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Greg Hiller posted 09-19-2005 02:23 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?
Buckda posted 09-20-2005 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Greg -

I'd be interested in seeing this area. I know forum member Jim Gibson has been to this area a few times as well.

Who better to organize such an event besides yourself?!

I think you'll find the process is quite rewarding, though it can be a bit of work.

Regards,

Dave

Greg Hiller posted 09-20-2005 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Well, I was sorta getting that idea from reading about your fanastic trip to Royal. Using your planning as a boiler plate of how to go about it, I would sure like to give it a try. There are many great sights to see in the T.Is. including 2 castles, many park islands, the Frederick Remington Museam in Ogdensberg and just beautiful scenery. The water is as clear as gin and even the worst winds would not threaten our Whalers. I would recommend Jacques Cartier State Park as a place to meet, launch, camp, and dock the Whalers.
Greg Hiller posted 09-21-2005 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
As in the planning of the trip to Royale, early date selection and reservations at Jacques Cartier State Park are paramount in insuring our base of operations. Mid August works best for me but the date that will accommodate the most folks is what we should choose.
This URL http://www.reserveamerica.com/ is where reservations are made.
The loop near the launching ramp are the preferred sites so we can get together easily.
JustinAndersen posted 09-21-2005 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
Greg - I have thought about this myself and I'd be all over the idea. With a bit of digging I could probably come up with 4-8 names of others who would wish to join, from Toronto, Ottawa, etc.

If we got it big enough we could possibly get some free swag/beer/etc from either Chalk Marine in Clayton or Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, ON which is just east of Ganonoque. Both are BW dealers.

If we did this next summer we could consider killing a night in A-Bay (Alexandria Bay) which is a serious party town.

I'm directly across the lake from you in Cobourg, ON.

Greg Hiller posted 09-21-2005 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Justin
Great to have your interest. How does the Mid August time frame work for you?
banff22 posted 09-21-2005 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Am I hearing this right.
Someone actually wants to get togetrhter where I don't have to drive 10 to 16 hours. What a novelty that would be.

Count me in and keep me informed.

Peter

banff22 posted 09-21-2005 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Maybe we could even entice some southern Michigan & Ohio type folks into this one. Without naming names of course.

Peter

Bulldog posted 09-22-2005 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I'm very interested in this trip. We will keep August open, if you follow Dave's lead you will do good! I think picking the week was the most work, so set a deadline and pick two weeks that work for you and run with it, we'll be there!..........Jack and Pat
JustinAndersen posted 09-22-2005 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
Peter - I would have thought you would be Rendezvous'ed out! You were one of the 4-8 names I was thinking about...

Greg - at this stage of the game anytime next summer works.

mdono posted 09-22-2005 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for mdono  Send Email to mdono     

Might want to time the trip with one of the events hosted by the Antique Boat Museum in nearby Clayton. Boat show and auction and antique raceboat shows are in mid August. Don't miss the museum in any case.

Additionally, the link below will take you to some of the many boat access only island and mainland campgrounds. These ones in particular are located in what is considered the heart of the region. Beautiful campsites at that.

http://www.nysparks.com./regions/thousandis.asp

I'll be up there closing up the cottage on Stave Island weekend of 10/20 thru 10/23.

Greg Hiller posted 09-22-2005 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Thank you all for the interest and great ideas. I just called the Clayton Antique Boat Museum. The show is August 4th – 6th.. Also, there is a Clayton Antique Boat Museum sponsored race boat regatta the 3rd week in August. The hotels and camp sites go very quickly so nailing down the date is extreemly important. I really like the 3rd week cause my wife said so…….
Bulldog posted 09-22-2005 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
The third week is the question then, 8/20 to 8/26 or is that 8/13 to 8/19? I'm so confused and only 11 months to get ready. Watching the old boat races sounds like a great idea,especially if we can be on the water. I'll have to work on the sleeping accomadations, I have a truck camper. I can hardly wait to see what kind of mileage my truck gets towing a Whaler while carrying the camper. I'll talk to my wife and start working on the vacation timing......Jack
Greg Hiller posted 09-23-2005 07:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jack,
We to have a truck camper. The truck is a 2500HD diesel Chevy. We get 14 MPG towing our 21' Revenge. Normally, the truck will get 18 to 20 MPG unloaded.
Greg Hiller posted 09-23-2005 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Confirming the dates for the Antique Boat Regatta with the Meueusm, the 13th - 19th would be the dates for the Rendezvous. The regatta starts on the 18th.
Greg Hiller posted 09-23-2005 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Man I sure murdered the spelling of museum....
BB62Ding posted 09-23-2005 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for BB62Ding  Send Email to BB62Ding     
Greg,

I have read through the posts about a 1000 Island Rendezvous and I'm very interested. I live in Laconia, NH and we had a rendezvous on our Lake Winnipesaukee last summer. (This past summer did not work out for our group from around New England)

Photos of our 2004 rendezvous are here under the "NH Lake" album:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/philtyson2002/my_photos

My wife, Judy and I, have a 1984 Montauk that we have reconditioned and trailer to the lakes around NH.

Anyway, I grew up in Syracuse and spent many of my early summers on the St. Lawrence River's Wolf Island and later at my uncle's camp on the Lake of the Isles. It would be great to get back out on the St. Lawrence River. We have talked about trailering our Montauk to some other lakes out of state and this would be a great destination, especially if we can spend time with some other Whaler Nuts!

I'll keep my eye this post and see how it works out.

It'll be nice to meet all of you.

