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newt posted 04-05-2003 02:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for newt   Send Email to newt  
The other thread was getting kind of long. Here is a summary of Boston Harbor Rendezvous info:

Place: Georges or Peddock's Island, Boston Harbor

When: June 7, 2003

General - Newt(
South Shore - Waterwal(
North Shore -BBoeri(

The following are confirmed as likely attendees. If I missed anyone, or you want to sign up, please send me and email.

11 Footer GNR
1stwhaler Goldstem
70_Katama HalfShell
Adam Hobie1981
Alioop jaccoserve
Aubv John O
Bboeri JohnNortheast
Bosmass Kevin Ladd
Bostonsfisher Mike Goldstein
CaptCornchowder Msullivan006
Contender25 MYDIANE97
Controller Neds Point
Doobee Newt
DrinkNBud Offshore20
Dspinosa Outrage18
Gf Timo
Walter Lang

8 Weeks to go! Here is a link to the first thread in case we need to dig info out of it.

newt posted 04-05-2003 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Whups, the list kind of lost it's formatting. It's hard to read, but there are 35 names in there.
msullivan006 posted 04-05-2003 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
I'll be launching my "new" OR I 17' from the ramp in Newton/Watertown on the Charles
river, and going out through the locks. Through inner harbor past the airport, probably under the bridge to Long island, and then on to whichever harbor island is the final choice. So long as some spray over the bow is OK, I think that even the 11's will be OK so long as they don't push too fast. Just play the waves with constant attention to throttle.

I'd love to meet up with some others launching in the Charles, or volunteer to "shephard" some of the smaller boats that haven't ventured into the harbor before. I've been around there for a long time, off and on, beginning with my Lyman 15'lapstrake with manual Johnson 35, circa 1960. That boat would really send up an impressive curtain of spray when pushed it into the harbor chop too fast, but I never buried it even as a teenager ;-)

Mike S.

Hobie1981 posted 04-05-2003 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Mike: What's the parking like at Newton?Watertown launch ramp.


msullivan006 posted 04-06-2003 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
Hi Hobie,
Parking is free and pretty available at a paved lot right at the ramp. This is a most basic ramp, no frills like a dock, but cement and solid, and free - also the only ramp on the Charles. I think the lot gets pretty full on a good Saturday afternoon, but I wouldn't expect any trouble in early June.
Hobie1981 posted 04-06-2003 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Mike: Sounds like a super spot to launch from. I'd be interested in meeting up with whomever and traveling enmass to Georges/Peddocks. I just repowered over the winter. Had engine checked out last week. Dealer very impressed with condition, but only tank run. Hopefully will be able to do a sea trial this week...if it stops snowing.


doobee posted 04-06-2003 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
I'd be willing to shepherd anybody who wants to launch at Weymouth or Hingham.
Offshore20 posted 04-06-2003 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Offshore20  Send Email to Offshore20     
Mike: That is a great trip along the Charles. We made that trip many times in the early 70's. Hell back then you would be taking your life in your hands if you ingested any river water. It has come a long way and is now much cleaner. There was a great article about the Charles in one of last years Offshore Magazine.


waterwal posted 04-07-2003 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for waterwal  Send Email to waterwal     
Hey doobee- Weymouth's the way to go. Thanks for the help.

I just got in from work and am dog beat. I'll send out an email tomorrow to the south folks who are trailering tomorrow with thoughts regarding Weymouth.

If anyone sees this post, is coming from the south with a trailer, and hasn't emailed me, please do so. Thanks.


Bosmass posted 04-08-2003 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
If you don't want to tread up the Charles River to the locks, you might want to launch at Schraff's in Charlestown. The ramp is located at the northern tip of Charlestown behind the old Schraff's building. It puts you in the Mystic River and you enter the harbor East of Charlestown. The ride at 6mph up the Charles is long, pretty and historic but nonetheless long. I'm looking forward to this rendezvous. Bosmass
controller posted 04-08-2003 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

What kind of ramp is at Schraffs and how is the parking? It is safe to leave your vehicle?

Bosmass posted 04-08-2003 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
Those of who know the city appreciate your concerns. The ramp is concrete and steep and depending on the tides, launches your vessel into shallow or high water. It is brackish water and I always flush my motor after using it. The launch is secure and because the parking lot services several companies in the area it is best to use it after 5 on weekdays, weekends its open.
msullivan006 posted 04-08-2003 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
Bosmas is right that the Charles is a little long, but it's not "that" long. I usually figure about 30 minutes max from ramp to locks. biggest speed reducer is the presence of rowing shells - there may be quite a few 8's out practicing now that the rowing season is underway at the colleges. The ride is also one of the prettiest around, with really good views of Boston and Cambridge from a different perspective. Also positive is the ramp security - I have never heard of an incident there except for the mobs trying to que up for retreival on July 4th after the big Esplanade concert and fireworks (usually at midnight and later). Biggest plus is the fresh water flushing of boat motor and trailer every time you come back to ramp, and it is much easier access from West than Medford.

