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Buckda posted 02-06-2003 05:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
Anyone interested in an Apostle Islands / Bayfield, WI rendezvous for late summer?

After reading about Jimh's trip (http://continuouswave.com/sail-logs/up1998/) and last year's trip organized by David Pendleton (http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000164.html), I am planning a week-long camping trip in that area with a couple friends.

Could this become the "Great Lakes Rendezvous" that JimH mentioned in that last link?

Suggestions, ideas and dates are welcome, but I was thinking perhaps in August when the weather is best and the black flies are least. This would be my first time "organizing" (or even attending) a rendezvous, so any "co-chairperson" volunteers are welcome to lend information and ideas and their experience.

So, any takers? If we can nail down the date pretty soon, we can book the best rooms / campsites before the masses start filling up the availability.

David Pendleton posted 02-06-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I was toying with idea of planning another AI rendezvous.

We had a great time last year in Bayfield, but the turn-out was miserable. Only two other boats besides mine. At one point, I had a emails from a dozen or so folks that wanted to attend - all no-shows.

Patricia and I travel to Bayfield several times in a summer, and would do so regardless of a rendezvous.

Pick a weekend, and chances are we'll be there. I know the area very well and can give you names and phone numbers.

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore provides some of the best boating in North America, in my opinion. I can't believe Whaler owners aren't lining up to boat here...

Regards,

Dave

Classic71 posted 02-06-2003 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
Hi Dave and Patty,
Happy New Year!!!!!
Jackie and I have been waiting patiently , for months, for this rendezvous to be mentioned. We had a GREAT time last year. Dave and Patty were wonderful hosts. They made sure that we enjoyed Bayfield to its fullest. Lead on!!! Early August would work for us.
P.S. The kids say HI!!!!!!!!
Gep posted 02-07-2003 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I was wondering if this was going to come up again this year. I'm going to try my best to get up there this year.
Last year I had just gotten my 18' Outrage and wasn't quite comfortable with it yet and it needed some repairs. And I didn't want to take my 13' Sport, I figured it would be a little small for up there, so I had to forgo the festivities.
Dave, I probably hit your site a couple hundred times last year.
Anyway we could tentatively lock in a weekend. I wanted to sit the wife down with a calender and start blocking in for the summer.
Mike
Buckda posted 02-07-2003 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Gep -

That's what I was thinking - lock in a weekend early before the "social calendar" fills up.

It is quite a hike from Chicago, so I was planning to camp out for a few days before / after any rendezvous to make it worth the long drive. I was also thinking August because it seems to be the best chance for good weather.

How about we make tentative plans for the weekend of August 16&17? Or does starting it on the 17th sound better so people can kill a day ont he 16th driving up?

astro posted 02-09-2003 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
First week in aug is my vote. I will be staying at waterford in pikes bay that week. I know a 25 wa 27 conq and a 18 out, that would probably like to join the fun.
David Pendleton posted 02-10-2003 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'm glad people are showing an interest in this now.

Classic71 and I had a great time last year.
(Hiya, Paul--good to hear from you!)

I realize it's early. I started the Rendezvous site about this time last year; I think I'll wait a bit before putting it back up this year.

As I said earlier, Patricia and I are up there often. Pick and weekend and we'll go from there.

Here's one approach we and our friends use choosing a time for activities. We pick what weekends are available for the activity. Anyone interested in attending replies indicating what weekends work and what weekends don't.

The weekend with the most votes is picked.

It's less like herding cats that way.

In my opinion, the best times to visit Bayfield are July and August.

With this in mind, let's just say the following weekends are potential candidates:

07-12
07-19
07-26
08-02
08-09
08-16
08-23
08-30

Don't forget that there is bound to be another Door County Rendezvous during this time (well worth attending), some relative of yours is going to be getting married, you still have to paint whatever it is the Wife told you to paint last summer, etc., etc.

