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djahncke posted 03-13-2004 11:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for djahncke   Send Email to djahncke  
For both of the past two summers some highly intelligent boaters with impeccable taste in boats (i.e. whalers) have gathered at my family's cottage on Mullett Lake to explore Michigan's Inland Waterway. It has always been a good time and some great boating for whalers of all sizes. Again, this summer I would like to extend an invitation for a third Mullett Lake rendezvous. The way the summer schedule is shaping up August would be the month of choice.

Anyone interested?

Buckda posted 03-13-2004 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Don -

Is Aloha State Park open this year?

I'm up for it for a short weekend trip (arrive Fri night and do an all day Saturday and 1/2 day Sunday trip).

We could do a lunch in Charlevoix and then run down for dinner in Indian River?

Sounds like fun.


Ventura16 posted 03-13-2004 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I'm in, Don. I was disappointed to miss last year, but we had such a great time the year before. Thanks for volunteering to host again.


djahncke posted 03-13-2004 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

I'm sure that Aloha will be open. As a matter of fact that has been our rendezvous point to start the weekend for the past two years. My cottage is on the opposite shore almost directly accross from Aloha.

The town at the start of the waterway is Cheboygan not Charlevoix. What we have done in the past is meet mid morning at Aloha and head down to Indian River. Eat an early lunch in Indian River and then move on to Burt Lake, Crooked River then Crooked Lake. After some time in Crooked Lake we return to Mullett. For dinner we could do a cookout at my place or run up the Cheboygan River for dinner.


Glad to hear you are game for this year. Hopefully everyone's schedule will have a mutually agreeable weekend.


Buckda posted 03-14-2004 01:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Don -

Yes, of course you're right.

For some reason, I always seem to confuse the two (Charlevoix and Cheboygan). I haven't yet figured out a nemonic to help me keep them straight.

Perhaps remembering that Sheboygan, WI is on Lake Michigan, and Cheboygan, MI is on Lake Huron will help....

Anyway...sounds perfect. Last May we camped at Burt Lake State Park and explored the entire waterway from Cheboygan all the way through crooked lake - what a great trip. Look forward to do it in warmer weather.


home Aside posted 03-14-2004 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Count me long as I can get the weekend off I'm game. Do you need to make reservations at Aloha State Park ? talk to you soon


dfmcintyre posted 03-14-2004 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Don -

Yes, I'd be interested. We're going to be on Manatoulin Island the weekends of the 13th throught the 22, so I'd lean towards a weekend later in August or maybe even the first weekend in September.

About six years ago, Gail and I, along with two other couples did the cruise (which, for those not familier with the region can be done in two days, comfortably) be going up Thursday evening, hitting the water early Friday morning @ Indian River and going north up as far as Cheyboygan for lunch and back. Had drinks at Hacmatack (sp?) Lodge that afternoon, and returned for a great dinner (by car).

Next morning did the route south to Crooked Lake, turned around loaded the boats and was back home by early evening, with another day to play on Sunday. Nice run.

Few years later did the same type of run on Elk, Torch and Clam Lakes.


djahncke posted 03-28-2004 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
OK, I finally got the cottage availability firmed up.

The open dates for a Mullett Lake Rendezvous are the weekends of August 14th , August 21st or August 28th. I'm willing to go with whichever weekend works for the most. So, everyone chime in with your preference.

Ventura16 posted 03-28-2004 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Any of the 3 weekends work for me, Don. But I do have a very slight preference for the weekend of August 14. Can't wait!


home Aside posted 03-28-2004 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I won't know for sure about time off in August until early July, but I would like to join in if possible, I'll keep an eye on the thread and also hope to see you in St. Ignace in too Tom....don't forget to post your preferences of whcih weekend...


TomG posted 05-17-2004 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I know you guys are just getting back from your St. Ignace trip, but I thought I would revive this thread so that we could lock in a date. Jan and I need to reserve vacation time soon, not to mention finding lodging, so let's try to decide.

Any of the 3 weekends in August...14th, 21st, 28th...will work for me. But if I had to choose, I would probably pick the weekend of the 21st at this point.

Tom (formerly Ventura16)

djahncke posted 05-19-2004 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Thanks for reviving the thread Tom, I was planning to do myself.

