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skred posted 02-18-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for skred   Send Email to skred  
Held out as long as I could: Anyone got the urge to start planning Door County? I'm not much of a planner, but I'll certainly be there...
bdb posted 02-18-2003 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Well Skred, I was thinking of holding a planning meeting with myself at Husby's this weekend. I do believe I'm the only one fool enough to be here. If it is just me, I'll take minutes of the meeting and distribute them. If you want an up-to-the-minute look at an inhospitable Green Bay (the bay) check out the storm cam at yachtworks.net. Hard to imagine ever boating again.

Harpoon Harry, wonderin' how far back in the closet the Topsiders are buried.

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-18-2003 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
A watched pot never boils!~mw
bdb posted 02-18-2003 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Hey MW! Been wondering where you've been. Word around the site was that you and Boston Marine went south for the winter shopping for fresh water Whalers.

Harpoon Harry sayin' stirrin' the pot is more fun than watching it

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-19-2003 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
HH, nice come back!!! Been pretty busy latley and haven't had time to keep up with the CW site. Boy have things changed around here. I bet the number of members has doubled in the last 6 months. How's the ice up there? Due to last years close call we have moved our Washington Island fishing trip back to May 1. Promise the ice will be out by then? Sorry I have been a stranger. I look forward to having a Schlitz with you this summer. Hope all is well. Let's pick a date for the DC Rendezvous soon!~mw
skred posted 02-19-2003 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
bdb,

Sorry to appear ignorant but where is Husby's? I'm only a Milwaukeean for 2 years now... I'd be willing to join a plan session..

bdb posted 02-19-2003 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Skred,

Husby's is a venerable tap halfway down the Sister Bay hill. Chances are that the only people in there this weekend will be me and the barkeep. He's great at helping me plan everything in my life.

Harpoon Harry, planning on having an MGD

OutrageMan posted 02-19-2003 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Skred,

"The Great Harpoon" was speaking tongue in cheek. Husby's is a bar in Sister Bay where most residents go in the winter to drown their misery. DC in the winter is a very desolate place.

Brian

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-19-2003 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Skred, what bar do you frequent in Miltown? Maybe we should meet for a Sprecher soon.~mw
prj posted 02-19-2003 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Gents, I'd love to join you for that sprecher in the city, though not able to commit to a door county trip this summer due to house construction.

Starting to smell like spring out there, no?

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 02-19-2003 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Went for a walk at lunch today, it was really nice out. I could almost smell my two stroke!~mw
David Pendleton posted 02-19-2003 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Is Husby's the place across the street from the bowling alley?

OutrageMan posted 02-19-2003 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Yep. Been there pretty close to since the dawn of time. I think Harpoon Harry my have had one of the first pulls of the tap.

Brian

David Pendleton posted 02-19-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Thought so...that's why we like staying in 'downtown' Sister Bay.

Husby's was my first cocktail in SB, also.

Patricia and I are planning on more than one weekend in SB this summer. Two or three days is never enough, so we're considering coming up for a week or so a couple of times this summer.

Anything can happen between now and then, but that's our plan...

Looking forward to another rendezvous, too.

Dave

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-05-2003 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Let's keep the flow going! With a fresh 7 inches on the ground here in Milwaukee, I need some DC talk. How's the water level up there?~mw
bdb posted 03-05-2003 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Can't tell you about the water level...it's all under ice. Seriously it looks like it could be pretty skinny this year. Currently it is below a year ago, when we had a slight increase.

But yes we have been getting snow too. Eight inches day before yesterday and another 3 inches yesterday.

All I know is that it's March and this winter shows no signs of letting go. They say that just before you die from hypothermia you get "warm." I'm thinking about giving it a try.

Harpoon Harry, walking across that bay late tonight

lhg posted 03-05-2003 03:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Are there any dates yet? Weekends are filling up on Dave's chart.
OutrageMan posted 03-05-2003 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Harpoon,

You know that in Alaska the Inuits send out their tired ould family members either on "the long walk across the ice", or set them adrift in a boat.

I think we need to have a little talk when I get there on 3/17.

