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Dick posted 03-31-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
I know there are a lot of Whaler owners here in the Puget Sound area. Is there any interest in a get together, a cruise or what ever?
Let's hear from all of you with some ideas. They do it in other regions. So why can't we?
Dick
Rodger posted 04-05-2001 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi Dick,
I live in Vancouver WA and was also thinking that it would be fun to get together with other Whaler owners in the Northwest. My wife and I would love to trailer our 13' Dauntless up to the sound for a rendezvous.
OutrageMan posted 04-05-2001 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Another from Vancouver, WA! Mee too. At least from Oct-May. Otherwise I am in WI.

Glad to meet you neighbor!

Brian

Dick posted 04-05-2001 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Thanks for the reply.
Hopefully there will be more.
Will need ideas too, what to do so all boat sizes can participate, etc.
Dick
Russ posted 04-06-2001 01:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Hello,
Your rendezvous idea is very interesting.
I've been envious of the Easterners for their get-togethers. They sure must be fun. We have an '81, 18.5' Outrage. Pristine it's not, but it looks pretty good from twenty feet back. My wife and I plan to be in the Clallam Bay/Sekiu area from June through October. We've been spending summers out there in the western Strait since about 1970. Since I'm retired now we are able to spend more than just summers there. We've spent time in the winter there, too, but the weather is really crummy then. My son-in-law has a boat repair business in Clallam Bay. Please keep me informed regarding The Plan. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.
Russ
Dick posted 04-06-2001 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Thanks Russ
Keep checking back here.
I think we can do it.
Dick
NWflyfisher posted 04-07-2001 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Dick,

As you know, we're the proud new owners of a bouncing, baby '78 Montauk. Never attended any sort of rendezvous so don't know all that is involved. However, we are interested in participating although for the moment we're (literally) getting our feet wet launching, recovering and generally getting familiar with the boat - so much to learn, so little experience. Truly appreciate the collective knowlege in the Classic Whaler Forums and know meeting with other Whaler folks from the Puget Sound area would only heighten our learning experience. Bottom line, it all depends upon where a when. Big task ahead of you trying to plan and organize this gathering...Good On Ya'

Greg & Donna
Gig Harbor, WA

Tsuriki BW posted 04-14-2001 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

Any further thoughts on a Puget Sound get-together? I am interested but have never been on one of these. What is involved? How long would it be? What do we need to do to help?

Tsuriki

Dick posted 04-14-2001 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My first time at it.
I'm looking for comments from people that would like to get together.
What would everyone want to do?
1 day or 2 day?
Salt water or one of the lakes?
I think the most important thing is keeping it simple and fun.
I will talk to the Sea Ray/Whaler dealer next week and see if there is any interest and assistance there.
Dick
Russ posted 04-15-2001 02:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Should the plans include fishing?
Russ
Tsuriki BW posted 04-15-2001 03:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick

How about considering LK Washington because of facilities (marinas, restaurants, gas, weather, things to do for kids, etc). 1 day (Sat) with time on Sun for leisure get-together with others you meet and with similar interests.

Cruise on Lk Union, BBQ at Gas Works or Sandpoint(?)

How about getting more details on boats of those who would like to participate. I can handle Puget Sound with my Dauntless 14 but Lk Washington would be better. However, if most have bigger Whalers, the salt is fine.

This is getting exciting..

Go for it Dick! Will do what I can to help.

Tsuriki

Dick posted 04-15-2001 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I like the idea of Lk Washington. It's big enough to handle any size boat, lots of interesting scenery and depending on the weather can be a challenge.
My main cocerne with the Sound is that some people just don't like to put their boats in the salt.
I think Magneson Park would be a good choice. There is plenty of room and the ramp is good.
Keep the ideas coming.
Dick
Tsuriki BW posted 04-15-2001 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

Sayers(sp) park might be another consideration. Seems well protected if the weather kicks up. Don't know about the availability of access, facilities, but was nice when I worked the Seafair races.

Newport Shores also has decent ramps and is just off 405. Also has a fuel station, if I am not mistaken.

What about fishing as questioned by another poster, Russ? Mini tournament in the morning?

