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jimh posted 08-21-2004 09:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
[I separated these articles from the original thread which organized the cruise. The message count was getting rather high and it was awkward to scroll through so many messages to see the new comments. These articles were posted following the cruise.] Please see the original thread for the events leading up to this.
cheesehead posted 08-11-2004 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for cheesehead  Send Email to cheesehead     
Thanks to all for such a great trip. This was the best boating I have seen. We made the crossing from Bing Inlet to Tobermory in 3 hours. It was awfull leaving the group early. 1-3 footers head on were no problem. It was a little lonely out in the middle of the lake with no sight of land for 1.5 hrs. Those Hondas sounded good the whole way. Rain hit just as we pulled into Little Tub. We boated the islands around Tobermory and had a blast. Hope the rest of the group made it through OK. My navigator talked about buying a whaler all the way home. We will return for this trip next year and everyone after. Even our photos can't do this place justice. One question: How do you want to handle the photos? I have a lot of good pictures of you guys running. Do you want me to sort them and e-mail them to you individually, or do you want all of them. Big file 140Meg. Cheesehead Out.
cheesehead posted 08-15-2004 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for cheesehead  Send Email to cheesehead     
Hotrod and myself made the trip from Bing Inlet to Tobermory in 3 hrs. with no problem. We got a little nervous at the half way point but because it seemed like it took forever. Thanks to everyone for such an awsome trip. It was a great group of people to spend time with. I wish I could have stayed longer, but it was worth every minute. Hope all went well with the rest of the trip. I will be posting my pictures on yahoo and will e-mail everyone the link. I have some great shots you might want. Especially the ones of your boat. We will definately make this trip the next time. I think Rod will have a Whaler by then seeing it's all he has been talking about since our return. Thanks again!
Buckda posted 08-16-2004 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Got home at 12:30 AM this morning. What a great trip, as always.

I'll sort through the photos tonight and start burning CD's for everyone (send me an e-mail with your address and I will send the CD to you).

Tyson and Rob - hope you had a good day across the bay - the next day it was rolling 5-7 footers, so you chose the right day to head home! (I have a video of Gep flying through these waves in his 18' Outrage...it would have been a long voyage for you if you had waited).

Dave

home Aside posted 08-16-2004 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I just arrived home at about 12:00pm after overnighting at my parents home in Lewiston, Mi...I'll go into more details soon, but I know one thing, it's hard to put into words a description of the quality of Whalering and the beauty of the scenery in the North Channel / Georgian Bay, 8 days / 600+ miles of never ending enjoyment. I also couldn't be more pleased with the way my Montauk 17 with Mills Forward Shelter, Fly-top, windshield, and my home made weather cloth performed, I was dry and comfortable the entire trip. My thanks to JimH/Chris, LHG/Susan, Buckda, Gep, Backlash/Carolyn, JimG/Sarah, and Cheesehead, for the fellowship, assistance, and Whalering experience.....I hope everyone made it home safe and sound. I'll make my photo's available ASAP.

Pat

leapinlunker posted 08-16-2004 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for leapinlunker  Send Email to leapinlunker     
Glad to see you all reporting in safe and sound. Sure was good to meet you folks and Donna and I hope to join you one day. We have a couple photos for you, but have not posted any on this web site. Perhaps I can email them to one of you for posting.

We got home Friday evening. Made the trip from Kilbear to St. Clair Shores in about 10 hours. Wind was to our back entire time so traveling was easy.

Anyway, glad you had good time. I look forward to reading the travelog.

jimh posted 08-16-2004 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We arrived in Tobermory on Saturday about 3p.m., just as the seas were building. After a lunch respite we realized how tired we were, so we decided to haul out and get on the road.

BACKLASH passed us on the highway when we stopped for gas in Port Elgin. Cruised through customs on Saturday night at Sarnia. Got home about midnight. Spent Sunday working on the boat on the trailer.

