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dfmcintyre posted 01-21-2003 11:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for dfmcintyre   Send Email to dfmcintyre  
The Port Huron group will once again, be holding a gathering of Whalers on July 18th and 19th.

Last years group had a great time, and we hope to double our attendance.

Watch this area for further developments.

Don McIntyre

InHerNet posted 01-21-2003 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
Don,
I would like to know more about the Port Huron trip. I will be vacationing in Caseville around the 4th to the middle of July and I will trailering the whaler with me.
Don Wilson
Ventura16 posted 01-22-2003 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Don, I missed it last year, but I'm definitely hoping to attend this year. I noticed that the smallest boat last year was an Outrage 19. Do you think there any problems or issues for the smaller boats? I know there is a LOT of activity and traffic on the Black River during the race weekend.

Are you planning to use the public marina again as a staging area?

Tom

dfmcintyre posted 01-22-2003 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
On Friday boat's should start to appear at the city marina closest to I94 and Black River. There are two launch ramps nearby. Fuel, party stores, three motels and a Bob Evans are within walking distance.

Friday night we all go down to watch the biggest street/dock party that Port Huron has during the summer. Trust me on this.

Saturday is devoted to boating, either out into the lake to watch the start of the PH to MacIsl Sailboat Race, or, if the lake is rough, we can always head down the St. Clair River.

As the weekend gets closer, I'll post some additional info, motel Tx's etc.

Don

dfmcintyre posted 01-22-2003 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Tom (and others....)

The nice thing about holding it on the Black River, is that there is a canal running from the river out to Lake Huron. If things get rough, the smaller boats can use the canal.

How small?

I usually use it for my 21' Outrage, and I've run a 25' Revenge through there in years past.

Don

Ventura16 posted 01-22-2003 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I've got a Ventura 16 dual console...same hull as a Dauntless 16. It's not small like a 13 or a 15, but it is definitely not up to the same conditions as an offshore boat.

I've spent plenty of time in the Port Huron city marina. We kept our Grady-White 27 there for a couple of months in 2001.

Tom

Cicada posted 01-26-2003 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Boat Night at Port Huron (pronounced "Porchurin")is quite the party. Hard to describe. Kind of like a mini Mardi Gras?

Some good restaurants in the area. Canada's across the river. Nice little park up on the lake at the Fort Gratiot light. Good place for a picnic?

Bring a camera. If the wind is right for the start of the race it'll be under spinnakers. If the wind is wrong - welcome to Lake Huron.

Great area.
Paul

BugsyG posted 02-01-2003 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
I am located in Sandusky Bay, Ohio. I might be up there that weekend I would like to join you. 17 Montauk in the fleet :)

JAZZ ;)

macsfriended posted 02-11-2003 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for macsfriended  Send Email to macsfriended     
Ahoy All,

We are planning to drag our Newport(17') up from St. Louis, MO and party with you folks.

Ed & Ginny

Andy Holmes posted 02-12-2003 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Planning to attend this year. Missed it last year, but looking forward to it.
discoduck posted 03-23-2003 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for discoduck  Send Email to discoduck     
Count me in Mr. Mcintyre. I missed last year as well. Sounds like fun. Keep me posted.
dfmcintyre posted 06-10-2003 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I'm re-posting this thread to bring it back onto the page... It looks, based on the posts so far, we may have around 12-14 boats show up.

Port Huron is located at the south end of Lake Huron, about 65 miles north of Detroit.
It will be held at the local city marina. Within walking distance to the marina are four motels (listings below), 2 gas stations, one party store and a Bob Evans. 3/4 of a mile downstream is a city lanuch ramp, and we can arrange for transport of the rig back to the marina.

On site are full bath and shower facilities, grills, laundry, and parking.

That weekend is also the start of the Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Races, and is an event to see from the water. There are two public beaches on the US side, and one public beach on the Canadian side of the lake. If the lake is too rough for small boat traffic, there is the St. Clair River to play in, which runs between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, with a number of beaches and sites to see.

MOTELS

Comfort Inn 1700 Yeager St 810-982-5500

Fairfield Inn 1635 Yeager St 810-982-8500

Hampton Inn 1655 Yeager St 810-966-9000

Knights Inn 2160 Water St 810-982-1022

If you are interested, you need to do two things:

Make your motel reservations early, as the sailboat crowd will also start to book.

Email me at: dfmcintyre@advnet.net so I can let the city know how many slips we will need.

Don McIntyre
Jim Gibson

kingfish posted 06-15-2003 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Don & JimG (et al)-

Is there any kind of notion at this time regarding how many folks and who they might be, (that) are planning to get in on Friday the 18th, and when?

We're currently hoping to breeze in on Friday afternoon as close to noon as can be done; we'll just have to see if we can really get away in the morning or not. Our slot at our camp in the North Channel begins the next day, the 19th, so we hope to see as many folks as possible on Friday afternoon and evening, then hightail it for Tobermory the next morning. We'll be pulling Outre', but at this juncture I don't know if we'll drop her in or leave her on the trailer. I suppose realistically, when I get her that close to water, there'll be no holding her back...