That being said, we should pick a deadline for the decision and discus until then. Because Bayfield is a summer destination for many, it would be best if we had arrangements and reservations made by Memorial Day.

Dave


Buckda posted 02-11-2003 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

Thanks - I think this will help and is an excellent idea.

My votes (in order of preference):

1.) 8/16
2.) 8/23
3.) 8/9

But will remain flexible as the Apostle Islands are a definite must on the "places to visit in my Whaler" this year.

I agree with the deadline idea as well. Since we will need to book hotels, etc. by Memorial Day - we should probably set a deadline a couple of weeks before then so that people who only visit the site occasionally but who want to go will have time to see the final decision (regarding date) and still get their reservation in by Memorial Day.

How about May 5 as a deadline?

Thanks,

Dave

Eagleman posted 02-11-2003 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
Apostle Island rendezvous still sounds like a great idea to us. I'll watch the dates we'll be there if the dates work for us. My wife is an R.N. her work schedule makes it difficult to nail down a specific date 6 months in advance.
Thanks,
Eagleman
mjcrawford posted 02-14-2003 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for mjcrawford  Send Email to mjcrawford     
I vote for 8/23. I keep watching and see if I can make the weekend picked. Tried to make last year, went up midweek the week after. Loved the area, can't wait to get back.
David Pendleton posted 02-16-2003 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I think an early May deadline is fine.

Anyone wishing to attend after preliminary arrangements have been made will just have to look a little harder for accomodations.

There are lots of places to stay and they all get busy, but it's not impossible.

Dave

skred posted 02-18-2003 08:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Would really like to be there. Attendance probability is 70% at this time for any of the dates listed... Anyone else do any kayaking ?

Buckda posted 03-06-2003 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Anyone else interested in this trip - or is everyone waiting for us to determine a firm date?

whalersailer posted 03-07-2003 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
I've definitely been thinking about it. My votes for weekends are:

1)8/16
2)8/23

These two are after we wrap up the offshore racing (sailing) schedule for the season, and before we get started with fall racing in Duluth. If the timing works out, I am planning on taking the big boat over for a long weekend and have my wife tow the whaler.

I'll keep checking back to see how the schedule shapes up!

-WS

David Pendleton posted 03-08-2003 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'll go with the 8/16 and 8/23 dates as well.

David Pendleton posted 03-11-2003 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Okay, that's your cue to weigh in on a weekend.

Personally, I vote for the weekend of 8/16.

If there's any interest in me resurecting the web site, please let me know.

Otherwise, you're on your own regarding lodging and slippage.

It's never too early to discuss this stuff.

Some folks will be driving many hours (myself included), so it's worth thinking about now...

Dave

Buckda posted 03-11-2003 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My vote was for the 23rd 1st choice, but the 16th is a close second, so I can agree to that.

David - thanks again for the calendar - it's going to be great.

Looking forward to this trip...

Dave

astro posted 03-12-2003 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
changed my vote to 7-26
Classic71 posted 03-13-2003 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
The 16th would be a better weekend for Jackie and I. We,d probably come up a day or two early. Were both looking forward to making it out to Devils island this time.
David Pendleton posted 03-13-2003 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
That'd be a great trip. We could hike to the lighthouse this time. Just don't expect me to go up in it.

Buckda posted 03-14-2003 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
For clarity's sake, please indicate the month and the date that works best for you....Up until Astro's vote, all had been for AUGUST..

Astro has introduced the idea of JULY as well. Thanks - it will help when we tally the final vote.

Dave

Classic71 posted 03-14-2003 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
Sorry 8-16
skred posted 03-14-2003 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Either 8/16 or 8/23 is fine.
whalersailer posted 03-25-2003 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
Need to change my vote:

1) 8/23

David Pendleton posted 03-26-2003 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Seven votes cast so far, as follows:

7/26 - 1
8/16 - 4
8/23 - 2

Still not too late to weigh in...

