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Morocco posted 01-15-2004 05:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for Morocco   Send Email to Morocco  
Who might be up for a get together in, say, June or July? I was thinking it might be fun to meet in Marina Del Rey and do a "Whaler Crossing" to Catalina, something like they do in Florida to the Bahamas (*sigh* I wish Catalina were like the Bahamas...) - Avalon or Two Harbors?

Maybe Schock Boats might want to get involved (they're the big, long time Whaler dealer...)

Who is up for it? We'd need to start planning pretty soon...

Mark

RJM posted 01-20-2004 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJM  Send Email to RJM     
Mark, I would like to do something like that, but right now I am trying to fit a Baja trip into that time frame along with the northern California rendezvous to the delta. I hope your trip happens; I will be looking forward to the dates. Bob
alanfujii posted 01-22-2004 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
I am just about to purchase a little Danutless 160. I would be very interested in going if I could go with a bunch of whalers since I wouldn't even consider going alone.
alanfujii posted 01-28-2004 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
Well, I bought the Dauntless and I'll have it dressed up and ready to go but no party.... Looks like you have to live up north to get more socially active whalers.
jmarlo posted 01-30-2004 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I'd be up to do Catalina. I've done it once, and it was fun but a little bumpy. I've got a 13', so your 16' is like a luxury liner compared to that.

Why wait until June or July? We should try and plan something earlier. Maybe we can spot some whales on the ride over.

jeep9221 posted 02-05-2004 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
I have crossed regularly (2 or 3 x per year for 15 years) in my 18' Outrage from Dana Point to Avalon then up towards Two Harbors for camping - 39 miles to Avalon. Huntington Harbor is also a good launch spot (quick harbor exit) and cuts the trip down considerably (especially to Two Harbors). I just picked up a 21' Outrage and re-powered it w/ a 225 HP - 4 stroke Yamaha. I am already scheduled to be @ Two Harbors for the weekend of July 10. Recommend staying away the weekend of July 4!

J.

ShrimpBurrito posted 02-08-2004 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
I'd be interested! I just moved down to Hermosa Beach.
alanfujii posted 02-08-2004 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
Hey Jeep9221,

Is campng off the beach permitted in Catalina? If so where exactly is that? Do I have to register with the ranger?

jeep9221 posted 02-11-2004 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
For camping info, go to www.scico.com/camping or you can call (310) 510-8368 or just go to google and put in "catalina camping."

Beware, many of the beaches are secured by private leases to yatch clubs (no reciprocal yatch club privledges)and camps. If you pick an "un-authorized" beach, you may be thrown off - I had the sheriff called on me once (didn't like that fact that I stopped on the beach w/ my BBQ).

Two types of camping - campgrounds and primitive boat-in only camping beaches.

Campgrounds - I recommend Two Harbors (port-a-poties, showers, running water) with good anchorage off the beach (east of the moorings) or end-ties for smaller boats are inside the moorings. It can be very windy here. Two harbors has food, a store, fuel, bar, dive shop, etc. Another good campground is Parsons Landing, but more primative with good beach (more swell exposure), nice kelp bed off the beach, and port-a-potties. With each campsite you get some fire wood and bottled water. Other campgrounds are on the island interior. Sites get reserved in advance by late spring.

Primative Boat-in-camping - is typically a beach (maybe rocky), no water, no facilities, no shade, and maybe even no picnic table. Their are 9 locations and you must have a potty on your boat to legally camp on these beaches, plus pay a fee to the range who patrols these beaches or in advance over the internet. More info and locations is at www.campingcatalinaisland.com. Some of these sites have only fair anchorage and you can get some wind & swell.

General Boat Camping - if you anchor offshore and do not interfere w/ moorings, you can camp anywhere along the island w/out paying a fee, so long as you stay aboard. My favorites are Long Point and The Crane.

