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WhalerAce posted 12-27-2006 06:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for WhalerAce   Send Email to WhalerAce  
I am going to be traveling a lot next year, so I wanted to plan my work schedule around the more important Whaler Trips. Remembering up front that Whaler has already scheduled rendezvous for the following dates --

May 18 thru 20 -- Sarasota
Jun 15 thru 17 -- Stuart
Jul 12 thru 15 -- Bimini,

I wanted to invite David Jenkins (or someone else who is a masochist) to begin discussions on our Second Annual Waccamaw River to Georgetown River trip.

We had a blast last year. Met some great people, saw some interesting places, and learned several new foods at supper (e.g., fried pickles), and in general made a lot of fond memories.

I am going to be in the Chicago area this year from around May through about August with the Temptation, but we do plan to take off on Whaler weekends to run down to the Florida rendezvous with the 15, so I would like to make the Waccamaw trip before May with the Temptation (it was a pretty rough trip upriver last year).

David did a superb job last year in organizing things, so I was going to impose upon him again this year, unless someone else has the time. I will talk to Momma Traci or Karrin to see if we can get some more goodies to give away or raffle off, so can someone do the rest? Like pick a date to start with?

We will support in spirit, and will plan to attend, but it might be time to get started on the planning.

Any volunteers?

Thanks,

WhalerAce

The Judge posted 12-28-2006 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I will try my best to do it this year, I have a friend in Charleston I need to visit. How about late Feb early march, too cold?
GAwhale posted 01-01-2007 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
It was indeed a great trip. The Hampton Inn in Georgetown was great (new and nice).

WhalerAce, thanks for getting this thread going.

There is a good chance we will moving to Charleston. Delta Air Lines is opening a maintenance station. It is a dream come true for my wife (get back home).

My current boat storage contract ends April 1. I plan on bringing the boat straight to Charleston and leaving her there.

On the last trip I was boarded by the Coast Guard and did not have a throw cushion. They were actually very nice and let me buy one at the marina. They were also looking for a horn which my boat had.

I will keep checking this thread as dates develop. I am going to try go again.

GAwhale posted 01-02-2007 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I would like to suggest we go the first week in April. My daughter has school vacation.

How about meeting in Conway, South Carolina on Sunday April 1 and making the return trip Monday April 2.

David Jenkins posted 01-02-2007 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We are definitely interested in making another trip!

For those who did not attend last year, here is a link to phone numbers of hotels, etc:

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000651.html

Tim Templeton posted 01-03-2007 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tim Templeton  Send Email to Tim Templeton     
I did not go with the group last year, but I did go from Conway to Charleston by water several years ago. I'd like to know when the group decides to go this year and perhaps join in. I have a 22 Dauntless. I'd like to also add that the trip from Charleston to Beaufort is also a terrific trip as well. We did that last easter. Please let me know if the trip comes together.
runpasthefence posted 01-03-2007 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I'd love to attend, I couldn't last year as my 15' was undergoing some modifications. These modifications are STILL being completed, so I'd have to take my dad's newly aquired 18' Outrage. It's also undergoing a repower, but it'll be finished by February.

I'll second the Beaufort trip as a beautiful one. I make that run twice a year usually, but if were to make that a rendezvous, I'd recommend it be during the Beaufort Owners Event.

I plan on making a run from Charleston up through the Cooper River locks once I finish my 15'. This will probably be April-June.

I'm open to anything else though.

Tom C posted 01-06-2007 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Count me in for 2007. Last year was alot of fun and we met new whaler friends. Having the 93 Montauk for a year now I feel a little more comfortable at the helm.
David Jenkins posted 01-07-2007 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hey, GAWhale.

For most everyone else, I think that a Saturday-Sunday trip would be easier than a Sunday-Monday trip. Can your daughter make a weekend trip? What about your nephew, Kirk? Hope that they can join you!

You can see the average daily highs and lows for Georgetown here:

http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/ USSC0127?from=search

If we plan the trip for the end of March/beginning of April then we increase the risk that the weather will be cold and windy. I think that we might have more chance for success if we plan for the end of April.

minitauk85 posted 01-07-2007 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Philip- If you move to Charleston will you change you CW call name to Chaswhale!? I'm jealous of the move! We still expect you to show up on Lanier! -k
GAwhale posted 01-08-2007 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
How about Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 ???

I agree with your line of thinking David. I actually have those two days off (I have rotating off days) and could take a vacation day on Monday/Friday. I know Kirk would love to go again.

minitauk - You are correct. I may have to change my screen name. We have to plan a Lake Lanier rendezvous before April 1. Once the boat gets to Charleston, I don't see her coming back to Georgia.

David Jenkins posted 01-10-2007 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
April 21-22 sounds good to me.
WhalerAce posted 01-11-2007 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
April 21-22 sounds good to me, as well.

David, are you going to bring the wine and cheese and crackers again this year?

David Jenkins posted 01-11-2007 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
You bet!
jmorgan40 posted 01-14-2007 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
I may be interested in coming up from Atlanta for this one. Anyone else from ATL interested?
Joe
1980Montauk posted 01-14-2007 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for 1980Montauk  Send Email to 1980Montauk     
I've been watching this thread. GAwhaler told us that trip was a lot of fun when we met up at the Lanier rendezvous. I'll have to see how the dates play out, but I love the low country and would love to make it. GFOX
GAwhale posted 01-14-2007 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
You guys should try to make it. It is a beautiful trip. The Waccamaw River winds back and forth for miles. It is about a four or five hour trip as I recall. We had fantastic weather on the first day last year.

When we woke up on Sunday morning the wind was very brisk. The marina had us all tied up on the dock way out and our boats were bobbing like corks. Be sure and bring your fenders. I went to the inside dock to fuel up and left my boat there. The first hour or two on the return trip on the intercoastal was a little rough. A private sport fishing yacht passed us and we all jumped in behind his smooth wake. Other than a slight diesel smell, it was great. The weather got better and better. The entire trip was a lot of fun.

