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Hoop posted 01-05-2005 10:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hoop   Send Email to Hoop  
Hi all you northern California Whalers! It's time to start planning for the 2005 Nor Cal Whaler Rendezvous!

I'm considering two possible weekends in 2005:
Friday through Sunday, May 13 to 15th; or
Friday through Sunday, May 20 to 22nd.

Your input is appreciated.

Location: in the Delta at Snug Harbor Resort, same as last year. Worked out pretty nicely, we all thought. www.snugharbor.net

There are pluses and minuses to each set of dates, but I won't outline them here. I'll be calling the resort shortly to verify availability.

Hoop
San Jose, CA

UnderDog posted 01-06-2005 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello Jim,
I will be there either weekend, but the my kids have a swim meet the day of the 14th in rio vista which is very close to snug harbor.

Jim thank you for taken the time and hard work to plan this weekend I have looked forward to this every year since 2001.


Keith Kneer
Underdog
16SL

andygere posted 01-06-2005 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Jim, Namequoit will be there (with a full crew this year) whichever weekend is selected. NorCal folks, this event is a lot of fun, at great venue and always well planned by Hoop.
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-09-2005 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'll be there, either date. I've a very slight preference for
the second weekend.


Chuck

WT posted 01-10-2005 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I would prefer the May 20th weekend.

WT

Hoop posted 01-17-2005 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
The weekend of May 20th it is! This year I've booked reservations in unit number 8, which is a duplex unit with a nice large deck and two picnic tables. It will be very nice for our Friday and Saturday evening barbecues. (Unit number one, the house on the end, is not available.)

So, book now. Note that the weekend we picked is during their 'in-season' rates and that the dock space is extra and is not included in their daily rates.

Make your own reservations on-line at: www.snugharbor.net Please type WHALER RENDEZVOUS in the COMMENTS field to let Vicki at Snug Harbor know that we are part of a group. During in-season, they have a minimum of three days rental; as a group, we can rent for just the two days.

More information to come!

Happy Whalin!

Jim

WT posted 01-17-2005 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Great, I plan on being there. I usually fish nearby in the Delta. I'll probably not stay overnight.
BigDaddyWhaler posted 01-19-2005 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for BigDaddyWhaler  Send Email to BigDaddyWhaler     
this is my first time on this site, and have fasinated with whalers since birth, I currntly own a '69 16 footer in need of repower, but i hope to make it that weekend if its running,
Drisney posted 01-21-2005 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
I hope that "three's the charm" I have tried to come the last two years to no avail. This year I will try again.
Dave
Hoop posted 01-22-2005 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Dave,

I hope you can make it, too!

Jim

prm1177 posted 01-24-2005 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Count me in. If the stars are right, I may show up in a (new to me) Conquest 23 :)
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-25-2005 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I just reserved Cabin #5.


Chuck

elaelap posted 01-26-2005 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Cetaceous will be there, and thanks, Hoop, for all the heavy lifting. It was a blast last year and I'm sure it will be the same come this May. I hope folks who might have difficulty bringing their Whalers know that there are always rides in other boats available. Last year Marc/halibuthunter's fine OR 17 was in the shop, and he and his daughter rode with me one day while his wife and son cruised in a little more style and comfort on Andy's beautiful OR 22 cuddy. Marc's daughter Haylee (sp?) is still the cutest helmsperson Cetaceous has ever had, and I've got the photos to prove it.

Looking forward to the meet.

Tony

Sheila posted 01-27-2005 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Might one apply to become an honorary Northern Californian for three days?
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-28-2005 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Just show up, with or without boat. It's a fun time.


Chuck

elaelap posted 01-28-2005 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
You mean you're waiving the entire application, waiting period, background investigation, membership voting on possible acceptance procedures, and initiation processes for Sheila, Chuck? Hmmm, I'm not so sure the rest of us are on board with that...

Tony

Sheila posted 01-28-2005 02:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
:(
WT posted 01-28-2005 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Tony:

I was under the impression that all the paperwork and even the DNA samples would be waived if, the applicant provides excessive amounts of liquor for the ho-down.

RJM posted 01-28-2005 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for RJM  Send Email to RJM     
Tony, Chuck has probably already told her about the secret whaler handshake; so I see no need for the initiation process, except of course, the standard Pale Ale moonlight baptismal ceremony. I was going to bring my share of the ale with me this year and repay you and Joe, but I have already make plans to take my boat to Cabo in May. You folks have a great time again this year.
andygere posted 01-28-2005 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Sheila,
Make the trip, it's a great time and you will get to ride on one or more different Whalers during the weekend. If you've never been to the Delta, you'll find it is one of the most unique boating experiences out there. The evening waterside feasts are pretty tough to be too.
andygere posted 01-28-2005 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
..er that's tough to beat
Sheila posted 01-28-2005 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I shall discuss it with my husband as soon as his mood improves. He's been struggling with an uncooperative lawn mower for a few days now and has grown rather surly. Maybe we need a goat.
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-28-2005 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Put the lawn mower in a warm dry place for a couple of days
and it will fire right up. And be careful -- the east coast
folks won't see green for another couple of months. Their
lawn mowers are still under the blizzard.

Chuck

Sheila posted 01-29-2005 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks for the suggestion, Chuck! I shall pass it on.

I was wondering if the mower would benefit from the "decarbing" procedure described in the "repairs" (or is it "performance") section of the forum. The lawn area of our yard is small enough that I sometimes long for an old-fashioned mower powered by elbow grease...or a goat.

Mentioned the rendezvous last night. Could be that we'll be there.

andygere posted 02-01-2005 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
If Chuck's suggestion doesn't work, change the spark plug and put some fresh gas in it. It will run! Sorry to all for the off topic post!
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-01-2005 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I mentioned putting it in a warm dry place because at that time
it had been raining hard in SoCal (Sheila) for several days.


Chuck

Sheila posted 02-01-2005 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Gee, guys, now he wants to park the dang thing in the kitchen next to my oven! (kidding, of course).
caddis posted 02-02-2005 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
"Just show up, with or without boat."

That may be the case for us if we can make it. The 13 SS is a little small for the family now since we sold the Revenge.

Of course we may have a dilemma since we could possibly have a new larger boat by then, but there's a chance it won't be a Whaler.

Oh well, we'll see what we can do.

WT posted 02-03-2005 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'll be solo in my Montauk so anyone needing a ride can come with me. Or they can drive my boat while I site see.

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-04-2005 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Here's what should be a tide chart for the Ryer Island Ferry. I used WXTIDE32, and interpolated by the distance
from the Rio Vista and Snug Harbor stations. Garmin MapSource says 2.9 nm from Rio Vista to Ryer Island Ferry,
and 5.3 nm from Rio Vista to Snug Harbor, so:

Ferry = (2.4*RioVista + 2.9*SnugHarbor)/ (2.4+2.9)

That gave me:

htoff = *0.717 +0.0
ltoff = *0.479 +0.0
httoff = 4:32
lttoff = 5:32

Note that although the time is listed as PST, it appears to
be actually PDT, and the label is wrong.

