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prm1177 posted 01-21-2007 01:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for prm1177   Send Email to prm1177  
This is a call for date and location suggestions for the annual Spring NorCal Rendezvous. Possible weekends are May 4-6 and May 18-20 (the other weekends in May falling on Mother's day and the Memorial Day weekend). Chuck Tribolet and I will be co-organizing the event under the watchful eye of Jim Hooper.

Our location for the past several years has been Snug Harbor on the Sacramento River. Snug Harbor has made several large improvements to their facility, so it appears to be a good candidate for a return this year. However, suggestions for new locations are welcome. They will have to be able to accomodate the 25-40 folks we've had in the past as well as the 10-20 boats we've seen as well.

I'd like everyone to post their suggestions for the weekend dates and locations by the end of January, since we should reserve our location as soon as possible.

Here's to a great 2007 boating season.


WT posted 01-22-2007 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Either weekend is good for me. Snug Harbor was pretty nice when I stayed there 2 years ago.

I'll bring scotch and cigars again.


ratherwhalering posted 01-23-2007 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
We could change it up a bit this year, say June 15, 16, & 17 in the SF bay area. I could arrange docking and lunch at the SFYC. Just a thought. The only downside is the lack of centralized facilities and accomodations. Jack London Square and the Alameda Estuary is a nice spot.

Petaluma River is another option, there is a nice marina with a Sheraton on the water. (169.00 a night, ouch.) Nice resturaunts downtown too.

If it's in the Delta, we gotta stick with Snug's perfect. I'd love to do lunch at the Outrigger Marina (west of Rio Vista) for Beer and Burgers, with outside seating.

In any case, I'll make lunch logistics happen again this year, if you guys like.

elaelap posted 01-24-2007 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm with Rob/ratherwhalering. If possible, how about a different location this year? Maybe make it a one or two day affair, and somewhere in or near the S.F. Bay would be a blast. I tow my boat from Santa Rosa, 60 miles north of San Francisco, and when I want to play in the Bay I usually put in at the Petaluma Marina, then take the very pretty, 45-60 minute cruise down the Petaluma River to the northern arm of San Pablo Bay (which is the north-western arm of the Bay itself). From the mouth of the Petaluma River to Tiburon or Sausalito is about another hour or hour and a half, depending upon the weather, and there are great spots to tie up and eat lunch down there. Then a cruise by the San Francisco waterfront, out to nearby Alcatraz, maybe even over to the Berkeley Marina, would be a blast, especially for those who haven't done it before. If we catch the weather right, cruising the Bay in one's own boat is an unforgettable experience. One night at the Sheraton/Petaluma Marina wouldn't cost more than two or three nights at Snug Harbor. Launching at the Petaluma Marina is very, very easy, with a large, usually mostly-empty parking lot, a very nice big concrete ramp, and the price is sure right--$2.00 (parking included).

Starting at the Berkeley Marina would be another plan. Launching is easy from there as well, but a little more expensive, and there are a couple of nice hotels in the marina. Same deal--I'll bet the hotels are a little pricey, but maybe we could get a group rate, especially if we made our reservations early, and if folks plan on staying only one night, the costs will probably balance out. It's even quicker from Berkeley than from Petaluma to the nicest and prettiest parts of the Bay, but you miss the very nice river trip through eight or ten miles of protected, undeveloped wetlands, with critters aboundin'.

Rob's idea of fixing us up with his yacht club would really make this rendezvous special and different. I'd be glad to get some quotes on group rates at Petaluma and Berkeley hotels if there's some serious interest from the participants.

Vive la differance! I'm ready for a change, but you're stuck with me again this year wherever the thing's held.


Sheila posted 01-24-2007 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Both options sound like lots of fun. But we're staying two nights, no matter what the rest of you do! :)
andygere posted 01-26-2007 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm also voting for a change. I like the Petaluma marina idea, nice harbor, lots of cruising nearby and nice lodging. Note that a 1br with loft is $175 at Snug Harbor this year, about the same as the luxe Sheraton Petaluma.
WT posted 01-26-2007 01:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'd rather be boating in San Francisco Bay than the Sacramento Delta.

ratherwhalering posted 01-26-2007 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I'm really on the fence about location. Anyone remember the 2002 rendezvous? Brrrrrrr! If we go with the Delta, there is a higher probability of nice weather, but ultimately I say what the heck, we can always go back next year. The alternate is to have two rendezvous? One in May and one in August. It's so hard to pass up Snug Harbor, because we're assured a nice spot and friendly folks at the Harbor and at The Point.

I love the Petaluma River idea, but getting from P-Town to the Bay Area can be dicey.

17 bodega posted 01-26-2007 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Downtown Petaluma has a cool docking facility where larger yachts spend the weekend. Those with cuddy's could "end tie" up there. Additionally there are some nice breweries and coffee houses within a short "walk from the dock". Mcnears pub has great live entertainment and garlic fries too...

There's always plenty of parking and room at the Petaluma Marina facility as well as some other lodging options nearby. The run down the river to the bay is pretty nice too.

ratherwhalering posted 01-26-2007 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I contacted the SFYC, and I can arrange docking for 10-15 whalers and lunch ($10-12) if we reserve in the next few weeks. No penalty for bailing out with a couple weeks advanced notice. Maybe we pick a weekend first, and then decide location? Just a thought.

I'm getting excited! It's nice to have something so fun to look forward to and get me through the winter!!!!

sternorama posted 01-26-2007 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
Any So. CA members thinking about making the drive up there? It sure sounds fun. Any recommendations for where we could stay in event that the SFYC venue pans out? (by the way, what a great excuse to visit SFYC!!) "Snug" also sounds great...
elaelap posted 01-26-2007 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Geeezzzz, what a flirt, Rob. You lead us on, get us all aroused, and then shyly bat your pretty eyes and say, "Gosh, I'm not sure...maybe it'll be cold." IN JUNE?! In the always-balmy, never-foggy-or-breezy San Francisco Bay?! C'mon, guy.

