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OutrageMan posted 04-02-2001 01:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for OutrageMan   Send Email to OutrageMan  
I was wonderin if there would be any interest in putting together a Door County/Lake Michigan rendezvous this summer. There are some guys from this group that have alreaady expressed an interest, and I thought I would put it out there for consideration.

Let me know,
Brian

lhg posted 04-02-2001 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Brian: I think this would be a great idea. I boat up there several times a season. See last picture on Cetacea, Page 11. I have been trying to get the "Rendezvous" crowd to come over to this side of the Lake for some time now. Maybe this would be the time to do it.

I usually put the boat in and dock at either the Sister Bay Marina, or Cedar Grove Resort in Ellison Bay.

Door County would be convenient for Whalers from upper MI, IL, WI, MN and points not too far west.

Let's see what kind of response develops!

OutrageMan posted 04-02-2001 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I have a home in Ephraim with a driveway set-up for multiple boat storage, and would be willing to let people store their boats there. Additionally my wife and I would be glad to host a party.

Just in Eagle harbor alon (the bay in Ephraim) there are at least 15 whaler owners. This whole area seems to have quite a high concentration of whalers.

As you know lhg, there is fantastic boating around that area. The runs we could come up with would be great and numerous.

I think this could be a great get together.

If anyone wants to talk about this more, email me @ linuxconf@home.com

Eagleman posted 04-02-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
Outrageman,
Door County B/W rendezvous would be great. Count me in. We could all go out to the WHaleback Shoal area for picnic on the Shoal, this year the Shoal will be above water level and it's a neat spot for a get together. Those interested in doing a little snorkeling can dive on the north side of the shoal on an old sunken ship. The sunken ship will be in about 10-15ft of water this year. Eagleman
OutrageMan posted 04-02-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I think you are right about whaleback shoal. My main concern about this trip are the launch ramps. I am not expectian any problems, but the water is currently 5 inches below last years levels.

Brian

caddis posted 04-03-2001 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
Count us in. My wife and I spent four weekends in Fish Creek on our Whaler last year (Alibi Dock). We plan on just as many this year, with some of our friends. I was amazed at the amount of Whalers we saw. Keep us informed.
OutrageMan posted 04-05-2001 01:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
After reading Larry's post on aonther rendesvous thread, I am really inspired! I would like to start getting some ideas from everyone as far as dates. I sincerely don't mind putting this together.

Larry also mentioned area facilities. I think hea and eagle man can attest to the fact the Door County, WI has everything asked for in spades.

One added bonus. With the past years propagation of zebra mussels, the water is clear to 40 feet!

Post here, or e-mail me with your ideas!

Brian

Chesapeake posted 04-12-2001 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Sounds like an outstanding idea. How can I help? This will be great to see all of those wonderful whalers that have been so well cared for and rehabbed.

Bob (Chesapeake)

Sherm posted 04-14-2001 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sherm  Send Email to Sherm     
Hello everyone !I'm new at this but I have been checking out this site for about a year and finally worked up the nerve to join in when I heard about a possible get-together.I do a lot of fishing out of Oconto in Green Bay and Lake Michigan in my 15' Dauntless and would really like to get with other owners to talk about things and to check out the boats. As far as I know,I'm the only one in my area. Sherm
OutrageMan posted 04-15-2001 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
So far we have interest in this rendezvous from 7 people. As the time approaches, I am sure we will get more interest.

Which brings me to my point....

WHEN?

I am thinking early August. That is when the weather is the best in the "Door". July is good after the fourth.

Any ideas?

Brian

caddis posted 04-20-2001 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
The weekends of July 21 or August 4 work for us. Anyone else?
OutrageMan posted 04-20-2001 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
How about Aug 21st? My father reminded me that the north winds in August can become a bit stiff, and that the marine and harbor where whe will be based is quite affected by these winds.

If I hear no objections to this weekend, I will go ahead with the planning.

