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djahncke posted 05-24-2005 11:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for djahncke   Send Email to djahncke  

It has been suggested in other threads that some people would enjoy a September cruise on Mullett Lake and connecting waterways. That is a nice time of year as many people use Labor Day weekend to put all the boats away and call an end to summer activities. I am not in that group as I find that the weather can be very nice and you have no crowds anywhere.

If people are interested I am willing to host a rendezvous at my family's cottage in September. So, if we can come to a consensus as to a date I will get it on the cottage calendar.

-Don

Teak Oil posted 05-25-2005 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
September cruising is nice, we used to take a trip every year on the weekend after Labor Day. This is a good idea for those not going to Isle Royal. Its a little too far in advance for me right now but I will keep an eye on this
TomG posted 05-27-2005 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Don, I am very interested in a September cruise.

My early summer schedule is very full with fallout from our move to Fruitport (near Grand Haven) and the salmon tournament fishing schedule that we are committed to, but I would love a chance to get back to Mullet Lake.

Tom

Christinee posted 05-31-2005 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Christinee  Send Email to Christinee     
After careful consultation of the calendar, JimH and I would be in
for the 1st weekend in Oct.(Sept. 30-Oct.2.) Hope that works out
for others as well.

If you live in a contiguous state and haven't done Michigan's
inland waterway, it's a must do. After all you can go right out
into Lake Huron and anywhere in the world from there!

-Chris

home Aside posted 05-31-2005 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I still don't know if I can do the Isle Royal Trip, and I've never done the inland waterway, I'll be carefully monitoring this thread, and
Don, thanks for the offer to host.....for those of you who haven't been to or seen Don's Family Retreat....It is one Beautiful setting

Pat

sportroyalwulf posted 07-26-2005 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Currently I can make this rendezvous on either Sept 24 or Oct 1 weekends.
TomG posted 07-26-2005 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
The weekend of Sept.30-Oct.2 would work great for me. The preceding weekend (Sept. 24-25) is my birthday AND my anniversary...that one is a no-go for me. I hope we can make this happen...can't wait to get back onto the Inland Waterway.

Tom

jeffs22outrage posted 07-29-2005 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Sounds like a great time to cruise and see the colors. I will keep this in mind and if I am not Salmon fishing that weekend I should be in. Should be a good trip even without the Outrage. The Montauk should do better for a trip like this.
jeffs22outrage posted 07-29-2005 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
that weekend being:

Sept 30 / Oct 2

Teak Oil posted 07-30-2005 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Not trying to screw up the thread but what happened to the 235 Jeff? I thought it just had a leaky headgasket?

Your 22 would do great in the waterway until you get out of Pickerel Lake, then it gets a little hairy.

End of September doesnt sound too bad, I am thinking about taking a week of vacation the first week of October

jeffs22outrage posted 08-01-2005 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Bob I will post more but the 235 is dead.
dfmcintyre posted 08-01-2005 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Since we just made a decision that precludes us from the Isle Royale trip, I'll keep an eye on this thread for some finalized dates.

Don 'n Gail

kingfish posted 08-01-2005 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Me too-

John (and maybe Katie)

home Aside posted 08-01-2005 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Me Three....nyuk,nyuk,nyuk....Still don't know myself whether I'll make Isle Royal....this is also one I've been wanting to do

Pat

Royboy posted 08-01-2005 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
We never need much of an excuse to visit up that way. Just got back last week, in fact. Beautiful up there, and Lake Huron cooperated as well. We ran our 13 Sport out and fished off of Bois Blanc Island last Sunday.

Roy

LHG posted 08-01-2005 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
We are interested in this trip, but not when the "frost is on the pumpkin". I am concerned the dates are too late for reliably decent weather. Can it be moved up to mid-Sept?

My interest is including the Inland Waterway as an "Around the Top" trip. Starting at Petoskey on the big Lake, heading up and around through Mackinaw and into Cheybogan to the Waterway. Harbor Springs, Beaver Island, St Ignace, Mackinaw City or the Island could all be considered interim stops.

Teak Oil posted 08-01-2005 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Larry I think thats a great idea but something better suited for around right now, rather than September.

Heck I even have Labor day weekend open, just not enough time to drive all the way up for the Isle Royal trip.

I have been on the waterway several times the weekend after Labor day and had good weather most of the time

jeffs22outrage posted 08-04-2005 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
TomG - Check your email about this weekend 8/5 - 8/7.
jeffs22outrage posted 08-06-2005 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I checked with the powers that be, I am good for 9/30 - 10/2.

Newport_whaler posted 08-24-2005 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
Been trying to work this out! I work for a grant through Michigan and will know if we get the grant on Sept 19th. If we do then I will have a Job and will do my best to go. If I dont have a job then I maybe out. How many are we still looking at going at this time?-- Had to miss the trip to Beaver Island and am getting crazy.

Tom

djahncke posted 08-27-2005 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Here it is with the end of August rapidly approaching it is time to start planning this rendezvous in earnest.

The consensus in the thread is that the weekend of September 30th is a good weekend. So, I’m calling it. September 30th is the weekend.

Now that we know the when and where we can concentrate on who and what. That is who is coming and what do we want to do?

From Mullett Lake the more interesting run is down through the Indian River, Burt Lake, the Crooked River and to Crooked Lake. This is about a 30 mile run (one way) with about a quarter of it in no wake zones. The other direction is to head north through the Cheboygan River to Lake Huron. This route is less than 10 miles long and a no wake zone all the way. Any trip out into Lake Huron or the Straits of Mackinaw is always very weather dependant.

So, what are your thoughts?