Gep posted 03-27-2003 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
8/16 or 8/23 is fine with me.
Mike
Buckda posted 04-09-2003 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
BUMP!

A little less than a month until the deadline to vote for your favored weekend for this event. (May 5 is the deadline so we can reserve hotel and dockside accomodations)

Looks like 8/16 and 8/23 are the most popular weekends so far. Keep those votes coming!

Dave

David Pendleton posted 04-10-2003 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Eight votes cast so far, as follows:

7/26 - 1
8/16 - 5
8/23 - 2

As GEP did not have a preference, I counted his vote as one for the majority...

As buckda referred to earlier, we have a month to get things together.

I spoke to Ron at the Bayfield Inn this winter, and Phil of the AI Marina at the Mpls Boat Show, and they both recommended we book early to avoid complications.

My experiences would support these recommendations.

Dave

Hobie1981 posted 04-11-2003 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hi All: Is the Rittenhouse Inn still in business in Bayfield ?

Remember it as very nice...

Hobie

Northland '78

David Pendleton posted 04-11-2003 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Yes, the Rittenhouse is still there.
whalerdude posted 04-18-2003 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
Sorry to get in on the voting so late.

I will be up north in Wisc on the weekend of 08/16 so my vote goes for that date.

This will be year 2 for me for the AI rendevous. I have a bigger boat so I will bring the whole family this time.

Whalerdude

David Pendleton posted 04-18-2003 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I don't want to be premature, but it looks like 8/16 is going to be the date. There are still a few more days until the May 1 deadline...
rjbauer posted 04-21-2003 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjbauer  Send Email to rjbauer     
My wife and I will put the weekend of 16/17AUG on the calendar. We run a '72 B/W Sourpuss 13 so we may have to hitch a ride with one of the bigger boats. We are homeported on Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls.
Ken_B posted 04-23-2003 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ken_B  Send Email to Ken_B     
I moved to Prairie du Chien a few years ago. I am an original "owner" of a 1970 13' Sport which has not been on the water for about 12 years due to 6 changes of loction during my park service career. My dad purchased it for me - trusting that a 13 year old and a 40 HP Merc would survive into adulthood.

I have the boat (with a new engine finally) just about ready to get back into the water, and a sister-in-law who lives in Ashland. Whatever weekend you decide to get together, I'll try to attend. We are planning an August visit to Ashland - with no specific date set yet.

The boat spent its first 15 years on the Barnegate Bay, New Jersey. My back still aches, and I am not looking forward to meeting lake Superior on a rough day.

Regardless, look for a new face to participate - bumpy ride if necessary...

David Pendleton posted 04-24-2003 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Not too many others have wieghed in on the date, so I'm planning on the 16th.

If you are planning to attend, would you like to make your own reservations, or would you like me to call and try to arrange a group discount?

Ken_B & rjbauer, your 13's should be fine, but the (over-water) distances may present a challenge...

Dave

Gep posted 04-28-2003 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Dave,
Have we settled on a weekend yet?
I think it would be great to try and get a group discount.
When do we need to decide?
Mike
Buckda posted 04-28-2003 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
May 5 is the deadline for you to submit your vote. On the 6th, we should work on scheduling reservations, and working out additional details.

Right now, David Pendleton is right - it looks like the 16th has it...but to be fair, we should wait until the originally stated deadline.

I'll be in a 15, so if you have trouble in your 13, you and I will be "in the same boat" so to speak. Hopefully, the weather and water will be cooperative.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 05-05-2003 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Okay folks, what say ye?

Buckda posted 05-05-2003 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I say we book hotel space for the weekend of the 16th.

David - How do you suggest we do this? Do you want to call and negotiate a set rate and we can all call in and make reservations by a hotel-determined deadline?

David Pendleton posted 05-05-2003 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Sure, I can do that. I can call about slips, too.

How many of each do we need.