David Jenkins posted 01-15-2007 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I purchased and read Franklin Burroughs book, The River Home: A Return to the Carolina Low Country which was also published under the title Horry and the Waccamaw (1992). If anyone wants to read it, send me your address and I will mail it to you.
minitauk85 posted 01-16-2007 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Guys-Unfortunately I won't be able to make this one, it sounds like a lot of fun! Those dates happen to coincide with a two week trip to Athens (Greece, not Athens Georgia!)and a cruise around the Greek Isles. I will keep my eyes open for the 2nd annual Lanier Rendezvous though!-k

I can't believe Skip hasn't responded to this thread yet! I'm getting kinda worried about him!

jmorgan40 posted 01-18-2007 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
Minitauk,
Do you want to start a Laier gathering thread?
Joe
minitauk85 posted 01-19-2007 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Sounds good Joe! -k
GAwhale posted 01-22-2007 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
The Phone Number for the Hampton Inn in Georgetown, SC is: 843 - 545 - 5000.

I spoke to Brandy Rogerson the Marketing Director. She was kind enough to give us a group rate of $99 per night for the Boston Whaler Rendezvous. I told here there would be five to ten boats and we were only staying Saturday evening April 21. I felt most people would like double bed, non-smoker rooms. She will mail me the paperwork and I will mail it back.

Please allow a few days for the paperwork to go through before calling in your reservation.

I spoke to the Georgetown Landing Marina (843 - 546 - 1776) which connects to the Hampton Inn. They stated a seven day notice would be fine. I will call them a week before trip to give them a heads up on how many boats to expect.

Mark your calendars for this trip. I encourage some of you Northerners to start out 2007 with this great trip. The more the merrier!

David Jenkins posted 01-25-2007 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thank you, Philip!
GAwhale posted 01-26-2007 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hampton Inn has a block of ten rooms reserved for the Boston Whaler Rendezvous arriving April 21, 2007 departing April 22, 2007.

According to the paperwork, "the block of rooms will be held for your exclusive use until March 21, 2007". In other words individuals will have to call in and hold their room with a credit card.

The rate of $99 does not include 10% hotel tax.

I am mailing the paperwork back today.

Tom C posted 02-01-2007 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Just found out that this April date will not work for me. Very disappointed. If anyone else can't make this date and would like to make the run another time let me know.
GAwhale posted 02-02-2007 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Tom,

We are going to miss you guys on the trip. Perhaps we can all meet up at the Third Annual Waccamaw River Trip.

Kirk is going to especially miss you. He will have to find someone else to talk with on the VHF radio this year.

Regards, Philip

skiprobinson posted 02-05-2007 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
I am going to try and attend, hopefully my impeller wont go out in sight of the end destination this year!


Skip

David Jenkins posted 02-05-2007 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hey, Skip!

I am going to buy your dinner Saturday night. I am sooooooo sorry that I botched the delivery of your rails. Ahhhh!

Anyway, glad you can make it! I look forward to seeing you again.

GAwhale posted 02-05-2007 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hey Skip, it's good to hear from you. We were looking for you at the Lake Lanier Rendezvous last year also.

I was beginning to worry that you had traded in your Whaler for a Bayliner and were embarrassed to chime in. :)

runpasthefence posted 02-06-2007 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I plan on attending this year. I was out of the country last year and really wanted to attend. My 15' is still under the knife, however, I'll finish my dad's 18' Outrage restoration in early March. I'm sure he won't have a problem rewarding my hard work with a weekend access pass to his boat.

I live on James Island near Folly Beach in Charleston. Feel free to contact me about car/trailer storage for the weekend if you're leaving from Charleston.

Mick

skiprobinson posted 02-06-2007 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Hi All...., Mick aka runpast,GaWhale, WhalerAce, David Jenkins..
I cant wait to see you guys, and NO I have not traded the Leaky Tiki for a godawful bayliner....ohhh that gives me shivers and it WOULD be a terrible turn of events.

I plan on being there, the Lanier trip coincided with a much needed family vacation and I am hoping that Mrs Skip will be crew for me this trip rather then my friend Billy although either would be welcome.

David Jenkins....you cant buy me dinner but I am curious about what happened on that ebay sale....I may owe you some $ in actuality!

My 15 is currently getting a very slow renovation, It wont be finished by the rendezvous but I hope that she will be sporting a newly modified center console that matches the height of the Montaul console, allowing me to ride while standing rather then sitting...oh my kidneys cant WAIT!
You guys are all great, I look forward to the trip and to seeing my whaler friends.

Skip out.

skiprobinson posted 02-06-2007 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Has anyone thought about coordinating dinner plans for this? I am happy to try and knock out reservations and transportation somewhere in Georgetown if we can all agree....I had a BLAST last time but I recall that we had a hard time finding a dinner location on short notice.....anyone have ideas?
WhalerAce posted 02-06-2007 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
The restaurant that we ate at last year (one where we were introduced to fried pickles) was great. I think one of our group knew the owner, but at may advanced stage of life can't really rememeber. Anyhow, what we HAVE TO DO is to schedule a time so that we are not wandering around for an hour before supper.

Anyone remember the name of the place last year?

And how about scheduling a place for LUNCH this year, too, before we leave?

Thanks,

-- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 02-15-2007 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
For dinner plans, I nominate you to me in charge, Ace.

As for lunch, it is about a five hour leisurely (couple of wrong turns etc) boat ride from Conway to Waccamaw and we are arriving at Conway from various other states Saturday morning so it will be difficult to pinpoint an exact time when we will be in Georgetown ready for lunch. It could be that we do not arrive until 2 or 3 PM.

Why don't you consider putting in at Conway this year? It is gorgeous ride, the river is much more narrow (especially when we make wrong turns), less wind, etc. And Kirk can have more people to talk to on the VHF.