How to get the word out to more BW owners? Will the local BW dealers help? Flyers to the local/West coast marinas? Flyers to the local/West coast Marine retailers?

Any Canadians willing to help? Rodger? Outrageman?

Tsuriki

Russ posted 04-16-2001 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
I like the Lake Washington idea. I'm not at all familiar with the area. Are there any overnight accommodations handy?
Russ
Tsuriki BW posted 04-16-2001 02:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Russ

What kind of overnight places are you looking for? Hotel, Motel, Campsites? If Campsite, what will you be in, trailer (size) camper, motorhome (size)?. What kind of features (water, sewer, elec, etc) if any would you like? Will try to find a place for you. Also how many people in your party?

Will do what we can to make your stay enjoyable.

Tsuriki

Dick posted 04-16-2001 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The fishing tournyment would be fun.

Newport Shores is out. The earthquake destroyed the ramp and no idea when it will be rebuilt.

Am going to talk to our Whaler dealer today and try to get them involved.

Dick

Dick posted 04-16-2001 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I met with the owner and sales manager for the local dealership today. They were enthused and seem willing to participate in some way. I will stay in touch with them as we put things together.
I also gave the web site information to all of the salesmen to pass on to their prospects.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 04-17-2001 01:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

Thanks for all your efforts. Think it is getting close to finding out who initially are willing to come and what their ideas are.

OK, guys and girls....where are you?

Dick has the ball rolling. He needs our feedback.

Tsuriki

Rodger posted 04-17-2001 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi,
I would certainly like to attend a get together and would trailer my Dauntless 13 up from Vancouver Washington. I think a good time would be in late July or August and any location is fine with me. Once we have decided on a time and location I will make some flyers to post in the Vancouver / Portland area to try and generate some more interest. The local Whaler dealer will most likely help also, Iíll talk to them this
weekend.
Take care.
Dick posted 04-17-2001 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Rodger
Thanks, we can use all the help and advertising we can get.

Had coffee with NWflyfisher today, It's nice to meet other Whaler owners face to face after only talking on the net.

Looking forward to meeting many more when we get this put together.

Dick

NWflyfisher posted 04-17-2001 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
As Dick mentioned, he and I met over coffee here in Gig Harbor today. He's one heck of a great guy - and extremely knowledgeable to boot. I'm new to both Whalers and boating and Dick has been extremely generous in taking me under his wing and putting up with my generally ignorant questions ("Ahh so, Mastah, why is it my Montauk will not go forward?" "Well Grasshoppah, it is wise to engage the throttle in gear if you wish the Montauk to move.") I look forward to meeting the rest of you from the Puget Sound Whale(r)Pod.

Just my $0.02, but I think planning a rendevous with all the "official" activities occuring on a Saturday sometime between July and September would be ideal as long as it wasn't on one of those wretched holiday weekends where the population around the Sound triples. That's far enough off to plan, enough time to reach other Whalers who may not be on this forum and the weather is most cooperative then as well. Those arriving on Friday night could gather informally if they wished and those wishing to stay through Sunday could arrange excursions or get-togethers with others as they wish. Setting a single day for the formal rendevous would give a clear time parameter to everyone that may have other responsibilities/commitments including any potential "sponsor" (i.e. the local Whaler Dealer who might wish to be represented with boats, flags, banners, hats/t-shirts etc. HINT, HINT, HINT if he's reading this.) Something in the Central Sound area like Lake Washington is easily reachable from almost anywhere a Whaler owner might be located in the Puget Sound region.

Dick jumped out there and volunteered to put this together...let's all join with him to make it a success; it may become the first of an annual gathering.

Russ posted 04-18-2001 02:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
My wife and I could make it on any non-holliday weekend in July, August or September. We'll be coming from Sekiu, and will need to stay in a motel. I wonder if anyone else will also want to stay in one.
Russ
Dick posted 04-18-2001 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
All of the NW Whaler dealers now have the information. Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma, Spokane and Portland. By the way all are linked by a financial thread.

I am going to be dropping flyers off at all the marinas and shops I call on.

Dick

Hoop posted 04-20-2001 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Hi folks!