Just so nothing falls through the cracks, please email me your room and slip requirements, also.

mailto:whaler@tcq.net

Thanks.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 05-05-2003 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Sorry about the above link, it should have been:

whaler@tcq.net

Dave

Buckda posted 05-05-2003 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks David -

I sent you my requirements.

Whalerdude - Interested in traveling in a caravan from the Chicagoland area? I am in the early planning stages for leaving early in the morning of the 15th.

Can't wait to see your new 22.

Dave

Gep posted 05-05-2003 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Dave,
I e-
mailed you also.
Mike
David Pendleton posted 05-06-2003 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Okay, here's what I have so far:

The Bayfield Inn
715.779.6636
6 rooms on hold
$100.00 streetside
$115.00 lakeside

This hold expires 12 May 2003. Mention the Whaler Rendezvous when you call to get a room from the block.

Because I'm not entirely sure who will be attending, I only blocked 6 rooms. I realize we may need more, and chances are fair that more are available. Calling early is your best bet to get what you want.

I'm waiting for a confirmation on the slips. I should have more by later this afternoon.

Let me know if anyone needs anything else.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 05-06-2003 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Just got the call regarding slips:

Apostle Islands Marina
715.779.5661
6 slips on hold
Boats < 25' $31.25 per night

This hold expires 12 May 2003. Mention the Whaler Rendezvous when you call to get a slip from the block.

I am slipped on 'A' dock which has great parking lot access. Not all slips in the block are on 'A' dock, so call early to get what you want.

Marti handles the reservations, and is not always available on Sat/Sun. She recommends calling on a weekday.

Dave

Gep posted 05-06-2003 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
The phone number for the Bayfield inn is
715-779-3363 or 1-800-328-0995.
Mike
David Pendleton posted 05-06-2003 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Sorry, bit of dyslexia I think.
Gep posted 05-07-2003 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
To me. :)
Mike
Buckda posted 05-12-2003 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Confirmed at the Bayfield Inn for 3 nights.

I believe the 1-800 number is incorrect, as I reached a geological tour company (?!)

Sounds like there is still some availability for this hotel - so come on guys! Sign up - they'll let you cancel up to 5 days before the stay with a full refund, so reserve your space soon, while the special rate is in effect.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 05-12-2003 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
The owner of the Bayfield Inn called me this morning at 8:00.

He wanted to know what he should do with my block since as of that time, only one person had called for a room (Gep, I believe).

I told him to go ahead and remove the block (which is what he was going to do anyway).

I felt like a jerk as for tying up 6 of his rooms for a week, only to have two of them reserved.

Same thing happened last year.

Buckda posted 05-13-2003 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I believe that room is mine.

Still looking forward to this weekend.

Dave

astro posted 05-13-2003 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
50 posts and only 2 people going? David has put alot of time into this just to have abunch of people jerk his chain.David, I was scheduled to be in Colorado springs on the 16th but changed my plans to attend the big rendezvous. I will be staying at waterford and will look forward to meeting you Buckda.
astro posted 05-13-2003 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
and Buckda
Buckda posted 05-13-2003 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hey Astro -

Glad you're making it.

Sea caves, here we come! (cross your fingers for nice weather).

Skred, Whalersailer, Eagleman, KenB, Gep and rjbauer sound like they're in too...just not sure they needed lodging accomodations, else they have not cleared the trip with "the boss".

I did not reserve a slip in the marina, as my little 15 is probably more easily just put on the trailer every night.

skred posted 05-13-2003 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Ol' Skred is planning on the trip (barring unforseen catastrophes) - gonna try to find a campsite somewhere up there... My daughter may veto that in the next couple days, in which case I'll call in some sorta reservation... I'll just have to take the chance there's something left...
David Pendleton posted 05-13-2003 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I didn't put nearly as much time and effort into this as last year. All I did was make a few phone calls, really.

I see these people several times a year, and I feel bad (and a little stupid) calling them and saying 'I need six rooms/slips held for a week for this big event I'm planning...', only to have no one take advantage of it.