David Jenkins posted 02-15-2007 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
You to be in charge.
You are in charge, Ace.
Take charge.
David Jenkins posted 02-15-2007 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
From Conway to Georgetown... Oh, how I wish for an edit function....
mark11 posted 02-15-2007 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Hello gang

I just caught up to the thread. I'll see ya in Conway for the trip. The place we ate at last year was the Dogwood Cafe on Front Street in Georgetown. with a little plan ahead we can take boats again. There is a new place opening in about a week. I;ll try to check it out and report back. If we want to stop for lunch along the way I would suggest tha Wacca Wachie Marina. They have a resturant called Boondocks which is not bad. or we can picnic at Sandy Island. In April it should be warm enough to swim.

Mark Hawkinson
Pawleys Island, SC

David Jenkins posted 02-15-2007 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Excellent, Mark. Great suggestions. My vote is for the picnic as our anchoring/beaching at that spot last year was a lot of fun. I think I still have your chart of that area from last year. Yikes!
WhalerAce posted 02-15-2007 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
David, et al,

I will not be in town much to do the planning. I will be in Las Vegas (Nellis AFB)from the middle of March until about the 18th, so basically I will just have time to come home and clean the boat.

When I said "Lunch", I was really referring to Sunday's lunch before we all went our separate ways. You folks coming from Conway seem to have several good placs to stop and picnic on the way down; not so coming up the ICW.

How about we pass the baton over to Mark for dinner plans. I enjoyed The Dogwood Cafe last year, and it is OK with me if we eat there again. Let's just get some reservations this time before we go!

How about it, Mark? Can we put you in charge of Dinner/Sat and Lunch/Sunday?

Really looking forward to April !

-- WhalerAce

mark11 posted 02-16-2007 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Done
gfrutig1 posted 02-19-2007 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
It looks like this may work out for us. If we can get through the snow to get the 18 out of the barn, we're planning on coming south for this trip. I have family that recently relocated to North Myrtle Beach so we can visit with them and cruise with other Whaler fans.
David Jenkins posted 02-20-2007 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hope you can make it, Gary. I see from your web page that you have two children. Will the whole family be coming? We will be bring our daughters, ages 10 and 13. Mark has a daughter about age 11. And Philip will bring his nephew Kirk who is about 14.
gfrutig1 posted 02-20-2007 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Yes, we plan to make it a family trip, my wife Beth, son Wil 12, daughter Olivia 7 are all comming along. I believe we bought some kids skis from you a few years ago. I'm sure as time draws nearer we will have a lot more questions on how to prepare for the "Southern trip".
David Jenkins posted 02-20-2007 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Gary, if we are on your way, plan to spend Friday night in Durham NC.
gfrutig1 posted 02-23-2007 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
David, thanks for the offer, We'll keep that on the back burner. Our plan is to leave Thursday afternoon as soon as the kids get out of school and head for Myrtle Beach. Spend Friday with family there, Saturday and Sunday on the boat and with the Whaler crew and then leave from our family's place on Monday sometime to return home. I know with our family plans don't always work out, not top mention we've never trailered the boat for more then 5 hours on one trip. So I'm planning and prepping everything I can as far ahead as I can, but we will remain flexible.
David Jenkins posted 03-05-2007 06:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Just to review, this trip will be Saturday April 21-Sunday April 22.
Cliveous Ogg posted 03-07-2007 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cliveous Ogg  Send Email to Cliveous Ogg     
Greetings, I am new to the site and am interested in hearing more about the Bimini Trip. I don't know if we can go or not but when we knos the details perhaps we can go along.
Thank you,
Cliveous
David Jenkins posted 03-07-2007 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Welcome Cliveous!

This particular article is all about the April 21-22 trip on the Waccamaw River to Georgetown, SC.

Some of us will start the trip about 10:30 AM some 50 miles upriver of Georgetown at the Conway Marina in Conway SC and others will start an unknown number of miles downriver from Georgetown and we will all meet at Georgetown late in the afternoon of Saturday April 21. We will get rooms for c. $99 at the waterfront Hampton Inn and we will dock our boats right in front of that hotel and will gather on at sunset on the boats for wine and cheese then some will go by water and others by land (if they want to walk or can find a taxi) and we will all meet a couple of miles downriver at a Georgetown restaurant that is being selected by Mark.

At that restaurant we will discuss a possible trip to Bimini.

But we do not want to talk about Bimini until that time. If you want to talk about a trip to Bimini you will have to start your own discussion. This discussion is limited to the Waccamaw River trip. Thanks!

early light posted 03-08-2007 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for early light  Send Email to early light     
Morning All,

I've been keeping up with Your Waccamaw trip and it sure sounds like a lot of fun.

I'm about 75 miles from Conway and would like to go down Saturday morning, meet some more Whaler folks and look at all the different kind of Whalers that will be there.

David, since You're another Carolina boy, how bout directions to the Conway ramp.

Thanks
Don

David Jenkins posted 03-08-2007 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
If you look at a map of Conway SC you will see Wadus Lake on the south side of town. Just north of that lake you will see two highways running east-west. One is Highway 501 and the other is Highway 501B. Find the Waccamaw River running north-south between those two highways. If you look closely at the river you will see one street (Elm St) coming closer to the river than any of the other streets (It approaches the river from the northwest). The Conway City Marina is where Elm St meets the river.

What does everyone think about a 10:30 AM departure time on Saturday April 21?

Mark, will you be joining us at Conway or somewhere along the way?

We will have a picnic lunch on a hidden beach that Mark took us to last time. Where is that beach, Mark?

We will also make a stop at the Wacca-Wache Marina, but I don't remember if that is before or after the beach area.

