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home Aside posted 08-16-2003 06:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for home Aside   Send Email to home Aside  
I just returned from four days in St. Ignace, Michigan, towed my Montauk up from Farmington Hills, Mi. One of the 1st sights upon entering St. Ignace proper is the new St. Ignace Marina....all new, I believe 132 slips, all the bells and whistles. Many people I spoke to up there referred to it as the "Jewel of Northern Michigan". I was very impressed. Not needing water or power I was able to dock at the Marina for $33.00 for my stay. I did a lot of exploring,having just gone through the breakin period for an engine rebuild. Checked out all around Mackinac Island, made my 1st passage under the Mackinac Bridge. Many motel's near the marina and the best part is I have a friend who has a five bedroom vacation rental 2 minutes from the marina (by bicycle) which is very reasonable..
There are obviously many sites to be seen, many Whalering opportunities to be had, from Mackinac Island/St. Ignace to Les Cheneaux Islands, Drummond Island, anyway...just an informational thought for those looking for a nice Whalering Spot and or Rendezvous...Hopefully I'll be able to post photo's soon.

Pat Henahan

Andy Holmes posted 08-23-2003 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
This sounds like a great area for a rendezvous. I'd be interested.
djahncke posted 08-23-2003 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Sounds interesting.

Are you suggesting something this summer? If so we need to get on the stick quick before the boating season is over or Andy sells his 17' Sport ;-)

home Aside posted 08-24-2003 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hi All,
unfortunately for me vacation time is over for me and I don't know if I could put together 4-5 days again before the weather turns, I think the rest of my big water Whalering for this year will probably be in the Lake Erie / Detroit River area...As I said in my post, and as the persons who have done the North Channel Rendezvous can probably attest, The Eastern UP Lake Huron has some fantastic Whalering opportunites....I would be very interested in trying to put something together maybe next summer. Although I always say "Never say Never". I go back to work tomorrow night I'll have to check my upcoming calender....I'll keep you posted...

Pat

home Aside posted 01-22-2004 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Just a refresher here........seem's like I started seeing budding rendezvous plans showing up around the beginning of February last year........Most other sports have Season Openers.....anyone interested in the possiblity of a Whaler Opener....Maybe in St. Ignace.....as I stated at the beginning of this thread last August there are lots of places to Wahler, A Nice new Marina and I have a friend who has a 5 Bedroom house looking out toward Macinac Island that would be a rooming option for a cooler weather rendezvous in late april early may.....What's the consensus???????

Pat Henahan

home Aside posted 01-22-2004 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
That should be "places to Whaler" of course
Andy Holmes posted 01-23-2004 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
I'm interested. Late April may be quite cool, but usually by the middle or end of May it's very nice.
home Aside posted 01-23-2004 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Andy....
You're probably right about May.......April was very wishful thinking on my part....I'm getting kind of anxious......I think it would be a great area to kick off the season........Hope to get some more replies.....and to start keeping count......You're in the Gaylord Area Correct ? I've got a cottage in Lewiston, Mi about a mile N/of Garland Golf Course....take care..

Pat Henahan

Andy Holmes posted 01-25-2004 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Yes, I'm in Gaylord. Do you spend the whole summer in Lewiston, or is it more of a weekend place? Lake Charlevoix is also a great place for a day of cruising around, and isn't too far of a drive. I usually launch at East Jordan.
home Aside posted 01-27-2004 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Andy,
My place is a small two bedroom log cabin on Snyder Lake about a mile n/of Garland. Used mostly on Weekends, but since our boys are growing and so involved in so many things we haven't been up much...my parents live right around the lake from us.....glad to hear you might be interested in a St. Ignace Rendezvous,,,,,it's a nice area.

maybe some time when I come up we can take the boats over to Lake Charlevoix....it's a nice lake....another trip I'd like to make is from Charlevoix out to Beaver Island......a friend of mine has a place near the point by the old Coast Guard Station.....he was born and raised there.....anyway I hope we might get some interest for a Rendezvous sometime in mid-late May...take care

Pat

Andy Holmes posted 01-28-2004 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Pat:

Just let me know a few days in advance when you are coming up. Would love to go boating. I've often thought about running out to Beaver, but you really have to pick your weather. I think an early morning run out, then come back in the early evening when the wind dies down would be ok . . .

Andy

home Aside posted 02-12-2004 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
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kingfish posted 02-12-2004 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Pat-

I'm interested, but I'll be needing to work through/around the fact that I'm curently planning to go up to "open camp" at our place in the North Channel on one side or the other of Memorial day, probably for a week +/-.

John

Cicada posted 02-12-2004 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat,

I'd be interested also. Time is open right now.

How much of a run is it to Les Chenaux Islands? The islands are populated with predominantly Classic Whalers and Chris Crafts. I think they've figured out a way to mate them. Makes me wonder what you would get if you crossed a Whaler with a CC.

Kind of a funky restaurant with pretty good food was in St. Ignace. I think it was Antlers.

Nice area. Big change in vegetation from the LP to the UP. The Cormorants are thriving and wearing out the Welcome mat.

I'll have to check on line and see what the accomodations are.

Paul

home Aside posted 02-12-2004 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
John / Paul (are George & Ringo Whaler Owners ?), Andy, & Don.....
Yea I'd sure like to do one......A season Opener if you will.....I can get my friends place a 5 bedroom / 2 bath former Bed & Breakfast for $75.00 a night...it's about a five minute walk / 1 Minute drive from the St Ignace marina.....I'm looking to set up my whaler so I can overnight on it......but in May in the U.P. it might be nice to have the house to stay in, and base out of the Marina....the Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinac Island, Bridge, etc, Lots of places to Whaler....

I think the Antler's Restaurant is in Sault St Marie...... a guess on distance from St. Ignace to the Les Cheneaux Islands is approximately 15-20 miles....I'm thinking Mid May.....with my friends place we could do it very economically.....I'll check with him and he will be glad to pencil us in....with no obligation if we can't pull it off....he's good about that....Give some thought to when in Mid-May....Weekend or weekdays are good for me.....I just need to put in for the time off a month ahead of time....talk to you soon...
Pat

dfmcintyre posted 02-13-2004 06:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Pat -

Two other thoughts could be the inland waterway through Burt, Mullet and Crooked Lakes or over in the Potagassining (sp?) Bay area. Drummond Island Yacht Haven is a Whaler dealer, and the bay is pretty protected, and multiple islands around the bay.