When the date gets close, we should set up some specific target times to be at the different gathering places.


controller posted 04-08-2003 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

I have a 160 Daunltess CC and think I would like to go with you up the Charles. I will be coming from the Nashua, NH area with my wife. Been to Boston many times and wouls like to see it from the water.

Let me know the details on meeting up.


bboeri posted 04-10-2003 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
At this point, I am still planning on leaving from the Winter Island, Salem ramp and cruising down the North Shore to the harbor. If the weather is too rough for that, I will try the Lynn/Nahant ramp (more protected but not as scenic). I will be travelling in a Montauk. I can help guide anyone who wants to make the trip. Should be fun and is always scenic travelling past Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn, Nahant, Revere, out around the Deer Island plant and into the harbor.


jimh posted 04-12-2003 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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newt posted 04-14-2003 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
bboeri, I will probably be joining you from Salem. How long of a trip do you figure it is from Salem to the island?

JimH, Thanks for the new vocabulary word!

John O posted 04-14-2003 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    

I would like to follow you if I may. I am in Gloucester on a slip. This being my second season of boating ever I would appreciate it.

I have traveled several times from Gloucester to Nahant/Lynn , but have yet to explore Boston Harbor.

John O
508 314 9793 Cell

Bosmass posted 04-15-2003 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
It takes me just over an hour to get from the Charles River to Swampscot, that's on a good day, albeit in a 17 footer, the seas off of Revere get choppy in the afternoon but absolutely doable. The harbor is well marked with lateral navigation buoys but please be aware that commercial traffic including those 'expletive' cruise boats barrel down the channel into port with little or no regard for the safety of pleasure boaters. The Coast Guard and environmental police, in their Whalers, patrol the harbor and there is a strict speed limit in the inner harbor. They will stop you and run a check on all mandatory equipment, post 911 they have been very active. All we really need now is a good day, given the weather this spring it'll probably snow.
bboeri posted 04-15-2003 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
The trip from Winter Island, Salem to the harbor is about an hour. Depends on the chop of course. If it is a flat calm morning, then it doesnt take quite as long. The gates at Winter Island open at 6 AM. I will most likely be there at the opening, but there is no need to leave that early. And Bosmass is absolutely correct about the Environmental Police and USCG, so make sure that you have all safety equipment (check the charge on those fire extinquishers)and are wearing PFDs. John O, we could meet you either at Winter Island or off Tinkers Island, Marblehead, whichever you are more comfortable with. It will probably take you about 1/2 hour to get there from your slip.
John O posted 04-16-2003 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Either island if fine by me. The earlier the better. I am at Gloucester Marina this year which is on the Annisquam River by the commuter train bridge. It takes me about 30 mins to Salem Harbor area

Thanks for the response.

John O

jaccoserv posted 04-17-2003 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
The benefit of George's Island over Peddock's is the dockage, there's a well protected marina-type anchorage at George's. Peddock's is right in the middle of Hull gut, which as anyone who has been through there knows it is super choppy. Besides, George's has better facilities and is much larger, including large cookout areas.
Bosmass posted 04-18-2003 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
Hear hear, George's island has facilities and a historic fort.
tabasco posted 04-19-2003 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
We are in the early stages of planning a rendezvous in Connecticut in July.............anyone interested in joining us ?

Sign on at the Connecticut rendezvous thread. We are planning it for the Connecticut river at Griswald Point.

all are welcome!!!

PS: It's only a few hours from the boston area and there is a beautiful state ramp a half a mile from Griswald Point.


newt posted 04-29-2003 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
bboeri, what is your recommended route from Salem to George's? Out Marblehead channel, to Tinker's, to the outer breakers, across Nahant Bay to Shag rocks, and then straight into the Boston North Channel? Or do you plan on following the coast a little tighter?

I think I will start plugging waypoints into my gps. Also, what is our backup plan for rough weather. Lynne? Really rough - Charlestown?

bboeri posted 05-07-2003 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     

Sorry for the delay. Death in the family and an upcoming EPA audit. Normally I follow the coast a little closer than the channel route. In closer is usually a little calmer and more "user friendly" for the smaller boats. Its kind of an eyeball, dead reckoning course, with an eye on the chart for the shallows. If it is a very low tide, then to the outside of tinkers. If the tide is high, then to the inside of Tinkers. From there to the point of Nahant then down the coast to Deer Island, staying out far enough to avoid the shallows just off the island. As far as alternate plans, if it is too rough for salem, then I think Lynn is still doable, although a little rough outside the harbor for smaller boats. If it is too rough to leave from Lynn then maybe anywhere will be too rough for the small boats to get to Georges. It can get pretty choppy inside the harbor. I have seen 3 footers throughout the harbor on a windy day. Cant wait for June to get here. Just got my Montauk back from the fiberglass shop and she looks great. just finished painting the used Pate 27 gallon tank that I bought from Bigshot and have to get it installed for the trip. Are we all planning to bring cook out/lunch stuff and drinks? Think WARM WATER! Right now it is way too cold on the water to think about going out, but I think about it anyway!