We will probably arrive Georgetown around 4:30 PM.

mark11 posted 03-08-2007 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
I'm planning to meet you in Conway again this year. I'm not sure if were going to drive to conway or take the boat on the river. I think were planning to stay in Georgetown eventhough it's only about 10 miles from home.

The "beach" at Sandy Island is is about 3/4 of the way to Georgetown. The Wacca-Wachie marina is about 5 miles north of Sandy Island.

I checked on "brunch" for Sunday. It turns out that the Landing resturant that is next to the hotel is one of the most popular places to eat on Sunday mornings in Georgetown.

GAwhale posted 03-09-2007 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
HAMPTON INN Telephone 843 - 545 - 5000

I just called the Hampton Inn and made my reservation. The block of rooms at the $99 rate is reserved until March 21. You may end up paying more or not get a room if you do not call in.

It looks like I will be joined by my nephew Robert who is in 7th grade and my nephew Kirk in 8th grade, who would not miss it for the world.

The picnic sounds like a great idea. We will be sure and pack a lunch.

10:30 AM departure in Conway sounds perfect.

Everyone make sure and bring a throw cushion and a horn. I got dinged by the Coast Guard last year.

David Jenkins posted 03-10-2007 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I just called the Hampton Inn and said I wanted a room for April 21. They said, "sorry, we are sold out that night. We have two wedding groups and a boat group." So I said that I was with the boat group. And I got a room. Thanks, Phillip!

Everyone else--better hurry and make your reservation!

gfrutig1 posted 03-11-2007 02:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
I just saw the room info and I booked our room so the trip is on! It's still hard to be planning this when there's still snow blocking the road to the barn where thee boat is.
mark11 posted 03-13-2007 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
I just made my hotel reservation. Got quite a chuckle from the front desk when I gave them a Pawleys Island address. Anyway, There is just 1 room left! Hurry and put in your reservation before it's too late.

Mark,

PS: David thanks got the call,You got me off my duff to make the reservation.

GAwhale posted 03-13-2007 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
There should be a block of ten rooms reserved for the Boston Whaler Rendezvous which will be held for us until March 21.

There should be more than one room left ???

David Jenkins posted 03-13-2007 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I know that the following have rooms reserved:
Ace and Joyce (they reserved before Philip set aside the 10 rooms)
David and Marti
Mo and Cynthia (our friends who came last year)
Bill and Setphanie (friends of mine)
Richard and Denise (friends of mine)
Another couple whose name escapes me (friends of Richard and Denise)
A room for my children and Bill and Stephanie's children
Mark and family
Philip and Kirk and Robert
gfrutig1's family

That leaves only one room left....

GAwhale posted 03-14-2007 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Looks like a nice group.

Next year I will reserve 20 rooms.

The Bradford Pear Trees are in full bloom here. A month from now we should have summer like weather on the rendezvous. I can't wait.

WhalerAce posted 03-14-2007 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
So far, it looks like it is just going to be Joy and me traveling UP the waterway from Charleston, though I'm hoping that I can get my son and his girlfriend to join us in the Sport 15. Failing that, we just might trailer up to Myrtle Beach and join all of you guys on the trip DOWN! Judging from the pictures from last year, y'all had a GREAT TIME on your leg.

Regardless, looking forward to the trip!

See y'all there, on way or the other!

-- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-14-2007 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I like the upper river better because it is more narrow and winding; plus it has less wind, smaller waves, and fewer boats. There is still deep water, though. There will be some good-sized yachts moored at the Conway marina.

I have never gone upriver of Conway but based on the descriptions in Franklin Burroughs' book it is very scenic. If anyone gets to Conway before 10:30 AM, I recommend that you go upriver for a few miles then turn back and meet us at 10:30.

gfrutig1 posted 03-17-2007 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Well you have really set me up for spring fever. I spend all my idle time planning for this trip. Side note, I thought I could get to the barn this weekend to get the boat, weather man ruined those plans calling for 2-4 inches of snow.(he was wrong we got 11 inches of the fluffy stuff). My question of the day is "Do I need to contact the Marina to reserve a slip in Georetown or are they holding a certain number for us?"
GAwhale posted 03-17-2007 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
HI Gary,

I will call the marina about a week before the trip to give them a heads up on how many boats to expect. I think I had to pay about $20 to dock overnight. It is based on the length of your boat.

Brings fenders. Last year they had us on the outer docks. Our boats were bobbing like corks the next morning. I fueled up on the fuel dock that morning and left my boat on the inner docks.

Philip

David Jenkins posted 03-18-2007 06:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
There is still one hotel room available for the continuouswave group, but on March 21 our hold on it will expire.
David Jenkins posted 03-19-2007 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Does anyone want that last hotel room? Only one more day and it will be gone....
runpasthefence posted 03-20-2007 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I snagged it!
David Jenkins posted 03-20-2007 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Excellent!

If anyone's plans change, before calling the hotel to cancel the reservation we might first want to see if there is anyone here who wants the available room.

Also since our hold on the group of rooms was set to expire tomorrow, the two weddings may also have that expiration date. So there may be some rooms that become available tomorrow.

WhalerAce posted 03-26-2007 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I think that we WILL trailer our boat up to Conway and join all of you guys on the trip down. Looking at the pictures from last year convinced me.

David, or others, can you send me your cell phone number so that if we get lost we can call for directions? Our cell phones are (843) 270-9824 and (9843) 259-0009. My e-mail address is ace-mcreight@sc.rr.com.

Thanks in advance,

-- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-27-2007 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Ace.
My cell phone number is 919-271-1404.
mark11 posted 03-28-2007 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
we'll it's getting close to April 21st. I want to get an estimated number for dinner on Saturday evening. I would also like to know how many kids 12 and under are going to dinner. I'm guessing our party will be 20+ based on hotel reservations. Also I'm thinking of 7:30PM for dinnertime.

