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LHG posted 03-01-2005 05:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for LHG  
After 4 years now, is it time to think about organizing such an event? A one year lead time would probably be necessary.
People have to come from all over, not just the local region.

What about a weekend fly-in event, where people that were somewhat local could bring their Whalers so all could get boat rides. Arrive Friday afternoon, leave Sunday evening.
A hotel on the water, with Marina, would be appropriate.

Time of the year could be the winter months, when most here aren't doing any regular boating. Early Nov, or Jan-March, probably in some warm, reasonably centered, climate like FL, so it doubles as a warm weather vacation getaway.

This could be fun? Put faces with screen personalities, and see the Whalers besides. Maybe the factory and local dealers would participate or host.

Any interest? Is this a good idea? Would it be attended

Buckda posted 03-01-2005 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Larry...I like this idea. Perhaps it could revolve around activities at a major boat show.

Can you elaborate a bit on what you're thinking?

David Jenkins posted 03-01-2005 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Friday February 24-Tuesday February 28
Rendezvous in New Orleans for
Mardi Gras 2006
macfam posted 03-01-2005 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
Sponsored by Boston Whaler....and with articles and pictures promoted to the world......there's more important opinions than just J.D.Power.....
Hal Watkins posted 03-01-2005 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Mardi Gras would be an expensive distraction..Bourbon Stret is the pits. "CW's gone wild?"

Tampa Bay could accomodate any size group, there is plenty to see and do and they have a little water around there to I hear. Hal of MN

WT posted 03-01-2005 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Since I won't be trailering my Montauk to the Atlantic Ocean, I vote for Las Vegas. "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".


David Pendleton posted 03-01-2005 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Patricia and I are in.

We have no interest in combining an event with Mardi Gras.

We're open to any location. It'd be nice to be able to tow my boat, but that's not a determining factor.

Any time of year is okay, but because Patricia is a teacher, we'd need lot's of advance notice if it were during the school year.

Maybe something along the Gulf Coast?

Keep me posted.


Sheila posted 03-01-2005 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Sounds like a great idea! I love New Orleans, but I'm 20 years too old for Mardi Gras.

San Diego usually has nice winter weather...

erik selis posted 03-02-2005 06:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Larry, could this also be called an international convention? I would love to fly over for an event like this. I think a couple of my Whaler friends would also be interested.


skred posted 03-02-2005 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
First of all, Sheila - you're NEVER too old to party.... But, I have to speak up for the middle of the country: the Midwest is equidistant from the coasts, and does have 5 rather large bodies of water available. While the "Coasties" are suffering with the unbearable heat and humidity of summer, we "middies" are enjoying 75-80 degree sunshine and cool breezes. So, I submit that we do not omit this location from consideration. Besides, "we got good beer 'n stuff....."
1fer2fer posted 03-02-2005 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for 1fer2fer  Send Email to 1fer2fer     
Northern Gulf Coast would be a great place. There are lots of amenities and the area is extremely boater friendly (plenty of free public launch ramps, great marinas that are reasonably priced for transients, awesome cruising grounds). Here spring and early summer are very temperate with tolerable humidity. We're very accessible by air, land and sea. We'd love for it to be held here, but anywhere on the Gulf Coast would be likely to attract my husband and me.
kingfish posted 03-02-2005 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Interesting thought - if it is done in the "off-season" it pretty much does away with the notion of mid-America and the Great Lakes, but I think that's OK, seems like the "off-season" timing would be better for most, maybe northern Gulf coast.

Absolutely not to Mardi Gras - been there done that, no way would I want to mix the two, nor do I think would many others. (Nor, like Sheila, am I young enough any more even to do it by itself. I think It's against some Louisanna law to attend Mardi Gras if you're older than 30, anyway...)

May be unrealistic, but what would be *really* cool would be for a whole bunch of us to trailer in to this thing form all over the continent - what a photo opportunity!


Buckda posted 03-02-2005 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Perhaps not Mardi Gras - but would New Orleans or Mobile, AL be good locations - we could pull boats from probably Denver, the Upper Midwest and the southern portions of New England probably. Folks from the West Coast would probably have to fly (?)....or perhaps Galveston or Houston?

Just thinking out loud. I think it's a cool idea. Might also be fun for folks to bring their projects along - we could hold a few trailer-based seminars on wood refinishing, gelcoat repair, etc....and make it truly a convention!

very cool ideas, guys. If I had a year lead-time, I'd be able to take time off in mid-winter or early spring for something like this, and would probably tow Gambler down.

nFL_Bosn69 posted 03-02-2005 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
If it were to be in the Southeast/Gulf Coast, I would suggest a date sometime around Mid to Late March. The weather down here is absolutely gorgeous this time of year, and towards the end to this month everything will be in bloom.

What about something like the Tennessee, in late March? Whats the weather like there at that time. I've never been, but the brochures sure look nice. Plus it's slightly more centered. Would the northerners be unwrapping their boats around this time? Or is there still usually too much snow to make it a safe journey?


Gep posted 03-02-2005 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
What about Edgewater Florida? The home of Boston Whaler.
Maybe work in a tour of the plant.
I know it's not centralized, but then neither is Alabama or Louisiana.

How about longer than a weekend? People would have a bigger window of opportunity, and could come and go as they liked.

SpongeBob posted 03-02-2005 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpongeBob  Send Email to SpongeBob     
Sounds very ineresting!
Sheila posted 03-02-2005 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hey, Skred, I agree that one's never too old to's never too old to exercise, either, but I don't plan to sign up for the Tour de France this summer :)

I mentioned San Diego because of the mention of planning this for the wintertime. I was in Ohio in January--didn't see any boats out then!

As to "unbearable heat and humidity" a really warm day at our house in August might be about 85 degrees, with a nice breeze off the ocean and dry air. Humidity is an east coast thing.

A central location would be a nice thing, but it can be hard to plan if it's to be a winter event.