Actually he's right about the possibility of iffy can never tell from day to day in the Bay, especially in the unpredictable summertime. Still, I doubt it will rain in June, and every now and then when it's gnarly in Bodega Bay and the SF Bay, I just tow my boat down to the Petaluma River for a cruise down to Port Sonoma/Blackpoint at the top of San Pablo Bay and back...better than nothing, and really a nice ten or mile ride each way, with lots of flora and fauna, and striper fishing for those who like that kind of thing. And as Steve mentioned above, you can head further north from the Petaluma marina, up a one or two mile "No Wake Zone" to the turning basin in the center of town, where it's easy for a bunch of boats to tie up and where there are some nice pubs and restaurants. So that's a possible fallback if the Bay is really foul.

I didn't understand what you meant, Rob, when you talked about it being 'dicey getting from P-town to the Bay Area'. If you mean by, it's very quick and easy to get from the Petaluma marina down the river, down the channel under the San Rafael Bridge, and over to Tiburon/Sausalito...I do it all the time. A couple of hours of fun cruising either way--maybe 2 1/2 hours to be safe--with a lot to see. I like to start pretty early in the morning to be as sure as possible of getting a smooth, decent ride down.

And if you meant it's dicey by car...hey, the Petaluma marina is right off the freeway (101), an easy forty minute ride north of the Golden Gate Bridge (unless you hit it at rush hour, when it can easily take twice that long).

I say gamble on the weather and let's do the Bay for a change. Late June or early August, and we might even sweat a little out there. But I'm willing to go wherever most folks want to go, and if we end up back in Snug Harbor, let's make it earlier in the year.


prm1177 posted 01-26-2007 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I think what Rob means by "dicey" is that North San Pablo Bay can become a bit rough in the presence of late afternoon westerlies. My Conquest is comfortable enough in quartering seas of 2-3 ft, but I do remember getting whacked a few times in my former Outrage 17. I will check with the Sheraton to see if we can get a group rate. How about settling in on the weekend first; May or June?
WT posted 01-26-2007 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
We have lots of options if we're in San Francisco Bay. Some of us might want to run 30 miles offshore to the Farallon Islands. client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=FPW&pwst=1&sa=X& oi=images&ct=title


RichL posted 01-26-2007 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for RichL  Send Email to RichL     
Sheila and I are hoping to make it Stern.
elaelap posted 01-26-2007 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
No, Warren/WT, you macho Pied Piper...we ain't heading out to the Farallones to play with the great white sharks or jig for giant Humboldt squid a hundred fathoms down; anyway not on our mellow NorCal rendezvous weekend. Don't listen to him, guys and gals, and whatever you do don't follow his boat if he suddenly gets a strange look in his eyes and starts heading west, which often happens.


andygere posted 01-27-2007 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Having been a lucky guest at SFYC this fall, lunch at the club would be a neat experience for those who have not yet tasted the "yachting lifestyle".

If the weather is good, the run up to the Napa River is not far from the Petaluma River, and provides another great protected water cruise.

prm1177 posted 01-27-2007 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
It seems there's a lot of enthusiasm for a different venue this year. Rob's generous offer to arrange for docking and set up lunch at the SFYC is a powerful inducement. If we wish to make this a weekend affair as in the past years, we could use the Petaluma Sheraton as base with the SFYC event as a Saturday Lunch run. Dinner Saturday night would no longer be a barbecue, but perhaps a group dinner in one of the Petaluma restaurants on the river, downtown. All sounds do-able and interesting to me.

The question remains which weekend. I'm contacting the Sheraton now to see what the costs and docking logistics might be.

prm1177 posted 01-27-2007 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
OK. The Sheraton will have to call me back Monday as their group sales office is closed on the weekend. The Petaluma Marina office says they can accommodate us (10-15 boats). Mooring fees are $10/night with a launch fee of $2 for the trailer folk among us. The marina is secured, and one of us would be responsible for the gate key. Sounds pretty good so far.


andygere posted 01-27-2007 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I really like the idea of basing things out of Petaluma Marina and the Sheraton. I will check my calendar for out dates, so we can get a date nailed down.
elaelap posted 01-28-2007 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I think that's a great plan. My Revenge 19 partners and I have been playing around for a while with a plan to cruise our boat down from Bodega Bay, through the Golden Gate, and up the Bay and river to Petaluma. Maybe the rendezvous will be a perfect time for our little journey...we could even stop on the way at Rob's yacht club, but let me tell you, 'Strike3' is a rough, tough fishkilling, ab-diving, workboat kind of Whaler (just like us partners, arrggghhh!), and I'll bet they make us use the employees' back door dock and entrance to the yacht club, or at least hurriedly throw a big tarp over our boat (and us) so we don't shock the delicate sensibilities of the members.


prm1177 posted 01-28-2007 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Nonsense, Tony. I'm sure Rob will be able to get all of you past Judge Smails.

"Spalding get your foot off the boat!"

blackdog54 posted 01-29-2007 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
I have not trailered my boat more than 15 miles and this would be about 500 for me. We might be in. Memorial day weekend is better as there is a 3rd day to accomodate travel, however, will defer to the group's plan.

I have a Montauk on a galv. trailer, no brakes, 14" wheels and a Tacoma double cab, is the do-able? I guess I'd tow her with empty fuel tanks.

elaelap posted 01-29-2007 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
blackdog and others far away,

I've attended the past three NorCal rendezvous, and at each one there were several folks--some with kids--who joined the mad revelries without boats. Don't be shy and don't be dissuaded if you want to come but don't want to tow your boat(s) long distances...we'll find space for you on one of the local boats in attendance, or pass you around from boat to boat like a platter of hors d'oeuvres.


andygere posted 01-29-2007 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Check your wheel bearings, top off the air in the tires and you should be good to go. I towed my Montauk all over the place with a Jeep Wrangler. As Tony says, there's always room aboard the fleet should you decide to travel without the boat.
ratherwhalering posted 01-29-2007 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Tony, Tony, Tony. You of all people should be familiar with "plausible deniability." I can easily deny that Petaluma was my idea if it goes south. What happened to the thin, blue (pinstripe) line? I thought we lawyers weren't supposed to rat each other out...honor among thieves and all that? Shame on you!