Please respond

Thanks,

Mark

GAwhale posted 03-28-2007 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Georgetown Landing Marina (843 - 546 - 1776)

I just called Georgetown Landing Marina to make reservations for ten Boston Whaler boats on April 21. I was told we can call ahead on Channel 16 before we arrive so they can tell us where to tie up.

I think I am the last person who does not have a cell phone. I will have my hand held VHF radio for the trip.

Hopefully the pollen will be gone before the trip. Everything is yellow in Atlanta right now.

David Jenkins posted 03-28-2007 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
How many for dinner Saturday night?

Is this accurate?

Ace and Joyce (2)
David and Marti (2) and their two daughters ages 10 and 13 (2)
Mo and Cynthia (2)
Bill and Setphanie (2) and their two under-12 children (2)
Richard and Denise (2)
The Friends of Richard and Denise (2)
Mark and his wife (2) and his daughter (1)
The 3 amigos--Philip and Kirk and Robert (3)
Gary (gfrutig1) and his wife (2) and two children (2)
runpasthefence (?)

That adds up to about 25 people.

runpasthefence posted 03-28-2007 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Sorry David, it'll be my girlfriend (Meghan) and I (Mick).

Am I the only one traveling North from Charleston?

WhalerAce posted 03-28-2007 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Mick,

Yes, it looks like it. Why don't y'all just trailer up with us Friday night and we call all leave together.

-- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-29-2007 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We might spend Friday night in Conway rather than leave Durham at 7:00 AM Saturday morning. I do not know anything about hotels or restaurants in Conway. But I think someone wrote some suggestions in the thread for last year's trip.
David Jenkins posted 03-29-2007 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Richard and Denise's friends are Joe and Alda.
WhalerAce posted 04-06-2007 02:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Two more weeks!

We're leaving Las Vegas tomorrow for the drive home. That gives me about one week to clean the boat and find everything.

David, have you made reservations yet in Conway? If so, where is it?

-- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 04-09-2007 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
David,

Good call on the weather. Early in our discussion I had suggested we go the week of spring break. You said the weather can sometimes get cold. This past weekend would have been a cold trip. Even Tiger Woods couldn't handle the weather.

We were just in Charleston. We walked around the marina at Brittlebank Park. There is a Tiara dealership with about twenty boats on display. They are beautiful. I think you've got to win the lottery to buy one.

I'm looking forward to the trip. Warmer days are ahead.

David Jenkins posted 04-09-2007 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
My 15-year-old nephew and favorite Monopoly-playing buddy Grant Gorsline passed away this morning so we are caught up in that sadness. He had a rare blood disease and that required a stem cell transplant and then a liver transpant and he almost made it through all that but in the end it was too much. So now I am walking around in circles and am not in a good mental state to make decisions about the trip down the Waccamaw. But the trip will mark a rebirth of good things and I am looking forward to launching the Whaler and watching my daughters take the wheel and talking to all of you on the radio and getting to port with windblown hair and a little sun burn. But in regards to the Friday night hotel in Conway I think I would rather follow your lead if you are inclined to lead, Ace.
WhalerAce posted 04-09-2007 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
David,

I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. I am not good with words when it comes to events like what you mentioned, but we will keep you and your family and Grant's family in our prayers.

I will do some research tomorrow and let you know about the hotel. Do you need ONE room or TWO?

Thanks,

-- Ace

GAwhale posted 04-10-2007 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
David,

I am very sorry to hear about the loss to you and your family.

I am happy you will still make the trip.

My dad who has had a sailboat his entire life once told me that every moment worrying about your boat, is one less moment worrying about something really important.

Philip

David Jenkins posted 04-10-2007 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Ace. I am checking with the other folks coming from the Raleigh/Durham area. It could be that we need as many as five rooms Friday night.
gfrutig1 posted 04-10-2007 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
David,
Sorry to hear the news of your families loss, our families'thoughts and prayers are with you and your nephews families.
We are glad that you are still making the trip. Nine more days till we roll out of this wintery weather and head south, hope it doesn't follow us.
mark11 posted 04-11-2007 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
David,

I'm very sorry to hear your news. Our family will have yours in our prayers this Sunday mroning at All Saints.

On the hotel front. There is Best Western motel off of 501 right next to the Waccamaw river. In fact there is a boat ramp next to the hotel. You may be able to launch there and avoid a fee at the landing. The local phone number is 843-234-1678.

WhalerAce posted 04-11-2007 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Gary,

Speaking of the weather following you, Joy and I just drove accross country from Las Vegas back to Charleston. We were in the midst of all that snow and ice in the central part of the country.

Never before had I even entertained the thought of having a winter survival kit in the car -- now I can understand the peace of mind that it can give you.

Now that we are back in the sunny South, with GREEN trees, I think that the weather will be warm for the rest of Spring now.

Drive carefully,

-- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 04-14-2007 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I just checked the weather forecast for Georgetown, SC on April 21 and 22. Sunny and 75 degrees.

It looks like the sun gods will be good to us.

WhalerAce posted 04-15-2007 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Just made reservations at the Best Western by the ramp. Our rate was $89 plus tax. There are about TEN rooms left available, so don't dally.

It looks like High Tide is about 0930 on Saturday morning, but I have looked at several different tide tables, and they all give me different answers. Not knowing exactly where this hotel is, I chose the table for:

Conway RR Bridge, Waccamaw River, Conway SC

See you all Friday night or Saturday morning!

-- WhalerAce

gfrutig1 posted 04-15-2007 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
You can't believe how I am looking forward to this trip. Car and boat are ready, we'll be leaving PA about 4 pm on Thursday. Can't wait to get out of town, their calling for snow here again tonight! What channel will everyone be monitoring on the VHF. I've got David and Ace's cell numbers from above and I sent mine to Ace on the side. Ace are you going to print the list or should the rest of us post them? Keep me posted on temperatures and forecasts. What is the water temperature, yesterday when we ran the boat our river temperature was 42 degrees.
WhalerAce posted 04-15-2007 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Gary et al,

This morning it was in the 70's... We had rain during the morning a couple of times, and a cold front has been pushing through today with gusts up to 55 mph -- we are under tornado warnings until midnight and the whole gale flags are up. The harbor water temperature is currently 65 degrees.