David Jenkins posted 03-02-2005 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Well, if New Orleans at Mardi Gras is not the perfect place and time to meet for the 1st annual international CW rendezvous, then maybe the New Orleanians could organize a mini-rendezvous in Bucktown for the last weekend in February.

I am determined to be in NOLA for the next MG.

skred posted 03-02-2005 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Tour de France? I have trouble with the couch-to-bathroom run....
I may not have made it clear above, but I was suggesting the summer months in the Midwest - not winter. Being a northerner, I more or less assumed that most everyone takes a "summer vacation". That may not be the case, of course....
Buckda posted 03-02-2005 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Do we want this to be a “convention,” rendezvous or an owner’s event?

Of course, it could be a combination of the above. When I think of “convention” I think about something that is a little more formalized than a rendezvous or owner’s event.

A convention might have a showcase of hullform evolution, or a display with “how-to’s” in the restoration of your classic Whaler (wood restoration, gelcoat repair, trailer set-up, caring for the SS fittings and railings, etc.). Perhaps professor Kriz could present his study findings on HID evolution and how it relates to mold numbers for 18’ Outrages and 17’ Montauks…Professer Goltz could lecture us on the benefits of the phantom fleet (actually, this could be quite a roundtable discussion with proponents of all major outboard brands discussing pros and cons of a particular performance aspect).

Someone could put on a docking workshop (Shiela?), and another person could lecture on the benefits of twin power versus a single and a kicker.

A workshop could be held on converting your open-air center console into a weekend cruiser. We could invite various insurance industry reps to discuss the idea of powering a boat beyond the max rated power on the capacity plate versus the maximum rating based on USCG regulations/formula.

It could include a swap meet where folks could trade OEM materials and supplies.

On the lighter side, there could be a brief boat show, with prizes for unique name, most attractive first mate and “best in show” in the best boating dog competition.

Door prizes to those who travel from the farthest away, and to those who traveled from the farthest away with their boat.

If it’s just a national rendezvous, that would be cool too – and some of these ideas could be included, of course….

The Judge posted 03-04-2005 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I say BW would love to do something for us if we gave them enough time. Hell they recommend our site and we dominate their fishing tournaments. There are 3 things I think we should do to make this a go:

1) Edgewater, FL and have something by Whaler or sponsored by them, tours, etc.

2) someplace within a 2-3 hour drive for BW people so Edgewater south to Miami or west coast like Tampa, St Pete/clearwater area. This way they can day trip to the event or tow boats there, etc.

3) Make one of Whalers fishing tournamments a CW gathering(it usually is) so either Stuart or Sarasota in April/May of 2006.

Anywhere in FL is obviously cool with me but I think we need to be within a 3 hour drive from the plant so BW will likely attend or help sponsor. Also March is perfect down here!

I know some are thinking make it coincide with either Miami or Ft Lauderdale boat shows but if we do that A) Whaler has their own events to staff and B) good friggin luck finding a hotel much less a boat ramp or dock to park at....not to mention the risk of theft.

Knot at Work posted 03-04-2005 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     

A 170 Montauk, drain plug out..... Filled with Ice to the Gunwhales, and BEER......

home Aside posted 03-04-2005 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Great Idea......And great feedback too....Corvette Owners do it.....Harley Owners do it.....Mustang owners do it.....Why Not Whaler Owners ?????

I like it....I'd pull out all stops to be there


Dick posted 03-04-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I like the idea, attending is another story. Living in the PNW it's a long flight to the SE but would like to attend and meet all.
David Pendleton posted 03-04-2005 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Is anyone stepping up to organize/plan this whole thing?
fno posted 03-04-2005 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Great idea.... good luck getting it off the ground. Larry, decide on the common ground location and let's see how many will show. I don't mind dragging my boat up to the Great Lakes for a week, but not for a long weekend. Also, boating weather needs to be considered. Can you get out on the water for a whole week in FL in Feb. or MI in August? The point is, the weather for the time of year and location has to be ideal. From there, the rest is easy. Most won't camp on their boats like the GLBWCC do. So hotels are in order at least for a central location. Marinas and trailer parking come into play also. Florida is ideal in that it has several different kinds of boating in one state. East Coast, West Coast, Lakes, Keys, Great Rivers, Etc. I agree with Nick, if we can con BW into getting involved somehow it will be fun, the easiest way to do that is to take over one of their events in Stuart or Sarasota and continue it for the rest of the week on our own.
highspeed_jd posted 03-04-2005 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for highspeed_jd  Send Email to highspeed_jd     
Really good idea!!! I just hope that its close enough that I can trailer there.
macsfriended posted 03-05-2005 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for macsfriended  Send Email to macsfriended     
I have a feeling that the highest concentration of BW's are:

1. New England and the North Atlantic coast.

2. Florida and adjoining coastal areas.

3. Great Lakes

My map suggests the Mid Atantic area (N.C.) Even looking inland to the lakes in eastern TN could be reasonable travel for the largest number of possible attendees.

Not to slight the CA and northwest crowd, but trying to ease things for too many folks probably eases things for no one. It's sorta like the old time cowboy's saying that an all purpose saddle is a no purpose saddle.


ryanwhaler posted 03-05-2005 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I play varsity hockey at my high school. (Shawsheen Tech for you locals, see us on the news?) I practice every day during the week, and have a game almost every weekend, no game or practice can be blown off. Anything during that time I’m out.
Anything out of season I'd try to attend. Towing the boat down to Florida would be a blast, my dad would let me tow our Montauk to something like that, but I know he's not interested in any long drives himself. I'd have to take a buddy to switch off driving with.

Although having it in Boston harbor, which is a 15 minuet drive from my house would be ideal, I know its not going to happen ;-) so I agree with what's already been said, Florida, near the factory would be best, the cetacea page about the stuart event looked like a good time.