We'll book a room at one of the motels Friday night for sure, and then, as I say we'll head out Saturday morning. We're holding the North Channel 2003 Rendezvous the next weekend in Little Current, Ontario, and I expect to see at least some folks showing up possibly as early as Thursday evening the 24th, so we'll have some preparations to think about.

Hope to see some old friends and meet some new ones in Port Huron on the 18th!

kingfish

dfmcintyre posted 06-17-2003 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
By counting of the previous posts (and some may have other plans by now) it looks like somewhere around 6-8.

I'm planning on inserting a small ad in the boating section under Whalers in the Detroit News want ads around June 29th.

Don

lhg posted 06-19-2003 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Talked with JimG the other day, and there is a chance that we may combine this event with the North Channel event and make an 11 day vaction out of the two, heading up to the NC (Detour Village) on the following Tuesday or Wednesday morning with JimG.

We would arrive late Fri night and probably stay at the Ramada, where I know I can park the boat safely.

Swellmonster posted 06-23-2003 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
The company I work for is Located in Novi Michigan. I am trying to go up there and work the week, fly my sweetie in Friday and hook up with In-her-net or Kingfish, "they dont know it yet...;)"

I wana play too!

InHerNet posted 06-30-2003 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I was just informed by my wife that her family reunion is on the 18th in Algonac, I was under the impression it was the 25th. Nevertheless, this leaves me with the 19th if this is a two-day trip. I would like to know more details about the rendezvous time and place schedule to see if it is at all possible to meet up on the 19th.
Thanks in advance-
Don
dfmcintyre posted 07-01-2003 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Ok, it looks like the following have expressed interest at one point or another:

In Her Net
a boatless Swellmonster
Larry
John Flook
Discoduck
Any Holmes
Macfriended
Bugsy
Ventura

Along with Jim Gibson, Gary Malone Jr and myself, it should be around 8+ boats.

The gathering place will be at the city owned Water Street Marina, starting anytime after 5PM on the 18th. Said marina is 1/10 mile off of the Water Street exit #274 of I94, right across from a Bi-Lo gas station. Showers, ample parking (no launch ramp....I'll get to that) on site.

If you cross over Black River, you've gone too far. As previously mentioned, there are a number of motels, gas stations, etc, right at the exit.

Launch ramp (free, btw) about 1.5 miles further down Water Street. We can make arrangements to work a vehicle shuttle between the ramp and the marina.

Last year, once everyone was moored, we proceeded downtown for the festival. Keep in mind that this is one of Port Hurons busiest nights, with a multi-million dollar fleet of sailboats that will begin the Port Huron to Mackinac race the next day. Suffice it to say that sailors _do_ know how to party. Many street vendors with all kinds of food available. You will not go away hungry.

Next day is somewhat weather dependant. If it's a good day for the lake, last year we all went out and saw the start of multiple classes (for those of you who have not seen a sailboat race start, they all don't start at once....) then found a nice beach to anchor on. If it's a north wind day, there are some places downriver to go that are in calmer water.

Later that evening, we picked up a takeout order of food from the local Damons and brought it back to the marina, and used the gazebo.

Don

Swellmonster posted 07-08-2003 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
:)
saltydogt posted 07-09-2003 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for saltydogt  Send Email to saltydogt     
Don,
You can add the Saltydog to the list of attendees. My wife (Bonnie) and I were able to get the 18th off, so we'll be coming over in the morning. We live just west of Flint; it's only a 60 mile drive. If there are any slips left, I would like to reserve one for a 17' Montauk.
See you all next week,
Tim
dfmcintyre posted 07-11-2003 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
No problem with slip reservations. Ample room for all.

Glad you coming!

Don

Cicada posted 07-13-2003 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Finally got the boat in the water last week-end. Planning on coming up Friday afternoon and would like to meet up Friday night. I'll be leaving Friday night, have to go up to Tawas for my Dad's 90th. I have a 15' Sport. Looking forward to coming. Been a while since I've been up there on boat night.

Thanks,
Paul

dfmcintyre posted 07-14-2003 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Ok....here's the list with some unconfirms:

In-Her-Net
LHG
Kingfish
Discoduck
AnyHolmes
Macfriended
Bugsy
Ventura16
Saltydog
Cicada
WSteffens
GMalone
JimGibson
a still boatless Swell Monster
and me.

HRW Hebert _may_ be attending, and if he does, will probably be boatless also.

Some have mentioned in earlier posts that they may be enroute to other places (like the North Channel....damn, I wish I could go....) so may not be launching here, just visiting on Friday.

Any I missed, or cancellations out there?

Don

lhg posted 07-14-2003 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Don & Jim: Having just returned from 3 1/2 days in Door County, and with the North Channel trip close at hand, I am now able to determine that it is just impossible to make this event, as much as we would like to. Mid week I have an appointment to get a water pressure relief poppit valve replaced in one of the 200's, a problem that just showed up in Door County. I was lucky to get such quick service. So we are really up against it, timewise, with a next Tueday departure for the NC.

I'm sure everybody wil have a great time, and we will miss the opportunity to make new friends.