Brian

David Pendleton posted 03-05-2003 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Are we thinking sometime in July?
skred posted 03-06-2003 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Man, I missed a week of posts here... Of course I know Husby's - For some silly reason I thought of Milwaukee....
Used to like C&C club in Fish Creek, and the bowling alley across from Husby's in SB is a fun stop, too.
I've got to take a couple days vacation in March (or lose it); maybe 3/14 - 3/17 is a good time to stop at Husby's.... Don't think the ice'll be out yet... But HH should be able to report on that....
David - I dont't think we have any firm rendezvous date yet, so uggestions are welcome, I'm sure...
BTW, was really great meeting fellow whalers at Flannery's last night.. Let's do it again...
bdb posted 03-06-2003 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
If you're up here in March Skred, we can have a winter toast at Husby's. I tried to e-mail you, but it got bounced back. Try mine.

bdblazer@dcwis.com...cleverly disguised as Harpoon Harry

skred posted 03-07-2003 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
The Milw City e-mail may have some new firewalls installed. The address is dwamse@milwaukee.gov. I can be e-mailed at skred@yahoo.com also....
I must may be able to hit Husby's on that weekend - not positive yet.. Last year my March visit delivered 8 or so inches of snow on the way up....
OutrageMan posted 03-08-2003 01:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Skred,

I will be there from 3/17 until 3/24. My family needed a reminder why we only live there in the summer...

Brian

skred posted 03-10-2003 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
If I can get there - I'm gonna stop in Sturgeon Bay - there's an Edgewater dealer and I'm interested in seeing one of those boats... I want to compare the quality/style with BW - They talk a good game - but who knows?
Yup, Door County in mid-March reminds me of Lake Ilyamna, AK in September. Spent a year there one month..... Although the serenity was wonderful and the silence deafening...
What the heck is your family gonna do for a week up there? Or is this the old Inuit trick: send 'em out on the ice...etc....?
Or -worse - maybe they're planning to send you.....
duckfish posted 03-10-2003 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
Let me know if theres going to be a party. Theres a good chance I could come up and have a few barley pops with some other whalers.
duckfish
OutrageMan posted 03-11-2003 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I am not sure what we are going to do. Maybe I can talk Yachtworks into launching my boat :)

Brian

duckfish posted 03-11-2003 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
Brian-
I was just at Northport today and there was some open water up there. Maybe we should put both of our boats in!
duckfish
OutrageMan posted 03-11-2003 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
That could actually be a lot of fun. Be some good pictures for the Catecea section!

Brian

skred posted 03-12-2003 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I can see it now: 3 Whalers off Jacksonport with the skippers chopping ice off the topside and consoles.... Still - it IS a temptation....
Classic71 posted 03-13-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
For the last two years we went with the second week in July and the weather was perfect both times, why change a good thing. That would make it the 12th.
David Pendleton posted 03-13-2003 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
That should work for Patty and me.
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-14-2003 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Works for me as well.~mw
lhg posted 03-14-2003 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think we will be able to make that also.

I may REALLY shock Harry Harpoon and show him our accomodations in the 18 Outrage!

skred posted 03-14-2003 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Works for me, too.
bdb posted 03-15-2003 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Notice that we 'locals' haven't commented on the date? That's so after you guys pick one we can schedule to be gone!

Seriously, since we're already here, it's probably best for everyone else to shake out a date. Then we can see what we need to do up here to make it happen. So keep it alive.

Harpoon Harry saying June 42 should be okay

P.S.to Larry: Is the 18 the one with the loft and hot tub?

David Pendleton posted 03-15-2003 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
12 July.
duckfish posted 03-16-2003 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
I'm in this year.....For more than just breakfast this time! Although my brother and I had a great time running up there and back.
duckfish
Eagleman posted 03-17-2003 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
July 12th works for Paula & I looking forward to seeing everyone at the Door County Rendezvous
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-26-2003 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
bump, GO BADGERS!
bdb posted 03-26-2003 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
and Warriors. (I can't buy into the new name)
bdb posted 04-19-2003 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Harpoon Harry here, reporting live from the waters of Green Bay. That's right, I said waters...liquid! Take it from a pro folks...THE ICE IS OUT! (Sorry, I had to shout.)

Yup 'cept for a few rocky shores and nooks and crannies it's gone. Now that's not to say it might not be back any minute; you know how it goes.

Those are the headlines...updates on the half-hour.

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 04-21-2003 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
And not a moment too soon. Taking the OR to Washington Island May 3rd. I will honk as I pass thru Sister Bay. Thanks for the update!~mw
duckfish posted 04-22-2003 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
I'll confirm Harrys post of the ice being out for good. I had the Nausett out a couple of times this weekend. One ride was colder than a witches......you know. The other ride I got rained on. The funny thing is that I would do it again in a heartbeat.
duckfish
skred posted 05-01-2003 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Hey, MW:

You gonna be up there 7/5 - 7/13? We'll probably be staying at Little Harbor that week, and will catch the rendezvous on the end. Will probably launch at Gills Rock and come out to W.I. at least once that week. Know of a decent place to sip a martini?

