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ConB posted 06-12-2007 07:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for ConB   Send Email to ConB  
In case you really need another reason to come up North, here it is.

http://www.whaler.com/Rec/pdfs/floridaowners/07-DeWitt.pdf

Con

Buckda posted 06-12-2007 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Oh Man! Awesome.
home Aside posted 06-12-2007 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Oh Yea!!!!

ConB,
Thanks for the heads up!!!!

Buckda,
We have some decisions to make....e-mail or call me, I'll also try to contact you

Pat

Teak Oil posted 06-12-2007 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I am going to be heavily involved in building my house at that time but my wife and I are going to make reservations and try to make it.

I stayed in Bellaire before the Bellaire Inn was built, there was not much there as I recall. Elk Rapids is a considerable drive from Bellaire, so keep this in mind when making reservations.

We made the trip from Elk Rapids to Belleaire and back and it took all day, I believe it was about 50 miles if I recall correctly

macsfriended posted 06-13-2007 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for macsfriended  Send Email to macsfriended     
Hot Doggies! (and I don't mean the eating kind)

Anybody(ies) can recommend some nearby campgrounds with very clean facilities for this party??

Thanks, Ed

sportroyalwulf posted 06-13-2007 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
They served lobster at the Stuart Florida event. In keeping with a common theme they should consider having a whitefish boil at the Michigan event rather than bbq. Just trying to recognized diversity and cultural differences.
sportroyalwulf posted 06-13-2007 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Campgrounds
http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/parknav/antrimarea.htm

Torch Lake
http://www.fishweb.com/maps/antrim/torchlake/index.html

I went by this county campground a few years ago. It is near a boat launch on Torch Lake.

http://www.michigan.org/travel/detail.asp?m=4;0&p=G10028

Teak Oil posted 06-13-2007 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Ed my map shows one campground in the Belleaire area on county rd 88. I cant verify its cleanliness as I have never stayed there. Its called Chain O Lakes Campground. There is another campground by Elk Rapids but as I stated earlier thats at least a 20-25 minute drive because you have to go around the lakes.

Resevered my room just in case.

Buckda posted 06-14-2007 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I know that Torch Lake is fairly large - but what about Elk Lake and the others in this chain?

Would people be able to get to the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay for a day trip - or will no-wake zones eat your lunch in terms of time requirements?

Moose posted 06-14-2007 02:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
The time to get over to Elk Rapids from Torch Lake isn't bad.

But... there is a Dam just west of U. S. 31 in Elk Rapids about 100 yards short of the East Arm of the Bay. You can get to the bay, just can't get in it... without your trailer.

Teak Oil posted 06-14-2007 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Elk Lake is a very nice lake, with very clear water. It has been a while but there used to be a restaurant at the end of the lake with docks, I don't know if there is anymore. There is also a marina and nice launch in Elk Rapids.

The trip from Lake Bellaire to Elk Rapids is an all day affair by boat for the most part due to no wake zones and slow going thanks to currents on the rivers.

My point about the drive around the lakes is that it would be tedious to stay in Elk Rapids and make the commute to Bellaire for all the Whaler functions every day, but it can be done. Elk Rapids is a fine place to start the chain of lakes trip though. When we stayed there is looked like our boat was floating in the air because the water was so clear.

jimh posted 06-14-2007 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
How deep is the water from the marina where the Whaler Event will be leading into Torch Lake?

I have been on Torch Lake and gone south through the river into Elk Lake, but my recollection was it was quite shallow. This was in a SPORT 15. Can a larger boat make that trip?

ConB posted 06-14-2007 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
I have only driven past these lakes, but here is a little information.

http://www.fishweb.com/maps/antrim/chain-o-lakes/index.html

Con

Royboy posted 06-14-2007 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Elk Lake is huge and deep, just like Torch. It's over 400 feet deep if memory serves me. There's no navigable connection to the Grand Traverse Bay from the chain of lakes, although there's a swell new State marina in Elk Rapids that has an equally swell ramp and lots of parking. King Salmon should be in the bay by then.

Karen and I have made most of our Summer plans, but we'll squeeze this in if possible. I have family in Elk Rapids, so we'd be staying there.

Roy

PeteB88 posted 06-15-2007 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
We'll see if we can make it - actually supposed to go to Elk Lake this summer to see an old Whaler in a garage - could be my future.

Sounds real good.

Teak Oil posted 06-15-2007 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Jim the water level in the chain of lakes is controlled by the dam in Elk Rapids so I am assuming the level is the same as when I was there last. SSSSOOOOOOO, I know a 21' deep V hull can easily make it through Clam Lake at least. A 22' Outrage or Revenge should have no trouble making the trip, a 25' would be tougher due to the tight turns and currents in the river between Clam Lake and Lake Bellaire, but and experienced pilot would not have too much trouble.