Brian

Barry posted 04-20-2001 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Tuesday, August 21st?
dgp posted 04-20-2001 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
I think he means July 21.
OutrageMan posted 04-21-2001 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Yes...July 21st. We are now at 9 people. So far, no objections to the JULY 21st date, so I am going to start making plans for that weekend unless there is a big uproar. Additionally, as I have mentioned before, my driveway is only .25 miles from the ramp, and is set up for multiple boat storage. I think I should be able to get 4 +,- more in there.

I will get back to the group about the cost of docking etc. For those that need a hotel room, a friend of mine has a nice modern hotel on the main street just up from the ramp, with reasonable prices. Currently the cost to launch at the ramp is $5/day.

For those that are thinking of attending, but are unfamiliar with the area, the event will be in Ephraim. Because of the nature of the area, I can not stress enough the importance of getting your commitments to me early. This area of door county can be impossible to get accomadations at the last minute because of its popularity.

I also want to make the point that we are currently experiencing a very low water season. I just got up here and I have never seen this low of water. As a result, we may need to move to a different marina location on the penninsula. This is something that I will not be able to get a handle on until the end of June. I will keep people posted.

Brian

Classic71 posted 04-22-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
Hi, We would like to come to your July 21st Whaler weekend too. Our Whaler would like to revisit one of her home ports which was in Ephraim. Looking forward to sharing Whaler stories. Paul
OutrageMan posted 04-23-2001 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Paul,

My Dad and I would love to see our old girl! Put the 21st on your calendar!

Brian (jr)

rjbauer posted 04-23-2001 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for rjbauer  Send Email to rjbauer     
My fiance and myself will plan to come over for the 21JUL event. I have a '71 13' B/W Sourpuss (I think my boat is pictured on page 1 of the Cetacea section.). If the conditions are OK we should be fine in my 13, however, if the waves & weather act up, we may have to hitch a ride with one of the big boats. We will be hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI. I can bring the Leinies!!

Contact me at rjbauer@yahoo.com

This should be a blast! Thanks for organizing this event.

Russ

lhg posted 04-23-2001 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Russ B - Glad to see you're still out there lurking around the forum. Just remember, we determined your Whaler is a 1972 MODEL.

I should also be able to make this event, and will be overnighting on the boat, assuming there are decent facilities where I can get a slip for a few days. But I was also wondering about possible low water in Ephraim, which has always been one of Door County's shallowest bays.

I am also going to try to round up a few other people for the event. So we'll see
what develops.

caddis posted 04-23-2001 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
We're in! I remember trying to get into the Ephraim harbor last year and had to watch what we were doing because of the low water (windy day, too). If it is worse than last year, it'll be an adventure! As I posted above, last summer we stayed at Alibi in Fish Creek. That is one great facility, and it is close to Ephraim. They should have decent depth, too. Should keep them in mind for a backup/overflow site. OutrageMan, let us know what we can do to help with any arrangements.
Sherm posted 04-26-2001 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sherm  Send Email to Sherm     
July 21st sounds good. I'll make a run over from Oconto to see some neat boats and check out the Ephraim area. All I need is a reason to cross the bay. I don't know any of you so I figure to just look for the Whalers.
Sherm
OutrageMan posted 04-27-2001 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I just got off the phone with a friend at a local boat yard in Sister Bay. It looks like that might be a better launch point for everyone. They have extended the ramp there and the yard has been able to dunk their hydrolic trailer and launch up to 35 footers.

We may also need to re-think the marina dor dockage. As this is becoming bigger, I am not sure if Ephraim is going to have enough transient slippage for everyone. Espically with the low water.

I will be back there for the summer by 5/15, and will begin to take a closer look at things. We may be better off in Fish Creek or Sister Bay (the former is 3 miles south of Ephraim, the latter 5 north).

I may be being picky, but I just want everyone to have a fun time without worries or complications.

Brian

OutrageMan posted 05-01-2001 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
For those that are interested or concerned about the water leves for the rendesvous, go to the link below and see what is going on.

So far, we are only a few inches lower than last year, and that wasn't too bad if you watched out.