Anyway, while I'm still open as the which date I think that the 21st might work best for the most number of people. The North Channel rendezvous is earlier in August and I know several people are interested in both Mullett Lake and the North Channel. By doing the 21st they are not forced to choose.

What does everyone else think?

TomG posted 05-20-2004 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
The 21st works great for me.

BTW, I just checked availability at Aloha State Park for arrival on Friday, August 20th and departure on Sunday, August 22nd. There were plenty of campsites still least 25 or more.

But, as we know from previous years, they go very quickly now that the nice weather is here. So make your reservations early!


sportroyalwulf posted 05-21-2004 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
It appears that I missed a good time at the St. Ignace rendezvous. I am marking the Aug 21st date for Mullet Lake event and will do everything in my power to be at this one. One thing; does one have to have a mullet haircut to participate?
djahncke posted 05-24-2004 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

I hope you can make it for this rendezvous. The Inland Waterway we will be cruising is perfect for the smaller Whalers like your Sport 150.

Some of us with classic 15's would love to see your new model in action.


jeffs22outrage posted 05-27-2004 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Wow sounds like a great time. I would love to join in on that trip with my new boat. I know my dad would be up for it as well with his monauk. Aug 21 is our first big family reunion. Oh well next year.
djahncke posted 06-15-2004 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Now that good boating weather is here I expect people will be spending less time on the forum, I know I will. So, if we want to make this happen we need to start firming up our plans.

The current target is the weekend of August 21.

Who is still in?


sportroyalwulf posted 06-16-2004 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I am in for the 21st.
TomG posted 06-16-2004 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I am definitely in, Don. I already made a reservation at Aloha State Park. Let me know what I can do to help organize things.


home Aside posted 06-16-2004 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
As of now I'm in... just a formality waiting for final furlough dates to come out....I think I'm going to try for the hat trick....Lake Erie Whaler Fest, North Channel Rendezvous, and Mullet Lake Rendezvous......


home Aside posted 06-16-2004 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Don / Tom,
regarding Aloha State there dockage nearby the camp sites ? Tom, are you going to tent camp or have you rigged the Outrage for overnighting ? I know I probably don't have to ask but...Are Kids allowed ? Let me know.....


Royboy posted 06-16-2004 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
You can put me down as a tentative. Sounds like this may be a lot more in my league with a 130 Sport than Whaler fest on Erie or the NC, although I'm going to try and so at least part of that one.


TomG posted 06-16-2004 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Pat -

Kids are definitely allowed...Don's son accompanied us a couple of years ago and had a great time.

Aloha State Park has some campsites that are close to the launch which is a protected inlet. Lot's of people beach their boats on the shore and leave them overnight. The only problem is that the water is very "cedar-y" with lots of staining. We will probably pull the Outrage at night and re-launch on Sunday because I don't want the hull to get stained....picky, I know. We will be tent camping...we haven't got any provision for staying on the Outrage.


Royboy posted 06-27-2004 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I made our reservations at Aloha tonight for the 20th through the 22nd and the sites are going fast. All I could get was across the street from the boat basin (site 200). No idea if it will be possible to beach our Whaler within sight of the campsite, but we'll see. I can always pull it out each night and by the sound of it I might want to anyway due to tanin in the water.

Anyway, we're going up there to check out the inland waterway the week of 7/5/04, so I should be all schooled up come August. We're going to be staying at the Cheboygan State Park across Duncan Bay from the harbor. Anybody got any experince with Duncan bay? I thought we'd cruise up stream to Mullet lake from there and check out that leg of the waterway, and save the Burt Lake/Crooked Lake leg of it for August. Who knows though, we'll be playing it by ear and we may trailer down to one of the other lakes. We've got a week to do whatever we want, so we may end up just about anywhere. Have a Sisiter in Petosky and a Brother in Alpena, so we have goot water whichever way the wind blows!


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djahncke posted 06-29-2004 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

I will be up there at the same time maybe we can meet up.

I will keep an eye out for you. My main boat is a 17' Dauntless (simular to the current Ventura). I'm docked on the Northwest part of Mullet on Silver Beach. Our seawall is easy to spot as the only white concrete wall on that part of the lake.


