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Draftmanswife posted 02-02-2002 02:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for Draftmanswife   Send Email to Draftmanswife  
It's that time again friends!
Announcing the 10th Annual Bahama Rendezvous 2002, in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Bahamas.
It will begin on June 14th and run thru the 22nd. We leave from West Palm, Florida, and run across the gulf strem to West End. Go thru customs, and off the the islands we go.
For more information, give me a e-mail,m and include your address, and I'll make sure you all get packets with all the information you will need. Thanks
Orca posted 02-04-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Orca  Send Email to Orca     
Played around Green Turtle and Nippers in a Whaler in Nov. last. We strongly recommend getting involved in the trip. We are going to work on our plans. Dave
Ed Stone posted 02-06-2002 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I have had trouble getting a e-mail to
go through.I would be interseted in some
information on the Bahamas trip.
Of coarse I would have to get time off
work andpermission from the boss at home.
Would we sleep on the boat?Would we need
a passport?Would our tow vehicle and trailer
be safe?
Thanks,Ed Stone
Draftmanswife posted 02-11-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Hey Ed, sorry the e-mail has been giving me fits lately...PLease give me a try again, @ I'll get you on the mailing list. Or you can give Carl Fischer at Hontoon Marine a call, 800-705-7453, and he'll give you the skinny:)
Hope you can come!
Take care:)
ffk posted 02-11-2002 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Please, please send info on the trip. I can trailer down from NY.
Does anybody have any feedback from previous trips?
lhg posted 02-11-2002 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have been on two of them, when they were Whaler factory sponsored, and they are fabulous. Great people, great fun and great hot, tropical, high humidity weather. But this is heavy duty boating, since it involves crossing the Gulf Stream, 60 miles, and then another 110 miles out to Green Turtle Cay. Your boat needs to be in top condition, at least an 18 Outrage, and you need good seamanship and navigational skills, and knowledge of ocean conditions and weather, along with a mandatory sun top. The trip costs about $3000-4000 for nine days, depending on fuel use, where you stay when over there, and how much you eat, drink, cruise and fish! In my 25 Outrage, I used about 600 gallons of fuel, at about $3/gal, except for the initial fillup in the states before departing. There is much cruising and exploration to do once out to the island chain. Clear turquois blue water like you've never seen.
jhill posted 02-19-2002 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
Plese send me info. Jon H. Hill, P.O. Box 2110, Corinth, Ms 38835 or jhill @
jhill posted 02-19-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
U have an 89 17 Montauk. Will it make the trip?
Draftmanswife posted 02-19-2002 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
17 will make it fine...
WhalerAce posted 02-19-2002 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
We are going again this year, just not sure if it will be in the 22' Outrage (no real bites yet) or the planned-to-get Temptation 25.

ANYHOW, we made the trip in its inaugural year in a Montauk. The waves were HUGE that year. I was in a cluster with lhg (Whale Lure), a 27' CC (Kathy's Surprise) and (Backlash). The waves had to be 15' because when I was in a trough I could see no other boats. When we finally got to Green Turtle, my shirt stood in a corner by itself because it had so much salt in it. Most fun I have ever had! True, I did stay about six feet off the transom of the 27 footer, but still was a super experience. And got to meet people like Larry (lhg), a really super person to talk with!

I received the coveted "Most Courageous Sailor Award" (actually a BW jacket that I wear with pride on the rare cold Charleston mornings) and more memories to last a lifetime.

The next year we bought the 22 Outrage (in anticipation of rough water again) but the Gulf Stream was like glass for this crossing.

Anyhow, to close this long-winded narrative, GO ON THE RENDEZVOUS. You will never forget the water, the people, or the fun you'll have.


Eric posted 02-20-2002 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I'm not about to try a crossing in my 17, but to all those that go, have fun! I plan to upgrade to an outrage eventually, and hope to make this trip.
lhg posted 02-21-2002 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
That first trip, in early May 1993, was something, as far as getting over there! A solid 25 knot wind in our face crossing the Gulf Stream. Returning was fine.