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-01-2003 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
skred, I will be on the Island July 11th-13th. I will pound a few brewski's with you, however I don't think you can even order a Martini on W.I. I will ask this weekend. We will have to meet up Friday or Saturday morning before the Rendezvous... I pick my OR up tomorrow!!!! Can't wait to smell the Yamaha again. Look for her by the flushing station after Sunday. If anyone else will be on the water in DC this weekend let me know. Sunny and 56. Bring on the Northern Pike.~mw
duckfish posted 05-01-2003 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
Mil-

I will be on the water all weekend long. I will be fishing for bass though.(opener is on sat.) I'm down in Sturgeon Bay but if your going through and want to stop and have a beer someplace let me know.

duckfish

And no you will not be able to find a martini on Washington Island...only bitters!

bdb posted 05-02-2003 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
You guys keep away from me!

Harpoon, never had a beer in my life, Harry

duckfish posted 05-02-2003 05:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
Brian-

If you want let me know and we can meet up sometime and out and get a beer and talk whalers. I know of a few places up north where I can get a beer and you can get a mineral water. I havn't heard anything from Milwaukee yet but if I do I will let you know right away. Nice talking to you the other day even though it was short.
duckfish

OutrageMan posted 05-02-2003 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I will be leaving the left coast for the sanity of Door Co on 5/12. Should be there around the 16th. Give a call.

Brian

David Pendleton posted 05-05-2003 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Was a date ever chosen for the DCR?

We're planning on being in Sister Bay the weekend of 7/12.

It looks like Bayfield is going to be 8/16. It's a bit of a drive for you Lake Michigan folks, but it's worth it.

Dave

bdb posted 05-05-2003 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
7/12 is it David
David Pendleton posted 05-05-2003 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
:)
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-05-2003 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Sounds like we should have a nice turnout this year.~mw
Tamarackcove posted 05-10-2003 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tamarackcove  Send Email to Tamarackcove     
We drove out for the Rendevous last year and had a great time. Count Flo & me in!!

skred posted 05-13-2003 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
MW:
Reserved the cottage for 7/5 thru 7/13 at Little Harbor. Would not make the trip to W.I. without my martini kit anyway... so if I should bring any other fixin's - let me know. I assume they have ice.... (grin).
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-14-2003 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
skred, Where is Little Harbor again? I am still trying to get that Friday off. Worst case, I will be on the Island Friday night. Believe me they have plenty of ice, although I tried to use it all last weekend!~mw
skred posted 05-15-2003 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
MW,

Little Harbor is about 5-6 miles up the shore of Sturgeon Bay after you cross the old downtown bridge. Don't know the name of the street/road that runs along the shoreline (Harbor Drive?). It's actually more like Green Bay, because it's at the open end of Sturgeon Bay. As a reference point, from Little Harbor I can drive 1 mile north and pick up a county hwy that goes east right into Carlsville on 42.
I'm probably arriving on 7/5 in the a.m. I'll have my cell phone with, and I'll also have installed my new Ray 53 VHF. If you're on the mainland Saturday, I'd host a cocktail hour and (If they have one) a barbecue of some sort....

duckfish posted 05-15-2003 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckfish  Send Email to duckfish     
skred-

Just for a reference the road is called Bay Shore Drive.

duckfish

skred posted 05-16-2003 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Thanks DF,
I'd have remembered that in a month or so...
OutrageMan posted 05-19-2003 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Well I have been here for almost a week now. I am happy to report that the water level is 10" over mean, and the water temp is already 79 degrees, and it has been nothing but sunny and 80.

Check that...thought I was in Punta Gorda.

Water is down 11 inches from this time last year, its cold and cloudy and I don't think summer is ever going to get here.

Brian

David Pendleton posted 05-19-2003 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Great, I just made reservations for the 11th through the 18th...

BWdaunt18 posted 05-28-2003 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
Hello All-

My wife and I are considering a camping trip to Rock Island.

I have a Dauntless 18. I would really like to take the WHaler to Rock Island but know nothing of the waters between the island and Gills Rock.

We live in Kenosha and we are familiar with conditions on Lake Michigan.

Is this a reasonable trip?

What are docking facilites like on Rock Island?