Bob and Judy Dingman
Laconia, NH

Bulldog posted 09-24-2005 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, I have a 2003 2500 (not HD)6 liter gas engine. I get about 12 miles per gallon towing a 20' Revenge and about 16 tops without towing on highway. So putting on the pop-up camper extending the hitch a bit, maybe I'll be lucky to still get 10mpg! I'm not sure what we will do for sleeping yet, my wife perfers to stay in cabins, hotels and such. We might bring a tent and camp as we go from the boat acessable campsites. I also will probably bring along two guests. So are you planning on the boat show week?....Jack
Bulldog posted 09-24-2005 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Have to read better in the mornings! 8/13-8/19 sounds good to me, we are excited about coming up!...Jack
Greg Hiller posted 09-26-2005 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
The idea jar is open! Here are a few things that may be of interest to the group:
1. Tour Boldt and Singer Castles (can only get to them by boat)
2. Visit the Frederick Remington Museum (we can dock at the city dock in Ogdensberg)
3. Tour the Islands taking in the Canadian and US park islands
4. Visit Alexandria Bay for food and shopping
5. Visit Clayton and the Antique Race Boat Regatta
6. Have a group cook out at J.C Park…. Ya think there might be some Whaler stories available?

Folks that don’t camp can seek shelter at the many hotels in the area. The River Edge is real nice and has docks. I don’t know about the availability of hotels on the Canadian side of the river in the vicinity of Brockville. Us Yankees will have to go through Canadian Customs to make visits to the other side of the River. We can do that by boat right at Brockville. We can fuel the Whalers from gas cans or at the many marinas. Morristown has the closest marina to J.C. Park.

Greg Hiller posted 09-27-2005 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Maybe a ride to Kingston to get frozen yogert form the White Mountain Store would be a worthy ride up the North Channel.
Greg Hiller posted 10-05-2005 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Being new to the CW Forum, I don’t know how long this topic will stay up. August 2006 is a long cold winter away but we are very excited about meeting Whaler folks and making this rendezvous happen. Next month the camp sites will be able to be reserved. I will keep watch on that and post it when we can reserve. The hotels may be able to be reserved earlier. Barring any catastrophe, we will be at J. C. park August 13th through 19th. Very much looking forward to this!
JustinAndersen posted 10-05-2005 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
I too am looking forward to it. I drove to Boston and back a few days back and crossed the river at Wellesley Island. It's truly a great looking stretch of water.

I thought that when we get closer I could make up a flyer and post them at both Chalk Marine and Ed Huck Marine to see about getting some more participation.

Greg Hiller posted 10-05-2005 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
The flyers posted sounds good. We can get some more CW participants too.
Bulldog posted 10-05-2005 03:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
My wife and I are in and will probably have another couple along on boat. We will have thread up to about 200 postings before long we'll bump it every so often to keep it current. I've taken that week off already! ...Jack
nytugcapt posted 10-10-2005 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for nytugcapt  Send Email to nytugcapt     
A great reason to go back to our favorite destination! We will be there. We have stayed in Wellsley State Park and in Alexandria Bay. Just let us know, we will reserve a spot for the motorhome. My new e-tec will love the fresh water. Thanks, Jim
JustinAndersen posted 10-10-2005 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
A crazy thought, but should we consider lengthening the run to include Montreal?

Also, for those who like to gamble, the Thousand Islands Casino in Gananoque is just a short taxi ride from the water...

Bulldog posted 10-12-2005 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Montreal? I think it would be neat, how much longer are we talking about, I really haven't even looked on a map at this yet, but we have a little over ten months yet...Jack
Buckda posted 10-12-2005 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Montreal..now there's an idea. A cruise up the seaway from the Thousand Islands to Montreal. Of course, fuel would have to be purchased on the US side...

How far is that? I'm trying to remember driving from Detroit to Montreal 5 years ago...

Greg..you're doing good. Just wait though, as cruise director, you're going to have to pare all these ideas down by, say, Christmas; so we can get a good idea of what the trip might look like.

Interesting quandry for those of us planning to come from the midwest/Michigan. It's faster to run through Ontario than to go through the US...to get to the thousand islands area. I'd probably put in in Ontario...how to handle border crossings...came into the country with vehicle, left with only boat, came back by boat (Montreal) left by boat, came back by vehicle....how's that? I don't worry about how the Canadians will handle it...just how US Customs will. The Canadians seem to be more laid back.

JustinAndersen posted 10-12-2005 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
I've been wondering about Customs, too. I have always stayed on the Canadian side of the River. I think if we were all to check in with Customs on both sides we shouldn't have any problems.

Montreal - the Paris of Canada. I "Mapquested" directions between Gananoque (which is considered the start of the 1,000 Islands) and Montreal and came up with 159 miles. Of course, this is road miles but the highway pretty much follows the river.

Interesting site - www.greatlakes-seaway.com

Buckda posted 10-12-2005 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
159 miles? That's a two day run to Montreal then...one overnight at mid-point. Anything nice to see around the mid-point with a marina and town nearby? Running from about 10:30 in the morning and getting to the mid-point for dinner, then running to Montreal and getting there for dinner the next day, spending the day in Montreal, then two days to return, that's 5 days of the trip right there...that's a heck of a side trip, and more like the main trip.
Buckda posted 10-12-2005 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
If there are locks involved, Whalers smaller than an 18' Outrage are not permitted. There is a 1 ton (900KG) and 20' minimum to transit the lock system on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Additionally, locks could negatively impact any timelines and must be accounted for in any plans. Finally, does anyone know about no-wake zones on the seaway? Looks like since it's largely a commercial shipping channel, there are not likely to be no-wake zones....
Bulldog posted 10-12-2005 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Big side trip I guess, probably too big. Dave "boats smaller the an 18' Outrage, are not allowed to use locks", the you state that there is a 20' minimum to use locks, that sounds lik ewe need to double check that, or put a bunch of two foot pulpits on the smaller boats....Jack
Buckda posted 10-12-2005 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Those limitations are found in the link that Justin provided above. Click on the link for recreational boats and view the PDF.

I've just been checking for similar restrictions at the Sault on Superior and have not found any similar restriction (a good thing, since I transited these locks this summer in my 18' Outrage).

It may be a moot point - I don't know where the locks are over there on the St. Lawrence, however it appears that there is one just west of Montreal that might pose a "problem" if this regulation is enforced.

