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jimh posted 08-15-2000 12:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I just got the film back from the lab and I have about 75 good pictures from the Rendezvous. I stitched together four exposure to make a panoramic composite, which looks darn good if I do say so. It shows the big gang of Whalers at John's dock on Sunday.


More pictures coming. Also, if anyone has any good shots from the trip to Baie Fine, please let me know. That roll was spoiled due to a misload in my camera.

--Jim Hebert

bigz posted 08-15-2000 06:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Jim super job on the pano shot really very nice work and I know it took some work!!!--- Tom
Backlash posted 08-15-2000 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Fantastic shot of the gang at Neptune! Nice stitching! I have some good photos of Baie Fine and the raft-up at "the pool". Should I E-mail them to you?
tbirdsey posted 08-15-2000 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Jim: nice job!! Just got my photos back and will send a few choice ones on to you soon.
Bruce Boehle posted 08-15-2000 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
Great photo! I especially like your choice of families on the dock! We haven't even sent our pictures in to be developed yet. Kind of slow I guess. We'll pass them along as soon as we do.

Thanks for the great time at your place. Super Job!

JimG posted 08-16-2000 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimG  Send Email to JimG     

Great picture. Enjoyed your company on the boat.

John and Katie

Thanks for being such great hosts.

Jim G

kingfish posted 08-16-2000 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
To All The NC/2000 Rendezvous-ers:

I can't tell you how delighted Katie and I were to be a part of this way cool event; it is still hard for me to believe that we all really did pull it off. I'm going to leave it to Jim H. to do the chronicling (he was taking notes all weekend - I'm confident of great and entertaining stories!), but let me say that having had the opportunity to meet and make the new friends we did, to see up close and personal the AMAZING care, thought and ingenuity that have gone into each of these Whalers, and to have had it all happen in an area of the world that I consider to be unsurpassed in its natural beauty and impact, was a rare experience, and one that Katie and I will treasure for a long time.

We just got home last night and are not yet decompressed; we will be looking at 0our own photos in a few minutes for the first time...can't wait!

Short note: While disappointed that we missed Don McIntyre and Walt Steffens on Saturday (I think you all know that they spent some time out at Neptune chatting with Katie while we were on the way to Baie Finne), I'm really pleased to be able to say that I came across White Water en-trailer in Little Current on Monday past, hung around until Don M. showed up, introduced myself, and he and his wife followed me back out to Neptune where we had a chance to visit and look over all the neat work Don has done on his vintage Outrage. Only continuing regret: not having the opportunity to meet Walt Steffens and thank him for the great hint about the half-twist in flat nylon lines - works pefectly on my trailering cover at highway speeds.

More later-

John Flook (Kingfish)

tbirdsey posted 08-16-2000 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
John and Katie: Thanks one more time for your hospitality and generosity. As you know, you have a special place up there, and we will never forget our visit - we only wish it could have been longer!! As Jim will attest, we are glad we were in a Whaler for the trip back to Tobermory. Tom, Karen, and Scott
Bruce Boehle posted 08-17-2000 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
Just how bad was the trip to Tobemory Tom? Did you and Larry go back together? I'd like to hear the adventures of all the boats going back as I know it was fairly rough on the west side of the island.
It was great to meet everyone! I also met Don M. at Northernaire and wound up meeting Walt S. at the Meldrum Bay marina while we were over there getting ice cream. He and his wife had made the trip down from Northernaire to Meldrum.
We went up to Lake Kagawong on Friday and man what a beautiful lake that is!
jimh posted 08-18-2000 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

Manitoulin Island takes its name from the Manito or "Spirit", and it literally means "home of the Manito" or home of the spirit in Ojibway.

After many years (14+ years) of visiting there, I am of the opinion that those old Ojibways were right: there is a spirit there, a special magic.

Glad to hear that you found some of it in your visit. We'll put Lake Kagawong on the list for next time.