Buckda posted 05-14-2003 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

I understand your disappointment and frustration, and thank you for taking the time and effort to try to organize a group rate for us.

The owner of the Bayfield Inn can't expect that you control the actions of others, that's why he only held the rooms for a week. He's probably been through it all before. When we see him this summer, I'm sure he'll understand the situation that forcing people on this forum who have expressed an interest in lodging there to reserve a room by a certain date is beyond your sphere of influence - I'm sure it will be no big deal for him.

That said, as a courtesy to David for his efforts, the rest of the group might think about mentioning the "Boston Whaler Rendezvous" when reserving your room, so that a attentive innkeeper might realize that we will in fact, be giving him some business from this event...just something to think about.

I'm looking forward to this trip and checking out everyone else's boats.

Dave

rjbauer posted 05-14-2003 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjbauer  Send Email to rjbauer     
FYI-My wife & I are tentatively planning to come up for the weekend rendezvous with our 13. It is our anniversary weekend, so the "boss" gets to be in charge. If we do stay in the Bayfield area, it will either be with "whalersailer" & his family onboard their sailboat or my uncle who just built a new place way up on the hill in Bayfield. I appreciate the planning & setting aside the rooms, but we are not planning to use them at this time. To all that are coordinating this event...thanks for your efforts & hopefully we'll see you & your whalers in August.
whalersailer posted 05-15-2003 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
Ditto what RJB said. Thanks for all the work setting this thing up! I apologize if it wasn't clear in my first post, but we will be staying on our sailboat for the weekend. I will take care of getting my own slip, as she is 40'.

RJB- Uncle's house?!?! Whatever...NOT! You guys are on Vortex with us!

-WS

Classic71 posted 05-15-2003 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
Hey Dave
I just made reservations at the Bayfield Inn and Marina today!!! there was no problem and I did mention the rendezvous and got the rates you quoted. Its not too late for others!!!!!! Paul is having a hard time agreeing to bring the kids along for this weekend. He says 8 hours in the suburban is too much for two days and then another 8 hours. I am going to try to change his mind as I know the kids would get a kick out of all the island hopping, caves and Lighthouses. They love to climb lighthouses Dave, they can doo all your climbing for you. Well I can hardly wait for August. (see you in the door in July) Jackie
Ken_B posted 05-15-2003 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ken_B  Send Email to Ken_B     
The "Boss" is "with child" and due in late September - so anything could happen to prevent us from driving up to Ashland (since one of our kids came 9 1/2 weeks early).

However, we are planning to attend and meet you folks. I will be staying with relatives in Ashland and will trailer my 13' sport up from there.

Sorry I did not stay "in" the discussion and let everyone know my specific plans. Since this is only my second post ever to any category on the forum - you can see I am pretty green at this.


astro posted 05-20-2003 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
I'm going to bayfield this weekend to do a little fishing. It will be my first outing on my 93 23wa. I hear fishing is great but ice may be a problem.
mtbadfish posted 06-10-2003 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
bump
Buckda posted 07-14-2003 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Okay - we're getting much closer to the date of this rendezvous. Let's get a head count of who to expect!

Here's who I have so far (please correct me if I've made mistakes, or add your name if I've left you off!)

Buckda + 1 Guest - 15' Sport
David Pendleton
WhalerDude (and the "whole family")
rjbauer + wife - 13' Sport
KenB - '13 Sport
WhalerSailor
Classic71
astro - '93 21wa
Gep

Eagleman??
mjcrawford??
Others??

Sorry, I don't have a complete list of equipment - but it appears that we'll have a pretty good small whaler contingent!

Buckda posted 07-14-2003 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Left off: Skred...

Sorry Skred.

