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Draftmanswife posted 04-03-2003 05:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Draftmanswife   Send Email to Draftmanswife  
May 2nd and May 3rd are the dates..this one's going to run thru a Monday, so plan the day off NOW>>>>.CAPTAINS MEETING, FRIDAY, MAY 1ST. AT 1190 JACKSON RANCH RD., DELAND. Yes, we will have the capt. meeting here at our house. There is PLENTY of parking, and we can sleep 6 in beds. The rest of you can get a hotel, or camp on our property. (I seem to think the hammock is sweet) We can launch at Ed Stone Memorial Park off St. Rd. 44. On Saturday, we will run to Silver Glen in Lake George, return, and all have supper at one of the various restaurants along the way. On Sunday, a trip just up-river to Blue Springs,(FOR THE MANATEE HUGGERS) which includes a lake along the way for skiing, drinkin' and fun. All can leave there boats in the water overnight, and not have to drive, or walk more than 10 feet to your rooms. ACOMINDATIONS: www.hontoonlanding.com or www.hollybluffmarina.com. I plan to get a house boat for saturday, and tote the 13'. If anyone else wants a houseboat to stay on for the weekend, be sure to tell the girls at Holly Bluff you're with me. If you make reservations at Hontoon Landing, talk to "April" and tell her you are with the rendezvous. "TEEGUARDEN" IS THE PASSWORD:)
Ok...now all of you have questions, so let's have it, and make this the greatest rendezvous we ever had. ACE<<<I EXPECT TO SEE YOU:):):) Love 2 all,
Janis
Swellmonster posted 04-04-2003 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Eyemin!
Swellmonster posted 04-04-2003 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I got too excited and responded to this before checking obligations.
For some reason, I was not born with lots of money and a fat bank account and my future would require daily replenishment of money. I found out that I would have to go out and earn it if I wanted to survive. Therefore, unfortunately, that is the weekend I have to work. I would consider taking vacation days to enjoy this outrageous and satisfying and like so forward looked to event, but Saturday is my final on-water training w/auxies.
Have fun gang. Ill just sit around the back yard and climb up in my boat, pop one open, maybe play some Jimmy Buffet for Bigshot when he sees the manatees.
Im off everyother weekend, unfortunately this falls on the weekend I have to work.
Bigshot posted 04-04-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Nope! I'm in Costa Rica that week catching REAL fish. Sorry, next time.
Swellmonster posted 04-05-2003 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Big,
Im serious, please bring me back some Lazara hot sauce. It comes in a lil approx 12OZ bag. Its only a couple of colones. 3 or 4 would be most appreciated. If you have any extra room, assorted fresh coffee BEANS would be nice too! It would be very much appreciated!!
Draftmanswife posted 04-07-2003 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Since we have 2 negative responces so far or this trip, maybe we should all go to the Whaler Owner shindig instead...what cha all think?
Bigshot posted 04-07-2003 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Hot sauce is no problem. Coffee beans are to hide scents from dogs.....don't want the hassels or try and explain in spanish.
smirkless posted 04-07-2003 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Janis, is May 1st on Friday or Thursday?? Not sure about the dates and days of the week you list.

I'm up for either or both events. I'll stay tuned.

Smiiirrrkkkkkyyyyyyyyy.

Swellmonster posted 04-09-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Dont give up on this! This sounds GGGGRRREAAAT! Just gota modify dates...
Draftmanswife posted 04-16-2003 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
How about the next weekend???
smirkless posted 04-16-2003 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Janis, I'm still not sure of the date(s) but anytime is a good time for the St. John's. Looks like a couple of the regulars (if you can call them that) cant make it on the May 3rd weekend. Maybe they can post a date that will work for them. Like you said, the following weekend, May 10 & 11; this works for me. See you in Stuart if you are still going. Smirk
Bigshot posted 04-16-2003 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
What about June 7th & 8th to give us some time to organize?
Draftmanswife posted 04-22-2003 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
June's true...let me know...
Swellmonster posted 04-23-2003 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
May 10 and 11 is f'n good. However, mothersday is the 11th and some of yall might have to be somewhere else.
24th and 25th look good 2!
Yepper!
Swellmonster posted 04-23-2003 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Biggie,

How long you gunna be in CR?