It was good Tyson left when he did; the next day would have brought 6-8 footers on the nose all the way (70 miles) to Tobermory.

Buckda posted 08-16-2004 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Okay – I just did the calculations from this trip, and my 18’ Outrage, coupled with a Mercury 150 HP Black Max motor (two stroke) averaged 3.12 miles per gallon on this trip, a number with which I am very pleased.

Altogether, we put 613 miles under the hull, and the maximum depth recorded was in Parry Sound at 373 feet deep.

More impressive was the passage where my depth finder read 97 feet when I was less than 50 feet from a 12 foot high rock. Clearly you can’t navigate this route only using a depth finder – you’d hit the rock before you showed 20 feet!

What a great trip! Overall, minus gas money for my truck, I spent less than $1,100.00 (when adjusted 20% for the exchange rate) for an 8 day vacation. This includes dockage (except for one night, when I anchored out in a cove) and gas, ice and one meal per day at a restaurant. I’m pretty sure that I saw a few cruisers pay that much for one tank of gas (at $1.07 CDN per liter!).

That also includes purchasing 6 new spark plugs in Midland, and buying a new rectifier in Point Au Baril Station.

Pretty impressive!

Thanks to everyone for organizing this event – I could have spent months just exploring all the different little coves and side channels and am sure I’ll return to do just that.

Photo CD’s are being burned tonight so please e-mail me your address (I’ll be making eight copies – one for each boat. Please let me know if you want more than one CD).

Jim Gibson mentioned at one point during the trip that portions of the small craft route should be a mandatory test route on your way to getting a boating license – if that were the case, the waters around Chicago would be much less crowded, and there’d be a lot more paint on the rocks up there!

Nonetheless, every time I travel with this group, I learn something new and increase my ability and comfort with navigation, navigational aides (this trip, the lesson was ranges, and nighttime navigation using a combination of GPS, Charts and Compass headings combined with two “what the heck are those?” range-lights which lead to an “a-ha!” moment around 11:30 pm when the lights lined up one over the other when I was directly on courseline and looked up. “duh!”

Got to prove to the group that a gulf-coast flats fishing platform makes for a nice diving platform in northern waters when rafted up for lunch, and learned just how dry and comfortable you can be on an Outrage equipped with a full Mills weather system (try running 40 MPH into a driving rain and into a 20 MPH headwind and staying dry (that’s 70 MPH driven rain!)…not many canvas enclosures can do that!

Gep took some great photos of the group, individual boats, and some that are just scenic – I think you’ll all be pleased.

I think we should make reservations soon for a rendezvous based at Northernaire Lodge on Manitoulin Island for next year. $530 per person per week with two meals (all you can eat) included plus the ability to trailer the boats and launch just about anywhere in the North Channel within an hour drive gives us the opportunity to explore McGregor Bay, Bay of Islands, Baymouth, Gore Bay, Meldrum Bay, Whalesback Channel, Clapperton Island, Benjamin Islands, Baie Fine – even the Bustards and Killarney (think the fish bus for lunch) and others all within nice day-trip distances and we can be back in time for homemade supper! This also gives the group great flexibility if someone wants to take a day off – they won’t hold the group up or feel obligated to press onward – they can just relax at the lodge, or they can go into Little Current, etc. to shop or whatever.

If not that, then based out of Killarney, so we could maybe take mini excursion trips (one night overnight), etc…we could then hit Collins Inlet, Beaverstone Bay, even the Mad River or Henvey Inlet again – or explore the French River….just thinking on the keyboard here!

Anyway….thanks to all for a great trip. I hope everyone else made it back safely.

Regards,

Dave

Buckda posted 08-16-2004 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
um...let me recheck my math...yeah...40 plus 20 equals 60.....chalk it up to chubby fingers.

Other calculations are correct and have been re-checked.

Regards,

Dave - who avoids math at every opportunity....which is why I work with words and ideas all day and not numbers!

erik selis posted 08-17-2004 04:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I hope someone posts some pictures. I'm just dying to see them.