-Don

chucky posted 08-27-2005 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for chucky  Send Email to chucky     
what about accomodations? my wife and i ( we have a small dog also ) will need a place to stay if we make the trip. we're bringing a 13 super sport with us, and don't have much in the way of on-board accomodations. if we can make it, the 30 mile trip is more attractive to us.

chuck

TomG posted 08-27-2005 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
At this point, I am pretty sure I am good for the weekend of 9/30. I prefer the trip to Crooked Lake...more to see and do along the way. Not sure yet what I am doing for accomodations...camp at Aloha if the weather looks good or get a room in Cheboygan.

Tom

home Aside posted 08-27-2005 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
At this point it looks good for me, My wife will be in N.Y. so it'll be a bachelor cruise..... I'll be accompanied by my 11 & 13 Year old sons.....I might have to look at Aloha State Park also.....sounds like fun....

Pat

jeffs22outrage posted 08-29-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I would say a trip to crooked lake sounds great.
jeffs22outrage posted 09-02-2005 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Ok,

Well first of where are most people staying? I cool with camping so I assume the Aloha Sate Park would be the best? Since you can know reserve on line we should try and get a group of sites together....
[urlhttp://tinyurl.com/87oul[/url]

Sites 173 -191 would be nice
http://tinyurl.com/8xf6t

Or 218 - 195
http://tinyurl.com/dp3uj


I am just geusses from the maps. I have never been there though..


Also for the Detroit area folks, When and where are you leaving from. I am hopping to leave around 12 - 1pm from my office in Auburn Hills (I 75 - and Giddings Rd). Anyone interested in caravaning?

dfmcintyre posted 09-02-2005 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
It looks like Gail and I will be attending. We've done this trip before, and have stayed at a motel in Indian River, just west of I75. Will tryp and get the number, if anyone is interested.

Don

Buckda posted 09-05-2005 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hey Don -

If there's still room, count me in.

Dave

banff22 posted 09-06-2005 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
My excitement from the Isle Royale trip has not diminished much yet, waaay too much fun with my southern neighbours, so I have a question.

How far is this from the Sault border travelling at 55 mph?

Peter

kingfish posted 09-06-2005 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
An hour across the UP and less than an hour from the Mackinac Bridge.

John

p.s. I'm holding out hopes of making this, but some conditions have just arisen regarding generator problems we're having at the island, and the possible need to meet a genset mechanic up there during or near that time...

jeffs22outrage posted 09-06-2005 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Peter, from Port Huron you are looking at about 4+ hours. No Idea from the Sault. Probably 2.5 - 3 hours. If you want to met me say at my parents house in Clarkston (where you looked at the outrage during the refurb)you could ride up with me if you like. Our are yoy think of coming by boat?

Cheers,
Jeff

jeffs22outrage posted 09-06-2005 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Thanks John, looks like we over posted. That is a lot less time than I thought.
Buckda posted 09-06-2005 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
An hour and a half from the Sault, Peter.

John's right - an hour across the UP and less than an hour to the lake - depending on where you plan to stay. If you drive all the way to indian river, you will have a half hour beyond the bridge.

Cheers -

Dave

banff22 posted 09-06-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Jeff,
My boat sits 5 hours from the Sault.
Just getting the boat to Toronto is a 7 hour event then 3+ hours to Port Huron I think. And no traffic on the north route. A very pleasent drive averaging 60 mph as some of you can attest to.

I've realized, after the drive to the Isle Royale trip, I've made a mistake thinking it better to travel under the lake to join some of these events. It's been many years since I drove those northern roads and my distances & timing were all screwy it seems. Plus the wonderful improvements to the highways up there :)

It's still 3 hours to get to the boat, but only 6.5 to 7 hours of towing after that from what you're all saying.
Crossing the border seems easy too. All they want to know is how the fishing was.

Peter

banff22 posted 09-06-2005 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
One more thought.
I notice in this thread homeaside mentions bringing two boys. I've thought of taking my 11 year old boy, Ray, and I'm wondering if homeaside still is taking them & are other kids coming along too.

Peter

home Aside posted 09-06-2005 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Peter,
Barring any last minute problems that pop up, I will be there with my 13 year old Son Case, and my 11 year old Son Connor, my wife & sisters are going to NY to see their ailing Aunt, so this is going to be a Boy's weekend as far a my crew goes....
I've been following your post's regarding your boat camping in the North Channel with your boys, I look forward to meeting you...

Pat

PeteB88 posted 09-06-2005 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
This sounds interesting to us - what is the plan? Course? We would bring the 13 and camping gear I guess from what I have read. What's the deal?

best

djahncke posted 09-06-2005 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

OK it looks like interest in growing for this rendezvous.

Sorry for being silent for from this thread for the past week or so. I was tied up getting my daughter off to college and squeezing a trip to the cottage in during the Labor Day Holiday.

Accommodations:

If you want to camp Aloha is probably the best spot. It is right on Mullett Lake, it has it’s own launch ramp and a small but well protected harbor. As jeffs22outrage pointed out a number of these campsites are right on the harbor. The waterfront campsites do not have docks but the shore line is soft and grassy so people just push their bow up onto the grass and tie the boat to a tree.

For motels there is the Best Western
http://www.cheboygan.com/touristbureau/bestwestern.html and the Fleetwood Inn http://www.cheboygan.com/touristbureau/fleetwood.html . Both of these motels are on the Cheboygan River and have docks for you boat. It is about a 30 to 40 minute run from their docks (no wake the whole way) to get to Mullett Lake.


Itinerary:

It seems that most of the people want to cruise toward Crooked Lake. So let me throw out this itinerary as a strawman. Please chime in with your thoughts.

-We gather on the water in front of Aloha State Park on Saturday morning
-Then we cruise down Mullett Lake through the Indian River to Burt Lake to the Crooked River.
-We can stop for lunch in Alanson. There are some docks we can tie up to and walk about a block into town.
-After lunch we cruise on to Crooked Lake and explore the lake. Maybe we could even venture into Pickerel Lake.
-At this point we reverse course and go back through Crooked River, Burt Lake, Indian River to Mullett Lake.
-We can close the day out with a cookout at my cottage on the north end of Mullett Lake or we can cruise on up the Cheboygan River and have dinner at one of the restaurants on the river like the Hack Ma Tack
http://www.hackmatackinn.com/index.php

Here are some links to information on the area.

www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/index.html

www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/indianriver/river/index.html

www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/burtlake/index.html

OK, let’s hear your ideas.

