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WT posted 05-22-2005 05:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
Here are some pics. I'm going to have to get Chuck to teach me how to take better pictures next year.

I would also like to thank Jim Hooper for all his hard work in putting this rendezvous together.


highspeed_jd posted 05-22-2005 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for highspeed_jd  Send Email to highspeed_jd     
Look like a good time was had by all.
WT posted 05-22-2005 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Pictures are from the Northern California 2005 Rendezvous.
17 bodega posted 05-23-2005 12:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Nice Pics. A great time was had by all. Thanks to all for the good times. I enjoyed meeting each one of you. Looking forward to seeing you all out on the water. Rock Cod party/whaler campout this summer for the season opener?
Sheila posted 05-23-2005 02:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Warren, for those terrific pictures! And for the Chapstick, too. It was great to meet you, and everyone. What a fine company I've landed in.
Cameron Park posted 05-23-2005 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
Great pictures Warren! Thanks!
high sierra posted 05-23-2005 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Thanks Warren for the pictures. It was nice to meet all the participants and see all the personalized boats. Take care, high sierra
elaelap posted 05-23-2005 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Thanks from me too, Warren. It's blowing like hell out here this week (35+ kts yesterday) so salmon fishing is put on hold, but I'll see ya soon out of Bodega Bay and we'll kill some more Chinooks together. Great rendezvous, eh?! I'm amazed nobody busted a prop or worse with all that stuff in the river and the sloughs. Nice work with the photos.


WT posted 05-23-2005 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

The Rendezvous was great, I hadn't been on my boat for a month or so.

I wish I had a free weekend to chase down those salmon with you. I have to be in Los Angeles next weekend and Walnut Creek the following week for my son's basketball tournaments. Then my 25 year wedding anniversary comes up. I have yet to test out my 2 new Scotty downriggers.

Looks like I may have to sneak out on a Friday for our trip from Bodega Bay into San Francisco Bay.


Buckda posted 05-23-2005 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Great Photos WT - thanks for sharing! Nice to see the California contingent from time to time.

Is that Hooter (with the beard) who appears in some photos?!


Looks like you guys had fun.


erik selis posted 05-23-2005 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Fine pictures Warren. Too bad though that while you were taking all these great shots of everyone else you weren't able to take pictures of your awesome fishing machine.:-)

Tony really does have a huge net on his boat doesn't he. I wonder if the drag it creates doesn't slow him down a bit. :-)

Great stuff guys and gals!


Sheila posted 05-23-2005 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Dave, the guy with the big, bushy beard and glasses is my husband, Jeff. He's onboard Winkie in the shots of our Menemsha underway.
Buckda posted 05-23-2005 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Sheila -

How long has Jeff been working on the beard?

Are you sure he hasn't been photographed before and featured on this Website?

Maybe he's Jack Graner?
(see: )


Love your new Menemsha.


WT posted 05-23-2005 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

The last 2 pictures show my boat, MegaBite.


UnderDog posted 05-23-2005 10:37 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 Please include any info you have, so I can properly identify the people and Whalers in the picture.
Here is the website so far.


Sheila posted 05-24-2005 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Dave, hmmm, let's see: The beard came off for our wedding in April, 1997, and at least once, maybe twice, since then. I can't remember. But I do think he's a bit better looking than "Jack Graner," don't you?

Keith, thanks@ What an amazing weekend. I'll be sending our photos once I'm dug out from the business backlog....

Buckda posted 05-24-2005 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Sheila -

I've washed the taste of foot out of my mouth...

...and yes, I do see the improvement over the whimsical "Jack Graner" photo in cetecea. I have a goatee, but I can't imagine how long it would take me to grow my beard to that length!