Ryer Island Ferry
Units are feet,

2.74 0:00 PST 2005-05-20
2.95 0:15 PST
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3.24 4:30 PST
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2.17 5:45 PST
1.96 6:00 PST
1.75 6:15 PST
1.56 6:30 PST
1.36 6:45 PST
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1.01 7:15 PST
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0.32 8:30 PST
0.22 8:45 PST
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0.06 9:15 PST
0.01 9:30 PST
-0.03 9:45 PST
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17 bodega posted 02-09-2005 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I will try to show up. Haven't ventured around the Delta much yet. I would love to meet some of you in person. Especially since some are travelling distances to attend. I'll bring my new West Marine ice chest full of goodies to throw on the grill. Maybe my special Bodega 17 margarita mix! (for after the boating of course!)

Steve

17 bodega posted 02-09-2005 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Anyone renting a pop up tent? I might go that route, and split it with someone else. Is anyone bringing kids or are these adult only gigs?
high sierra posted 02-09-2005 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
I'll try and make it. I'll bring my 1976 15.4 converted to a tough fishing boat. High sierra (Jim)
andygere posted 02-09-2005 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
My little swabs will be there: Jilly (age 3) and Bobby (age 1). Jilly was with us at the same location 2 years ago as well.
Sheila posted 02-14-2005 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
How many attendees are beer drinkers? My beloved husband is a home brewer and he's thinking of making up a batch special for the rendezvous. Though I probably won't design a custom label for it, as I did for the beer he made for our wedding reception.

WT posted 02-14-2005 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sheila:

I've been known to drink one or two beers. Shall I bring some scotch?

Warren

ratherwhalering posted 02-15-2005 02:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Darci and I will be there all day Saturday. I'm working out some details with Matt (mfrymier) and hopefully he and Kathy will also attend! Oh, and this year I'm trailering the boat to Rio Vista...my fillings simply can't take another trip down Susuin Bay. Looking forward to seeing old and new friends!

--Rob--

bobeson posted 02-15-2005 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobeson  Send Email to bobeson     

Wow! I managed to talk my wife into going to the NorCal Rendezvous! I think the description of the Snug Harbor setup clinched the deal. Hopefully I can still reserve a cabin. We're going to be bringing our baby, who will be 7 months old in May. We don't have much experience with traveling with the baby yet, so I guess we'll just cross our fingers and make the best of it. We're planning to arrive friday night and depart sunday. We'll be towing my Montauk 170.

Does anybody have experience with infant PFDs they would care to share with me? I'm not yet familiar with the options here - should I just go to West Marine and pick up whatever looks reasonable?

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-15-2005 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'd look for a used infant PFD. People that are done having
kids tend to let that sort of stuff go cheap.


Chuck

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-16-2005 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'd forgotten about this -- I have a kid PFD (up to 50 pounds,
I don't see a lower limit, it looks like West p/n 112474)
that Beau would be glad to pass on to a kid.


Chuck

Sheila posted 02-16-2005 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
As I am increasingly optimistic that we will be coming up for the rendezvous, could someone kindly enlighten me? What do we bring? From the Snug Harbor website I see that we need to bring linens and towels. Do folks also bring along food for the weekend? I'm getting that impression. What else? (Besides beer, of course.)
Sheila posted 02-16-2005 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Oh, and Bobeson? Crossing one's fingers and making the best of it is a time-honored tradition for the baby's "firsts." I'm sure she (and you, her parents) will be fine on the trip.

I love to play "auntie," so don't hesitate to hand her off for a bit over the weekend if you need a breather. Andy, that goes for you, too :)

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-17-2005 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Yes, bring food. We generally get together for a pot luck
for the dinners (bring your own meat to grill and a dish to
share). Breakfasts are on your own. Lunch Saturday is at
restaurant that we boat to. Lunch Sunday is on your own --
last year Adm. Linda and I went up to the Grand Isle Mansion.


Chuck

Sheila posted 02-17-2005 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Chuck!
UnderDog posted 02-18-2005 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hey Sheila, both Andy and I have little ones.... you better like kids cause depending how my two year old temper is i may pass her too yah<wink>.... Glad you are coming. Looking forward to Meeting you and your husband.

Keith
Underdog

Sheila posted 02-18-2005 02:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Keith, bring her on! My beloved husband is also a champ with little ones. He was the 2nd of 6 children and was always his mom's "second pair of hands" with the younger kids. My nephews and niece adore him.

I'd say we're 95 percent certain at this point. I sure want to come!

Marc posted 02-19-2005 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marc  Send Email to Marc     
I just checked the calendar and found out my wife has a conference that weekend. However, she had a good time last year and wants to go to our second rendezvous. So we are up in the air right now but we hope to be there. Might just be me and the three kids for the day but we have to make it this year.

Hopefully this time with my own whaler, even though we enjoyed and appreciated the rides we got from Tony and Andy.

Marc...

bobeson posted 02-22-2005 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobeson  Send Email to bobeson     

My reservation at Snug Harbor was confirmed. We'll be staying in cabin #12. Should I reserve guest dock space in order to leave my boat in the water all weekend? I was unclear on this after reading their reservations pages.

Chuck, thanks for the offer of the child PFD, but I went with a Mustang infant PFD that seems better suited to my baby's expected size in May.

Sheila, thanks for the "auntie" offer :) As long as the little dude manages to take his naps OK, we should be fine, but if he doesn't, I doubt any well-intentioned volunteer would want to put up with his antics!

I'm looking forward to meeting you all in the delta!

Sheila posted 02-22-2005 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hey, Bobeson, sorry I made him a "her."

The offer will stand. It's precisely when he hasn't napped and is up to his antics that parents most need a breather. Think "fresh horses."

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-22-2005 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
You should have put the dock space request on the free-form
space at the end of their reservation process. So yes,
let them know you need dock space, and how big the boat is.


Chuck

Sheila posted 02-22-2005 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Will folks be fishing? Should we bring tackle?
Sheila posted 02-23-2005 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Okay, we're officially in! I can't believe I got my beloved husband to commit 3 months in advance. I booked our cabin tonight.

Looking forward to it.

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-24-2005 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Those who fish usually go out in the morning before breakfast.

The rest of us sit around and relax.


Chuck

Sheila posted 02-24-2005 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks for that, Chuck.

Now I just need to investigate what kind of tackle we need for the local conditions and if we need any special endorsements on our licenses.

17 bodega posted 02-24-2005 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Some fishermen keep bankers hours. Maybe that's why I don't catch much. I will try to at least show up for some day action and some of Sheila's husband's home brew. Yum!

I also have lots of extra pfd's and stuff for kids that ours have outgrown.

Sheila posted 02-25-2005 02:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I hear you, Steve! We went out about 11 am today...came back in about 4 (I didn't catch anything worth keeping, but after the rain, it sure felt goood to be out in the sunshine.). I got home from my class at 10:00 pm--Jeff's out there hoop netting for lobster.