Someone should bring the idea up with whaler, then they can help determine a location. The individual opinions of all us forum members don’t really mean much.

myakka posted 03-05-2005 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
I think The Judge has got it right. Make it easy for BW to sponser the event. Next problem is to find the right contact at BW. They must have a promotions dept. Also contact Mills canvas and others who may be interested like the company that stopped making the marinium lights and fittings( maybe we can show them the market still exists for that stuff)
Unfortunatly Florida may be too far for our left coast compadres to travel. If it helps, I had a friend out from Petaluma Ca. who will attest to the wonderfull hospitality of the SW florida crew at the Beercan Is. rendezvous.
where2 posted 03-06-2005 12:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Why doesn't someone ask them this year at the Stuart Event, and then make it the week leading upto the event next year if they are game for it?? Alternatively, The Judge can ask them at Sarasota... It will probably really boil down to when the owners event is in relation to other obligations the factory people have. I wouldn't mind if it was the week after the owners event, but I still think it would be best if the grand finale of the week was the owners event.

Alternatively, if BW's not game for sponsoring it in some form, it could still happen the week leading upto or after an owners event. The owners event would just be an additional bonus for those who could make it and spend a little more time! Then we'd have to make the finale the factory tour!

Just my misc. ramblings...

Sheila posted 03-06-2005 12:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Ed, that's a good point. A central location might be convenient to none of us. If this event happens, I would travel to attend it...and if Boston Whaler agreed to be involved, then Florida would seem like the logical location.

So probably the next step would be for someone who's in Florida to step up and offer to make the initial inquiries...

fno posted 03-06-2005 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Whaler will most likely take a mild interest in our group and sponsoring an event. As a group we are more centered around our Classic Whalers and BW isn't. They just want to sell new boats. Not that they wouldn't show up, it's just that it needs to be worhtwhile for them from a marketing point of view. Larry, Nick, and myself have all been to the BW owners events in FL and they are a lot of fun for all. Everyone is welcome, but the emphasis is on getting people interested in a new boat. What we should do is let them know about our interest in doing this thing. Let them invite us to an event and if they decline, we crash the party anyway and do our own thing before or after.
nFL_Bosn69 posted 03-07-2005 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
What better PR is there than a bunch of 35-40 year old Whalers, and all in betweens, showing up looking pretty much brand new?

Granted, I still like the idea of a central, East Coast location for a mass gathering, but I have yet to go to one of the Stuart events, so that would be cool too. I would just be concerned that BW may already have their hands full as is with their regular event, as is, but I guess they do hold them for their customers, so....

Knot, I like your thinking. I wonder how long a 13' could keep ice cold?


The Judge posted 03-07-2005 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Like last year I will be at BOTH BW events in stuart & sarasota and have already sent in my check & regs. They are totally different. The stuart event has free beer and more of a relaxed atmosphere being it is really a marinemax event, not BW. The Sarasota event is at the Hyatt and is more structured and uptight but we had twice the boats as stuart. Whoever is coming, I will start a thread for Stuart soon, the best $25 you could spend. The Sarasota is memorial weekend this year so not quite sure if that is good or bad for attendance. I will work with BW and the rest of the crew(marinemax, etc) to see what they think about having a classic whaler rendezvous combined with what they have....their answer is probably gonna be it already is a classic rendezvous combined with what they have. Last year they were about 90% classics that attended....what a great time.
dspinosa posted 03-07-2005 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for dspinosa  Send Email to dspinosa     
when is the stuart rendezvous and is there a fee?
The Judge posted 03-09-2005 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
May 13-15 and Sarasota is May 27-29....$25 each
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-09-2005 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
That's right $25.00 to attend a Whaler Get-Together, Who's the marketing whiz who thought up that moronic idea?

To have to pay admission for a couple of ball-park dogs and look over the wares is brilliantly assinine.

an86carrera posted 03-09-2005 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
This is a pretty good spot I know the dockmaster would probably give group rates on rooms and dockage. It's right next to the Sarasota airport and all of Sarasota Bay. Great Tiki Bar and heated pool. Not very expensive lived on a boat there last year for 2 months.
Can't do links yet...sorry it's cut and paste

myakka posted 03-10-2005 05:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka
fno posted 03-10-2005 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Traffic, your making an ass out of yourself again... If youv'e been to an event and only got a hot dog, you must have pissed somebody off or didn't stay longer than the first half hour. I don't think anybody at last years Sarasota event left without at least $25.00 worth of stuff. Just the registration kit contained shirts,coolies, odd looking velcro things, decals, etc. The raffle prizes that took place continuously during meals and drinks consisted of triple digit $$$ fishing poles, coolers, IGFA paintings($125-$500), tackle boxes($25), high quality shirt ($65) VHF radios($125) etc. On top of all this the food was excellent and plentiful. BBQ lunches and a dinner bufet that include steak, chicken and seafood. Oh, you also get a slip at the Hyatt for the weeekend for free.
Buckda posted 03-10-2005 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Agreed FNO -

Typically teh entry/registration fee is more like earnest money - to give them a much more accurate head count for who/what to expect, that that they can plan logistics accordingly (i.e. raid the marketing giveaway closet with enough shirts/hats, etc. buy enough food and refreshments, etc.). It's Standard Operating Procedure.

The Judge posted 03-10-2005 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
You forgot to mention the 2 gallons of 2 stroke oil(quicksilver) that was given to each attendee as well(worth $40).

Frank....we don't want ass's like him around anyway....kinda like telling people Florida is just a swamp with BIG bugs.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-10-2005 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
No self respecting company looking to stir up sales charges anything for any events they sponsor. That includes Grady,Pursuit,Bluewater and Edgewater to name a few.

Now a fishing tournament I understand paying an entry fee, but for the regular event of a mini show and tell thats just plain stupid to pay for attendence and those who would pay like the the 3 aforementioned posters fall into that category. Unfortunately Mr. Judge got around the Florida I.Q. test when he relocated from N.Y. or admittance would have been denied.

