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newt posted 10-14-2003 03:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for newt   Send Email to newt  
Columbus day brought great boating weather to those of us in the Northeast, and I took full advantage. My friend was bringing his boat down to Rowely to haul out, so I offered to tag along and give him a lift home.

I launched at the Amesbury town ramp, motored down river (the Merrimack) to Newburyport, across Joppa Flatts, into Plum Island Basin, and up to the beach where I collected my friend and his extra fuel.

Back out at his mooring, we fueled him up, and untangled the mooring line wrapped around his sterndrive. We then headed back out across the flats, around Seal Island, under the Plum Island bridge, and south thru the Plum Island River. Following my friend posed somewhat of a problem, because his boat is a semi-displacement lobster boat style and he likes to cruise at around 12 mph in the tight channel. Without plowing, my Montauk likes 7 mph or less, but while up on plane, I have trouble below 15 mph. As a result, I had to slow down, let him get ahead, then jump on plane and catch up again. It actually gave me some good experience trying to stay up on plane at the slowest speed possible.

Back to our trip...We followed the Plum Island River south down into the Plum Island Sound, past the Parker river, to Middle Ground, and then into the Rowely River. We Navigated up the Rowely river (using the private nav aids) to Perley's Marina just beyond the railroad bridge.

We dropped his boat off, and backtracked home. The wind was blowing hard on the way home, and kicked up a little chop in Plum Island Sound, but the plum island river was nice and smooth and loads of fun. 30 mph while hugging the western bank of a winding tidal creek is Montauk heaven!

After 35 miles of travel in perfect weather, I brought the boat home and let the neighborhood kids help me wash it (Am I a good neighbor or what?). A good washing, a good flush, and half a can of fogging oil means my boating season is over.

What a day to end the year on!

John O posted 10-15-2003 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I am pulling out this weekend. I hope to catch one more day like you described.

I may take a slow cruise around Cape ANN

Bigshot posted 10-15-2003 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Boating season is just starting for me:)

Too damn hot in the summer, can't wait for Novemeber and high 70's.....yeah baby!

adaps4 posted 10-15-2003 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for adaps4  Send Email to adaps4     
Yeah Bigshot- and the Snook are starting to bite inshore, so that just makes it even better. Don't worry guys- we'll keep your boating dreams alive down here in Fla.
doobee posted 10-16-2003 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
I just got my engine running and I'm thinking of launching next week! Anybody for a Thanksgiving rendezvous on Martha's Vineyard?
Bigshot posted 10-16-2003 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
When I lived in NJ I would ride my motorcyle every Christmas day. I would go about a mile.....loose all feeling in my body and turn around and go home. One year we went out in my friends Robalo on one of those "warm" winter days(40ish) and it was nice until we got on plane.....man is the wind chill factor something else on the water.

PS In NJ my boat was launched in late March and pulled early November, I really pushed the season.

newt posted 10-16-2003 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
JohnO,

We have our own version of the ICW up here. I could get from the amesbury town ramp to Gloucester via the Merrimack River, Plum Island river, Plum Island sound, short hop across Ipswich Bay, into the Annisquam River/canal, and over to Gloucester. The only unprotected leg of that trip is between Plum Island sound and the Annisquam. Maybe next year?

John O posted 10-16-2003 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Newt, I am in
Hobie1981 posted 10-21-2003 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hey Newt:

Is the Amesbury Town ramp the one next to Larrys' Marina ? If so, you must have seen the Nauset tied up at the marina's work boat dock. She's mine. I just pulled her out last Wednesday, for a trip up to Sebago.

Burrrrr....


Just fogged the Yamaha 70 today, what a short season !!!

Hobie

newt posted 10-28-2003 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Hobie, sorry for the delayed response.

Yes, the Amesbury ramp is next to Larry's Marina. I will look for you next year. There are so many Whalers on that stretch of the Merrimack! I ride an '84 Montauk with new Mercury power and freshly Siken'ed teak. I also usually have 3-4 fishing rods showing (I don't know how to use 'em, just think it looks cool!). Maybe we will run into each other next season.

By the way, have you ever noticed the low profile Outrage tied up at the slip closest to the ramp? I believe it is the Harbormaster's.

Hobie1981 posted 10-28-2003 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Newt:

Hi, Are you referring to the OR with the 150 HP Mercury Omtimax.

If so, that's Larry's son's boat (Jim).

Very nice fellow, and a cool boat to boot.

I'm shopping around for a slip for next year, so I may or may not end up at Larrys. I really don't need all the amenities they offer.

That said, I was more than happy for the time that I was there this past year (Sept-October).

Hobie

tombro posted 11-04-2003 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Well, I pulled the plug on the short season I had (took delivery of the new 150 late July)on Saturday, Nov 1. I did, however, get to catch a bunch of bluefish, running out of Manasquan Inlet down to the Thunderbird, and Walsh's House. ?Bring back memories, BS?? Beautiful day on the ocean and a fitting end to the season. Will be up and running by my traditional St. Patty's day kickoff.
WhalerGoFar posted 11-04-2003 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
I just moved back to SW Florida and have spent more days on the water in the pass 30 days then I had gotton to do in South Georgia in the previous 6 months. It was no so much temp. , rather "wet" weather that kept me on the trailer in the backyard.

I know SW Florida was wet too, but even a rainy day here is pretty. I am looking foward to meeting up with lots of the guys I have met here on the CW site this weekend at Kice Island and many more geathers now I am closer to where the action is.

Being an avid diver, I hope to make it a year round season here to be on the water or under it.

Happy Whalering,

WhalerGoFar
Naples, Fl.

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