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Whaler4me posted 01-30-2002 04:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for Whaler4me   Send Email to Whaler4me  
I just got back for a couple of days in the Abaco's in the northern Bahamas, there were more Whalers there than anything else. I think they out numbered all others by 3 to 1, and in some places 4 to 1. All were in good condition and a couple of them looked brand new.

Lots on 17's and 15', a couple of 22' and 25' Outrages, no revenges at all. There was one 19' outrage the same as mine, but in really bad shape, no rails and terrible repair jobs.

The weather was perfect, sunny skies and 80 degree temp, the water was a little chilly for me, 70, yes I know I'm spoilled here in FLA.

Dave Murray posted 01-30-2002 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dave Murray  Send Email to Dave Murray     
Wonder how many of those Whalers came over from Florida via the "Midnight Express"- Rigs that "disappear" from southern Florida... did they have Bahamas reg numbers or US? Our experience in the southern Exumas was that native small Whalers were total wrecks- some were missing part of the bow and most of the sides...
daverdla posted 01-30-2002 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
I've got a project to look at in the Bahamas next week. Never been there before. I'll be staying in Nassau. If I have any free time I was hoping to rent a whaler and do some sight seeing.
Dave
Draftmanswife posted 01-30-2002 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Which island did you visit? I just love Green Turtle....
Draftmanswife posted 01-30-2002 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Oh, and Dave, Nassau is very tourstry, you might have a hard time finding a boat to rendezvous in, but if you do, head for the Aboco's...
bigz posted 01-31-2002 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
The years 1968 and 1969 --- the place Elbow Key, Hopetown Abaco--

One 13 tiller Whaler, the only Whaler in the area. The only skiff type made of fiberglass in the harbor.

Stayed in a NJ couple's rental custom house just below the candy striped lighthouse. Water from a cistern under house, lamps and refrigeration propane, water pressure two 55 gallon drums mounted in the rafters -- pump up daily -- no hot water -- had to wait for sun to heat the drums for luke warm shower (just to get rid of salt) --- only way to town Whaler --- two stores --- one boat and misc. hardware other groceries --- bread baked fresh every other day had to place order --- needed anything special order for ferry delivery --- like real Tuborg beer by the case --- heh heh --- gas/oil for Whaler usual killed weekly budget --Evinrude 25 hp ---

Today might consider a vacation however even though it is the furthest northern out island there has been a building up of vacation homes on the town side along one of the prettiest beaches in the Bahamas. In the harbor you can barely move a boat around in season now. This is of course contrary to the travel propaganda.

Hint try for August, September or October --- always a breeze

Z

PS JimH has an old post card from the Bahamas with drive type folks standing around --- since it is winter time he might even flash it up --- he should have gone to the Bahamas last winter than Florida I think more relaxing than the southern Florida waterways --- ;)

Duncan posted 02-01-2002 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Draftmanswife:

you say GREEN TURTLE CAY?...Awesome spot. Wife and I were down there 2 or 3 years ago. Stayed at the Bluff House. Rented a 13 Whaler from Donny sawyer
That's what got me hooked on Whaler. The bonefish guides all use a BW 13 and pole it backwards. Whalers everywhere.
GREAT PLACE..locals reall party. "Billfish tournement" was in town. Two Milloin $ boats everywhere

Draftmanswife posted 02-02-2002 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
OK...here we go. The date is June 14-22nd, 2002. For the past 10 years, my family, at Hontoon Marina, in Deland, Florida, sponsors a Rendezvous in Green Turtle. It was the Official Whaler Rendezvous up until 1995. In 1996, we dropped the Whaler dealership (after some 30+ years) and became Edgewater dealers, following Bob Daugherty. It then became the Edgewater Rendezvous. All boats are welcome, as we ourselves take our Whalers. We spend a week over there, leaving out of West Palm. We usually have about 20-25 boats go, in fortillias of 6 or so. We have an informal fishing tournament, food, fun and sun. As a matter of fact, I met my hubby there in "94. I went over with the family, and he was the Senior Draftsman for Whaler. He came over with the factory reps. We married in "96. Anyway, I want to send out a invitation to all of you, and encourage you to go. For more detailed information, give a e-mail, include your name and address, so I can send you the brochures and such...Go Aboco!
Love 2 all,
Janis
Duncan posted 02-03-2002 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
What was the smallest Whaler to make the crossing?
sorcerer posted 02-03-2002 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
A Squall!
Draftmanswife posted 02-04-2002 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
The smallest, I was on it, a 17'. I wouldn't recommend anything smaller, even if it's a Whaler. We've started in seas fit for a Squall, but become tough to handle in a 24'.
Clark Roberts posted 02-05-2002 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
I took this trip to Green Turtle Cay (pronounced "key"), Abacos (Whaler Rendevous) a few years back in my 17 Newport with 90 Merc. Another 17 went over that year also , a Montauk with 115 Evinrude... not a problem and once there the 17 is great for island hopping... it's a real adventure! Happy Whalin'.. Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
lhg posted 02-05-2002 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I made this Rendezvous, in my 25 Outrage, on the first and second year ('93 & '94), and it is a wonderful experience, and the folks at Hontoon Marine do a fabulous job. I'm going to do it again soon, and I recommend it to anybody, especially with an 18 Outrage or larger.
Arch Autenreith posted 02-05-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Sure wish we could take these latter posts to 'Trips and Rendezvous'. I am interested but when I saw only 1 respond I thought there wasn't any interest.

Glad I found this but it was by mistake. There may be others like me.

daverdla posted 02-06-2002 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
Just back from the Bahamas. We were at the west end of North Providance Island in Lyford Cay . Unfortunately, I didn't have any free time. I did however meet a guy who tows his 15' whaler behind his 38' Bertram - what a guy!
I'd like to get back for a vacation some time.
Draftmanswife posted 02-11-2002 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Thanks for the plugs lhg...We do work hard over there, but it's hard to actually call it "work"..Give Carl Fischer at Hontoon Marine a call, 386-734-4301 if you want to go again..Take care,
Janis

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