My 10 inch setback bracket I'm installing this winter makes my 18'6" Outrage into a 19'4" Outrage...so I need just 8 more inches (insert guffaws and jokes here). I suppose if you included the motor in that calculation, then we're in business. With the kicker motor up, I might crack the 21 foot mark!

My bigger concern is the weight restriction, since the 18' Outrage falls into the less than 1 ton category. Is there concern about currents/eddys for light boats?

It sounds like a great trip, but I think it might be best to stick to those thousand islands....

Dave

Greg Hiller posted 10-13-2005 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
We were really thinking that this adventure would be “Whalering in the day and sleeping in our camper at night. There is so much to see and enjoy within a “boating day” form J.C Park that I don’t think there is room for boredom. There are really nice camping opportunities on the park islands but I have to justify the purchase of a new camper last year. If it were just up to me…..I would sleep up in the “far front” of our 1978 Revenge 21. But alas. Julie won’t go in there. Some of the group may want to do boat camping and that would be just great. We will be in VHF range all over the Islands so we can stay coordinated. There may be enough Whalers that groups within the “Group” form up to do different activities on different days. A real nice cook out to get pictures and tell Whaler Stories should be a total “Group” thing though.
JustinAndersen posted 10-13-2005 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
Greg - I totally agree that in the VERY LEAST a group cookout is a must.

Dave - I didn't realize that a boat smaller than 20ft can't navigate the St. Lawrence (unless you portage it!). Makes Montreal impossible for me (Montauk) unless I find my dreamboat (22 OR Cuddy w/ WD)

Bulldog posted 10-13-2005 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Justin, you will have to upgrade to the 22'Outrage cuddy cabin, you don't have any choice, sorry but it has to be done....Jack
Bulldog posted 10-13-2005 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Well there have been 8 people posting or replying about this trip. Dave is 8 the magic number? Didn't they have about eight on the Island Royal trip, after it was all said and done?......Jack
Buckda posted 10-13-2005 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
There is no magic number, however, I believe that the original interest in Isle Royale was nearing 15 boats, with another 5 boaters "interested" but fringe and were not counted as likely to attend. 1/3 dropped out in the final weeks leading up to the trip; for various reasons. Final count was 5 boats; so about a 66 percent dropout rate. The destination of Isle Royale was much more remote than this trip, however. I believe that "better halves everywhere" played a role in the dropout rate, as well as fuel prices, changes in the weather and other personal/scheduling reasons.

In discussions with others, concerns arise when a group gets larger than about 5 boats. The desire to "split up" becomes greater; and this causes some friction with the people who want everyone to stay together...so it depends on what type of atmosphere you want for your rendezvous. If you want a close-knit, intimate cruise with friends and new people, keep it to 3-5 boats. If you want to have a big event, no problem, but just plan a few "big" events where everyone can agree to meet and then let the rest sort of go as it will. Providing several options will help drive attendance and then let the attendees self-select into the optional destinations.

Planning a formal "parade of boats" for the entire trip would be a nightmare, unless it was a simple, one-day rendezvous. Because of distance involved for this one, I don't think that will be the case. I'd need to take a minimum of 5 days (3 for boating, 2 for travel) in this area.

Sorting out duration, date, location and possible destinations are important to do early in the year so that people can ask for time off work.

...

Buckda posted 10-13-2005 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Also - if you want a big event, you may wish to partner with a local Whaler dealer - or at least tip them off about it. It could become an official Boston Whaler Owner's Event - at least for part of the time.

That would be interesting - have a Whaler Owner's Event to cap off a week of cruising the seaway/Lake Ontario.

Other thought for those coming from the midwest: Circumnavigation of the smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario. This would be about 700 miles under the hull, but it can easily be done mid-summer, and could be timed to have a two-or three-day stay in the thousand Islands area. It would save a few hours of driving and we could spend it doing what we really want to do: run the boats. Running from Buffalo and depending on the WX, we could cross the lake to the canadian shore and run up to the Thousand Islands, then run back along the US shoreline to Buffalo and the trailers.

Just thinking aloud.

Damn Greg, you're going to force me to buy ANOTHER Blue Chart and Richardson's Guide next year?!

I hate it. I really, really hate it.
:)


Dave

Buckda posted 10-13-2005 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Make "Buffalo" into "Hamilton"....and a stop in Toronto, eh?!

Greg Hiller posted 10-14-2005 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
There can be plenty of “running the boats” on the St. Lawrence River. There are no “no wake” zones except in the harbors. A day trip to Kingston would be a DAY TRIP and probably an interesting “navigate the buoyed channels at night” ride back to J. C. Park. Watching the Clayton Antique Race Boat Regatta may be HUGE Whaler event along with the cook out near the end of the week. Like Dave says, the number of Whalers involved will lead us to the particular participation in the events of the day. I sure don’t propose to be the activity knotsy (new word : one who “ties” up everyone and dictates what they are going to do ). I think Whaler owners, knowing enough to choose the best darn boats money can buy, can figure out what they would like to do on their boats for themselves. The activities mentioned in the earlier postings, plus any others that folks want to do should garner interest within the “GROUP” to go and do this or that on a day that fits because of weather or time available. In my humble opinion….:-)

cbgann posted 10-14-2005 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for cbgann  Send Email to cbgann     
Hi Greg, Does the campground have any cabins for rent or is it strictly tent and campers?? Sounds like a great time, I have been wanting to hit the Raceboat regatta and was ready this year but guess it is an every 2 year event. Will keep tuned in. Thanks, Bill
Greg Hiller posted 10-17-2005 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Bill, Sorry, no cabins at Jacques Cartier State Park.
Yogi Bear posted 10-18-2005 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yogi Bear  Send Email to Yogi Bear     
Um,..
Hi guys,
If you are trying to get a preliminary head count, you can add one more. Once I talk it up a bit I could easily gain another four or five.( Whalers + owners)
How far is it from J.C.Park(?) to the Casino? Any Idea?