-Don

Christinee posted 09-07-2005 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Christinee  Send Email to Christinee     
Your plans sound great Don. You can count Jim H and I in. Don M. please tell Gail I'm glad she's in, looks like we'll be the only whaler gals on this trip!

Hoping for sunshine, fair sky's and fall color too!
Chris

PeteB88 posted 09-07-2005 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
If this trip is open to all Whalers, Ellen comes with me for sure. Sounds pretty cool to me.
home Aside posted 09-07-2005 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Welcome Aboard Pete.....look forward to meeting you...

Pat

TomG posted 09-08-2005 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Your proposed itinerary sounds great, Don. Sounds like a good time. I'm looking forward to meeting those of you I don't know and seeing the folks I do know again!

Tom

jeffs22outrage posted 09-08-2005 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Anyone interested in sharing a campsite at aloha? I am going to book a site by tomorrow after noon.

Also the SE Michgian folks, who is leaving when and from where?

Buckda posted 09-08-2005 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Jeff -

Count me in - 4-man Tent with two persons.

Dave

jeffs22outrage posted 09-08-2005 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Dave - Done...
jeffs22outrage posted 09-08-2005 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Dave I sent you the reservation ticket.

To those booking at Aloha. The Michigan DNR will not allow you to pick a specific site for this park. I reserved a spot in a TYPE 6 lot, which had spots on the boat basin. You can make a request in the comment section while making your reservation online for a spot on the basin. Which I did. Though this is just a request not a guarantee.

banff22 posted 09-08-2005 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
There seems to be quite a number planning to camp at Aloha.
My tent was made by Mills and is attached to my boat. Are many planning to sleep aboard? And can you do so at Aloha? I'm having trouble with some of the posted links for some unknown reason. Great links by Don from this fishweb.com place though.
Should I book a mooring at Aloha? Book a slip? Or simply drop the hook a few 100 yards off shore? Which I prefer. (Buckda may recall a bit of my whining about being tied up too much on the IR trip) :)

Any thoughts? Ideas?

Peter

jeffs22outrage posted 09-08-2005 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Peter you could book a camp site but they will not guarantee a site at the boat basin. Though I do not see reason why they would give it to you.

Like I said, I have site reserved that will hopfully be at the basin. If that works out you should be able to beach your boat on my site and camp in the boat. I promise not say anything to the park rangers: ). You could maybe anchor in the basin or for sure in the lake.


Images of the park
http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/aloha/index.html


Or
http://www.midnrreservations.com/get_map.cfm
Besure to select aloha from the pull down menu.

jeffs22outrage posted 09-08-2005 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
"Though I do not see reason why they would give it to you."

should read

Though I do not see reason why they would NOT give it to you.

Sorry to hurt your feelings. :P

Buckda posted 09-08-2005 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
The boat basin is too small to anchor in, but depending on sea-state/conditions, you could certainly anchor outside of the small breakwater at the entrance to the basin.

Peter - I'd recommend planning to simply put the nose on shore and sleep aboard - no biggie - it's a soft, grassy shoreline there..no sand, or rocks..just topsoil/mud and then lawn.

The basin is just large enough for two boats to pass each other when there are boats beached on either side of the basin, and there is a nice ramp at the base of the basin, meaning that any early morning fishermen would have difficulty navigating around a boat anchored in the middle all night.

Depending on wind, you may also choose to anchor in front of Don's cottage. He's on the lee side of the lake for prevailing wind (westerlies). Aloha is on the windward side of the lake - nearly directly across from Don's place.

I normally sleep aboard, but I've neglected my tent this year, so I think I'll be sleeping in the tent on this trip. So long as you don't snore like Paul, you are welcome to seek shelter with me - if needed at the last minute.

Dave

TomG posted 09-08-2005 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
One small warning about the boat basin at Aloha. The water has a high concentration of tannin. It will stain your hull brown in a very short time. Personally, I will probably pull my boat out overnight and relaunch it rather than leave it in the boat basin. Obviously, if you have bottom paint, this is no big deal, but I don't.

Tom

banff22 posted 09-08-2005 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Tom,
I have bottom paint due to my boat being slip kept. But I appreciate the heads up.

And thanks for the info on everything else everyone. A few hours later and all the links are working, even Jeffs tiny urls that didn't work from the get go. Beats me. I'll give Aloha a call and see what the deal is.

Peter
The butterfly slayer

Cicada posted 09-08-2005 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Ok Dave, just for that I'll have to get an adjoing camp site. Sorry Jeff, paybacks are tough.

Seriously, Suzanne and I would both like to make it to this rendevous. About an 80% chance I'd make it at this time. Suzanne is up in the air. Visiting her mom in New York and a show coming up in Chicago won't leave her with much free time. Hopefully I'll know more in a week or so.

It'd be nice to see everyone and meet some others.

Paul

jeffs22outrage posted 09-09-2005 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Paul,

Dave will just have to deal with it:P I can snore like a bear sometimes. So does my friend Geoff who is coming along with me. If I get to bad will go sleep in my truck to save you all.

Buckda posted 09-09-2005 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
No one, and I mean NO ONE can be as bad as I guy we encountered on Caribou Island at Isle Royale last week.

Dis Yooper came across in 'is bote with 'is buddies - and dey all sleep in da bote, eh! But dey make 'im go sleep in a shelter on land. After nitefall da noise from da shelter starts up and is loud 50 yards away on da dock, eh!

Jerry, Rick and I looked at each other with that "What the hell is that?" look.