THanks in advance for your feedback.

chouse@execpc.com

David

RMBW posted 05-28-2003 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
Rock Island requires reservations. I would also be interested in camping several days at that location. I would like to finish up the 12th and 13th at the rendezovous. We have a 25'Boston Whaler WT. Keep me advised. Mike
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-28-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
The only issue you will have docking on Rock Island is the hight of the dock. I took my 21 Outrage up there a few weeks ago and it was a pretty good jump to get out of my boat. (and I am 6í4Ē) The water is deep and there should be enough space on the dock, so that wonít be an issue. You donít need reservations for docking and you can always pull in under the boat house. Camping is a different story. I am going to recommend taking your Dauntless on the ferry and launching in Jackson Harbor on Washington Island. It is a quick run from Jackson Harbor and there is plenty of free parking. The problem you will run into is the run between Gills Rock and Washington Island. If the weather is nice it is fantastic cruise with plenty to see, however if the wind swithes or a front comes thru, well, they donít call it Deaths Door for nothing. Check the Washington Island Ferry Schedule for prices and times. I have had a place on Washington Island since 1978 and the roughest seas I have ever seen on Lake Michigan were in Washington Harbor on the north end of Washington Island (and I went to Carthage.) You can get stuck on the Island. Some days in the fall the carferrys don't even run and all you can do is wait it out. On the other hand you are in a Whaler! It will be a great trip regardless. See you up there!~mw
BWdaunt18 posted 05-28-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
Thanks for your posts. I am going to look into this a little more.

Milwaukee Whaler-If I am willing/able to wait a day in the event of rough water, would you risk the trip from Gills Rock? How far is it from Gills to W Island?

Second thought, ferry might be far safer and reasonably priced.

A little about Rock Island. We might camp for a night, maybe two, hike around and do a little fishing. Did you fish in the area? If so, for what species and what worked?

We might want a "civilized night" or two after camping. I stayed in a hotel in sister bay...or maybe Egg H. I think it was the Hotel Du Nord? SOund familiar? I liked the place because they had docking facilites for guests accross the highway from the hotel.

Thanks again for the posts.

David

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-28-2003 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
David, The trip from Gills Rock to Rock Island can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on conditions and the route you take. There is so much to see on the way that you will be tempted to explore other islands instead of taking the quickest line to Rock Island. Some of the water you will be crossing will be more than 200 feet deep. It's a neat run. As far as fishing. It depends on the time of year, however I feel the area around Washington Island offers some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country. There is a reef that connects Washington and Rock Islands that holds a lot of fish. Casting or trolling Rapalas or dragging a crawler across the bottom work best. If you e-mail me ahead of time I can point out exact locations.
Would I risk the trip from Gills Rock to Rock Island? Well, you trailered your boat that far, why not load it on the ferry and gaurantee yourself a safe journey. Besides you will get to see Washington Island and if the weather is nice, you can take a day trip from Rock to Plum, Detroit and Pilot Islands that are located in Deaths Door Crossing. Sounds like more fun to me. As far as hotels on the mainland I am not the best resource. I am sure one of the Blazer Men will offer advice. I plan on being on the Island a few days before and after the Rendezvous. It would be fun to meet for a run.~mw
skred posted 05-29-2003 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
MW et al... I've made the passage from Gills Rock to Washington Island many times. The largest boat was a Montauk, and the smallest - a Sport 13. Last 2 years, I crossed in my 15CC. Naturally you pick your days, but it's a beautiful trip. Last summer my daughter had me stop halfway across in 200+ feet of water, and she dived in and swam for 1/2 hour. I didn't gps the distance, but it can't be more than 7 miles for the trip. (I seem to remember 5.6 miles). Rock Island from W.I. is a short hop, and well worth the trip. My son & I used to camp there. Depending on the number of boats, that huge stone boathouse would be an excellent mooring spot. Up there, weather is everything. Glue yourself to weather channels, and you'll have the time of your life.
BWdaunt18 posted 05-29-2003 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
I just got off the phone with Kurby Foss. He oversees operations at Rock Island State Park.

Kirby said RI is 20 miles from Gills Rock but the distance from RI to the launch on Wash Island is maybe 1 mile. He also suggested taking the ferry from Gills in case of bad weather. MW thanks for that advise. I think that is the way to go.

I am going to check availability today. My wife wants to rough it, spend more time on the remote island and no time in a hotel.

lhg posted 05-29-2003 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have been to Rock Island many times, and only by 18' or 25' Whaler from the mainland.
You simply have to pick the right days to go, but usually in the summer months it is an easy trip.

The main obstacle is finding docking space once there, as it tends to be full during prime times. Arrive EARLY in the day if the wather is good, as most who go there are only "fair weather day boaters". The rougher the weather, the better the chance of getting docking. Don't even think of using the boathouse if the swallows are around, nesting in the rafters. Your boat will be white in an hour, and a real mess. Many boaters tend to go there and sleep in their boats, tieing up the available spaces. Others come in, like me, for a day of hiking and relaxation. The sailboats are the worst, as they tend to stay put for the longest times, as it takes them a long time to get there. This is a place where speed counts. Many times when approaching the island, I have seen various boats, power and sail, casually heading in. My 60 mph speed capability has allowed me blow by them and get the last dock space ahead of them!! At the most, there is only docking for 5 boats, depending on length.