This sounds like a terrific idea.

Hey, Dethloff, Will you make it in from Washington?

Yogi-out.

Greg Hiller posted 10-26-2005 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Only a real long cold winter away. This is going to be just GREAT. I really look forword to meeting all you Whaler lovers and hope to join in on a rondezvous in Lake M or Lake S in the future. Thought I would give the post a bump to keep it on the list. The reservation at J. C. park for August will open up in November.
Bulldog posted 10-27-2005 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, does the camp book really, quick, I guess I need to schedule what I'm doing for sure this weekend!I'm not sure if we are camping or staying in motels and boat, or even if I'll have my Truck and camper then, I'm intrigued by that new H3 Hummer, good gas mileage and looks like a good surf- fishing vehicle!..........Jack
Greg Hiller posted 11-07-2005 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jack,
The camp ground does book up fast. So next week reservations will open up for our dates 13-19 Aug 06.
Greg Hiller posted 11-13-2005 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Ok, anyone committed to camping at Jacques Cartier State Park, now is the time to make the reservation.We will be in site 121 in the lower loop. Please go to reserveamerica.com and check out the park and book your spot.
Bulldog posted 11-16-2005 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, I'm committed to coming, but I just put my truck and camper up for sale! My wife and I talked last night I think I'll book a week at the camp ground and use a tent if needed, but will probably also book a motel or two some of the nights! I'll do that tonight befor eit's too late I hope.Thanks!...Jack
Bulldog posted 11-16-2005 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, I'm across the street from you in site #120! They are booking fast, site 122 is still avalible by us!..Jack
Greg Hiller posted 11-16-2005 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Great Jack! We were in 120 last summer for a weekend. That is a nice site. I was asking my wife to check on reserving dock space. She seems to think it is first come first serve. I will call the camp ground and find out for sure.
Bulldog posted 11-16-2005 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, let me know reserving a dock space, I have a 20' Revenge, where do the trailers go when boat is in water , I put down two vehicles at campsite if I need to stick trailer there. My wife wants to book a week in St. John with two families next summer, so she says she is good with the tent camping, we'll see about that!I checked the cancellation thing, not much at all to cancel, so if someone else is thinking about it book a spot near Greg and I, you can always cancel in the spring if needed! Greg, how is the dockage there?..........Jack
Greg Hiller posted 11-17-2005 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jack,
The dock is a floater with finger piers. I had our 21' Revenge tied up no problem. There is dockage for about 15 boats. There is also a nice cove for anchoring. Your camp site is a nice grassy,level, electric (coffee pot, toaster)great view of the river spot. The trailers can be parked next to the launching ramp.
cbgann posted 11-22-2005 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for cbgann  Send Email to cbgann     
Hi Greg,
Is there a motel nearby, my wife just did the 3 day cancer walk and has vowed never again to sleep in a tent Thanks, Bill

Greg Hiller posted 11-23-2005 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Bill,
Might check the Morristown Chamber of Commerce. Also Alexanderia Bay has some nice places.
Greg Hiller posted 12-06-2005 07:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
How are the reservations comming?
Bulldog posted 12-17-2005 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
There are still six campsites avalible by the water, including #122 which is right by Greg and I! If you aren't positive book the site, then cancel if needed, not too expensive. I'll be bringing the Yuengling Lager from Pa. Works out to a 5.5 hour drive not too bad! Sold my Siverado and have a Tahoe again, so we will be tent camping. I'm really looking forward to this trip.....Jack
Bulldog posted 12-26-2005 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I got charts of the St. Lawrence for X-mas, no GPS yet, but my birtyhday is in Jan. Wow, there must be a Thousand Islands there! Looks like it will be quite the adventure and easy to get lost! Greg, I'm going to really start looking into activities, I guess we will all meet at the start, attend the antique boat race, and then have the picnic at the park at the end. Perhaps the campers at the park should have a black diamond steak and lobster diner also sometime! It's 52 degres in Pa. for X-mas, maybe I should get the boat back out, maybe winter is over!....................Jack & Pat
Greg Hiller posted 12-27-2005 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
I too got a Chart Pack for Christmas. I think Julie wanted to make sure we knew where the heck we are going.... Our old chart pack was getting kinda ratty. Jack, check out the earlier threds about things to do. Weather will not normally keep us off the river but the castle tours and the museum are real good rainy day activites. When the sun is out I wanna burn gas. A ride to Kingston will take care of the gas burning thing. There is so much to do in the islands, I don't think we will get bored.
devildog posted 12-27-2005 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
OK guys. I'm in. If you don't mind a crew from South Jersey. I've been following this thread for a while. I've been talking about Thousand Islands for a couple years and now there is no excuse. Jack, aren't you in Delaware County. Maybe we could convoy up there or meet up along the way. I was ready to book site # 122 but can't convince the boss to tent camp on the river with the kids. I'm looking at Inns in Alexandria & vicinity with slips. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is anyone else going to have kids along?

Jeff Myers

Bulldog posted 12-28-2005 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Jeff, I'm near Allentown, Pa. about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia, I'll run up with you no problem, we'll jusr meet somewhere. Site #122 is across the road from other campsites that are waterfront, so you aren't too close, but agree that it probably is a concern! I'm not bringing any kids but I love kids and get along great with them. Jeff if you are even considering the camping thing, you can book the site then cancel later cost was minor amount........Jack
devildog posted 12-28-2005 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for devildog  Send Email to devildog     
Jack,
I think I will book it. Always good to keep your options open.