half shell posted 05-08-2003 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
Still planning on attending weather permiting.Any one heading up from the 'southcoast'area and what route and ramp are you using.The montauk is not in the water yet due to the weather and oil spill hope both improve soon.
I cant wait to head across to the Vineyard for steamers!
doobee posted 05-09-2003 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Hingham and Weymouth seem to be the ramps of choice. Both are easily accessible from Rte 3a. I don't think my boat will be ready in time, so I may have to show up in a Non Whaler. I'll be available to shepherd or assist in any way.

The spill just missed us here on the Weweantic, though my friends on Ram Island weren't so lucky.

dspinosa posted 05-09-2003 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for dspinosa  Send Email to dspinosa     
if lynn is still to rough you can put in at winthrop landing and it is about a fifteen minute ride to george's island and pretty protected. plenty of free parking and no fee to launch your boat. hope to see you all at george's
goldstem posted 05-14-2003 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
having never participated in a rendezvous before, can anyone recommend a list of things to bring, especially as to food and drink? usually we just have submarine sandwiches on board....


bboeri posted 05-15-2003 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
I am trying to get a handle on how many boats will be leaving from the North Shore at Winter Island fr the trip to the harbor. If you could post a note if you are, along with the size of your Whaler, that would be great. We will then know how many people to wait for. The water is very cold at this point (about 47 degrees), so make sure to have your winter gear aboard along with rain gear to block the wind. I am anticipating a fun parade to the harbor. Lets hope for warm weather and calm seas.


newt posted 05-15-2003 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
I'm in. Will be in my Montauk.
John O posted 05-15-2003 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
1988 Newtauk.
Hobie1981 posted 05-19-2003 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     

Mike, are you still launching from the Woerd Street ramp in Waltham???? I'd like to join your group if I may. I believe NHKatama might also be interested.

I'd be coming down from Salem, NH.


newt posted 05-19-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Hobie and Msullivan, Ryan (11 footer) is looking to meet up with someone coming from the inner Harbor. For whatever reason, he doesn't post on the forum anymore. Maybe one of you guys could email him and set something up.

Bosmass posted 05-20-2003 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
I'll be coming out of the Charles and can meet those who travel that way; we could make a Boston, Boston Whaler Parade. If you are coming up the Charles we could meet at Poor Man's Landing, which is located on the Cambridge side of the river just before the Museum of Science, not to be confused with the Charles River Yacht club. "Newt" you will give us an email countdown as the rendezvous nears?

newt posted 05-20-2003 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
I will try and get an email out to the whole crowd. Moving the family into a new house has been taking up some time, and the desktop with all the email addresses is still in a box somewhere.

newt posted 05-20-2003 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Should we try and nail down some specifics? How about:

George's Island.
Get there however and with who ever you have made plans with.
Catch the biggest Striper you can before lunch.
Plan on doing lunch at 12-2:00 ish.
Bring food and drink for your own boat, and extra to share if you want.

What else? Should we pick a channel to monitor? Who's gonna make the T-Shirts?

bboeri posted 05-21-2003 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     

I would suggest channel 69. It seems to be open most of the time. Mostly used by guides etc.


Bosmass posted 05-27-2003 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
Someone please verify: I've been told that the docking facilities at Georges Island are not good, that you have to tie up between piers and getting ashore is a problem. Has anyone experienced a visit to the island in their Whaler? I've been there on a mid-winter island cruise and of course the captain had no problem docking his vessel at the dock. We are scheduled to rendezvous the 7th of June and I hope it's not 10 meters offshore.
Hobie1981 posted 05-27-2003 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hi All: The guy we need to get in touch with is Alex Hall, he's a MDC Ranger. 617 727-1188. Docking could be a problem, but plenty of time to work the logistics out on that. (I think). There are also some moorings that can be rented out for the day @ $10/a pop. I spoke to some one at NPS-Boston Harbor/Islands and he gave me Alex's name.


newt posted 05-27-2003 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
I don't believe we will find much dockage at either island. If I recall, the ranger said there was room for 6 boats or so at George's, and Peddock's has zilch. There is plenty of beach to pull up on though. Be sure to wear the sandals.
tgresla posted 05-28-2003 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for tgresla  Send Email to tgresla     
I am new to the Whaler thing with a 13'. I would like to launch in the Charles and travel with any other boats. My instruments will be limited to a handheld GPS and a cell phone (I will not have a VHF) Where is the ramp and what time is departure? I hope to get the boat in this weekend for a shakedown.
msullivan006 posted 05-29-2003 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
Ahoy to the Charles River contingent heading for the Boston Harbor meet. I thought I'd see about getting us a little organized now that the time is getting near. Assuming decent weather on 6/7, I am planning to launch around 9:00, ready to set off downriver by 9:30. However, if the group wants to start later, setting out downriver by 10:00 would still leave plenty of time since we should easily be at George's by 11:30 even if it is slow going.