:)

Dave

Gep posted 07-15-2003 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Buckda,
That would be:
Me + Wife + Two kids
18' Outrage
Me :)
Ken_B posted 07-15-2003 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ken_B  Send Email to Ken_B     
Buckda,

Small boats with small people here! I am still planning to be there. Should have two of my kids (5 & 7 years) along; I have been busy breaking them in on pleasure boat wake on the Mississippi...

skred posted 07-17-2003 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Buckda, You're forgiven for the omission: I'm battling one other minor "interference" with that weekend, but it appears it'll be cleared up. Trying like crazy to get the new seating finished in time..
David Pendleton posted 07-18-2003 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
We should start thinking about an itinerary.

Last year we ran out to Michigan Island and visited the two lighthouses there. It's a relatively easy run, but the cement pier at the island is exposed and can get pretty wild.

Devil's Island also has a lighthouse, and some spectacular sea caves. JimH has written a bit about his visit there somewhere around here. Dig around and give it a read, it's a very good description.

Devil's Island is a good long run from Bayfield, and the lighthouse is a two mile hike from the pier. It shouldn't be a problem for the larger boats, but the smaller boats may want to launch from Cornucopia and complete the crossing. There's also the Raspberry Island lighthouse.

There aren't too many beaches. Those of you bringing kids may want to prepare them for 60 degree water.

Just some things to think about.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 07-19-2003 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Seven hours on the road (returning from the DC Rendezvous) left me a bit confused, Cornucopia is quite a ways from both Bayfield and Devil's Island. I was thinking of Russell Park, the location of the Park Service headquarters.

Sand Island is also an option (for a destination).

Dave

Montauk posted 07-19-2003 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Montauk  Send Email to Montauk     
I have spent quite a bit of time in the Apostle Islands and my favorite is Stockton Island. Great dock space and some great beaches. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen is Julian Bay on Stockton and it is easy to reach. Devil's Island can be a tough haul in a whaler unless it is flat calm.
Plotman posted 07-22-2003 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
60 degree water is generous for Lake Superior, even in August - perhaps in a sheltered bay on a calm day.

Current temps 2 feet below the surface at 3 different open water locations as reported by NOAA are 44*, 38* and 38*.

Here is a link too real-time weather data from the Devil's Island light: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.phtml?station=disw3

This is from a bouy in open water about 50 miles NE of Devils Island - this includes data on water temp and wave height.
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.phtml?station=disw3

David Pendleton posted 07-23-2003 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
On the Sunday after last year's rendezvous, my fishfinder read 70 degrees 1' below the surface between Manitou and Oak Islands. The water was like glass and we decided to stop for a while, drift and relax.

I was able to coax my friend into the water, and after a dive off the bow, he discovered the real truth. After which, we all had a good laugh.

I've seen the data from the NOAA bouys, but it's a little different in and amonst the islands. I don't think anyone plans on bringing the kids out 50 miles and throwing them over the side...

No matter where you end up, though, it's still going to be cold.

At any rate, do we have a final headcount for this year's attendees? If you're reading this and you plan on attending, please let me know what your plans are.

Dave

skred posted 07-25-2003 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Well, fate has intervened: my daughter just landed a job with the WI Supreme Court, and the only viable moving date is coincident with the rendezvous. While I could bribe my way out of the move, she' moving from MY house, so I'm obliged to assist. Uside is I'll have my house back - downside is I'll miss the rendezvous. Really regret that. Well, Door County will have to hold me for this year... Have a great time Whalerin' !
- Ol' Empty-Nester Skred -
astro posted 07-30-2003 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
i will be there all week. just need to know when and where to be for outings.i was there last week. water temp at long 70 kids swam for hours. york was 60. stockton dock 60 stockton beach 70+. temp in the islands is all about wind. we can always find warm water for the kids unless your from fla then bring a wet suit.
Buckda posted 08-01-2003 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Okay..I just got my final permission from work to have some time off.

I will be traveling up to Bayfield on Friday the 15th - arriving around 4 or 5 PM and am staying at the Bayfield Inn.