Royboy posted 06-29-2004 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Thanks Don, I'll make it a point to try and find you. I'll also have my radio on scanning 68, 69, 71, 72, and 16. Keep your eyes peeled for a very little Whaler having very big fun. Call sign "Ichthus" (Ick-thoos).


TomG posted 06-29-2004 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I'm jealous...I won't be there until the rendezvous in August. We'll be spending the 4th in Ludington...hopefully the salmon will start biting. Have fun, you guys!


Royboy posted 06-29-2004 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
We'll be there in August too, pending the sale of our Michigan Speedway tickets for that weekend. I think I have them sold, but if anyone here knows sombody looking for great seats to the NASCAR race, let me know.


Royboy posted 07-15-2004 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Reluctantly returned from our Inland Waterway trip. We had a blast and cruised most of the Waterway, and even got to meet Don and his son and nephew. We cruised all the way from Lake Huron (Cheboygan) to about halfway up the Crooked river, although not all in one day. Saw lots of classic and newer Whalers all over the place, including what looked like a small rendevous of four small Whalers (15's and 17's) all tied up in a row at the Best Western Docks. No names on any of them though.

We camped at Cheboygan State Park, which is a lot more "wilderness" like, with some trees left between campsites. It's modern (meaning flush toilets and showers), but there are only 75 campsites. Several of them are right next to Lake Huron, although the shore is rocky near the camp. It's a short drive into Cheboygan (a couple miles), and maybe a fifteen minute drive to the DNR launch at the North end of Mullet. My wife didn't like the looks of Aloha due to the campersites being "right on top of each other" in her words. Anyway, we'll likely stay up there at Cheboygan again in August.

The trip from the mouth of the Cheboygan river is really cool, since you can launch basically in the shadow of the USCGC Mackinaw, a 290 foot ice breaker that's been stationed there since it was commisioned in 1944. We ran out into Lake Huron briefly, so we could see Mighty Mac, from our little 130 Sport and then beat it back in and cruised upstream past all the tugs and barges and through the locks.

We spent the week exploring and doing some fishing on Mullet and Burt lakes. The Indian River had the best wildlife and was very scenic. We expected the Crooked river to be somwhat the same, but there were boats ripping through it ala: James Bond and it was silted pretty badly, but we ran out of time to go all the way to Crooked Lake. As odd coincedence would have it, my sister is coming in from Alaska at the end of July and my family is heading up to Petosky for a mini reunion and plan to rent a pontoon on Crooked lake! Of course, we'll have to take our Whaler with us and check out what we missed of the Inland Waterway.

Now if I can just sell my NASCAR tickets for August, I'll be able to: a) go on this rendevous, and 2) buy a bimini top! Doesn't anyone know somebody looking for Great NASCAR tickets for Michigan in August? Help us out here.


sportroyalwulf posted 07-18-2004 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Can anyone reccomend some motels in the area for rendezvous time?
Royboy posted 07-20-2004 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Try This is right on the river (has a nice dock) and looks quite nice. It's in Cheboygan. There's another one just upstream from there that looks nice too, but I'm not sure if it's the Budget Inn or something else.


djahncke posted 07-20-2004 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

The two motels in Cheboygan that are on the river and have docks are the Best Western and the Fleetwood Inn. Try this link to the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce for a list of local motels.

Royboy posted 07-27-2004 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Hooray! I sold my NASCAR tickets, so there's nothing keeping us from making this trip. Not much traffic about this rendevous though; how many are planning to be there?

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kingfish posted 07-29-2004 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I have received your generous invitation and am giving it serious consideration, so there is a possibility that I or Katie and I may show up with Outré for the Mullett Lake Rendezvous. Stay tuned...


Buckda posted 08-04-2004 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     

I'll be there with Gambler.

See you soon.


home Aside posted 08-05-2004 01:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Nancy, Case, Connor, and I will be attending....looking forward to seeing you there...


Royboy posted 08-09-2004 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I'll be there, and it looks like it will be my brother, Eric with me. We're not sure yet where we'll be camping, but probably Cheboygan State Park or possibly at Aloha.

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djahncke posted 08-10-2004 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Here we are about a week and a half away from the rendezvous. The long-range weather forecasts look good and are probably as reliable as my magic 8-ball! However, I choose to be optimistic and expect this will be one of the times that the forecasters are correct.