Now, for the unfamiliar, don't let Tony's personal insecurities influence you :-) The SFYC has a blood and guts "Blue Water" fishing club, as well as over 95 percent whaler population (for fiberglass hull boats) in dry storage. I have sat at the bar, covered in crab bait so foul, it would make a bill goat puke.

If we have lunch, you'll see that not all yacht clubs live up to Tony's wild imagination...

elaelap posted 01-29-2007 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

The only blue pinstriped wearing apparel I have is a pair of raggedy old levis with salmon blood and oxalic acid stains, Rob. Hey, I'm a "public interest" lawyer, down in the trenches fighting the good fight for truth and justice, not one of your Armani-suited pinstriped hourly-billing insurance defense hacks.

But seriously (and oh how I hate that word!), Rob and his pal Matt, another CW member and SFYC member, were kind enough to host Tom Clark and me at the yacht club last year when Tom was down here cruising around the Bay Area fixing Whaler through-hulls, and a fine, relaxed time was had by all. I left my red flag and copy of 'Das Kapital' at home, and actually enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and pleasant company. It would be a great place to have lunch at this year's rendezvous.


towboater posted 01-29-2007 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Pencil me in if you dont mind being seen in the company of a grey haired NW Redneck running around in a smokey 3/4 done 19.

cwolf posted 01-29-2007 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for cwolf  Send Email to cwolf     
I hope to attend this year as well and don't want to be a wet towel but I would like to echo comments regarding San Pablo Bay. It can and does get very dicy out there and that long approach to the Petaluma River doesn't provide much shelter. This may be a concern for folks that have smaller boats. All should bring their cameras as if the chop is bad we'll have some spectacular photos of Whalers in action.
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-29-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
It's looking to me like we're getting a plan, and it's a plan
I like, but we need an alternative if the forecast is snotty
on the Bay.

One option is that if it's only sorta snotty we leave the
smaller boats in Petaluma. I can always bring my drysuit.

Just saw a whaler on the intro to COPS.


taypow1 posted 01-30-2007 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for taypow1  Send Email to taypow1     
Patsy and I are also knocking around driving up from Tucson,AZ.
It would be fun to see some different areas.
It would also be nice to have a place to sleep close to where we could launch.
elaelap posted 01-30-2007 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
That Sheraton Hotel is right at the Petaluma marina, a literal two minute walk to the launch ramp. Nice big parking lot at the marina for boat trailers as well, and easy freeway access (101) a couple of hundred yards away.
blackdog54 posted 01-30-2007 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
Tony- the vision of being passed around like hors d'oeuvres reminds me of my days in the mosh pits! Thanks for the generous offer to include us sans boat, if that's the way it plays out.

Andy- I am likely to put new tires on in the interim and have packed the bearings recently with assistance, think I could do it again on my own. Now finding a set of bearings was another story....

Jock- if Patsy and you go that would be a real incentive to us. BTW, tilt-n-trim issue has a temp fix, pending replacement of the seals. We owe you a cold one (or two).

I don't know if I have kept up with the dates, is a date decided? (The dates 6/20-6/26 are out for us. My sister will be tying the knot).

I love the enthusiam for this rendevous. We tried down here in San Diego this past Nov. and met GREAT people but had a much smaller turnout.


elaelap posted 01-30-2007 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

You still got the group shot from last year's rendezvous? If so, why not post the thing here...wait a minute, maybe that will scare Linda and other potential first-timers away.


Linda, if Chuck does post the picture, I'm the young guy who sorta looks like a cross between Cary Grant and Brad Pitt.

elaelap posted 01-30-2007 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
...which is why I'll never understand why some folks call me Tuco, after the Eli Wallach character in Sergio Leone's 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.'
WT posted 01-30-2007 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here's the group shot from 2005. ?action=view¤t=DSC_00452005-05-21-133852s.jpg

This year's turnout could be outrageous!


WT posted 01-30-2007 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here's the group shot from 2005. ?action=view¤t=DSC_00452005-05-21-133852s.jpg

This year's turnout could be outrageous!


blackdog54 posted 02-01-2007 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
Is there a firm date yet?
prm1177 posted 02-02-2007 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
OK. The Sheraton Petaluma can block up to 40 room nights (that's 20 rooms for 2 nights or 40 rooms for 1 night, etc) for us. The group rate would be $169/night. They will hold this block of rooms for up to 30 days from our planned event. You each will need to contact them to reserve your room after I sign the event paperwork.

So. Now we need to settle on the event weekend. May 11-13 is Mother's Day weekend and the weekend of the 26-27 is Memorial Day (they are books solid on these weekends). out options are May 4-5, May 18-20, or June 1-3.

Let me know your preferences.

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-02-2007 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Do the SF Bay folks have any wisdom on conditions as the
season goes from May to June? I'd prefer May myself, but
good conditions would be a good thing.

Are we really going to have 20 overnight rooms? That's more
than we've had at Snug Harbor, and Petaluma will be easier
to daytrip for most of you (bout the same for me). What
happens if we don't get 20?


WT posted 02-02-2007 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I don't recommend June 1st because it's opening day for rockcod season.

I'll know more in a couple of weeks but if I attend, I will need 1 room for 2 nights.


Tom W Clark posted 02-03-2007 03:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Rob writes:

The SFYC has a blood and guts "Blue Water" fishing club, as well as over 95 percent whaler population (for fiberglass hull boats) in dry storage. I have sat at the bar, covered in crab bait so foul, it would make a bill goat puke.

