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Hoop posted 01-31-2002 01:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hoop   Send Email to Hoop  
Planning is beginning for the second annual (?) Nor Cal Whaler Rendezvous. It will be May 17-19, 2002, Friday to Sunday.

We are looking at having the Rendezvous on the SF Bay at the San Leandro Marina Inn, which is about 30 minutes south of the Bay Bridge, and perhaps another 30 minutes to Angel Island. Angel Island could make for a very nice destination. It could be a picnic if we brought our own food. Or we could grab food at a coffee bar / sandwich shop that is there on the island. And we would certainly want to walk the island a little bit.

The San Leandro Marina Inn is pretty nice. There are two restaurants footsteps away, and there are other restaurants at Jack London Square, at Ballena Bay the on west side of Alameda, and in Tiburon and Sausalito. So many choices!

Costs seem pretty reasonable. The hotel is $89 per night per room plus tax; I'll need to double check. A berth is $10 a night per boat, any length, and is locked with key access only, which comes with the $10. The marina also has showers available if anyone would stay on their boat. I checked with the Harbor Master and they do have space available at the marina, and so does the Inn.

Launching is free. The 2 lane launch ramp has great docks and is on the leeward side of the small peninsula; you launch into protected water. There is lots of parking, though I bet it could get crowded.

We are using the BostonWhalerNorCal group email distribution list at groups.yahoo.com to send out specifics.

Last year 10 families had a great time! Come join the fun in 2002!

Hoop, San Jose
"Ainoa," a 2000 Montauk

andygere posted 02-05-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm sure all you NorCal folks are planning to attend, but how about some enthusiasm for Jim's efforts! As you all know, last year's Rendezvous on the Delta was a blast, and this year's should be no different.
triblet posted 02-06-2002 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I'm going to be there. The detailed planning
is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bostonwhalernorcal/

Chuck

Tom W Clark posted 02-07-2002 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Maybe I'll drop by for a visit. Of course, I'll need to bum a ride....
Hoop posted 02-07-2002 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I have to admit that I'm looking forward to the Rendezvous.

I've been in touch with the local dealer, Outboard Motor Shop, and they have indicated an interest in helping out.

And I'm getting some emails from folks on the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bostonwhalernorcal/ email distribution list. Attendance will be up over last year, I predict.

As a member of the US Power Squadron, I'm in process to qualify to conduct Vessel Safety Checks. Vessel Safety Checks, sponsored jointly by the US Coast Guarg Auxiliary and the Power Squadron, help boat owners ensure that they have all the equipment on their boats to be 'legal.' And it has happened that Coast Guard boats, approaching a boater and seeing a VSC sticker on a boat, have waved and not boarded. So I'm planning on offering free Vessel Safety Checks during the Rendezvous.

Hoop

triblet posted 02-07-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Hoop, bless you for the safety checks. I've
been trying to connect with the USCGA for
this for four years.

Everybody else: be sure to read the
requirements. They are a bit tougher than
the legal requirements.


Chuck

Salmon Tub posted 02-15-2002 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Sounds like an interesting event. I am located in San Rafael (LLYC) and would like to participate. I have a newer Montalk, and wanted to find out some more info on how these events work, i.e. what do you do, cruise around or fish or what. In any case, I and a buddy of mine, would like to participate, if possible. We are both owners of newer Montalks. Any info would be nice, thank you.
triblet posted 02-17-2002 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
We tend to do a bit of everything. Some
fishing (usually independently), some touring,
some eating, a lot of yacking.

Chuck

Hoop posted 02-18-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I'm thinking that we would begin with dinner on Friday evening ... could be there at the San Leandro Marina or possibly at Jack London Square or Mariner Square in Alameda, or Ballena Bay, which is a few minutes closer. If we were to go up there it would be a night return with all the associated navigation challenges. This would be a GPS route return for sure.

I'm planning on taking all of Friday off and would get to the Marina mid-morning Friday.

Saturday morning we would assemble early and head up to Angel Island, getting there early enough to beat the crowds and while there is still dock space. Picnic barbecue lunch, I'm thinking.

Return early afternoon to San Leandro ...

Alternatively we could head over to Sausalito for dinner as Andy suggested, after the picnic. Getting to Sausalito is pretty easy in sheltered water. Maybe 20 minutes tops. If we were to go to Sausalito for dinner, it would make for a long day and a return across the center of the Bay when the wind might be up.

Dinner that evening at San Leandro Marina if we return in the early afternoon.