Erik

Backlash posted 08-17-2004 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Another great trip with fantastic people! We logged 508 miles under the keel from Tobermory to Midland and back to Tobermory. I haven't totalled my fuel purchases, but at roughly $1.00/liter ($3.78/gal. Canadian) it won't be pretty!

The group had some minor engine problems during the trip, mostly Mercury and OMC, and surprisingly no damaged props. The three Yamahas, as expected, performed flawlessly! I was really impressed with how easy it is to pull start a 90 HP Evinrude!

Hats off to the Canadian government for extremely well-marked small craft routes.

A special hats off to Gep for showing up for this trip, in his beautiful 18 Outrage, without any canvas! This guy is as tough as nails! We had some cool and rainy weather and he never complained once. A real trooper and great guy.

Russ, everyone was disappointed that you and Paula were not able to make the trip, but look forward to seeing you both on the next one.

Terry, it was great meeting you and Donna and hope to do so again. Thanks for your hospitality. I was thinking the Chris Craft would make a great mother ship!

Here's a link to some 200 photos taken by Tyson and Rod during the first half of the trip clearly showing the spectacular scenery and treacherous waters enjoyed by all:

http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/whaler3/album?.tok=phSLslBBSSQuPGJQ&.dir=/76ee&.src=ph

Steve

home Aside posted 08-17-2004 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
As those of you who went know....I did have a minor problem on the Cruise....On day five I had a problem restarting after running one of my 12 gallon tanks dry, I had reconnected to my second tank but did not get the hose secured completely and unbeknownst to me the hose fell off. I ran out of gas soon after and not knowing the hose was disconnected kept trying to start until the battery appeared to run down. Luckily this all happened while idling outside the Evinrude Dealer in Pointeau Baril Station. It was after hours and the owner had agreed to stay over to assist Buckda in the acquisition of a part for his Mercury 150. After checking my battery and finding it was Ok, he pulled the cowl on my 1982 Evinrude 90 to check the starter and saw that the Starter was loose and one of the mounting bolts was broken off. He pulled the starter checked it out did a minor blowout cleaning and put it back on using the two remaining bolts. He stated he thought Easyouts were not what they were cracked up to be, and that it would be a weeks job to pull the heads, etc, etc, to properly remove the broken bolt. The engine started right up and off we went to continue our adventure. Approx 3-5 miles away the engine quit again and when I pulled the cowl I observed that one of the two remaining bolts had broken off and the starter was completely out of position.
We started to tow my Montauk with Bucka's Outrage 18 "Gambler" and an escort by Gep in his Outrage 18. After limited success We decided to pull the Gas line off my boat, blow it out, fill the empty 12 Gallon tank with new gas from my spare 6 gallon Gerry Can, and pull start the engine. With a strong Back and persistance Gep was able to pull start the engine, and it ran flawlessly the rest of the trip.
This put us on a late run, and with three Whalers in the dark, Buckda with Downloaded charts on his GPS, Gep backtracking routes on his GPS, and Me Shining Bouys with my handheld spot, we made our way to meet the rest of the group at Britt, arriving at approximately Midnight. I must admit I was a bit skeptical and worried about what might happen if my engine died again and we couldn't restart it in the dark. As it turned out the wind was mild when we were on the outside portion of the trip with mild rollers, and the Rocks and shoals stayed out our way too. I felt it was quite an accomplishment that we persevered and arrived in tact. My thanks go out again to Dave and Mike (McGiver)for there knowledge, assistance, and patience.
With a long running problem with a pinched nerve in my neck / shoulder it took me several attempts over two days to be able to master pull starting my Evinrude 90....I'm not ready to throw the starter on the end of a line and use it for an anchor yet, but I know I can pull start it if I have to.
I felt it was important to relate this part of the Rendezvous because everyone on the trip were ready willing and able to assist each other. When Dave needed to go Pointeau Baril Station to get a part for his boat, some of us went with him just in case he had a problem, other's went on to our destination to make arrangements for accomodations, look for repair facilities,etc. When I ran into trouble We decided that Dave & Mike would stay with me and the others would go ahead to the destination before dark. Everyone was willing to help any way they could. I've done a lot of boating since I was 16 years old, This was my first long range cruise, much of which is through wilderness areas, I couldn't think of better group of people to do it with.....I'm ready to do it again....Thanks also to Steve Farnswoth for his early morning engine pulls, and everyone else on the crew....