fno posted 04-23-2003 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Let's picka date. May sounds good to me. Probably a bit coler than June anyway. Not as much stress on the coolers. Anyway, I'm in for just about any date.
Bigshot posted 04-24-2003 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I'll be in Cr 4/28-5/4. With the Stuart even being this weekend, I think we need to give some time between events or else you get soft attendance. may 24th is Memorial day weekend so bag that. How about 5/31 or 6/7?
Swellmonster posted 04-24-2003 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Forget being on the water mem day, biggie is right as usual, I didnt see that on my cheapo calendar
smirkless posted 04-25-2003 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Hopefully I'll see Janis at the Whaler Event this weekend to tie her down on a date. Stay tuned... Smirk :-)
rubadub555 posted 04-25-2003 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
Smirk wrote;
Hopefully I'll see Janis at the Whaler Event this weekend to tie her down on a date

Battening down cargo is one thing, but this sort of fun is best left private.

Swellmonster posted 04-25-2003 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
;) :0 :0
Draftmanswife posted 04-28-2003 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
What a weekend it was too....A great time by all. What's this about tieing me down??
;);)
Swellmonster posted 04-29-2003 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
6/7,6/8,and of course 6/9 sound great to me!
smirkless posted 05-01-2003 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Okay... how about 5/31 - 6/1???
Lets put this thing on a calander.

I think Janis has a great plan for the event! The river at this time of year is full of action and boating to watch and be part of.

REPLY NOW if you are definitely interrested, possibly on board or would like another date.

Smirkless in Orlando

fno posted 05-02-2003 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
We're in for that date.
InHerNet posted 05-02-2003 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I am good for that date!
Don
Swellmonster posted 05-04-2003 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Ditto my 6/7-6/8.... :)
I work 5/31, 6/1
smirkless posted 05-05-2003 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Thought I would check out the area this last weekend. Ended up running over 60 miles up river to Palatka.
Lake George was calm and the air had just a little coolness to it. Just about ran out of gas twice running at a 40 mph cruise. Used some oil too. Stopped in the springs at Juniper creek for a dip in the cool clear water and have a couple of beers. There were about 40 boats, couple of Whalers.
It was enjoyable but would be more fun with a pack of Whalers.
Janis, is the weekend of 6/7-6/8 good for you?
Smirk :-)
Bigshot posted 05-09-2003 02:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I sold the Newport....6/7 & 6/8 sounds good to me with my new found $$$$$$.
Swellmonster posted 05-09-2003 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Bottoms up! Bigshots buying!! :)
Bigshot posted 05-09-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I don't mind buying the keg, it's supplying Janis with cigarette that costs a fortune:)
David Jenkins posted 05-12-2003 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Are the dates still under discussion? There is another Florida rendezvous on 6/7 so maybe another date would make sense. How about June 21-22 or June 28-29?
Draftmanswife posted 05-12-2003 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
somebody make my mind up please:)::)))):):):
Bigshot posted 05-13-2003 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
June 21 & 22 sound good to me.....anyone?
David Jenkins posted 05-13-2003 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I cannot guarantee that we will be there, but if it were held June 21-22 we would sure give it our best effort. We could not come before then. My wife is a school principal....
Draftmanswife posted 05-13-2003 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
There is a Dale Earnhart concert at the Daytona International Speedway on saturday night, the 21st. I'm thinking I should check hotel availability, but it sounds like a good date to me..how about everyone else?
Swellmonster posted 05-14-2003 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Janis, 6/7 6/8.
Your mind is now made up! Loraine might make this one, AND I/we are thinking/are gunna stay at your house Friday night. So there! :)
fno posted 05-15-2003 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
6/7 and 6/8 is what we want. If we can only find a complete mind to make up.
fno posted 05-15-2003 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Janis, can you post details of the weekend or is your first post cover it all except the dates?
Swellmonster posted 05-15-2003 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
As directed, I emailed April @ Hontoon to see what kind of rates were avail. No answer yet, I probably just gunna call her.
Draftmanswife posted 05-15-2003 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Swell, you know you and Lorrane are going to stay at the house...so there yourself:)
I will call April in the am and get some ideas and get back w/ ya'll. I will also be at Holly Bluff, and check on a house boat too. It usually sleeps 10 or 12, depending on how friendly we all get..:)
So it's official, June 6th and 7th. I'll need a headcount by the 1st. This is gonna be a blast! Take care,
Janis
Bigshot posted 05-16-2003 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Dah......OK!
Swellmonster posted 05-16-2003 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Headcount? What do ya call a guy in a whaler with no arms or no legs? Matt!! Doogh! :D
Al_A_Buy posted 05-19-2003 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Janis - Count me in.....