Sunday morning would be a late morning brunch somewhere ... maybe this would be the time to go to Jack London Square or Mariner Square on Alameda? Or another spot not too far away.

Talking and gabbing all the time ...

People make their own reservations at the San Leandro Marina Inn ... their best rate seems to be the AAA rate. I'll need to know who's coming to be sure there is dock space at the Marina itself.

Another thought ... do an "on the trailer boat show" Sunday morning. I think there would be a lot of action at the launch ramp and plenty of people to come ogle (is that the right word?) our Whalers!

It's looking like I'm going to need to be heading off mid morning on Sunday to meet my wife at our dog club event.

The overall theme ... come when you can and stay as long as you want!

Hoop
San Jose

Tom Byrum posted 02-19-2002 01:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Kinkaids at Jack London Square has arguably the best Prime Rib in the Bay Area. I think Jack London Square is also best seen at night, after dinner with a few pub investigations.
Hoop posted 03-15-2002 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I just got word that San Leandro Marina Inn lowered their room rates! Per night rate for a room with either a queen bed or two double beds, is $65 plus 10% tax. This is their new weekend rate. Not bad!

I talked to the sales coordinator there and told her about our group. If you want to make a reservation, give them a call at (510) 895-1311. Call now to lock in that good rate!

I've heard from everybody that went last year and all are hoping to make it. And then I'm hearing of perhaps 3 or 4 more boats might join us. I know we'll have fun in any event!

Hoop

Tom Byrum posted 03-17-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Hoop what are all the requirements to get a Coast Guard safety sticker?
Hoop posted 03-18-2002 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Tom,

Details of what is required by the US Coast Guard are spelled out at the Vessel Safety Check home page:
http://www.safetyseal.net/

I got certified yesterday, Saturday March 16. We checked 6 boats ranging from a 14 foot outboard aluminum launch used by the Palo Alto High School crew team to a 41 foot Pearson sail boat.

The basic requirements include US-Coast- Guard-approved PFDs, current (by date) visual distress signals, etc. What most people might not be aware of is that the requirements include carrying the current boat registration. The one boat that did not pass had a navigation light that had corroded and wasn't working. Checking what is correct and what isn't is the whole point of the free safety check.

Hoop


triblet posted 03-20-2002 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
How many PFDs are required for VSC? My Montauk
has a sitcker capacity of 7 people, but I only
carry four PFDs becuase I don't carry more
people than that.

Chuck

Hoop posted 03-21-2002 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Chuck,
The legal requirement is only "one per person", and that is what we check for, not to the capacity plate. So yes, if you typically carry not more than 4 persons, then carrying 4 PFDs meets the legal requirements.

"All recreational boats must carry one Type I, II, III or V (wearable) PFD for each person on board. For Type V PFDs to be counted they must be used according to their label requirements. Any boat 16 feet or over (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one Type IV (throwable) PFD."

PFDs must be the appropriate size for the person. In California, children 12 and under must always wear a PFD while boating.

"To qualify as one of the minimum required units, a Type V inflatable PFD must be worn by its intended user (persons 16 years and older) during the examination. In the presence of the Vessel Examiner, the intended user must examine the firing device ... and blow a little air in through the blow tube ..."

Hoop

Salmon Tub posted 03-22-2002 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
I would like to join in but can't seem to figure out how to open the group thing at yahoo. Is it possible to join you at the marina coming from the water rather than by way of trailering. I cringe at every pothole and so on, and would rather come by way of water if o.k.
Hoop posted 03-22-2002 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Salmon Tub,

That works! Come for a short time or longer, by land or sea. I'll send you an email and fill you in on details.

The Yahoo group is a 'protected' group. Interested people request permission to join, and Chuck always grants permission. That little safeguard provides for excluding someone if he/she were abusing the email node. Email volume is pretty low and everyone has been very courteous, so no problems at all with abusers.

Hoop

mudpuppy posted 03-25-2002 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Rondayvoo sounds interesting and fun. If we were to come down just for the Sat AM trip out to Angel Island, where could we launch our 15? The hotel marina? Elsewhere? Anyone planning on bringing youngsters?
Hoop posted 03-25-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Mudpuppy,

There is a free public launch ramp right next to the San Leandro Marina Inn. It has two lanes, and good dock space on both sides. It lets you launch into a protected lagoon which is pretty much sheltered from the northwest winds.

Last year we had one youngster join the group, and he seemed to have a good time. He was probably 12 years old, I'm guessing, and came down from Chico with his mom and dad and their Outrage 18.