My wife and I are thinking about driving up to Seattle and Anacortes with our Montauk (and our 2 dogs) in August. Our ultimate destination would be Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, taking the ferry across. This isn't exactly on topic for a "Puget Sound" rendezvous, but thought I'ld post here. Besides, it looks like you guys haven't picked a weekend yet. (I wonder how far it is by water from Anacortes to Friday Harbor?)

Hoop
San Jose, CA

Dick posted 04-20-2001 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Hoop

I don't have a decent chart here at the house but it looks like about 14 miles by water. I haven't made that run yet but plan to this summer.
There is a real nice launch just past Skyline Marina out past the ferry terminal.

If in Anacortas lunch at Randy's pier 51 is a must. I time my weekly sales calls in that area so it's lunch time in Anacortas.

Would be great if your trip and your time frame would allow you to join us for our first rendezvous.

Yes dogs will be welcome, my boat doesen't leave without mine.

Let me know if I can get you any more info.

Regards
Dick

Tom W Clark posted 04-20-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Hoop,

It about a 17 nautical mile run from Skyline Marina (just West of Anacortes proper). In August in a Montauk it is no problem. You can launch at the public launch ramp at the end of Fidalgo Head as Dick describes or launch at Skyline using the slings. I think I would use Skyline for the sake of long term parking. Either way I suggest you avoid the ferry unless you just have to have your car on San Juan Is.

Dick posted 04-20-2001 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I agree with Tom on that. The San Juan ferry can consume many hours sitting in line at that time of the year.

Dick

Hoop posted 04-21-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Hmmmm... 14 to 17 nm would be no problem! How long will a clean, no-bottom-paint fiberglass hull last in salt water before acruing guests? My wife had actually suggested the idea of taking the boat over and not the car. The Skyline launch option sounds interesting, though I would think I would need to bring my own lifting bridle.

We might get up there August 25, 26; not sure though because I've got a business trip the week before.

Hoop
San Jose, CA

Dick posted 04-21-2001 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
No problem with the salt water on the hull.
It takes quite a while for anything to start growing on the hull in our cold water.

I wouldn't bottom paint a boat unless I were leaving it moored for long periods of time.

Dick

Tom W Clark posted 04-21-2001 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Hoop,

As Dick says, marine growth should not be a problem for you. I had a boat in the water last summer for the month of August and it only developed a green slime which almost completely washed off after a 20 minute run in light chop. I would say that if your boat was going to be in the water more than two months then bottom paint might be in order. Otherwise a good coat of wax will make it very easy to clean up your bottom after the boat is pulled from the water.

I'm not sure you would need to bring your own sling. Skyline is very good at launching boats even those with bunk trailers, but a call to them might be in order: Skyline Marina Inc. 360-293-5134

Hoop posted 04-21-2001 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Tom and Dick,

Thanks to you both! And thanks to Einar, too, who emailed me some suggestions.

Well I think we've got a deal, and I never would have believed it. My wife, not really a boater herself, suggested taking our Montauk to Friday Harbor, and I figured, she was going over the top. And now, by gosh, I definitely think its doable! This lets me get on to the next step of planning!

Happy whalin!
Hoop

Dick posted 04-21-2001 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Hoop
Come on up and do it.

Happy boating

Dick

triblet posted 04-21-2001 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Hoop: if you go up, I've got a Montauk sling
you can borrow.

Chuck

lhg posted 04-22-2001 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Hoop: I made the trip from Anacortes to Friday Harbor one afternoon, sightseeing along the way, in my 18 Outrage. It was an easy trip. Spent the first night of our 7 day cruise in Friday Harbor. I remember a great little restaurant up the hill in town, with a huge tree in front! Go by boat! Once there, give yourselves a day to explore north into the adjoining Gulf Islands. These are even better boating than the San Juans, and all protected!
Dick posted 04-22-2001 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I can't remember the name of that restaurant with the tree either, but as ihg says, it is great and worth the walk. There is also a great brew pub just up the hill from the marina.
Hoop posted 04-23-2001 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
This upcoming trip to Friday Harbor and the San Juan islands would be a returning trip for Carol and me. We went up last summer on a trip arranged through Victoria Clipper, the high speed ferry service company out of Seattle. We flew to Seattle, took the Victoria Clipper to Friday Harbor, stayed a few days. Then we went to Orcas Island for another couple of days. Then to Victoria on Vancouver island, including a trip up to Campbell River.