Sheila posted 05-24-2005 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
No worries, Dave :)

And now I remember. He last shaved it clean off in January, 2004. We were visiting our Tahitian family and his birthday fell during our visit. Our six year old niece presented him with the family's gift to him, a pendant carved from mother of pearl and strung on a woven cord. His beard obscured the pendant when he wore it, so he shaved. So you're seeing not quite 16 months of growth.

jimh posted 05-24-2005 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The pictures are wonderful, and many thanks for the captions. It looks like you had a great gathering. Some day I'll make it out there. My son lives in San Jose, so we have a good excuse to visit.


jimh posted 05-24-2005 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
And, by the way, you all looked just like I pictured you would!
prm1177 posted 05-25-2005 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     

You come out and I bet you'd be offered your pick of boats to ride on. C'mon down.

elaelap posted 05-25-2005 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
No time like the present, jimh, and June & July are usually our best salmon months. Tell your kid to drop me an e-mail if he (and a friend/spouse/co-worker or two) ever wants to go out fishing or just for a SF Bay cruise.


Sheila posted 05-25-2005 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Make your way west, Jim, and I'll happily provide you with the use of the Revenge or either Menemsha :)
UnderDog posted 05-26-2005 04:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello All, I have made some changes to the picture pages. and I still have more to go... lots of work. hops you all enjoy


P.S. andy your pictures will be next I Promise. Then maybe I will get to Mine.

Sheila posted 05-26-2005 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hi Keith,
Thanks for the new format. It's great! I haven't even downloaded my pictures from the camera yet, but as soon as I do, I'll send them along.

Thanks for taking all the trouble to do this for us.

andygere posted 05-26-2005 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm probably providing water to your son's home as I type this. My boat is in the water a scant 28 miles from San Jose, and we wouldn't even break a sweat getting you out on the beautiful Monterey Bay.
Hoop posted 05-26-2005 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

Ah, yes, Monterey Bay beckons.

My challenge is getting ready for June 10th ... departure dates for points up north. The weekends between now and then are booked already .. ugh.


EBerg posted 05-27-2005 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for EBerg  Send Email to EBerg     
Hi Everyone:

I am the guy that joined last Saturday in Rio Vista. I was in the 1968 blue and white 17 ft Eastport. Unfortunately, I confused it with the Newport (I new it was one of the 'ports'). I just wanted to thank you all for letting me 'play with you' on the trip around the delta. It was really nice to see so many whalers at one time and having such fun together. Anytime you get together, I would enjoy sharring the time with you.

Have a great summer... Earl

Sheila posted 05-27-2005 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hi Earl,
I'm the one who was in the Menemsha. I'm glad you could join us.

You can get a good dose of virtual Boston Whaler fellowship here on the website any time, not to mention lots of great ideas if you ever have a question about caring for your boat. She's a beauty, by the way!

Do I remember that you told me you were once in the marine industry? Or did I make that up?

WT posted 05-28-2005 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Hi Earl:

Welcome to this marvelous forum. Here's a picture of you at the rebdezvous.¤t=DSCN1488.jpg


Hoop posted 05-28-2005 01:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

Nice boat you have there! My only regret was that I couldn't get close enough to look at your Eastport up close. It was fun to have you touring with us!

Andy figured out that you had an Eastport, as he and I were trying to figure out which "...port" it was.

This was our 5th annual get-together, and odds are pretty good that we'll do it again next year. I'll make a note of your name and email address and include you in getting email announcements of it.

Best regards,

San Jose
2000 Montauk

Sheila posted 05-28-2005 01:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Jim, you missed a treat! The brightwork on Earl's boat is absolutely beautiful. I was lucky enough to get a good look at her (Earl pulled up to us to ask what was happening, and if he might join us). She's a beauty!
high sierra posted 05-29-2005 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Hi earl, I was one of the two guys in the 15.4 with the Yamaha 60. That was a fun run for sure. Looked like your water pump job held up on your Merc. Brave soul to go that far having just had it apart the day before. See you next year. High Sierra Jim
elaelap posted 05-30-2005 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Frankly I thought Earl was kinda rude showing up like that and putting my poor old girl to shame (and stop calling me Frankly). He didn't have written permission from Hoop to join our little cruise, and I know he hadn't even sent the mandatory $250 application fee via PayPal to my email address as required (though luckily he can make up for that after the listening, Earl?).