Pretty amazing really.

PeteB88 posted 09-15-2005 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I was on a river trip - like four days on the Deschutes some years back and we had a dude that would blow away one of those super high power chain saws on ESPN lumberjack competition. About the third night these dudes on the trip had enough - even though the subject set his camp 50 yards down stream from everyone else.

Anyway, the "subject" let's call him Chain Saw Jim, had a routine where he brushed his teeth in the dark before he crawled into his sleeping bag - he Stevie Wondered the procedure, squirted on the toothpaste, brushed the teeth, then swished out his mouth with canteen water and spit out in the sage brush.

Chain Saw got his payback - they switched his toothpaste tube with Preparation H - get the picture? the whole dramatic and profound reaction? Chain Saw was furious but it was the negative reinforcement, no more snoring. Freaking funny man!

I got lots of those outfitter river camp stories.

banff22 posted 09-15-2005 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Having never been to one of these weekend events could someone fill me in a little more as to a typical 2 day schedule.

i.e. Does everyone make it there for Friday night or Saturday moning? What is a typical time of departure on Sunday?

I'm trying to get a handle on my timing in case I have to take my crew out of school for an afternoon (Friday) or for a morning (Monday).

Driving alone it should 9.5 hours. Who knows with the crew along?

Peter

jeffs22outrage posted 09-15-2005 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Peter, I will be arriving at the state park on Friday afternoon / evening. As I believe most will. Then on Sunday, if the weather is nice I will most likely spend the day fishing or boating then heading for home around 3:30 or 4pm.
Royboy posted 09-16-2005 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I'm checking in kind of late on this one; is the chosen weekend 10/1 - 10/2? IF so I can start making plans to join the fleet. Perhaps Karen will come too.

Roy

Buckda posted 09-16-2005 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Peter -
I'll be driving up Friday night, leaving around noon on Sunday. My drive is a little less-long than yours - about 8 hours. I expect to roll in around Midnight.

Dave

Buckda posted 09-16-2005 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Roy -

Didn't mean to ignore your post...Yes. Your dates are correct.

Dave

dfmcintyre posted 09-17-2005 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Peter -

We'll probably leave around noon on Friday. About 3.5 hrs from Port Huron. You coming this way, or across the north?

Don

kingfish posted 09-17-2005 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Don J. (and others)-

It looks like we're going to miss this one; Our son Chris is coming home from Little Rock to see the UM/MSU game that weekend and while he and Jess and I fished together in Apalachicola last spring, Katie hasn't seen him since the winter.

So here's hoping for good weather for the rest of you, and we'll see y'all on the water somewhere down the line!

John

PeteB88 posted 09-17-2005 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
What is the latest plan/itinerary?

thanks

home Aside posted 09-17-2005 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Pete,
Here's what Don, who's hosting, posted on 9-6-05 re:

Itinerary:

It seems that most of the people want to cruise toward Crooked Lake. So let me throw out this itinerary as a strawman. Please chime in with your thoughts.

-We gather on the water in front of Aloha State Park on Saturday morning
-Then we cruise down Mullett Lake through the Indian River to Burt Lake to the Crooked River.
-We can stop for lunch in Alanson. There are some docks we can tie up to and walk about a block into town.
-After lunch we cruise on to Crooked Lake and explore the lake. Maybe we could even venture into Pickerel Lake.
-At this point we reverse course and go back through Crooked River, Burt Lake, Indian River to Mullett Lake.
-We can close the day out with a cookout at my cottage on the north end of Mullett Lake or we can cruise on up the Cheboygan River and have dinner at one of the restaurants on the river like the Hack Ma Tack


Pat,

jimh posted 09-18-2005 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Where are the best launching ramps? Anything on the west side of the lake?
djahncke posted 09-19-2005 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

The best free launch ramp is in the Northwest corner of the lake.

http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/index_north.html

http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/mullett-lake_ramp/index.html


It is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking. Right next to it is Mullett Lake Marina.

http://www.mullettlakemarina.com/

The problem with this ramp is if the wind is out of the east it can get a little rough. The alternatives are Aloha State Park which is completely sheltered so it's good in any weather. Or, there is a ramp where highway 33 crosses the Cheboygan River.


Mullet Lake Marina is the only place to buy gas on the water on Mullett Lake and the gas there is usually the most expensive on the Inland Waterway. I suggest buying your gas at a regular gas station before you launch your boat. Other places to buy gas on the water are halfway up the Cheboygan River, several places on the Indian River, one place on the Crooked River and a couple of places on Crooked Lake.

Greg Hiller posted 09-19-2005 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Do you think anyone would be interested in meeting on the St. Lawrence River in New York State’s Thousand Island region? I would be willing to help in any way to get the Whalers together. I have a 1978 Revenge with a 200HP Optimax. My wife Julie and I would be very interested in participating in the next Rendezvous. Who would be the best person to contact to get involved?
Newport_whaler posted 09-21-2005 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
They got us on Pins and Needles--I was suppose to find out about the grant on the 19th, but now have been pushed back to the 26th. I will set up things this week and find out whether I have a Job later! They are calling for 30% chance of rain at this point. Will stay at Aloha, but will reserve a room just in case and cancel if necessary.

Hey Dave,

Mapquest has me going from the house in Portage (MI) 94 to 69 to 127 -- What route are you thinking of taking? I would have thought that 131 straight up would have been better? (Mapquest has taken me the long way before)Will leave at about 12 or 1, would you want to hook up and go together? I am right at the 94 and 131 interchange if you are interested or anyone else for that matter? (Roommate coming as well)

Tom

Buckda posted 09-21-2005 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Tom -

When I lived in Kalamazoo, I tried both ways to get to the UP (picking up friends at State, and just driving 131 north).

It's all about equal, now that the traffic pattern is "fixed" through the S curve in G.R.

