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stefan posted 05-01-2007 08:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for stefan   Send Email to stefan  
Hey Gang,

I was thinking about going down for the day without my outrage; my trailer is worthy for the 1/2 skip up to the ramp here, and that's about it.
Any of ya 'all need an extra mate on board to crack open your beers for ya?(I'll supply 'em:)

Stefan

an86carrera posted 05-01-2007 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I live within a 45 min boat ride. If anybody needs a place to stay. The only Whaler I have is the 15' so I can't bring too many guests aboard but you are welcome Stefan. First come first served. There is plenty of dockage at my house.
Len
stefan posted 05-02-2007 06:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
sounds good Len, are you doing any of the events?
thanks,Stefan
an86carrera posted 05-02-2007 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Inshore fishing event.

Anyone else going? Open bar at my place Saturday eve.

Len

The Judge posted 05-03-2007 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I'll be there of course. I will have the revenge but I doubt I will be doing any fishing. Probably just swimming at the sandbar and partaking in a few cold beverages. I am about 1.5 hours from there by boat(nice ride though) and have 118' of dock space as well on a protected canal.
stefan posted 05-03-2007 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
open bar? I may not be driving back home saturday after all.
Swellmonster posted 05-04-2007 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Stephan,

Crib or trailer??? : )

Swellmonster posted 05-04-2007 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Len if we docked over night at your place, where would you recommend we look for a room?
Sounds like a great time
an86carrera posted 05-05-2007 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Roma or Queensgate on Bradenton Beach, but give me a call tommorrow.
941-932-0701
Len
an86carrera posted 05-10-2007 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
So who is going to this event?

Len

The Judge posted 05-14-2007 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Me and I think Brian is bringing his 17 or coming with me. Not sure what Zotcha is doing but he is keeping his boat in my yard.
WhalerAce posted 05-14-2007 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
WhalerAce & WhalerJoy are going.

Taking the 15GLS since the Temptation was damaged.
Staying at the Hyatt (got good reseravations early).

Leaving Charleston Thursday afternoon, having dinner with the Mambo Minnow family in Jacksonville Thursday night, dodging the fires on Friday to get to Sarasota.

See y'all there!

--- WhalerAce

zotcha posted 05-14-2007 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
I will be in the area with my brother and another firefighter. We do not plan to make it to the Rendevous, but would love to get together for a couple of adult beverages Friday or Saturday night. Not sure where we're staying yet. Probably something inexpensive and receptive to trailer parking. We hope to be in the area Friday afternoon, depending on the fires. Fishing hard Saturday and Sunday, returning Monday sometime. I can't believe they closed the Snook season a month early! zot.
The Judge posted 05-15-2007 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Mike I have room for your trailer a well.
zotcha posted 05-15-2007 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks Nick, wasn't sure.

So far, arriving Friday between 4 and 5 p.m. sans fires. Bringing 45 Lowcountry clams for Nick and his significant other. 45 for Fishin' Bob, who I hope to see. Bringing 90 clams for Len who I hope to see Saturday night. Want to bring a gallon freezer bag of shrimp for whoever. Calling Len's suggested motels for availability, but not sure how far he is from Nick's place. Trying to play it by ear. Will book if it sounds tight. I know Bradenton pretty well but will probably stop in Palmetto first. Then navigate to Ellenton, drop the boat in the drink, get a room relatively close to the boat, someplace with some nightlife. Planning to fish Sat. and Sun., depart Monday at a reasonable hour. Will not be bringing the Whaler, and will not be attending Sarasota event.

Everything else is open for discussion. Thanks. zot.

an86carrera posted 05-15-2007 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Those places are 25 min. from Nick's. I can keep a trailer or two in the neighborhood. Boats at the dock are fine three or houses worth. Everyone is on the water they'll get over it. No, I'll check with them but I'm sure.

Again, my house Saturday nite is good for drinks and I'm sure some food can be rustled up, but I hear there will be food at the rendezvous. I'm warming up the pool to florida swimming temps, 85 deg.

Len

941-932-0701 or e-mail for directions/map

stefan posted 05-15-2007 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
I have to work a new store opening, Crap! have fun guys.
Len, sent you an email.