If it's a May date, the water would be warmer through the inland region.

Don

Ventura16 posted 02-13-2004 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Pat (and everyone else), I'm definitely interested in a get-together. I've got some commitments in May, but I'll try to work around them once a date gets firmed up. Your friend's place sounds ideal...because there's no way I'm sleeping on my boat. ;-) It would sure be a great way to start out the season.

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 02-16-2004 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
I'm definitely interested in attending, but would definitely not be spending the night. St. Ignace is also fairly well protected water, in between the mainland and Mackinac Island there is quite a bit of water to wander around in. It shouldn't be too cold by mid may as the wind is generally out of the north and this area is in the lee of the U.P.
home Aside posted 02-23-2004 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
Sorry I've been absent on this subject...I was out of town for several days and then attended the funeral visitation/services for the two Detroit Police Officers Killed in the line of duty....a very sad time for the Law Enforcement community as well as the community at large...
I have been looking further regarding the possibility of the St. Ignace rendezvous in Mid-May...Mother's day is May 9th...so for me that one's out of the question...The long weekend (Friday - Monday) of May 14,15,16, & 17 is obviously right at Mid May....and gives a couple of weeks before Memorial Day Weekend for those who have plans for that weekend. I spoke with my friend from work who has the 5 bedroom vacation rental and he will pencil us in for the time being.
So I guess what we need to do is start making a list of names of interested Whaler's and number in their crews, ideas regarding departure date's times, reservations at marina, supplies re: breakfasts and dinners at the house (?), pack lunches for on the water, is a 4 day weekend enough time, etc....
This is going to be my first Rendezvous on the water so anyone with previous experience please jump on in and help me out with any tidbits you've learned from past rendezvous' talk to you soon.....

Pat

home Aside posted 02-28-2004 01:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
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Cicada posted 02-29-2004 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat,

I'm still interested. Tough for me to make any kind of commitment at this time. Have soem familial stuff going on that could change things pretty quick.

Never done a rendevous on the water either. Should be interesting.

Paul

kingfish posted 02-29-2004 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Pat-

I'm still in a holding pattern - it is starting to look like I'll be going up to open camp at Neptune island the week (+/-) *before* Memorial day (starting with the weekend of 5/22 & 5/23). That's going to make it tough for me to take another previous weekend away from home that close to when I'll be up in Canada...

Is there any possibility of running it on the 5/22, 5/23 weekend? I might be able to slide in on the way up to Canada - not completely sure about that, but it might be an option for me.

Obviously, schedule it for the convenience of the greatest number, not just me.

John

home Aside posted 03-01-2004 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
John,
Thats a thought, I was just throwing out a mid-May Date....As I said the one Weekend May 9th is Mother's Day and that wouldn't "Float My Wife's Boat" if you know what I mean....no one else has really replied as of yet....so let's see about the May 22nd weekend....

Paul,
keep us in mind and see what's happening with you.....you're always welcome to leap in if you can...

talk to you soon,

Pat

home Aside posted 03-11-2004 08:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
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djahncke posted 03-12-2004 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Pat,

I am interested. I've been meaning to go explore those waters. It would be great to do it in the company of forum memebers.

-Don

Buckda posted 03-12-2004 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I too am in a holding pattern on this one.

I definitely have a business trip in early June in Berlin, and depending on how much extra work my client piles on, I may be able to escape at the last moment to make a long weekend out of this. I'll continue to lurk and chime in if I can join before the trip happens.

Dave

sportroyalwulf posted 03-19-2004 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I came across this site. A bit of advertising but a pretty good source for some maps and information in northern michigan areas that my be rendezvous destinations.


http://www.fishweb.com/recreation/boating/boating.html

djahncke posted 03-23-2004 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

OK, we are about two months off from the proposed date of March 22. I suggest it is time to put a stake in the ground or anchor in the water (your choice of metaphor) and start firming up some plans.

1. Pat, is your friend's place still available?

2. Everybody, chime in if you are planning on coming.

Silence will kill this idea, discussion will bring to life and start it on the road to happening. Let the planning begin!

-Don

home Aside posted 03-23-2004 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Don,
I agree...you had a typo though it's May 22, 04.....Originally I was saying the long weekend May 15th, but Kingfish stated he might be able to do a "Whaler Driveby" on his way to the North Channel around May 22 so that's when the May 22 date came up. I'm good for either weekend.
I'll talk to my friend in tomorrow morning when I'm leaving work and he's coming in. He already penciled us in for the 15th, but he also said thats a slow time for his vacation rental.
So I'll fine tune some of the accomodations questions, and let's start a list for the weekend May 21 - May 24. And we can go from there.....talk to you soon

Pat

Homeaside / Pat Henahan / 82 Montauk 17

Ventura16 posted 03-23-2004 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
If it's the weekend before Memorial Day (ie. May 21-24), I won't be able to attend. We have our annual homeowner's assoc. meeting in Ludington that weekend.

Tom

home Aside posted 03-23-2004 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I suppose it would be better to reconsider, since the original date I mentioned was the weekend of May 14-17, that we should just have interested parties list the weekend that they would be available May 14-17 or May 21-24 and see how many are available on either of the two weekends and then go from there. So those interested list your name and which week end would be better and we'll go from there. At this point I can be available either weekend.... So let the list begin.....

Pat

djahncke posted 03-23-2004 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

My subconscious made me type March instead of May because it really wants to get started on the boating season ;-)

Anyway, I will take either weekend. As long as it is the one with good weather.

djahncke posted 03-26-2004 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Has interest dwindled down to just Ventura16, home Aside and myself?

I would think this warm weather would get people motivated to start planning for the summer.

Buckda posted 03-26-2004 07:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Pat and Don -

I'm interested...I just can't yet confirm. I've got a huge amount of logistical stuff to work through for two major meetings in Europe starting May 30 and continuing to June 12. If I can get away, I will likely run up there to join you guys.