Best regards,

--Jim Hebert

tbirdsey posted 08-18-2000 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Bruce: Check jimh's 8/9 post under N/C - participant plans for an account of our return trip. Jim slowed down for the 6 footers :-)
jimh posted 08-19-2000 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[regarding speed of advance in big seas]

I was pretty amazed at how fast an 18-foot Whaler could travel in some pretty good waves. The ride was not particularly comfortable, but I kept thinking about how fast we were going and how short the trip was going to be compared to doing it at 4-knots in a sailboat. That made it easier to tolerate getting banged around a bit!

Once we got clear of Club Island, both Tom and I were keeping an eye on the gas gauge--it was sinking pretty fast toward "E". We had about ten miles of open water to cross upwind, with about 75 miles of open water to drift into downwind if we ran out!

When we finally got into a calm spot behind Flowerpot, the ol' gauge settled down to an accurate reading of "1/4" and we relaxed for the first time in about an hour :-)


lhg posted 08-19-2000 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Now you guys know why I say it's mandatory to record gallons remaining vs readings on the gauge. BW always insisted that these floor mounted mechanical gauges were the only reliable fuel tank gauge for built in tanks,
but each does read differently, boat by boat.

With a spare portable tank along, run your Whaler 'til the engine runs out of gas on the main tank, then fill it up at a marina, boat at normal rest in the WATER. Start putting in fuel until the gauge
first starts to move off "E". Record gallons taken. Then continue filling until gauge hits next 1/16th mark. Record total gallons taken. Do this all the way to completely full. You will probably note that tank will continue to take gas after gauge shows "F".
Record this amount also. Then make up a nice chart and keep it in the boat. This practice could save your life someday!

The Outrages/Revenges always had a sticker on them indicating "gauge only reads reliably (not accurately in terms of gallons) when boat is at rest in the water". The sender is in the front part of the tank, so when you're running, the gas tends to accumulate in the stern, giving you a bad reading.

The gauge in my 18 Outrage still reads "F" when up to 15 gallons (1/4 tank) have been used! And when it hits "E" (at rest), there is still 15 gallons remaining. But at least I know what I have, even though I don't like the inacurracy of 15 gallons at the lower end. (probably because the boat is a little stern heavy) On my 25 Outrage, the gauge still reads "F" when up to 25 gallons have been used, but at "1/4" it only has 20 gallons left (out of 140) and as it hits "E" it's totally dry! So when I see "1/4", I head for a gas dock quickly!

I have found these gauges to always function the same, year after year, and they are extremely reliable and
foolproof. You just have to know what they're telling you!

jimh posted 09-08-2000 02:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Fresh stories and pictures of the Rendezvous have just been added to the Rendezvous section of the website. See:


kingfish posted 09-08-2000 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Jim -
There has *always* been a great deal of magic for me about the time I've been able to spend up around Neptune Island, Little Current, and the North Channel, and that magic has typically begun on each trip after we have arrived at Spider Bay, done our final shopping, loaded the boat with all our stuff, gotten underway heading West towards the Wabuno Channel and I could truly relax and pop that first "50". Then we were really under the spell.

Reading your account of your first day of the NC 2000 Rendezvous, my first reaction was, "Gee, those guys were really having a great time...I wish I had been there on that leg of the trip with them.". Then as I read further, I recognized the same feeling come over me sitting here at my desk that I would get when heading out for Neptune from Little Current. I was transported and spellbound as I finished reading your account of the first day.

I can't wait to read about the rest of the rendezvous, even though I was there for most of the rest of it. Thanks for your fine work.


Backlash posted 09-08-2000 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Your insight and recollection is simply amazing! I too was spellbound reading your narrative of that first day. Thanks for leading our group over to Little Current and for the kind words about Backlash. I look forward to many more such trips!


lhg posted 09-08-2000 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Great narrative, Jim. You do write well! It's even possible that those who weren't there, or who are not familiar with the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes, might enjoy this!

I have a picture of JimG and the author (JimH) in the 19 Outrage on this day one of the trip. Maybe it can be added to the article.

jimh posted 09-11-2000 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It rained here all weekend, my boat was in the shop, and there wasn't too much else to do, so I whipped up the narrative for Day Two of the Rendezvous.