Not quite banker's hours :):):)

andygere posted 02-26-2005 02:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
You need a Bay/Delta stamp to fish for stripers in the Delta. It used to be called a striped bass stamp, but when the stocking program ended and you still had to buy the stamp that was paying for it, folks got mad so they changed the name. Spinning gear and topwater plugs, Rapalas, hair raisers, sluggos and similar swim baits all work well. A 9 weight fly rod and a clouser minnow is a great way to get them too. Last year the fishing was all but blown out, let's hope for better conditions this time around.
andygere posted 02-26-2005 02:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
You need a Bay/Delta stamp to fish for stripers in the Delta. It used to be called a striped bass stamp, but when the stocking program ended and you still had to buy the stamp that was paying for it, folks got mad so they changed the name. Spinning gear and topwater plugs, Rapalas, hair raisers, sluggos and similar swim baits all work well. A 9 weight fly rod and a clouser minnow is a great way to get them too. Last year the fishing was all but blown out, let's hope for better conditions this time around.
Sheila posted 02-26-2005 03:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Andy!

Thanks, Andy!

Rastuscrab posted 03-02-2005 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rastuscrab  Send Email to Rastuscrab     
I keep our big Boat at Riverboat Marina (Moores Riverboat) off of highway 12. Is all the guest docking gone at Snug Harbor? My wife and I could cruse over in our Carver, towing our 11.5, if I have it restored by then and stay at the dock. Or bring our Montauk over for the day and head back to the Riverboat.

Matt (Rastuscrab)

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-02-2005 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Ratuscrab, check with Snug Harbor. We don't know the answer.
I do know that they more or less asign a slip to each cabin,
but if the folks renting the cabin don't have a boat, those
are available, and they have some more slips not assigned to
cabins.

But the sooner you ask Snug Harbor, the better.


Chuck

andygere posted 03-03-2005 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Snug will rent you a slip with no cabin, if they are available. Chuck's right, call and line it up asap. It's a pretty popular place, even early in the season.
prm1177 posted 03-05-2005 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Just booked Snuggle Inn #10. Checking on reserving an overnight guest dock now. Looking forward to this one as we have a big opening on May 19th and I want some place to hide!
17 bodega posted 03-10-2005 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Thanks Andy,

That is good news for my tackle box. I hit the sportsmart "half off lowest price" and got some senkos, yo zuri minnows, rapalas, and some poppers. Sounds fun to try anyway.

I found a huge stash of old lures at the flea market last fall... I have several crates full of crap!

I got my stamp first thing this year too. Good advice. The bass are starting to bite up this way in the lakes.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-18-2005 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Anybody have any thoughts on where to have Saturday lunch?
The place we went last year in Rio Vista was fine, but if
someone has an idea, let's kick it around.


Chuck

ratherwhalering posted 03-18-2005 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Suger Barge on Bethel Island is a nice spot, with plenty of dock space, but it is smack dab in the middle of a 2 mile 5MPH zone.
ratherwhalering posted 03-18-2005 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
http://www.sugarbarge.com/
andygere posted 03-21-2005 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Sugarbarge has plenty of dockspace, and the section of no wake zone makes for a relaxing post lunch cruise. We did the cruise with along with Caddis & family on the second day of the 2003 Rendezvous, and it was a really nice trip. As much as I enjoyed last year's lunch in Rio Vista, the docking situation there is less than ideal if it's blowing.
ratherwhalering posted 03-24-2005 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
This could turn into quite a Saturday. I know of the following friends that will be dropping by for the day Saturday for at least a cruise and lunch:

1. Myself and my wife, Darci. Bradley and Genoa, our labs.
2. Matt Frymier and Kathy. Super-dog Flash (Ahhh, ahhh...he saved every one of us!)
3. Kermit (frogger) and Kim in their 17 Super Sport
4. Kermit's friend in his Revenge.
5. Brian (arddog) and his babe of the week, in his restored 18-Outrage.

Sheila posted 03-30-2005 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I feel kind of like a child preparing for her very first visit to summer camp.

Any idea what kind of weather to expect? Or is May as variable up there as it is down here? Actually, down here it doesn't vary much. We have May Gray, followed by June Gloom.

What kinds of stuff do you all bring to share at the evening barbeques? Salads, desserts?

What else?

Joe Kriz posted 03-30-2005 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
Sheila,

We bring the salads and desserts and you bring the Lobster, Steaks, and Beer for everyone else.

:-)

Last year everyone brought their own main course and also a salad, dessert, etc. for the pot luck. Of course Hoop has the final suggestions as he is the head master.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-30-2005 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Stuff to share can be anything but the meat or drinks,
which are BYO. Salad, starch, dessert, hor de ourvres,
whatever.

Weather can be anything from cool and breazy (windbreaker
for the evenings) to HOT (we had 105 and no wind one year).
Check the forecast a couple of days ahead.


Chuck

Sheila posted 03-30-2005 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Joe and Chuck.

Can you enlighten me a bit as to how much food preparation I can plan to undertake in my cabin there? Or should I have everything "ready to eat" before I leave home?

17 bodega posted 03-31-2005 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Maybe some of us will even bring some fresh wild caught king salmon! I always keep extra beef jerky, granola and water just in case I get stranded somewhere. If I can get there, I'll bring some meat to grill. Chicken mango sausage, and similar items that easily go on a fired grill.
I have some hot gator sauce that could be a good excuse to sample some of the home brew.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-31-2005 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The cabins have a kitchen with stove, oven, fridge, sink,
microwave, etc. At least the big #1 cabin did. If I'm wrong
about the smaller ones, would someone who has stayed in one
please set me right.

Chuck

Joe Kriz posted 03-31-2005 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
Chuck,

Our cabin #17 last year had all the things you mentioned. Even pots and pans etc...

Sheila posted 04-01-2005 03:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, guys. I'm really looking forward to the rendezvous, and meeting you all.
Hoop posted 04-05-2005 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Our weekend is only about 6 weeks away. I'm looking forward to it, too!

I'm going to be putting together a list of attendees, as I've done in the past. I'm not quite as far along towards doing it as I had hoped by this time, but I'll get on it.

Jim

prm1177 posted 04-05-2005 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Looks like the Conquest I bought from Bill Smotrilla will be here next week, so I'll be arriving in another new to me boat. I'll miss the 17, but if the wind picks up like it did last year, I'll be crossing the Bay in comfort at least.

Anyone else boating to the Rendezvous this year?

Paul

Sheila posted 04-07-2005 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Ingredients for Rendezvous IPA were purchased tonight. Now we need to get brewing!
JZAB posted 04-08-2005 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
You are killing me this sounds like fun, but I think I’m suck Tucson that weekend I will work on changing that…..
elaelap posted 04-14-2005 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Hoop, maybe I missed it, but are we getting the promised support from the Outboard Motor Shop this year, and if so, what does it consist of?

Tony

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-19-2005 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Murphy is alive and well. From
http://www.californiadelta.org/thisweek.htm

May 20-21: Tony's Steak 7 Beans Poker Run by Delta Sport Boats YC Saturday 7 am - 10 am breakfast & departure from Garlic Brother's restaurant, lunch at Tony's in Walnut Grove. Exact course to be announced. $50, includes breakfast, T-shirt, & poker hand. Call Darrell 209/914-0956 or Jeff 209/603-1091. (Note: Fri. 6 pm - 9 pm pre-registration party at Village West YC , showing video footage of previous events.)