Jeff

Greg Hiller posted 01-01-2006 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Only 6.5 months to go as I look out on the our snow covered Revenge........
Bulldog posted 01-02-2006 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, you are already getting cabin fever! I'm going in August which would be more like 7.5 months!....Jack
Greg Hiller posted 01-02-2006 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Darn...well nobody ever said I ccould count. Our friends Ed and Jane Mayer will be joining us for the rendezvous. Ed used to own Mayer Marine on Irondequoit Bay. I worked there while in high school.We sold Boston Whalers,Glassbar and Grady White boats and Johnson motors. This is gona be a HOOT!
Bulldog posted 01-20-2006 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
bump!.............Jack
Greg Hiller posted 01-24-2006 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Thanks Jack! To all that want to come, should we leave this a loose schedule that will shape up depending on weather and other factors? Or,we could set a preliminary activities schedule if that is prefered.
Greg Hiller posted 02-05-2006 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
BUMP
Does anyone want to share their experiance with hotel reservations in the T.I. area for this rendezvous? How many got into Jacques Cartier State Park?
JustinAndersen posted 02-07-2006 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
Hi Greg - I hope your winter is going well so far.

I thought I'd wade back into the discussion at this point - I haven't had much to add for a while.

As it looks like I'll be bringing my Montauk I'm looking at staying in a hotel. I've stayed at a few in the area and I'm leaning towards the Riveredge in A. Bay. Nice place, good food, close to the action at the docks.

At this point the Riveredge has plenty of rooms available so I'm flexible on the dates. I should book soon, though. I'll keep checking back to this post.

Buckda posted 02-23-2006 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Greg -

Keep up the good work!

I'm still considering coming. I'm mulling the idea of trailering over to the Toronto area and putting in and running up the lake (dependent on weather). By then the 90's should be broken in and any bugs worked out...

I'd probably just find a nice quiet cove and anchor out...I'd then "borrow" your passcode to the shower at the campground, else contact the camp manager and work a deal to use their facilities for bathing.

Dave

mdono posted 02-24-2006 06:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for mdono  Send Email to mdono     
Buckda, pack a kidney belt. With a probable downhill run to the St. Lawrence from Toronto, given the usual prevailing westerlys, you could have one great sleighride. On the other hand, with the potential for a 160+ mile uphill ride back to Toronto, you may want to consider puttin in somewhat closer to the river.
M
Buckda posted 02-24-2006 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Usually, you can get a good 5-6 hours of boating in in the early morning and before noon that should allow pretty good progress before those winds really begin to build the waves.

I could be mistaken, but typically, August is a rather pleasant month on the windward (Michigan) side of lower lake Michigan (with 60-80 miles of fetch), with typical wave height less than 3'.

Are you saying that Lake Ontario typically builds more strongly than that in mid-August?

jsgrise posted 02-26-2006 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jsgrise  Send Email to jsgrise     
It's sad that 20'is the minimum lenght allowed because Montreal would have been a very nice city to cruise to. It's always possible to avoid the channel (at your own risk but some are doing it without problems) but boats under 20' should do it really easily if they pay attention and if they can read the water flow, but I can understand that this is taking an risk and it may not worth it.Any how, if you accept canadians, I would be glad to join you guys in this trip!

If you have any other question about Montreal you can always ask me.

Jean Sebastien Grise
Montreal, Canada

Greg Hiller posted 02-27-2006 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Dave, that is a very ambitious run. Lake Ontario can get pretty upitty. When our family was young, we sailed a 23'AMF Payship around the Lake on vacations. We spent plenty of time waiting for things to calm down before we could get on with our planned itinerary.
JSGRISE, " if Canadians are welcome" Heck man, I think required is more to the piont....
This is giong to be GREAT. Thanks to all for the interest.
cbgann posted 03-01-2006 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for cbgann  Send Email to cbgann     
Hi Greg, Prior post mentioned the Riveredge resort. Is that fairly close to the campground and Clayton? Will a 15' be enough boat for the day trips? Thanks, Bill
Greg Hiller posted 03-02-2006 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Bill,
Alexandria Bay, where the Riveredge Hotel is located is about 15 miles from Jacques Cartier State Park. Your 15 will be just fine on the St Lawrence River. We can stay coordinated via cell phones and VHF radio.
Greg Hiller posted 03-13-2006 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
BUMP.
Spring is real close and the Revenge is jumpin to get out on the water. Any more reservation made for the rendezvous?
Bulldog posted 03-29-2006 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Bump!
Greg, I haven't checked in in a while, but I think it is time to start seeing who is really coming. If you want to start a list;
1.) Jack and Pat Mack, camping at Jacques Cartier park, boat is 20' Revenge, bringing two guests , Randy and Deb Blose. We are in for a picnic party at the park.

Ok everyone, who else is coming? Time to get organized, if nothing else I need to know how many lobster tails to bring!.....Jack

Bulldog posted 03-29-2006 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, almost forgot, we are also there for the old boat races!..............Jack
davej14 posted 04-01-2006 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
My wife and I would make a day trip of it with the 14' Dauntless if the weather cooperates. We would also be interested in the picnic. Put me on the list. I have a friend in the area with a 16' ventura that I will check with.

If you are planning to tour through the Islands make sure you have good charts. I've sailed that area on a vacation and it is easy to get disoriented because the islands look pretty much the same. Of course that was in the days before gps. You can be in 90 ft of water and look over the side and see bedrock a few feet below the surface.

The water is beautiful (and cold), scenery and fishing second to none. This is a great choice for a rondevoux.

Another tip, if you are swimming don't put your towel or personal items on a rock, the wakes for the tour boats can be pretty large :-)

Bulldog posted 04-01-2006 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Davej14, we'll both be fine with our new Lowrance GPS units! Buckda, I have a nice dry cabin in the Revenge that won't be used that week, you are welcome to crash there if needed, unless you are a late sleeper! ....Jack
PeteB88 posted 04-01-2006 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Whaler Bros: pls summarize for this Macedonian - are we goin or what? What's the deal? FiFi is all over doin a 1000 Islands Whaler trip - her only question is "do they have Jumbo Perch?"

on ward!!!!!