Stefan

zotcha posted 05-15-2007 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Man, I worked HARD today for those fresh clams...and giving away fresh, though flash frozen shrimp are gifts around here...no worries, great bait all the same. No inconveniences...coming to fish and cut up. I mean bait. Hope to meet some new friends, and leave some old ones. Mike.
fno posted 05-15-2007 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Looks like after a long hiatus from Whaler sponsored events Sandy and I will make this one. I faxed an app to Whaler and spoke with Tracy, so all is set. Plan to drive down at the crack of dawn on Saturday as I won't be getting home until Friday evening, spiff up the boat, etc. Anything I should bring, let me know. Looking forward to seeing old and new friends and getting some swag out of Whaler.
Tohsgib posted 05-16-2007 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Mike...if I can eat the clams...bring as many as you can. If they are bait, save them for someone who fishes. I am not that close to Len, between 20 & 45mins depeding on bluehairs. There are plenty of good/cheap hotels by me and a couple pretty darn good bars. Frank I am not sure if I am bringing 19' or not so may ride with you. I have to rip up my deck but I guess one last run can't hurt. I'll keep the plug in.

Stefan...make all the excuses you want. You can't HANDLE the event.

Frank I forgot to register as well but e-mailed Karrin but no response yet.

zotcha posted 05-16-2007 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks Nick. Bringing the clams for the grill. Leaving the shrimp home for another time. Sounds like we will be staying in Palmetto first night. Will call Fri. evening. Thanks. Mike.
fno posted 05-16-2007 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I called her and she said to print out the form and fax it to her and she will get the $$ on Saturday. Give her a call, she was very accomodating.
Tohsgib posted 05-17-2007 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
What time is everyone going on friday? I plan on getting there early with a fat cooler of frosty beverages since the Hyatt rapes you like $4 a beer. Party friday is usually over just about dark(9pm) so last year I got there like 7pm and the darn thing was almost over.
an86carrera posted 05-17-2007 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
BW does not supply beverages? I won't get there until about 6:30.

Len

Tohsgib posted 05-17-2007 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Not frosty ones with alcohol. They have lemonade and soda stuff but alcohol you must buy/supply. Now Stuart has open bar for 2 days(beer/wine) but that is not BW, that is marine max of Stuart. Marine Max of sarasota is not that generous....nor do they have LOBSTA!
Tohsgib posted 05-21-2007 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Well I guess I will be the 1st to break the ice.

Total disappointment but not on Whaler's part. Will and the gang were nice as usual but I will say that all and I mean just about all of the other owner's I talked to did not want ANYTHING to do with conversation or just be congenial in general. If you asked them a question about their boat they would answer you and turn around and walk away. This includes the marine max personel who in my opinion should have been fired for lack of sales skills. Most did not know the specs nor prices of their products displayed nor could they drive a boat to save their lives. I watched this kid try 4 times to dock a boat and finally when he got close enough we just grabbed the boat and brought him in. Will was horrified. There was a group from Tarpon area that seemed fun and I hope they attend one of our local gatherings. Mercury forgot to bring their oil and goodie giveaways nor did they have a booth or talk shop to anyone. I tried a few times but he was "too busy" at the moment. Whaler did not do any giveaways friday nor was there any nice paintings/watercolors, crystal bowls etc. Mainly they gave away 20 pairs of these $5 binoculars to just about everyone who won. The Hyatt charged $6.25 for a friggin beer and $8 for wine. They did NOT supply ice for the anglers and charged $3 a bag. Nor did they have any dock hands at the marina to help people dock. Some marine max guys helped a few people but mainly you were on your own and remember it was blowing small craft warning + so docking was a bit tricky for the bigger boys.

My favorite rant is the "furthest distance award" which I asked Will if that was for people who drove down SPECIFICALLY for the event or just the farthest registration. I was informed it was for specifically attending the rendezvous. The reason I asked is I already spoke with the man from Michigan in his CHERRY 19 Outrage and he keeps it in FL for 9+ months a year in a garage....he GLADLY accepted the award which sould have been Ace & Joyce's who drove down from SC specifically for the event.