Dave

Andy Holmes posted 03-27-2004 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
I'm still interested also; it's just a little hard to think about boating when there is still six inch thick ice on the lakes around here.
home Aside posted 03-28-2004 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
I just talked with my buddy from work and his 5 bedroom / two bath vacation rental is available both the weekend of May 15 and May 22 for $75.00 a night (half price). As I said I'm available either weekend but from Andy's last post I'm wondering if we might be smarter to do the later weekend of May 22nd....of course I will defer to the weekend that we can get the most participants....so choose a weekend out of the two that's best for you and let's start the list. let's list by name, weekend of choice, type whaler and number in crew.......let's get this party started!!!!!

Pat

Cicada posted 03-29-2004 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat,

Looks like things are calming down here.

I'd be interested in coming. Either week-end. May 22nd might be better depending on the status of the Outrage. Otherwise I'll bring the Sport. Would probably come up on Friday and leave on Sunday. My girlfriend is a possibility. Should know better in a few days.

Paul

djahncke posted 04-02-2004 07:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Pat,

Both weekends are fine for me with a slight preference to May15th. I will most likely be sailing alone in my Dauntless 17.

-Don

home Aside posted 04-13-2004 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
Just another Bump to keep the thread current....time is now going by fast so we need to start putting a list together. My friends 5 bedroom / 2 bath vacation rental that is approx 1 minute drive to St. Ignace Marina is penciled in for both weekends of May 15 th & May 22nd so it's getting close to decision time. although I can go either weekend, It now appears that the long Weekend of May 22nd is best for me, as well as being another week farther into warmer weather. So here is how I see the list thus far based on posts. Please post your information as to name, attending, number in crew, model whaler, whether your staying on boat or not, etc.
I will call St. Ignace Marina this week to see whether we need to make reservations this early in the season

Home Aside / Pat Henahan / 17 Montauk / attending
Andy Holmes / ?
Kingfish / John Flook / ? (possible driveby)
Cicada / Paul / ?
dfmcintyre / ?
Ventura16 / Tom / ?
Djahncke / Don / ?
Buckda / Dave / ?
sportroyalwulf / ?

I will post again after I get in contact with St. Ignace Marina...

Pat

dfmcintyre posted 04-15-2004 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Pat - and the rest of the crew:

I can made the weekend of the 14th - 16th, but not the following 21 - 22 (Toronto). Just let me know, but don't let the final decision rest on my shoulders. Whatever date works for the majority of the crew.

Don

kingfish posted 04-15-2004 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Pat-

It appears, much to my regret, that I am going to have to admit that trying for your rendezvous and planning my trip to Neptune just isn't going to work. I've got two and possibly three other guys coming with me and between juggling their schedules and whatnot, it's going to simply be too complicated for me. My loss.

So don't give any thought to scheduling for my benefit, and I'll try to hook up with you guys at the next opportunity.

John

Cicada posted 04-16-2004 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat,

The week-end of the 22nd works best for me. That way I can make it a long week-end. I'd like to bring my girlfriend up. She's from Wash., D.C. and I'd like to give her a little more exposure to the area. We were up at the Les Chenaux Islands two years ago and had a good time. Had originally thought about making a run to Mackinaw Island in the 15' Sport. I didn't like the looks of the Straights, a bit rough, so we bypassed it and went to Les Chenaux.

Don't know what the status of the 18' Outrage will be at that time. Weather hasn't been cooperating so I'm not as far as I wanted to be. If it's not ready I'd be bringing the Sport.


The docks are in at Orchard Lake.

Paul

home Aside posted 04-20-2004 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Just getting back with you...I don't do many links so I'll just post the St. Ignace Marina web site so you can look at it if you like....I called the number listed and it's closed for season...YIKES...so I don't have an answer regarding the need for reservations on weekend of May 22nd...

[http://www.fishweb.com/maps/mackinac/harbors/stignace.html]url

home Aside posted 04-26-2004 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello Fellow Whaler Enthusiasts.
Sorry to keep every one waiting on the info regarding the Marina...here it is.....I talked to the St. Ignace Marina today.....I found out it is actually a State Park Marina which is managed by the city of St. Ignace, but all reservations are made through the DNR Park and Harbor Reservations office. Anyway, the Marina opens May 3, 2004 and the person I talked with didn't think reservations would necessarily be needed the weekend of May 21-24, but she said to check back closer to the date.
Info that is needed for reservations is: MC#, (or whatever state reg#), length, width, draft, owners name, Phone#, Date of stay, Credit card#, etc. Checkin / checkout time is 1:00PM.
So again... we need to start getting our list of who can make it, the number in their crew, etc. Again I have both the long weekends of May 14-17 and May 21-24 off. May 21-24 is best for me and the weather factor will probably be better, but I would be willing to go the weekend of May 14-17 if that's when the most people can go....I already know Ventura16 (Tom) and DFMcIntyre, and Kingfish can't go on May 21-24.....so let me know....Ialso want to let my friend with the vacation rental know which weekend we don't want...he's been holding both for us so far....SO LET'S GET THIS LIST GOING.....I REALLY WANT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN IF AT ALL POSSIBLE....

I'll also be sending out individual e-mails to those who have shown interest thus far....talk to you soon

Pat

Buckda posted 04-26-2004 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My vote is for May 15 & 16.

I cannot guarantee attendance at either, but will be more likely to be in attendance on this earlier weekend than on the later weekend.

Vote away!

Thanks Pat, for coordinating.

How do you want to handle payment for your buddy's place? Cash on arrival?

Dave

djahncke posted 04-26-2004 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Well Pat, since your crystal ball is saying that May 21-24 will have better weather I will throw my hat in for that weekend. It will be just me piloting solo in my Dauntless 17.

-Don

Ventura16 posted 04-27-2004 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I'm not going to be able to make this one, guys. Aside from my scheduling conflicts, I just sold my Ventura and am in the middle of buying and repowering a 1999 Outrage 18. At this point, I don't think it (or I) will be ready to go before Memorial Day weekend. Have a great time...I'm really jealous...I'll try to meet up with all of you at other times/events this summer.