I am at Two Harbors 7/10 - 7/14.

k2163 posted 02-12-2004 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for k2163  Send Email to k2163     
Looking for an 18' Outrage 80-90 in Southern CA.

funhog posted 02-13-2004 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for funhog  Send Email to funhog     
Sandiego bay is huge! Mission Bay is a short hop up the coast. These would be excellent rendezvous areas for a weekend get together. Plenty of hotels, camping, shopping, and freeway close. The weather can be down right crappy in early summer and I'd rather be in the middle of a destination resort town than in the middle of the Catalina Channel with a bitchy crew that's cold and wet. This way I can send them shoping or to a movie and still enjoy the comaradeie of my fellow whaler buds. Just a sugestion ..a qwick thought.I'm in regardless of were everyone decides.
ledfoot posted 02-17-2004 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
I would be interested in participating, though I no longer have a Whaler, I have a cool old 24' Blackfin with a tower. I could be the photo boat... I boat out of San Pedro/Long Beach. Only 19 miles to 2 harbors from San Pedro breakwater...12 miles to Avalon. There is a great launch ramp in Pedro at Cabrillo Beach.
-Jeff
ledfoot posted 02-17-2004 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
I meant to say 21 miles to Avalon.
Morocco posted 02-24-2004 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Morocco  Send Email to Morocco     
Wow. Looking at all that Catalina camping stuff has got me all excited - maybe we could reserve one of the larger sites like Cabrillo...(capacity 28 in four sub sites)
http://www.campingcatalinaisland.com/cabrillo.htm/g_cabrillo.htm

And do a weekend thing. People could come out either day for a crossing and stay over if they wanted.

Hmmm.

Has anyone stayed here? I would think the further into the summer the better, for weather as well as water temperature.

Cole posted 02-26-2004 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cole  Send Email to Cole     
Hey Guys-
I am most likely in...I'm in Huntington Beach and keep my Whaler in Alamitos Bay. Haven't made the crossing since I was 15 (18 years ago). And at that time I did it in my 15.

I'll keep checking back here for more details or feel free to drop me an e-mail when things start coming together

Chris (Cole)

jeep9221 posted 02-26-2004 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Carrillo Beach is a good flat spot to camp or to set up a base camp. It is a cobble beach w/ not too much excitement on the bottom (fishing, snorkeling) but you can find kelp a short distance to the west (towards 2 harbors). If the wind is blowing down the island it can be a bit bumpy for everyone, except the one or two boats tucked right up close to the Rock of Gibraltar. Protection is only modest.

It would be great if someone from one of the Orange County or LA Yacht clubs would offer one of their spots as a meeting place on either Saturday or Sunday. Some of the best spots are Button Shell (Balboa Yacht Club), Whites Landing and Moonstone. These areas have mooring cans (usually taken w/ the larger boats) but offer some shallow anchorage for a day-time event on shore w/ the boats close by. I am sure that these clubs would not want us overnight, but maybe a picnic spot easily accessible to all.

Another meeting place or "event" would be the Wrigley Marine Institute. They typically do a Saturday facility tour which includes by prior arrangement - swimming at their pier (just east of 2 harbors)with the leopard sharks, then they have a program where they feed the eels, followed by a movie about their facility and the island, a marine touch tank for the kids, hyperbaric chamber tour (if not in use). The only challenge is that they don't allow anchoring at or near their facility (it screws up their u/water experiments), so we might be allowed to raft up on a couple of moorings (w/ advanced arrangements). See their website for more info: wrigley.usc.edu

Lastly, there is a great sandy beach at 2 harbors camp ground (immediately left of the camp ground when viewed from the water) which is a good anchorage, with porta-pottys and fresh water nearby. This would be a good place to raft up, even if you are not camping here or are just in for the day. Nearby is 2 harbors (you can leave your boat anchored and walk)- which has a store, food service, fuel, and ice cream for those who are on a day trip or just packed light. This is a free anchorage area, which can sometime be windy due to the venturi effect at the isthmus, but is usually very flat water. You can also walk from here to the Wrigley Marine Institute - 3/4 mile hike.

jeep9221 posted 02-27-2004 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Another suggestion - for those traveling on smaller whalers - I used to put my small kids on Catalina Express, then follow it over (from Dana Point where the ramp and Catalina Express are adjacent). I would then ferry them up from Avalon to 2 Harbors in the lee of the island (the best part of the trip). To go ddirectly to 2 Harbors, you have to depart on Catalina Express from San Pedro (I am not familiar w/ the ramps in this area). There has not been regular ferry service between Avalon and 2 Harbors in the summer months.