You know? I've been in the bar of the SFYC a few times and I always wondered what that smell was...

elaelap posted 02-04-2007 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Maybe we should push the date a little further out. As you can see from this link, , June is usually okay but July through September is even better. However, we Bay Area boaters--especially the sailors like Rob--know that clear, sunny conditions on that amazingly protean body of water can bring along the strongest winds, so who can ever tell? Actually some of the mildest days out here are during the winter months, like right now with the big Pacific high hanging way up north and northern California enjoying an unbelieveably dry, mellow far.


ratherwhalering posted 02-05-2007 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
July and August are the worst months for the Bay. Cold windy and foggy the last few years. Petaluma, however, is far enough inland that I don't think it matters. The weather should be about the same as that in Snug Harbor. How about June 8-10?

BTW Petaluma to S.F bay is about 1.5 hour trip, if I remember correctly.

ratherwhalering posted 02-05-2007 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
July and August are the worst months for the Bay. Cold windy and foggy the last few years. Petaluma, however, is far enough inland that I don't think it matters. The weather should be about the same as that in Snug Harbor. How about June 8-10?

BTW Petaluma to S.F bay is about 1.5 hour trip, if I remember correctly.

andygere posted 02-05-2007 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
June 22-24 would not work for me. June 8-10 looks really good. The setup at the Sheraton looks great for this type of event, and downtown Petaluma makes a nice cruising destination.

I checked the usual on-line travel reservation portals, and they quoted the same room rate as the group rate for a weekend in June.

elaelap posted 02-05-2007 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm pretty much open as to dates and I live relatively close to Petaluma so I'll just go along with the consensus.

The trip from the Petaluma marina down the river to its 'mouth' at Pt Sonoma/Blackpoint is an easy hour. There's a couple of short No Wake zones but for the most part the river is wide open and not very crowded, though it's not uncommon to encounter folks rowing and skulling near the marina which slows one down, and waterski'ers, wakeboarders and fishermen sometimes slow down progress further downstream. Tidal currents are a factor as well, but plan on about one hour, give or take, to get from the marina to San Pablo Bay.

From there to the San Rafael Bridge, following the shipping channel, is maybe another half an hour or forty-five minutes, then around the corner to Tiburon and Sausalito...maybe another twenty minutes or half an hour. Now some of you speed merchants will find these times very conservative, and others, especially in the smaller Whalers, might want to add an additional twenty minutes or so. And everything, of course, depends on the weather.

I only rarely play in the Bay during June, July & August, since those are the best months for salmon out of Bodega Bay. I do remember getting knocked around more during the summer than the winter when I kept a couple of sailboats down there, the first at Pt Sonoma and the second (right before I bought my first Whaler and came over to the dark side) at Lock Lomond in San Rafael.


brianard posted 02-05-2007 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for brianard  Send Email to brianard     
Has Petaluma been finalized as the location? My vote would be to meet at the SFYC as Rob suggested. This location provides a great ability to see all the SF Bay has to offer.

My experience is Petaluma can be a very long, cold and damp ride back from the sites of the SF Bay. I know its a little more challenging to find accomidations SF/Marin area but I think it is worth the effort.


elaelap posted 02-05-2007 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

San Rafael, half way between, might make a nice compromise, but hotel/motel housing is very limited there and last I looked, Loch Lomond marina ramp launching was at least fifteen bucks. Parking's okay, but not nearly as convenient as Petaluma, and the marina/ramp is a little tricky to find compared with the ease of the Petaluma marina. On the other hand, the San Rafael canals make a very fun one-hour-or-so excursion, with many boats and deluxe homes to gawk at.

Sausalito launching (Clipper marina) is a bit pricey as well, with decent trailer parking nearby. Sometimes in good weather there's a crowd waiting to get in and out. Rob and pals keep their boats on the hard at the yacht club and launch, I think, in a sling rather than at a ramp...right, Rob? I can't see that being possible for all (or any) of us, especially with the crowded parking conditions there. Decent housing down there or over in the City...Yike$!

I'm up for anywhere you folks decide, but I do think it would be fun to stage the thing somewhere in the Bay rather than the Delta for a change.


ratherwhalering posted 02-05-2007 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Both Loch Lomond (San Rafael) and Clipper (Sausalito) are $20.00 per day for launching and parking. Neither have overnight accommodations within walking distance. Tiburon does not have a launch ramp (*we launch boats using 2-ton hoists and lifting harnesses attached to the interior lifting eyes.)

The biggest hurtle is that we need a marina with launch facilities, guest dock facilities, and hotels/rooms.

There are no marinas in Marin that can accommodate over-night stays, without sleeping on your boat. Petaluma and Jack London Square/Alameda Estuary are really the only two places that fit the bill.

Let's face it, Snug Harbor is perfect. The great part about Snug Harbor is its personality, and the intimate setting. It's easy to congregate for cigars and scotch at Cabin X.

I doubt we'll find a better venue, but again, we can at least give it a go. Petaluma will be different, and ought to be a good time too. There is plenty to do downtown. The Shereton is kinda isolated and off the beat and path, but only a 10-minute boat ride to downtown.

prm1177 posted 02-05-2007 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
OK, it seems there is no real consensus here, so let's pick between two dates: May 18-20 or June 8-10 for those who want to try something later. The Petaluma Sheraton was selected because most folks expressed an interest in a change of venue this year after 4 successive years at Snug. Other venues can be considered, but the main issue is the proximity of the dock and launch to the accommodation.

As far as the # of rooms held, we do not have to book them all. These are the rooms held for us in reserve and any not booked 30 days in advanced would be released.

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-05-2007 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
One consideration about dates is the tides. I'd hate to be
going uphill through Raccoon Straits both ways.

I don't care about the dates. I've got an UW photo contest
about then, but the date hasn't been set yet (they don't
even have a chairperson yet), and it's USUALLY Memorial
Day weekend.