Chuck

andygere posted 04-21-2005 01:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I wonder if those go-fast guys would tell us their route so we can try to avoid them. Either that, or we set up our own poker run...
17 bodega posted 04-21-2005 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I've eaten at Garlic Brothers in Stockton. Great food. I suggest the Tri tip or the roasted garlic clove. I used to sip a few ales from the patio and watch the boats go by.


prm1177 posted 04-22-2005 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Well, it looks like I will be heading out from San Rafael to the Delta at around 3:00 PM on Friday the 20th. My course will take me around the Two Brothers Lighthouse to the Carquinez Straits, then past Port Chicago (giving a wide berth to any ammunition ships loading), then up the river. If anyone is planning to boat to the Rendezvous, let me know and I will arrange to meet up with you.

Paul

Sheila posted 04-22-2005 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
The Rendezvous Pale Ale is brewing. Jeff's thinking of putting it in a pony keg, rather than bottling it--any thoughts on that?

Also, how many boats are expected? And how many people?

Hoop posted 04-23-2005 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Tony, sorry for not replying earlier. John Maynard may be coming from the Outboard Motor Shop. I'll confirm tomorrow, Sunday, when I expect to see him at the boat show.

I'm putting together a list of attendees, and it is looking like it is bigger than last year.

Rob, if you want to provide me with email addresses for the folks attending you reference, I'll put them on my list.

Hoop

UnderDog posted 05-01-2005 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello Jim and the rest, looks like we will only be there on saterday. My wife has to work friday and sunday. so it will be my wife Robin our beautiful 29 month old daughter Elizabeth and myself for the day.

Keith
Underdog
16SL

Sheila posted 05-02-2005 02:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Are the fishing license endorsement stamps available at, or near Snug Harbor?
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-02-2005 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
You could e-mail Snug Harbor and ask them. And if they don't,
someplace along the water in Rio Vista will. Or in Stockton
if you are coming up I5.


Chuck

Sheila posted 05-02-2005 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Chuck. I'll check.
prm1177 posted 05-02-2005 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
From the Snug Harbor FAQ:

Do you sell fishing licenses?

Yes, we sell fishing licenses in the store. You can also go to one of the Bait stores in Rio Vista, 10 minutes away, Isleton or Walnut Grove, 15 minutes away.

andygere posted 05-03-2005 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
For those of you who just can't get enough ContinuousWave, you will not "get behind" while on the NorCal Rendezvous. Snug Harbor is now a WiFi hotspot, so you can logon while on board. Perhaps we can set up the first ever live Rendezvous posting...

http://www.californiadeltadawdling.com/wifi-bouy.JPG

Sheila posted 05-04-2005 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Doh! Never thought to look on their website for license information. Thanks!

Andy, I'm sure hoping that being with the real, live people (or at least some of them) will keep my addiction in check until I get home. Then I'll just have a marathon session to "catch up."

prm1177 posted 05-06-2005 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Two weeks to go. Anyone have an attendance count yet?
Sheila posted 05-06-2005 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
And, do we need to attempt to coordinate the "to share" dishes for dinners? Or does it always just work out?
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-08-2005 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
We've never really tried to coordinate the "to share" dishes.
We get enough people that the law of large numbers applies
and we get a reasonable selection. (and would it be a disaster
if we had twenty desserts? ;-)


Chuck

Sheila posted 05-09-2005 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks for that, Chuck, and for all your other assistance with helping me prepare for the rendezvous.

I'll just wait for my culinary muses to speak...

ratherwhalering posted 05-09-2005 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Hoop, check your e-mail, Matt (mfrymier) has a new addition to his family, a baby girl, and won't be making the trip up to the Delta.
elaelap posted 05-09-2005 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Man oh man, Matt...you're gonna let a little thing like that get in the way of the rendezvous!? Looks like we're gonna have to drum him out of the corps, guys and gals...he's obviously got his priorities all screwed up.

Tony

Congrats, Matt and Ms. Matt! Sorry we'll miss you and your sweet Outrage 18 this year.

Sheila posted 05-10-2005 02:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Sorry, Tony, if there's one thing that trumps our Whalers, it's babies...see my post in GAM about a little girl's smile...
Hoop posted 05-10-2005 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Tentative attendance count is 32 adults, half a dozen kids, and 17 boats. I'm using email for communicating details. John Maynard from Outboard Motor Shop will be attending on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Send me an email if you might be going and you have not yet gotten an email from me.

Best regards,
Jim

Sheila posted 05-12-2005 03:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Will there be singing?
WT posted 05-12-2005 03:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Shelia:

My request will be "99 Bottles of Beer".

Warren

WT posted 05-13-2005 01:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Does anyone know if I can get a room at Snug Harbor for Friday night?

I may get a hall pass because my wife has church functions next weekend.

Warren

Sheila posted 05-13-2005 03:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Warren,
Just call Vicki at Snug Harbor. The website link is in the very first post to this thread and you can find the number on the website.

So, let's see. You drink as a hobby and don't accompany your wife to church functions.

My kind of guy!

Sheila posted 05-13-2005 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Oh, and Warren, I spent way too many hours chaperoning on the band bus to be willing to perform (or listen to!) "99 bottles."

But if the boats could sing, I think this would be their song:

"Look at us, we're beautiful
All the people push and pull but
let's just go out and ride
Talk about the things we try"

(a snippet from "Beautiful" by Moby)

WT posted 05-13-2005 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sheila:

Band bus? Were you a groupie?

Snug Harbor studios are sold out and minimum stay is 2 nights. Only lofts are available at $175/night with a 2 night stay. I can stay in a pop-up RV trailer but not sure if I want to do that yet.

Warren

JZAB posted 05-13-2005 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     

Just found out I will be in town the 20th, but looks like Snug harbor is booked. Does any one know if I bring the boat up Saturday am for breakfast to meet the gang can I launch at Snug harbor or is it that just for quests? Or Warren if you want a room mate Friday night in a popup I don’t snore, smoke, and bring my own Scotch.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-13-2005 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Snug Harbor allows a some amount of non-guest launching but
I'm not sure of the details.

Another option is a State park launch ramp across
the slough and a half mile up stream. It's called
Hogback Island Recerational Area. It does
have some rules that translate "not after dark" or some such,
but I can't find them online.


Chuck

WT posted 05-13-2005 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
FYI

If you do not have reservations, you can not launch your boat at Snug Harbor. It is a private ramp.

On Saturday the office will be open at 8 AM. (I was planning on arriving at 6 AM to launch my boat to go fishing.) The gates will not be open if you want to arrive early.

I would call Vicki at Snug Harbor to make reservations or perhaps Hoop has made special arraignments.

Warren


Sheila posted 05-13-2005 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Naw, Warren. I don't think the groupies did much chaperoning anyways. My Lovely and Talented Daughter is a musician and I used to go with her high school band to performances.

Go for the popup! Have some adventure!

WT posted 05-14-2005 03:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
If the pop-up tent comes with a harem, I'd do it. It sleeps 6. I'm not sure if I can get away for 3 days.

Warren

WT posted 05-14-2005 03:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
JZAB:

I just got home from a night out with the boys. I will have to ask the boss if I can stay out for 2 nights at Snug Harbor.