And Ace is the person to talk to regarding crossing in a Montauk? Right Ace? We were all impressed he even made it. It was a BEATING in the 25 Outrage, even though we ended up as the lead boat, arriving in West End before all the other 24 Whalers. A testament to how well the 25 performs. A 20 Outrage was second in, and a 21 Walkaround was third in. People in four 18 Outrages who made it, arriving the next morning after anchoring out for the night, said they REALLY took a pounding. Several were re-installing hardware that had come off! We left the Palm Beach inlet at 7:30 am and arrived in Green Turtle at 2am the next morning (navigating 5 hours of darkness in waters we'd never been in), and we were the FIRST ones to arrive! The next moring I discovered I had only 5 gallons remaining in my tank. I used 135 gallons running 110 miles across the Bahama bank, with 5 people and gear in the boat. That's how bad it was.

But that first trip was earlier in the season, and now they do it in mid June when the wind and sea generally lay down. Regarding crossing in a Montauk, it's fuel capacity that becomes critical, both for lugging along
(if conditions require) on the 60 mile Stream crossing, and then after fill up in West End, an additional 110 miles across the shallow banks, which can also be quite choppy. The Montauk is generally limited to the 28 gallon tank, but I would carry an additional 12. And then you have your gear for a week.

On the second trip, two women in a Montauk, with 28 gallons, and a Merc 75, had to be towed in on the crossing, having run out of gas, even though the weather was calm.

So if you're going to do it in a Montauk, if it's rough (over 3'), don't go, and wait out the weather. And buddy-up with a larger boat who can look out for you, and even take you in tow if necessary. And don't do it unless you are an excellent seaman. Well equipped, with good weather, and good judgement, and you'll be able to do it. Clark Roberts has said he also made one of these trips (1994?), in a 17 Newport. Only Clark could do that!

The second trip I made, June 1994, was smooth as glass both ways. Now, I don't even consider a Gulf Stream crossing to either Bimini or West End, unless the forecast is for "Light and Variable winds". Only leave at first light, about 6 am. In good conditions, takes about 2 1/2 hours.

jhill posted 02-22-2002 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
Thanks for the info on the Montauk. I had planned to take myself and three other people. I usually get 4 to 5 miles per gallon. Sounds like I should rethink?
lhg posted 02-22-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Consider sending two, with as much baggage as they can carry, over to Treasure Cay on the airplane. They'll miss the fun of the trip over and back, but once there the Montauk would be great for the 4 of you.

Others could consider this also. Have your non-adventuresome friends fly in.

Draftmanswife posted 02-25-2002 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Thanks for the stories LHG:) They are true.
In "93, we looked like somebody beet the crap out of us. We were black and blue all over. That was indeed a rough trip. Your advise about being a real seaman is right on the money too, Once you set out across the stream, there's no turning back. Brochures went to the printer today, and hope to be done and mailed by the beginning of next week. Hope to see you all there!
Regards, Janis
Bigshot posted 02-28-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Still taking the Montauk, just me and my friend. I will have everything including an EPIRB, 2 GPS, SOSpenders, 2VHF, etc and my partner is a licensed Captain. We will try and follow something to break up the chop.

How much is it to fly there....ballpark?

Draftmanswife posted 03-05-2002 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Looks like a charter out of New Smyrna runs about $150-$200. I flew one year, wish I'd hadn't, 1/2 the fun is the trip across!
Bigshot posted 03-05-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Not for my wife it would'nt be. She loves the boat but being in the middle of the ocean....let's just say I like being married....and able to have children:0)
lhg posted 03-05-2002 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
American airlines has service from Miami to Treasure Cay. This is just across the bay from Green Turtle, and is the preferred destination to pick someone up by boat.
Draftmanswife posted 03-10-2002 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Glad to hear you'll be joining us Bigshot...wish I had time to meet up w/ you in Daytona over Bike Week, but things too bust w/ Speedway. Hope you had a good time and your trip home was a safe one. I'm gettin
real excited about the trip...
Swellmonster posted 03-14-2002 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Thank you for sending me the form for the trip. My passenger and I agreed that the $200 per person is simply beyond our available budget. The trip is expensive enough and we just wont be able to swing it. Oh well, safe waters and fun to all!!!
jhill posted 03-21-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
I still have not received the info on the trip?
Draftmanswife posted 03-21-2002 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
John, we had you in Mass instead of Miss. It will be in the mail tomarrow...sorry and thanks for your patience!
jhill posted 03-27-2002 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
What ar the cost of the rooms at the hotel where the headquarters will be along with other hotels, generally? Also, what if the seas are rough on the 15th. Are there any provisions for going later say 2 or 3 days? If too rough, will there be a refund?
Draftmanswife posted 04-01-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Provisions will be made if the waters are too rough. When we first did this trip 10 years ago, we did it in May, when the waters are too rough. We do it now in June, when waters are typically layed down.
Draftmanswife posted 04-14-2002 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I just wanted to keep this going, as we are getting closer to our departure date. Swellmonster, take a closer look at the brochure, and note that some of your meals are included in that $200.00...maybe re-think? I hope all who were at the Tampa rendezvous this weekend can make it!
Take care,
David Pendleton posted 04-15-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
After reading this thread, I am considering making this trip next year with my 23' Conquest I/O.