If you have some photgraphic contributions, please send them along! I am missing all the pictures from the Baie Fine trip.

The saga will continue with Days Three and Four in a few more weeks.


lhg posted 09-11-2000 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim: Great job with "Day Two". I will send plenty of pictures from that day to add to the article. Lynn was laughing hysterically and uncontrollably while she read the "adventures of Patrick". All attendees were certainly patient with these kids of ours!!
kingfish posted 09-13-2000 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I've got some pretty good shots of the Baie Fine run, too, and I'll send them along...

Larry - you were needling me somewhere along the line about the pace I was setting on the Baie Fine trip, or the Whitefish River trip, or both, I don't remember for sure, but I do remember you chiding me (graciously) about the 35 mph pace. I was reminded about it reading Jim's account of the second day; he mentioned the 35 mph speed, too...(confession time) I was confused when you mentioned the speed, because I had been using my gps to monitor my speed, and except for a couple of bursts to burn the carbon out, I had been religiously keeping it between 25 and 30...I thought you were nuts! Well, a couple of days after you guys left, I had some time on my hands and was going through the various menus in my gps to get a little more familiar with the myriad of things it can do, and guess what I found? I had the speed and distance set to nautical miles! So I guess maybe we were going a little faster than I thought...



lhg posted 09-13-2000 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
We all just thought you were a speed freak (I should talk!) or that the 22 Outrage rode so well that you didn't even feel it! I will say that Whaler of yours is quick with the 225 horses.

Kind of reminds me of the time "Backlash" and
I were making a 60 mile crossing the Gulf Stream for a Bahama's Rendezvous, and he kept heading off course to the North. I was running on a Loran plotter, and he was using GPS, and I was beginning to think my Loran was shot. Steve, believing the GPS to be better than the Loran, persisted off course for a while, but my Loran brought us right in to West End, Grand Bahama, on the money. Steve later discovered his GPS was set on TRUE bearing, rather than the MAGNETIC bearing that a compass reads! The magnetic deviation down there is about 6 degrees.

Backlash posted 09-15-2000 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Boy, I'll never forget that Larry! I kept asking Carolyn why you were always veering off to the right. I naturally assumed your Loran was acting took me two or three days (of cruising around off course) to realize what was wrong. These new electronics are wonderful once you take the time to learn how to use them!
tbirdsey posted 09-17-2000 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Jim: Congratulations on Day Three!!! The photos are outstanding and your writing is as captivating as always. Karen and Scott were thrilled to see reminders of the "easy rider" trip to Whitefish Falls. Keep up the good work!! Tom
tbirdsey posted 09-17-2000 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Jim: Congratulations on Day Three!!! The photos are outstanding and your writing is as captivating as always. Karen and Scott were thrilled to see reminders of the "easy rider" trip to Whitefish Falls. Keep up the good work!! Tom
jimh posted 09-20-2000 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

Thanks for the kind words about the Day-Three narrative. You found one of the links I forgot to remove--I was still in the process of writing the article!

But it is finally done--for now--and I have addded links to it throughout the Rendezvous Section.

I also added new photographs to Day-Two. And I have some more photos just received to add to all the sections, but for now, please enjoy reading

Day Three at:

lhg posted 09-20-2000 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim: I think you are doing a great job on your Rendezvous articles, and thanks for your detailed description of the boats, including mine! All of us were happy to let you take the helms and try out the different models. We wanted to make sure your conversion to Classic Boston Whalering was totally complete, habit forming and addictive, as it is for the rest of us. This, we figured, was in the best interest for the continuing success of your website! We greatly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to this time consuming job.
jimh posted 09-26-2000 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This weekend the boat was tied up at the shop, the weather was rotten, and I was suffering from Boston-Whaler withdrawal, so I went boating vicariously and set to work on finishing the narrative of the Rendezvous.

You can read about the return crossing of Georgian Bay in "Day Four".

Most of the gang stayed an extra day or two, and I have some wonderful pictures from them, so we'll have to have a "Day Five" and "Day Six" segment, too. But someone else must write the narrative, or else it's just going to be a photo gallery.


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