You'll know I'm there cause I have a gold Ford Explorer with VW Jetta Guards (Similar to brush guards, but I live in the city where no brush grows...but the guards do wonders fending off all the daddy's little girls with VW Jettas who can't parallel park without ramming into the car ahead of and behind them), towing my 15' Sport.

By the way, if your daughter drives a VW Jetta and lives in Chicago, could you do me a favor and teach her how to parallel park?!

See you guys there..I hear Eagleman is considering making an appearance in his 25 Revenge. (Come on Russ!)

astro posted 08-08-2003 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for astro  Send Email to astro     
is there a meeting time and place sat. after today i will be away from my computer. i will be in bay field all week. if a time isnt posted today would someone give me an update on my cell 218 343 4561
whalersailer posted 08-11-2003 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
So....what's the head count look like?

I will be there with my new 17' Outrage. I'm undecided as to whether to come over Friday night or Saturday morning.

When/where is everyone meeting?

-WS

David Pendleton posted 08-11-2003 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
If you are arriving Friday night, let's meet on the Bayfield Inn's deck at 2000.

If you aren't arriving until Saturday AM, try hailing Tampico or the Whaler Rendezvous on VHF 9 or 16.

Dave

whalersailer posted 08-11-2003 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
I will be coming in on Saturday morning and will be staying just for the day. Since we aren't taking the big boat after all, I didn't get reservations anywhere, and my wife is not up for staying in the back of the SUV with me and my son! Oh well, it should still be a pretty fun day. I will be launching at the ramp by the yacht club hopefully by 10 AM or so. I'm guessing that the Whalers won't be too difficult to spot.

Also, we spent all day last Saturday (8/9) anchored off of Duluth with the big boat and Whaler doing committee work for the sailboat race. The water temp was 72 and everyone was in the water just about all afternoon. It looks like this weekend could be shaping up the same way (in the Apostles). I'm keeping my fingers crossed. There isn't much that's better than swimming in Lake Superior from a boat in deep water!

-WS

kingfish posted 08-11-2003 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
How about recreational defibrilation? I haven't tried either one (r. d. or swimming from a boat in deep water in Lake Superior), but I still tend to relate them in my mind.
;-)
whalersailer posted 08-11-2003 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
Yeah, that's a big part of what makes it so great:

It's pretty rare when conditions are just right to do it!

Buckda posted 08-11-2003 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I plan to be in town at the Bayfield Inn at around 5 or 6 PM on Friday.

See you guys there.

Gold, 2002 Ford Explorer with Illinois plates pulling an '89 15' Sport GLS.

Dave

Gep posted 08-11-2003 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I just got back online tonight.
We'll be arriving at the Bayfield Inn on Thursday afternoon, which will be the last leg of our vacation.
Slowly working our way North and East.
Mike
whalersailer posted 08-12-2003 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersailer  Send Email to whalersailer     
So I count 7...Does this sound correct?

1)Whalersailer
2)Buckda
3)Gep
4)David
5)Astro
6)Ken_B
7)Classic71

Any others?

Whalerdude still coming?

Eagleman posted 08-12-2003 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
David Pendleton,
Thought we would be able to make the Apostle Island Trip this weekend. However, our work schedules don't work out for this trip. Dave be prepared to run fast with Buckda and the "Fly'n 15".

Have fun,
Eagleman

Buckda posted 08-12-2003 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Russ -

Sorry you and Paula can't make it. I was looking forward to blueberry pancakes at the dock!

Got the photos last night - thank you very much.

I'll think of you guys when I cruise through Wisconsin on the way up.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 08-13-2003 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
One more time, so we're all on the same page.

Meet on the Bayfield Inn deck at 2000 Friday night. It is there that our Saturday destination will be determined.

Any plans for dinner Saturday will also be discussed.

If you are arriving Saturday, you can call the Bayfield Inn and ask for me (or anyone else who's name you know), you can hail Tampico or the Whaler Rendezvous on VHF 9/16, or if you have an FRS radio I monitor 13-11 while around town, also.

