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GAwhale posted 05-07-2002 10:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
Everyone should visit Charleston, South Carolina. It is a great city full of history, old homes, churches, and good eating. The shrimp and seafood are outstanding. They are always local and fresh. I was fortunate enough to be stationed in Charleston in the Air Force and to meet my wife there.

Charleston is a very conservative city. My favorite joke which sums this up:

How many Charlestonians does it take to change a light bulb?

Three. One to change the bulb and two to discuss what a good bulb the old one was.

My father-in-law is a life long Charlestonian and member of the Carolina Yacht Club. I am told it is the second oldest yacht club in America (New York Yacht Club is the oldest.) It is beautifully located next to the historical Battery in Charleston.

This past weekend we visited the club. I counted at least ten Montauks sitting on trailers most showing signs of their age. The sun seems to be just as harsh as the saltwater on the hulls turning them chalky. There were other Boston Whalers, but the Montauk ruled.

hauptjm posted 05-07-2002 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
GA Whale,

I agree Charleston is a great southern city. Full of good food and a slow gentile culture. One thing though, it's not home to the second oldest yacht club. That distinction belongs to the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. Founded in 1846, it's the second oldest to the New York YC and the oldest on the water (NYYC is in the middle of Manhattan).

Nonetheless, everyone should visit Charleston. It's a great city.

GAwhale posted 05-07-2002 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I stand corrected.
15to17 posted 05-07-2002 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for 15to17  Send Email to 15to17     

Thanks for the kind remarks regarding our fair city. My father-in-law, too, is a member of the Carolina Yacht Club. It is apparent that Montauks are numerous do have in the rivers, creeks, and bays around the Holy City. Just one year ago this week I completed the acquisition of my dream boat--a 1986 Montauk. With a wife and two children who are avid boaters, it is the perfect size and configuration for what we like to do.

So, I hope you vist our town often and get on the water as much as possible when you are here. Although it may be hard to distinguish my boat from the myriad of other Montauks around, I'm the one with my son on my lap and my wife with my other child seated on the factory stern seat (they think the ride there is pretty comfortable).


GAwhale posted 05-07-2002 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
15to 17
Your e-mail does not work. Drop me a line. I wonder if our father-in-laws know each other.
maverick posted 05-08-2002 05:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
I bought my 18.6 Outrage from a fellow that kept it at that Yacht Club. Yep, Montauks are plentiful - Whalers are definitely in abundance on the water all around the harbor. Can barely go anywhere by water without seeing one at every turn. Chas is truly an awesome city - my favorite SC coastal hangout. Mav
Whalerdan posted 05-08-2002 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Phil - Mark me down as Charlestonmontaukonian. Your right montauks are like a swarm of no-see-um around here. Their great for going out in the harbor and ocean, but more importantly you can get back up in the shallow creaks too.
SWarren posted 05-08-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Back in the eighties the whaler dealer in Charleston ruled. They probably sold three times more boats than any dealer. Of course there were not as many dealers or brands of boats for saltwater as there are now. I loved my 13,montauk and now revenge for the Charleston area. Luckily I still have acess to two montauks my old 87 on Sullivans Island, and my Dad in Awendaw SC. I now have added a 15 war eagle jon boat to go back in the skinny creeks and bays that the revenge and montauk should not go in.
bc posted 05-08-2002 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Awe, memories of the Low Country. I lived there from 1969 to 1983 (pre hugo days) Dad used to race sail boats out of the Charleston Yacht club. We used to boat some out of the Charleston harbor, Ashley river and inland in the santee chain (Moultrie/Marion). We would fish and shrimp/crab in the inlets, a lot of fun. After reading this thread, I may need to go back and do some visiting! Does anyone know if Charlestown landing and the gardens (Middleton/Magnolia) are still around?


dgp posted 05-08-2002 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
A great place to stay in downtown Charleston, right on the water, is the Vendue Inn.
Whalerdan posted 05-09-2002 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
bc - There're all still here and are great places to go. I've only been here since '97, so I don't know if they'll be like you remember.

When I first move here one of my neighbors, who is a Citadel Grad, had an oyster party. They asked me where I was from. Since I was born in St. Petersburg, just moved here from Califorina, and not wanting to be considered a Yankee, I told them I was from Florida. One of the guys then asked another if FL was a "Yankee State". The other one says "Yup". I then tell them FL's further south than SC, it can't be a Yankee State. The first guy then looks at me and "We's surrounded". We had a good laugh. It was a great evening drinking moonshine and eating oysters.

Whalerdan posted 05-09-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
The end should be "looks and me and says...".
That moonshine killed off some brains cells I'll never get back.
SWarren posted 05-09-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
My neighbor calls anyone who was born and raised in SC a yankee if you were above I-95. Growing up in the upstate of SC, I would be yankee if I had not graduated from The Citadel according to him. I think its great to have the influx of different people in town. It makes the town have more culture and different attitudes. That being said I am still for not having women at The Citadel.
WhalerAce posted 05-10-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Actually, anybody north of North Charleston is considered a Yankee. I was lucky to be a blue blood by birth -- born in Roper hospital with a view of the harbor, my first breath was of the salt air. Almost made my education at The Citadel a career (OK, some engineering students DO get out in four years), but love it here. Y'all come visit here if you can.

Also, there is a Hampton Inn, a Marriott, and a Hilton on the water here now.


PS Just kidding about the north of NC, and about the blue blood -- I am not from SOB (South-of-Broad, where the Yacht clubs are)

Sixer posted 05-10-2002 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
for the record, oldest US yacht clubs.

jimh posted 05-10-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks to sixer for setting the record straight:
The oldest "yacht" club in America is the Detroit Boat Club!

That is what we always heard around here (Detroit), so I am glad someone else affirms it. I think some people overlook the boating available in this area. It is the birthplace of Chris Craft and SeaRay, we have hundreds of miles of great waterways, and it is all fresh water!

Moby posted 05-10-2002 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moby  Send Email to Moby     
Right on, WhalerAce! Born here, live here, was in the EE Dept. so long at ElCid, I thought they were gonna give me an office! Great place to live/visit/and be on the H2O.
Chap posted 05-10-2002 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
How about the oldest perpetual race, at the Toms River Yacht Club, NJ, 26th on the list.

"On July 26, 1871, TRYC sponsored its first regatta. The course was from Long Point to Forked River and back. The prize was the Toms River Challenge Cup, a beautiful coin silver trophy designed by Joseph Chattellier who was a charter member of the club. It was created by Tiffany's, New York at a cost of $175. This coveted cup, now the oldest perpetual racing trophy in the United States, has been in competition on Barnegat Bay every year since that date.


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