat thing going on in the upper midwest. I grew up in Chicago and Cleveland so I know about frozen lakes, snow, the whole cold bit. But, But, But the weather doesn't freeze Nov 1st and become beautiful for boating April 1st. Heck it snows in Wrigley Field the first week of April from year to year. My point, isn't there some way to keep these northern boats ready to capture a few lovely days as you go into winter as well as capture boating days as spring eaks its way upon you? Maybe heat more garages or back the engines with heaters or something. Just a few idle thoughts before I hit the hay. David
David Ratusnik posted 12-12-2001 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
It's BAG the engines. By the way, I believe the picture. Nice day. David
kingfish posted 12-13-2001 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Hey, Jim-

That looks just like Backlash and Whale Lure in the background - they had even further to drive than you did...

kingfish

Buckda posted 12-13-2001 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Note to JimH,
Set the date on your camera. "7/6/01"?!

You sure you're not spinnin' a yarn?

:)

gunnelgrabber posted 12-13-2001 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
jameso,.. so you've experienced zapala!.. that's what i'm working on. trip arrangements etc..truly beautiful place and good people! met and got signed copies there of "god, dr.buzzard and the bolita man" from cornelia bailey. we're planning a return in force sometime before hot weather..all the "uninhabited" golden isles are interesting,and very historical places. (ssi is full up!thank you eugenia price and jimmy carter!)..i'd imagine your 15' would stiffen a body up some on long trips, but it'd be easier to pull off of mud flats..load and launch. post script: for ones that enjoy that sort of thing? (spartan accomodations)..it'd be a neat place for a small bw gathering..blackbeard island! across the creek there, buried treasure! brings out the jim hawkins/john silver in a lad..aye mate? happy holidays...lm
jameso posted 12-13-2001 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
NOTE TO JIMH:
jim, I know you are busy with many things but how about adding another forum of neat places to launch/lunch/visit/. Maybe do it by states or regions, I know Clark put me on a really neat fish camp in Apalachacola, and I know several other places.
As diverse as the characters that frequent this forum are we should have one heck of a list,
Thanks for all you do,
Jim Armstrong
jameso posted 12-13-2001 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
gunnelgrabber, I have contacts on Sapelo that rent mobile homes, only 3 or 4 on the island that can be rented. Yes the 15 is great for marsh work, I am going to buy a larger boat, maybe whaler, but I do plan on keeping the 15.
Jim Armstrong
gunnelgrabber posted 12-13-2001 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
jameso, thanks.probably ought to go to email as i'd like to hear more of that...BUT!!..jimh is going to tell us that there is a trip-rendezvous section and we're mildly off topic ,i reckon..enjoyed it...lm
jimh posted 12-16-2001 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
OK, you fellas got me--I was spinnin' a yarn.

Reading jameso's trip report of his fine boating in December got me thinking...

It was about 60-degrees out, as warm in December as it often is in June in Michigan! How much work it would take to go boating today? I began thinking of all the fun trips we had in our brief ten-week boating season this summer...

This weekend the weather--while still warm--is back to 35-degrees and rain. That is an improvement over last year when we had two feet of snow and sub-zero temperatures by now.

Boating in December in Michigan? Not something I've ever done. But give us a few more degrees of global warming....

dscew posted 12-16-2001 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
If I hadn't winterized, tarped, and stuck my Katama in the back yard, I'd be out on Lake Minnetonka today. In Excelsior, MN, it's 40 degrees, and no ice yet on the lake; perfect Whaler weather, even for my wife, who bundles up and loves it just as much as I do.

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