Al W.

george nagy posted 05-19-2003 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Just to be clear, is it friday June 6 and Saturday June 7?
Swellmonster posted 05-19-2003 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I beleive Janis will be holding a "Captains meeting" or "meeting of the Minds" on Friday the 6th, late PM, and the rondy will be Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th, with getting rooms for Saturday nite.

The last boat launched in the water Saturday is buying the first round and lunch :D So get there early or have deep pockets ;) !!!

PS: Bring along water booties for your footsies! ;) Masks, snorkels and fins!

"Fins to the left, fins to the right" we can play Jimmy Buffet till Biggie turns white!

smirkless posted 05-19-2003 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
I'm in of course. Just havn't been able to post lately.
Details? We don't need no stinking details!
Go, run your whaler, drink/eat, have fun.
Okay, there's probably more to it than that but put it n your calander anyway.
Smirk :-)
Bigshot posted 05-21-2003 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Well if it is june 7&8 then I will not be able to bring my new trailer with me.....boo hooo!

Can we confirm a date for heaven's sake? Where am I sleeping? Doubt wife wants to camp on the montauk. Doubt I do either.

Plus I will be doing Homasassa again in August so let's start planning that as soon as this is over.

Swellmonster posted 05-21-2003 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Janis,
Add one more girly, so that is a three head count for your house on Friday night! :)
Whats the scoop on Saturday nites sleeping location?
Swellmonster posted 05-26-2003 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Janis,
Lo is taking 1/2 day off on Friday. We should be in Deland mid-afternoon!
Draftmanswife posted 05-27-2003 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
On Friday, June 6th, we will be hosting the Cookout/Captains Meeting here out our house. We will have our meal starting around 7:30, and will wait on all confirmed attendees before starting the meeting. Saturday's events include, but are not limited to, a scavenger hunt, a trip to Blue Springs State Park, (so Big can see the Manatees;), skiing, swimming and fun. We will stop by several island spots along the way. So, bring your wakeboards, ski's, ropes, and tubes. You will be responsible for your own breakfast and lunch on Saturday. So pack your coolers, or there are several restaurants on the river we can have lunch. At the end of the day, we will go to Sunrise Fish Camp; ("Roy's") and have dinner. We will attend the restaurant right off the river from our boats, so dress attire is not an issue. (Geez if Roy saw me in full clothing, he might not recognize me)
Roy has great food, for little money, Tom and I can eat there for about $25.00. They serve beer and wine, and have take out if we want to order from the lake and eat on our boats. He also has beer/cokes if someone runs out during the day. A map will be provided at the captain's meeting. We will then take a night cruise back to Hontoon Landing, where we all should stay. I suggest making reservations at Hontoon, as I don't know availability. On Sunday, we will have a "Boat Brunch" which will include our famous "Goombay Smaches", then head out for the day. Stay tuned for directions, but I need a head count on the first. Take care,
Janis
Bigshot posted 05-27-2003 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Due to my latest success at piling hunting....I am boatless so unable to attend. say hello to the manatees for me.
Al_A_Buy posted 05-27-2003 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Biggie - It looks like my first mate (youngest daughter) is bailing on me. I would consider it an honor to host you on my boat, iffin y'all would be willing....

Al W.

Draftmanswife posted 05-27-2003 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Ok...sorry you can't attend by your boat, but hey, take up Al! But,...What happened? Is all who were onboard OK?!!!
Swellmonster posted 05-28-2003 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Bigg,

I know it wont be the same, but there is plenty of room on mine. Heck, 2 drivers are better than one! I rode on yours last year for your birthday, which allowed me to take it easy, so now its your turn.
So change your durned mind, ride along with us, and we promise not to play any Buffet on board.

Bigshot posted 05-28-2003 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I will ask the wife if she wants to still go.

Your kindness is appreciated. May have a new boat lined up by then....who knows but I doubt it. Looking into a new boat(CPD bare hull in green & tan) just for S&G's.