Gotta admit that was one fine boat...and welcome to this Whaler madhouse, Earl; I think you'll fit right in ;-)

EBerg posted 05-31-2005 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for EBerg  Send Email to EBerg     

Boy... You people sure know how to make a stranger welcome. I really appreciate it. I appreciate all you comments about my whaler, but all of the boats are fine looking and look so nice crusing around together. Too bad it only happens once a year. Oh well, I can wait....

Just to reply to a few coments....

Warren - thanks for the picture. I also noticed all the other pictures on the website. Quite nice. Next time I will bring my camera also and add more to the collection.

Sheila - No, you did not make it up. When I was a young lad in high school, I worked for a marine dealer in Marin County called the Marin Boat House. Worked there 5+ years parttime working (1963 - 1969). We sold and worked on guess what ? Correct, Boston Whalers. At that time, there was only a 13 foot and 16 foot version (plus a small sail boat that we won't talk about). Lots of history there, I could go on for hours.

Jim (High Sierra) - Needless to say, that run was longer that I expected with the new pump. But, it never missed a beat. Could you tell I was slighly concerned about gas ? I must of checked my tank 100 times visualy. I started with 12 gallons (have a 24 gallon tank)... thought a short ride would do it. HA !!! Made it back with 3 gallons to spare (I can just see the headlines now).

Tony - $250 would be a steal to have 3 hours of running around with such a group. However, that is what you would have to do.... steal it !!! Thanks for the comments, I still chuckle when I read it.

Jim (Hoop) - Yes, please keep my id for whenever you get the group together. I really had a fine time then and now as I am writing this. Great group of people that clearly have fun together and appreciate each other.

Thanks again all...


Sheila posted 06-01-2005 01:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hey Earl, don't be afraid to mention the Squall--we have a few members here who own them.

And I wished I'd known you were worried about fuel. We had 10 gallons on board in Jerry cans.

Stop in now and then, and visit some other areas of this website, too, if you like. I'll bet even a long-time Whaler hand like you might find something of interest.

elaelap posted 06-01-2005 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

I used to own that 1971 Katama 16 that Steve Boyd ('17 Bodega') brought to the rendezvous. I researched its background and found out that it had been shipped to the Marin Boat House in '71 where it was sold to its first owner. Small world, eh?

You don't have to wait until next year to hook up with some of us at this site. Several CW forum members live in or near Sacramento and frequently boat/fish the Delta, and many of us get together informally and cruise or fish together every now and then all over northern California. I for one sure hope you stay active in the forum long enough to share a few secrets on wood prep and maintenance...I sure could use some tips.


Tony (1988 Outrage 18 'Cetaceous')

EBerg posted 06-02-2005 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for EBerg  Send Email to EBerg     


Good point on the Squalls, don't mean to come off arrogant. Sailing is a different art that I have only dabbled in and do not understand. However, I dearly love the San Francisco bay and this that must be a sailors paradise. I enjoy being out in the bay with my whaler and there are always hundreds of sail boaters out there clearly having a great time.


How did you get research on the Katama back to the Marin Boat House ? I believe my boat was first owned by a Marine Biology teacher in Marin county but would like to confirm it. It changed hands a few times before I got it.
By the way, from a workwork perspective and what I saw of your boat, you do not need any help with it, it looked great !!!

Earl (1868 Eastport)

Sheila posted 06-03-2005 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hey, Earl--
You didn't sound arrogant to me, not in the least. Certainly a sailboat isn't the first thing most folks think of when they hear "Boston Whaler..."

If you send an email to Chuck Bennett at Boston Whaler ( and include your hull number, he will be able to, at the least, tell you the date that your boat left the factory and the dealership to which she was shipped. He may have more information--it just depends.

And if you visit the Reference section of this website, and read our moderator's excellent article about his recent visit to the Boston Whaler factory, you'll even see photographs of the old ledgers in which those records are kept. Kind of cool.

elaelap posted 06-03-2005 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Yeah, Earl, I got my info from Chuck Bennett at BW...a great guy and a great resource.

You might also want to check out continuousWave forum member Tom Clark's 2-CD set, 'The Boston Whaler Catalog Collection, 1958-2003,' which is an incredible resource for any serious Whaler addict:

See ya soon, I hope,


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