Greg Hiller posted 04-03-2006 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Julie and I are there God willing. All are welcome. We will be doing the activities mentioned in the thread. Come for one hour,one day or the whole week. The only "set in stone" activity date is the antique boat race at Clayton. Everything else can be made up as we go along unless most folks would like a tentative schedule.I can take a whack at a schedule and adjust it if it excludes someone from something they really wanted to do but were only available on certain days. What do yall think?
Bulldog posted 04-03-2006 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, I guess a basic schedule something like:
1.) Introduction meeting
2.) Boat race meeting
3.) Picnic at J. Cartier park
4.) Maybe a cruise time, or something.
5.) Wrap up
Remember you wanted to keep it informal, and not be the cruise director. We'll help with the picnic as we are camping next to you. Definatly want to watch the boat race from my 19 year old Whaler (should be in the race in a couple years). Intro and wrap up would be just a time to stop by and say hellos and good byes. Not too much work, your biggest job is figuring out about how many people are coming and doing the picnic thing, once we get a count I'll call you and we can work out about the food. The picnic get together could be the wrap up also, but it might be nice to have it earlier so we can run into each other all week! We are pretty excited about exploring up there, also we mountain bike so we are starting to look into that also.........Jack

Check your math Greg, it's about four months to go!

Kingsteven18 posted 04-03-2006 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
1) Any campsites/spaces left? Dock spaces?
2) Pickup Truck campers allowed?
3) (the biggie!) I'm Whalerless at the moment, which is very rare for me. I do have 2 beautiful Wahoos, 18.5' and 16'. Would you guys bust 'my you-know-whats' if I tag along?
Thanks. Steve
Bulldog posted 04-03-2006 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
1.) Yes, there are some camp sites at J. Cartier Park
2.) I think Greg said first come first serve on the docks
3.) Greg is bringing his truck camper.
4.) Fly a Whaler burgee from it and no one will know!
5.) I don't care if you don't have a Whaler.
6.) I'm running up from Pa. also, you can tag along, I think devildog is also heading up.
SEA-YA...............................Jack
davej14 posted 04-04-2006 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Kingsteven18

I think your former whaler status would qualify for the rendezvous. Of course we will bust your *)& about not having one now and you will have to be last boat out. I'm sure you can handle it.

Kingsteven18 posted 04-05-2006 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
OK. I think I want to book a space. If you know what's left, which should I ask for? (Pickup truck camper, prefer electricity, shade, dockspace [18.5' Wahoo & trailer], waterfront view), etc. I assume you're lvg. the 19th, so it would be for 6 nights? Thanks. Steve
Bulldog posted 04-05-2006 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Site 122 is still avalible right next to Greg and I in 120 and 121, water view but I don't think there is shade. I assume truck camper is fine there, we are staying in a tent! Greg has stayed there before, he'll be able to answer better, but I would grab site 122 if you can it's the last one in the lower loop by the boats!......Jack
Kingsteven18 posted 04-05-2006 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
OK, I took it. Don't recommend it to anyone else! Now, do I take the 16', 18.5', or 21' Wahoo? Or, the 17.5', 22', or 24.5' Aquasport? Such problems! Maybe I'll get another Whaler just for the occasion! Anybody want to buy a boat?
P.S.: I'm coming from NE Pa.
Bulldog posted 04-07-2006 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Steve , you have too many boats and not enough Whalers! I'm glad you are coming!......Jack
Greg Hiller posted 04-19-2006 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
I have been kinda quiet lately. We got beautifully busy at work and I even have been doing real work not just managememt junk. Took the cover off the Revenge Tuesday.
Last Saturday I helped my friend Tony join the WHALER OWNERS of the WORLD as we went to Ohio to pick up his new 1976 17 Montauk. He may join us in August.
Greg Hiller posted 05-01-2006 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Here is a first cut at an events plan. Please keep in mind that we can change things arroud if weather intervenes.
13 Aug Meet up in person or phone.
14 Aug Singer Castle tour
15 Aug Ogdensburg, Frederick Remington Museum
16 Aug Alex Bay , Boldt Castle also get pass for Canada at Brockville
17 Aug Kingston cruise
18 Aug Picnic
19 Aug Clayton Antique Boat Race
20 Aug Go home
Greg Hiller posted 05-05-2006 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
All,
Remember, all are welcome for the whole time or whatever length of time you can participate. I will be glad to help answer any questions that you may have.
Greg Hiller posted 05-16-2006 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
It would be good to get a count of participants. Please comment on the thread. I can be reached at ghiller@glodalcoms.com and 585 729 0392
Thanks
Buckda posted 05-16-2006 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Greg -

Great job..I've been following the thread.

Put me in the tentative column.

Dave

Greg Hiller posted 05-16-2006 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Ok Dave will do. How are the twins? Are ya real happy with them?
Buckda posted 05-16-2006 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Let me put it this way:

That distant 'Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaahhhh!' you heard echoing from the West on Sunday night?

That was me hitting 50 in the St. Joseph river. :)

Bulldog posted 05-16-2006 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I'm still a definate with two couples and camping next to you! Greg, I might need your help swapping Dave's twin 90 engines for my old twin Yamaha 70 engines, he probably won't notice through all the smoke, what is back there! Remember Greg, us Revenge guys always stick together and get Revenge in the end!.............Jack

PS Dave I wanna ride!