From WXTIDE32, current speed in knots,
at Raccoon Strait at Point Stuart:

May 19:
-1.93 9:00 PDT
-0.84 10:00 PDT
0.28 11:00 PDT
1.13 12:00 PDT
1.55 13:00 PDT
1.62 14:00 PDT
1.47 15:00 PDT
1.10 16:00 PDT
0.42 17:00 PDT
-0.43 18:00 PDT
-1.04 19:00 PDT
-1.13 20:00 PDT
-0.78 21:00 PDT

June 9:
0.10 9:00 PDT
-0.60 10:00 PDT
-1.34 11:00 PDT
-1.69 12:00 PDT
-1.44 13:00 PDT
-0.86 14:00 PDT
-0.23 15:00 PDT
0.43 16:00 PDT
0.95 17:00 PDT
1.18 18:00 PDT
1.14 19:00 PDT
0.90 20:00 PDT
0.45 21:00 PDT

I THINK + is inward flow and - is outwards.


WT posted 02-05-2007 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I think May 18-20 would be better than June 8-10. In June there will probably be graduation parties and school related activities that parents might have to attend.

Tom W Clark posted 02-05-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Rob "Crab Bait" Schmidt was kind enough to call me last week and invite me to your rendezvous. He even said I could stay with him and Darci. (Thank you Rob.)

As I told Rob, I would be tempted to come down if only you dope smoking Californians would schedule your rendezvous a little earlier. If it is near or after Memorial Day weekend, forget it; you'll have to come up to Seattle to see me. By then it is too beautiful up here for me to travel.

I suspect this information will have zero influence on your choice of dates, but I can hope...

Nantucket Sleighride posted 02-06-2007 02:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
When you have finalized plans for your NorCal Rendezvous please let me know. I will gladly share that information with fellow Boston Whaler owners here in the Santa Barbara area.
Working at West Marine I have come to know dozens of Whaler owners.
We are organizing a Santa Barbara Boston Whaler rendezvous on June 23rd.
If you would like the details of this upcoming event please let me know and I will gladly email them to you.
All the very best.
jmarlo posted 02-06-2007 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
For those of us who MAY be travelling from the real part of California sur (where it should get to 70 degrees today, by the way) trekking east from Highway 5 to the Bay Area--Petaluma and surrounding areas is a significantly bigger haul than a simple straight shot North on 5 to Stockton. A difference of an hour or two more really adds up on a 8 hour plus haul.

Also, Snug Harbor does offer a quiet spot, good for kids, safe for the boats on the water overnight, and tranquil.

But don't plan around me--I'm not sure if I can make it notwithstanding wherever the ulitmate location is.

Also, I have a copy of an article written for the Delta boating magazine during last year's gathering. I keep fogetting to scan it, but will try to remember tonight.

ratherwhalering posted 02-06-2007 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Jock has a valid point. In addition, according to Tony's estimate, it's a 4 hour endeavor just to visit the Bay. Even if the weather cooperates, we're in for a long, long ride. A few of us will need to stop and refuel in San Rafael.

Frankly, it makes more sense to stick with Snug Harbor. I know I've changed my tune, but believe me, but given the choice of a 2-hour car ride to Snug Harbor, versus a 2-hour boat ride to San Francisco, I'll take Snug Harbor, thank you!

I have traveled from SF to Snug Harbor, by boat, twice. Both times I got beat up in San Pablo bay (after 3:00 p.m.) My vote, for what it's worth, has officially changed to Snug Harbor. I'll be trailering my Montauk to and from either destination.

ratherwhalering posted 02-06-2007 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I also vote for the date of May 18-20, 2007.
andygere posted 02-06-2007 05:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
May 18-20 looks like a fine weekend from my perspective.

On venue, I vote for Petaluma, for the following reasons:

-It is a long, hot, gnarly tow through the Central Valley and the delta out to Snug Harbor. Folks with a boat any larger than a Montauk can't make it on the ferries. This requires a long tow around the island on narrow levy roads.

-We've been to Snug 4 times, and the scenery hasn't changed much. I'd much rather see some new waterways, visit new towns, eat in different restaurants, etc.

-The last few years at Snug has been full-on debris city. The rivers are running their muddy hardest at that time of year, and the chances of hitting a snag or deadhead are really high (you can tell I'm a guy with a new outboard!). Currents have been pretty treacherous at times. Fishing has been lousy due to the water conditions every year except the first one (held at B&W Resort).

-Snug Harbor is not cheap, and I'm sure that the comfort level for the same buck is going to be higher at the Sheraton. The ramp and dock facilities at the Sheraton are top notch, so no compromise there.

-I think a SF Bay location will attract more folks who can only make the day trip, thus increasing participation.

-No matter what weekend we pick, it always coincides with a massive Cigarette Boat poker run. I'm beginning to think that they hold one every weekend in the delta.

-Picture yourselves enjoying Warren's fine scotch and cigars from the hot tub overlooking the harbor at the Sheraton...

ratherwhalering posted 02-06-2007 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Well, the Sheraton is only 20.3 miles from my house, so perhaps I shouldn't bitch about it...
jmarlo posted 02-06-2007 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I finally scanned the article from the July 2006 Bay & Delta Yachtsman regarding the 2006 Snug Harbor Rendezvous. Its really just a few paragraphs long, and 2 photos, but does metion this site. I have it in pdf format if anyone wants it. Its not the greatest clarity either. I looked, but it is not available in the magazine's archives online.
cwolf posted 02-07-2007 02:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for cwolf  Send Email to cwolf     
My family and I have stayed at Snug and it is a nice quite place with room to spread out. IMHO the ferry is pretty easy as long as you remember to tilt your outboard way up for clearance. Pretty amazing how much that ferry can hold as I watched them load this HUGE tractor/cultivator on it one day. Tow along levy to Snug is only a few miles on a good road. A cruise south past Rio Vista, west at Brannan Island state park and into the San Joaquin river would change up the scenery. Bass fishing should be in full swing in May due to spawn. Just my $.02.
cwolf posted 02-07-2007 02:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for cwolf  Send Email to cwolf     
Ok. EAST at Brannan Island state park. Someone else better navigate.
jmarlo posted 02-07-2007 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
What are the boat/trailer parking accomodations at the Sheraton Petaluma? Do the boats have to be pulled out each night and stored on trailer? If so, is it relatively safe to leave boats there overnight? Or is there a dock facility where the boats can be left overnight?