Swellmonster posted 05-30-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Welllllllllllllll ;)
Draftmanswife posted 06-01-2003 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
It's time friends, to count yourself in or out. The folks at Hontoon are ready for a flock of us, and the locals have been forwarned....I need a head count, so I can send out directions, & make those "Goodie Bags". Oh...I think we will have a silent auction of vintage Whaler Wear, to benifit sunday's "Boat Brunch".
Janis
Al_A_Buy posted 06-02-2003 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Janis - do you have a phone number for Hontoon? The url is doing some strange things and I'd like to check pices and avalibility....

Al W.

smirkless posted 06-02-2003 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
I'm slammed right now at work but I'll be there Saturday fore sure and maybe Friday eve or Sunday but its doubtful. I'll probably stay at my house that's not too far away but that may change. Wish I could pin down my schedule better but at least I'll be there on Saturday.
Keep on smirk'in. :-)
Swellmonster posted 06-04-2003 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Al, here is there number @ Hontoon....

(800)248-2474

Bigshot posted 06-04-2003 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Still undecided with boat situation and all. I may come up, depends on the wife and what she wants to do.
Bigshot posted 06-04-2003 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Ok Me and Laurie are in. We can be at Janis' house about 9:30pm Friday. Who wants us on their boat? We need to leave for home Saturday night after the deal because my parents are coming in Sunday from NJ. Please advise as to directions, etc. Nick
Swellmonster posted 06-04-2003 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
What part of "your parents will meet us on the river dont we all understand"?????
It will all work out............

Of course, you and guests will be riding on "Showtime"" !!

Swellmonster posted 06-04-2003 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Draftsmanwife,

Someone else coined the phraise" Your with us or your against us!

Damn, this will be a "Swell time :)"!!

"LETS-RIDE"!!!!!!! :)

fno posted 06-05-2003 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Count me out. Got company all week, that wants to go diving. Maybe next time.
Swellmonster posted 06-05-2003 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Let them dive in our cold freshwater springs!!
Draftmanswife posted 06-05-2003 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
That's true Swell, we will be at the freshwater springs, and it's really neet to snorkel and dive. Bring'em!
Janis
Swellmonster posted 06-06-2003 07:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Yip Yip Yippie! Im packing up and getting ready to go!

Yepper!! WooohoooH!

smirkless posted 06-06-2003 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
The Bigger the better! Come on down Biggie.
My son and I will also have room... Saturday only. See everyone at Hontoon at 9:00 am. Smirk.
Bigshot posted 06-06-2003 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Don't get your panties in a bunch!

I'll be there bug-eyed and bushytailed.

Bringing some CDs for Pat so he won't play that girly musak! I think John Tesh is cooler than Buffet;) At least he's doing Connie Sellica or whatever her name is.

Bigshot posted 06-09-2003 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Everyone still sleeping?

Had a great time! Thanks for the hospitality and showing us your neck of the woods(literally).

Next run is gona be Homasassa Springs? let's start organizing it.

smirkless posted 06-09-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Janis, thanks for putting this rendezvous together. Although I have been on the river many times, I loved staying on the houseboat and eating at a couple of new local restaurants. Chill'in in the springs and running in the rain are things best done with friends with Whalers. Waking up on the houseboat made me wonder if the boat was moving or my head was spinning but a good home-cooked breakfast got me squared away inspite of the loud osprey on the tree above. Too many good times to share here.
Our group was small but friendly and I hope to see you all again soon. Thanks again Janis.
Jarhead posted 06-11-2003 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
How many made it? Pics?

I would have liked to have found out first hand but I'm layed up with a back injury recieved while logging some oaks.

Hopefully next time you can add one more to the count.

GuyNole posted 06-12-2003 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for GuyNole  Send Email to GuyNole     
Would love to make one of these Central FL trips. Hope to see some pics from this outing. Count me in as well next time!
Swellmonster posted 06-14-2003 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Yepper! Had a great time! As usual hang'en with the whaler crowd makes it all just so right!
Al-a-by with his portable ho'made double-barreled beer dispenser, his two daughters and that old banana boat. I had fun tubing behind it. Great to meet him and family.
Smirkless with his pristine showpiece of a boat. We were buzzing around in it, catching wakes, a few 12 oz curls, having a good ole time!
Bigshot and wifey crewed with me and we just had a "swell" time! ;)
Had fun swimming in Blue Springs in the crystal clear 72 cold waters. We saw big bass, schools of mullet, huge gar fish and some cute otters! Biggie was pouting cuz he didnt see any manatees or hear Buffet music..
Finally Draftsman and wifey put all of this together. They put me up "OR PUT UP WITH ME" in their sweet home in the woods, fed me wonderful meals and kept me hydrated! MMMMMHHHH! That mouthwatering tenderazz steak and garlic mash taters still keep my mouth watering.
Cheers to Draftsman for gathering up all the breakfast goodies and taking them to the houseboat on Sunday morning was a treat. Janis did a great job, hooked me up with labels on my whaler saying "Showtime"
Damn! Life is good!