At the very least you can hang around outside the Bayfield breakwater and look for our departure.

Weather outlook is good.

Dave

Gep posted 08-29-2003 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I just finished uploading some pictures from the Apostle Island Rendezvous.
It was nice meeting all who attended and look forward to next year.
I hope the weather next year is as good as it was this year!
Maybe I'll have a new engine by then.


Here are some pics.

http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/mgephart1234

Mike

kingfish posted 08-29-2003 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Looks like you all had a great time!

How cold was the water?

What happened to Dave Pendleton's motor?

And doesn't Buckda just get around with that 15??

I hope I can manage to attend one of the Apostle Island Rendezvous if you guys put together more of them-

kingfish

Gep posted 08-29-2003 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Kingfish,
My cohones are still hiding somewhere.
I don't think anything happened to Dave P's motor but I toasted mine.
Buckda and I went out early Sunday morning to let Buckda drive my Outrage as I think slamming his tailbone in his 15'er has taken its toll, We got on the south side of Madeline Island about amile form shore and were jumping some waves and I heard the engine make a funny sound and that was about it. Some guy came by us asking if we were alright and he ended up towing us into Bayfield.
I put it on the trailer and that was the end of it.
We were leaving that morning for home so it wasn't that big of a deal.
I didn't like my wifes comment when I got back to the hotel, which was something to the effect that the boats on drydock, so now I can concentrate on getting some work done around the house. Ouch!
Mike

P.S. Don't let Dave drive your boat :)

kingfish posted 08-29-2003 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I've looked and looked at the photo of Dave P waiting to dock, and I just can't see a motor back there??
Gep posted 08-29-2003 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Kingfish,
Dave P has an I/O on his Conquest.

Mike

kingfish posted 08-30-2003 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Well OK then...
David Pendleton posted 08-31-2003 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Reminds me of that Arby's commercial where the oven-mitt realizes he doesn't have a nose--or ears.

What? Where'd it go?!! Ahhhhh!!!

If I did have an outboard, Buckda would have just blown it up anyway...

The water was exceptionally warm, and also exceptionally calm, even on the windward side of Devil's Island. It was uncharacteristically warm that weekend. Downright hot at times.

There will be another AIR next year, and you would be welcome.

I too have some pictures and I'm trying to get the rest from Paul (Classic71) so I can post them.

Dave

Gep posted 08-31-2003 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Dave Pendleton,
Thanks for playing host and showing us around the Islands.
We had alot of fun.
It was nice to finally meet you, and your wife Patty.

Mike

Buckda posted 09-02-2003 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
In my defense, I believe that Yamaha had spent some time in Davy Jones' locker.....And I was not running at full speed. Play nice guys, or no one get's to drive the 15 either! (Either that, or I'm smuggling Cheet-O's on board the Conquest. Don't make me get up!

:)

Gep - I thought I was doing you a favor...you wanted twins, right?

Water was approximately 68 degrees...hit 70 in Bayfield...but it was somewhere in the mid-90's air temperature...so the water felt wonderful (though "refreshing" when first jumping in).

Great trip, I can't wait to go back and catch the rest of the lighthouses.

Dave

Gep posted 09-02-2003 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
OK OK...
Maybe it wasn't Daves fault, but he was piloting the boat and in essence that made him the Captain, which in turn means anything that goes wrong with said vessel is his fault, right?

Dave, I meant twin 25 year old women, not motors. :)

Truthfully, I don't know what I'm going to do at this point. I'd like to stay with Yamaha so I don't have to switch out controls, but I really want a 150hp engine, but I don't want to hang a 4 stroke off the transom. Then I'm into moving batteries and what not.
So... I don't know.
Also I think there is going to be a tug of war with the money between a new engine or a new garage.
At least I have about six months to decide with Winter right around the corner.

Mike

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