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Terry Dunagin posted 04-04-2003 12:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Terry Dunagin   Send Email to Terry Dunagin  
The Florida Whaler dealers are holding a Whaler Owners Event and/or fishing tournament in Stuart, Florida, April 25-27. A lot of us from the factory will be attending and we cordially invite all of you folks to attend. There is no cost to attend unless you fish the tournament and that is just to cover the cost of food. For details, click on the events link at whaler.com and look under April. You can download everything from there. There will be lot of prizes, Whaler Wear for sale, the half Whaler buzzing around and more. We would really love to see you there.
Draftmanswife posted 04-04-2003 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Oh Boy! For those of you who have never attended a Whaler event before, I can assure you, Terry knows "Southern Hospitality" at it's best. Let's get the gang together, and go!! T, you know we'll be there!
Janis
Bigshot posted 04-04-2003 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Will be in Costa Rica that week(through 5/5). Missing 2 in a row.....DAMN!
hauptjm posted 04-07-2003 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Great to see the factory guys here on the Whaler Forum. As much as I would love to come, two small boys are keeping me home. If this event continues for a few years, I'll come and bring the boys with me. Great luck and success with your event.
smirkless posted 04-07-2003 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Looks like I'll be there with old blue.

Smirk :-)

lhg posted 04-08-2003 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I am tentatively planning on attending this event, both days. Sounds like a lot of fun.
Swellmonster posted 04-09-2003 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Let me check dates when I get to work...
Gep posted 04-09-2003 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
No Fair! Florida gets to have all the fun.
smirkless posted 04-09-2003 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
goin <º)((=<'en
Draftmanswife posted 04-10-2003 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Were girls!!!!!:):):):):)
WhalerAce posted 04-13-2003 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
We are planning to go that weekend. If we are NOT fishing (I know LHG will be), is it worth taking the Temptation? When they say guided boat tour of the area, what does that mean?

Larry, one reason we are going is to to see and talk with you again!

Janis, looking forward to meeting you in person so we can finish my decal project!

Bigshot, I really wish you could be there so that we can meet you in person. Ah, but your legend continues....

Terry, I sent you an e-mail requesting more specifics -- if you want, you can just reply with your phone number at Whaler and we can call you there (or tell us who to talk to).

Sounds like fun! Looking forward to that weekend!

Ace & Joyce
"Latest Temptation"

Bigshot posted 04-14-2003 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Yeah yeah yeah.....you'll be a no-show AGAIN!
lhg posted 04-14-2003 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Ace - I'm flattered, and it will be great to see you guys again! We will definitely be there, plane tickets are confirmed. But I probably won't be fishing, but rather on a cruising/sightseeing mission. We'll be trailering the boat up for the weekend, and docking it overnight.

If you don't trail the boat down, you're welcome to ride with us.

Terry Dunagin posted 04-15-2003 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Terry Dunagin  Send Email to Terry Dunagin     
I spoke with our dealer in Stuart about the guided boat tour and it has taken an interesting turn. That weekend is also the area's blessing of the fleet so the team there is planning to assemble between 9-10 on Saturday to leave the dock at 10:30. They will travel up the river to a staging area and be part of 100-150 boats that will be in an on-water parade that will be blessed. You don't have to do anything but you can decorate your boat with flags if you are so inclined. Then they will lead the Whaler bunch to a nearby sandbar where you can swim and enjoy the clear water near the inlet (assuming the weather cooperates). Bring whatever you want to eat and drink and enjoy the day.
lhg posted 04-22-2003 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I've learned that "Backlash" and wife will be attending this event with their super 1991 21' Walkaround. This boat is well represented in the Rendezvous and Sail-Log portions of this site. They may well be in the running for the "Whaler traveled farthest award"!
Bigshot posted 04-22-2003 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Smitty is bringing his museum quality Katama.....you are gonna drool.
Draftmanswife posted 04-22-2003 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I'm gonna take the Classic 13'. Just hung the new Yamaha on her, and it looks sooooooooogreat. I can't wait to get her in the water. See you all there,
Janis
lhg posted 04-22-2003 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Now, if we could only talk Clark Roberts into showing up.
Draftmanswife posted 04-22-2003 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Somebody get eemm'...tell him "the gang's all gonna be there:)"
Swellmonster posted 04-23-2003 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Stop t's & me!! ;)
Clark Roberts posted 04-25-2003 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Folks, I would love to be there and meet you (feels like I know you all anyway) but have grandson duty this week-end! Have a great time and thanks for the personal e-mail invitation, Larry. What a great bunch of guys and gals!!!! Happy Whalin'.. Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
Swellmonster posted 04-25-2003 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Take that grandson along!
Terry Dunagin posted 04-28-2003 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Terry Dunagin  Send Email to Terry Dunagin     
Those of us at Boston Whaler send our heartfelt thanks to those of you who braved the monsoon and joined us for the Owner event last weekend in Stuart. It was a pleasure getting to put faces with screen names. The engineers also enjoyed meeting other people as passionate (okay, some of you border on obsessed)as they are about this brand.