It sounds as if we should monitor VHF Ch. 69 to stay in touch with the other groups, but would like to confirm both Ch 69 and that Georges is the final destination choice. Also, should confirm a target for the start.

The Charels River ramp is the one in Brighton, on Nonantum Road beside the MDC skating rink. It is NOT the Waltham ramp, as there is a dam between that and the harbor. I'll come up with detailed directions from 128/Mass Pike and post them in a couple of days - there are a couple of twists but really quite easy to find.

Potential Charles River boats include me (OR 17), Scott Beard (Dauntless 16), Hobie 1981, and Tqresla (13') all from the ramp, and BosMas (Montauk SS) picked up from Poor Man's landing in the lower basin. If we can confirm the list expected, we can be sure everyone has arrived before we start out. Of course, more boats would be welcome, so feel free to chime in with new names.

Access at George's is likely to be on the beach, since there are so few slips. However, if some of us get there early enough for slips, it may be possible to raft a few more boats with them - bring extra fenders and lines if possible. If on the beach, watch the tide - it is a 10' rise so easy to get beached if you aren't looking. It may be possibe to anchor close in as well. Has anyone found out about renting a mooring in advance?

Finallly, is there an agreed arrangement for pulling the plug if bad weather? How about posting to this site on Friday before 9PM, so everyone will get the same message (go or no-go).

Looking forward to meeting all of you,

ConchNavy posted 05-30-2003 12:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for ConchNavy  Send Email to ConchNavy     
I use the Hull gut ramp to launch my 13'. You need four wheel drive its more like a beach. "A" street in Hull needs a tide. Highham is good but stay in the channel or you will be up to you rub rails in muck. Weymouth is the best, $5 dollar fee gets your boat in for the day. I live on Stoney Beach right across from George's Island and cant wait to see the Whaler navy take the fort. Watch your charts, theres a lot of rocks hungry for props in the harbor. Shag Rocks claimed another victim last weekend. It gets rough at the entrance even when its some what calm in the area of Georges Island. Be safe! See you next Saturday
waterwal posted 05-30-2003 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for waterwal  Send Email to waterwal     
I apologize for being absent from this planning here. A string of events has kept me from getting practically anything recreational done, never mind getting the boat ready. I have to leave town today and will be back on Sunday night.

It seems doubtful that my boat will be ready by net Saturday, and I probably won't be able to attend; other events out of my control right now also seem to make it impossible to even go see you guys launch. :(

However, when I get back, I will post, as well as email to the few emails that I have, directions to the Weymouth ramp as well as approximate drive times for your planning purposes. If there is anything else that I might be able to do, please let me know.

I'm very very disspointed, as I was looking forward to this for so long and also looking forward to meeting some of you...another day I guess...

Bosmass posted 05-30-2003 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
For those coming up the Charles River, the dock at Poor-Man's Landing, (Cambridge side of the River between the Longfellow Bridge aka salt&pepper bridge, and the Museum of Science, is a good place to meet. It'll give us a chance to make any last minute corrections before heading through the locks and into the harbor. Former '' participant "11 footer" plans on meeting up with us in the harbor near the USS Constitution. I plan on documenting the event with both analog and digital photography but we need a scribe to write up a blurb for possible inclusion in Cetacea. Anyone with the exception of Jason Blair may apply, although come to think of it, he is out of work and may need a gig. What we really need is good weather.

newt posted 05-30-2003 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Well, memorial day weekend was a wash, this weekend is looking kind of dim, so the odds are that June 7th will bring good weather. Keep your fingers crossed.
doobee posted 05-30-2003 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     

All the more reason to have a Southcoast rendevous later this summer. If you think you can find the time, and don't mind riding in a Non Whaler, you're welcome to tag along with me.

aubv posted 06-01-2003 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Long range weather forecast:

Icky, icky and MORE icky with a little icky thrown in!