Also, for what its worth, I took my rig (22' boat and Toyota Landcruiser) on the J Mac ferry, but it was high tide.

Just some thoughts.

andygere posted 02-07-2007 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
There's no way to get a bigger boat onto the ferry at anything less than a flood tide due to the steep ramps going down to the landing and back up to the ferry. It's an easy way to get your rig hung up and good. For sure I wouldn't try put my 22 on it, and I doubt the ferry operator would let me.

On the fishing, it would be good if the water didn't look like coffee from all the Sierra melt. These photos show typical conditions: IMG_0747.jpg

I'm not knocking the past events at Snug Harbor, they have all been great. I'm simply pointing out that a new venue would be fun, and that conditions in the Delta have been pretty lousy the last few years.

cwolf posted 02-07-2007 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for cwolf  Send Email to cwolf     
I see your point as that water does look blown out and you're right that it's much easier to get on that ferry with a large boat during a flood tide.
andygere posted 02-08-2007 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The Sheraton is at the Petaluma Marina. They have a ramp and guest docks available right there.

jmarlo posted 02-09-2007 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Thanks andy for posting those pics. It looks like a nice place. Heck, I can use my Starwood points and stay for free...that just might make the difference.
blackdog54 posted 02-12-2007 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
I feel bad asking the same question, as I am less likely to make it than others, but....

is there a set date, I can work on location later :)



17 bodega posted 02-13-2007 01:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
There's some striped bass and sturgeon in that flat water in Petaluma. Great bird watching and fantastic sunsets too. The fishing is shifty...either solid WFO or zip.. I've got a couple 10+ pound stripers within a mile of the boat ramp.


towboater posted 02-13-2007 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     

Considering the 50/50 possibility of driving 600 miles with Matts old worn out 150 Black Max mounted on Leones nearly destroyed 87 18 ft Guardian just to outrun Matts 150 Etec is intriging. Or, would you rather try the Etec towline pull test Matt?
I'm game, BWs are unsinkable.

And when that's done, I will show Tuco how to catch fish...even if they are SF Bay minnows.

Can someone confirm Petaluma Yatch Club is
From this point on my charts it appears most of the Bays are within a 30 mile radias?
Is this the little river that borders 101 in places?


17 bodega posted 02-13-2007 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
That's correct towboater. The River intersects US 101 on the south side of Petaluma, and slightly to the east near Novato, there is a marina on Highway 37 which is considered the "mouth" of the river where it meets San Pablo Bay.

elaelap posted 02-13-2007 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Hey Mike/towboater,

God knows I could use some help, even with our little minnows down here. Last season I got out-salmoned by my two Revenge 19 partners, both of whom think of those noble fish as just another species. Here's one example: Warren/WT looks sorta happy in this photo, but he was actually pissed off when I made him stop and cast into a boiling feed of twenty pound kings, which resulted in the nice fish he's see, the rock fishing season had just opened, and he wanted to get some of those little guys instead of 'wasting' his time with Chinook salmon:

Another example (and much, much more shocking): My other partner, Matt/placerville, was mildly pleased to put a big king in the box. "That's gotta go twenty pounds!" I exclaimed, all pumped up and bummed at the same time, because he caught the beauty and I didn't. "Nah," Matt replied, "Maybe fifteen or so at the most." Now here comes the shocking part (I should warn some of you salmon enthusiasts to be sitting down before you read further)--to prove me wrong and himself right about the weight of that fine fish, Matt reached into his tackle box and brought out the dreaded DIGITAL SCALE. Sure enough, the fish "only" weighed about seventeen pounds, and MATT WAS VERY PLEASED WITH HIMSELF!

Now what am I going to do with two partners such as these, Mike? Please come down to the rendezvous and give them both a good talking to, and afterwards show me how to up my fishing percentage from 'very occasional' to merely 'occasional'...I truly need help in both areas.


towboater posted 02-13-2007 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     

Thx Bogeda...hehe, ok, Bodega. Nice area. I love toolin around swamps.

When they start badmouthin ya, make em bait their own hooks & THEN put money on the 1st & biggest.
Fish on top to get the first, then go deep with a plug to get his Daddy.

When would you expect salmon season to open there?

Last PFMC "07 deliberation" is scheduled for early April.

michael k

WT posted 02-13-2007 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
C'mon Tony:

You know rock codding is fun. Here's a picture of you showing off your catch. Richardson%20Cove%208-26-06/?action=view¤t=DSC_1942.jpg

So is the Rendezvous going to be at the Petaluma Sheraton on May 18-20?


Chuck Tribolet posted 02-13-2007 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
towboater: Salmon opens April 7 Pt. Arena to Mexico (the area
in question).

Dates: I got an e-mail from Paul stating that he was inclined
to Petaluma to do something different (I agree, we're about
out of cruise routes from Snug Harbor). The e-mail asked me
to pick a date. I'd do it based on tides more than anything.
Can anyone confirm my conjecture that a + flow at Raccoon
Straits is inward (away from the gate) and - is outwards?


17 bodega posted 02-14-2007 02:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I'm pretty sure you're correct Chuck. The Petaluma River is difficult to calculate tide corrections. Most tables correct from other locations but I think you can add about an hour or more from the highway 37 bridge.