Pat

erik selis posted 08-17-2004 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Steve,

Thank you for sharing those pictures. I still think "Backlash" is the nicest whaler I've ever seen. Followed, in a very close second place by Larry's 25-ft Whale Lure. It looks like Larry surprised everyone by coming in his new (classic) Outrage.

Sounds like it was quite an adventure. Great stuff!

Erik

Buckda posted 08-17-2004 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
More photos:

Go to photobucket.com and type in the Buckda album, view Georgian Bay.

Dave

erik selis posted 08-17-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Dave,

I wasn't able to go to that album. What am I doing wrong?

Erik

Buckda posted 08-17-2004 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
http://photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Georgian%20Bay%202004/

Does that work?

erik selis posted 08-17-2004 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Yes Dave, Thanks,

Erik

Gep posted 08-17-2004 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I logged 1400 miles under the truck and 625 mile under the keel. It was worth every mile.

Cheesehead, Hotrod, Jimh, LHG, Home Aside, Backlash, Buckda and Memory
I just wanted to say thanks to all of you and your wives/girlfriends/friends for such a great time.
You all let me crash your vacation and put up with me for eight days. Not an easy task according to my wife.

Leapinlunker, it was nice to meet up with you and Donna.

Walt Steffan and Don McIntyre, thanks for the hospitality on Saturday night. I think Buckda was pretty beat up hiding behind his Mills canvas for the 100 miles we did on that day. :)

Backlash, not really tough as nails. I just figured that if I started whining you guys wouldn't invite me next time or you'd ditch me somewhere on some remote island.
Also, don't start in on the Yamaha thing or I'll have to find more wood to knock on.

Memory, I'm working on those knots, but the kids keep untying themselves.

Home Aside makes more of a thing out of pull starting his motor than it really was. Started on the first pull except when it was cold.

JimH, it was great to finally meet you and Chris.
For what its worth, I didn't find JimH to be an anal nazi police/school marm kind of guy at all. He did correct my grammer a couple of times though. :)
P.S. thanks for the dock rope I forgot to give back to you.

LHG, I'm still a little ticked I didn't get to see the infamous 18' Outrage. Maybe next time.

And finally Buckda/Gambler, thanks for taking this newbie under your wing and showing him the ropes. Also thanks for saving his hull from the two shoals he tried to drive over.


Mike

Backlash posted 08-17-2004 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Erik,

Thanks for the nice comment. Credit should probably go to Peter Vanlancker, the designer, though. It is indeed flattering to be considered in the same league as the always immaculate Whale Lure which I, as well as many, consider to be the epitome of the classic Outrage.

Yes, Larry surprised everyone when he showed up with his 1971, 21’ Outrage. What a beautiful boat…the gel coat looks brand new! Truly a classic with the new tan Mills canvas.

Mike, I hope you haven't lost that Killbear Marina baseball cap - I still plan on stealing it!

Steve

Backlash posted 08-17-2004 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Dave,

Spectacular photos! Are you a part-time professional photographer? Can I have some 8x10's?

Steve

Buckda posted 08-17-2004 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hi Steve -

You will have the original resolution photos on CD-ROM when you send me an e-mail with your address....

The majority of the photos were taken by Mike (from his camera), we just downloaded them to my computer each evening which is why I have them...although several of them were taken by me...

The CD also includes some short videos taken on Mike's digital camera as well...there is more than 200 MB of photographs there on the disc.