We can't do anything about the weather. However, we can firm up our plans. My proposal is as follows:

-We gather on the water in front of Aloha State Park at 9:30.

-Then we cruise down Mullett Lake through the Indian River stopping for an early lunch at The Inn Between.

-After lunch we cruise on across Burt Lake to the Crooked River and on to Crooked Lake.

-If weather permits we might stop for a swim in Crooked Lake or simply explore the lake.

-At this point we reverse course and go back through Crooked River, Burt Lake, Indian River to Mullett Lake.

-We can close the day out with a cookout at my cottage on the north end of Mullett Lake or we can cruise on up the Cheboygan River and have dinner at one of the restaurants on the river.

At this time the list of participants is:

Djahncke- 17 Dauntless, 1 adult
Buckda- 18 Outrage 1 possibly 2 adults.
HomeAside- 17 Montauk, 2 adults 2 kids
Royboy- Sport 130, 2 adults
Sportroyalwulf- Sport 150, 1 adult ?
Kingfish- 22 Outrage, 2 adults
TomG- 18 Outrage, 2 adults 1 dog

Come on and chime in with corrections to the participants list and any thoughts or suggestions you might have for the itinerary.


Andy Holmes posted 08-11-2004 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi Don et al:

I haven't checked in until now because I'm going to be a last minute participant, if possible, this year. I may only be able to make the second half, in which case I'll probably launch at Burt Lake State Park and catch up with the group in Burt Lake or there-abouts.

I kind of like the idea of running up the Cheboygan river. We have done this before, and the Boat House is a good place to stop and eat - plenty of dock space. There are a couple of other places as well.

Hope to see you all again this year.


Royboy posted 08-12-2004 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
My brother and I have decided to camp at Cheboygan State park because it's got nicer camp sites (more trees and woldlife, and close to the Lake Huron shore). It's also a short drive to put in at the DNR launch at Mullet lake (on the Northwest Shore), like 15 minutes or so. Or, we can launch early at the municipal launch at Cheboygan and cruise up the Cheboygan river to Mullet to meet up with the rest of the "Fleet". We'd just have to make sure we make the Cheboygan locks before they close, which is at 10:00 p.m., I think. A few questions to ponder:

1) Where is everybody else staying?

2) Can we agree on a radio fequency (like 68 for example)for latecomers?

3) What is everybody's (with a radio) call sign? (mine is "Ichthus")

We should be arriving at Cheboygan on Friday, 8/20 NLT noon, so we'll be on the water Friday as well. The countdown has started!


sportroyalwulf posted 08-12-2004 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I am attending. Have not arranged lodgings yet. Don't have a radio (thus no call sign). Just one person (me). Plan to arrive late friday afternoon. And would like to do a little fishing that evening.
Royboy posted 08-12-2004 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I just checked the DNR web site (who operates the Cheboygan locks) and it says that the locks close at 9:00 p.m. this time of year.

We'll be fishing too on Friday, but not sure where yet (so many lakes, so little time 8>) By evening, there's no tellin' where we'll be, but we'll certainly be somewhere!


TomG posted 08-13-2004 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
It's looking bad for me to make it...too many other conflicting commitments. There is still a slight possibility that I'll make it, but it's doubtful.

I do have a reservation at Aloha State Park for a campsite for Friday and Saturday nights...anyone want it before I cancel it?


Royboy posted 08-13-2004 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Tom, Is your camp site on the boat basin by any chance?


TomG posted 08-16-2004 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Hi Roy -

No, my campsite is not on the boat basin. It is site #26 in the north section. You can look at a map of Aloha Park online at: Just follow the links to Aloha.


Royboy posted 08-16-2004 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Thanks, Tom, but we're going to stick with Cheboygan State Park instead.


Buckda posted 08-16-2004 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Will be there late on Friday night, putting the boat in on Saturday morning.