Tom

home Aside posted 04-27-2004 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hi Guys,
Based of replies I've received thus far, and the previous list of interested parties, this is how it stands,

Homeaside / Pat / Montauk 17 / either weekend / crew 2
Andy Holmes / ?
Kingfish / John ? No
Cicada / Paul / May 22 weekend / crew 2
dfMcintyre / May 14-16 weekend
Ventura16 / Tom / No
djahncke / Don / preference May 15 / crew 1
buckda / Dave / May 14-16 weekend
sportroyalwulf / ?

as it stands looks like the May 14-16 weekend is ahead in the voting, I know djahncke (Don) stated earlier he liked the weekend of May 15th better, and on his last post stated he would sign on for the weekend of May 21, so with the Majority thus far leaning toward the May 14-16 weekend I'm hoping Don can still make the change to May 14 weekend. I also believe Cicada (Paul) stated he was available either weekend with a preference to May 22 weekend, I'll have to recontact Don and Cicada (Paul) to double check their availability. Still waiting to hear from Andy Holmes & Sportroyalwulf. Don & Paul...let me know when you see this post...

Pat

dfmcintyre posted 04-27-2004 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Pat -

The 15th is still workable.

Don

djahncke posted 04-27-2004 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Pat,

The 15th is also do able for me. I hope we have some good weather. I was surprised to see the snow this morning.

-Don

kingfish posted 04-27-2004 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Pat-

Really sorry I can't make it, and as such I won't confuse things by casting a vote. I know you guys will have a great time, and we'll just have to get together later in the season.

Have fun-

John

home Aside posted 04-28-2004 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
update time !

List as it stands now
Homeaside / Pat / Montauk 17 / crew 2 / May 14-16
Andy Holmes / ?
Kingfish / John / Can't make it
Cicada / Paul / May 22-24
dfmcintyre / Don / May 14-16
Ventura16 / Tom / can't make it
djahncke / Don / May 14-16
buckda / Dave / May 14-16
sportroyalwulf / ?

As it stands now, I am changing my preference from either weekend (Original Pref May 22-24) to May 14-16 weekend. So as of now we have 4 Whalers for that weekend.

I've been in contact via e-mail with Andy Holmes and he's been out of town and will get back with us, Andy lives within about 65 miles of St. Ignace.

Also I'm waiting to hear back from Cicada and as I recall he could consider either weekend with a preference to May 22 so we'll see what happens with Paul.

I think it's exciting that we have a possibility of 6 Whalers in our fleet for this season opener. I also would like to hear from anyone from the ContinuousWave who can give advice / ideas we might consider for this rendezvous. I know common sense prevails for me in preparing, as it does for all of us I'm sure, but any input would be appreciated. THIS IS MY FIRST ON WATER RENDEZVOUS !!

Thanks,
Pat

Andy Holmes posted 04-29-2004 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
I probably can't make it for May 14-16 as my wife and I will be on Mackinac Island that weekend. If I bring the boat along, I'll try to hook up. The other weekend is still up in the air, so don't change the date for me. I will keep you posted as it gets closer.
Cicada posted 05-01-2004 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Sorry I didn't get back on this sooner. Things have been very busy. Looks like I can't make the May 14-16 week end. Some unavoidable business commitments.

I would have liked to meet some of the other people from the site and see their boats. Maybe a little later in the season or some impromptu hook ups. I know you'll have a great time.

Paul

Buckda posted 05-02-2004 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My situation has changed also, and I am flexible to make it for either weekend we can have the most people on board.

Best regards!

Dave

home Aside posted 05-02-2004 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Well Fellow Whalers....
the final count is as follows with the weekend of MAY 14-16 being the choice of most of the interested parties... SO MAY 14-16 IT IS !!!!!

Homeaside / Pat/ Montauk 17 / May 14-16
Andy Holmes / Andy/ can't make rendezvous but will be on
Mackinac Island W/Wife & might meet up
with us If possible....
dfmcintyre / Don / May 14-16
Djahncke / Don / May 14-16
Buckda / Dave / May 14-16
Sportroyalwulf / Jim / Sport 150 / May 14-16 still making
arrangements / crew 2
Jimh / Jim / is checking schedule and contmeplating making
the rendezvous, will keep s posted

Cicada / Kingfish / Ventura 16 can't make it...

So we now have four Whalers who can make the rendezvous. With a possiblity of 6 or 7 Whalers depending on Andy and Sportroyalwulf final decision. So I have locked in the Weekend of May 14-16 at my friends 5 bedroom / 2 bath vacation rental, I will be re-sending my previous lengthy e-mail to all again...Please reply with the type/size Whaler you have and the number in your crew....I will be gone (on & Off) most of this week, and will reply and make additional posts when I can....Also send ideas re: meals / equipment / etc....thanks

Pat

Buckda posted 05-03-2004 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
1989 15' Sport GLS with 70 HP Evinrude

1-2 Crew members (including the captain)

VERY interested to compare with the new 150 Sport.

See you guys up there!

home Aside posted 05-06-2004 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Latest Update...

Sportroyalwulf / Jim / 150 sport gls / Can't make it.....so the Fleet stands as follows

Homeaside / Pat / Montauk17 / crew 2
dfmcintyre / Don /
djahncke / Don / Dauntless 17 / crew 1
Buckda / Dave / 15 Sport GLS

Possibilities:

Andy Holmes and wife will be on Mackinac Island during the weekend and Andy may try and hook up with us.

Jimh is still checking his schedule and getting his boat out of winter storage and also is a possibility.

I have been out of town all week and just came back in last night...I'm heading back out of town this morning until Sunday evening. I'll be posting / sending directions to the house in St. Ignace when I get back. It's very easy to find...If all participants would please take the time to send e-mails to all other participants with their individual home, cell phone numbers, and departure times for St. Ignace I would appreciate it. It will make it easier for us to stay in contact on the way up to St. Ignace, and to set up a time schedule, etc. Also post any ideas re: food, equip, etc, talk to you soon....

Pat Henahan

Buckda posted 05-06-2004 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My crew will include 2 - me and another.

I suggest we cruise over to the Les Cheneaux Islands on Saturday, have dinner at Hessel or Cedarville and cruise back in the evening for a dusk cruise under the bridge - then perhaps cruise out to Mackinac Island for Sunday morning brunch?