Swellmonster posted 07-14-2003 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Im gunna make it! Yip-yip-yipeeeee!
Not too sure where or how but I have this week to figure it out and make it happen. :)
Any advice:

813 382-2156

Pat

Ventura16 posted 07-14-2003 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Sorry, Don...it looks like I won't be able to make it after all. My scheduling dept. (and better half) has informed me that I am overbooked. I hope you guys and gals have a great time. Wish I could be there!

Tom

kingfish posted 07-15-2003 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Don and Jim-

I have just been given notice by the boss that my daughter and a girl friend of hers are coming up with us to Neptune Island, and the attendant schedules have made it impossible for us to slide through Port Huron on Friday as I had hoped to do.

Really sorry we won't be able to see you guys for a brief reunion but I guess we'll just have to aim for next year, or ad hoc later this year. Say hi to everyone, and I know you'll enjoy meeting Pat Baldwin (Swellmonster); he's a good guy-

John

Swellmonster posted 07-15-2003 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
John, \
Sorry you wont be able to make it Friday.. Looking forward to hearing that motor again!! I may have to look intyo your other trip next year..

Ill be calling In-her-net and riding with him on Friday.
Some one is gunna put up with me Saturday, right????? :)

Swellmonster posted 07-16-2003 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Mr. McIntire,
I spoke w/In-her-net last night and he said he has decided not to tow his 17 up here for this event. So now we have two boatless Florida guys. However, we were able to get hotel reservations in the area for Friday and Saturday.
Dang, at this rate, we are gunna be like a Bayliner Club! :)
So whos gunna take on two crew members??
dfmcintyre posted 07-17-2003 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
To all coming:

I can be reached throughout the day tomorrow at:

810-459-0149

Don

PS - To Pat and InHerNet....we should have no problem finding a boat (or two) to crew on.

Swellmonster posted 07-17-2003 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Don,

Thanks for the good news! :) We will call you tomorrow! :) :)

Swellmonster posted 07-22-2003 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
For the people who weren’t able to attend this years event, after they say they would, I’m sure you had some lame azzexcuse that you might have thought was valid, ya, like right!! If you have priorities other than being on the water with a bunch of great guys and gals “except my man Kingfish” you gotta have some Bayliner blood in your veins. “Even the spell checker doesn’t recognize Bayliner”
All that I can say is you missed a great time!
Hats off to Mr. McIntire for creating this wonderful event!
For me, it started off with being 1.5-hour drive to Port Huron, and then I got stuck in a highway 94 closure because of an auto accident. Nearly 4-5 hours later, I finally made it in to town, frazzled, fatigued and worn out. Thank the heavens for the liquor store next to the hotel :)
In-Her-Net and I shacked up to se what the northerners have in store for us. When In-Her-Net "Don" and I went down to the Marina, we saw 3 Whalers. We got closer and could not believe the beauty in these babes. No, I’m not talking about the white-walls, :) I’m talking about the boats! They were pristine! We saw Walt’s 25 Revenge, Dons 21 Outrage with that quiet 200 Yami that took us up the river later that evening, and Jims 18 Outrage. All that I can say is I know what these guys do with their boats during the long, non boating winter months. They are loved, pampered and polished. Those boats looked brilliant, bravura and magnificent!
Saturday, a few other attractive 17 Montauk Whalers hooked up with us and we proceeded down river, out into the beautiful picturesque blue waters of Port Huron. Boats, boats and more boats and even a few more. I rode out in Jims flawless 18 and it was smooth, quiet and dry. That’s a Yami for ya. Great guy! We all met out offshore to see the sailboats start. They had different sizes and classes. I thought the sails would be all tropical and colorful like the ones in Florida, but they weren’t. We all rafted up, chatted, and had a “Swell” time. Later on, we headed towards shore and by this time I was on Walt’s Revenge. Mr. McIntire “Don” persuaded me to jump into the frigid Lake Huron waters and I held my ground, and touched the frigid sands. I may live in Florida, but that doesn’t make me wimpy J
I rode back in Walt’s boat. By the way, that guy has a sharp coconut up there, and is a pleasure to talk with. He is chock-full of wonderful knowledge and ideas and I was honored to be in his presence. Anyways, his boat chewed up the sloppy water and rode smooth enough to sip Martinis. What a beast! We all gathered back at the marina, except Salty Dog. Where are they? Don hooked us up with some fine food catered food from Damons, like ribs, hot dogs, burgers, pasta, bar-b-que beans, slaw and more. That stuff was so good that it would make ya want to slap your Grandma! :) Don is a great host, and for the people who couldn’t make it, I hope there is a warm beer in your future! :)
lhg posted 07-22-2003 02:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Pat - It sounds like you Florida guys are really getting into this Great Lakes fresh water boating! Sorry I missed seeing you all, but I had to spend the weekend with that Finesse-it and Collinite wax so I don't look bad next to JimG's 19 Outrage at North Channel 2003 this week. Did you see the NC 2000 Rendezvous article JimH wrote on Jim's boat three years ago? Lots of photos of the boat.

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