Will monitor 68. My call sign is "The Gambler".



sportroyalwulf posted 08-16-2004 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Would vote for the cruise up the Cheboygan river. I plan on getting there early enough on friday to get a little bit of fishing in. Should there be any exchange of cell #'s for contacts??
kingfish posted 08-16-2004 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

As I e-mailed earlier today, it sounds as if I will be coming this weekend with Outré, but flying solo. I'm up for anything, especially if I can get some time breaking my new kicker in at no-wake speeds during the outing. Your agends sounds fine to me...


kingfish posted 08-16-2004 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
...make that, "agenda"...
djahncke posted 08-17-2004 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
OK, the list is now:

HomeAside (come on Pat, there is plenty of room in the boats)
Andy Holmes

The radio channel is 68. Just call "Whaler Rendezvous".

The meeting time is 9:30 in front of Aloha State Park.

I would suggest fueling up before you launch your boats. Gas on the lake is up to $3.19 a gallon!

The only votes about Saturday dinner were for going up the Cheboygan River, any other thoughts on this? If not I guess we will all be sent up the river for several hours of hard whaler talk.

There are three dinner places on the Cheboygan River.

1. Hackmatack

2. Big Boy's

3. The Boat House

Of the three I would say the Boat House is the best restaurant. It is on the other side of the lock from Mullett Lake so we would need to be done with dinner and yakking and back through the locks before they close at 9:00.

Hackmatak is right at the mouth of the river so the timing is not an issue. It is more expensive than the Boat House and in my opinion the food while good is not as good as the Boat House.

Big Boy's is also on the Mullett Lake side of the lock so timing is not a problem. It is the least expensive of the three and offers standard Big Boy's fare.

We don't need to decide in advance where we are going, I just though that it would be good for people to have an idea of the options in advance.


kingfish posted 08-18-2004 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
My vote would be for a cookout at the Jahncke compound (easy for me to say, when Don has to do the work!); if the gang says it's a restaurant, my only preference would be the one most likely to be least dangerous to my low-fat, low-carb diet...
sportroyalwulf posted 08-18-2004 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I change my vote to the cookout. The time element would not be a factor as it would with restaurants, lock schedules, and darkness. It would also allow more time for BS, Lies, and more lies about boating, boston whalers and similar subjects. It would be easy enough for all of us to chip in for food etc. If it is a cookout I vote for high carb and high fat fare since it is really a short vacation. There is a Michigan law that requires dietary restrictions to be legally waived during such BW rendesvous events.
djahncke posted 08-19-2004 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

It looks like the group doesn't want to be sent up the river. Based on that I will plan on having a cookout at my place. Nothing fancy just some stuff thrown on the grill and standard side dishes. I will provide the food and soft drinks, if you want any adult beverages please bring them with you.

The weather reports for the area call for "sun and some clouds, temperature 67 degrees". Sound promising.

I am planning on leaving early this afternoon to head on up to the cottage. See you all up there.

Royboy posted 08-19-2004 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
We're leaving Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. from Fenton, so we should be on the water by around noon. Everybody have a safe trip and we'll see you in front of Aloha 9:30am Saturday, if we don't run into some of you earlier. We'll be fishing Friday afternoon and evening and will monitor channel 68. We'll likely be on the Cheboygan river, Mullet Lake, or possibly Lake Huron if the weather cooperates.

A Whalering we will go, A Whalering we will go....


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Royboy posted 08-23-2004 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Just a short note so say what an excellent time my brother and I had at Mullet Lake. I also wanted to let everyone know that we peeled off at Burt lake because my brother wanted to spend some time fishing. He doesn't get out much due to his wife's battle with cancer keeps him home most of the time. Of course, it's never too difficult to talk me into fishing!

Anyway, we had a great time cruising with everybody and meeting some new friends. I'd like to thank Don, for hosting the event, and also Dave in "Gambler" for hanging back with us crossing Mullet; it made the cruise much more enjoyable than watching all the other boats get smaller and smaller. I got some great pictures of you under way, Dave, so I'll get them to you as soon as I get a chance. Of corse, I got some shots of everybody, so I'll get those on the web as soon as possible.

Having lunch with the group at the Inn Between was a high point for me. It was nice to get to know each other a bit, and it was just too cool looking at the "Pod" all tied up at the Inn's dock. Even though I had the smallest Whaler, we felt right at home and like we belonged to the fleet. Thanks, guys.