Brian

http://huron.lre.usace.army.mil/levels/weekly.html

OutrageMan posted 05-17-2001 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
OK, I have made it to Door County and had a look around. It looks like Ellison Bay is our best bet. The other marinas and ramps just dont have enough water. I have yet to call the harbor master to find out about the # of slips available.

Before I go any further, I need to get an e-mail from all the intend to come. Note that if you have e-mailed me before that my address has changed, and because of technical problems, you will need to send another.

My new e-mail is:

brian_blazer@email.com

I am looking forward to hearing from everyone. This is shaping up to be a great event!

David Pendleton posted 06-04-2001 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Have you looked at Sturgeon Bay?

It's a nice town, with good water access, and good hotel accomodations.

My wife and I are interested in coming out from St. Paul, MN. with our Conquest 23.

(The Conquest is not quite a classic, but we're big Whaler fans.)

Please keep us informed.

Thanks.

David Pendleton

lhg posted 06-04-2001 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Brian - What's the latest on launch ramp water height conditions? Is the town ramp at Sister Bay not useable? That marina would seem like the most likely to be able to handle a group.

I very much like the Ellison Bay area, and have used the docks at Cedar Grove Resort, also a great place for a Rendezvous, if they could accomodate us. I know the place is pretty popular, and pricey, and gets booked up quickly.

Is Fish Creek out of the question? I know they have a couple of nice marinas.

I am planning to make the trip, and depending on # in my group, will bring one or two boats. We will be sleeping aboard, probably, and will be making a it a three or four day weekend.

I think it's time for all of us planning to attend to get some serious planning and commitments made, considerering how busy it gets up there in the mid summer. Looking forward to meeting the group.

sport15er posted 06-04-2001 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
fyi.. there's a nice write up on Door County in the latest BoatUS Trailering magazine. If you don't already get it, go to BoatUS.com and ask for the free issue.
David Pendleton posted 06-04-2001 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'd still like to know if Sturgeon Bay is an option.

In my experience, (from snowmobiling trips), if you inform an innkeeper or resort owner that you are bringing a club in, they are more than happy to give discounts, etc. That is, unless they have several dozen 'clubs' that weekend. Some owners will give discounts regardless.

It wouldn't hurt to ask, anyway.

Dave Pendleton

bdb posted 06-07-2001 06:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Guys,

Brian (Outrageman) will be back with you shortly. He's temporarily out of commission, waiting for new equipment to be delivered. I didn't tell you this, but his loving wife emptied her coffee cup into the keyboard of his laptop. When he punches up Continious Wave he gets sent to the "Henna" site.

The smilin' father-in-law...Harpoon Harry

OutrageMan posted 06-08-2001 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Hello all! I am now back from computer hell. At least I got a new computer out of the deal.

Now to the questions at hand...

1) I think the Sister Bay ramp will work best. I launched my big 'un there and everything was great.

2) I don't think Sturgoen Bay is right for this rendezvous. Yes, it is in Door County, but we from the north end, don't really think so. It just doesn't give you the "feel" of what Door Co. is really like. Rather than a quaint cottage community, it seems just like a small town.

Before I go any further I need an accurate count of how many we are expecting. If you need a slip, or hotel, I need to know now so that I can make arrangements and get pricing. If I don't hear from you by 6/15, I will assume that if you are coming that you have made arrangements for slippage, lodging etc. Remember I do have room for about 3-4 boats in my driveway (but I need to know).

I am also going to check into both the Sister Bay marina and the one in Ellison Bay. Sister Bay will be the best bet. For arguments sake, I will tell them, that we need room for about 10 boats (many of us from up here already have slippage).

Please contact me if you plan to come. Remeber that my e-mail has changed to:

brian_blazer@email.com

bdb posted 06-09-2001 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Gee,

6:30 Saturday morning. What to do? I think I'll go over to Brian's with a cup of coffee to check out his new computer.

Fully caffinated Harpoon Harry

OutrageMan posted 06-15-2001 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
It has come to my attention that I may be having e-mail problems. I have only received one e-mail from anyone interested in theis rendezvous. Therefore I have changed e-mail service providers. I am sorry to have ask again, but could everyone here that is planning on attending send me another e-mail? I want to get a handle on accomadations.