Look forward to seeing you!

Hoop

ratherwhalering posted 03-25-2002 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Mudpuppy:

Tiburon is the closest land mass to Angel Island, but there are no ramps. The SFYC in Tiburon has a crane lift (I'm a member and can arrange lifting and truck/trailer storage for you) Sausalito has a ramp at Clipper Yacht Harbor ($15.00), and at Margaritaville on Bridgeway (hmmmm...ya gonna need help?).

Sam's Anchor Cafe, in Tiburon, has GREAT bennedict, and ample docking. Maybe a little whaler breakfast before the AI excursion? Just don't leave your boat at Sams too long, it turns into a drunken frenzy after 12:00 pm!

I'm looking forward to the event! (I can't spell randevouze)

--Rob--


mudpuppy posted 03-26-2002 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Hoop and Rob

The SFYC lift at Tiburon sounds great--never entered the water that way--always from a trailer right into the H2O. So maybe if we can make it, we'll try something new. What would the cost be to use the lift for a 15 footer?

ratherwhalering posted 03-26-2002 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
The lift and truck/trailer parking is free for members and guests, as is docking for the weekend if you want to leave her in the water Saturday night. The only problem is that you will need a lifting harness for your 15. I have one for my Montauk, but I doubt it will fit. We can probably rig something with a sturdy nylon line, if you have lifting eyes. Let me know.

--Rob--

mudpuppy posted 03-27-2002 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Rob:

The boat has two eyes on the stern, one on either side of the outboard, and one eye on the bow which I use to secure it to the trailer. Are these adequate? I have an old rock-climbing rope that I don't use for leading anymore, but would still hold a truck. Any references/threads on rigging a 15' for lifting?

Drisney posted 03-27-2002 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Mudpup...there should be a lifting eye inside the hull directly opposite the trailer tie down eye...they are connected. Make sure your leads are not too short as it induces more stress just like having short leads off rock anchors to a single biner. The trickier part is determining the balance point. If I recall all three leads were the same length for my 17ft. hope this helps. BTW it is pretty exciting to see your baby hanging from ropes with dock underneath.. Dave
Drisney posted 03-27-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Mudpup..isn't that lifting eye in the anchor locker?
Dave
ratherwhalering posted 03-27-2002 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I have a length cotton clothes line we could try...seriously, I think a 1/2" double braided nylon line should be more than sufficient. We just won't stand underneath her ;-)
mudpuppy posted 03-27-2002 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Dave, Rob:

Yes, there are eyes inboard on the stern that appear to be connected with the tiedowns on the outboard side of the transom. As for an eye inside in the locker, I'll take a look next time I get a chance to take the mooring cover off--maybe at lunch tomorrow.

Think I'll pass on the cotton clothesline--read an account in "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" that had a lot to do about cotton clothesline being used where it shouldn't ought to.

I was wondering about determining the balance point. If the bow line is different than the stern lines, it seems as if that would creat problems. Someone at SFYC probably has some experience with similarly sized boats--like maybe the lift operator (unless that would be me).

Thanks for the ideas, and looking forward to seeing the boat up in the air. I once saw a 3500 pound bull hanging from a lift by one hind leg. A 15' Whaler should be trivial by comparison.

Tim

mudpuppy posted 03-27-2002 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Dave, Rob:

Yes, there are eyes inboard on the stern that appear to be connected with the tiedowns on the outboard side of the transom. As for an eye inside in the locker, I'll take a look next time I get a chance to take the mooring cover off--maybe at lunch tomorrow.

Think I'll pass on the cotton clothesline--read an account in "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" that had a lot to do about cotton clothesline being used where it shouldn't ought to.

I was wondering about determining the balance point. If the bow line is different than the stern lines, it seems as if that would creat problems. Someone at SFYC probably has some experience with similarly sized boats--like maybe the lift operator (unless that would be me).

Thanks for the ideas, and looking forward to seeing the boat up in the air. I once saw a 3500 pound bull hanging from a lift by one hind leg. A 15' Whaler should be trivial by comparison.

Tim

triblet posted 03-28-2002 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The three legs of the harness for my Montauk
are NOT the same length. I don't remember
the specifics, but there's a significant
difference between the front cable and the
two back cables. I measured it and posted
it here a while back.

According to my owner's manual, the 17/19/21
Outrages are lifted by the OUTSIDE of the
stern eyes, with something for chafe
protection of the rub rail.

I'd suggest a post in the General Section
asking someone with the same 15' to measure
their sling.