Thoughts?

home Aside posted 05-07-2004 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Buckda, Jahncke, dfmcintyre....
I just got back from out of town....will be heading out for the weekend shortly....Port Huron for a Hockey Tournament.....

Don.....I plan on driving up to Lewiston on Thursday evening and leaving relatively early from Lewiston probably 80+/- Miles from St. Ignace. I hope to get there before noon so I can get some boating in on Friday....So if you have a particular time you think you'll arrive let me know how far you are from St. Ignace etc, and I'll try to coordinate my arrival with yours....we can assist each other with launching moving vehicles etc. Some of us might want to park veh / trailer in Marina lot. If they want to we can shuttle back & forth to the boats in my truck and I'll just leave my trailer in the driveway/garage at the house. I'll be posting directions soon (to your e-mails)...It's very easy to find, but I have to double check a couple of street names and landmarks(motel name) with my friend.

Dave.....your ideas sound great to me.....I'd like to spend as much time on the water as possible.....

I'm still waiting to hear back from Don McIntyre regarding his travel/arrival time so Ill let you know about his plans asap...

Also don't forget to send emails to all our participants with your cell phone numbers so we can make contact with each other on the way up if necessary.....I'll also be sending the phone number for the vacation rental as soon as I get it. Also waiting to hear from Jimh as to his possible attendance.....talk to you all soon....

Pat Henahan

Buckda posted 05-09-2004 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Just an FYI for those of us coming from points well south in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

While the weather here in Chicago today will top out around 85 degrees, the water up there is still going to be very cold.

This trip will call for either canvas, if you've got it, or warm clothes (including gloves - nothing like gripping that cold stainless steel wheel with bare hands on a cold morning!).

This area is the birthplace of my passion for boating, and I've been up there around memorial day when there was still snowdrifts laying around in the shaded areas.

The National Data Bouy Center bouy out in Northern Lake Huron lists the water temperature as 36 degrees and the current air temperature (from this morning) at 38 degrees.

Officially at St. Ignace it is 47 degrees (it's currently 73 in Chicago), and it "feels like" 37. Saturday and Sunday's forecast are for 54 and 52 degrees, respectively, but sunny.

Please keep this in mind as we will likely spend a lot of time on the water...it's more important that you prepare your "crew" as they may not be as accustomed or come as prepared as you are.

Still looking forward to it, and digging out my ski goggles! :) My point is just that it is still very early in the season up there. In a lot of ways, this is the best time for boating because there won't be many others around.

See you guys late on Friday night/Saturday morning.


home Aside posted 05-11-2004 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Djahncke, dfmcintyre, buckda, andy holmes, and jimh,

You have e-mail....

Time is getting close, we have four Whalers for the Season Opener at St. Ignace, with additional possibilities of Andy Holmes as a Stowaway somewhere along the line and Jimh if his schedule and progress getting his Whaler out of storage allows.....don't forget Andy & Jimh some of the best trips are the last minute ones.... flying (or boating) by the seat of your pants.....see you in St. Ignace

Pat Henahan

Cicada posted 05-12-2004 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Home Aside et. al.

Have a great time at St. Ignace. I'm envious.

Take some pictures.

Paul

TomG posted 05-17-2004 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Are you guys back? Was it fun? Now that's a stupid question. ;-)

I finally got the new boat in the water yesterday...I plan to be ready for the next one.

How about a full report?

Tom (formerly Ventura16)

home Aside posted 05-17-2004 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All.....PART ONE
I just got done putting the Montauk back in the garage.....home safe and sound after the Great St. Ignace Season Opener Rendezvous....I know Buckda probably got back to Chicago very late last night, and Don Jahncke probably got home at a more reasonable time last night....I left St. Ignace about 4:45PM Sunday afternoon and spent the night at my parents in Lewiston, Mi last night and came the rest of the way home today....
I think we'll be hearing from Buckda and Djahncke regarding their opinions of the rendezvous....but I think I can speak for them that our St. Ignace Rendezvous, although small in numbers (myself, Don Jahncke, Buckda, and Buckda's friend Mark) and with a few minor problems, was an unequivical success....
I had originally planned on leaving Thursday, spending the night at my parents and being in St. Ignace around 10:00am on Friday....a small detail....My 82 Evinrude wouldn't start when I put the hose and earmuffs on it Thursday afternoon in leiu of a shakedown cruise. I went over everything I could think of cure the problem to no availe...I had power for my power trim/tilt, lights, etc, but the engine would not crank...Don McIntyre who was unable to attend the rendezvous was there in spirit helping me trouble shoot my problem.....many thanks Don.....Finally I called Northwestern Boats in Southfield at 6:00PM and the guy answered the phone just before he closed up for the day. I told him my problem and without a hestiation he walked me through locating an in line fuse near the engine head he thought was the problem.....he was right....after five hours of playing with it I was good to go...I opted to get up at 4:00am Friday morning hooked up the boat, packed, and was in St. Ignace at 11:00am. Djahncke was in St. Ignace around 1:30PM. It was a steady rain from Gaylord to St. Ignace which continued all day and into the night
Don and I went to the Marina and they put us along the wall seeing as we didn't need water or power @ $11.00 a day. We then assisted each other getting my Montauk and Don's Dauntless 17 in the water, working in a light rain. We were the third and fourth boats in the Marina.
When the rain slowed down in the late afternoon Don and I decided to go for a ride out to the Mackinac Bridge....thankfully Don had his canvas set up on the Dauntless, so we took his boat. We got out and it was quite a ride, the wind kicked up, with some pretty hearty whitecaps and chop, the rain hurt visibility through the front windshield portion of his canvas set but we hung in there and got our viewing cruise in and got back to the marina, the wind really kicked up, turning Don's canvas set into a SAIL, making it almost impossible to manuver the Dauntless 17 at the slow speed required in the marina. We finally walked it in using dock lines. As We were heading back to the House at around 8:30PM - 9:00PM we could see a hint of clear skies to the west.
Buckda and his friend Mark arrived at about 2:45AM Saturday morning, unpacked and left the Intrepid Explorer on the trailer in front of the house for the night. In the morning we all got better aquainted over coffee at the house and breakfast at a nearby restaurant. The weather in the morning was how shall I say Mostly/Partly Cloudy. All during the planning of this rendezvous I was unaware of Buckda's close ties to Michigan, The U.P., and especially the Les Cheneaux Islands. We were in for a treat....We decided to spend Saturday making the run across to the Les Cheneaux's, cruise the islands, make a stop in Hessel and Cedarville, have a late lunch, and then head back to St. Ignace and an evening run out to the Mackinac Bridge to see the sunset.
While getting the Intrepid Explorer ready on the trailer at the house Buckda discovered a battery problem, luckily (actually let's be blunt...due to being relatively anal about taking almost everything I own on trips) I had brought a battery Charger and we were able to get Buckda's battery charged while we had breakfast.
While Buckda finished putting the Intepid Explorer back together, Don & I went down to the Marina and finished our preparations. Don and I then met Buckda and Mark as they left dropped IE into the water and left the ramp area...it soon became evident that Buckda was having problems at low rpm's believed to be attributalbe to the double oil / gas used in the breakin of his newly rebuilt Evinrude 70. We were soon on our way cutting N/E across the bay past the N/W end of Mackinac Island with Buckda navigating, leading the way, announcing many points of interest (tour guide) based on his years spent in the Les Cheneaux Islands as a child and young man.
Djahncke had dropped his canvas, Buckda's Interepid Explorer proudly sported it's new forward shelter set, and I sported my wool watch cap and wool fingerless gloves behind the center console of my canvasless Montauk as we made our way N/E with the wind in our face in now mostly sunny skies. It was truly a beautiful day.