Greg Hiller posted 05-17-2006 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
That is great Dave. 50 is scary, the old Revenge can hit 50 if the windsield is open and there is not a full (40gal)tank of gas. Oh yah, no wife on board either cause she wimps ou at about 35mph.
Bulldog posted 05-17-2006 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Well Greg, your last post was #100 in posts!....Jack
davej14 posted 05-18-2006 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I am planning one or two day trips. I also have a friend with a 16 ft Ventura who will either come along with me or bring his boat.
Greg Hiller posted 05-18-2006 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jack,100 posts, that would make a fence. This is going to be so much fun. Too bad the gas price is what it is but that, as they say, will keep out the rifraf. Wait a minute, I resemble that remark.
Bulldog posted 05-28-2006 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Bump!
Greg Hiller posted 06-06-2006 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
67 days and counting. Hope everyone's Whaler is running fine.Julie and I were at the Frederick Remington Museum last RAINY Saturday. I will take Whaler watch at the Ogdensberg town dock while folks enjoy looking around town. Like wise, at the castle tours, I'll be the boat watch. The visit to Kingston probably dosen't require guard duty but we can make that call when we get there.
Kingsteven18 posted 06-07-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
Any kids coming? My 13 y.o. son is wondering.
Greg Hiller posted 06-08-2006 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Kids are very welcome. This area usually forms a lasting memery in kids and they become the River runners in the future.
Greg Hiller posted 06-13-2006 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Just went through the posts to get a boat count. There have been 15 responders to this rendezvous. If I can be of assistance to anyone please say the word. I can be reached on my cell phone 585 729 0392 , email, VHF CH 16 (Papas Revenge) and maybe even FRS CH 4.
unsinkable_2000 posted 06-18-2006 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for unsinkable_2000  Send Email to unsinkable_2000     
Count me in, I live in Henderson Harbor, sounds awesome. Now my wife will know that I am not the only crazy whaler fan out there..My wife will undoubtedly meet some other wives and it will be rather therapeutic for her.
Greg Hiller posted 06-21-2006 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
So that anyone just seeing this rendezvous post dosen't have to go back through and find the dates for this event:
13 August to 19 August based out of Jacques Cartier State Park. Join us for as much time as you can.
Greg Hiller posted 07-05-2006 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Any questions or comments? We are getting close. With all these posts taking up space I bet Jim will be glad when we get this over with. Speaking of Jim, do you think you might be able to join us?
Bulldog posted 07-05-2006 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, been a while but we are still coming, my wife and I. The other couple changed their mind after the Chesapeake Whaler event, rough ride back, even broke my stern seat! We just got back from a week at the Delaware shore with the boat, two tanks of ethanol gas and no problems!I'll call you soon!.....Jack
Kingsteven18 posted 07-10-2006 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
Well, I think I'm buying a 25' Revenge, so I won't be Whalerless much longer. It needs restoration though, and either way, I sure wouldn't want to schlep it that far!
Bulldog posted 07-11-2006 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Bring that big Revenge, I'll be towing a twenty foot Revenge from Pa., You can draft your rig behind me!......Jack
Greg Hiller posted 07-12-2006 07:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
This is going to be the Revenge of the Revenges.
Bulldog posted 07-13-2006 06:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
My loving wife would say..."Revenge of the Whaler Nerds"
Greg Hiller posted 07-20-2006 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
I will be away for a week in the Adirondacks at Raquet Lake. They don't get to see many 1978 Revenges up there. I will have the cell phone but no stinking computers. Please ask any questions before tomorrow afternoon or wait a week.
Happy Whalering All
Bulldog posted 07-20-2006 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, I'm leaving for a week on St. John, US Virgin Islands! Do you think our bosses are giving us too much vacation time? Only 23 more days until Thousand Islands trip, I guess we'll get organized soon, Sea Ya.......Jack
Bulldog posted 07-26-2006 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Hey Greg, down in St. John right now. Nicest Whaler I've seen so far was a pristine Revenge W/T with twin engines, hard top and outriggers. I was snorkeling in Trunk Bay, and he was dropping people off on other side.....Jack
Greg Hiller posted 08-02-2006 08:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Dave,will you and the Twins be able to join us?
David Pendleton posted 08-03-2006 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I was beginning to feel a little left out this year, rendezvous-wise...

I've been following this thread, and checked the maps but this one would be a 2400 mile round-trip pull for me.

I'm still planning on Isle Royale, though.

The Other Dave

Buckda posted 08-08-2006 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Greg -

I was hoping to launch a "suprise attack" on your little flotilla, but alas, a big ugly rock in the North Channel dashed those hopes this past weekend so no...I won't be making it.

Apologies. I hope to make it out onto Lake Ontario next summer - perhaps a fishing trip to the Bay of Quinte?

Dave

Greg Hiller posted 08-09-2006 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Dave,
Sorry about the rockage. We all have either hit or will hit something or we arn't using our boats. Too bad ya can't make it, I know you would really enjoy this area. We will drink a beer in your honor. Thanks for your support in helping me get this underway. Hope to meet some day either arround here or up your way.
Greg
Kingsteven18 posted 08-09-2006 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I never hit anything using my BW 15' Rage Jet.
Bulldog posted 08-10-2006 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Steve, you haven't hit anything with the Rage YET!
I'm pulling out of Allentown area between 9 and 10 Sunday, should be about a 6 hour drive to the Thousand Islands. Are you heading up, and what kind of boat have you settled on bringing, sounds like the Revenge is going to be a project for a while?
I still suspect we might see a 18' Outrage flying by at 50mph with Dave yelling Wahoo!
Greg, you have mail!...................Jack
Kingsteven18 posted 08-12-2006 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I've been quiet, but I'll be up there. I might have my 17' Aquasport with me. I was thinking of bringing my 16' Wahoo, but I'm trying to flip (sell) it and didn't want to waste $200 titleing and reg. the rig. I have a camper on my pickup truck and didn't want to attempt towing anything bigger that I have. I just spent $500 on an A/C for the camper and it looks like the weather will be beautiful up there. My luck.
Now my daughter decided to join my son and I and she drives. I might have her drive my Jeep and tow my Harley. Or, I might just ride the Harley and take my chances w/her driving the truck. We'll see. We may head up to Canada for an overnighter. Bring your birth certs. in case you get the same idea, even for a day trip.
I think it's a 270 mile drive from here, so it should be around 5 hrs. I see check-in time isn't until 3:00, so no rush. There appears to be a Wal-Mart about 12 miles away so we'll do our shopping up there. It's a vacation, so we'll prob. eat most of our dinners out. A BBQ now and then wouldn't hurt though.
Anyway, see y'all up there
Kingsteven18 posted 08-12-2006 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
P.S.: My 18.5' Wahoo Offshore has a 175 on it. If I brought that, he'd be yelling at my wake.
davej14 posted 08-13-2006 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Greg,