Weather Channel shows showers and possible
T-storms from Maine to Texas for Saturday.

ryanwhaler posted 06-03-2003 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Ok, I can now reveal my plans to all :)

I am leaving from the launch in Medford on the Mystic river around 9:00. From there I’ll meet the Charles river crew around the locks, near the us constitution. I’d like to talk to someone around the time I leave the dock, so we are on the same page. My cell number is (781) 775-3836 I have the phone near by 24/7. Call me if there is anything to be worked out between now and Saturday. Could I get a Charles river guys number so I can call Saturday morning when leaving the dock?

After asking almost everyone I know I got someone to ride along with me.
My uncle is gonna come. He has never owned a boat before, he should have a good time anyway. We’ll be ridding in my 1975 11’ sport blue bottom paint and the name “Lone Shark” on the back. Powered by a Merc.

Is there going to be a grill at the island? Please let me know. If there is I can bring a big box of 8oz burgers. I get them for nothing from our restaurant. they make them there.

Let me know, post it or give me a call. Thank you guys who emailed me when I was away to keep me up with the thread, it helped a lot. Feels great to be back.


msullivan006 posted 06-03-2003 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
Hi Ryan,
I'll be with the "Charles River Crew" heading down the river to arrive at the locks between 10 and 10:30. My cell is 617-875-7206. I'll also have Channel 69 covered on VHF, and the short range walkie talkie's ( 2 mile or so range). We all need to stay tuned to this site for last minute weather issues, as forecast is looking uncertain right now. My guess is that it will be at least good enough, even if not a great beach day.
See you soon,
Mike - 17 OR
ryanwhaler posted 06-03-2003 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Thank you, I'll call you around 9:00 when I leave the dock.
I'll be leaveing my house at 8:00 in the morning, will we be a "go" or a "no" by then?

If it does rain on us, when is the rain date?

After telling my boss two mounths ago that I need that night off, he called today and said that he needs me. I have to be at work in Burlington by 5:00. This might mean heading back before you guys do, but so be it, its a big wedding and big weddings bring big money :)


jaccoserv posted 06-04-2003 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
Yikes!! I've been out of the loop. This weekend already? Well I'll be there. Looking forward to it.
Bosmass posted 06-04-2003 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
I am eager to make this run, however I am concerned about the weather, the Boston Globe says Saturday's weather will be party sunny with rain developing in the afternoon, National weather on the internet says rain, heavy at times beginning Saturday morning. I am also concerned with the sea. Two weeks of bad weather with the wind coming from the NE makes 5-7 foot waves, which means 15% of the waves will be over 7 feet. Enthusiasm aside should we postpone our trip to more favorable conditions? Everyone should weigh in on this.
Let's hope for 'red sky at night.'
goldstem posted 06-04-2003 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
current weather says cloudy, and wind from the southwest.

I'd say near perfect.
We plan on launching in weymouth. is there parking there???

John O posted 06-04-2003 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I am still in. I would like to discuss plans with anyone traveling from the North Shore. I will be leaving from Gloucester Harbor. I have no one in my boat at this point so if someone would like to travel with me because there baot is not in yet let me know.

1988 Newtauk, 2001 75hp Merc

508 314 9793 cell


Bosmass posted 06-04-2003 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
I'm in.
I have 12 gallons of pre-mixed (50-1) gas for anyone who wants it. I've repowered and my new motor is oil injected. That's 12 gallons free gas…

bboeri posted 06-04-2003 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
Ok boys and girls, looks like a go so far. I will be leaving from the Winter Island, Salem ramp on Saturday morning (provided the weather is a go). Anyone who wants to follow (Newt, JohnO, JohnNortheast (yes I mean you!)) and anyone else who wants to go from there, here is my plan. I will be at the ramp between 7 and 7:30 AM. We should all plan on leaving between 8 and 8:30 AM. I believe that if the seas are fairly calm, it will take about an hour. According to Newt, we should all take fishing gear. I know that the stripers are hitting big time all along the coast. Once we get to the island and rendezvous, we can fish, talk, explore the fort, etc. I think after lunch, but relatively early we should all do a tour of the harbor, including a trip through the locks into the turning basin of the Charles for a hoot. I will probably be heading back up to Salem in the middle to late afternoon, but I am flexible. My son (15 yo)and I will be bringing lunch and drinks for ourselves, plus maybe a little extra (it is his 15th birthday on Sunday!). We can all discuss the specifics of the day upon arrival at the island.

I will be out of touch all of Friday night. My beautiful daughter is graduating from high school that night (now begins the nightmare of trying to figure out how to pay for college). If you are going to follow me, email me and I will get you both my home and cell phone number. I will make a weather decision on Saturday morning at the ramp as to whether I go from Salem, drive down to Lynn, or bag the whole thing. I will be up at 6 AM on Saturday for anyone that wants to talk via cell, but until I get to the ramp I will not know the plan.