TO BE CONTINUED !!!

Buckda posted 05-17-2004 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
This is out of chronological order, but I wrote it thinking that Pat would cover the rest of Saturday….so hopefully he’ll pick that up and finish his narrative, but for now, let’s jump to Sunday:

Sunday Morning:

After much speculation on the new boat that JimH will be buying the night before, we all got to sleep sometime around midnight on Saturday. On Sunday, the day broke bright and early. Due to my body clock operating on “Central Time”, I was the last one out of bed at about 8:00 am local.

After a quick review of the local yellow pages (book is less than ¼ inch thick), we realized that no numbers for Mackinac Island restaurants or hotels were listed.

Be that as it may, it was a beautiful day, with brilliant sunshine and very light to calm wind conditions so we set out to seek brunch on the Island.

Because of the challenge I was having operating my motor at idle (I believe it is due to the carb jets fouling due to the double oil regimen required from the break-in period after the winter rebuild for my motor), we set off two to a boat in Don’s Dauntless and the HomeAside.

(A brief aside about the Home Aside: After hailing Pat on the radio several times on Saturday, I became rather self-conscious that it sounded like I was reporting a crime rather than hailing a fellow boater (“Homeaside, homeaside, homeaside….this is the Intrepid Explorer, over”)… Turns out Pat used to be a homicide detective…leading to the “aha” moment and it all making sense….)

Our intention was to hail the Mackinac Island Harbormaster on VHF to request slips for the morning. After a beautiful, calm cruise across the straits of Mackinac, we entered the charming little harbor at Mackinac Island, with beautiful Victorian houses on the hillside and the Grand Hotel’s grand porch (the longest in the world) guarding the bluff.

(Did you know that Mackinac Island is rated as one of the 5 best islands in the world, according to Conde Nast Traveler?)

It turns out that the harbor does not even officially open until Memorial Day weekend, however most of the attractions on the island are available and crowd-free at this early date. We pulled into slips 70 and 71, right along the park in front of Fort Mackinac and entered town.

We took a leisurely stroll along the main street in search of a qualified restaurant and found that our first choice, with a patio and views of the Mackinac Bridge did not open for another weekend (though there WERE people in there….we’re not sure how they got in there though). Our second choice did not dissapoint; a $6.99 all you can eat special spread at Patrick Sinclair’s. The cheddar scrambled eggs were cooked to a fluffy, dry consistency and the homemade waffles were rumored to be excellent (Check with Pat on this one).

Mark and I wanted to hit the road for Chicago by early afternoon, so we decided to depart and make our way back to St. Ignace.

After avoiding the sudden rush of ferries bringing people to the island, we made our way past the round island light and then doubled back toward Mackinac Island to admire the houses along the bluff to our starboard, and the mighty Mackinac Bridge (a 5-mile long, graceful suspension bridge that carries Interstate 75 from Michigan’s lower peninsula to the upper peninsula). You could see the trucks creeping along at the posted 40 MPH limit across the 150-foot high road deck.

We made our way to the West side of the island, and turned to the harbor at St. Ignace.

By this time, the gentle winds had kicked up to a steady blow, and while the skies were still true blue, the tips of the short, choppy windswept waves were just beginning to show white. We kicked the pace up a notch and ran in to the Harbor at St. Ignace where we loaded up the boats and headed back to the house.

While Don and Pat loaded their boats on the trailers, Mark and I cleaned up the house, took down the forward shelter, set the mooring cover for the trailer ride, and packed the Explorer.

We all said our goodbyes and squared up the costs for the house and were on our way home by 3:45 Michigan time (2:45 Central time).

The weather was beautiful and truly exceptional for this time of year.

As usual, it was great to meet other Whaler lovers and catch up with old friends. I came in to a new job this morning, and everyone asked if I had gone to Florida for the week (my face is that tan!). What a fun and beautiful trip.

Special notes:
The forward shelter on the Intrepid Explorer was finished just in time for this event. Without it, I am confident that I would have froze to the steering wheel in the cool lake breeze (water temperature was between 44 and 46 degrees….49 in the Les Cheneaux Islands). While it held up admirably even in a stiff cross breeze, it is clear that I will have to make a few tweaks to make this shelter fully functional. Otherwise, it performs admirably, and while it looks unique and drew some puzzled looks from passing boaters, I believe it maintains the original Whaler look and feel (but it does resemble a Menemsha now). When the deck insert is finished, this shelter will provide PLENTY of room for sleeping aboard, and should be a fine and functional adjustment until I can afford a larger Whaler.