The benefits of following Catalina Express - i) the comfort of your passengers, ii) an additional navigation system (they use auto-pilot), iii) a smoother ride - if you stick close behind, & iv) a relay to boost your hand-held radio signal if you get into trouble.

Anyway, this would be another benefit for making 2 Harbors a meeting place (regardless of where you camp) for those who want to meet up w/ family & friends.

alanfujii posted 02-29-2004 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
I'm in on whatever you guys settle with. Just set the date and location.
jeep9221 posted 03-01-2004 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Dates: I recommend meeting July 10

Location: Two Harbors Campground or anchor at the east end of the free anchorage area, just off the beach below the campground. Do a Whaler intro at the beach around 11:00 am - then go boat, dive, fish or just hang out.

I have camping reservations @ Two Harbors - 7/10 - 7/12 w/ a father/son camping group (so I do have to do some double duty) and continuing on through 7/12 - 7/14 my wife & boys (12 & 14).

Does that work???

alanfujii posted 03-02-2004 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
I fine with that weekend.
Jeep9221, do we need to make reservations now and if so exactly what campground do we specify if we wanted to make a group camping thing? I would be willing to prepare and bring the main course if we could get others to pitch in with the side dishes and drinks. I make a pretty good "Korean Bar-be-que" that I guarantee everyone will enjoy (I haven't had any complaints yet). We could have a sort of Beach bash Saturday night. This is just a thought.
Morocco, I don't want to step on any toes but was this what you were thinkng?
Also I would defintely want to meet with a group to go over to the island since it will probably be my first time in a small boat.
alanfujii posted 03-02-2004 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
Hey Jeep9221, I tried to reserve a campsite for that weekend on the Two Harbors online registration. I filled everything out including card info etc. When I go to submit it I get an error message with some reference to a "certain location". The problem is it doesn't highlight where I went wrong. Any help would be appreciated.
jeep9221 posted 03-02-2004 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Camping Location - Two Harbors (if you camp elsewhere on on-board we can still meet up at Two Harbors).

I recommend making camping reservations now - weekends fill up quickly. I also recommend calling (310) 510-8368 (TENT) for your reservation. I recall that campsites 1 - 7 are down near the beach level, the first tier is up a short hike (site #11, etc) then the next tier (site #15, etc.) - all are pretty good sites. Higher numbers are more removed from the beach, some have a better view - remember its a steep hill up. The reservation agent is usually very helpful. Post your camp-site after you make your reservation.

Food and festivities - hold off planning those until late May or June.

jeep9221 posted 04-02-2004 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Two Harbor Camping reservations reports that they still have some sites available for July 10 weekend - most of the prior summer weekends have sold out. Alternate camping is available at the boat-in camp sites.
peteinsf posted 04-08-2004 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Jeep,

Does "boat-in site" mean you're sleeping on your boat? Or is it a camp site w/boat parking. We normally sleep on the boat, not so say it wouldn't be nice to have a camp site also (not atop a big hill)