I don't give a crap about free Merc oil [maybe can be used in my snapper] or tweety dolls or other crapola trinkets, only the real nitty gritty of what the vendors have to offer and that just isn't worth $25.00.

highspeed_jd posted 03-10-2005 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for highspeed_jd  Send Email to highspeed_jd     
It sounds like it's well worth the 25 bucks.
fno posted 03-10-2005 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Traffic, the Whaler events are also a fishing tournament. Inshore and offshore. With real check in/checkout, IGFA rules, weigh ins, and some really nice prizes. It's all about having some fun, comradery,seeing and playing with new boats, getting some free stuff, and with luck a few fish. If you don't think all of that is worth $25.00 then so be it. So far, everyone who has actually been to one of these events doesn't seem to agree with your grumbling about how Whaler does their marketing. I'm pretty confident that if you bought a boat at a Whaler fishing tourney/ get together they would give your $25.00 back to you. So, why don't you come to Stuart or Sarasota, have some fun, catch some fish, and hoist a few "before" you blast BW with your lawyerly bullshit.
fno posted 03-10-2005 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
OK, here's some info from a quick search of the internet this morning:

Edgewater Boats: Abaco, Bahamas Rendezvous/Tourney $220 per boat.

Grady White: No events $0

Pursuit: Hawks Cay, Florida Rendezvous/Tourney $200 per boat & 2 anglers, addl anglers: $75

Regulator: No events $0

Contender: Nothing??? My mistake... $65 to join SKA, then $250 - $400 for each SKA tourney.

Mako: No events $0

Boston Whaler: Stuart, FL $25 per person
Sarasota, FL $25 per person
Bimini, Bahamas $25 per person

fno posted 03-10-2005 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
OK, here's some info from a quick search of the internet this morning:

Edgewater Boats: Abaco, Bahamas Rendezvous/Tourney $220 per boat.

Grady White: No events $0

Pursuit: Hawks Cay, Florida Rendezvous/Tourney $200 per boat & 2 anglers, addl anglers: $75

Regulator: No events $0

Contender: Nothing??? My mistake... $65 to join SKA, then $250 - $400 for each SKA tourney.

Mako: No events $0

Boston Whaler: Stuart, FL $25 per person
Sarasota, FL $25 per person
Bimini, Bahamas $25 per person

By the way, at a Whaler event,if don't want any freebies, great food, nor fish the tournament, just show up and check out the new boats nobody will ask you for the $25.

David Jenkins posted 03-10-2005 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     

Forget the $25. If that is the only reason that Trafficlawyer will not drive down from Georgia to attend a CW international rendezvous and Boston-Whaler-sponsored event, then I will pay the $25 for him.

So the $25 is moot. Let's talk about something else. Like are we talking about this year or next year?

The Judge posted 03-10-2005 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
This year and next year....and so on and so on.
David Jenkins posted 03-10-2005 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I thought that the subject of this thread was about picking a time and location for a once-in-four-years national (international?) CW rendezvous that would take a year to plan, etc. The subject seems to have changed into the merits of attending the two Boston-Whaler-sponsored events that occur every year in Florida.
fno posted 03-10-2005 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
David, I got baited by Traffic's curmudgeon-like comments aobut the Whaler events and managed to hijack this thread this morning. Let's get back on track for the 1st CW convention. I/We need to know who wants to come(how many people), Stuart or Sarasota,with or without a boat (how many slips, trailer parking, etc.) before or after the BW event for the CW event(just your preference) Please reply to these ??'s CW Convention Interest.... thread. Things like hotels, slips, trailer parking, activities, will all need to be worked out after we know how many and when.
David Jenkins posted 03-10-2005 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Since Larry started this thread, I wonder if he has an opinion about having the rendezvous in Florida? Have we reached a consensus about that? The only thing I thought we had determined was that no one wants to meet in NOLA during Mardi Gras.
highspeed_jd posted 03-10-2005 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for highspeed_jd  Send Email to highspeed_jd     
I think that Florida has all the fun. Maybe its time to share the wealth and have the CW rendezvous some where else.

Just my opinion on the matter.

David Pendleton posted 03-10-2005 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I have family in Sarasota, so I'd be up for the Owners Event...
nFL_Bosn69 posted 03-10-2005 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
I still like the idea of a Continuous Wave National Convention, in which the focus is the Continuous Wave membership and their boats. I also still think that having it in a central location would be best, so that a greater number of people would be able to tow their boat and participate as something other than just spectators.

Of course this would require moving LHG's timetable to somewhere in Spring or Autumn, possibly even Summer. In my opinion, the winter months are already crazy enough, as it is, with the holidays. Plus, I think it would be great if we could do it in a time where we could actually enjoy the water. Floridian waters get down right cold, too, in the winter.

That's my take on it.


Buckda posted 03-10-2005 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Ryan -
You're right - first we need to decide on what this would be. If it's just a nationwide push for attendance at a Whaler Owner's event, that's fine, but let's call it that.

If it's going to be a convention, we need at least a year to plan and should start now if we plan to hold it in early spring or late winter 2006.

The convention idea is quite different than a rendezvous. I believe that some of the aspects of a rendezvous would be present, but it's more of a show and tell and learn type of event than just a hang out or cruise somewhere type of event.

Once we decide that, it may well be that we hold it in conjunction with a Whaler Owner's event/rendezvous in Florida, but it would be a separate thing. The purpose of a Rendezvous is vacation and cruising/relaxing. The purpose of a Whaler Owner's event is selling boats (for Whaler...for the rest of us, it's a good time to hang out and compare boats and check out the new boats). The purpose of a convention is learning. The fun, etc. are all part of a convention atmosphere, but they are secondary effects.

WT posted 03-10-2005 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I think it would be better to have Boston Whaler sponsor the CW Convention if possible. (Meaning Boston Whaler throws money at us for the event.)

We have guys now complaining of chipping in $25 for a function. A non-sponsored event will cost a lot more, provided we have group functions like lunches, dinners, happy hour, etc...