I'll let you know tomorrow.

Warning! I have been known to drink, smoke, cuss and snore.

Warren

erik selis posted 05-14-2005 03:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Hey Sheila,

I have a cousin in San Diego who is a singer. Maybe your daughter knows her. Eve Selis is her name.

http://www.eveselis.com/index2.html

Erik

Sheila posted 05-14-2005 03:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Erik,
I have not had the pleasure of meeting your cousin, Eve, personally, but I have had the pleasure of hearing her. She is highly regarded here, and rightfully so. Funny, I've seen your name here all this time, but never made the connection.

Warren:

You don't drink and smoke in your sleep, do you?

WT posted 05-14-2005 04:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sheila:

It depends if you count passing out with a scotch in one hand and a cigar in the other. :)

JZAB:

Do you have any resemblance to Teri Hatcher?

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-15-2005 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
First forecasts for the rendezvous are out:

Coastal and Marine:
.FRI...NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT.
Sat/Sun not yet available.

Surface:
Thursday night and Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows around 55. Highs around 75.

Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows around 51.

Saturday through Sunday: Clear. Highs around 81. Lows around 52.


Chuck

Hoop posted 05-15-2005 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Hi folks ...

Most of our Whaler Rendezvous correspondence is by email; email me if you might be coming and are not already on my email list.

I did a summary of how many of us have booked cabins, and it is around 6 plus one RV site. The count is still around 32 adults plus kids, though there are maybe half a dozen adults who have not confirmed.

As the discussion above notes, Snug Harbor is a private facility and their launch ramp is not available to the general public. This has the biggest effect on those of you who are coming only for Saturday.

There are launch ramps at about three nearby locations, that include the Hogback Recreational Area, Brannan Island State Park, and, I understand, at the Delta Marina in Rio Vista.

I'll be sending out an email tonight and another one after I double check on some details.

Happy Whalin!

Jim


elaelap posted 05-16-2005 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Yikes, Hoop, and thanks for that information. I just showed up last year with my boat, dropped her in at the Snug Harbor ramp early Saturday morning, tied up at the Snug Harbor dock, left my truck and trailer in that grassy field across from the ramp, and nobody hassled me at all. I better start calling around about day launching from those other locations and do some route finding prior to this coming Saturday.

Tony

UnderDog posted 05-16-2005 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello, tony and others, rio vista has a public launch ramp that I used last year and its only a ten minute boat ride to snug harbor.

Keith
underdog
16SL

elaelap posted 05-16-2005 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Thanks for that, Keith...that's for me early Saturday morning. Any idea of the truck/trailer capacity?

See ya this weekend,

Tony

WT posted 05-16-2005 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I just reserved Loft unit number 4 at Snug Harbor and will be alone Friday and Saturday nights. If someone needs a place to stay email me. If you stay with me I believe I can reserve you additional dock space and car/trailer space.

You should bring:
1) sleeping bag.
2) towels
3) food.

The unit has a microwave and full size refrigerator.

http://www.snugharbor.net/snugharbor/loftcabins.htm

Looking forward to meeting everyone,
Warren

PS. I only smoke cigars out outdoors. I'll bring some 18 year old Glen Livet and H. Upmann cigars to share.

ratherwhalering posted 05-16-2005 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Tony, hope to bump into you at the Rio Vista boat ramp, I'll be there at around 8:45, shoving off at around 9:30 for a quick trip to the Island for some Gam and to attend the skipper's meeting at 10:30!
elaelap posted 05-16-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Sounds like a plan, Rob.

Tony

JZAB posted 05-17-2005 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
Rio Vista boat ramp it is about 8:00 to 8:30 for me...
Hoop posted 05-17-2005 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I don't know what the management's strategy is at Snug Harbor, but they sure increased the complexity of the rules this year. And they increased their rates, too.

They are also doing a number of improvements, so maybe they are trying to upscale.

It's sure a nice location.

Jim

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-18-2005 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'm going to bring a big supply of "paper" plates and plastic
silverware and cups for Friday and Saturday.

Coastal and Marine Forecast:
.SAT AND SUN...W WINDS 10 TO 20 KT.

Surface Forecast:
Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs around 74.

Friday night: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows around 50.

Saturday: Sunny. Highs around 83.

Saturday night: Clear. Lows around 55.

Sunday through Tuesday: Clear. Highs around 87. Lows around 56.

There's been a good deal of fluctuation in the forecast.
This morning's surface forecast was a good deal warmer (90s)
for the weekend. So watch this space.


Chuck

Sheila posted 05-18-2005 02:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
We're deep in "preparation" mode here.

Could someone who knows the area well please advise the location of a supermarket? We'll be coming north on the I-5 and would prefer to buy our perishable groceries Friday afternoon near the site than to bring them up in a cooler. Thanks!

WT posted 05-18-2005 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sheila:

As you are heading south on I5. Take Highway 12 East to Lodi. Highway 12 turns into Kettleman lane.

Safeway 2449 W Kettleman Ln Lodi, CA
Food for Less 2430 W Kettleman Ln Lodi, CA

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?zoom=7&address=2449%20W%20Kettleman%20Ln&city=Lodi&state=CA&zip=95242


Warren


WT posted 05-18-2005 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Oops. As you are heading north on Interstate 5. (I'm heading south on I5.)

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-18-2005 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Or rather than heading away from the Delta to Lodi, stop in
Rio Vista, which is only about 15 minutes from Snug Harbor.
There will be groceries in Rio Vista, though not Safeway or
Raleys/BelAir/NobHill. Can't check on Albertsons -- their
website is down.


Chuck

WT posted 05-18-2005 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Groceries in Rio Vista:

MORE FOR LESS
1009 STATE HIGHWAY 12
RIO VISTA, CA 94571-1441
707-374-2690 (Business)

LIRA'S SUPERMARKETS
609 STATE HIGHWAY 12
RIO VISTA, CA 94571-1440
707-374-5399 (Business)

I guess you could pick up some tube steaks here also.

Warren

Sheila posted 05-18-2005 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, guys.

Warren, I know Kettleman Lane very well. My aunt and uncle lived on that street for many, many years.

WT posted 05-18-2005 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Fishing near Snug Harbor will be weak. The Sacramento River is very muddy from the recent rains and water releases upstream. Forget fishing for bass.

A local expert fisherman recommends bait fishing for striper if we stick around Snug Harbor. Snug Harbor sells bait. So bring a pole.

Warren

17 bodega posted 05-18-2005 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
After my extensive google research, and consultation of my 5 year old Delta fishing map, I have come to the conclusion that this place is indeed snuggled away from most of western society as we know it, and yes, that's a good thing. Just try reading those directions on thier website.... wow.

Hogback is the closest ramp that I am aware of at this point. The directions as given by a nice man at Hidden Harbor involve going past Rio Vista to Isleton and taking a number of lefts, rights and turning at the crooked tree, stop at the cable ferry, get out of the car and do a couple of cartwheels, get back in, jump in the delta and ....


I'll find it... and I want to make the fishing seminar too. I will be arriving by boat, which I think is very cool, so if there is no more parking for boats, someone will have to ask Chuck to snorkel out to get me.