But on the bright side, we should be under a high pressure by Monday night, and by the weekend it is supposed to be bright and sunny and in the mid-70's.

Come on down!

-- WhalerAce

WhalerAce posted 04-15-2007 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Meant to add: As of this writing, it is 51 degrees on its way to a bottom of 45 degrees tonight.

GAwhale posted 04-15-2007 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I am also looking very much forward to this trip.

I was thinking about taking my Montauk out for a trial run today, however it was too cold (50's) and windy.

On Friday I will trailer the boat from Fayetteville, GA to Charleston, SC (6-7 hours). I will stay with in-laws Friday night. Saturday I will pick up Robert and Kirk to complete the '3 amigos' party. I plan to depart Charleston at approximatley 8:30 AM to meet up for our 10:30 AM Conway departure.

runpasthefence posted 04-15-2007 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
GAWhale,

Where in Charleston are you departing from? I'll be leaving from my dock on James Island, I'd like to meet up with you that morning.

Mick

David Jenkins posted 04-15-2007 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Mick,

I think that GAWhale is planning to trailer his boat from Charleston to Conway Saturday morning. Why don't you join us in Conway, Mick?

Mark, are you going to start in Conway?

I have hotel reserations in Conway for Friday night. Thanks for the reminder, Ace.

We are looking forward to it!

runpasthefence posted 04-16-2007 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Ah, sorry for the misinterpretation, I was hoping for a companion I suppose.

I've been thinking of trailering to Conway, but the added cost of the trip, and the lack of a reliable trailer prevent me from doing so. This and the fact that my traveling partner had to back out of the trip has me questioning whether I'll be making the trip at all. We'll see, and I'll keep you guys posted.

Mick

GAwhale posted 04-16-2007 06:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
HI Mick,

David is correct. I will trailer to Conway. My in-laws live in Hampton Park right beside the Citadel College. If you see an Explorer and Whaler with GA plates, it will probably be me.

I hope you can make the trip. It will be great fun and we should have some nice weather.

I recall seeing some super photos you posted of your Whaler (and dogs).

Regards,
Philip

mark11 posted 04-16-2007 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
David,

I am planning to launch from Conway this year. I have a crew change for Saturday. Sarah has a baton twirling contest to attend in Pawleys on Saturday. She and my wife Tara will join us either at Sandy Island if they finish in time or at Georgetown before dinner. My dad and his wife will be the crew for Saturday from Conway. Tara and Sarah will make the return to Conway on Sunday.

Mark

PS Sarah is looking forward to seeing your daughter again.

David Jenkins posted 04-17-2007 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Anna just passed her South Carolina boaters exam!
http://www.boaterexam.com/usa/southcarolina/faq.aspx#faq2.1
mark11 posted 04-18-2007 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
We have 7:00 PM dinner reservations for 27 at the Dogwood Cafe on Front Street in Georgetown for Satruday evening. This is the same place as last year. you may remember the fried pickles. The reservation is under "Whaler"

Some of you boated over to the resturant last year I'll check on dock space in the morning and e-mail again. I'll also check with the hotel to see if they can provide van service. The resturant is not really close enough to walk unless you want to take a 1/2 hr + to do it.

On Sunday am A good breakfast can be had next door to the hotle at the Landing resturant.

more later

Mark

Tom C posted 04-18-2007 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
I have been keeping up with your plans for this weekend. It looks like you will be getting a break from the cool and windy weather. Hope all of you will take alot of pictures and post them for those of us still on land. Phillip and Kirk, will miss chatting on channel 16 with you. Tell the "Mayor" of sandy beach hello. He was a character. Skip, I really wanted to see all the revisions you did on the 15, can you really stand up as you wanted? David, please give a detailed trip description as you did last year. Mark, my problem this weekend is that we are envolved with a party for a couple getting married next month. The wedding is May 19, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride has a candy shop in Pawleys Island and the groom is in management with the Myrtle Beach Penguins baseball team. He likes to fish so perhaps we can all get together one day on the water. Have a great trip!
GAwhale posted 04-19-2007 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Tom,

Thanks for the update. The "Mayor" of sandy beach was quite a character.

I am about to drive to West Point Lake in LaGrange, GA; pick up my Montauk; and park her in the driveway. Tomorrow I leave for Charleston.

Did you get your trailer fixed and restore the teak on your Montauk?

gfrutig1 posted 04-19-2007 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
We will depart from Home in about 1 hour, boat and car are loaded and ready, waiting on the kids to get home from school. I'll check in Friday morning when we arise in Longs. Hope all goes well for everyone as everyone travels to Convoy on Saterday morning. One more time through the check list , then on;ly time will tell what I forgot to put on the list.
WhalerAce posted 04-19-2007 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Gary,

You have our numbers. We are not leaving until about 3:00 Friday afternoon, so if you can remember anything that you forgot, give us a call and we'll see what we can do.

David,

What do y'all have in mind for the "picnic"? I mean, like what kind of food?


David Jenkins posted 04-19-2007 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We will bring along some sandwiches, chips, cookies, etc.

Here is another idea for lunch: when the Waccamaw picks up the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW), we will be turning to the right to go to Georgetown. We could at that point make a slight detour and turn left (instead of right) and in something like ten minutes cruising time (this is a guess--needs confirmation) we would be at Barefoot Landing and there would be several waterfront restaurants where we could tie up and eat lunch. That would be around 1:00 PM or so. Just an idea....

Mark, you have the local knowledge. What do you think?

David Jenkins posted 04-19-2007 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Current weather predictions call for sunny skies and a high of 74 degrees on Saturday and 76 on Sunday.