My route takes me 196 to GR then 131 North to Cadillac - then M-55 E to 127 and north onto I-75.

Avoiding traffic in GR is the biggest gamble. Lansing traffic can be worse but I'm not sure what the construction is like around Lansing. North of GR, the roads are pretty torn up through the I-96 interchange near Fifth Third Park. One would hope that they have that sorted by now, but I'm not counting on it.

Both routes are superhighway all the way (except for a short 30 mile stretch from Cadillac through Lake City to Houghton Lake).

I'm still negotiating when I'll be leaving. I may have a meeting on Friday morning at work with the lawyers and regulatory folks; meaning that I won't get out of Chi-town until like 1:30 PM, putting me in GR around 6 PM local (Smack in the middle of the Friday night rush).

If not, I'll be leaving much earlier on Friday morning and getting into GR much earlier. Being a Friday in September, I'm not optimistic the traffic northbound will be great anywhere in Michigan, due to everyone getting final weekends in at their lake homes and / or closing up summer cottages. If the weather is nice that will compound the problem, but it usually moves along pretty well north of GR.

Perhaps we can arrange to meet at the Rockford Meijer north of GR? Good place for gas and a nice big parking lot in front of a brand new store, with food nearby, and right at the cusp of free-flowing traffic...

Let me know.

Dave

banff22 posted 09-21-2005 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Dave,
1. What & where is GR?
2. My wife is in downtown Chicago this week. Any chance you could grab her credit cards for me?! ;)

Peter

Buckda posted 09-21-2005 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
1. Sorry...local dialect. GR = Grand Rapids, Michigan, (for those who grew up in SW Michigan, anyway). It's the only town that folks I know call by initials though....and I guess it's kind of lazy not to just say "Grand Rapids", but it is what it is.
2. Does she have a GPS on her cell phone? We can just track her and when she's on Michigan Avenue, you can call her and remind her what the family budget is....but then again, she may remind you how much you've spent on the boat recently....yeah, perhaps we'll have to swipe the cards....

banff22 posted 09-21-2005 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
She just called. Says she's looking down on 6 bridges on Michigan Ave or someplace close. I believe it's the Hotel 71 on E Wacker Drive. Now there's a good address to send 8 good looking women from Canada to on business for 4 days in Chicago. And they are all in the mall leasing business. Their job for 4 days is to check out all the malls and shopping districts. Tomorow is Michigan Ave day. Yeah right. Then something about a boat cruise tomorrow 4:30 to 6:00 I think.

Peter
As soon a I hit send the GR hit me as Grand Rapids. I'm hoping to be there for a conference with the Jenison School District and the Carol Gray Center around Oct 18th.
PD.

Buckda posted 09-21-2005 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I know that hotel well. We used to stay in it every year at the Holidays when I was growing up.

She's 'dangerously' close to Michigan ave - right near my office actually.

I guess I should just thank you in advance. Folks like your wife make it possible for me to live in one of the biggest cities in America that does not tax it citizen's incomes....

:)

See you in a little over a week.

Dave

K Albus posted 09-22-2005 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Here's a link to a Michigan Fall Color Report: http://www.ring.com/travel/color.htm

It looks like your timing will be just about right.

jeffs22outrage posted 09-22-2005 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
So Peter what is your housing plan? Did you get a site at the park or, are you going to achor out in the lake? You are welcome to beach the outrage and sleep at our site if we get on on the water.

Tom hope you can make it. If you want to camp at the park you might want to make a reservation. I am not sure if they will have a spot for you if you just show up.

Dave I got your email. Yes, we can split the cost of the site for the weekend. It ends up being $23 a day. I am not hurting for the cash so I can get it from you when I see you. Or we can call it even and you can let me spend some time on the 18:P

banff22 posted 09-23-2005 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Unfortunately I'm still an IF. (long story) But I'll be sleeping onboard. I just don't know where yet. It's kind of depending on which crew members join me and their needs and wants. I can't camp due to no tent so it's either onboard or hotel type accomodations. I'm trying to reach this place called The Landing around Indian River today. Seems I may be able to sleep onboard with power and water if need be.

Peter

banff22 posted 09-23-2005 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
The Landing just called back and they have space but also I'm more than welcome to sleep onboard in a slip for $20 a night including power & water. Plus they have a ramp.

Nice folks too it seems.

Peter

Cicada posted 09-25-2005 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
I've made a reservation at Aloha for the week-end. Chances are Suzanne will not be coming. I won't be able to get out of the Detroit area until about 7:30 or 8:00 so will not get to Aloha until about midnight. Will probably leave around 2 or so on Sunday.

There appeared to be plenty of sites left at the park when I made my reservation yesterday.

Anybody interested in doing a breakfast at the park?

Paul

djahncke posted 09-25-2005 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Well here we are less than a week to go. As I read through the thread it looks like the attendees will be:


attendee # of people
JimH 2
HomeAside 3
Djahncke 1
dfmcintyre 2
Buckda 2
Royboy 2
Jeffs22outrage ?
banff22 ?
Cicada 1
TomG 2

Please chime and confirm the number attending and where you are staying so we know to lookout for you.

I propose that we meet on Saturday morning at Aloha State Park at 9:30. From there we will head south to the Indian River and continue on to Alanson where will stop for lunch.

Let’s use channel 68 for communications and as a way for latecomers to find the group.

For Saturday night I will host a dinner at my cottage. Nothing fancy but it will be warm and dry with lots of good whaler talk.

-Don

Newport_whaler posted 09-25-2005 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
excuse any mistakes using webtv--My roommate and I will be staying at Aloha and arriving on Friday 5-7pm (ETA). leaving on sunday. Taking Monday off so whatever others are thinking is fine. So to anwser the question thats two for my camp.