Anyone have a good real time tides link?

towboater posted 02-14-2007 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater

Fri morn, May 18th has a 7.0 high going to a -1.7 low around 1030 at the Sheridan. Must be a full moon.
8.7 runout is the largest tide I could find between mid april and mid june for the entire Bay area. I would imagine the SF Bar will be pretty rough every morning of that weekend.


WT posted 02-14-2007 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
At the Petaluma River entrance.

May 18, 2007

1:45 am 7 feet
9:33 am -1.7 feet
4:11 pm 4.9 feet
9:18 pm 2.4 feet

May 19th

2:32 am 6.8 feet
10:24 am -1.5 feet
5:09 pm 4.9 feet
10:16 pm 2.6 feet

May 20th

3:21 am 6.4 feet
11:16 am -1.2 feet
6:06 pm 4.9 feet
11:24 pm 2.7 feet


ratherwhalering posted 02-14-2007 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
+= Flood, water runs away from the bridge when inside the bay.
elaelap posted 02-14-2007 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
There might be a slight concern with the minus tide numbers if we're launching from the Petaluma Marina ramp right at low tide. I don't know the correction for the marina, ie, what to add/subtract from the figures at the mouth of the river. I've never known the narrow channel leading from the ramp out of the marina and into the upper stretches of the river to be so shallow that our Whalers couldn't negotiate it, but who knows. Several years back I did help a large sailboat get off some mud at low tide right at the drawbridge up further toward the Petaluma turning basin, giving her a little tug with my Katama. And some years ago I anchored my little 24 ft sloop halfway up the river to do a little fishin', and damned if when the tide turned the ebbing tidal current was too strong for my 8 hp kicker to fight up and over the anchor to break it out...I had to wait several hours for the current to slacken. I've never noticed a problem with tidal current going up or down the river in my Whalers...but I'll bet it runs at at least five or six knots when it's cookin', especially on the ebb.


ratherwhalering posted 02-14-2007 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I don't think I should schedule lunch at SFYC. The reservations require a firm number of people, and a charge (to me) for each plate reserved, even for a no-show. There is also a J-120 regatta in progress, and we'd have to be out by 2:00 p.m. I think with the distance and the possibility of inclimate weather, we should select a closer location. I'll look into suitable venues.

I'll arrange a nice lunch in August at SFYC for those locals who would like to attend, sort of a mini-rendezvous concession ;-)

WT posted 02-14-2007 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Low tide could be a problem in San Pablo Bay.

I guess this wasn't funny 2 years ago. "What are those birds standing on?"


elaelap posted 02-14-2007 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
It's funny looking back on, Warren, but it was COLD when the sun went down, and it seemed like flood tide would never come. Yeah, you pretty much need to stay in the channels in the northern part of San Pablo Bay during a low minus tide, even in a Whaler that draws only a foot and a half with the motor down...take it from me ;-)


elaelap posted 02-15-2007 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
It's Thursday--sunny, warm and beautiful in Santa Rosa-- and I'm stuck in the office. I just got a second phone call from Warren, who first called about forty-five minutes ago as he approached the San Rafael bridge in his Montauk 170. The lucky dog took off this morning from Sacramento, made it down the Sac river into the Bay, and was wondering about the time frame involved in turning the corner and heading out past Tiburon and Sausalito. He said the weather was great, and I said "Go for it, you dirty dog." Now he's just called me from underneath the Golden Gate bridge, having the time of his life as I sit here preparing for another dry, boring deposition.

I'm reporting this to emphasize how easy and surprisingly quick it is to move around the Bay in a small Whaler, at least when the weather is good. Hope it resonates with some of you who are a little nervous about changing our rendezvous location this year, especially those of you who, like WT, haven't cruised the Bay yet in your BWs. It's truly an experience like no other, and I've taken a bunch of out-of-town visitors on a similar trip over the past several years, beginning in Petaluma instead of Sacramento (Petaluma's much closer distance- and time-wise, of course).

Anyway, fair winds and calm seas (and rivers) to you on your way home, partner. Sure wish I was there right now.


WT posted 02-15-2007 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Wow! Today's trip to the Golden Gate Bridge was fabulous. The sights of the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz...was too much to absorb in just a couple of hours.

Trip data.
1) round trip 191.96 miles
2) Average 22.49 mph does not include time spent under 5 mph.
3) 8 hours 33 minutes
4) 34.36 gallons of fuel used.
5) 5.59 mpg

The Rendezvous in San Francisco Bay will be a blast!!


elaelap posted 02-16-2007 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I posted a topic about your trip over in the Gam forum, WT...hope you don't mind. You da man, Warren.


blackdog54 posted 02-16-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
Hello? Dates? Now that I've checked the map it may be out of our reach on a weekend but would still like to consider it.

Is there a firm date?



prm1177 posted 02-17-2007 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Chuck and I will settle on the date this weekend. We will start a new thread with the NorCal date posted.
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-17-2007 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I think we need a little local knowledge about the tide
levels at Petaluma, and tidal currents in the bay before we
pick a date.


elaelap posted 02-18-2007 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I think Petaluma with the Sheraton hotel is the best bet, and it's sure the easiest for me, but I was over in the East Bay yesterday checking out a's a shot of San Francisco taken from the Berkeley Marina, which would also make a great location (there's a large DoubleTree hotel right there at the marina...I don't know anything about its rates or availability):

Pretty nice, eh? You folks who have never cruised the S.F. Bay are in for a real treat...if we get the weather right ;-)


Chuck Tribolet posted 02-18-2007 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Here's tide charts for "Petaluma Upper Drawbridge" for the
two weekends that seem to be on the table. That minus tide
on the May weekend concerns me.