Regards,

Dave

home Aside posted 08-17-2004 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Steve,
I wasn't able to open that Photo Link from Cheesehead & Hotrod......is the sight just busy from time to time or am I doing something wrong ?

Dave,
Nice photo's can't wait to see the full CD, Case, My 12 year old son, saw the photo's and said "I'm going next year, I want to dive off Gambler's Diving Platform and go snorkeling too...." I told him it's a pretty popular attraction, by next year he might have to buy a ticket.....hahahaha

Mike,
Thank goodness your Digital Camera was available, since Dave's took a dive, and I'll never know if mine turned out till I get them back, I'm having them developed on a CD, I'm off to Costco right now to drop them off...

I talked to my Evinrude Mechanic today and he doesn't seem to think it's any more than a one hour job to pull the broken bolts and reinstall the starter.....unfortunately I couldn't get an appointment for that one hour job until next Tuesday.....So Home Aside won't be making the trip to Mullet Lake, I'm still not sure if the Henahan Clan will be mooching a ride from the Gambler yet or not......

Again....to all who attended, thanks for the Great 8 Days

Pat

Eagleman posted 08-17-2004 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
It looks like we missed a really nice trip. We'll keep in touch.
Russ & Paula
Gep posted 08-17-2004 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Steve,
If Dave kept the pictures in the original format, printing 8x10 pictures shouldn't be a problem.

Mike

Backlash posted 08-17-2004 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Ooops...sorry Mike, truly spectacular photos! I was kidding about the 8x10's, but many look like they should be enlarged.

Steve

Sal A posted 08-17-2004 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Wow. What pictures. I am envious of your trip!

Dave your Gambler is a fine looking craft; may I ask what the contraption is above/around your motor? What is it used for?

Thanks for sharing the pictures; the one where sunset is peaking through the clouds is mystical.

Buckda posted 08-17-2004 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hi Sal -

The one with the sun peeking through the clouds (at the marina) is a sun RISE...Gep gets up early!

The "contraption" on the back of Gambler is a platform that you can sit on or stand on when fishing - the boat came from Texas, where flats fishing is common - and rigs like this are abundant. Everyone in Michigan asks the same thing - what the heck is that?!

I use it to perch on when I'm having lunch and it makes a great platform to jump from when swimming - you can do flips off it, or just mess around with cannonballs and dives.

LHG hates it. It's growing on me...but if I repower with twins, it will have to either be modified or go altogether.

It was made by Hi-Tech Marine in Kemah, Texas, as was all the custom aluminum on the boat (leaning post, cooler cleats, anchor mount for the Bruce anchor and that platform on the back).

Regards,

Dave

Sal A posted 08-17-2004 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I gotst to get me one of those. I like it. Again thanks for the pics and good luck with Gambler.
jimh posted 08-17-2004 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Georgian Bay 2004

The Bachelors:
JOKER, GAMBLER, HOME ASIDE idle up Henvey Inlet.

Small Craft Route:
BACKLASH, JOKER, GAMBLER, HOME ASIDE, MEMORY, and LHG twist and turn on the Small Craft Route through northern Georgian Bay.

Sunny Weather On Georgian Bay:
The late afternoon sun breaks through after an overcast and dark day on the water.

Home From The Sea:
BACKLASH enters Byng Inlet after an offshore run north in late afternoon.

home Aside posted 08-17-2004 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
For all the photo viewers, you can see in some of the photo's with rock formations the previous high water marks on the rocks, such as in Jimh's photo "The Bachelors", the water levels are up this year from the previous two years, but you can see they have been much higher in years gone by.....

Pat

erik selis posted 08-18-2004 03:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Thank you all for sharing those pictures. You guys made some very beautiful shots.

I too like Dave's picture with the sunset peaking through the clouds.

The one that Jimh took: "Sunny Weather On Georgian Bay", looks like it was taken on some other planet. Great!

Larry's Outrage looks really nice with the beige colored canvas. Looks like a brand new boat actually. Congrats Larry.