Oh well, Homosassa is coming up and Biggies B-day 8/9! Stay tuned yall!

WhalerGoFar posted 06-19-2003 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
Show me the pictures...Everyone wants to see the fun we missed. I am sure with that many Whalers in one place...someone whipped out the digital camera and got off a few shots. So if that person doesn't have a webpage to post them too, Let me offer hosting services for the event. Send me the pics and I will provide the webpage to display them. Free..No Charge...zippo.

Mike
WhalerGoFar

Bigshot posted 06-19-2003 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I'll get them to you tonight if I can. I have about 10 pics or so.
WhalerGoFar posted 06-19-2003 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
That's great Nick. It would be a great help if you could name the files by using the person/boat name as your file naming convention.

Mike

bwmenemsha posted 06-19-2003 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
Janis...sounds like you all had same problem we had to the west of you. tho we tried to stop it by throwing beer cans at the front as it went by.Not too long ago l sent you an email ref to BW pennants/flags as l seem to recall you doing something with that.l have recently switched ISP and l am not confident that my email account is straight yet so l am using this medium to reach you.lf you can and are still doing these would you let me know.l also moniter this section if ypou want to respond here....thanks Bob
Bigshot posted 06-22-2003 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Pics....

http://www.naples-fl.com/whaler/stjohnthumb.html

bwmenemsha posted 06-22-2003 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
sorry bigz ....not getting linked on your pics....?????
WhalerGoFar posted 06-22-2003 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
Cut & Paste works for me, but bwmenemsha try the hot link below:


http://www.naples-fl.com/whaler/stjohnthumb.html

bwmenemsha posted 06-23-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
thanks whalergofar that hotlink did the trick my cut and paste wouldn't...looks like nice time and some real nice boats....Bob
Jarhead posted 06-23-2003 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Looks like ya'll had a blast.

Never have, but always wanted to, cruse the St. John's. Now after seeing the great pics [thank you very much by the way] I'm half way there.

The half that's there is the sprit. The other half, the flesh or in this case the back, is taking longer to heal than I expected. Seems like the older I get the longer it takes to bounce back.

Sure wish I could have been there.

Again, thanks for the pics...

Al_A_Buy posted 06-24-2003 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Wow - I'm really late on this. I guess that I was left speechless by Janis and Tom's hospolity and great organizational skills in pulling this get together together....

Having been my first rendezvous (aren't we boycotting things French?) I was really unsure of what was going to happen, how to act, were we going to be eaten by cannibals, etc... My daughters even asked, "This isn't some kinda cult thing is it?"

After lying my a** off and assuring them that Whaler fanatics are not cult like, we set off from Melbourne for the two hour drive. We got to the end of the road and thought we might want to bring the boat along too.

Arriving at the provided address, I began to rethink my answer. Boy, does Janis live out in the boonies. I guess my first indication of trouble should have been when the directions included "...turn off of the dirt road....". Seriously, what a great house Tom and Janis have.

The folks at Hontoon Landing were really nice although the water was way too low to launch at their ramp. At the Captain's dinner, Janis and Swellmonster assured me that the ramp over at Holly Bluff was better. Well, I hustled the kids out of bed early so we could be in the water in plenty of time (really wanted to avoid an audience) and headed over to Holly Bluff. Prepped the boat and promptly backed the wheels off the end of the ramp. At least the boat floated free.... Oh Well, so much for the consummate professional....

We had a really great time diving the springs, cruising the primordial forests, providing a smoke screen for the rest of the armada, and just enjoying the fellowship of other cultists, I mean Whaler enthusiasts. Not even the Noah like downpour could dampen the good times.

Thanks to Smirkless, Swellmonster, Bigshot and his wife and especially Janis and Tom for a great time.

BTW - I will scan in our pics when developed.

Al W.

Bigshot posted 06-24-2003 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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