Units are feet

3.32 0:00 PDT 2007-05-19
4.74 1:00 PDT
6.30 2:00 PDT
7.33 3:00 PDT
7.26 4:00 PDT
6.40 5:00 PDT
4.89 6:00 PDT
3.05 7:00 PDT
1.29 8:00 PDT
-0.09 9:00 PDT
-0.95 10:00 PDT
-1.33 11:00 PDT
-1.25 12:00 PDT
-0.62 13:00 PDT
0.50 14:00 PDT
1.99 15:00 PDT
3.62 16:00 PDT
4.91 17:00 PDT
5.36 18:00 PDT
5.00 19:00 PDT
4.21 20:00 PDT
3.34 21:00 PDT
2.70 22:00 PDT
2.41 23:00 PDT

2.59 0:00 PDT 2007-05-20
3.42 1:00 PDT
4.73 2:00 PDT
6.15 3:00 PDT
6.96 4:00 PDT
6.75 5:00 PDT
5.86 6:00 PDT
4.41 7:00 PDT
2.72 8:00 PDT
1.15 9:00 PDT
-0.03 10:00 PDT
-0.75 11:00 PDT
-1.04 12:00 PDT
-0.91 13:00 PDT
-0.27 14:00 PDT
0.80 15:00 PDT
2.24 16:00 PDT
3.77 17:00 PDT
4.96 18:00 PDT
5.34 19:00 PDT
4.99 20:00 PDT
4.23 21:00 PDT
3.40 22:00 PDT
2.78 23:00 PDT

4.15 0:00 PDT 2007-06-09
3.05 1:00 PDT
2.16 2:00 PDT
1.59 3:00 PDT
1.35 4:00 PDT
1.47 5:00 PDT
2.11 6:00 PDT
3.10 7:00 PDT
4.10 8:00 PDT
4.57 9:00 PDT
4.36 10:00 PDT
3.73 11:00 PDT
2.84 12:00 PDT
1.92 13:00 PDT
1.19 14:00 PDT
0.77 15:00 PDT
0.68 16:00 PDT
1.10 17:00 PDT
2.09 18:00 PDT
3.52 19:00 PDT
5.06 20:00 PDT
6.27 21:00 PDT
6.62 22:00 PDT
6.18 23:00 PDT

5.18 0:00 PDT 2007-06-10
3.89 1:00 PDT
2.61 2:00 PDT
1.58 3:00 PDT
0.93 4:00 PDT
0.65 5:00 PDT
0.76 6:00 PDT
1.36 7:00 PDT
2.35 8:00 PDT
3.47 9:00 PDT
4.28 10:00 PDT
4.38 11:00 PDT
3.94 12:00 PDT
3.17 13:00 PDT
2.31 14:00 PDT
1.60 15:00 PDT
1.20 16:00 PDT
1.15 17:00 PDT
1.68 18:00 PDT
2.80 19:00 PDT
4.32 20:00 PDT
5.88 21:00 PDT
6.92 22:00 PDT
6.98 23:00 PDT

elaelap posted 02-18-2007 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
As I said earlier, Chuck, I've never run into any problem launching at low tide at the Petaluma marina ramp. You've got to be a little careful leaving the marina and joining the river via a narrow channel at very low tide, just for maybe twenty or thirty yards or so, but I can't see anyone having a problem in a Whaler. Also, unlike the challenges of docking or heading into a ramp crabwise at Rio Vista when the Sacramento River is churning along, the Petaluma marina ramp is in a sort of cul de sac and not affected at all by the river's current.


towboater posted 02-20-2007 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
I cannot confirm attending, tho the will is there.

When it comes to tide levels in a new area, I would by far prefer to explore it at LOW tide than high. Most likely I would stay at the Sheridan regardless where the actual reggatta would meet and take the boat to it. The trip out might need a slow bell but looking at the afternoon/eve tides, Im likely to return WOT if there arent a bunch of Marina's and float houses along the way.

Regards to your trip & the numbers Warren.

Rob, thx for the considerations to offer SFYC. Conflict was inevitable, tho I would like to check it out some day, on this occasion, Id rather be whaling in the bays.


ratherwhalering posted 02-20-2007 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
To heck with the tides! Goose the throttle, cover your eyes, and hope for the best ;-)

What's the date and location, guys?

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-20-2007 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
OK, last call, anybody got a good reason NOT to do it May

"Rockfish opens" would be a good reason (but doesn't apply

"I've got to go to my cousin's wedding" isn't (no matter what
weekend we pick, SOMEBODY's gonna have a conflict.


prm1177 posted 02-21-2007 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
If there are no significant objections by the end of tomorrow (Feb 22), we'll call it for the weekend of the 18-20. I will sign the event paperwork at the Petaluma Sheraton, and we'll open a new Rendezvous Thread with the date prominent.
elaelap posted 02-21-2007 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Great, now let's hope Linda, Mike/towboater, Sheila and her new beau, and some of the other out of town folks make the trip. Remember, every Whaler nut (and his/her sane family members) is welcome, with or without said Whaler. You'll have plenty of boats to choose from if you decide to leave yours at home. That's usually a real nice time of year in northern California...sure hope we're not jinxed this year weatherwise. I'll try my best to have some salmon to contribute to one night's feast, but coming from me, no promises, that's for sure.


elaelap posted 02-21-2007 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Yikes, and talking about out of town guests with interesting boats and great stories, what about Port San Luis harbormaster Jeff Chamberlain? Gonna make it up here again this year with one of your fine creations, JC?:


skiff posted 02-24-2007 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiff  Send Email to skiff     
Oh yeah, I'm going to try and be there. Now that the date's settled out, let me check the training schedule at work and if I can swing it, I'll be there. I've always wanted to do the Petaluma River thing, as I have family in Petaluma and I'm long overdue. I've done the Napa River cruise/tour, and it was fascinating, and being raised in Alameda, I've done many laps of the Bay and it's fantastic. Time to re-connect with my roots...!
high sierra posted 02-24-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
I will be there with my 170 and am quite interested in the new local for the meet. One of the most beautiful areas in the country. I can hardly wait! high sierra
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-24-2007 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Let's shut this "when and where are we going to have it?"
thread down in favor of the new "I'll be there!" thread at


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