Arriving for camping by private boat is a big advantage, and will greatly increase the pleasure of your trip, having a boat at your disposal. I have done this, using the boat to drop the gear directly at the campsite, rather than lugging it on the ferry and across the island.

Photo on Cetacea page 11 shows us cruising along the remote Northern shore of Rock Island. Along with South Fox and South Manitou Islands, it is one my favorite places in Lake Michigan.

David Pendleton posted 05-29-2003 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Will you be joining us this year, Larry?
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-29-2003 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
You better take a mooring cover. The boat house may be the only spot if it gets crowded. (you can't beach it) The swallows will be tolarable for a few nights. Just move out when something opens up. It's a good fallback position because bigger boats can't get in there. My 21 Outrage got in and out just fine with plenty of room to turn around. Plus it's out of the sun. Remeber the Karfi needs to dock during the day as it brings passengers from Jackson Harbor. Plus Kirby keeps the ranger boat there.
lhg gives good advice...JUST WATCH THAT WIND DIRECTION. You can get 6 footers in a matter of hours no matter the season. I have had many a fishing trip where I was enjoying calm conditions on the North side of W Island as the seas were building from the South. 6 footers in no time. The water between Rock Island and Jackson Harbor is protected on three sides. The water there is usually pretty flat. It's the turn around Boyers Bluff heading south to Detroit Harbor that can get you.

When the seas are bad out of the South, huge freighters (as they make there way in and out of Green Bay) come in and anchor infront of our house in Washington Harbor to wait it out. The harbor averages 100 feet deep and is well protected from the South. It's a pretty cool sight at night to see the ships all light up and that close to shore.

By the way, the first weekend in May I witnessed a truck that DROVE from Washington Island to Rock. Besides an ice crossing it was the first time anyone has been able to drive across. The water is that low. Amazing.~mw

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-30-2003 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Yesterday and this morning Northern Lake Michigan was flat, an easy cruise thru the Deaths Door Crossing in any Whaler.
Then....

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT...

.THIS AFTERNOON...SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS INCREASING TO 15 TO 25
KNOTS. SHOWERS ENDING EARLY THEN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
REDEVELOPING BY LATE AFTERNOON. WAVES 2 TO 4 FEET INCREASING TO 4 TO
6 FEET.
.TONIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 25 KNOTS BACKING TO NORTHEAST GALES
TO 35 KNOT GALES THEN BECOMING NORTH. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
ENDING. WAVES INCREASING TO 7 TO 10 FEET.

Take the ferry!~mw

lhg posted 05-30-2003 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think we should start a new thread if there is ACTUALLY going to be a Door County BW get-together. This thread seems to have deteriorated with non-essential discussion.

I'm gathering that the dates are July 11-13.

Who is organizing this event, and is help needed? Cost or contributions to organizers?

Where? What's happenening, meals, etc?

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 05-30-2003 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
I am not quite sure any posts in this thread were "essential". Just info on "Trips and Rendezvous" in Door County.

I am in for Saturday's festivities and will be more than happy to contribute Brats and Beer from Milwaukee's finest. I will be bringing a friend.~mw

David Pendleton posted 06-01-2003 02:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
These threads always turn into a 'Hey, I'm going to be there next weekend, what...?' kind of deal.

Patricia and I will be in Sister Bay July 11-18, Rendezvous or not.

RMBW posted 06-02-2003 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
Sounds like some people might be getting a little edgy. For me, I try to make a outing with our Whaler, a adventure. Rock Island is a + on a trip for our family. Not knowing anything about it and what fishing is available to us is also note worthy in this discussion. Where do we meet in Sister Bay, is a cook out in order, times and places are needed. We may be comming up from Algoma. Thanks. Mike
skred posted 06-03-2003 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I'm with Dave on this one: I'll be there 7/5 thru 7/13 regardless. I think the difficulty here is that nobody has specified any times, .ocations to meet, itinerary, etc. If I recall, the launch at Sister Bay is where everyone met. If you get there fairly early, perhaps some breakfast at Al Johnson's or some such... There's a lot of options on destinations, activities that could be discussed at that time. It might be less "casual" if anyone planning to attend had suggestions to create at least a general timetable. We do have over a month remaining. I did notice some talk of Chambers Island. Any views, ideas, suggestions?
BWdaunt18 posted 06-10-2003 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
Thank you all for your sound advice.