Pete

jeep9221 posted 04-09-2004 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
The "boat-in" sites are spots where you can go ashore and camp on the beach (some are sandy, most are rocky w/ a flat area(s) to camp). Some of these sites have picnic tables, but there are no other facilities or water. You have to have your own porta potty. The anchorage at these sites varies depending on wind & swell direction. If you sleep on your boat, and don't set up camp on the beach - there is no charge and you can camp on-board almost anywhere. Also, the "boat-in" sites are scattered up and down the island - none are too close to Two Harbors camping area - see previous dialogue to check out the web info. Two Harbors has level camping areas, porta poties, showers, & is close to town (food, drink, fuel). It is a great spot for those who can't sleep aboard or might be stuck on the beach awhile. The sandy beach makes a nice spot to meet up w/ other Whalers - we can do some boating expeditions from here (regardless of where you camp). The campsites always sell-out on summer weekends and weekdays - an advanced reservation is recommended (they are flexible w/ regard to cancelations).
Guy Winslow posted 04-13-2004 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Guy Winslow  Send Email to Guy Winslow     
I'm Interested, my E-mail is guynmary@comcast.net and nearest port is Oceanside Harbor.
jeep9221 posted 04-14-2004 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Better port for distance to Catalina is Dana Point. I think that the crossing is 39 miles to Avalon from Dana Point and about 50 miles from Oceanside. Dana Point has a nice ramp and parking facilities, though they do charge a launch and overnight fee. I have crossed many times in my 18 Outrage, and now my 21 Outrage.
Guy Winslow posted 04-14-2004 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Guy Winslow  Send Email to Guy Winslow     
Are the "cabin tents" at two harbors worth getting?
jeep9221 posted 04-16-2004 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Tent cabins are a wood floor w/ a tent and cots inside. I think that the premium is $40/night/site for the tent cabin. Most are further up the hill - if you have a tent, then I would say no. Just got off the phone w/ reservations at Two Harbors (310) 510-8368 - campground is almost full for the July 10/11 weekend.
jmarlo posted 04-20-2004 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I plan to attend for the day, and will cross over from Huntington Beach. Anyone want to accompany me would be appreciated, but its slow going in a 13. Please contact me by e-mail at jockm@hkclaw.com
jryan posted 04-23-2004 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jryan  Send Email to jryan     
Schock Boats is forming an Owner's Club. The first meeting will be on Saturday, May 15, at 8:30am. The meeting will be held at Schock Boats, 2900 Lafayette St. in Newport Beach.

Please RSVP, if you are interested. 949/673-2050, or schockboats@sbcglobal.net.

Jim Ryan

jeep9221 posted 04-23-2004 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Jim - are you affiliated w/ Shock or do you have a contact?

Could Shock Boats also promote this event - it would be a great way for all of us (wiht a common interest) to get better aquainted and Shock's new owner's club might get some additional membership boost. At least a posting on their bulletin board would be nice.

jryan posted 04-23-2004 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jryan  Send Email to jryan     
jeep

There are so many Whalers' in the area, it seems a shame not to have an Owner's Club. It should be a fun thing. The activities will be planned by the group and supported by Schock Boats. You should try to attend the meeting. I am employed by Schock, in sales. Hope to see you there.

Jim Ryan

whalerdave posted 04-24-2004 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdave  Send Email to whalerdave     
I have 67 16'5. I go over to Catalina almost every week for fishing or whale watching. Anyway you guys make a date and I will be up for it. If I might make a sugestion, it would best to go while there is june gloom, that most often meens calm seas. Also if there is an interest we could camp over night at one of the camp sites,or rent rooms in avalon. My e-mail is pisunyer@msn.com.
jeep9221 posted 04-26-2004 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
jryan - I will try to attend. The catalina trip on the weekend of July 10 might be a good chance for many of us to get better aquainted (even if it is not an official event).

whalerdave - the weekend is July 10. Because the campground typically sells out long before summer & not everyone can sleep on board we chose this location/weekend early so you could make a reservation in time. See the previous exchange of info for more details.