Once underway I monitor 16 (always) and 69. 69 is for chatter among the fleet. We will leave Salem, skirt around the coast past Marblehead, past Tinkers Island, down the coast to Nahant, then along the Lynn, Revere, Winthrop coast to the Harbor entrance. Then inside and across to George's. Any questions class? ;-)

What have I forgotten? Hope to see you all there. Pray for calm winds, flat seas, and warm temps.


ryanwhaler posted 06-04-2003 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
If there is a small craft warning will it be called off?


msullivan006 posted 06-04-2003 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
Hi Fred,
Re your free gas. If you can store it for a little while, it wouldn't hurt anything to add a gallon or two to each fill-up. Running a little rich might even be good for teh break in period. I often use up extra pre-mix by spreading it around the cars and lawn tractor. They all run just fine, including the injected engines and fancy computer management systems.
tgresla posted 06-04-2003 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for tgresla  Send Email to tgresla     
It looks like the weather forecast may be improving. Ryan, I also need to get back by 5 or so I may consider launching with you in Medford. Which ramp will you use? Presidents landing? I would also like to go up the Charles because I haven't done that yet. What restaurant do you work at?

Tim Gresla

doobee posted 06-04-2003 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Yes there is parking at Weymouth, also at Hingam which is not too far away.

Ryan, based on what I read around here, small craft warnings don't apply to Whalers!)

Good to see you back.

ryanwhaler posted 06-04-2003 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     

The ramp that I use is off of Rt.16 in Medford. I don't know what they call it, it very well could be Presidents landing, I don't know. Its right near were Bickfords (yuck) use to be, they are now turning it into a crispy cream. We are trailing there from the Burlington. Me and my uncle are leaving my house at 8:00. If you want you could meet us in Burlington center and we could drive to the ramp together, or something. I'm not waiting thought, or looking for some stranger I know nothing about. If you want to pair up call me on my cell phone (781) 775-3836 and we could work something out. This is getting kind of complicated.

My uncle and I have to have the boat out around 3:00 because I'll have to go home and shower and get ready for work. About the name of the restaurant, I'd rather not post it online but will be more then happy to tell you in person or in a e-mail. We could even meet there if you know the place.

Let me know and feel free to call.

ryanwhaler posted 06-04-2003 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     

When your whaler is only 11' they apply ;)

goldstem posted 06-05-2003 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
I plan on being at the Weymouth ramp by 11am...
msullivan006 posted 06-05-2003 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
Charles River ramp directions:
For those coming to the Charles river ramp, proceed as follows: From Route 128 take Mass Pike eastbound. Take first exit, #17 -Newton (4.0 miles from 128 interchange). Go to the stop sign at end of ramp. Then go straight ahead into center of three lanes, through a traffic light, and on through the second traffic light. Do not bear left before the second light but head straight keeping small island on left. Immediately after this second light, take sharp left turn over the Pike - this is St. James Street (very narrow) going to Charlesbank Road, and there is a big overhead sign at turn "Charlesbank Road". Charlesbank turn is only about 3/10ths of mile from stop sign at end of off ramp from Pike. Follow St. James / Charlesbank around sharp right bend and on to stop sign, about 4/10ths total distance. From stop sign, merge onto Nonantum Road (4 lanes undivided), and go immediately into left lane. Pass MDC skating rink building on left, then grass playing field with chain link fence, and take left into next open parking lot. About 3/10ths mile from stop sign to lot. Ramp is way in the back, concrete, 2 lanes wide. Parking is free.

I expect to arrive around 9:00 or so.
Mike Sullivan

NedsPoint posted 06-05-2003 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for NedsPoint  Send Email to NedsPoint     
Gonna have to pass folks, the crappo weather and the oil spill have me about 3 weeks behind schedule. Enjoy and safe cruisin.

Keep me in mind for a SouthShore/Buzzards Bay rally in the future!

Regards - NedsPt

ryanwhaler posted 06-05-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I'm sorry to hear that you won't make it.

For everyone who is going,

It sounds like the weather is going to work with us. :)

tgresla posted 06-05-2003 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for tgresla  Send Email to tgresla     

The ramp you're talking about is Presidents landing. It would be convenient for us to convoy even though we have two of the smallest boats. I don't want to die all alone if the crap rolls in. I'll meet you at the ramp. 3:00 would be a good time for me to get back to save my wife from our two hellions. My cell is 781-789-4491. Mike I'm going to pass on the Charles river trip but we'll meet you by the Constitution I guess. Ryan I'll call tomorrow to touch base.

Tim Gresla

ryanwhaler posted 06-05-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     

This is funny, I think I know you. I think your wife is my dentist ! If you are who I think you are then the restaurant that I work at is also the restaurant were you, your wife and kids went for mothers day, you came to our table and said hi on your way out. I'm not the chef, that's my dad. I'm the chef's son and the big brother of the baby that your wife was looking at.
This really is a small world.