I an sorry for the inconvienence...

Brian

OutrageMan posted 06-15-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Sorry...

My new e-mail is:

bnblazer@dcwis.com

QBrennan posted 06-21-2001 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for QBrennan  Send Email to QBrennan     
I am in for the rendevous. Cannot wait, July 21 sounds good. I know the waters here well, and generally the area. I would like to help in any way I can. Let me know if you need help Brian. I can also grill pretty well!!

OutrageMan posted 06-22-2001 01:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
The planning is begining in earnest now. I will be culling an e-mail list from those that have showed interest, and will be sending out a mass mailing very soon. Other than a cookout that my wife and I would like to put on, the ininerary is open. I thought a Saturday trip to Chambers Island would be a good idea. Considering the different sizes and set-ups that will be attending, it will make for a great trip for everyone.

Let your creative ideas and juices flow! I am all up to hear some ideas!

Brian

lhg posted 07-09-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Brian - maybe a general public update would be in order, regarding # & type of boats, events etc. There could be others out here that might have some interest and be able to make it.
WhalerBoy2 posted 07-10-2001 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerBoy2  Send Email to WhalerBoy2     
Just got wind of this rendezvous last weekend when we were in Door County. I am definitely in. We are familiar with the area and the Chambers Island trip sounds like the ideal place for the rendezvous on Saturday. None of our friends with Whalers knew about this gathering so I will notify them. I can think of at least 10 Whalers (5 or 6 Classics) off the top of my head that might be available to join in the fun. None of them would need accomodations or dockage since most are kept in the area, so no need to worry about that. This will be a great time.
David Pendleton posted 07-10-2001 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
My wife and I are planning to attend with our 23 Conquest.

Can someone post the names and/or numbers of a decent hotel/motel/b&b in the immediate vicinity?

Thanks.

David Pendleton
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davepen@mr.net

caddis posted 07-10-2001 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
For those looking for accomodations, you can try this link:

www.doorcountyvacations.com

We have not stayed in Sister Bay, but there are many listings at this site.

David Pendleton posted 07-10-2001 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Thanks for the site. That was what I needed.

Reservations are made and everything is falling into place.

Do we have a recent boat/head count?

Thanks.

David

Vicar posted 07-11-2001 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Vicar  Send Email to Vicar     
Live in Egg Harbor just found out about the pending event on the 21st. We are a three Whaler family! Still have my 13' going from 1966! Many, many , Whalering types in the harbor! I will pass the word! Egg Harbor is a great place to take off from great dock excellent launching facility...And Egg Harbor has cold fermented malt beverages! (Ephriam is a dry town! No slam just the fax!)
OutrageMan posted 07-15-2001 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
OK...it sounds like this is taking off!

However, we are now in the 11th hour. As I have said before, Kate and I are planning on hosting a cookout on Saturday night. Because of the preperation, I would like to have an accurate head count. So far, I am planning on 25 people. I would appreciate it if by no later than Wednesday you tell me how many are going to be coming with each group.

Additionally, those that are going to require slpiiage may need to make their own accomadations if they haven't contacted me already. We started out with 2 60' slips, but the need wasn't there so we went to one. Well now many have shown last minute needs. I will try with the marina, but it is getting late. For those wishing to park their boats in my driveway, I have about 100 feet, and it will be first come first served.

If you haven't recieved one, here is a copy of an e-mail that was sent to those that are coming.

----- START E-MAIL -----

1) It looks as if we have 1 60' slip at the Sister Bay Marina. This is for
two reasons:
a) This way we can put up to six boats (2 rows of 3 rafted together) in
the slip, and all be together except for the locals that have slippage or
storage here.
b) It is the best we could get.

I will be having to put my credit card on the line for the deposit.
Therefore, if you are not going to use the slip, please let me know so that
I don't get left holding the bill :)

2) There will be first come first served parking for boats and trailers in
my driveway. I should be able to accommodate 100' of parking.

3) We are looking at using my house for the general meeting place in Friday
night for those that arrive before 8pm. Come over for last minute details
and a soda. After that we will all meet at the marina.