Tom--

question of concern -- I will have two 6gal tanks filled and will have two 5gal tanks pre mixed on-board-should have enough I hope? If not it sounds like there are places on the way to fill up?
Also, I have had several expenses arise and have not been able to get a radio installed. I have a handheld and hope all will forgive me;-)

djahncke posted 09-25-2005 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Tom,

You should be fine with 22 gallons. And as you guessed there are places to by gas on the Indian River, the Crooked River and Crooked Lake.

-Don

TomG posted 09-26-2005 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I am a definite "maybe" at this point. My workload has piled up and I may need to *#@% over the weekend to hit my deadlines...one of the joys of self-employment. I'll keep you posted.

Tom

Buckda posted 09-26-2005 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'll be there with my friend Kevin.

We're driving up on Friday and leaving about mid-day on Sunday - staying at Aloha.

Dave

jeffs22outrage posted 09-26-2005 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I will be stating at aloha and my friend Geoff will be coming along.

Do we want to start a cell number list?

dfmcintyre posted 09-26-2005 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Gail and I will be at the Landings Resort. Looks like the extreme north end of Indian River, close to the mouth of Mullett Lake.

Dave - If your thinking of doing a I/R presentation Saturday evening, do you want me to bring a LCD projector (I'm assuming it would be on laptop)?

Planning on arriving early to mid afternoon Friday.

810-650-3663ctx

Buckda posted 09-26-2005 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Yes - bring the LCD. My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 700M.

I'm happy to share the photos from Isle Royale...there are a lot of them, so bring an extra beer or two!

Dave

Christinee posted 09-26-2005 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Christinee  Send Email to Christinee     
Wow, boating, dinner and slide shows too....this is shaping up to be an impressive event ! Thanks, Don for hosting us all. Jim and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Royboy posted 09-27-2005 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Karen and I are still casting around for lodging, but we're coming. We're looking at Woodland Resort cabins. They're not on the waterway, but not far from it either (on the "land between the lakes"). Likely either there or the Landings.

Roy

djahncke posted 09-27-2005 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Weather report for Saturday looks pretty good!

Sunny to partly cloudy. Winds from the SSW at 16 mph. High: 72° F

banff22 posted 09-27-2005 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
As much as I would like to meet some more Mid-west folks that I've only listened to here, and those I'd like to see again, I'm afraid I will not make this trip.

My cheeky response is I'm having trouble rationalizing with my kids, and me, driving 10 hours, arriving at 3 or 4 am, boating for one day then driving back on Sunday. Seems to me these weekend rendezvous are better suited for when the kids are out of school in July & August.

To continue the cheeky part of the repsonse:
So why am I driving all this way when in 3.5 hours I can have my kids at my beloved Bustard Islands, in our OR 22 by dinner time.

I know a number of you know EXACTLY where I'm talking about. Gee, I may even slip around the Chickens down Collins Inlet for a few hours? Shucks, I could even slip by Killarney for lunch in another 20 minutes or so after that. I know, I'm spoiled. :)

Have a great Colour Cruise. And the colours have already started up here BTW.

Stay well.

Peter
The west wind shapes the pine.

jimh posted 09-27-2005 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. We'll be coming up Friday morning, but we drive slowly and won't be there until mid- to late-afternoon.

What sort of lunch in Alanson is planned? On shore or on the water?

Buckda posted 09-27-2005 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
We're leaving SW Michigan around noon, meaning we'll be there around 4:30 or 5:00 PM also - at Aloha State Park.

I'm thinking about Hack-Ma-Tack for dinner Friday night, or perhaps a restaurant in Indian River proper, then planning on sandwiches aboard the boat on Saturday afternoon, so JimH - if you are also planning sandwiches aboard the boat, you're welcome to grab a slip next to Gambler at Alanson and we can have a bite dock-side.

Where are you and Christine staying Jim?

VHF channel 68...I'll make a cruise by Don's cottage once we splash the boat and set up camp.

Dave

djahncke posted 09-27-2005 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Jim,

For lunch I was think of walking into Alanson to enjoy one of the local restaurants. Lesters is one that comes to mind. It is a nice little place that is in the old railroad station.

Dave,

For Friday night I was thinking the Boathouse in Cheboygan. It is in downtown Cheboygan on the river. However, if people want to go to Hack-ma-tack that would be fine with me also.

I'll keep an eye out for you on Friday afternoon.

-Don

Buckda posted 09-28-2005 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
The Boathouse is fine by me too, I just figured I'd hit the water in the Whaler, and Hack-Ma-Tack seemed to offer a good, easy run back to Aloha in the dark, if necessary. I suspect I'll be running in complete dark back to Aloha on Saturday night from your place. Looking forward to seeing your dock full of Whalers all rafted up!!

Dave

jeffs22outrage posted 09-28-2005 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Dave, I am hoping to be up at camp around 9 - 10pm. Can you give me a call @248.376.5662 when you get our site so I know where to go. Try to get one on the basin. When I get up there and get everything set I will call and see where your at and maybee met up with you all.

Is there anyone else leaving the Detroit area around 4:30 - 5 that wants to drive up together?

Peter, sorry to miss you. I understand however. Have a great time with the family.

Buckda posted 09-28-2005 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Jeff -

Look for my truck and trailer. If memory serves, I'll probably take a site past (beyond) the ramp in the back section if I can, out with a view of the lake.

I'll give you a call.

Dave

home Aside posted 09-29-2005 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
Sorry to say I'll have to miss this rendezvous again this year.....hhhmmmmppphhhh.....With a Mutiny involving my two son's, who have decided they don't want to miss hockey, my wife out of town, and some more out of town commitments coming up in the next 2-3 weeks, it just isn't going to work out for me......

Anyway, have fun, be safe, I'll look forward to seeing photo's and reading the narratives....enjoy, see you soon...

Pat Henahan

Buckda posted 09-29-2005 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Pat -

You avoiding me this summer? :)

Newport_whaler posted 09-29-2005 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
Pat sorry to hear that. I know how it goes had to miss a couple of these myself this year.-- hope to see ya next year.