The water is up approximately 4-5 inches from last year, however shoals are still much more pronounced than they have been in the past.


Cicada posted 05-18-2004 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Sounds like everybody had a good time. Hope to see some photos.

Paul

home Aside posted 05-19-2004 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
PART TWO: THE GREAT ST. IGNACE RENDEZVOUS SEASON OPENER!

As I said it was a beautiful day, now turning into a mostly sunny day. We made our way toward Hessel, Mi which is approximately 28 miles by road from St. Ignace. I will defer to Buckda's GPS logs regarding the number of miles via water, I would guess it is approximately 20 miles.
We had called earlier and found out that the gas pumps at Hessel Harbor closed at 1:00PM on Saturday. Unfortunately we arrived too late for Buckda to fuel IE, fortunately in addition to the two 12 gallon fuel tanks in Home Aside, I carried an extra 6 gallon can of fuel mix which we used to top up IE's tank. Due to the low speed / idle problems Buckda was experiencing with IE he opted to stay out in the harbor and tinker with his newly rebuild Evinrude 70 while Djahncke and I docked at the marina docks.
Don and I docked and walked over to E.J. Mertaugh Boat Works, a well known local Boston Whaler, Evinrude, and Mercury Dealer which has been in business since 1925, having survived many years of business and the economy of Michigan's Upper Penninsula. Unfortunately again, it also was closed. I was disappointed that I was unable to visit this well known business, and I had hoped to stock up on the illusive 20A 301 32V in line fuse that had almost dry docked Home Aside while preparing to attend this rendezvous.
To me this is a must see location for boaters in this area...it is a classic old business in a classic old building, in a classic old boating area...If you could look up the definition of "Classic Boston Whaler Dealer" in Webster's Dictionary there would probably be a picture of E.J. Mertaugh Boat Works next to the definition. There were some new Whaler's docked at Mertaugh's, in particular a 190 Nantucket and an 18' Dauntless with full canvas up. I liked the looks and size of the Nantucket....it would have been fun to take it for a sea trial if they had been open.
Don and I then made our way back to the Harbor, met up with Buckda and Mark and were on our way east through the islands toward Cedarville, Mi approximately four miles east of Hessel by road.
A short sidebar....Although many ContinuousWave participants are at different rendezvous'and locations during the summer, In August there is an in water Antique Wooden Boat Show at Hessel, Mi....It is a lot of fun....A few years ago I went to the show in my Montauk, anchored in the harbor, and caught a ride from one of the many 11'-13' Whalers which local young entrepenuers(?) had turned into water taxis hanging their TAXI signs from the bow rails and charging $1.00 for the one way trip to shore and of course $1.00 for the return trip.
We made our way through the Islands, many of which are only accessible via boat. I will defer again to Buckda and his knowledge of the Island names, their history, and informative stories based on his many years spent, residing, learning seamanship, and cruising these Islands.
Ironically, while cruising the area of Hill Island and Island 8 which are accessible by bridge from the mainland, Buckda related that this is where his grandparents and parents had summer homes which is where he spent summers learning seamanship and exploring the area. I told Buckda about a friend who ownes a house on the water on Hill Island. After describing my friends summer house, Buckda said he believed my friends home was next door to his Grandfather Avey's home. When we finally got there, in fact my friends house is right next door to Buckda's late grandfathers summer home....it is a small world.
We saw many Boston Whalers, mostly Classics, during our cruise of the islands, I remember later in the day wishing I would have kept count of the number of whalers as well as different models we saw. This is really a Whaler haven
During this part of the day we hit some calm water in a channel between the islands and seeing as Home Aside does not have a speedometer I was able for the first time to check it's speed via a newly acquired Garmin portable GPS...40.7 MPH with approx 20 gallons of gas, equipment and one person into the wind.

To be Continued: On to Cedarville.....

jimh posted 05-20-2004 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Yes, Yes, we must have pictures. Where were those digital cameras?

Sorry I missed it, but we did not get the boat from storage until mid-morning on Saturday, which down here was cool and overcast. I was wondering what the weather was like at Mackinac Island. Sunday was a beautiful day, but by then I had the boat torn apart and barely got her back together by 9 p.m.

I still have not passed under the beautiful Mackinaw Bridge in a Boston Whaler, and it appears I have missed the chance again--darn it!

A courageous effort and certainly the earliest "up north" rendezvous in history!

Buckda posted 05-24-2004 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Unfortunately, I left my digital camera in the truck on Saturday for the trip to Les Cheneaux, and again on Sunday for the trip to Mackinac. One of our guys took cameras with his phone (?!) but I haven't seen these yet.

Here are some from Saturday evening when we took a cruise under the bridge at Sunset.

Here's Pat and the Home Aside:
http://img72.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boston%20Whaler/P5160029.jpg

Pat and the Home Aside crossing into Lake Michigan:
http://img72.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boston%20Whaler/P5160012.jpg

Me and the Bridge (it was chilly!)
<img src=http://img72.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boston%20Whaler/P5160002.jpg>
http://img72.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boston%20Whaler/P5160002.jpg

More of Don's Dauntless 17 on the way.

Dave

Buckda posted 05-24-2004 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
This is the best one of Don's Dauntless....it's not that great, so I apologize for the quality in advance....
You can tell the water was c-c-c-cold!

Dave

http://img72.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boston%20Whaler/P5160007.jpg

Buckda posted 05-24-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Sorry for the multiple posts....one final one:

Pat and the Home Aside again....

http://img72.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boston%20Whaler/P5160010.jpg

djahncke posted 05-24-2004 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Dave, thanks for posting the pictures.

If you aren't happy with the picture quality there is only one way to get better pictures. That is to go back and do it again!

Maybe, if you make to the Mullet Lake Rendezvous we can get some more shots. Do you think the new job will allow you to make Mullet?

-Don

home Aside posted 05-24-2004 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Dave....
Thanks for posting the pictures......at least you remembered to bring a camera at all....that's more than I can say....I forgot the point & shoot and then kept forgeting to pickup a throw-away camera....again when you get in touch with Mark post his pictures for us... AND NOW

PART THREE: On to Cedarville....