I just saw the local forecast and it looks like a GREAT week for the rendezvous. For everyone's convenience I am posting a copy of your tentative schedule. I will be towing my boat up there on Friday and will probably also go the the Clayton boat "race" on Saturday. Don't know if you have internet access but I look forward to meeting everyone. Let me know if the schedule changes:

Here is a first cut at an events plan. Please keep in mind that we can change things around if weather intervenes.
13 Aug Meet up in person or phone.
14 Aug Singer Castle tour
15 Aug Ogdensburg, Frederick Remington Museum
16 Aug Alex Bay , Boldt Castle also get pass for Canada at Brockville
17 Aug Kingston cruise
18 Aug Picnic
19 Aug Clayton Antique Boat Race
20 Aug Go home

Bulldog posted 08-19-2006 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, had a great time, weather was excellent (not sure how you arranged that), put about 300 miles on boat in a week. Had a great time hanging out with Steve and you guys! Your friends Ed and Jane are truly amazing people. We have many pictures of your Revenge pulling away from us, we'll send them to you! Thanks for having us along!.................Jack and Pat

PS The Thousand Islands is really a great place for boaters , it is huge and fresh water, many things to do,if Greg does this next year it is something members should do, well worth the 6.5 hour drive for me!

Greg Hiller posted 08-20-2006 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jack n Pat,
Thank you for coming up and Whalering about. It really was a great time. Glad to see you folks made it back safely. I will photobucket the pictures soon.
Greg n Julie
Kingsteven18 posted 08-20-2006 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I as well have to thank Greg for a beautiful week. While I came up with an Aquasport instead, Greg and Jack both made me feel just as welcome. I had two teenagers with me (who were more interested in swimming, etc.) so we did not partake in the runs Greg had thoughtfully planned out. The weather was beautiful and we did a lot of swimming and exploring by boat not far from our campground. We also took a couple of excursions into Canada by Jeep and on my Harley. It is truly a beautiful area. As Jack mentioned, the wives and other guests were very nice as well.
Those of you who considered coming but didn't should try to make it next year if Greg is good enough to organize it again.
Greg Hiller posted 08-20-2006 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Steve, Thanks for the kind words. Maybe next year you can make the "river runs". It was very nice to meet you and your son and daughter. Good to know you made it home safe.
Greg Hiller posted 08-20-2006 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
pictures
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Greg Hiller posted 08-20-2006 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Hi to Jack and Pat and Steve and family. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and spend a week of boating in one of our most favorite areas. It's fun to share New York! We all enjoyed the perfect weather and meeting new people. Look forward to getting together again in the future........Julie/Greg
Greg Hiller posted 08-21-2006 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
pictures:
http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d90/ghiller/
davej14 posted 08-21-2006 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Greg,

Your rendezvous inspired me to make the trip to the 1000 Islands area but unfortunately I didn't hook up with you. After talking to you about the plan for Friday I decided to put in at Cedar Point state park about 10 mi south of Clayton. FYI, this launch is pretty shallow and I do not recommend it for a sizable boat. My friend Tom and I took the 14 foot Dauntless into Clayton and spent about 1 1/2 hours there at the antique boat show. I was hoping to run into you but I guess we left before you arrived. On the way out (early afternoon) we saw a Whaler coming in and exchanged waves, any chance that was you? Unfortunately my Sprint cell phone proved useless in the area.

After Clayton we went into Henderson Harbor and then on to Bolt Castle. We decided to return on the Canadian side of Wellesley Island and Grindstone Island. We did this via a shallow and narrow cut through "Lake of the Isle" at the northern end of Wellesley Island.

All told we put about 45 miles on the Dauntless which preformed better than hoped. The new GPS proved to be an indispensable tool in that area. The Weather on Friday was outstanding. I'm still working off the sunburn. This year we were with you in spirit!! Hopefully we will get together next year.

Greg Hiller posted 08-21-2006 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Davej14,
Thanks for trying to hook up. The important thing is that you got to enjoy the area. I really love it up there. Dave and I each put about 300 miles on our Whalers. I would like to do it again next year and again coordinate it with the Clayton boat show/races.
Greg Hiller posted 08-23-2006 05:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jim,
Thank you for letting this Rendezvous plan stay up for so long. I will try and do this again next year and maybe some more people will be able to make it.
cbgann posted 08-29-2006 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for cbgann  Send Email to cbgann     
Hi Greg, Just wanted to say thanks for your thread and your guidance on the Raceboat regatta and the area. It was a pleasure meeting you and Julie and your old Whaler boss Ed and his wife Jane. We really enjoyed 2 days at the regatta and the 2 nation boat tour. The campground and the water was everything you promised. We are heading back to Fl. next week, Ct. is too rainy and starting to cool off. Thanks again, Bill and Carol
Greg Hiller posted 08-30-2006 07:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
B&C,
It was very nice to meet you folks also. Thank you for driving to JC Park and "checking in". We also enjoyed the Clayton Antique Boat festivity. Have a safe trip back South.
G&J
Bulldog posted 09-02-2006 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Greg, got the CD of pictures ...........GREAT SHOTS! I can't believe I had a fender hanging from the bow in the Bolt castle pictures, what a fashion statement. I did get a picture of your Revenge with the fenders hanging also, when you were trying to get them in....So I guess we both have a little dirt on each other, I'll try and get my CD to you this week!..............Jack

PS tell Julie she did a nice job on pics!

Greg Hiller posted 09-11-2006 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Jack,
Thanks for the CD. Pat did a great job on the photos. I didn't have any nice action shots of our Revenge...But I do now.
Thank you very much
Greg Hiller posted 09-12-2006 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Greg Hiller  Send Email to Greg Hiller     
Some of BULLDOG's pictures of my Revenge and the Thousand Islands. I never get to see pictures like this. This is a pretty egocentric post isn't it?
http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d90/ghiller/Jacks%20Pics/?sc=3

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