(If you are not this person disregard the all that ;) )
I'll be at "Presidents landing" around 9:00 and will be pulling out around 3:00 like you said, there is a class trip at school tomorrow and me and a friend have bigger and better things to do. I can be reached all day tomorrow on my cell phone.

What kind of whaler do you have?

ConchNavy posted 06-05-2003 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConchNavy  Send Email to ConchNavy     
S wind 5 to 10 kt...increasing to around 10 kt in the afternoon. Waves 1 ft or less. A chance of rain showers with vsby 2 to 3 nm late in the afternoon. We'll take it!
Bosmass posted 06-06-2003 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
I'm looking forward to this Whaler meet, "Boston Boston Whalers," T Shirts next time we do this. As a friendly reminder the harbor police, the environmental marine patrol and the US Coast Guard have all been diligent in enforcing the rules of the harbor, and that pretty much means 6 knots/hr in the harbor. If they stop you they run a check for PFD's, fire extinguishers, flares (check you dates,) and registration.

See you in the a.m.

tgresla posted 06-06-2003 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for tgresla  Send Email to tgresla     

I'm the guy who stopped by your table and my wife is your dentist. I have a 13' and I'll meet you at the ramp tomorrow. I take it your dad is Brian


ryanwhaler posted 06-06-2003 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
My old man is Brian, he won't be there with me tomorow though, my uncle Mark and I are leaveing my house, (near your wifes practice) at 8:00 and going right to the launch. From there we are going to the charls river locks to meet Bossmass and all the others that are comming from the charls.

Looking forward to this,

(781) 775-3836

John O posted 06-06-2003 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I will be there. Did a solo run to Marblehead today from Gloucester Harbor.It took me less than 30 approx 3500 rps on my 75hp Merc. I have no clue of the speed buy will check out the charts to see distance. I hope Sat is nearly as nice.

John O

cell # 508 314 9793 will have on boat as well as monitoring channel 69

ConchNavy posted 06-06-2003 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConchNavy  Send Email to ConchNavy     
hi there folks!

Im looking out on Georges Island right now and it looks like its going to be a wonderful sunset......they are putting in a gas pipe line from Salem to Weymouth. The other end connects out off Novi Scotia...problem is for the last couple months we have to put up with the pounding 24/7 mostly at night but anytime they feel like setting the pipe. They drive it under the islands and guess what? They are driving it under Georges this week. Its loud at my house but out at the fort it must be numbing! Sounds like a very bad hang over! I think by noon or so we will all be up for a tour into the Charles!

ryanwhaler posted 06-06-2003 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I'm sineing off for the night,

I talked with tgresla by phone today, he will be with me when I meet you guys near the locks.

sleep well,

Hobie1981 posted 06-06-2003 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
MSullivan: NHKatama is meeting me at my place in Salem, NH at 8:00 am, with bride/boat. See you 9ish!! I'll be bringing my Nauset.

Looking forward to meeting everyone.


newt posted 06-06-2003 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Well, It looks like the weather is going to hold out nicely. The latest I heard was South wind 5-10 with seas of 1 foot.

Unfortunately for me, I will not be on the water this weekend. Some complications have arisin, and I need to stay close to home. :(

Safe passage to all.

ryanwhaler posted 06-07-2003 06:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Good morning all!!,

I'm sorry to hear that, I was looking forward to meeting you today.

See you all in a few hour's!

Ryan T.

ryanwhaler posted 06-07-2003 06:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Good morning all!!,

I'm sorry to hear that, I was looking forward to meeting you today.

See you all in a few hour's!

Ryan T.

ryanwhaler posted 06-07-2003 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
What a day!!!!

It rained, that was no fun but we got alot of good boating in before the rain came.
I've got some nice picts that I will send tomorow.

bossmass did not leave the river because of the rain, I got alittle to much air and trashed my steering, but I'll get it fixed. Mike and Tim know about that. I did not make it to the island because of the POS merc I have. I went with Tim to the barking crab for lunch.

How was the day for everyone that I did not get to see?


Barryc posted 06-07-2003 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barryc  Send Email to Barryc     
Were we to meet @ George Island in Boston?, where was everyone?


bboeri posted 06-07-2003 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
OK all you wusses! I cant believe that a little rain made you all cancel. Seriously, those that made it to the island had a good time. It was great to meet the five other Whalers that made it. JohnO, that rain on the way back was something! But glass smooth on the whole ride. It was great to fly in formation with another Whaler. We got to see some very nice Whalers from all who were present. i will get the pictures on-line, hopefully with some narration within the next few days. Thanks everyone, glad to meet some new friends!


msullivan006 posted 06-07-2003 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
For all of those who couldn't make it to Boston harbor today, how about if we call it a rain delay and go to the rain date set for next Saturday? Those of us who did go today had a fine time, sort of like a summer day in the Maine cruising arounds around Penobscot Bay. Foul weather gear was a big plus however. I would go again if more of the group could do it.