I'm sure that I don't have to remind all of you that the roads out there are dangerous, and most often two lane without provisions for passing vehicles. Trailering a large Whaler can be tricky to say the least, not to mention that area is known for partying and drunk drivers. I resided in Stockton and barely lived to tell about some evenings at Tower Park.

This is gonna be fun, and the weather looks good too! Thanks to Hoop for all the work and planning he put into this. It was no small job.

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-18-2005 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Hogback doesn't seem that difficult. Most locals throw in
way too much detail. Here's what Microsoft Streets and Trips
says to get to Hogback from the intersection of SR12 and
SR160 (the east end of the Rio Vista Bridge):

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 9.9 miles (14 minutes)
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart 16397 SR-160, Isleton, CA 95641 on SR-160 (North) 5.9 mi
9:06 AM 5.9 Turn LEFT to stay on SR-160 1.1 mi
9:08 AM 7.0 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto Poverty Rd 2.0 mi
9:12 AM 9.0 Turn LEFT (West) onto Walker Landing Rd 0.8 mi
9:13 AM 9.8 Turn LEFT (South) onto Grand Island Rd 0.1 mi
9:14 AM 9.9 Arrive 15039 Grand Island Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

SUMMARY
Driving distance: 9.9 miles
Trip duration: 14 minutes
Driving time: 14 minutes

That turn "Turn LEFT to stay on SR-160 takes you across the
Isleton bridge.

Navigation in the delta, both car and boat, is easier with
a GPS.


Chuck

17 bodega posted 05-18-2005 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Thanks for that Chuck. I will pull my gps out of the boat box for the drive and I've copied those directions.

I've been tracking the weather today like I'm sure many of you have. Look at all the flood statements up the hill from our party.... whew!

Any sturgeon caught that far upstream? I used to catch big catfish up by the stockton channel and fourteen mile, whiskey and potato slough. With all the murky water, the fishing will probably anchovies if anything.

I'll bring all the salmon I have frozen. If others bring some too then everyone should at least get a tease. I've also got Aidels chicken mango and brats which should go good with Sheila's Hubby's brew!

WT posted 05-19-2005 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I have a loft all to myself. For all of you one day visitors, you are more than welcome to crash at my loft. My invitation goes to anyone on this forum.

I can accomodate five more bodies in my unit. My crash pad is free of charge for anyone wanting to spend the night or weekend.

Let me know so that I can notify Snug Harbor.

Warren

prm1177 posted 05-19-2005 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Needless to say the weather here has been delaying the botom painting of the Conquest. Hope that the yard will have better lick today (needs 1 more coat of epoxy and then 2 more of ablative). If all goes well, I will leave on time tomorrow afternoon. If not, then I may have to motor up Saturday. Still hope to see you all.

Paul

17 bodega posted 05-19-2005 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Hey Warren,

Here is a picture of a bass someone caught in the Delta yesterday... Maybe it's worth a try afterall??

He used "beavers"... you can see me begging this guy for some tips on how to do that myself!

Steve

http://www.coastsidefishingclub.com/drupal/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=180315&an=0&page=0#180315


Just a teaser for those wishing to wet a line at the party!

WT posted 05-19-2005 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Steve:

You can get black bass on the San Joaquin side if you want to make that run.

I'll bring my rattle traps, spinner baits, fish traps, etc just in case.

Warren

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-19-2005 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
When are folks planning on arriving? I'm planning on getting
there not later than about 4 tomorrow, possibly as early as
two.


Chuck

WT posted 05-19-2005 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Snug Harbor check-in is at 3 PM. I hope to get there before 5 pm.

I haven't been on my boat in over a month. I can't wait.

Warren

17 bodega posted 05-19-2005 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Maybe you could put me in for a tenative in your crash pad for Friday Warren... if you're not full yet. I would like to leave Cotati by 3 or 4 if I can swing it with work and everything else. It's a 50/50 chance because of some babysitting I agreed to and work. Call my cell fone to suggest anything to bring (that goes for anyone) Will probably be hitting the Costco in Cordelia. Don't be shy.

Looking forward to the nice weather and relaxation, and maybe some fishing. Maybe I'll thow on the bimini if we'll be cruising all day.

17 bodega posted 05-19-2005 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I might even prefer to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars if that is an option. The weather looks promising.
WT posted 05-19-2005 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Steve:

Snug Harbor does not allow you own tents.

You are welcome to crash at my place. If you want to launch and moor your boat at Snug Harbor call Vicki and let her know that you will be staying in Loft #4.

She will charge you a launch fee and I think $8 to moor your boat for the night.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me on my cell phone.

Warren

Sheila posted 05-19-2005 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Operation Rendezvous is in full swing here. I'm baking cookies, making potato salad, and so on. By the way, if any of you are bringing beef: I just bought a fresh jar of horseradish that I'm happy to share. But if you like it cut with something, bring your own sour cream or whatever you mix it with, because I use it straight.

We're also bringing some folding tables for use at meals.

We plan to leave here early enough to clear Los Angeles before the morning rush. Like perhaps around 3 am. I think that'll put us up there WAY early (we can usually make Sacramento in 8 or 9 hours) so we may have to loaf around until check in time.

17 bodega posted 05-19-2005 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Thanks Warren. I'll give her a call. It seemed simpler to arrive by boat but I'll check with her. I might give you a holler on the phone (if and) when I leave Cotati.

Sounds good Sheila, since you like horseradish, maybe you'll give my Thai cooking a try. I try to make a special batch of green curry tonight and some Thai fried rice. I should have extra meat too for the grill.

Steve

Sheila posted 05-19-2005 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
You bet I will, Steve!

It just occurs to me that I've never been in a boat on inland waters. What's it like? My frame of reference is the Pacific ocean....

Will we need an endorsement for a second pole, along with the Delta stamp?

WT posted 05-19-2005 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sheila:

Yes you will need a delta stamp. Unless you are going to fish with 2 poles at the same time, you won't need that stamp on your fishing license.

I have found that boating on inland waters to be quite boring after my hair raising adventures in the Pacific Ocean. Many of my frinds have told me that boring is a good thing.

Same me some of that horse radish.

Warren

Sheila posted 05-19-2005 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Warren.

Swap you for some scotch?

WT posted 05-19-2005 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I hope you like Glen Livet.

Warren

17 bodega posted 05-19-2005 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
The only hard stuff i touch is Agave Tequila in the form of margaritas with salt and lots of lime squeeze and a float of grand marnier. Other than that I like beer and red wine. I'll be sure to bring something
Sheila posted 05-19-2005 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
For anyone who's bringing beverages with which they enjoy a bit of lemon or lime, we're bringing a lot of lemons and a few limes from our trees.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-19-2005 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Coastal and Marine forecast:

.FRI NIGHT...W WINDS 5 TO 15 KT.
.SAT...W WINDS 5 TO 15 KT.
.SAT NIGHT...SW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT.
.SUN...SW WINDS 10 KT...BECOMING W 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.


Surface forecast:

Friday: Partly cloudy. Warmer. Highs around 80. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows around 52. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 86. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear. Lows around 55. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 86.