All boats look great and the all weather canvas's on the the boats look top quality.

Again some more images in my mind to day dream about :-)

Erik

Plotman posted 08-19-2004 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
What was buring in Dave's pictures?
Buckda posted 08-19-2004 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

Sad story: that shot was taken last Saturday morning. We were getting ready to leave Killarney when we heard a low rumble and looked to the Northwest, where a column of black smoke was rising....a few moments later, we heard the sirens of the single, volunteer firetruck in town rushed to the waterfront (right near the fish bus) and all sorts of high-speed activity from an assortment of Stanley aluminum work boats (Local, rugged hull found in abundance in the North Channel), including the Canadian Water Rescue Auxillary boat. Keep in mind that this is a no wake zone...we thought perhaps that someone had expereinced an explosion aboard one of the many large yachts docked in the harbor.

On our way out of town we were sad to see a beautiful cabin fully engulfed in flames, not more than a mile outside of town, with all three firefighters and several volunteers working to keep the nearby foliage wet enough to keep from going up in smoke as well. They did have one hose on the house; but it was clear that it would be a total loss, and I believe that they were working harder to try to save the adjacent buildings and trees on the property.

To make matters worse (for us)...the guy was a fellow Whaler owner (with two Whalers out front) and an American.

Its been rather cool up there, and I believe that someone may have been using a spaceheater or something that caught fire and got out of control, as this was in the morning and it was still quite cool out.

The dark side of owning your own little slice of heaven...and they were close to town...some of the places we saw on this trip - if they had a similar problem, there is NOTHING anywone could do but watch it burn - they are so far out there in the wilderness you would have NO help.

Was a sobering moment.

Regards,

Dave

home Aside posted 08-19-2004 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
Just got my 35mm photo's back, I had them processed onto CD's, I'm not much of a computer Guru, and I've got to do some investigation into zip files, e-mailing them etc, but for now I posted some of them on Photo Bucket, they can be viewed at:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v368/HomeAside/

I'll be sending out the rest individually as soon as I figure out exactly how to do it. If not I'll burn copies of the CD's and mail them out....

Again I enjoyed myself immensley......thanks to everyone involved for a great 8 days....

Pat

jimh posted 08-19-2004 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Around 1 p.m. we stopped for a minute to investigate some fishing net buoys in Georgian Bay near the Azov Ledges SW of Squaw Island. When I looked back at the Killarney shoreline I could see a black haze running west for many miles from that fire. I had not thought about the cold-morning/space-heater idea, Dave, but I bet you might be right.
home Aside posted 08-19-2004 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I looked for a Killarney area newspaper today on the net and couldn't find one, I thought I might be able to find a story on the cause of the fire....

Pat

jimh posted 08-21-2004 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I took the liberty of grabbing one of Pat's photographs from his posting. I made a few adjustments in Photoshop. Here it is:

Dark Sky on Georgian Bay
Pat Henahan

erik selis posted 08-21-2004 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Beautiful shot!

Well done Pat and Jim.

Erik

home Aside posted 08-24-2004 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello all,
I know this is a repair issue but since it resulted from a mechanical breakdown during the rendezvous I though I'd let the other participants know my status.
I made it through the repair of my 1982 Evinrude 90, which sheared off the three bolts holding the Starter motor on, during the BWGLCC NC/GB Rendezvous. I'm glad I didn't end up having to do the long term repair suggested by the Evinrude Dealer in Pointeau Baril Station, Ontario which would have entailed 1 week and unknown costs. Lockman's Hardware and Boats (Evinrude / Johnson Dealer) in Detroit, Mi. In Business since 1918, did the job in about 1 1/2 hours at a cost of $88.00. I'm very satisfied, as I always have been with their work. And Best of All I'm back in Business.......Where to Next ?


Pat

Buckda posted 08-24-2004 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Pat -

Glad to hear you found an economical and time-effiecient route back to the water! Sounds like you are in business!