Hobie1981 posted 06-07-2003 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Mike: Sorry we missed you today, one boat had motor problems, and my backup crew got called in to work this morning.

I'd be up for next weekend. I believe the motor problem on the other boat will have resolved itself by then also.

Glad all who were able to make it had fun, and everyone came home safe.


goldstem posted 06-08-2003 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
well, we were there. had a great time. can't do it again as next weekends are all committed. good luck.

house money.

ryanwhaler posted 06-08-2003 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
If there is another one on an upcomming weekend I'l love to go if my bracket is fixed in time.

I had to turn back at long island yesterday because of it.

jaccoserv posted 06-08-2003 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
I would be up for next Saturday.
ConchNavy posted 06-08-2003 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConchNavy  Send Email to ConchNavy     
Hello Bob and the crew of House Money,

When it rains it pours! It was nice meeting everyone. Wish we had more time to talk. Bob, would love to hook up for a trip around Cape Ann this summer. I think House Money deserves the hats off award for most distance traveled hauling up from RI!

Rob (13'Supersport)

John O posted 06-09-2003 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Anyone coming up to Cape Ann give me a call.

John O

508 314 9793 cell

goldstem posted 06-10-2003 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
House Money here. We had a wonderful time, if a little wet on the return... Met all wonderful people, and my son had a blast exploring the fort. Enjoy the next one.
tgresla posted 06-10-2003 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for tgresla  Send Email to tgresla     
How many people made to Goerges Island last Saturday?
goldstem posted 06-11-2003 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
We had 5 boats that made it to georges: An Outrage 21 (1972!), an Outrage 17, a montauk, a newport and a 13. I think we had 13 people. I had 5 on the 21.
aubv posted 06-11-2003 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Hi all,

Sorry I couldn't make the Boston Rendezvous. I lost my modem to a lighting stike and was unable to find out if it was a go/no go. Considering the distance I was going to travel and the late afternoon forcast I decided I would scrub. Glad to hear that those who showed up had fun.

ryanwhaler posted 06-13-2003 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Are we gonna make a date to make a harbor run again?
ryanwhaler posted 06-15-2003 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     

I'll take that as a no.
I'm going to start a thread once I get my boat fixed from the last trip. I want have it done with in three weeks.

There are so many of us around, on a day with nice weather, it would be nice.

Poor newt put the whole thing together and had to bail with in the last few hours, we got to get newt out there.


ryanwhaler posted 06-20-2003 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
jaccoserv posted 06-22-2003 12:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
I'm there ryan...
ryanwhaler posted 06-22-2003 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Once I get my steering fixed I'm going to throw a date out so we can get something going again.

I'll tell ya,
Sunday morning are nice on the harbor.

I'd like to go on a sunday......anyone?

John O posted 06-23-2003 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Sundays are good with me as well.


dspinosa posted 06-24-2003 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for dspinosa  Send Email to dspinosa     
sundays are also good for me.
ryanwhaler posted 06-28-2003 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Tomorow night there is going to be fire works over the harbor, anyone going out to see them?

My boat is not ready to go out yet, I may ride with a freind in a bigger non whaler. Anyone going?

ryanwhaler posted 07-08-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I'm going to pick up the part for my motor tomorow. I'll be in the water in about two weeks,

Are we gonna plan something again or what?

newt posted 07-09-2003 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Just a thought here....This rendezvous has come and gone. Why not start a new thread and let this loooonnnnnggggg one die?
JohnNorthEast posted 07-09-2003 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnNorthEast  Send Email to JohnNorthEast     
Yes, a new thread, I'd be up for another gathering as I was sorry to miss the first one. Plus the weather is finally cooperating. Bob Boeri where are you?
ryanwhaler posted 07-09-2003 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Then go and start a new thread. I'm takeing my boat tomorow to have a new pivot bracket put on.
goldstem posted 07-12-2003 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
Here's a picture of our whalers at the dock on Georges island.

I believe we have a
21 outrage
17 newport
17 montauk
17 outrage

the 13 sport was behind the interloper!

dspinosa posted 07-13-2003 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for dspinosa  Send Email to dspinosa     
those were awesome pictures. I have the same 21 outrage. it is a 1971. hopefully the next one more whalers can show up. dan
ryanwhaler posted 07-13-2003 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Around the time you took those pictures Tim my uncle and me were haveing lunch at the barking crab.

Tim and I made it to Lone Island when I broke a piviot bracket, I'll get there next time.

John O posted 07-14-2003 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    

Could you Email me a copy of the picture. I can not seem to access the post.



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