We also got a big kick out of the radio chatter, and all of the subtle and not-so-subtle ribbing going on all day. I wish we could have stayed for the cookout at Don's, but alas we had been on the water for over 13 hours and we had fish to clean and miles to go.

Happy Whalering,

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Buckda posted 08-23-2004 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I too had a great time. Roy, it was great to meet you and your brother - you guys proved that size does not matter - just how much fun you have. Ichthus is a great little boat!

Sorry you missed the "Boston Whaler" cake. Fortunately, we ate the evidence before corporate attorneys could ding us for an unauthorized approximation of the Boston Whaler and Harpoon logo - and it was Good Eating!

Great to see everyone again, and good to meet new people and make new's one of the reason I love Rendezvous' so much.

For those who didn't get to go: here's a recap - Saturday around 10:00 we met the rest of the group in front of Aloha State Park and made the decision to have lunch at the Inn Between on Indian River - so off we went down Mullet Lake to the Indian River, had lunch and went into Burt Lake and a stiff North / West wind. The breeze had caused about 1' chop on the lake, which discouraged the members in the 130 sport. The rest, including a 150 sport made way toward the Crooked River and through the towns of Crooked River and Alanson into Crooked Lake. We explored crooked lake (having passed through the clamshell lock to gain access to the lake) and then explored Pickerel Lake where Kingfish assisted a young man who had been sailing in the stiff wind, and whose craft had "gone turtle". John also had his Garmin screensaver know, the one that shows all the fish? My Garmin finder was not marking fish, but John had so many he figured he just might come back and give the lake a try one day (I wonder how much the Pickerel Lake tourism and sportfishing council had to pay Garmin to activate the screensaver on their lake??).

We then made our way back via the same route as before, but this time, we went down the crooked river at "dinnertime" and were able to cruise at speed through the hairpin turns (watching the superstructure of Outre's radar arch and American flag cruise through the river channel was really cool - the river switches back on itself quite a few times, so you can see the boat go left, then right all through the weeds...was fun!)

We finally caught up with Roy and his brother when we emerged back on Mullet Lake and made the run back to Don's for a great dinner and conversation.

The next morning dawned cold and windy and we ended up spending the morning in conversation and pulling the boats just before noon. Of course, the sun came out shortly after we all decided to leave (around 3:00) and the ride home was in georgeous weather.

I got back to Chicago around 9:45 PM local time (6:45 for the trip - not bad!) and managed to avoid another speeding ticket on I-75.

Was a great time! Special thanks to Don and his wife for making their special place on Mullet Lake available to us, and for sharing it with us.



Royboy posted 08-24-2004 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
You're right, Dave; the rough conditions on Burt were a factor in us staying back. My brother wasn't too comfortable going directly into those seas at that speed, although I was having a riot! I've been through plenty of stuff like that before and knew my little Whaler could handle it with no problem, but Eric wasn't quite so sure.


Royboy posted 08-24-2004 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
some of my pictures are now at

more to come...


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sportroyalwulf posted 08-24-2004 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I confirm Buckda and Royboy reports. It was a great time. The hospitality from Don could not have been better. I also got a ride in a "continuouswave forum legend vessel" the Outre. Great rig and setup. A ride in that boat will cure two foot-itis and in my case give you a case of seven foot-itis in a flash. Seeing that bad boy make speedy river turns was breathtaking. Also learned a little about on the fly repairs from the Gambler (but maybe we are not supposed to talk about that). There was also a bit of a problem with transporting concealed weapons (water cannons) in certain parts of the waterway. This violation was charged to our host Don and his son riding shotgun in the Gambler. I still need to see those fish that Royboy is talking about. Thanks to all who participated that made my first rendezvous memorable and fun. I even learned a few things about my whaler from the others.
Royboy posted 08-27-2004 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Did anyone else take any pictures on this trip? I don't have any shots of Ichthus under way. Some have had trouble seeing the pictures I took on photobucket. The link doesn't work right, so just go to and enter "mc1888" in the album search box.


sportroyalwulf posted 08-27-2004 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I got into the pictures with the password. I took pictures the old fashioned way with film. Have a few left on the roll. Will get them developed soon and post them.
Royboy posted 08-30-2004 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I have some more on a roll of the old-fashioned variety too. I'll get them posted as soon as I can take up the rest of the roll.

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