We love it up there! At the time we wished we had had "water wheels" to get out on the water a little more, and taking the Montauk up there would definitely do it! Those islands and bays looked like they would be great for exploring! And we definitely want to do some sightseeing for orcas and eagles!

Friday Harbor felt just right ... with a little bit of civilization plus beautiful scenery. I can't remember a specific restaurant with a big tree. I can remember Downriggers, I think it is, a restaurant which is right on the water at the harbor. And across the street from it is the local brew pub that Dick is referencing.

Among our favorite, though, were the coffee shops, which had an old, local home town atmosphere as the bacon and eggs and pancakes were served up sizzling in the morning!

Chuck, thanks for the offer! I'll put my plans together first, and just might follow-up on it!

Regards, Hoop

NWflyfisher posted 04-25-2001 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Dick,

How about an update on the rendevous? I think when last we spoke the time frame was somewhere in mid-August on Lake Washington. Has there been any refinement to this plan? RN wife is a state worker (chose NOT to walk out) and we'll need to put in for her time off soon.

BTW, took a stroll along the 3 marina's here and dropped a copy of your flier off on 13 Whalers I encountered. Don't know if any of those folks are on this board or not - apologies to those that are. :)

Dick posted 04-25-2001 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Greg
Thanks for dropping off the flyers.

I would like to target the date for Saturday August 18th.

Fun fishing tourneyment in the morning.

Lunch at Ivers on Lake Union, take out and eat on the boats.

Maybe a stop at the Whaler dealer on the lake.

Lots of sights to see on Lake Union.

Bill Gates house on Lake Washington.

Feedback from all please.

Dick

NWflyfisher posted 04-26-2001 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Dick,

Sounds like a plan. Were you going to call Bill and Melinda to see if we can drop in for brunch or did you want me to do that? Let me guess. . . :)

Greg

RFK posted 04-26-2001 12:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Yo, Dick,

How about later than the 18th? We will be coming from Illinois and won't reach Seattle until around the 22nd. Would certainly like to join a Lake Washington tour.

Dick Kunnert

lhg posted 04-26-2001 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
RFK - you're going to love that trip. And all along I thought I was the only one crazy enough to trail a Whaler from IL to Seattle!
Dick posted 04-26-2001 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
How about the 25th?

It works for me. How about the rest?

Dick

RFK posted 04-26-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Dick,

I think that will work. I need to confirm with the couple with whom we are travelling.

Will be back shortly.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 04-26-2001 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

Either is fine with me. Just looking forward to getting together.
Tsuriki

Rodger posted 04-27-2001 05:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Dick,
Either date is fine, we will try our best to be there.
Rodger
NWflyfisher posted 04-27-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Dick,

Either date is OK with us.

Russ posted 04-27-2001 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
We could make it on the 25th, but not the 18nth, which is the weekend of the Clallam County Fair. Our fourteen year old grandaughter is a competitor in the barrel racing, and other equestrian events, and we like to cheer her on.
Dick posted 04-27-2001 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
August 25, 2001 it is.

Hopefully I'll get the boat in the water next weekend and scope out the posabilities and maybe get some new ideas.

Dick

Tom W Clark posted 04-27-2001 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Russ,

Are you the guy who hangs out at Sekiu all summer and whose son run's Cain's? I've been making at least one fishing trip a year to Sekiu for the last 15 years. We should hook up this summer. I know the fishing is going to be good!

NWflyfisher posted 04-27-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Dick,

Thanks for locking in the date. Now, what can each of us do to help you put this together?


Dick posted 04-27-2001 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I think the first priority is input from everybody.

What are your interests?

What do you want to do?

BBQ or lunch at one of the spots on Lake Union?

I like the idea of a fun fishing tourneyment. What about you?

What time does everybody want to start?

I would like everybody interested involved in the planing so we all have fun.

Everybody. Add your suggestions.

Greg
I'll be in Gig Harbor again in the next week or two. I'll give you a call in advance and maybe we can get together and do some rainstorming.