Chuck

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-20-2005 01:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Lest anyone have any regrets about not salmon fishing or
diving this weekend, here's the Monterey offshore forecast:

.SAT...NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT.
W SWELL 9 TO 11 FT.
.SAT NIGHT...NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT.
NW SWELL 9 TO 11 FT.
.SUN...NW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT.
NW SWELL 9 TO 11 FT.

A good weekend for the delta.


Chuck

Sheila posted 05-20-2005 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Are we there yet???
WT posted 05-20-2005 01:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Get some sleep. :)
17 bodega posted 05-20-2005 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Wake Up!
17 bodega posted 05-20-2005 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Take note of this dangerous snow melt runoff statement by the national weather service. This will apply to us being on the Sacramento river.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/index.php?wfo=sto&zone=caz018&fire=caz218&county=cac095

Be careful out there.

Joe Kriz posted 05-21-2005 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
Hey,

Where did all you Bay Area people go tonight?

You must be out there having fun in the warm California Sun...?

Have fun everyone...

Joe

elaelap posted 05-22-2005 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm back from the rendezvous (early unfortunately because I have to deckhand for salmon tomorrow on my pal's 6-Pak). I'm pooped from the day's activities and the hundred mile tow home, so I'll make it short and sweet--good turnout, lots of Whalers all of which were shinier than mine and those with teak/mahogany had nicer looking wood than poor old neglected Cetaceous...so what else is new? Good hot weather, lots of debris being pushed along by a strong 3-4 knot current in the Sacramento River and adjacent sloughs (caused, we figured, by snow melt in the Sierra), nice 30 mile cruise around some islands in the Delta, and a bunch of real nice folks and super boats. The absolute topper was that our local BW dealer, the Outboard Motor Shop, not only gave each of the rendezvous participants a nice Whaler cap, but also bounced for lunch at a decent restaurant(!).

This was my second year at the NorCal Whaler rendezvous, and I want to emphatically thank Jim Hooper ('Hoop') for organizing these yearly get-togethers. They say that the devil's in the details, and I can only imagine how much effort went into making this event a success. A tip of my new Whaler cap to you, Hoop!

Tony

JZAB posted 05-22-2005 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
I’m back from the Nor Cal rendezvous, and had a great time. A BIG thanks to Jim “Hoop” for all his work putting it together, the whole event went off like clock work. I have been around boats, and docks my whole life, and I don’t think I have ever seen 20 boats get together in a confined area with 3 knot currents, and not have one raise voice, chipped gelcoat, or breakdown. The whole group looked like they had been practicing precision boating together for 20 years. Then there was the free Whaler hat, and lunch from the Outboard Motor Shop, and a nice broom dust pan kit from Sheila what a day.

Thanks everyone I had a great time
John Z

elaelap posted 05-22-2005 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
And thanks to you, John/JZAB, for having the brains to bring a chart and for successfully navigating us up the river and the sloughs from the Rio Vista ramp to Snug Harbor. I'm glad I had my sunglasses on early in the morning, 'cause otherwise I woulda gone blind following you from the reflection off your fine classic Montauk's gelcoat and brightwork.

I've been officially appointed town/forum crier to announce that Sheila, husband Jeff & friend Chris arrived not with their fine Revenge, but instead towing a Menemsha, one of two(!) rare little Whalers our Sheila and Jeff have secretly acquired over the past couple of months. (Actually, just last week Jeff and another pal drove a van back to NYC and after an adventure or six towed the latest Menemsha back to Oceanside just in time to head on up about five hundred more miles to the rendezvous.) I'm sure we'll all hear more about the Menemsha twins and Jeff's adventures...and cheers Sheila for the all-too-brief ride in the new boat and for the whiskbroom, a clever thoughtful party favor and needed by me and Cetaceous more than most.

Some folks who stayed the whole three days are probably just arriving home...I'll leave it to them to share some more tales. Thanks again, Outboard Motor Shop, and super thanks to Hoop.

Tony

Cameron Park posted 05-22-2005 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
More pictures of 2005 NorCal Whalers in the Delta.

http://photobucket.com/albums/y211/NHebbron/

Thanks to Jim Hooper for organizing a fun time with such nice Whaler enthusiasts. I had a great time! Also thanks to The Outboard Motor Shop for a delicious lunch.

17 bodega posted 05-23-2005 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Ditto from me too. Jim Hoop did a fantastic job. Thanks you Jim! A class act all the way around. Thanks to Warren for the crash pad and the Saturday morning fish and boat ride. Thanks to everyone who brought the great food and drinks too.

What a cool group of people. Thanks to Jimh too for having the forum so this could happen in the first place.

Now that I've been able to check out everyones boat, I have some great Ideas. Chucks PFD bag and dri deck, Warrens downrigger mounts, High Sierra's whole boat, Andy's T Top, Rob's fine classic, JohnZ's trailer, Sheila and Jeffs Menemsha.

Seeing the boats proved my suspicion that we have some very creative minds here.

Steve

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-23-2005 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Thanks again to Jim Hooper for organizing the event. Linda,
Beau (the REAL black dog), and I all had a good time. And
thanks to the Outboard Motor Shop for lunch.

I hope we aren't reading about Snug Harbor in the news in
the next few days for bad reasons. This was one of Northern
California's biggest snowpack years, and it's only warmed
up the last few days, and will stay warm the next few days.
This has caused a lot of snow melt, which caused high
currents in the sloughs, and a lot of driftwood. This morning
about 3:15, Beau decided he needed a walk. It was high tide,
+4.21, and the water was right up to the top of the ramp.
The tides the next couple of days are a couple of inches
higher each day, and if the warm weather continues and
raises the general level in the slough a few inches too,
Snug Harbor could be Soggy Harbor.


Chuck

Sheila posted 05-23-2005 01:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
What a weekend!

First I must extend thanks to Jim Hooper, whose clearly well-honed organization skills are outshined (outshone? long drive) by his impeccable hospitality. He offered us a cordial welcome upon his arrival (while waiting for us to finish our not-yet-polished launching routine). Throughout the weekend I noticed him quietly checking in with this or that person. This morning he devoted a great amount of effort to making sure that all belongings left on the deck of Cabin 8 were making their way back to their owners. It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet you, Jim.

Ditto that for everybody there. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the opportunity to observe first-hand is worth that amount raised to many orders of magnitude. Everyone was very indulgent of this newbie and her incessant questions.

The learning was valuable, but meeting you all was invaluable. It was so much fun to put faces to the names, and to learn that everybody "in person" is pretty much as they are here! And we saw so many beautiful boats. The cruise was amazing. The babies and children were wonderful. Beau was as fine a mascot as any gathering could ask for. I'm a real dog person, and I don't believe I've ever spent a weekend with a dog who was so sweet and mannerly with so much "stuff" going on all around him. If we had any regrets at all, it might be that we couldn't reorganize to accept Tony's kind invitation to extend our trip for one more day and head out for salmon with him on Monday. Someday, Tony, someday!

We were pulling out of Snug Harbor's gate at 1:30 this afternoon, and were home a bit before 10 pm. The traffic gods smiled upon us. The distance was nearly 500 miles, so we did okay. Though, Jeff said that after dragging Menemsha Number One (Winkie, whom we took to the rendezvous, home from the Pensacola area) and Menemsha Number Two (as yet unnamed) home from the Hamptons, a jaunt up the the delta was a quick trip.