I can't speak for everyone on the west coast but give me a good reason for attending the event so that I will be inclined to blow $1,000 on this trip. Having fun with a bunch of forum members and perhaps a Boston Whaler factory tour/ test rides may be enough.

My 2 cents,

nFL_Bosn69 posted 03-10-2005 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     

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I doubt BW would discount us just cause we choose not to go to Edgewater, but I do agree, a factory tour, et al, would be a really nice draw, and something I would be very interested in doing.


1fer2fer posted 03-10-2005 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for 1fer2fer  Send Email to 1fer2fer     
If BW isn't interested in sponsorship, I'd bet that one of the casinos in Biloxi, MS would be. This is a great place to be.
Yiddil posted 03-11-2005 12:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
I'm hearing a lot about Florida and the south on this proposed event...There is an event that is sponsored by Whalertowne in the Wash/Vir/Maryland area each May 28th crossing the Chesapeake Bay and up the chester river to chestertowne...why not combine with them???????
Knot at Work posted 03-11-2005 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Weather and Cost is a great reason for Florida.

devildog posted 03-11-2005 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
I vote for a Florida CW event independent of existing events.


San Diego is nice too. But not as practical for the majority I guess.

Teak Oil posted 03-11-2005 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
If BW is willing to sponsor the event I think we have to have it where and when they want. But why would they want to do another event when they already have Sarasota and Stuart?

I agree though Florida has too many events already. If this is going to be a national Rendezvous how about a central location in the late spring like the Lake of the Ozarks or something similar? Of course I would vote for the Great Lakes but that is out of the way for many others.

I just think a Florida event will be just that, another event for Florida owners to get together and they already have plenty of events, plus they all know each other already.

banff22 posted 03-11-2005 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Somehow I don't think this helps but I find it interesting considering the topic.

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myakka posted 03-11-2005 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Teak Oil
I just attended my first Florida rendezvous last month and it was well worth it. I traveled 1400 miles. The airfare is cheap, the weather was great, how can you beat it.
Teak Oil posted 03-11-2005 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Mike I am glad you had a good time but I would like to bring my own boat instead of bum rides off of others. Dont get me wrong I would love to go for some rides in other beautiful Whalers but I would want to count on it.

I would have to use four days vacation just for driving to Florida. Again I wouldnt mind flying in for a BW sponsored convention because there would be a ton to do, but for a rendezvous I would want my own boat.

David Pendleton posted 03-11-2005 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Depending on the dates chosen, Lake of the Ozarks would be a great spot, also.

Not too far to trailer for me (I wouldn't trailer to FL), and I used to vacation there as a kid.

There's a lot of chatter in here, but no real plan. Someone needs to step up and begin organizing, or we'll spend the entire summer talking about places that might work out...


fno posted 03-12-2005 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Bob, a couple of points here. In Florida we have too many events because we can. We rendezvous year round because of our great weather. This also means we have some experience organizing events like this. Some of us also know Whaler corporate people personally as well. I could care less where the convention is held or if BW sponsors it. I've trailered my boat 3 times to Lake Huron for long weeekends and by the way, it doesn't take four days to do it. So "Where" is a moot point until the "When" is determined. If it's winter it'll be Florida or some place just like it. If it's summer it can be just about anywhere. As far as Whaler sponsorship, don't hold your breath. They are not going to spend thousands of their marketing dollars on a bunch of Whalerites that mostly prefer their older boats to new. Especially if it means they have to travel to the Ozarks. Given that this convention idea has been tossed around here for almost two weeks now with everybody wanting it to happen only in their backyard, I'll make this suggestion. Form a commitee of six to ten of us to decide the where, when, and how this convention will be held. Before anyone jumps on the bandwagon, be warned that this commitee will likely have to spend a lot of their free time doing this, prbably cost them some personal money, and get criticized for their efforts along the way. I would like to think that a small group of our more experienced rendezvous planners could figure this out and the rest of us can either go along with the plans or spend that week at home and look at the pictures later and wish they had participated. Until LHG or Jimh chime in with some sage advice/leadership on this subject I'm done here as it is likely this idea will fizzle like a wet firecracker.
David Jenkins posted 03-12-2005 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I hope it happens. Thanks for your efforts in that regard, fno.
Teak Oil posted 03-12-2005 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
fno I am not hating on the Florida crowd, I just meant if FL already has Sarasota and Stuart another event there would be pretty redundant and probably just draw the same crowd again.

Something in the Carolinas or a similar area would be within one days drive for the North and South Crowd.

The when would have to be determined by who is footing the bill I would think. If its BW or a dealer, they decide. If we are all contributing I suppose it would have to go to a vote.

I notice that since his initial post Larry has not been back, cant say I blame him.

I would think a national rendezvous would be a good place to start, see what the turnout is, and then let it grow from there.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-12-2005 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
There is a Rendevouz in Beaufort,SC this June.
HAPPYJIM posted 03-12-2005 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Sounds like a great idea if it can be put together. Florida or the Gulf Coast sounds nice but it's a long haul for the people up north to trailer their boats. The Whalertowne event in the Wash/Vir/Maryland area each May 28th looks like a nice compromise but would leave out the left coast Whalers. I guess it would be hard on some one no matter where you have it. Count me in if we can do it on the East coast.
jeffs22outrage posted 03-12-2005 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Love the idea...If it was in the winter months FL. would be cool. If I could convoy down whaler in tow with others I would do it. Otherwise I'd fly down....

But if it was summer time I would say do it in Michigan. After all that is where it all started. Here in Beverly Hills Michigan. We have Lots of great boating around here.

Or I really think if it was in the Summer Chicago would be the place to do it. Great City that loves conventions. Lots of Hotels, cheap flights in and out of, great marinas, Not to bad of a drive of 2/3's of the country, and Fresh Water....AHHHHH. Salt water scares me ;P Actually my whaler has never seen salt water in its 20 year life.