Dick

Russ posted 04-27-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Tom,
I'm the one alright. Bob is actually my son-in-law. By all means come on out! They're going to let us keep some kings this season, y'know. Silvers were pretty good last year, and could be better this year. And we got humpies! It's shaping up to be the best season we've had in years. 'Hope nothing goes wrong. Let me know when you make the trip out there so we can make contact. We can talk Whalers, fishing, wood boats, and stuff.
Russ
Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 03:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick

Please, no "rainstorming". LOL

Tsuriki
(another Greg)

NWflyfisher posted 04-28-2001 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Puget Sound Area Whalers,

I think the idea of a "take-out" lunch from Ivers as Dick mentioned in an earlier post is a good idea, primarily because its quick and easy and would allow more afloat time for everyone. Though I love to BBQ, it would require far more in the way of logistics, preparation, setting up, cooking and cleaning; it could easily chew up a fair amount of time for those actively involved. This would probably be OK if we all decided to spend a good chunk of the day ashore. If so, then the selection of a "home base" becomes extremely important. I'm not familiar with Lake Washington - are there places you can tie up and have easy access to BBQ pits? The idea of a "home base" to operate from sounds attractive, especially if local Whaler Dealer offered to put up a large "BOSTON WHALER RENDEVOUS" banner. Does the Columbia or Chateau Ste. Mechelle wineries have a place to tie up? They offer tours and free wine tasting. Could be a great "home base" for us wineos! :)

The idea of a "fun fishing tournament" sounds good AS LONG AS everyone fishes. Obviously I do, but it wouldn't be much fun for those who only use their boats for cruising (can't imagine who in the NW that could be, but its possible - check the Poll on "How Do You Use Your Whaler.") How would a tournament such as this work? Do we all camp out on a preselected VHF frequency and announce the catch as it happens (honor system? Who keeps score?) or would we retain everything competetive and have a "check-in?"

Here in the Harbor, the boating crowd is big on boat parades. Something along that idea in the way of a sightseeing cruise sounds good - Biggest to smallest? Newest to oldest? Vice versa?

Dick, yes, give me a call and we'll rainstorm...actually, I'm fond of rain, snow, sleet, hail etc. etc. Keeps all those independently wealthy motor yacht folks ashore and allows the Whaler folks to go out and play in the weather(am I learning or what? :) )

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
NWflyfisher,

Takeout could be good or have someone cater (depending on the number of people). Catering could be full or limited to just delivering our order to a designated place at a designated time. Ivers, Dixie BBQ (Bellevue), Larry's etc.

Home base could be Sayers on the west side of Lk WA, a park on the west side of Mercer Is, Carillon Pt. just north and west of the 520 bridge, nice marina with guest tieup (they also have a nice cafe there, and a Kid Valley hamburger place nearby.)

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Sorry, had to bust this up to post. Windooze on the fritz.

Columbia or Chateau Ste. Mechelle wineries are located far from Lk WA. Could carpool depending on the number of people who want to go. Also Redhook Brewery is in the same area.

As far as the "T", probably be catching trout. (need to check the regs, Sockeye season??) so we could keep the fish, have a checkin, and give the fish to whoever wanted them. Ice would keep them, or those of us who live here could freeze them and bring them back on Sun.

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
And please, no "rainstorming", unless you guys knock it off in plenty of time to clear up for the gettogether! LOL

Tsuriki
(Greg)

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
BTW, we could parade through the Montlake cut between Lk Washington and Lk Union just as they do on opening day of boating season (Tuesday?) and at Christmas.

Smallest to largest?, reverse on the way back?

Dick, is the Redmond dealer going to help?? They are about 15 min from my house.

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Sorry, Carillon point is EAST and just north of 520 bridge. Also Sandpoint.

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Sorry, Carillon point is EAST and just north of 520 bridge. Also Sandpoint.

Tsuriki

Dick posted 04-28-2001 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am working with the sales manager and owner at Lake Union Sea Ray (Lake Union, Redmond & Tacoma are all owned by the same person). Should have some details next week.

I am not crazy about the Stan Sayers area, it's not the best part of town.

Magnusen (Sand Point) is easy to get to, clean and has good ramps.

The Mercer island ramp is not bad but gets very congested.

Newport Shores ramp probably won't be rebuilt by then.