4) The thought has been that Chambers Island would be the first choice for
Saturday's activities. It is a nice place that usually is not crowded ad
offers opportunities for all sorts of water activities. Additionally it
should be a good run for almost any size Whaler. If the winds are out of
the NW and the Bay is rolling, alternate areas are Nicolet bay, Horseshoe
Island, or Pebble Beach. All fun areas.

5) My wife, Kate, and I are planning to host a cookout Saturday evening.
There will be plenty of grilled food and soda. As we are not drinkers, we
are asking that it be BYOB (we have no problem with others drinking
responsibly). If you want to bring a side dish or chips that would be
great, just let us know, otherwise everything will be provided.

6) Sunday will be a free-for-all, for everyone to enjoy unstructured time,
or get home.

7) Ramp fees at Sister Bay are $5.00/day, and the approximate cost of the
slip will be $1.20/foot to be split by those using the slip. I am working
on a "club" discount.

8) There is a possibility that one of the local boat yards will be offering
a discount to all those attending the rendezvous. This is a great full
service yard with a brand new shop that rivals many of the West Marines I
have been into. I will keep everyone posted about this.


------- END E-MAIL ------

Were getting close. With some luck with the weather, this will be a great time.

Brian

lhg posted 07-17-2001 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
My intention is to show up at the Sister Bay Marina around 2 in the afternoon on Friday, and will be hanging around there though Monday noon. My 26 year old son, and 24 year old daughter from NYC (real cute, guys) will be with me. So, if any of you get there on Friday, look me up! I'll be in a 25 Outrage. Looking forward to meeting Whaler people, and we will be available for some other activities other than just the Chambers Island run, if anybody's interested. Maybe something like some bay side harbor hopping, or a trip up to Rock Island, or even Fayette.

How about the rest of you? What are YOUR plans?

David Pendleton posted 07-17-2001 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
We're leaving Afton, MN thursday afternoon. We expect to arrive in Sister Bay around 9:30PM thursday evening.

We're staying at the Village View in 'downtown' Sister Bay. No plans for Friday, if the weather's good and my wife doesn't find someplace to shop, we may do some boating that day.

We're leaving Sunday morning after breakfast.

Dave

caddis posted 07-18-2001 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
We should be up around 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Would definitely be interested in a Rock Island run, possibly on Sunday, since we have never been there. Each time we go to Door I try to go somewhere new, and hopefully further, than we have been before. Larry, is a run to Fayette feasible/recommended without twins? I'd love to do it, but was waiting until the Yamahas came in. Our party will consist of myself, my wife, my brother-in-law (single, and particularly likes women from New York), Belle the cocker spaniel, and Bridger the labrador retriever. Brian, are we confirmed in the slip or should we get our own? Boat is a Revenge V-22, and we will be staying on it. We will be departing around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.
OutrageMan posted 07-18-2001 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
OK everyone, an e-mail with an attached MS word doccument has gone out. It contains all information, including itinerary, and directions. If you have not received one, please e-mail me and I will forward you one.

Brian

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-19-2001 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Any chance of having someone e-mail me the itinerary. I will be on Washington Island this weekend and would love to partake in Sunday's events-if any. Please let me know.
ckeller@rwbaird.com
David Pendleton posted 07-22-2001 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Just got home from the Rendezvous at 6:00PM, a little more than 7 hours after we left Sister Bay.

My wife Patricia and I had an incredibly good time. This was our first rendezvous, and we enjoyed meeting everyone in attendance. Please feel free to drop us a line via phone or email. We would love to meet up with any of our new friends in the future.

Brian, thanks again for a wonderful time and your hospitality.

Dave & Patricia Pendleton

P.S.

For the record--I am NOT WhalerGuy!

Jackie Hahlbeck posted 07-23-2001 12:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jackie Hahlbeck  Send Email to Jackie Hahlbeck     
Paul and I agree with Dave and Patricia that we had an absolutly fantastic time at the rendezvous and look forward to meeting up with our new friends. We may even get back to Door County as soon as next weekend. The kids found out where we were and are begging to go to Door County.