I actually I would love to go where ever it is...Can someone set up a site to cast votes on?

dgp posted 03-12-2005 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Based on the response so far, I believe most participants of the Forum are in agreement that a National Convention is in order, however the location is up for negotiation.
I suggest an annual event but change the location. Since Larry started this thread and suggested FL, I think this first event should be located there. Future events can be located on the Gulf Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes, New England, etc.
I know that the Texas Whaler Owner's Club has enough memebers to host an event of this magnitude in the Clear Lake/Kemah/Galveston Bay/Galveston Island area of TX.
Sheila posted 03-12-2005 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I think rotating the region each year is a wonderful idea.
David Pendleton posted 03-13-2005 01:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Not that it matters to anyone, but we're out.

This get-together is going nowhere, and we have other trips to plan.

Good luck.

myakka posted 03-13-2005 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Teak oil
Sorry for the late reply.I did bring my own boat. The trip down was 25 hr and no problems.
Knot at Work posted 03-13-2005 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
one note regarding the "we all know each other" While it is true we are all nice and southern down here, and we do wave and open doors for the elderly and the fairer sex, we in-fact do NOT all know each other.

Florida is a huge state with more coastline than 20 states combined. Nice weather and low cost is a reason to have it in Florida. I don't have a dog in the fight since I will be in Europe next year and my Whaler will be in lay-up. I got a feeling that no matter where it is selected people will have hurt feelings and acrimony will abound.


2manyboats posted 03-13-2005 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2manyboats  Send Email to 2manyboats     
Lets do it in Italy , then we can all whine about how far we had to travel, well all but one, but he won't have his boat.

And I will bring the beer if I get to sit at the kiddie table too.

Teak Oil posted 03-13-2005 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Man there sure are some thin skins around here. I thought we could have a civilized discussion on this but I guess not. Oh well I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can this coming summer.

Jerry Townsend posted 03-13-2005 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
An annual CW "convention" seems like a good idea. My only suggestion or comment is to have it during the winter months - to give me another excuse to leave the snow behind and to have some fun.

Sheila - you are never too old to have fun. I have you by at least a few years - and I'm only 27 and some months - so you must be something like 24 and some months. --- Jerry/Idaho

Sheila posted 03-13-2005 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
It seems odd to me that someone would be put out if an event was planned and that individual chose not to travel to attend the event. But that's just me...

Jerry, never too old for fun, it's true. But old enough to have a milder idea of what counts as fun.

Some interesting math going on. My husband says we've been married, "oh, at least 60 years or so." My Lovely and Talented Daughter will be 23 in May. And I'm 24 and a half?

WT posted 03-13-2005 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I like all of Larry's suggestions in the initial post on this thread. Other than just having a drunken toga party, we'll need something to do during the day. So I believe that the planning of interesting functions would be quite important.

So what is the topic of the convention?


My daughter is turning 22 this May. (Not talented and can be quite nasty at times.) :)

You can tell your husband that I have served 25 years of a life sentence.


devildog posted 03-14-2005 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
I agree that rotating the region is a good idea. It works great for military reunions. Why not for CW? I hope the whiners don't kill a good initiative.


Sheila posted 03-14-2005 02:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Warren, what day in May is your daughter's birthday?
Had I remained married to my Lovely and Talented (did I mention she's Smart, too?) Daughter's husband, we'd be at 25 this year. But we are happily divorced. Oh, forget that Mercedes. Think Boxster.

I think that someone should just begin to plan this. If there were widespread interest in holding it in Southern California, I would offer to do so. But I don't see such interest from those who are likely to attend, and I think the coordinator should live in the area where the convention is to be held.

Let's get one convention done. Then we can decide if the regional rotation is a good idea. I think it might be a good idea, but I'm a rookie here. What do I know?

erik selis posted 03-14-2005 05:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Sheila, shouldn't it be:

"married to my Lovely and Talented (did I mention she's Smart, too?) Daughter's"...father...instead of husband? Or am I too conservative in my thinking and missing something. :-)


Knot at Work posted 03-14-2005 07:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
2many, there is always room at the kiddie table!
Knot at Work posted 03-14-2005 07:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
2many, there is always room at the kiddie table!
WT posted 03-14-2005 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I think the first thing that needs to be done is to find a captain of this rudderless ship.

So who's going to step up? Also, is Jimh going to endorse a Continuous Wave Convention?


My daughter's birthday is May 9th. The Boxster works!

WT posted 03-14-2005 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I don't think there are very many conservatives in Southern California, where all the women look like Cindy Crawford.


Sheila posted 03-14-2005 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Warren, My Lovely and Talented Daughter was born on May 8.

Re the Boxster: so long as I live in a place where the highest legal speed limit is 70 mph, it seems like it would be a constant frustration. Maybe I could build myself a track on our desert property?

And we do NOT all look like Cindy Crawford.

Teak Oil posted 03-14-2005 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Sheila is being humble, she looks like Cindy, she just doesnt have the mole :}
Sheila posted 03-14-2005 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Erik, yes, that would be my Lovely, Talented, and Smart Daughter's father to whom I was referring. Note the hour at which I made the post...

Cindy, nope. But I have on occasion been told that I resemble Sigourney Weaver. Usually this comment came from gentlemen with an agenda, however.

WT posted 03-15-2005 01:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
The gentlemen could have been "Aliens". ;)

I hope this convention thingy isn't fizzling.

HAPPYJIM posted 03-15-2005 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
I'll throw my name in the pot to help with anything. I'm in North Carolina and I've never done a Rendezvous but I will do what ever I can to help.
2manyboats posted 03-15-2005 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2manyboats  Send Email to 2manyboats     
The first post on this topic asked " Any interest? Is this a good idea? Would it be attended "

The answer to all three seems to be yes. The problem is where and when.

I think that if all the groups would put together a plan for hosting this in their area, including specific information , dates , lodging , water resorces . The choice on where to meet could be made on what each location had to offer.