Surface water temperature is about 63 degrees.
http://www.weather.gov/carolinascoast

David Jenkins posted 04-19-2007 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Forget the lunch time restaurant--way too far out of the way. My mistake. Mark has the picnic spot. Plus it will be fun to get our feet in some sand.
mark11 posted 04-19-2007 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
David you are right you don't want to go that far north in the ditch/ICWW. there is a place just south of 501 but I still think it could be pretty far out of the way.

those of you from last year may remember sandy island. it is about 3/4 of the way to georgetown. I thought that would be a good place to stop for a picnic. we can beach the Whalers depending on the local traffic. another thought would be to stop at waccawachie marina at murrells inlet. we will get there a little earlier than sandy island. we also stopped there last year for a potty break. they have a nice place called Boondocks.

speaking of food:

I checked with the hampton inn about a shuttle to dinner. they have none of course. there are some public docks on waterfront near the dogwood cafe. some of you did that last year. the docks are available on a first come first served basis. I'll try to scope it out tomorrow and see how many slips might be available. I'll check into a cab/van tomorrow as well.

if anyone needs any help in the area please give me a call at 843-997-1141

mark

David Jenkins posted 04-20-2007 06:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Weatherman just revised the predicted air temperature for Georgetown:
sunny skies and
75 on Saturday
78 on Sunday
runpasthefence posted 04-20-2007 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Can anyone provide the coordinates of Sandy Island? Since I'll be running from Charleston, this might be a good place to meet everyone. Is it too early to determine an ETA for Sandy Island on Saturday?

Thanks

Mick

gfrutig1 posted 04-20-2007 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Well we are here, arrived about 3 am, all went well, only problem was too many pitstops. Note for the boat ride and trip home, limit amount ofm liquids consumed! total trip so far 570 miles, my Expedition kicked out a 11.9 MPG while towing down the highway. I guess I shouldn't complain the next leg will be alot worse with the "old" 140 Johnson rolling down the river. Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow morning.
mark11 posted 04-20-2007 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
We have a van scheduled to start a shuttle to dinner at about 6:30 PM for our 7:00 PM reservations.

runpastthefence: I'll check my chart at lunch and try to get you a distance from the georgetown bridge. I don't have a GPS fix just because i'ts not but a mile from the landing I normally use.

mark

mark11 posted 04-20-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
runpastthefence:

I checked my chart. Anyone from last year can remember how well I read a chart. Anyway, Sandy Island will be off to the left on a tributary aprox 4 statute miles north of the Georgrtown bridge. I believe you will make your left at the 9th marker north of the bridge. The marker is at 33.30.217 79.08.333. If you see the Reserve Marina sign on your right you have passed the turn. You will pass the Heritage Marina on your right well before your turn.

See You Tomorrow

Mark

mark11 posted 04-20-2007 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
David,

do you want to try and establish a channel for communication now?

mark

WhalerAce posted 04-20-2007 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Since WhalerJoy doesn't cook (or make sandwiches), how I like the idea of Boondocks for lunch. We can make this a eat-all-weekend event.

Boat is ready, has new lights, I am ready.

See some of you tonight, the rest tomorrow.

Who else besides David and us are staying in Conway tonight?

-- WhalerAce

mark11 posted 04-20-2007 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
runpasthefence:

I'l check channel 16 on the hour and half hour starting at noon for you to try and connect.

mark

GAwhale posted 04-20-2007 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I am here in Charleston. It was an uneventful trip which is a good thing (Two Cups of Coffee Trip).

I stopped at the Walmart in Charleston to buy two stroke engine oil. I remember a post where jimh said Walmart carried Mercury Quick Silver. This particular one only had the no name brand.

My sister-in-law got us fried chicken for Saturday.

I will moniter Channel 16.

I plan to be in Conway by 10:30 AM (hopefully a little early). If anything comes up I will call David Jenkin's cell.

I brought two extra throw cushions if anyone forgot theirs. Looking forward to another great event.

Philip

gfrutig1 posted 04-20-2007 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Well I'm off to a bang of a start, today while prepping the boat I did a swann dive off the starboard side. They have a really nice hospital in Myrtle Beach. Quick friendly service had me x-rayed, splinted and out the door in 2 hours. Left hand 2 broken bones, and I know I'm blessed to not be hurt more seriously! I'll be easy to recognise in the morning, I'm the guy with the perminent left hand salute. I heard a scary to me story at supper, our waiter said there is a big poker run on the Waccamaw tomorrow! I hope to see you all safe and happy in the morning.
WhalerAce posted 04-20-2007 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Gary,

Welcome, anyhow.

We have just checked in to the Best Western.

In chekcing the boat, I just realized that I left our life vests in the other Whaler, so it is going to be quick trip in morning to WalMart for a couple of life vests. That, and I need to gas up.

Phillip,

It depends on WHICH WalMart in Charleston you go to. Our Super WalMart in Summerville DOES carry the Quicksilver stuff.


All,

Hope to see everyone HEALTHY at the ramp in the morning.

-- WhalerAce

runpasthefence posted 04-21-2007 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Unfortunately, it has been confirmed, I won't be attending tomorrow. Have fune guys.

Mick

David Jenkins posted 04-21-2007 01:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
SO sorry about your hand, Gary!

Hope you can join us next year, Mick.

Ace, we have extra life jackets.

How about VHF channel 68 as a working channel?

Mambo Minnow posted 04-22-2007 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
WhalerAce,
Hope you are having a great time. I had father-daughter dance Friday night, so out of the question. It's beautiful here today, so we are going out on the water after weeks of wind! We hope to see you and Whaler Joy next month!
gfrutig1 posted 04-22-2007 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
WOW, What a weekend, well worth the drive. We had a GREAT time, we now have a personal knowledge of Southern Hospitality. A sincere Thank you to Mark, David and Ace for organising and hosting us. It was a pleasure to spend time with everyone we met. I'll let narrative to somebodyelse but it was a great 2 days.
GAwhale posted 04-22-2007 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
It was indeed a great trip. Great weather. Good People. Good Times.