On our way out of Door County we stopped at the CITGO in Sturgeon Bay and a gentleman commented to us that we had a Whaler and he couldn't believe how many Whalers he had seen in Door County this weekent. Paul asked him where he was and he replyed SISTER BAY. We informed him we had a rendevous. He said he had seen a lot of really NICE Whalers on Saturday. So we didn't go unnoticed.

I hope we can all stay in touch and get together again for a rendevous whether it's in Door County or the Aposile Islands. If we continue to post it on Continous wave I'm sure our group will grow and grow but there will never be another 1st Annual? Door County Rendevous.

A big Thank You to Brian and Kate for their Hospitality and planning for this GREAT Weekend. I just can't say Thank You enough.
GOD's Blessings to All until next time.
Paul and Jackie Hahlbeck-Classic71/BENCHMARK

bdb posted 07-23-2001 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
A Wonderful Gathering!

Yup, the rendezvous was a great event! And importantly it was safe too. Neat to meet everyone and put faces to names.

Although I'm biased I think Brian and Kate put together a fine 'vous that was structured enough to keep things moving and loose enough to let folks flex.

Upon returning to Nicolet Bay from Chambers, a fellow asked if we had been to the rendezvous. He said he heard there were going to be 150 Whalers out there. Told him I didn't think we had quite 150.

On a personal note: Paul and Jackie you've got Benchmark looking wonderful! I KNEW I picked the right home for her! She sure is a beautiful sight in the water.

When we returned home after the party my nephew Adam (the blonde one) announced to his family that "This was the best day of my life!" He and brother Ross stayed up till all hours thumbing through Whaler cataloges trying to agree on their next boat. Don't be showin' them no Rinker!

Thanks to all for participating. I'm sure everyone is sharing chuckles and memories. Sorry I missed "Sherman's March" Sunday, but just too many things happening for the Ol Harpoon, who was toasted inside and out.

Whale on...

Eagleman posted 07-23-2001 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
The rendezvous in Door County was great. Paula & I really enjoyed this past weekend.We both agreed that every aspect of the weekend came together GREAT. Thanks again to Brian and Kate for the lovely Saturday night barbeque and planning the rendezvous.
Also thanks to the other members for sharing your Whaler idea's, I can add them to the list of stuff that I'd like to do.
QBrennan posted 07-23-2001 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for QBrennan  Send Email to QBrennan     
Wow, what a great time. My wife, Suzanne and I enjoyed the discussions, BBQ, the good natured humor from Russ and his barking dog, and of course the cruising. Sunday was also great fun and a great run to Menomonie to drop off Brenda and Sherm. I know that Todd and Deb might be up here in the first weekend in August. Larry, the man of great Whaler knowledge, said he might be as well. Suzanne and I are planning a Whaler cruise that weekend to Escanabba and Fayette. Any takers?

PS- Larry, drop me a line with any pix. Do you have a picture of your trailer , by chance?

caddis posted 07-23-2001 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
This was the best time we've had in Door County. It was great to put faces with the names of this board. First of all, we want to thank Brian (Outrageman) and Kate for putting this all together. They could write a textbook for how to pull off a rendezvous. And all we can say is Larry is our hero! Between fixing my throttle cable, determining we're running the wrong prop, and all the other wealth of information we gleamed from him, we owe him big time. It's intimidating to see the new varnish job (wow!) he just applied to Whale Lure. Now I know what has to be done to the Revenge over the winter. Larry, we'll see you Labor Day, and hope your son Larry will be there, too. Paul and Jackie- thanks for the picture! Dave- now you are on the hook for the Apostles next year! Quinn, just keep us informed as to the itinerary of the cruise for the first weekend in August.

Todd and Deb

P.S. Bridger was having a tough time waking up this morning for some reason. And Belle wanted to say hi to Lauren.

OutrageMan posted 07-23-2001 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
What a great weekend. It was wonderful meeting everyone. I think this could easily become an annual event.

Thanks for all of the kudos, but I think I need to set the record straight about a few things...