I live in Minnesota and mounting an expedition such as this will take considerable planning, and the saving of both money and vacation time.

What does the 'brochure' contain? Is there any way I could get one, just to keep me going for the next 12 months?

Someone, please post some pictures when you return!

Regards all.


Eric posted 04-16-2002 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
Janis: we would love to attend, but that'll have to wait for when we get an outrage. It's one thing to beat it across Tampa bay, that's my home waters and the end of the journey is in sight when you start. I really don't want to deal with several hours of that in an ocean crossing.
That said, I'm a bit jealous that I can't go. We'll see you on the St. Johns, or for some scalloping.
Swellmonster posted 04-20-2002 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
See, I now have "good man" ERIC fancying an outrage so he and Cheyrl might make it next year. That probably doesnt lower my price, does it?
Do yall make any shorter trips to Bahammas?


TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-24-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
We're signed up and ready, This will be my first time, going in a 2001 21' Ventura.
Staying at the Bluff House. Looking forward to this experience. I'm hoping the crossing will be smooth!!! JIK
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-25-2002 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Janis, How many boats/people are signed up to date? JIK
Draftmanswife posted 04-29-2002 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I think we have 10 paid, and 60 signed up, so far. Rooms are going fast, so I'm sure we will have a full island. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 05-02-2002 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Janis, After my wife watched PERFECT STORM last night, Its less expensive for me to cancel this trip than to retain a DIVORCE lawyer. Im trying to convince her to go to WEST END with the group at least. Perhaps next year!
Draftmanswife posted 05-09-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
See if she would fly with the other women and kids. If she still insists, you can fly too, and one of us can bring your boat over.
I'd hate to see you all not be able to come!
North Beach posted 05-09-2002 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
Draftsman's wife:

How do I contact you to purchase whaer decals?

For some reason, e-mail not work.


Draftmanswife posted 05-10-2002 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Just feel free to give my office a call:
386-736-1142. Or
Draftmanswife posted 05-25-2002 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Only a few more days left to sign up ya'll....we'll be going soon!!!
David Pendleton posted 05-25-2002 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Did you guys know the Edgewater Rendezvous is that same week at Green Turtle Cay?
Draftmanswife posted 05-27-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Edgewater sponsors this tournament/rendezvous.
David Pendleton posted 05-28-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Oh. I thought it was a Whaler (sponsored), or at least Whaler-centric event.
Draftmanswife posted 06-05-2002 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
10 days til departure...I guess I will leading everyone over, so ya'll come play follow the leader:) You don't need a place to stay, just take a sleeping bag, and crash wherever..Janis
Swellmonster posted 06-07-2002 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     

Which boat are you taking over?

I'm going Musky fishing in Wisconsin. Na-Na!

Draftmanswife posted 06-08-2002 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Hey Swell...haven't seen you on much...I guess we are both traveling this summer. We are taking over a new 18' Edgewater. I can't wait to post the differences when I get back. If seas are nice, might tote the 13' Whaler behind a 26'. I would love to have pix of my "Pea Pod" in the gulf stream. Anyway, talk w/ you soon, have fun up north. Take them some sunshine, they need it! Smiles;)
Swellmonster posted 06-18-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
great weather up here. got a tan the first day, none of that humidity and nights are cooling off in the low 60's.
I walked to the lakes edge and lots of bass were looking at me and swam off to warn their friends I was back to kick their butts!
Have fun in the bahamas, I am still jealous. I wish I could afford the trip.
Do y'all do any other shorter/cheaper trips to the islands?
Cant wait to see your pictures!! Have fun!


Draftmanswife posted 06-23-2002 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
See my posting on the trip in "general".

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