We know we can do a better job with future events. We already have a list of ways to improve. If you have ideas, send them in, I'd love to see them.

For those of you in other regions, we can look at holding events elsewhere if you have a good location Whaler owners would like to visit. But quite frankly, getting Whaler owners to attend these events is sort of like pulling teeth. You thoughts behind this phenomenon would also be appreciated.

Thanks again from your fans at Boston Whaler.

smirkless posted 04-29-2003 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Terry, it is the Whaler owners that owe you and the dealers’ thanks! Heck, we were treated so well I can only tell the others that didn't make it, they missed a really good event. With valet service at the boat ramp, meals, activities, ice for the cooler, t-shirts and other goodies, smiles were maintained in spite of the early weather problems. My old blue 1968 Sakonnet and I received an award/trophy for the oldest boat. It is a Danbury Mint model "mini-me" of my boat with wood console and everything. Steve, his wife and 21' walkaround "Backlash" won Furthest Distance... Ohio. Now, if he can make it I'm sure some others could have dragged themselves over. My boys and I enjoyed talking with the design team and previewing (actually taking part in) the design of a potential new model. I heard a Bimini event is in the works. Any more on that?

Sunday, when the sun joined us on the calm river, a pack of us raced around like piranhas. We grouped up with the “chainsaw cut Whaler” for photos and closer look at the Nantucket.

The whaler.com site should have photos and description of the event soon I think.

Thank again Whaler dealers.! Smirkless in Orlando :-)

Swellmonster posted 04-29-2003 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
What an awesome event!!
I showed up late Saturday evening, just in time to grab some chow, and look at some boats. Chatted w/Smirkless a bit. After looking at his re-do on his boat, it makes me want to go buy an old one and re-furb it. He did such a fabulous job! The beautiful blue interior, the tilting console on a gas strut, he is the MANN!
Stepped aboard LGH's 25'er. Again, words just dont give justice or enough praise to the talent of the people on this forum!

I hooked up w/Draftsmans wife and friend on her 13 w/the new yammi. That ride was so sweet I came home with a cavity on my back tooth! ;). She caught fish Saturday big enough to place on the tourney, but they were not in the right catagory. I went out with them Sunday and they only were able to catch a few shorties. Yes, I was the "B-B-B" aboard the 13 Sunday. I must have brought them bad luck for fishing.
The way Janis drives her 13 is just short of wild and titillating. She drives it like a go-cart, like a sled on rails, zipping up and down the wakes of other boats "LGH" She finesses it through the troff. We were like surfing, just able to reach over the side and rake my fingers through the waves curl!

I was also impressed at the fish cleaning table when I saw a highly talented lady angler "forgot her name" using a box cutter on her mahi! She kicked azz!
Saw a few very impressive fish at the docks.
Great job y'all!
Finally, none of this couldnt have happened with out the talents from Boston Whaler and Marine Max! Class-1 outfit and Job well done! I even was able to snag about 50' of Boston Whaler little Banners for OUR next rendez. I had a great time and wished I was able to get there earlier to take my boat. Look forward to the next one, and yes, I heard the word Bimini too!
BTW, let it be known, Draftsmans wife wore a dress on her 13 when she took it back to Marine Max to be pulled out. :) :)

Swellmonster posted 04-29-2003 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
What an awesome event!!
I showed up late Saturday evening, just in time to grab some chow, and look at some boats. Chatted w/Smirkless a bit. After looking at his re-do on his boat, it makes me want to go buy an old one and re-furb it. He did such a fabulous job! The beautiful blue interior, the tilting console on a gas strut, he is the MANN!
Stepped aboard LGH's 25'er. Again, words just dont give justice or enough praise to the talent of the people on this forum!