Tom

TomG posted 09-29-2005 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Unfortunately, I am out too...I had hoped to see/meet a bunch of you. Of all things, I have to go to Detroit this weekend...I'd definitely rather be going North! But our unsold house is calling me...I have to go do some necessary seasonal maintenance, and this is my only open time to do it.

Hope you all have a great time and great weather! Wish I could be there with you...

Tom

Buckda posted 09-29-2005 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
JimH 2
Djahncke 1
dfmcintyre 2
Buckda 2
Royboy 2
Jeffs22outrage ?
Cicada 1

So we're down to seven boats?

Buckda posted 09-29-2005 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
oops.

Newport Whaler..sorry.

eight boats?

Cicada posted 09-29-2005 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat and Tom,

Sorry to hear you guys aren't going to make it. I was looking forward to seeing both of you again.

I'm still looking at about a midnight arrival at Aloha. Looks like the weather is going to be pretty good. I heard that the colors were starting to go wild up there? An absolutely great time to be out on the water!

Looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting some more people. See ya up there.

Paul

Orca posted 09-29-2005 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Orca  Send Email to Orca     
Heads Up. Sat Morn is Duck opener. Usually a lot of shooting east of 75 to Mullet Lake. Best to avoid early am late pm. Starting to see color,should be an awesome weekend. Be safe,have fun.
PeteB88 posted 09-30-2005 02:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Ellen and I might show but it is not likely - her mom's birthday is Saturday and I can't change it. However, we might run up Sat evening or early Sunday am and spend the night somewhere around there or with Cousin Jeff in Boyne City. We can play on Monday if nothing comes up.

Any chance of finding you guys on Sunday? NO vhf - sorry, new rig for us, 13, waiting to determine best configuration for new finder/GPS and radio.

thx - anyone got a cell phone? do they work in that area?

Best and have a great time

Royboy posted 09-30-2005 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Looks like you're back down to seven; Karen and I can't make this one. I was really looking forward to it, but reality rules. Have a great cruise, and be safe.

Roy

dfmcintyre posted 09-30-2005 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
We are packing right now, will be fueling the Surburban hitching up the boat and on the road at noon.

don 810-650-3663

jeffs22outrage posted 10-02-2005 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Guys,

I just returned the boat to home and had to stop in the office before I leave tomorrow. I have to say thanks to everyone for the great weekend. I enjoyed seeing those who I have already met again, and to others I was happy to finally met you. Don, thanks for opening up your amazing cottage to us. That is truly a gem of a house. Also, Dave thanks for the slide show. Truly inspires me to go up there for a week. I can not wait to see the pictures of this trip when I return on Wednesday.

As for the "ISSUE" / problem with the tilt&trim, my father looked at the boat when we got home and thinks a low voltage issue The solenoid and hydraulic motor are fine.

dfmcintyre posted 10-02-2005 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I'll collect some email addresses and will be sending out my images to those I've found later this week.

Gail and I had a great time!

dfmcintyre posted 10-02-2005 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Oh, and Don....we thank you for your gratious offer of the evenings meal and a tour of your great site. Mae it back to the Landings in much quicker time than the night before!

D

jimh posted 10-03-2005 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We had a great time this weekend, and the weather was fabulous.

To complete the inland route tour, on Sunday we went up the Cheboygan River and into Lake Huron.

Transiting the lock on the Cheboygan River was an experience. There are very strong currents above and below the lock. It was not designed with boaters in mind.

We spotted our trailer at the marina ramp at the mouth of the river, so when we got to Lake Huron we could haul out easily. As we were washing down the boat and prepping it for the highway, it seemed quite warm and sunny. A sign at the bank in town said 89°--quite a beautiful October afternoon!

Don Jahncke was a great host. Dave's slide show of the composite photo album of the Isle Royal trip was very entertaining.

Did anyone else get stuck in the massive slow down on I-75 south of West Branch? We were stopped for about 20-30 minutes due to a bottleneck from road repairs.

Got up this morning to rain--good timing on the weather!

Buckda posted 10-03-2005 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I got the Whaler back into storage around 8:00 PM local after an uneventful trip, but lightning was on the horizon and I drove through heavy wind and rain back to Chicago, so we avoided the rain as well.

Thanks to all for a great trip, great time, great food, great weather and great company (but lousy jokes about smokey motors).

I should be able to get photos posted tonight or perhaps tomorrow.

djahncke posted 10-03-2005 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Thank you all for coming. It was fun to see such a large pod of whalers in front of the cottage.

What I want to know is who do we give credit to for the great weather? There certainly wasn't "frost on the pumpkin" as LHG predicted (unless you count the frosting on the Halloween cookies). My guess is that the credit goes to Chris as she was the first to suggest the week of September 30th.

After you left Jim I couldn't resist the weather and headed out with Newport_whaler for an extra run up and down the lake. It got me home alot later. But I don't regret it a bit. I didn't even regret it when I was sitting in the traffic jam south of West Branch.

Dave, I look forward to seeing the pictures.

-Don

Cicada posted 10-03-2005 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Nice people, nice time, nice boats!

Don, Thanks again for the dinner and making your place available. Also, the return of the hat. I think that one's going to become standard Whaler wear.

It was a real pleasure meeting everyone that I've never met and great to see everyone that I know. Those short little runs on the river were an eye opener for me concerning the performance of the boats. It was fun looking at everyone's boat in the relaxed atmosphere.

Jim,

I got caught in the same tie up. The drive ended up being about six hours. About an hour and half longer than it should have been. The high point of that drive was sitting stuck in the right lane with the left lane blazing by at about five miles an hour. The passenger in a pick up truck passing me leans out of the window and says "Hey! Nice boat!". I love it when that happens.

I have to look my photos and see if there's anything worth posting. I didn't take many pictures this time. I was too busy enjoying myself.