Chuck

tflyer posted 04-01-2002 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
Have been " toyin" with the idea of launching my Frontier 25 at either Loch Lomand in San Rafael or perhaps Petaluma River and joining you folks at Angel Is. on Sat am. This providing I have her ready and can find a co-pilot. I love bay "romps". Other comitments prevent a longer stay....Would this be ok with the group, and where might I find you on the island?...Tom
triblet posted 04-01-2002 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Day trippers are welcome.

I don't think we know where we are going
to be on Angel Island yet, but we'll know
better as the day approaches, and we'll have
a cell phone number or two, and a list of
VHF call signs.

BTW, it just sank in that there are group
picnic areas at Angel Island. We had a
company picnic on one several years ago
(Hornblower provided the transport).


Chuck

Tom Byrum posted 04-02-2002 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Tom I would love to see your Frontier. I just made a 10 hour drive last Saturday to look at one that I am thinking of buying. Please bring it.
ratherwhalering posted 04-02-2002 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Chuck:

I just threw a birthday party on AI this Saturday. I also basically grew up on the Island (Mom & Dad dragged me there every weekend for years!). The best sites are located on the grass in front of the visitors center, in Ayala cove. No reservations necessary, first come, first served...we'll just get there before the first ferry. These also have the most sun. They are a short walk from the docks ($2.00 all day last time I remembered to pay). The group sites in the cove face east and lose Mr. Sun early...about 2:00. Ironically, I was at the group site on Sunday for a lamb roast, and froze my ass off! Let me know, 'cause its only a four minute ride from my dock, and I'll volenteer to claim the BBQ site and tables, provided I'm not too hung over ;-)

Tom Byrum posted 04-03-2002 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Wait till you see Rob's (Ratherwhalering)Montauk. Probably the nicest Montauk I have ever seen.
ratherwhalering posted 04-04-2002 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Somewhere in Sausalito a small, desert tan Montauk is blushing.
peteinsf posted 04-05-2002 02:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Tom (tflyer),

I was planning on making this get together be the initial launch for my new craft. Petaluma would be a good spot if you would like to meet up there. (and you could tow me back in with that big diesel if needed).

Do you know if you can park for an extended period there?

peteinsf posted 04-05-2002 02:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Also, I have to show up, I owe Tom in Seattle a ride.
mudpuppy posted 04-05-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Ratherwhalering:

I've arranged for the weekend off on Saturday May 18 and would like very much to launch using the lift at SFYC facilities in Tiburon, and motor over to Angel Island with you.

I'll need some specifics, like what time to meet, how to get there, breakfast, etc.

Also, how much overhead clearance is there on the lift? The longer the lifting lines for the harness I'm putting together, the better, but there is a limit! And does the lift have one or two davits? Right now, I'm planning on a harness with a 3-point attachement to the boat, and 1-point to the lift davit, with about 16 feet of vertical from the eyes to the top lifting point.

ratherwhalering posted 04-05-2002 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Mudpuppy:

I'll e-mail ya with the details!

triblet posted 04-05-2002 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
16' is a LOT. My Montauk harness is about 6'
above the eyes.

Chuck

mudpuppy posted 04-05-2002 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Yeah, it sounds like a lot to me, too. I was going to go with longer lines to decrease the angle on the lifting eyes. Are you using a spreader bar to get the lifting forces more vertical? Or does it matter?
Hoop posted 04-05-2002 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Last Saturday I scouted things out again. I launched at San Leandro and motored up to Angel Island. (Wow is it pretty at Angel Island.) Took almost exactly an hour at about 20 knots. I'll send an email out on my experiences. I checked out some restaurants, too, and will report on what I found. It's gonna be great fun!

Ratherwhalering, it would be great to have your help to ensure picnic tables!

Hoop

tflyer posted 04-06-2002 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
Peteinsf: I've launched in Petaluma several times. It works well for my set up and I love the trip down. It's also a good place to check various systems and get the "bugs " out of a fresh restoration, something I'm still doing. As to parking, Ive never had a problem,( I've only been there during the week, never on the week-end. I'll bet it's busy on a nice weekend, but the entire set-up at Petaluma is great. Love to 10-87 with you on Sat. 5-18-02, I've yet to check the tides, I'll be in touch on that issue. In regards to that "big diesel", thats in my old Peterbuilt and my Ford P/U, the Frontier has a 260-a volvo,(small block Chevy) w/duo-prop. Letz not do any towing, either one of us,I hope! Last week I discovered a puddle of Hyd. fluid under my new drive, soo this week, back into the shop for new trim cylinders, Will it ever end???$$$$$. Be in touch soon....Tom
triblet posted 04-06-2002 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
No spreader bar. Just three cables, a ring
in the middle, SS carabiners on each end,
thimbles at each end.