Coulon Park at the south end has very good ramps, but a long way from anything.

Carilon Point is a very nice marina, but no launcing ramps in the vicinity and the resteraunt is good but spendy.

My choice is still Magnusen. It's a quick run across the lake to Carilon, a short run down to the 520 bridge and then through the cut into Lake Union.

Lots of sights on Lake Union and tons of places to eat.

We definately need to parade through the cut.

There are fish everywhere in the lake trout, crappi, bass and salmon if open.

Just a few thoughts for now.

Looks like 6 boats firmed up so far. Bigest one is an 18OR.


Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

OK why don't you decide on Magnusen. I've never been there so will have to check the map. Parking OK? Have a general idea where it is and it seems to be a good place.

How many people would like to fish Bass? how many for trout?

Do we need to make reservations for those who need a hotel? Seattle side or Bellevue side?

You've done a great job Dick. Just let us know what we can do to holp.

Tsuriki

NWflyfisher posted 04-28-2001 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Greg (Tsuriki),

The winery suggestion was pretty much tongue in cheek although if either were on the water might not have been a bad idea. I don't think we need to get out of boats to get into cars to make the trip, however.

You and Dick seem to be pretty knowledgeable about ramps, restaurants and all the needed amenities for the get-together...I defer to you guys on all that.

IMHO, several things are important:

1. A place with enough space where everyone can launch, tie up and congregate before the festivities begin.

2. That area having sufficient space for all to congregate without having to compete with the weekenders for launching or space on shore.

3. Being able to leave that area, go out and cruise, and then be able to return being relatively assured we can easily re-congregate ashore.

Like I said before, I don't know anything about Lake Washington and I've never been involved in a rendevous, but Donna (wife) and I are sure are looking forward to this gathering of the Puget Sound Area Whalers. I'm dropping off copies of Dick's flyers into every Whaler I find. Hopefully, we'll get the numbers up. By the way, Dick, now that we have a date locked in, how 'bout an updated flyer to everyone so we can all litter the Whalers we find with them? :)

Dick, you said there were 6 boats committed so far. As far as when to begin the festivities, I think we should defer to the person who has to travel the furthest (the guy from IL notwithstanding, he's overnighting regardless) to find if he/she will be doing an early morning drive or staying over Friday night. I think I recall someone saying they were coming from Sekiu which I believe may be the long haul. With that in mind, I suggest an "official" starting time of 0800 - naturally flexible depending on the group's wishes.

Dick, if you make it to Gig Harbor around 1400 (your lunchtime as I recall), I'll buy...Tide's Tavern (on the water) or Hi-Iu-Hee-Hee Tavern (not on the water)... both have great burgers - your choice though I suspect Tide's will win out. I still owe you BIG TIME for all the patience and guidance you've given me.

OK, now for the big question...where do I buy a Boston Whaler T-Shirt? I suspect that will be the "uniform of the day" on 8/25.

Greg

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Greg (NYflyfisher)

The wine tour is really worth it, Very interesting and I guess helps to have a good tongue and cheek to catch the flavors. LOL

Dick is the guy that got this whole thing started (Thanks Dick) and knows more places than I. We need to defer to him.

I don't much about Magnusen, but trust Dicks opion that it will be the best for us

Tsuriki BW posted 04-28-2001 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
(continuation)

I think your first 3 concerns are met. A new updated announcement(some color for us with color printers) would be great.

I hope we get lots of Whalers to attend. Lets give Dick all the help we can.

Tsuriki
(Greg)

Dick posted 04-28-2001 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have to do the dinner thing now so I'll respond to all the good comments later.

In the meantime, if it worked and is readable you all should have Lake Washinton maps in your e-mail.

Dick

Dick posted 04-28-2001 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Responding to some of the comments.

A BBQ would be great but like nwflyfisher mentiond, it's a lot of work and takes a lot of time off the water.

I'll scope out the lake in the next week or two and come up with a few suggestions.

Tie ups at any launching area on the lake are a problem. All of the ramps are busy and you have to get your boat out ASAP. We can stage off the ramp area and run to Carilon Point, Yarrow Bay or UW to tie up and go ashore.