Paul

LHG posted 10-04-2005 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Sorry I missed everyone, as it sounds like a nice trip, with warm weather. But an 8 hour drive is a bit much for a single day event. Guess my weather forecasting was off by about 5 days! Any photos to be linked?
dfmcintyre posted 10-04-2005 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
We too, got caught in the same jam. Went east at the first exit past West Branch. South down some country roads to Standish thence west to 75 south. Probably didn't save any time, but at least kept moving.

Paul, I had the same thing happen, guy rolled by and said the same thing!

Don

Cicada posted 10-04-2005 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
LHG,
I'm glad your forecast was off. The weather was almost perfect Saturday and Sunday with Mullett Lake smooth as glass at times. Sorry you didn't make it.

A few photos posted at:
http://photobucket.com/albums/y108/mottpm/Mullet/

Includes djahncke in his sweet little Dauntless, Newport_whaler's Newport Whaler and some photos of the fleet.

Need to set somebody up on one of the bends in the river and get some action shots.

Paul

Cicada posted 10-04-2005 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Don,

I often wonder what some people are thinking when they drive by - you know, the ones that look like they're checking the boat closely. Guess we found out. Maybe another Whaler owner.

Paul

Buckda posted 10-04-2005 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
http://photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/2005%20Fall%20Color%20Tour/

More photos, just uploaded....

Newport_whaler posted 10-05-2005 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
I can’t tell ya how much I needed to get away for the weekend; my only regret was Barb was unable to attend. The weather was wonderful, getting to meet new people and the ones I knew better. You can tell by the pictures that we all were having a great time. Sorry too see everybody had to leave on Sunday.

Kurt, Don, and I went out for a spin across Mullet and then up the Cheboygan River, Don peeled off at the party store, to the Dam where lots of people were catching Salmon.

We got part of that storm on Sunday night (Saturday A.M.). For the first hour it was on the West side of the lake. It was like our own light show, beautiful!! It rain on us from about 5am until 10 am and hit pretty hard for awhile. We ate breakfast and pack up until about 1:30 and parked the truck at the launch ramp.

The weather on Monday was mid 80’s partly cloudy and the lake was calling to us. We had to go out for a couple of hours and drain the water out of the Boat from the rain the night before. (Shucks!!) We came back to a ticket on the truck for not purchasing a vehicle pass (6.00). Nothing could make me more upset (heartbreaking) than having to leave Aloha with such great weather. Work is over rated – it only feeds my addictions.

Don –
Thanks so much for the wonderful meal and hospitality.

Paul-
Thanks for the coffee and as of yet I don’t know what Kurt did with the cup!!

Jeff, Geoff, Kevin, Don, Gail, Jim, Christinee, and of course Dave
--We had a great time and made new friends. Sorry no pics – but if I did have one it would have had problems like all the other electronics.

Roy, Karen, PeteB, Pat, Peter (Banff22), TomG, John, Chuck, Sportroyalwulf, Larry,

I hope to meet ya soon, but at least by this trip next year-hint hint!!!!(Don)

Tom--over

LHG posted 10-05-2005 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Is that a really clean, rare, Merc/Mariner in-line 6 I detect on that nice Montauk? Who owns that beauty?
Buckda posted 10-05-2005 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Larry -

That's Jeffs22Outrage in his father's 17' Montauk. I have to say that that boat was the king of the rendezvous in terms of sheer OEM beauty. An absolutely spectacular specimen kept in bristol condition.

However, in keeping with tradition for the Mullet Lake rendezvous of last year, it was a Mercury (Mariner) that suffered the "breakdown" on this trip as well. I refuse to give Jeff flack since it may bring bad Karma on my Mercury engine....but it put him out of service on Saturday evening, so his boat is NOT pictured on the dock with the others on Saturday night.

jeffs22outrage posted 10-05-2005 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Here are more images of the Montauk Larry. Thanks for the kind words of the Family Whaler. My father is the third owner. We bought it in 1995 for less than what it would sell for Today. It has spent its entire life on a trailer in garages. I use the boat more than he does but, it still maybee sees 10-15 hours a year. I love than I-6 though. What a strong engine. I would love to have a pair of 115's for my outrage, though they are tough to come by. I just love the styling and power of them better than the OMC's of the same era. The Inline set up also still provides lots of open area with twins. Well you should know with your 18.


http://photobucket.com/albums/v427/jeff_rohlfing/dads%20whaler/

LHG posted 10-06-2005 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Very nice. Now I know why you and your Dad got that 22 looking so good.

So what happened to the old Mariner? Is it a 115 or a 90? That engine looks like new. Not too many of those around.

Got to admit, a pair of those would good on a 22.

jeffs22outrage posted 10-07-2005 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Larry,

It lost power tilt and trim over the weekend (Dave has pics of my in my boxers in the water lifting the motor by hand). I was able to lift the engine up by hand and tighten the bypass to trailer it home. When you would hit the trim buttons the solenoids would click but the motor would never run. Then once we got it home and dropped the engine the motor ran the hydraulic pistons out then stopped once they reached the engine. So we think it is a voltage problem. Because the electric motor draws a lot of power to lift the engine.


The motor is in Perfect condition. Some nicks here and there but it still shows well. Like I stated before, I love how strong that motor is. For a 90hp it runs like it has 115hp. We need a good prop though. Right now the aluminum one we have cavitates like crazy.

dfmcintyre posted 10-25-2005 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
To all that attended -

As promised, check:

http://photobucket.com/albums/a118/dfmcintyre/Mullett%20Lake%20weekend/

for my images.

Good time.

Don

jimh posted 10-25-2005 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Love those high resolution images!
Buckda posted 10-26-2005 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Great shots Don!

Newport_whaler posted 10-27-2005 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
Thanks Don --- I needed that-- have not been out since but plan on at least one more time--

Tom

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