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Nantucket Sleighride posted 05-22-2007 01:18 AM ET (US)   Profile for Nantucket Sleighride   Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride  
Fellow Boston Whaler owners

The Santa Barbara Boston Whaler Rendezvous is scheduled for Sunday June 24th. This promises to be one of the largest gatherings of Boston Whalers on the West Coast!

63 Boston Whaler owners have been contacted and over a dozen boats are now confirmed. Additional Whaler owners will surface in the weeks ahead.
(because they can't sink)

Our gathering now appears in the events calendars of both "Boston Whaler", and "Schock Boats".

"West Marine", "Boat U.S.", and "Schock Boats" have all contributed sponsorship to this gathering.

We have reserved the largest picnic area at Goleta Beach Park from Dawn to Dusk. This picnic area can accomodate as many as 210 people.

Many of us plan to cross the Santa Barbara Channel and go inside Painted cave, one of the largest Sea Caves in the world.

If You. your family, and your friends are interested in joining us please contact me

All the very best.

Bill Hopper

RichL posted 05-24-2007 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for RichL  Send Email to RichL     
If the date hadn't fallen so close to the NorCal rendezvous we would have been able to make this one.
Nantucket Sleighride posted 05-28-2007 03:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     

I hope that your Nothern California Rendezvous is an outstanding event.
Our June 24th event was cast in stone once the $157 reservation fee was paid for the Goleta Beach picnic area.
At last count we have 40 people attending with 14 Boston Whalers.
Weather permitting we should both have memorable events.

All the very best.


mikeyairtime posted 06-05-2007 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
How is the anchorage and access to shore at Golita Park. Is there a way to leave my boat anchored and get in to shore that doesn't require a dingy.
thekidd posted 06-06-2007 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for thekidd  Send Email to thekidd     

You can swim for it. The Goleta Pier is right there and you can drop off belongings and such, then swim or paddle in to the beach or pier.
Bring some fishing poles and you can bounce ball for halibut. Hopefully the water warms up a bit by then.


Nantucket Sleighride posted 06-11-2007 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
Bounce balling for Halibut is not such a bad idea.
A 42 pound Halibut was caught from a kayak next to Goleta pier.

We will be tendering passengers back and forth to the Goleta pier with one of the Boston Whalers.
The last person in will most likely row a small skiff to the beach.
They do not allow boats to anchor any closer than 100 yards from the pier.
For additional details email me at

All the very best to you, your family, and your Boston Whaler


sternorama posted 06-26-2007 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
Thanks for all the hard work, Bill. This was a great excuse to visit beautiful Santa Barbara harbor and coastline.
Great event...
Nantucket Sleighride posted 06-27-2007 01:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
Fellow Boston Whaler owners

Despite "Small Craft Advisories" 76 people gathered for the Santa Barbara Boston Whaler rendezvous. They brought with them 14 Boston Whalers ranging in size from 13' runabouts to the 32' long 305 Conquest.

The sight of an Armada of Boston Whalers powering across the Santa Barbara Channel at full throttle in heavy seas gave me goose bumps. Several of the boats clocked more air time than a commuter flight to Los Angeles.

We explored the darkened chambers of "Painted Cave", on Santa Cruz Island, and then returned to Goleta State Park for a catered Tri-Tip BBQ.

Our Special Guest were Scott and Marie Schock, owners of "Schock Boats" in Newport Beach, California.
In 2006 "Schock Boats" celebrated it's 60th anniversary.
They are the oldest Boston Whaler Dealer in the nation!

I would like to thank Schock Boats, West Marine, Specialty Marine, and Boat U.S. for sponsoring our Santa barbara Boston Whaler rendezvous.

My hats off to the high spirited Boston Whaler owners who took to the water like Golden retrievers. You make us proud to own a Whaler!

Bill Hopper

skiff posted 06-27-2007 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiff  Send Email to skiff     
Bill, are you going to post any photos for those of us that couldn't be there...?
Nantucket Sleighride posted 06-28-2007 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
I have asked everyone attending the Santa Barbara Boston Whaler Rendezvous to send me copies of their photographs. I have already received over 200.
I plan on selecting the images that best portray the event and submitting them along with written descriptions to Jim Hebert on July 2nd.
I'm hoping that he will add our Rendezvous to the 82 articles currently in the Cetacean section of this website.
For those of you who would like a preview I will gladly email a half dozen images to you.
skiff posted 07-08-2007 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiff  Send Email to skiff     
Are the photos posted up anywhere..?
Nantucket Sleighride posted 07-09-2007 04:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
My apologies for the delay in publishing images of the 2007 Rendezvous.
I was extremely busy organizing the 4th of July Free kid's Fishing Derby in Santa Barbara. That event was a great success.
We had 112 kid's in the competition from 2 to 15 years of age.
For some it was their very first fish and the looks on their faces was priceless!

With both events now behind me I have been burning 2007 Rendezvous CD's.
The CD's contain 248 images and a video clip taken as we entered "Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island.

I should have this CD and related text to Jim Hebert by weeks end.
I will also look in to having select images placed in a photo bucket for all to view. I appreciate your patience. I assure you that the wait is almost over.

All the very best.

Bill Hopper

littleblue posted 07-09-2007 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Are none of the photos online in a photobucket (or equivilant) album?
Nantucket Sleighride posted 07-10-2007 02:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
LittleBlue and Skiff

I will gladly send you both a CD with all 248 images from the
2007 Santa Barbara Boston Whaler Rendezvous.
included on the CD will be a video of my Whaler "Wave Hopper" going several hundred feet back inside Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island.
If you choose to post some of those images in a Photo Bucket
it will be a win-win situation for us both.
Email me with a mailing address and the CD is yours at no charge.

All the very best to you both

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