I am real busy for the next two months , but I will try to put something together to pitch Biloxi, Mississippi in 2006

Without plans to choose for this can and will just get talked to death with no action.

Sheila posted 03-15-2005 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
2many, I think that's a fine idea.

Once I've attended the NorCal rendezvous in May, and have a better idea of what's involved, I'll look into a proposal for Southern California.

fno posted 03-16-2005 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Hmmmm....... why do I get the feeling that Larry is trolling us with this thread. So far he hasn't chimed in once since his original post. I bet he's laughing his ass off.
kingfish posted 03-16-2005 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Larry's been out of town.
David Jenkins posted 03-21-2005 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Larry, do you have an interest in organizing or even attending a CW national convention?

I believe that for jimh the primary motivation for operating the website is to accumulate and organize information about classic Boston Whalers. These posts are considered to be "articles" to him that he owns to use as he wishes. He is not in the habit of announcing in advance that he will be spending a week or 10 days in Florida to see who might want to meet him. He has stated that he has never given any thought to what happens to members once they stop posting. He is not keen on approving a CW sticker or bungee so that CW members can recognize each other on the water. This is not a community to him, it is just information that he uses in his publication.

That is fine. It is his site. But if there is going to be a large-scale "national" convention, I now believe that it needs to be organized by the Florida members and done in conjunction with one of the Boston-Whaler-sponsored events. With Jim's permission, of course.

So, go for it guys. Plan it and we will come.

jimh posted 03-21-2005 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am just reading this thread for the first time. I haven't really given much serious thought to organizing a national convention, but I would estimate it would be a lot of work and require involvement of some on the water dealer or marina to host it. I don't think meeting in a hotel room in Minnesota in February has as much appeal as someplace on the water.

It would probably be much enhanced if the Boston Whaler factory participated, too. I don't know if anyone has taken a reading on their thoughts on this topic.

Regarding some remarks made above or attributed to me, I speak for myself, and it is not really necessary to others to attempt to represent me or my opinions.

I generally enjoy meeting people who I have first come to know via the website, however I cannot say that the appeal is universal.

devildog posted 03-28-2005 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
Is David Jenkins upset with jimh because of a percieved lack of interest in a CW bungee? Where would you put a CW logo on a bungee cord anyway? ;) I also must admit that I'm pretty upset jimh didn't announce his vacation plans for the world to know. It's pretty darn selfish of a guy to want to spend his vacation with his family instead of making himself available to all of us. I really wanted to trek down to Florida, knock on Jim's hotel room door and get his opinion on the proper polish to use on my norman pin. These forum Nazis are all the same.
WT posted 03-28-2005 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I believe David Jenkins meant "burgee" which is a small distinguishing flag displayed by a yacht.


devildog posted 03-28-2005 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
hence the silly sarcasm symbol


LHG posted 03-28-2005 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
FNO - my intentions in wondering about interest in such an event were good, and I am not laughing at all, and I think all of you for your responses. We went over 100 replies pretty quickly. Perhaps I made the mistake of first not mentioning it to Jim, rather than springing it on the readership.

It appears that many are interested, in spite of what could be a relatively expensive trip, and I think such an event could be a great time, connecting faces and real personalities with often different screen identities and personalities. It could be organized along the lines of a high school or college reunion?

I would definitely attend, but I probably don't have the time or energy to do the organizational work.

Besides Boston Whaler, I would think that some other vendors might be interested in setting up booths on products of interest to Whaler owners.

I'll just sit by and watch where it goes from here, if anywhere

devildog posted 03-29-2005 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
I'd go just to see Whale Lure up close.
HAPPYJIM posted 04-02-2005 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
I hope this doesn't just die. I was all excited about meeting the forum members.
DaveH posted 04-05-2005 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
OK, I'll try to bring a little organization to this if I may. I've been reading this and trying to figure out what would appeal to people. Here are a few items that need to be defined:

If one was to attend a Continuous Wave Classic Whaler Convention (CWCWC), how much money would you all consider spending on the event (travel expenses excluded)?
(A) $0.00: Just bring your own stuff and meet up somewhere.
(B) $100.00: Maybe a sponsored dinner
(3) $500.00: Now we can actually do something such as tour as a group with a nice dinner.
(4) $1,000.00: Maybe a little advanced for the first one but you can bet there will be some very nice tours included, a great dinner and entertainment, plus awards and a fishing tournament.

Some Florida events near the factory that might be arranged:
(1) Tour the plant in Edgewater
(2) Help commission a members new boat with a party at the factory.
(3) Tour Cape Canaveral Space center
(4) Fishing Tournament in Ponce Inlet (Daytona Beach) with a party on disappearing Island all day (shoal Island that has a lot of action during the warm months
(5) Charter an intercoastal sunset dinner cruise out of ST. Augustine and party in the Old City center.
(6) Manatee canoeing eco-cruise in the Blue Springs state park
(7) Cave diving courses in Blue Springs (must be certified)
(8) NASCAR driving experience on Daytona Speedway
(9) Disney parks and/or Disney Cruise
(10) 2-day Poker Run from St. Augustine to Melbourne (past Whaler factory of course)

Just a few examples, but you people get the idea. Think bigger. We need to offer something special to encourage participation from all members. Erik Selis, Tom Clark, Sheila, etc. all have a long way to get here. Let's try to make it an event worth attending.

I will watch the member postings and gauge the interest. I would be honored to help if needed.

David Jenkins posted 04-05-2005 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
My vote is to keep registration fees low, no higher than $100.

As for activiities, I like 1, 2, and 10.

If it were in June or July, some of us might want to make it a longer run than just a 2-day run. For instance, some of us might want to come by water from North or South Carolina. My wife would not want to make such a trip on the ICW, but I could talk her into driving the trailer down to Floirda and hanging out in a beach-front hotel while I brought the boat down the Intercoastal. Travel 100-150 miles per day.