A note to those who received the CD-Rom with photos from me: The last two days are missing; and I apologize for the oversight. Apparently there was some mistake made when trying to transfer those photos over to my laptop at the ramp in Blind River on Sunday morning.

I'm getting the remaining photos soon - send me an e-mail if you would like these sent to you on disc - otherwise, I'll pick the best ones and update the Photobucket album with them.

Regards,

Dave

Jinfun posted 08-24-2004 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jinfun  Send Email to Jinfun     
Hi all,

I've really got to check in more often. Our cottage is at the end of Shawanaga Bay, about 15 minutes south (by boat) of Pointe au Barile, and we were up there from Aug 9 to the 21. Even went to do some groceries at the Pointe several times.

I would have loved to join you all for a short stretch. I agree that it is a beautiful area. Did you all go through the "Hole in the Wall" passage near Parry Sound ? See any Massassauga rattle snakes ?

Thomas.

Backlash posted 08-24-2004 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Pat,
WOW! That's great news. Glad you didn't leave it with the Evinrude dealer in Georgian Bay.
Steve
David Pendleton posted 08-27-2004 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Much too early for this perhaps, but has anyone given any thought to the dates for next year's cruise?

I plan to make this one, come hell or low lake levels...

Dave

Buckda posted 08-27-2004 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

Stay tuned....I give myself about 6 months before someone asks the question (say, sometime in February?).

Hope you can make it next time....think you can give up some time in Bayfield if you have to? ;) I know how much you love that place!

Regards - and hope to boat with you again soon,

Dave

Yiddil posted 09-01-2004 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Im dying reading all this:( I wish I could have gone...plan for next year.
Buckda posted 09-01-2004 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Yiddil -

Hopee you can make it next year.

Regards,

Dave

kamie posted 09-01-2004 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
The pictures look breathtaking. Sounds like everyone had a lot of fun.

Yiddil, plan early. It's a 15 hour drive, not counting stops from CPM to their launch point.

jimh posted 09-02-2004 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have boated in many places, but we keep coming back to northern Lake Huron. We have been up there every year since 1986, that is 18 years running, and many times we've come up twice a year. It gets into your blood.

For more information on this area, see the other section of the website, which preceded the Boston Whaler section by many years:

http://continuouswave.com/north-channel/

LHG posted 04-14-2005 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Back to top for "rsess". For photos of my 21 Outrage, 50% restored last summer, see Buckda's photo link and "Dark Sky on Georgian Bay in JimH post.
Buckda posted 04-21-2005 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks for bringing this to the top Larry...brought back some great memories from last summer.

I just have to comment on Steve's notation about engine troubles on the trip.

Let's talk about the boats that experienced engine difficulty and do a comparative analysis on the age of the motors:

Motors with "difficulties" of some sort:
1986 Mercury 150 with unknown history, acquired 3 months prior
1987 Mercury 150 with unknown history acquired 3 months prior
1982 Evinrude 90, recently rebuilt powerhead but trouble spot (starter motor) original.

Now let's talk about the motors that did not have problems:
199? Evinrude 225 on immaculate boat with unknown history
1992 Yamaha 150 HP with original owner, immaculately maintained
1991 Yamaha 200 HP with original owner, also immaculately maintained
199? Yamaha 130, recently rebuilt, and repaired immediately prior to the trip.
Twin Yamaha ?? HP...?? Year - original owner (repower), apparently very well maintained.

I think it says more about the benefits of buying a new motor and maintaining it yourself than it does about the motor brands!

:P

Gep posted 04-25-2005 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Not exactly true Dave.
My 1992 Yamaha 130 is not the same engine you broke at Bayfield. Oops, I said I wouldn't bust your chops about that anymore didn't I ;)

My engine was bought "used" over the internet about 2 months before the trip and I had only put about 3 hours on it.
The one that broke in Bayfield is sitting in pieces just waiting for something to break on this motor so it can step up and be a replacement part.

Mike

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