I hooked up w/Draftsmans wife and friend on her 13 w/the new yammi. That ride was so sweet I came home with a cavity on my back tooth! ;). She caught fish Saturday big enough to place on the tourney, but they were not in the right catagory. I went out with them Sunday and they only were able to catch a few shorties. Yes, I was the "B-B-B" aboard the 13 Sunday. I must have brought them bad luck for fishing.
The way Janis drives her 13 is just short of wild and titillating. She drives it like a go-cart, like a sled on rails, zipping up and down the wakes of other boats "LGH" She finesses it through the troff. We were like surfing, just able to reach over the side and rake my fingers through the waves curl!

I was also impressed at the fish cleaning table when I saw a highly talented lady angler "forgot her name" using a box cutter on her mahi! She kicked azz!
Saw a few very impressive fish at the docks.
Great job y'all!
Finally, none of this couldnt have happened with out the talents from Boston Whaler and Marine Max! Class-1 outfit and Job well done! I even was able to snag about 50' of Boston Whaler little Banners for OUR next rendez. I had a great time and wished I was able to get there earlier to take my boat. Look forward to the next one, and yes, I heard the word Bimini too!
BTW, let it be known, Draftsmans wife wore a dress on her 13 when she took it back to Marine Max to be pulled out. :) :)

Swellmonster posted 04-29-2003 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Darn! I had such a good time I had to post it twice! ;)
Draftmanswife posted 05-01-2003 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Well, I am a girl ya know:) Plus, I was kinda sunburn, and a cool dress seemed to fit. :)
Janis
Backlash posted 05-05-2003 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Terry, what a great event! The people at MarineMax and Boston Whaler demonstrated "southern hospitality" at its finest. It was great to see some of the new Whaler models in person and talk at length with Ron Berman and some of the other the design engineers.
The new Nantucket is sure to be a big hit as well as the awesome 320. While many of us cherish the older classic Whalers, the new models incorporate many interesting and innovative design features not found on competitive boats.
The "chainsaw Whaler" was also a big hit piloted by Dave and Maria, and let's not forget Jim!
Ward's 1968 Sakonnet was just spectacular with its fine furniture quality console filled with numerous custom details.
At first I thought Janis' 13 with that new Yamaha was a jet ski the way it was zipping around!
Thanks again to everyone at Boston Whaler and MarineMax for sponsoring this great event.
Steve
lhg posted 05-07-2003 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I'm finally back at my computer up North, and like the others, would like to thank the Company and Marine Max Stuart for a really great time. The Dealership facility was first class, super neat, clean, well designed, and the attention given the attendees was even better. Then there are the Boston Whaler tee shirts, hats and other prizes always given out. If one of these events comes to within 500 miles of you, be sure to attend. You will have a great time.

Seeing all the Whalers, both old and new, is always a treat for Boston Whaler owners, and talking with the company people is even better. I particularly enjoyed meeting and talking with some of the design staff and BW President, and of course, the Mercury people! It was also interesting to learn that some of the Company people occasionally follow the "activities" on ContinuousWave.

Two of the latest boats were there for inspection and rides, the 320 Outrage with twin 250 Optimax engines from the performance division, and two Nantuckets, one with a standard 115 and one with an optional 150 Optimax. I was fortunate enough to get a personal design tour of both, feature by feature, by a design team member. There were cameras and video equipment all over the place, and on Sunday we had a chance to see some of the photography work on the new Nantucket while underway. I believe this boat is really going to be popular, the next step up from the Montauk. It's very nice, and sized in the classic 18 Outrage category, just the right size.

And finally, putting the screen names with faces and personalities from the ContinuousWave contingent, besides, of course, seeing their boats. To Janis, Pat and Ward, it was a pleasure meeting and boating with you.

PS. Hint to future attendees: Watch out where you put your Boston Whaler Fishing Team gift tee shirt. These are really well designed and colorful. I left mine sitting on the Reversible Pilot Seat in my boat, and someone lifted it while I was talking Whalers!!

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