whalerdave posted 04-28-2004 12:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdave  Send Email to whalerdave     
If anyone is interested in going over to catalina for the day. I am always up for it,weather premiting. The whale watching is great this time of year. I saw a bunch of grays, and alot of dolphins. I am also set up for fishig. Two weeks ago I caught a 50 pound white sea bass. I often leave long beach around 12am catch squid with a light and am done fishing by 7am. I find the best fishing and whale watching is on the back side.
whalerdave posted 04-28-2004 12:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdave  Send Email to whalerdave     
If anyone is interested in going over to catalina for the day. I am always up for it,weather premiting. The whale watching is great this time of year. I saw a bunch of grays, and alot of dolphins. I am also set up for fishig. Two weeks ago I caught a 50 pound white sea bass. I often leave long beach around 12am catch squid with a light and am done fishing by 7am. I find the best fishing and whale watching is on the back side.
jeep9221 posted 06-05-2004 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
Just a reminder that we are planning an informal rendezvous at Two Harbors, Saturday July 10 - Little Fisherman's Cove (east end near the campground). I am traveling from Dana Point on Saturday morning, so I will probably show up around 11:30 am. Come for the day or the weekend to share your boat or a few boating stories.
Morocco posted 06-07-2004 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Morocco  Send Email to Morocco     
I'm going to try to make it -- out of MDR.

Work has been out of control, thanks to you guys for picking up and running with this.

jmarlo posted 06-14-2004 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Does anyone have the GPS coordinates for the Rendezvous spot?

Anyone wanting to travel from Huntington Beach please e-mail me. I plan to go just for the day.

SantaMonicaWhaler posted 06-16-2004 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for SantaMonicaWhaler  Send Email to SantaMonicaWhaler     
Morroco:
If I have the time to go over, I will be going from MDR. Let me know what time you will be leaving. I will be launching the boat that morning and heading over.
Mark
jeep9221 posted 06-17-2004 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
jmarlo - Don't have the GPS coordinates - suggest you head for ship rock and then head to the east end of the moorings - we are just east of that in a free anchorage area off the sandy beach know as little fishermans.
Jim N posted 06-22-2004 01:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jim N  Send Email to Jim N     
I am at the Isthmus regularly with my Skipjack 28 and 88 Montauk. My boys have been following the larger boat to the island for years, first in a 15 Whaler and now in the Montauk.
In front of the campground be prepared to anchor fore and aft along with the rest of the anchored boats. If you arive early and are less than 25 feet you can probaly pay for a spot on the string line just east of the pier and about four swim strokes off the beach.
If any of you are t the island the week leading up to th 4th of July or the weekend of July 18 stop by mooring J16A boat name Island Time.
I agree, its time for some Whaler cruises

Jim N

whalerdave posted 06-22-2004 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdave  Send Email to whalerdave     
I am looking forward to seeing all the Boston Whalers on 7/10/04, oh yes and their owners too.
33 deg 27.8 /118deg 29.5 .. is the coordatates for ship rock. The compass course from Long Beach is 210 deg. from the "south" end of the break water. I am leaving the ramp around 5:30-6:00am. I make the crossing all the time and find this to be the best time for sea conditions. People with smaller whalers may want to take this into consideration. I am going to out there cruising looking for fellow whalers. I can be reached on the radio by asking for Whaler Dave, and then changing to an agreed channel.
If anyone wants to leave the night before and go yellow fin, or sea bass fishing before meeting with the rest of the group I would be up for that.
jmarlo posted 07-07-2004 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
So how many folks anticipate attending? I hope to be there with my Revenge. I plan on leaving Huntington Harbor at 7:00am. If anyone wants to caravan over please let me know beforehand by e-mail or hail me on 16 "Marbella". I have to go to a wedding that evening so I will have to leave the island by Noon or so.
ShrimpBurrito posted 07-07-2004 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Although it would be alot of fun, I don't think I will be able to make it as I don't trust my engine to go that far. The clutch dog has been acting up again. I just don't understand it. I hope to be in better shape next year to make it.......a new engine or new boat.
jeep9221 posted 07-08-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
I am guessing only about 6 - but it should be a good start and maybe the start of an annual trip. I will be camping w/ a group in campsite 20/21 and we will have a hot BBQ if you are patient, I am sure you could through something on the grill. I plan to split my time between the campsite and my boat anchored off the beach. On Sunday we plan to head around Blue Cavern Point for a little snorkeling and cliff diving at "The Crane." We also have a tour lined up at Wrigley around noon on Sunday. If you have interest let me know - I am in the green accent 21' Outrage.