Perhaps I will see a few of you in the area. I have a no name Daunt 18, red graphics, 135 Optimax. My radio croaked, but i might get a new handheld for the trip.

I booked a camp site and plan to take the ferry as advised. Day trips as appropriate.
Will bring Jalensky nightcrawlers.

Plan to bring mooring cover (and a brush and a bucket) for bird droppings. Mr. Foss recommended the boat house.

Thanks again for all the posts and advice. Have a great rendezvous.

David

This is a little off subject. I purchased my boat from Buds in Pewaukee. Have not been too satisfied with service. I have used Twin Cities Marine in Two Rivers, but they are a little far. Where do you take your boats for service in the Miwaukee area?

David Pendleton posted 06-11-2003 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     

The previous two DCR's were hosted by Brian Blazer. Brian opened his home to us and provided excellent food and good company for all in attendance.

I'm not expecting Brian (or anyone else) to do the same this year, especially since Brian is a Moppie owner now (we should all be so lucky...).

It does appear that this year, the 'rendezvous' will be much less formal. This is okay. A number of us are going to be up there over the weekend in question (07/11-07/13).

My wife Patricia, and I will be there for a week and we're open to any cruising destination or itinerary.

Maybe all of us getting together at Husbys on Friday night (07/11) would be a good opportunity to discuss what we would like to do.

Just a thought.

Dave

OutrageMan posted 06-11-2003 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I still have a Whaler :) It is just a bit smaller than The Dog House (13 Dauntless) plus I can aways bring the rescue boat. I can run the lights and sirens and get everyone out of our way.

Brian

lhg posted 06-11-2003 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
We will be planning a 3 day weekend, either 11-13 or 12-15, and will be docked at the Sister Bay Marina. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. That's only a month away, and it's 57 here, with a center of Lake Michigan surface temp off Door County reported to be 34 degrees! What summer?
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 06-11-2003 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Last year we met outside the break wall in Sister Bay, I believe @ 10:00am. As boats trickled, in we floated around until all had assembled. Then we split up into two groups, larger and smaller Whalers. We cruised around for an hour or so, finally reconvening at this great protected beach on Chambers Island. There we rafted together (almost 20 deep) and talked Whalers, ate and drank for most of the afternoon. (was it a memeber of this site who was giving tubing rides??? I am up for another turn this year! I can't be tossed!) A carbon copy of that would make for a great day. Then I say we tie up and meet for dinner at a local establishment. Followed by refreshments @ this Husbys I have heard so much about. This way we can keep it simple and no one has to go to far out of there way. Someone will have to help pick a good spot for dinner and we should get a head count for reservations. Will anyone be bringing a digital camera this year?? We need to have our own Door County Cetecea! There are so many contributers to this sight that will be attending. It would be great to show the rest of Continous Wave who we are and just how beautiful DC is. I am fired up! Keep the ideas coming.~mw
skred posted 06-18-2003 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I'll have my digital camera and lots of batteries, etc. Regarding the dinner stops: although lacking in ambience - the bowling alley had a great dining room, for moderate budgets. Lots of the resorts likee Hotel du Nord, or English Inn have fancy-schmantzy dining... We could depend on a local Whaler owner (hint, nudge...) to recommend one...
David Pendleton posted 06-18-2003 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
How about...

Friday night meeting at Husby's 2000,
Saturday night dinner at the Sister Bay Bowl, same time?

We don't have any preference regarding cruising destination(s), as long as there's at least three feet of water. Whatever cove that was Classic71 led me into last year was way too shallow for my BIII.

Dave

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 06-18-2003 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
I would recommend a run from Sister Bay to Washington Island or Rock Island, however I am not sure the smaller boats want to travel that far. There must be a deep water cove somewhere along the Green Bay side. I just don't know that water well enough. I too would rather anchor in deeper water. I won't be able to attend Friday, but Sister Bay bowl works for me. I would even be up for a few frames! SKRED, any thoughts on a better location than Chambers Island? That cove will be even shallower this year.~mw
David Pendleton posted 06-18-2003 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Chambers wasn't that bad last year. The cove I was referring to was on can side of Green Bay.

Penninsula State Park maybe? All I know is it was about 24 inches deep and all rocks.

I have every intention of bowling, so bring your shoes...