I am here at Kirk's house in Charleston. My wife already called David to make sure we were still alive. (Remember I don't yet own a cell phone)

I made the command decision to stay in Charleston for the night and drive back to Atlanta first thing in the morning.

Gotta Go,
Philip

P.S. Robert and Kirk wanted to add that the girls should try to keep the boat 'in the water'.

GAwhale posted 04-24-2007 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     

I will give my version of the story.

David Jenkins was the catalyst for this trip last year. He was instrumental in pulling everyone together again this year. Several members of the Raleigh Durham crowd stayed at the Best Western in Conway on Friday evening. Ace and Joy also stayed there.

The 'Three Amigos' (myself, Kirk, Robert) were the first to arrive at the boat landing in Conway. Gary and family arrived shortly after. Gary was easy to recognize with hand in cast. Seven boats departed around 11:00 AM Saturday morning. Thirty minutes into the trip Ace began to have engine trouble. Since he has twins on his 25 Tempest he made the call head back on one engine. Ace and Joy joined us at the Hampton Inn in Georgetown by automobile with boat in tow.

After one stop at a marina we made it to the beach. Yes, Tom, the 'Mayor' of sand beach was at it again. He seems to be a crazy old man that thinks he owns the beach. Thanks to Mark's local knowledge we hit different sides of the beach on each day through a very scenic passage.

We made it to Georgetown at approximately 4:00 PM. This did not give us very much time to get our boats stowed, check in, and make it back to the dock for the wine and cheese party at 5:30 PM complete with Jimmy Buffet and UB 40 music. Mark did a super job of organizing car shuttle service to the restaurant beginning at 6:30 PM. Dinner was delightful.

Last year when we woke up on Sunday it was blowing in the range of 30 knots. This year the weather was spectacular. The ladies had an official walk scheduled for 7:30 AM. The rest of us goofed off. Several took leisurely walks into historic Georgetown. At about 11:00 AM we finally got the group together for a photo shoot. Ace did a fantastic job of getting goodies together from Boston Whaler and giving out prizes and freebies for everyone.

We departed at approximately 11:00 AM. We made it back to the same beach (different side). I believe all of the kids jumped in the water. After lounging for an hour or so we got back in boats and headed North on the Intercoastal Waterway. We stopped at a marina and restaurant (someone needs to help me with the name and location). We sat outside and had lunch complete with a live band. Lots of activity: there was a big Harley Davidson crowd, a wakeboard boat with five guys from muscle beach, a cigarette boat with 'ugly' girls in little string bikinis, and a rescue of a fender.

We made a straight shot back to Conway from there. Still lots of boats and activity along the way in keeping with a spectacular Sunday afternoon. The girls boat was pulled over by the DNR through a No Wake zone. The only thing they could find was a torn lifevest. Fortunately David was right behind his daughter's boat with an extra lifevest.

It was a delightful trip and we are already talking about the third annual Waccamaw River Trip for next year.


skiprobinson posted 04-24-2007 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Hey Gang!
Great write up on the trip, I am happy to assist on the planning of next years trip and I swear that Mrs. Skip will be in attendance as well as my pal Billy and his "new to him" 20' Outrage that I forced him to buy.
I wish I had been able to attend byut my parents 50th anniversary took precedence, I was there in spirit and thought of you guys often. Glad to see that Mark again was there to be the local tour guide. I will start a new thread and we can start picking dates for next years trip...maybe add a poker run or something fun to twist things up a bit.

Kirk Out
Skip

GAwhale posted 04-24-2007 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Great to hear from you Skip! My wife and daughter(9) will also be there next year.

I vote for the first or second weekend of June in 2008. School will be out. Also we really got lucky on the weather this year. If it been the weekend prior I think we would have had to cancel the trip due to wind and storms.

David Jenkins posted 04-24-2007 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Here are photos from last year's trip and this year's trip:

Waccamaw River 2006
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/cafedj/album/576460762368147854

Waccamaw River 2007
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/cafedj/album/576460762399344530

I wanted to write notes in the description section of these photos (or at least name the photos) but I just do not seem to have enough time to complete the task. But I have checked boxes giving all of your permission to make these changes so please write comments and/or title the photos so that we can better remember the adventure we had in years to come.

Thank you!

gfrutig1 posted 05-02-2007 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Sorry it took so long to get these up to view, here are our photos to add to the others.
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/gfrutig1/
GAwhale posted 05-03-2007 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
new.photos.yahoo.com/gfrutig1

Thanks for those great photos. Next year I will bring a camera.

David Jenkins posted 05-03-2007 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Philip,

Is June better for your family or are you worried about the temperature being too cold next April?

Last year we went on April 29
continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000651.html

This year we went on April 21.
Both years we had good weather.

Can the other members of your family not come next year if it is in late-April?

The problem with June is that there are lots more jet skiis on the river. On a busy summer weekend the Waccamaw turns into jet ski city.

gfrutig1 posted 05-04-2007 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
mark11 I tried to e-mail you directly and couldn't get through, please drop me an e-mail as listed on my contacts info!
GAwhale posted 05-05-2007 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi David,

I thought with my daughter and wife being out of school, it would be easier for us to make the trip. I did not realize it gets so busy on the Waccamaw.

We are still keeping our fingers crossed that we will be moving to Charleston. Then it won't be a problem.

Late April will be great for 2008.

Tom C posted 05-06-2007 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Thanks, David,Philip,Mark,Ace,etc for the posts and pictures regarding the recent trip. Martha and I regretted not being able to participate and hope to join all of you in 2008. Please keep us informed of any plans, etc.

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