I plan to leave the ramp at Dana Point at 7:00 am on Sat.

jmarlo posted 07-09-2004 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I am not going to make the trip. Because I have to be back for a wedding, its a long way to go just for a couple of hours, although I am sure you guys will have fun.

Maybe next time we can plan a meet in one of our harbors, so the guys with the smaller boats can make it too.

Have a good time!

ShrimpBurrito posted 07-12-2004 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Any reports from the rendezvous this past weekend? Sure was beautiful weather......as usual.
jmarlo posted 07-15-2004 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
How did the rendezvous go?
jeep9221 posted 07-16-2004 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
The Rendezvous didn't exactly happen. I think we had 3 whalers in the cove - 2 revenge & 1 outrage, but we didn't connect. A second outrage was there on the string-line and I enjoyed meeting Mike and his family on the beach. We need to have an ice-breaker on the beach or something so we can all get together.

Otherwise the weekend was great - the water was 70 degrees w/ great visibility for diving and though it was a little windy at Two Harbors, we had sunshine every day! We had such a good time, we stayed until Wednesday and are going back for this weekend (Sat & Sun).

Should we try the same time and place next year???

jmarlo posted 07-19-2004 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I really would be interested in helping organize something...I would prefer it closer to home so that it does not have to be a weekend affair-more like an afternoon is what I am thinking.

As an option there is a spit of a beach in Newport Harbor that could accomodate up to 15-20 boats, and then more off of the back if needed. Also there is a very nice anchorage area that could accomodate unlimited boats side tied.

But a beach somewhere is, I think, a better idea (its easier to see each others boats and drink beer out of keg that way!). I volunteer to bring the keg on ice.

Any other ideas for a beach?

Why not sometime this September? Fortunately, the weather is good generally through October for this kind of thing.

Lets do it!

jmarlo posted 07-19-2004 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Forgot to add--saw lots Whalers returning from the Schock event this weekend. Saw three beautiful 27' Whalers all at once--looked like a small armada!
ShrimpBurrito posted 07-19-2004 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
I like jmarlo's idea. Easier to get to, especially for smaller boats like mine, or those without dependable engines (like mine), and easier to commit to. It would be nice to find a place to do a day gathering, but be desirable to spend the night there as well. The Pacific NW rendezvous is held at a place you can do that. Folks who want to spend the night can camp right near the beach.

Of course, this is California, land of people, so that's going to be much harder to do.

I visited Balboa Island a few years ago (while living in the NW), and noticed TONS of Whalers. Maybe we could round up a line of Whaler owners who own houses with beach property, and we could convince them to hold the party on that beach. Or something like that.........

jmarlo posted 07-22-2004 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I offer to take the "laboring oar" to organize a So. Cal Rendezvous. I suggest September 18, 2004 in Newport Harbor (altough I am open to other suggestions for locations at times). As mentioned before, there is a small beach within the harbor that could accomodate several boats, and would be a good place to meet. I would suggest a 11:00 tentative meeting time and plan to go through the afternoon. Thus, this would be a one day affair.

Anyone up for this?

bkloss posted 07-23-2004 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for bkloss  Send Email to bkloss     
Count me in. This one would be a little easier for me to get to, coming from San Diego, although I would have liked to have made it to Catalina.

Brian

jeep9221 posted 07-23-2004 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeep9221    
The "beach" you suggest - is that the one on the east side of the channel as you exit the harbor (Corona del Mar area)? Boat launch @ Newport Dunes?
jmarlo posted 07-23-2004 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
The beach I am suggesting is opposite Lido Island near the Lido bridge. I can e-mail a photo if anyone wants. Launch at the Dunes and motor over to the beach. I'll get GPS coordinates eventually.

This unfortunately is at the opposite end the harbor from the harbor entrance, i.e. about a 20-30 minute boatride to the harbor entrance if anyone is coming by sea.

jmarlo posted 08-26-2004 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
It appears that there is not much interest for Sept. 18. 2 or 3 boats does not make a rendezvous! Maybe we should shoot for next spring/summer. So, unless a good group commits, it looks like the 18th is off.

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