T shirts are a great idea. What sizes does everybody need. I'll see what I can do.

Greg. You are on for lunch, sounds good, I may even break my schedual and eat early.

Dick

NWflyfisher posted 04-28-2001 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Dick,

1 large, 1 medium...but DON'T (read DO NOT) take it out of your own pocket.

JM325iX posted 04-30-2001 03:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for JM325iX  Send Email to JM325iX     
Count me in too, I grew up in the Bothell area, so it would be sort of a homecoming for me. My '69 BW13 will fit right in. We'll be coming down from Bellingham.

JM325iX

Dick posted 04-30-2001 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
JM325ix

Welcome aboard.

Dick

Dick posted 04-30-2001 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I punched the wrong button and posted a couple real good web sites as a new post.
Take a look at
"Lake Washington & Magnuson Park"

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 05-01-2001 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
OK, are ya coming or what..and if so what are ya coming in??

Might help to give Dick some help, interesting for the rest of to know the following. (Please use the same format)For me...

1. Model and size: Dauntless 14
2. Number of people: 1 person (wife has to take care of elderly in-laws)
3. Days attending: Sat for sure, maybe some time on Sun.
4. Fishing tournament on Sat?: Definately
5. Need accomidations?: No, live here.

Any other needs/ideas would help.

Please help Dick out,and the rest of us that lend a hand, to make this a great get-together.

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 05-02-2001 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Typo corection:

Please help Dick out,and the rest of us that "might be able to" lend a hand, to make this a great get-together.

NWflyfisher posted 05-03-2001 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Greg (Tsuriki),

Here ya' go:

1. Model and size: '78 Montauk 17ft

2. Number of people: 2

3. Days attending: Saturday, possibly some time on Sunday to about noon.

4. Fishing tournament on Saturday?: Not sure if you're asking whether to hold one or if I'll participate in one. In either case, the answer is yes.

5. Need accomodations?: No, we live relatively close.

I carry 26 gallons of fuel onboard and don't expect to have to refuel during the day. Not sure what other's requirements are, but access to fuel may need to be a planning consideration although I'm sure there are many places around Lake Washington with fuel docks - proximity to where we'll be? Accessability?

Russ posted 05-03-2001 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Tsuriki,
My wife and I, an' ol' Luke, our black Lab, will be there for Saturday and part of Sunday with our 18 Outrage, if I can figure out where to stay. I vote for the tournament, too, and since I don't know the first thing about fishing that lake, I'll expect some really good tips! :)
The schedule looks good. Does it include a view of Bill Gates's place?
This is already fun.
Russ
NWflyfisher posted 05-03-2001 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Greg (Tsurikii),

Russ is coming from CA...I don't know the area we'll be at...can you help him find decent, low cost accomodations that are closeby?

Russ: You play the Guit-Fiddle??? What kind of music? If the stars are in alignment and the Samurai doesn't rise from the grave, maybe (Really BIG maybe) I can be coerced into bringing mine along if you do and we can (excuse the term) "jam?" What the hey, we've got several months to learn some sea chanties. Would bring Arthyr, Gaellahad and Gwenhwyfar along but Gwennie would probably freak out and cause major chaos with Luke and Dick's canine companion(Arthyr is a Flat Coat Retriever - kinda-like a long haired Black Lab; he'd be cool at least.)

Dick posted 05-03-2001 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Fuel is available on the lake but is expensive. Fill up at a gas station befor launching and use the lake sources in an emergency.

I will check out some convenient motels and post the information. Monday looks like a light day for me so I should be able to do it then.

Looking good. And coming together.

The oldest boat on the list so far is a 1969 13' plus 2 17 Montauks, a 14 Dauntlass, a 13 Dauntlass and a 18 Outrage. I am sure we will get more befor the Big Happening.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 05-03-2001 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

Sounds great. You have done a really good job getting this thing rolling.

Gassing up before launch is definately the way to go.

If you need any help on getting a motel on the eastside, let me know. I don't know the area neer Mag Park. Bellevue/Redmond is not that far accross 520. As for Russ, he will need one that is "Pets OK", right? (By the way, Russ how big is your dog. Motel will probably ask).