Again Whaler I think did their usual best but the rest dropped the ball big time. Stuart BETTER be on par with their WONDERFULL hospitality. I am most definately NOT attending Sarasota next year and neither will the others who I gathered with. Marine Max...I hope you are reading this.

fno posted 05-21-2007 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I have to concur with Nick about the Sarasota event. Let's face it that these Boston Whaler sponsored events are marketing oriented on the part of BW and the local dealer, MarineMax Sarasota in this case. I came away with the feeling that the Boston Whaler people didn't really want to be there working on a weekend. The MarineMax reps were worse, they couldn't be bothered with anyone that did not have a checkbook in their hands, or so it seemed. The dinner was a typical hotel buffet, and as Nick stated the raffle prizes are not of the same quality and value as in previous years. Regarding the Michigan guy that spends his winters in FL.,he should be ashamed of himself. He is not the first one to pull that con and Will and Tracy should be wise to it now after several years doing these events. If I can make it, I am going to try out the Stuart event this year to see how the other half lives....
WhalerAce posted 05-21-2007 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I have a different take on this.

I appreciate Boston Whaler AND the Marine Max sponsoring this event. I think that the Hyatt is probably the most convenient place that they could have it, that is anywhere close to Marine Max. The water traffic AT Marine Max is way too much to have that many people hanging around, and the Hyatt has a real protected harbor for docking the boats.

I let the Marine Max guys know right up front that I am not in the market for a new Whaler, and they still are nice to me. There are two types of people that I do enjoy hanging around while there, though: the other owners, and the Whaler engineers. Face it, for a little country boy like me, I am NOT going to see most of the bigger Whalers in Charleston harbor -- in fact, the previous Whaler dealer basically lost their franchise for not taking on the Whalers (classic days) bigger than 25 feet. I met several nice owners during the event, and enjoyed talking (or "gam"ing) with them. One nice couple, who had a classic 22 Outrage, sat at the table next to us, and I think will soon become ContinuousWavers.

Yes, the drinks are expensive at the Hyatt. I was especially shocked when they wanted $3.75 for a glass of just plain Coke, but I don't know how the hotel arranges these kinds of events -- for instance, do you HAVE to use their beverage services, etc. Notice that there WAS iced tea and lemonade served at the meals.

The "goodies" are real nice, but that is not why we spent almost SEVEN HUNDRED dollars going ($150 each way for gas, about $20 each meal on the way down and back, one night hotel at $75, two at the Hyatt for $115)to the rendezvous. Now I DO insist that there be the shirts for the "I was there" memories to share with others, but everything else is just gravy. I go to see the Whalers that WON'T be in Charleston harbor, and Saturday night spent a couple of hours talking with the guys from the Engineering department about the new 345 Conquest in particular, and thier experiences in general.

And there WERE the crystals for all the usual prize categories. If you did notice, all of the kids are the ones who "won" the binoculars -- I believe that they tried to make sure that each and every kid came away a "winner", but let's don't spoil that for the kids.

I will be at the Sarasota event next year if they have it. I mean, really, neither Whaler nor Marine Max have to take on the extra expense and PITA that these events must require. Other than SeaRay, what other Boat companies do this for pretty much "free"? I know Hattaeras and the others have these events, but I think the participation fee is a LOT MORE. Just look at the Green Turtle trip from Everglades -- how much does THAT cost to go on?

I will probably never get to see a 345 Conquest in Charleston harbor, and for sure will never get to drive one or play with all of the electronics that it has. For me, that is a great draw. True, I could not afford one, but Will lets me play with the electronics systems just as though I were a qualified buyer.

It is nice to have a "base of operations" when I go to Sarasota. It was REAL ROUGH on both the river and the inlet for my little 15-footer, so I did not get to do as much exploring this time as in previous trips, but I did hit a few of the neighboring islands. I saw a LOT of Whalers - mostly Outrages and Conquests -- on the hoists and in the canals in the keys right around where we were, so Whaler does have a significant presence down there. There has been a sharp decline of seeing Whalers out in Charleston harbor these last few years, I guess because both Scout boats and Key West boats are made and sold in the local area.