We made our way to Cedarville and once we made it into the harbor Djahncke towed Dave's IE into the dock.....by this time Dave was getting a little frustrated with his low speed/idle problem. We all tied up and headed for a late lunch at about 3:00PM.
There were a couple of other boaters around the dock area, mostly fishing parties. It still being relatively early in the season there weren't too many places open to eat. We ended up having burger's and fries at a local diner, and watched a little bit of the hockey game on TV.......being a diehard Red Wings Fan I don't even remember what teams were playing...
After lunch we got back to the boats and headed back west through the Les Cheneaux's toward St. Ignace. After breaking out of the Islands to open water & cloudless skies we were running into the wind, with a bit of chop but nothing too serious. On the return trip we cut out around the N/E end of Mackinac Island and then around the south and into the harbor.
It was now around 5:30PM or so and there was a lot of ferry traffic in and out of the harbor resulting in some good size rollers in the otherwise calm harbor. Even though I was at No-Wake speed it wasn't long before I got into a couple of close together rollers and buried my bow into one.....it didn't take long for the bilge pump to pump out the few gallons of water. We continued our cruise around the harbor and into the marina area, and then headed for St. Ignace.
We got back to St. Ignace and Dave decided to pull the IE out on it's trailer so he headed for the ramp while Don and I docked back at the marina. We all headed back to the house for a break and to make plans for the evening cruise to the Mackinac Bridge and hopefully some photo's of a nice sunset beyond the bridge.
Unfortunatley, lunch didn't agree with Mark and he decided to forego the trip to the "Mighty Mac Photo Shoot". Prior to making our evening cruise we went down the street from our house to the end of S. State St and took in the view from there....to the right is a beautiful view of the Mackinac Bridge and to the left Mackinac Island.
We then made our way to the Marina...Dave decided to leave IE on the trailer and piloted Home Aside out toward the Bridge with Don's Dauntless at our side.
The wind kicked up as did the waves as we made it out toward the bridge. Dave took some pictures of Don's Dauntless and then transferred from Home Aside to Don's Dauntless and shot some photo's of Home Aside. After the photo Op we cruised west under the bridge into Lake Michigan. After viewing the bridge from the West we headed back under. There we slowed up and viewed a West bound freighter as it went under the bridge.
I was about 75 yards from Don's Dauntless when I observed a U.S. Coast Guard vessel approximatley a 25-27 foot orange inflatable with aluminum pilothouse sporting a couple of 250 Honda 4 strokes (maybe they were 200's) hell bent for destruction heading straight at me. I cut back to an idle thinking they were going to stop me. I was standing at my helm wearing a USCG approved orange type 1 vest as I waved at them. They blew right by me without even batting an eye and headed toward Don's Dauntless to check out the two shady characters seated on board. I will defer to Don and Dave as to what exactly was said, but the one Coastie slid open the pilothouse window and asked what they were doing. Don and Dave explained our photo op activity, and the Coastie explained about heightened Security around the Bridge, Homeland Security, etc, and off they went as fast as they came in.
We then headed back to The Marina and put the Whalers to bed for the night. By this time Mark was feeling well enough to join us for dinner at a local restaurant and was even brave enough to consume the Spaghetti, Lasagna, Fettucini Special...Mark must have learned those recovery skills during his 8 year hitch with the Marine Corps and those survival skills training schools.
Later back at the house as Dave previously posted we chewed the fat, checked out Dave's pictures on his Laptop, and tried to figure out what Whaler model would next be in Jimh's ownership. We all slept pretty good Saturday night.
We got up Sunday morning and discussed Whaler subject matter over coffee. Attempts to call the Mackinac Island Harbormaster and get information on Docking went unanswered. Again due to his engine problems Buckda decided to leave IE on the trailer and He and Mark each joined Dave & I on our Whalers for the cruise to Mackinac Island for Brunch. As Buckda stated It was a beautiful morning cruise, we entered the harbor marina and docked right up front, we then walked over to the harbormaster office and found it closed. A fellow aboard a nearby Cabin Cruiser advised us they weren't open and we would be just fine docked where we were.
We walked around Main Street for a while and then had Brunch at Patrick Sinlair's....it was a very good meal. After Brunch we cruised out of the harbor and down the west side of the island to view some of the Victorian Homes on the bluff as well as the Grand Hotel. Then it was back to the Marina. Don and I assisted each other jockeying vehicles, trailers, and Whalers, While Buckda and Mark got their things ready, it wasn't long before it was time to settle up our rent, say goodbye, and head for home.
I for one had a great time and Home Aside performed flawlessly, more than once it was brought up that we should make this a traditional Season Opener Rendezvous.....I would sure like to see that happen.....
One last "it's a small world comment" from Saturday which I initially forgot to mention earlier....A young lady employed at the St. Ignace Marina talked with us Saturday morning...asking "Are you guy's going fishing ?, I said no we're a group of guys who own Boston Whaler's and we came up for a season opener cruise, we're going to head over to the Les Cheneaux Islands, Hessel and Cedaville....She said I live in Cedarville.....it was very nice over there when I left for work this morning, I own a Boston Whaler too..... Mine's a Temptation, I've never seen another one !!! I gave her the name of ContinuousWave.com and told her to check out the site, she asked if she might be able to find hard to find items for her Temptation on the sight and I said "I think you'll be surprised at what you will find on ContinuousWave.com.......I can hardly wait for the next Rendezvous.....which ever one it might be....Talk to you soon....and Dave & Don feel free to fill in any blanks I may have left....talk to you soon...

Pat

home Aside posted 05-27-2004 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello all...just one short epilogue regarding the Great St. Ignace Season Opener Rendezvous.....
On Sunday after brunch as we were motoring out of Mackinac Island Harbor. There was a lot of activity at Historic Fort Mackinac, which sits high above, overlooking the harbor, and included reinactments including costumes of the era. As we left the harbor the reinactment included firing the cannons which protected the harbor during days gone by. It was quite an experience seeing and hearing the cannons fired toward the harbor as we left. I radioed to Don and Dave in Dave's Dauntless and advised them that the first splash I saw, No-Wake Zone or not I was out of there !!! It was definitely another interesting part of our trip.....I'm definitely ready to pencil this one in again for the season opener next year....

Pat

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