1) We would not have had such a good BBQ if my wife Kate did not pass on Saturday's gathering at Chamber's Island.

2) Quinn Brennan bailed us out of some serious slippage problems. Basically 3 days before our planned date, we were informed that we basically did not have any slippage. He used some pull with the harbor master, and got in the "wait line" at 7 am Friday morning to get everyone their slips.

Without all of this help, things would not have gone as well as they did.

I am hoping we can do this again next year, and I can't wait for pictures.

Brian

Harpoon Hilbert posted 07-24-2001 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Harpoon Hilbert  Send Email to Harpoon Hilbert     
Hello Folks; First time jumping in here but could not resist. We were the 13 footer that was at the rendezvous. I'm certainly glad that my brother(bdb) and nephew(Outrageman)
talked us into coming. Our Family had a blast
wishing that the weekend never came to a close. It was fun seeing and visiting with old friends and meeting new folks.
Thanks to Brian & Kate for organizing the event and hosting the barbeque. Thanks to brother Brian and wife Mary for arranging our accommodations, and lets not forget Mother Nature for the fantastic job she did.
Could not believe how hospitable everyone was to the young folks in attendence.
And now thanks to all of you we are begining the process of upgrading. Our son Adam stated at the end of Saturday that it was the best Day of His life, then our son Ross said me too, just wish we had a bigger
boat. If any one hears of about a 17 being avaliable please holler.
It was nice meeting everyone and hope to do it again.
Paul, Thanks for the picture, the kids slept with it.

lhg posted 07-24-2001 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Well, as the last one home, I would like to say it was more than I (we) ever imagined. Super hot, sunny weather, dead flat seas, super Whalers, and most of all, super people.

The older these Boston Whalers get, the better they look, and I've got tons of pictures to prove it. As JimH has said,
you better be sure your boat is in great condition before you go to one of these Rendezvous, and that certainly was true for this one.

Brian (Outrageman) and Kate, along with the rest of the Blazer clan (I think they are 1/3 of the population of Door County!) were wonderful, fabulous hosts, and their generousity of time and money to put this together were a great surprise and appreciated by all. Great job everyone! We all know it was a LOT of work.

For me it was a chance to finally (after boating in Door County for over 20 years) meet some of the other Whaler owners in the area, plus some who visit there regularly like I do. True to what I have experienced in the last 30 years years of "Whalering", people who own these boats are the best - an extremely knowledgeable, friendly, high class group of boaters who love their boats, and the Whalers of others, and love being on the water, fresh or salt, whom anybody would like to get to know. It seemed like we had known everybody for years, and to all, I would like to say it was a real pleasure and great fun.
The overall feeling of excellence and quality on this website and, particularly the Forum, is not a deception, for when one meets, firsthand, the others in this group, it indeed follows through.

My thanks to everyone, for the great friendship extended to myself, son Larry and daughter Lauren!!! I remember saying to them before we headed North, "I don't know any of these people and I don't know what we're headed into, but if they're Whaler people they can't be too bad! That could have been the understatement of the week. When Russ (Eagleman) made a special effort to meet me at the Sister Bay launching ramp Friday evening at 10pm, to help me get the boat in the water, I knew this was going to be a great outing.

Then there were the Whaler dogs. Two highlights come to mind.

Outrageman's black dog, swimming around with all us while rafted, looking more like a seal in the water than a dog, and taking a break from the swimming by standing on the boats' doel fin with engine in vertical postion! The people that make these things should advertize that they also make a great resting platform for the swimming family pooch.

Then there was Caddis' 100lb, hunting trained, Yellow Lab chasing a frisbee thrown into the water. Seeing this big dog go running full bore down the launching ramp dock and taking a flying leap into the water, without even breaking his pace, was a sight! Truly a dog with a mission.

Hope to see everybody again!

OutrageMan posted 07-24-2001 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Just a clarification...

Holly (the black dog) belongs to Harpoon Harry (my father).

I can't wait to see the pictures!

caddis posted 07-25-2001 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
I'd love to teach Bridger how to do that, but I'm afraid my motor would fall off my rebuilt transom.