I am looking forward to Stuart in a few weeks as well. It is fun as well, for me. I guess we realize that Sarasota is where you mostly see new, big Whalers, and Stuart is where you see more of the smaller, classic Whalers. Different crowd, different venue. Regardless, I think that Boston Whaler and the respective Marine Max dealers go out of their way to try to put on a nice, fun, memorable owner's rendezvous, something they don't have to do, and I appreciate the trouble and expense that they go to to do that.

Sorry this may have been a little disjointed, but I spent most of the afternoon washing the love bugs off of the Suburban and boat that we picked up in sourthern Florida, and doing that in the hot sun with not just one or two Coronas has pickled my little brain.

--- WhalerAce

PS And by the way, Nick and Frank, thanks for aruguing the point about the most distance traveled award, but it is really not that big of a deal. I guess Joy and I could win that award pretty much each event, much like Ward always got the oldest Whaler award, but it's OK to share the wealth.

fno posted 05-22-2007 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Forgot to mention that everyone with a raffle ticket that ended in 370 to 385 got called up for a prize. Were they all kids or MarineMax reps? I know Ace really likes these events, but you've got to admit they have changed over the last few years. And I don't really think it is all Whalers fault.
an86carrera posted 05-22-2007 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
The cost of drinks was ridiculous. And that kid trying to dock the 345 should have never been hired.

But I do like seeing the CW people and dinner was not that bad on Saturday. Friday was something that the Hyatt should have been ashamed of as a dinner for any event.

The good news...they let us take our coolers everywhere:o].

See Ya in Stuart, with higher expectations.

Len

RickS posted 05-22-2007 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for RickS  Send Email to RickS     
This was our third time at the Sarasota Event and we enjoyed every minute of it. I found the Whaler and Marine Max people to be very nice and helpful, one Marine Max salesman even went with me to help drop off the trailer at their store.
I agree that the raffle prizes were not as nice but I was pleased to see the kids (my two included) take home some Whaler goodies. The best way to make me happy is to keep the kids engaged and make them feel like they are part of the action.
We met some new people and had the opportunity to renew old friendships from 2 years ago. I enjoy the relaxed nature of the whole event. My only gripe would be the windy conditions but obviously that is beyond anyones control.
We have so much fun at these events that I think we will probably sign up for the Bimini trip in July.
Hope to see some of you there!
Tohsgib posted 05-22-2007 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Maybe I just think Stuart is done so well that Sarasota is sub par? Glad everyone enjoyed their weekend. I know Ace was not concerned about his award or I would have said something to Will....he does win it every event just about.

See you in Stuart! And please sign up for the roll call if attending.

JimG posted 05-22-2007 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimG  Send Email to JimG     
The only reason I'm bothering to reply to bigshot and fnos' accusation of misrepresenting myself for a trinket is that I have many friends on this forum. To set the record streight I did not win the award for traveling the greatest distance. The winner was from Wisconsin and he did not bring a boat, however, the question asked was only where people were from. This was a fun event "gentlemen" not a competition with major prizes.

I attended the event to have fun and meet other Boston Whaler owners, as usual at these events I did both. The location was first class, the staff from Boston Whaler and
Marine Max did an outstanding job.

Tohsgib posted 05-23-2007 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
sorry Jim...you were standing right next to Will when I asked him the question but if you reread my post I never accused you of anything. I just said you GLADLY accepted it knowing the rules. But glad you had a nice time.
fno posted 05-23-2007 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Sorry as well Jim. I was misinformed and have extra room in my big mouth for my foot. I don't recall your name being mentioned anyway. I do agree with you that the raffles and prizes are indeed a fun thing. However, at past events the longest distance prize has been scooped up by participants who "reside" in Florida for 3-6 months of the year(snowbird) and conveniently forget that this category is for the participant that has travelled a great distance just to be at this event. Usually, someone else is there that actually did travel a great way to attend and they get squat. I'm glad you had a good time, so did I, but I believe this event did not measure up to past years.

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