Dave

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 06-18-2003 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
It would be nice to take a longer cruise this year. I would like to see more of Door County by water. Maybe rafting up by 1 instead of noon. I hopefully will launch my boat in Sister Bay on Thursday and run to Washington Island until Saturday morning. Then I will head back to Sister Bay for the Rendezvous. Of course these plans will change because of the weather but that's my game plan. SKRED, please no pictures of my bowling form. It is a top secret style that has been in my family for years!~mw
skred posted 06-19-2003 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Okay, no bowling pictures!
Outside of the fact that it's not a long run, Nicolet Bay in Peninsula Park has nice sand bottom, facilities, etc. However, it also has a lot of people.... It's just not very far...
Eagle Island - off the park often has Horsehoe Bay populated with some boats visiting the island. Don't know if there's any rules regarding partying/social gatherings there - but that's a thought, maybe.
I haven't been to Chambers Island for a while, so I don't know about depth there... Perhaps some "scouting" may occur before the event (??)
Is there something wrong with my map? I measure about 15 miles Sister Bay to Washington Island (straight line) I've checked it three times... That's a pretty easy trip for most boats.
Perhaps we could investigate rounding the tip, and finding a place on the lake side?...
(Rowley's Bay.... etc?) Just popping out some possibilities....
skred posted 06-19-2003 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
David,
I second your suggestions: No crime if a FEW of us start cocktail hour about 1700?
David Pendleton posted 06-19-2003 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
By all means, please do. My wife and I should roll into town sometime in the late afternoon. After a nap, I should be ready to go.
David Pendleton posted 06-27-2003 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
How did everyone make out getting a slip in the SB marina?
lhg posted 06-27-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Do I need one? Is it not first come, first served? If I need one, I'm in trouble.
OutrageMan posted 06-28-2003 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Reservations are very needed. You may be able to squeak in through fate, but I wouldn't plan my trip on it.

Brian

Classic71 posted 06-28-2003 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Classic71  Send Email to Classic71     
Larry,
I tried to make to make reservations six weeks ago at the Sister Bay Marina and they told me that they have been booked up for quite some time. They also said that I could check in at 9:00 each morning to see if something came available but don't count on it. Instead of trying my luck I was able to get a slip at Yatch Works just a little bit north of Sister Bay Marina. I called them this morning and they said if nothing opened over at the Sister Bay Marina you could raft up with me. I was also informed that there is another poker run on the same day with over a hundred boats involved. Maybe someone that lives up there can find out the poker runs schedule so that we can plan around them?

Paul

skred posted 06-30-2003 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Just a thought to those who have no slip reservations: You might try checking at Ephraim or Ellison Bay for a spot. Maybe even Fish Creek... It's a little further ride, but you may be able to find dockage.
Just another thought: it might be possible to anchor overnight in Nicolet Bay off Peninsula Park. Unless really foul weather shows up, it may be an option.
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-01-2003 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Are we still doing this??? Seems like there is a lack of enthusiasm. Whats the story???~mw
David Pendleton posted 07-01-2003 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Yes.

Rendezvous attendees will meet at 2000, Husby's Bar to discuss Saturday's activities.

A group dinner for Saturday night will also be discussed.

bdb posted 07-09-2003 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Hi Folks...thought I'd check in. I'm not sure I'll be able to make any Saturday events. We've got in excess of 100 thunder boats coming to Yacht Works on a poker run. That might jam me up. And you might want to make sure you don't get behind those guys when they're running around.

However, I will check in at Husby's, as suggested by David P. I'll be there after work on Friday, and otherwise try to dial in with whoever shows up for the weekend. Somehow we'll all connect, disjointed though this get together might seem. Maybe we'll do better "winging it."

Harpoon, I have no life, Harry

OutrageMan posted 07-09-2003 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Who all is coming? Who intends to be a Husby's?

Brian

lhg posted 07-09-2003 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
BDB - 100 thunderbats, all with Mercury power? Lucky you! With a little bit of luck we'll get torrential rains on Saturday and they'll be washed out while we stay dry under our Mills canvas. Who picked this weekend to coincide with those guys?

I was planning to be around Fri, Sat and most of Sun, assuming I can get a slip for Thurs, Fri and Sat nights at Sister Bay. If not, I'm out of luck and may not show. I'm going to call them tomorrow morning and see what they have for Thurs night before I make my decision to head up.

Where is this Husby's place? Never heard of it.

Are those Booze and Crooze guys going to be in the Sister Bay marina also, or are they all locals?

OutrageMan posted 07-09-2003 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Larry,

If you can't get into sister bay muni, try Yacht Works, or the Ellison Bay marina and don't forget Ephraim.

OutrageMan posted 07-09-2003 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I forgot to mention that Husby's is right across the street from the Sister Bay Bowl, on the south end ov Sister Bay on the hill.

Brian

David Pendleton posted 07-09-2003 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
The Sturgeon Bay Poker run was the same weekend as the DCR last year.