Brian, we certainly meant to thank Kate for her sacrifice on preparing for the party. Sorry if it didn't come across that way!

And Quinn, we had no idea. Thanks so much for the effort! As we were staying on the boat, what you did was a lifesaver.

Pictures are being developed.

OutrageMan posted 07-25-2001 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Todd,

It came across just fine. I just wnated to add my own thanks to the people that helped out.

Brian

PS - you should e-mail EagleMan (Russ w/22 Outrage and the poodle) about your engine. His is about the same year, and he has had the cover off more than once.

Sherm posted 07-25-2001 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sherm  Send Email to Sherm     
Finally got a chance to throw a HUGE thanks to everyone across the Bay. Brenda and I have been truly humbled by the warmth and generosity of this merry band of ours.Thanks a load to Brian and Kate,it wasn't a meal,it was a feast!Thanks to Larry for his advice,you ARE the "man on the mountain".And to those in Sherman's March,well,what can I say, you guys rock.
The best way to sum this up is to just tell all of you is that I'm glad I got a Whaler.
Thanks to all,
Sherm and Brenda aka The Little Boss
Eagleman posted 07-28-2001 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
Hi all, this is Mrs. Eagleman, aka, Paula, with the barking poodle. I had a great time. I had to admit, I was thinking it would be a guy weekend, boat talk, testosterone driven, and a nightmare for the womanfolk. To my surprise, I can call you all friend, had a wonderful time, you feel like family, and I can't wait until the next reunion. We'll leave the dog behind!!! You are all very genuine, warm, kindhearted people. Thanks Brian & Kate for all you did, the barbeque, the pizza, and making it all possible.
Thanks to Paul for the great picture. Hi to Lauren, who I especially enjoyed, you are very dear,I wish you only the best. Larry, you were a joy. I am anxiously awaiting the pictures I took. I hope no one is too terribly sunburned. Next time, I'll bring the sunscreen out earlier. There are some of you I didn't get to visit with much. I will make up for it next year. So until we meet again, God bless, it was soooooooo fun. Paula
QBrennan posted 07-30-2001 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for QBrennan  Send Email to QBrennan     
Hey Guys,
We are planning a run to Rock Island / Jackson Harbor and Fayette on Thursday, and ending up in Escanabba on Thursday evenening or Friday AM. Probably to Menomonie for Harbor days festival for Friday night (which should be fun).

Anybody feel like joining us? I know Todd and Deb were thinking of heading up here. We need some whalers to hang and have fun.

Summers goin' fast.....
Quinn and Suzanne

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-30-2001 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
My girlfriend a my be up on the Island this weekend. We have a place on Washington Harbor. Will you be passing by on Saturday? Weather permiting (we only have a Monauk 17) we were going to cruise around St. Martins. I have always wanted to check it out. Maybe our paths will cross. I am sorry I missed the DC rendezvous. It the responces have been pretty awesome to read. Keep me posted.
Charles
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-30-2001 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Sorry! Terrible post, I hit submit prematurely. Anyway we will keep an eye open for you! Have a safe voyage.
David Pendleton posted 07-30-2001 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Is anyone planning anything in Sister Bay for Labor Day (besides Marina Fest)?

OutrageMan posted 10-01-2001 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
It is hard to believe that is has been 3 months since our rendezvous! I was wondering if anyone had gotten any of their pictures developed from the trip? I would love to see some of them. There were so many shutters snapping, that I think there must be a fotomat's dream ammount of 5x7 glossies out there.

Brian

lhg posted 10-01-2001 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Hello everyone. I am one of the prime offenders here. I have pictures which I will get off to all of you soon! Sorry for the delay. And thanks to those of you who have emailed some pictures. I'm hoping that Jimh will do a Cetacea or Rendezvous page for us also!
David Pendleton posted 10-09-2001 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     

I'm dying to see pictures.

I have a few, including a nice one of Brian Sr.'s dog (not on the doel fin, though).

Please keep me posted about pictures.

Thanks!

David Pendleton
davepen@mr.net

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