Made up by the Outboard Motor Shop.


Chuck

ratherwhalering posted 04-09-2002 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
If you know your dimensions (length etc) Sailnet.com's rigging shop will make one for you CHEAP with stainless Winchard caribiners, 1/4 stainless wire (plastic coated) and a 3" lifting ring. I got mine for about half the price OMS was asking ($320.00.) I measured my buddies, sent the lengths, and got a spot-on match. 1-2 weeks including delivery, Phil Stockman is the contact there.
triblet posted 04-09-2002 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
That sounds EXACTLY like the one OMS made
for me. I wonder if they OEMed from
sailnet.com. And the same $PRICE$
from OMS.


Chuck

mudpuppy posted 04-10-2002 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Thanks for the info, guys. If a sling didn't turn up at the SFYC, I'll have one made or make it myself. Still an educated guess on the cable lengths, though. Anybody have a lifting sling they've used successfully on a 15 they can measure? If not, I'll wing it and it'll be fine--but remember: Gravity's not just a good idea, it's the law! :-)
ratherwhalering posted 04-11-2002 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I didn't find a wire sling for either of the 15's at the club...they both use braided nylon lines. I was told that my lifting sling would work for your 15'. I used to use one for an Outrage 18' and it worked well. The bow lead was a little long, but nothing serious. So maybe we'll use my sling first, if that doesn't work, we'll make something up. I have a sailboat in the harbor, and a ton of line if it comes to it! I'll go grab the tables on the Island, then help mudpuppy launch.

--Rob

mudpuppy posted 04-11-2002 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Rob,

Let's go with the plan of trying your lifting sling, should work fine. I won't bring one along.

You wanted to launch at 9:00, right? Email directions, please, to the yacht club--I'll be coming around the north side of San Pablo Bay on 37 to 101 south through Marin.

Thanks,

Tim

ratherwhalering posted 04-12-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Chuck: here's the post I put up in December...

I just purchased a custom Lifting Harness from Sailnet.com. The quality and service are outstanding! The price ($160.00 including shipping) was about half what a local rigger, and my whaler dealer, quoted! The workmanship and quality is OUTSTANDING! All thimbles, wire, clips, and ring are stainless steel. The crimps are covered with shrink tubing.
The Here is some more information:

The price for a lifting bridle that will carry the load specified (2,500lbs) will be
$148.44 plus freight. The quote includes a 4" outside diameter ring with three separate bridle wires attached to it. The bridle uses 1/4 inch wire with a 3/8 inch vinyl covering and Wichard 2316 torsion spring carbine hooks.

Phil Stockman
SailNet, Inc
800-234-3220 ext 233
pstockman@sailnet.com

Tom Byrum posted 04-14-2002 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Angel Islands Website

http://www.angelisland.com/

Hoop posted 04-30-2002 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I sent out an email this morning to folks who have expressed an interest in attending the NorCal 2002 Whaler Rendezvous on May 17 - 19. Let me know if you didn't get one and are planning on joining for all or a portion of our get together!

Hoop

ratherwhalering posted 05-13-2002 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I am fired up for this weekend! For those who like to fish, I caught 25Lbs of halibut right off Angel Island yesterday afternoon!
Hoop posted 05-13-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
That's a lot of halibut! Live bait? Were you drifting just off the west end of the island? How many halibut does it take to get to 25 pounds?

Hoop

andygere posted 05-13-2002 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Well it's official, I won't be able to join the fun on this year's NorCal Rendezvous. I have a 12 hour class/retreat for my management class on Saturday, and a group meeting/work session for my Capstone class on Sunday. Somewhere in between I'd like to spend a few minutes with my new daughter. I hope I'll be able to join some of you for some boating or fishing later on in the summer. Have fun!
ratherwhalering posted 05-13-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
3 fish, but I heard there are 25 pounders wandering around out there! caught 'em off paradise drive, about 1 mile north of the island.
mudpuppy posted 05-14-2002 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
So tell us what you caught the halibut on, and I'll throw some of it in my boat for Saturday! Is there any other action in the Bay right now? Striper? Salmon? Or are all the salmon still outside?