The card pick-up at the Sister Bay Marina was just before we decided to head out. It was fun to watch.

Once they get their card, they're gone, headed for other parts of the Bay. I don't think anyone will be bothered by them.

lhg posted 07-09-2003 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I was just informed that somebody pulled some strings for me at the Sister Bay Marina, and I will have a slip guaranteed.
So we will be showing up. Weather forecast is promising.
RMBW posted 07-10-2003 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
We are trying to get our boat in order. A hard thing to do after not running her for several years and all the rain we are getting now. Where did I put every thing?? Will meet people at Husby's at 2000 hrs Friday night or in Sister Bay earlier!! Thanks and hope to meet new friends. Rosie and Mike (big guy)
Eagleman posted 07-14-2003 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
We had a great time in Door County, glad we were able to make this years rendezous. Safe boating to everyone, we're looking forward to the next rendezous.

prj posted 07-14-2003 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Hey, how about a fine report of the weekend's events so that I might belatedly and vicariously attend.
BWdaunt18 posted 07-15-2003 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
It was nice to meet several of you at Rock Island.

MW- caught a few bass. Thanks for the tips. We were well advised to take the ferry to Wash Island. We crossed on Friday to Rock in the Whaler. It did not look too bad from the Wash Island side, but the waves increased in size on the other. The ferry never ran on Friday to Rock. Too rough to dock.

We made the trip ok....not a drop in the boat. Had the island to ourselves....almost.

Seeing all the bigger whalers has my wife and I thinking about an upgrade.

David

skred posted 07-17-2003 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
A short description of the DC Rendezvous: Everyone formed up at 10:30 outside the Sister Bay harbor, and all (at least 10 boats?) headed out to Horshoe Island, off Peninsula park. The day was perfect, sunny, warm, with about a 2 foot swell left over from the ugly weather the previous 2 days. Rafting was accomplished with little difficulty, and sociabilites and some swimming (and drinking, naturally) took over for the next few hours. Snacks were abundant - of particular note was the smoked salmon (Larry, I believe): awesome stuff.
De-rafting, we headed for Chambers Island, and re-rafted again, less a couple of boats, some of whom would return later. After a quick lesson for me on why you should secure the end of your anchor line before tossing the thing out (involuntary early swimming experience followed that), more swimming and socializing passed a beautiful day. Regretfully, I and another had to weigh anchor at about 4 or 5 (Not sure about the time after the martini/Jack Daniels mixed). If the rest continued on to another port, please fill us in on that segment of the occasion.
Headed back to Sister Bay and called it a perfect day. Really great to finally put faces on all those names I've been seeing for the last few years here. A great group of wonderful people - all of you. Really looking forward to the next rendezvous.
RMBW posted 07-17-2003 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
We had a great time meeting people, seeing all the Whalers and the pride that goes with one's boat style.
Arriving at Husby's at 9:45 PM, instead of 8:00 PM on Friday, found the bar absent of Whaler owners. It came down to be on time and leave our Fin II home or late and take her with us. Standing next to the boat in downtown Sister Bay didn't take long to have some Whaler Rendezvous people find us, even at 10:45. Next time we will have things in order and will make sure the time is available for the whole weekend. Looking forward getting on the Ponds (Lake Michigan and Superior)in Wisconsin again. Kristy,Tony,Rosie and Mike (Big guy).
David Pendleton posted 07-18-2003 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
lhg finally gave up the pictures from the first DC Rendezvous in 2001!

Sunday gave us absolutely perfect conditions for a run to Rock Island.

Along with myself, Classic71, Eagleman, and lhg made the trip. Well worth a visit; the Boathouse alone is worth seeing.

Rock Island has a magnificent sand beach and more Poison Ivy than I've ever seen growing anywhere! Thankfully, it (the Ivy) was off the beaten path and as far as I know, noone came in contact with it.

Our return trip took us West, then North around Rock Island then down through the Door. Afternoon conditions were perfect and we were all able to run at ~35 miles an hour.

We stopped off in Gills Rock so lhg could stock up on smoked fish products from Charlies Smokehouse, also.

Patricia and I spent the remainder of the week boating. Weather was good, but the wind was a problem on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, we did a high-speed run from Sister Bay to Sturgeon Bay for lunch and the Maritime Museum (one of my favorites). Conditions were good, and my newly-tuned 5.7L gave me 44MPH on the GPS.

We just got home a couple of hours ago. We had a great time meeting everyone and booked the same weekend next year at our favorite motel.

Don't forget, the Apostle Islands Rendezvous is a month away...

Dave


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