Chris told us, before he took his leave from our home to his, that it was "the best vacation I've ever had." And he's been to some cool places.

We picked up a "stray" in a Newport during our cruise on Saturday. We've given him the website URI and we'll have to see if he joins us. He has the nice Newport in Natalie's pictures.

Can we do it again this weekend?

Sheila posted 05-23-2005 02:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I'm afraid to try to list all the wonderful folks we met because I don't want to overlook anyone. But it was an amazing weekend.

Tony, how about an annoucement over in the GAM?

andygere posted 05-23-2005 02:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
This was my 4th Nor Cal Whaler Rendezvous, and as always it was even more fun than the last. Thanks again to Jim "Hoop" Hooper for organizing the event, coordinating logistics, and making sure everyone had a great time. Thanks also to the folks at the Outboard Motor Shop, the official dealership of the Nor Cal Rendezvous, for sponsoring a great lunch at The Point Restaurant, and for the great Whaler hats. It was great to see some old friends, and meet some new ones in person. To top off the weekend, we had a big first in our family on Sunday, which can best be described with a picture:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v408/andygere/2005%20Rendezvous/Jillysfirstfish.jpg

Sheila posted 05-23-2005 03:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Yes, I forgot to mention Outboard Motor Shop's fine sponsorship. It was lovely!

Andy, that photo is priceless. What a wonderful top-off to your weekend.

Now, who's going to share the story of the ferry cable?

WT posted 05-23-2005 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I want to thank Doug Burton and someone else (I was too panic stricken to remember his name) for helping me at the ramp. I thought I could handle retrieving my boat by myself. Well, the current was moving approximately 6-7 knots last weekend. It was an ugly retrieval but I got her on the trailer.

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/12940754p-13788507c.html

Warren


ratherwhalering posted 05-23-2005 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Hey, just wanted to thank Jim for his hard work and organization skills! Darci, Kendra and I had a wonderful time. Lunch was outstanding, as was the company. Saturday went so smoothly that it was almost scary. We had a good time on the cruise, dropping to the rear of the armada and working our way forward, chatting with you folks along the way. I must say, leading the pack for a few minutes was the highlight, just to look back and see all those beautiful boats charging up the sloughs! After the cruise, we departed to Rio Vista to drop off our guest, and decided to pull the Montauk then and there. Turns out there were three Whalers from the rendezvous waiting for a ramp. When a ramp became available, all three whalers were pulled, parked, and in the process of being prepped for trailering before the other boat was even launched on the second ramp. It was like clockwork, and a testimate to some skillful whaler owners! O.K., O.K., I forgot to tilt my engine, and dodged a major bullet by not even scratching the skeg...nobody's perfect ;-)

Thanks again, to Jim for the management, Snug Harbor for the accomodations, the Outboard Motor Shop for the hats, lunch, and continued support, Delta Marina for lunchtime the dockspace, and all the participants for making this a great event.


Rob, Darci, Kendra, Bradley, and Genoa

http://photobucket.com/albums/v641/ratherwhalering/Whaler%20Rendezvous/

elaelap posted 05-23-2005 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Hey Warren,

Don't you love the comment in the Sacramento Bee by the USCG Auxiliary guy who says that handling a boat in a 6-7 knot current is as difficult as handling her in 60 mph winds!?...sure hope I never get a chance to find out. I'll bet that guy would seriously foul his undies to be out in a small motorboat in a 40 knot blow (and as we know, wind strength increases exponentially as its speed increases). Most small motorcraft, Whalers included, would have a great deal of trouble surviving sustained 60 mph winds. I guess in these days of 550 mph airline travel, a 'mere' 60 mph wind doesn't sound too threatening, but I spent nearly three days in a 50+ kt storm on a T-2 tanker in the Gulf of Alaska almost forty years ago and I still have nightmares about that experience. All I could think of the whole time (when I wasn't worrying about the ship breaking up) was what it must be like to be in weather like that in a well-found deep keel sailboat; I'd read accounts by and talked with skippers of sailboats who had survived such conditions, but take it from me, seeing is believing.

Tony

UnderDog posted 05-23-2005 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello all, I am putting together a website for the Trip, If you would like to send me pictures please email me at Keithek@pacbell.net Please include any info you have, so I can properly identify the people and Whalers in the picture.

Here is the website so far
http://www.robinsnestgiftshop.com/bostonwhaler

Keith
Underdog
16SL

P.s. thanks alot Jim, you did a Great Job Again, It gets bigger and Better each year.

prm1177 posted 05-23-2005 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Well, it's time to add my thanks to Jim for organizing the event again this year. By the way, the food, home brew, and company at the Saturday dinner was great. I'm glad I was able to get the bottom paint finished in time to make it, although I'm sad I missed the free Lunch. Maybe, if I take my Carl's Jr. receipt to the Outboard Motor Shop...

Anyway, I do need to report an interesting trip back on the water. The current from the dam releases and an incoming tide gave me 3-4 ft rollers in the river. Add to that, a brisk 20-30 mph wind out of the west, and you get 4-6 ft seas at the mouth of the river. However, I made it back to San Rafael (50 miles) in about 2 1/2 hours and actually spent most of the time on plane. Maybe the Accutrack Hulls will eventually qualify for classic status.

Enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones and hope to see you next year.

Paul
Conquest 23
(nobody remembers your name, but EVERYBODY remembers a boat)

prm1177 posted 05-23-2005 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Oh, and Warren. You did just fine bring the boat in against the current.

Paul

WT posted 05-23-2005 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Thanks Paul for your help.

Warren

17 bodega posted 05-23-2005 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Hi Paul.

I was the guy in the big silly outback hat that met you at the dock when you arrived. That's a mighty fine boat you have. When I left at sunset on Saturday evening for my ride to Rio Vista, the Sac River was up with the wind chop. I had to hug the northern bank to stay dry. John Z followed me in his creampuff MONTAUK 17 he got from Royce. The Rio Vista launch ramp was free of any nasty current, but the launch is situated in 2 narrow slips to help someone launch with ease.

See you out there fishing.

Steve

Hoop posted 05-24-2005 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Hi all,

I had a great time at our Rendezvous, too! As Ratherwhalering observed, being in the front and looking back at a long line of Whalers is a mighty impressive site.

Thanks for your kind words, everyone. Thanks to the Outboard Motor Shop for their sponsorship, to John Maynard for spending Friday evening with us, to Rob for coordinating so well with Delta Marina, and to Vicki at Snug Harbor Resort.

Vicki, by the way, pronounced that our group was "terrific" and she invited us back; she said it in a way that led me to believe she wasn't exactly sure in advance how well-behaved our group might actually be. Thanks to everyone for paying attention to the Snug Harbor rules.

My count, somewhat imperfect, was that we had about 27 adults and 3 children at lunch on Saturday.

All told, with people showing up at different times, we had a total of about 34 adults, 6 kids, 3 dogs, and 18 boats if you include Bob E's Whaler that had engine problems and never got into the water.

Have a great summer everyone!

Best regards,
Jim

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