Sheila posted 04-05-2005 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
My own preference would be for all the "official" events to be Boston-Whaler oriented. Those in attendance who wish to visit Disney or NASCAR could add a day or two to their stay for those outings.

I like Larry's original idea of a warm-winter location. My own schedule wouldn't permit us to attend in the summer months, but that's just me.

I visited my brother and sister-in-law once when they were in town for a Miata owner's event. I'm wondering if a gathering modeled after one of those events wouldn't work for us. If anyone thinks it's of value, I could ask him about how those events are organized.

qstrew posted 04-06-2005 02:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for qstrew  Send Email to qstrew     
I think a CW Rendezvous is a great idea. There is a Boston Whaler Rendezvous in Chestertown, Maryland on May 28th. This is the 2nd year for the event which was well attended last year. There is a large pavillion(under cover in case of rain), catered (roast beef, chicken and salads), a large harbor where the boats rafted off eachother(shuttled in to the dock by the sponsor (Chesapeake Whalertowne). The pavillion is adjacent to a very large park on the Chester River. Every attendee recieved a generous gift bag, giveaways every 1/2hr., trivia contest and golf contest(chipping floating golf balls into a Boston Whaler in the Harbor,closest to the boat) Boston Whaler flew up 2 of their Design Engineers for the event to pick everybodys brain. The Chestertown Tea Party is that weekend so alot of folks went into town for festivities (parade,shopping, re-enactment of the Tea Dumping etc.) and returned for lunch and the rest of the afternoon. You can check it out on Chesapeake Whalertowne website -
Maybe we will see some of you there. You have to pre-register online!
fno posted 04-06-2005 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I agree on the Whaler oriented activities, they should at least be water related besides a tour. I know your just throwing numbers around, Dave but they are pretty steep for what is offered. Our first try at this probably be only 3 or 4 days long. anything more will make it a nightmare for the organizers to have things to do and make them happen. Whoever is going to get involved in organizing this thing will be dead on their feet after the second day. My list of preferred activities might be:

1. Plant tour and afternoon on the water with some new boats, maybe dinner on Mike that night. (FWIW Whaler needs to think they are going to sell some boats to some of us if they are going to part with marketing $$$)

2. Fishing tournament/ scavenger hunt for non fisherpersons.

3. A cruise on the St Johns with lunch ala cart, pub stops, etc.

4. Big barbecue....

5. Informal run over to the west coast to see Manatees and or Tampa Bay intercoastal.

If it's a winter event, it will need to be organized around sheltered water. For example, the Keys are blown out with 4-6 footers and 25 knot winds 25 out of 30 days until about this time of year. That will mean proximity to the ICW, Orlando lakes, St Johns or Tampa/St Pete areas.

David Pendleton posted 05-31-2005 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'd go just to see Whale Lure up close.

Larry cleans up pretty good--but he's no Russel Crowe...

Whale Lure, on the other hand is a beauty.

David Pendleton posted 06-01-2005 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
BTW Larry, did you happen to notice your picture in the latest LEGEND?
Hoop posted 06-01-2005 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I like the idea, too!

And I could be willing to help. I've got some experience doing these kind of things ...

I like DaveH's list of ideas. If nothing has been done yet (as of today, June 1, 2005) and for a Florida location in the Jan/Feb timeframe, I think we would be looking at a 2007 date. BW support is key.


San Jose, CA

LHG posted 06-01-2005 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Have not seen that, Dave. Is it the photo with JimH sterning-in my boat in Stuart last year?
ShrimpBurrito posted 11-04-2005 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Let's bump this thread back up to the top. Clearly, now that Katrina has blown through, the Gulf Coast is out for the near term, and all of the southeast coastal areas (and all of Florida) is fairly risky to hold a convention -- especially one with boats -- during hurricane season.

I certainly am no conference planner, but here are my thoughts:

I think being centrally located is key. Owners bringing boats would be nice, but obviously, not everyone is going to do it no matter where it is. I think it will be very difficult to plan a convention on a national scale and expect even the majority of attendees to bring boats. And in my opinion, nor is it important. What is important is to maximize the number of people that will come. And to do that, you have to make it easy. If we can agree those are the priorities, that narrows down the options.

With the above in mind, I think it has to be easy to get to, and relatively short in duration such that people don't have to take much (if any) time off. Being on the west coast, I don't want to spend 2 of my days vacation on a plane to Florida for a conference. In my opinion, it doesn't have to be in a super cool place, since the objective is to meet & greet.

I would like the Lake of the Ozarks idea, as just about anyone in the country can fly into either Kansas City or St. Louis in 2 hours. Plus, flights to either airport are relatively inexpenive from anywhere in the U.S. Unfortunately, however, it's a solid 3-hour drive from either airport to the lake, so that location isn't ideal.

If we could select a centrally located place, accessible to the majority on a 2-3 hour non-stop flight (which would have to be near a major city), people could easily leave after work Friday, have a full 2 days Saturday and Sunday, and return home Sunday night.

As a bonus, having it near a city that Southwest Airlines serves would make it cheaper to get to.

Any comments?

Joe 15 SS LTD posted 11-04-2005 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe 15 SS LTD  Send Email to Joe 15 SS LTD     
I am in for a convention. Just need to know where to go if it is ever decided. Anywhere from Tennesee to Texas to Carolinas would work for me. Would like to tour the Whaler plant but is not a deal killer. Will keep watch to see if anything comes of this idea. Spring may be better if in more of a northern location so we could get our boats wet and not get to chilled running around.
Joe in Tampa Florida
RocketMan posted 11-05-2005 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for RocketMan  Send Email to RocketMan     
An idea - Most popular states for CW members are CA, FL, MI, NJ, MA, NC, TX, & WA. Doesn't make much sense to have a convention in Kansas. Consider an annual rotation from east coast to west coast, and maybe a third at Great Lakes. That way a good percentage of at-location boaters can brin their boat and entertain traveling non-boaters. And hold the convention at a site where some BW boats can be rented by travelers.

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