Dick, what times are you thinking for the fishing T? I can check on the regs, what is "biting" at the time, license requirements and put together some gear for those who want to participate but don't have their own.

Thanks again Dick for your hard work.

Tsuriki

Dick posted 05-03-2001 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tsuriki
Thanks for your interest and help. All is appreciated.

Trout, bass etc will be open with no restrictions on starting time, we won't know untill later in the season what the salmon season will be.

That Lab will probably be around 100#, If you check out the east side I will check out the west.

Going to get back to the Mariners game now so will catch toou later.

Dick

Russ posted 05-04-2001 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Everyone,
Thanks for your offers to help, I appreciate it. I'm working on a scheme to solve my lodging problem. If I can talk my wife into getting a camper for the truck, we could park in one of the RV parks that's not too far from Magnusson Park. I see there's one in Bothell, another in Bellevue, and some others. If my powers of persuasion fail, I'll be looking for a motel. It'll have to be one that appreciates Whalers, and very friendly black Labs.

Greg,
I have two guitars; an acoustic for bluegrass, and an electric for the blues. 'Fraid I'm not much good at either one, tho. But I figure when I'm 80 I'll be good enough to hit the road and play the honky-tonks. I've a hunch that you're way beyond me as a guitar player.
Russ
Tsuriki BW posted 05-07-2001 01:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Just wondering how many coming have VHF capability. With the fishing "T" and other activities, it would be good to have the capability to keep in touch.

If not VHF, how many have FRC radios?

Just trying to get some ideas in advance..

Tsuriki

Dick posted 05-07-2001 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have two handheld VHFs that I will bring along as loaners for anyone without.
Dick
Dick posted 05-07-2001 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Had a new boat come aboard today.
Wavejumper from here in Seattle at one of the dealers I sell to. 1994 17OR, it will be a real nice addition to the rendezvous. He is pumped and going to work on some of his friends.

Dick

RFK posted 05-08-2001 06:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Dick,

* 4 adults
* Saturday for sure.
* Interested in cruising, because we will have come a long way to see the scenery.
* We have accomodations
* 1991 16SL
* Very appreciative of your accomdating our date and the work you have put into this project.
* Really looking forward to meeting you and your NW helpers.
* Anything you need from the midwest?

Dick posted 05-08-2001 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My boat is ready for the water now.

As soon as I get a nice day I will make the planed run and then post a few pictures.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 05-10-2001 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Back to the communication issue...

I have VHF and FRS radios. It appears Dick also has VHF. What about the rest?

1. VHF?
2.FRS radio?

We can plan ahead on a "Main" channel and "bakcup" channels ahead of time. I can print them and have information available to all that attend.

Tsuriki

NWflyfisher posted 05-10-2001 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Greg (Tsuriki),

I have VHF.


Russ posted 05-10-2001 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Greg,
I have a VHF.
Russ posted 05-10-2001 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Greg,
I have a VHF.
Dick posted 05-10-2001 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The most critical item, the date, is set.

I am still working with the Whaler dealer to get them involved.
I will run the proposed cruise course in the next couple weeks to get a time frame of what can be covered.

As this post is getting too large I will be using e-mail for Rendezvous details as they are available. I will also send out a questioneer requesting details on your boat, etc.

Dick

RFK posted 05-11-2001 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
We have a radio. Will also have FMS radios.

Dick K.

skookum point posted 05-11-2001 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Dick,
I will be trailering my 15' to the NW and launching at Magnuson Park sometime between June 18 and July 5 - too early for the rendezvous, but I might be able to make a second trip unless gas prices get crazy. So, please put me on your email list and keep me posted. Sounds like fun!

John

Dick posted 05-11-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
John

It would be a pleasure to have you join us if you are able.

I will keep you informed.

Dick

Dick posted 05-11-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Looks like we are setting a record for number of posts.

Latest news!
Tsuriki is joining me in the morning to run the lake and help me firm up the cruise. With his input and mine I think we will come up with a rendezvous that everyone will enjoy.

We are at 10 firm and 2 possibles. That will be an awsome sight going through the cut.

Dick

Dick posted 05-12-2001 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am going to retire this thread and start a new one.

All future posts will be at:
Puget Sound Rendezvous

See you there.

Dick

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