Looking forward to Saturday. I'd rather fish than picnic! :-)

ratherwhalering posted 05-14-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Standard halibut rigs, using live anchovies. I made a custom bait tank you have to see to believe (a 10 gallon bucket and an old bilge pump attached to an unused speedo bracket on the transom. I use the stern light plug for power) The rig begins with a three way swivle, one end to the reel line, one end to the leader. The 3rd eye goes to a 4-6 oz. torpedo weight, on about 8" of 25lb test. The leader is 3-4', to a standard live bait hook, (I use a sliding live bait hook with an optional treble at the bitter end).

They have the entire set up at Carusoes in Sausalito for $1.95, but I have broken their hooks and leaders before and don't trust em.

I'm probably going out Sunday morning if anyone wants to buddy boat to my super secret halibut spot. The only requirement is that you have to turn off your GPS!!!

triblet posted 05-17-2002 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Trailer's hitched, I'm ready.

Chuck

Hoop posted 05-22-2002 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Ten intrepid souls on five sturdy Whalers ventured out to Angel Island on Saturday, May 18, 2002, for the second (annual?) Nor Cal Whaler Rendezvous. All had a great time.

Included in the fleet were 3 Montauks: a 2000, a 1997, and a 1986. The 1986 took the prize for good looks ... Rob from Tiburon recently completed the wood restoration, and that wood just glowed!

Tom brought his Frontier 25 down from Petaluma, with Peter and Eric on board with him. That Frontier 25, the first that I've seen in person, was super sharp, and was I/O powered. That heated enclosure looked might good on that blustery day!

Tim drove over from Davis with his classic 15 Super Sport SL (do I remember that right?) all rigged up to be the best, most stable duck hunting boat that I think I've ever seen. While many go in for those metal, flat-bottomed skiffs, Tim adapted the more stable Whaler 15 platform to his needs perfectly. The upholstery is camouflage colored, and the hull is painted to match, with carpeting on the deck to provide traction for 1 or 2 good sized hunting dogs. Tim even has an enclosure aboard that makes the boat a duck blind! He and John searched unsuccessfully for halibut that morning at the Berkeley flats.

Weather for the day was the 'snottiest' that I've encountered on the bay. (Normally I would have stayed home on such a day!) Chuck and I, with Linda and Steve aboard respectively, motored up in our two Montauks from San Leandro that morning. It was uphill all the way into a strong northwest blowing wind that must have approached gale force. The wind, coupled with the outgoing tide, set up short, steep square waves just off Alameda, which is where the roughest water was! Amazingly, conditions in front of the Gate were much more normal!

The picnic was a lot of fun, with good food and great conversation. I think that each of us picked up some new insights from each other regarding rigging our Whalers.

Three of the boats got courtesy Vessel Safety Checks, too!

Happy Whalin!
Hoop

mudpuppy posted 05-22-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Just to clarify, my hunting/fishing boat is an 87 SuperSport Limited, and the hull is not painted. That'd be going a little too far with the modifications even for me! To achieve duck hunting camo to the waterline, we have a "skirt" that clips to the gunwales all the way around the boat and hangs down just into the water--fashioned from the same fabric as used on the seats. Had a good time on the Bay, and I'm always amazed at how well this little boat handles rough stuff. It's gonna take me places I've got no business going in so small a vessel!

Thanks to those who put this outing together, and to Rob for his use of the lift at the SFYC. BTW, the lifting harness for the Montauk works great for the 15. Just get measurements from Rob.

ratherwhalering posted 05-23-2002 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Just wanted to say thanks to Chuck for organizing the event and to all those who participated. I had a blast, and it was fun to see all those whalers. We really should make this an annual event.
triblet posted 05-24-2002 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Jim gets all the credit for organizing it.
I didn't do much except play sounding board
for a few ideas and show up. And light the
BBQ while everybody else was drooling at the
Frontier a quarter mile away.

I'll second what Jim said about the run up
from San Leandro being snotty. That shallow
SF Bay water gets a lot rougher in a given
wind than Monterey Bay. Not higher, just
rougher because of the short interval.

Jim, thanks for organizing the first
rendezvous of the year.

Chuck

ratherwhalering posted 05-28-2002 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Whoa! Sorry, my mistake! My brain said Jim, but my hands typed Chuck! Didn't mean to forget ya Hoop! You deserve a big thanks for all the effort.
peteinsf posted 05-29-2002 05:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Thanks Jim, it was a blast! Next year, more boats and more SUN! great job...
Hoop posted 05-29-2002 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Thanks, all. It was fun!

Hoop

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