I put a 25' Four Winns Liberator in the public launch at Clam Lake, and the toughest part was getting my truck and trailer turned around at the ramp. I have never launched from the marina but Clam Lake is plenty deep for navigating. Lake Bellaire is also, with a hole over 80 feet deep. It just the river in between that can be tough, but the bottom is all soft, no rocks.

Elk Lake 400 feet deep? I know its deep but I dont know about THAT deep. Torch Lake is 300' at its deepest. I wouldnt be surprised if Elk Lake was over 150' deep.

Royboy posted 06-15-2007 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Of all the things I've lost over the years, I miss my mind the most! My Recreational Lakes software has a 150 foot contour for Elk, but nothing deeper. Seems like I was getting deeper soundings than that, but it's been a year since I was up there on it. Maybe I was thinking about the bay?

Roy

RFK posted 06-18-2007 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
My brother has a cottage on Lake Bellaire and I have done the trip from Bellaire to Elk Lake a number of times. Jim, your boat would be fine. As someone mentioned the river between Bellaire and Clam is a bit tricky. As you enter the river from Lake Bellaire it is shallow. If you have a chart look for where Cold Creek enters the river. It is worth the experience to stop and try to wade in the creek. It lives up to its name. It is so cold that it will cramp your leg muscles after a few minutes.

Also, launching on Bellaire would be a problem for bigger boats. It is very shallow and in low water could be impossible. There have been times when I thought I would have to put the van in the lake to retrieve our 16SL.

Teak Oil posted 06-19-2007 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
So this has been up for a week, anyone going or not?
home Aside posted 06-19-2007 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I have not registered yet, but I'm planning on going...

Pat

Teak Oil posted 06-20-2007 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I was thinking on sending my registration in a week or two, I want to make sure I am in before I pay my $$$. My wife wants to go so thats a good sign lol.
David Pendleton posted 06-21-2007 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
Does this change the plans of anyone who was planning on a NC rendezvous in August?
David Pendleton posted 06-21-2007 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
Also, anyone have any experience with the Ludington/Manitowoc Ferry and a 55' truck/trailer combination?
ConB posted 06-21-2007 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
David, the S.S. Badger hauls big stuff.
Maybe you could put the truck and trailer on the Badger, run the Whaler across and be waiting the your truck and trailer on the other side, eh.

Con

RFK posted 06-22-2007 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Just want to comment on the geography. DeWitt's mailing address is Bellaire, but their dealership is located on Clam Lake just about at the entrance to Torch. Jim, the water is deep enough for your boat. De Witt has some large cruisers in their slips.

The issue won't be the depth of the water getting on to Torch, it will be that there is a saloon that sits on the channel between Clam and Torch and on weekends it is jammed with boats and people. (I am sure DeWitt's have some solution for this.)

Also, DeWitt has a ramp for launching so the 20ft plus boats won't have a problem.

Anyone who has been on Torch knows there is a gorgeous sandbar at the south end of the lake. A great summer place. You go right past it on your way to Elk Lake.

Grass River, the river between Clam Lake and Lake Bellaire, is deep enough for almost all Whalers but the bottom shifts from side to side so you have to stay alert. There can be a problem when there is a lot of boats. Usually the river is crystal clear but if poor boatmanship causes the water to become fouled you will spend some time in sand. Usually an error is not punished because of sand, but there are places where underwater logs could cause prop damage.

RFK posted 06-22-2007 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Just want to comment on the geography. DeWitt's mailing address is Bellaire, but their dealership is located on Clam Lake just about at the entrance to Torch. Jim, the water is deep enough for your boat. De Witt has some large cruisers in their slips.

The issue won't be the depth of the water getting on to Torch, it will be that there is a saloon that sits on the channel between Clam and Torch and on weekends it is jammed with boats and people. (I am sure DeWitt's have some solution for this.)

Also, DeWitt has a ramp for launching so the 20ft plus boats won't have a problem.

Anyone who has been on Torch knows there is a gorgeous sandbar at the south end of the lake. A great summer place. You go right past it on your way to Elk Lake.

Grass River, the river between Clam Lake and Lake Bellaire, is deep enough for almost all Whalers but the bottom shifts from side to side so you have to stay alert. There can be a problem when there are a lot of boats. Usually the river is crystal clear but if poor boatmanship causes the water to become fouled you will spend some time in sand. Usually an error is not punished because of sand, but there are places where underwater logs could cause prop damage.

Rich M posted 06-26-2007 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
JimH wrote:

<I have been on Torch Lake and gone south through the river into Elk Lake, but my recollection was it was quite shallow. This was in a SPORT 15. Can a larger boat make that trip?>

Yes, I have done it in boats up to twenty four feet in length.

Dewitt1 posted 06-28-2007 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dewitt1  Send Email to Dewitt1     
Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let you all know that I am the Event Planner for the Boston Whaler Owners Event at Dewitt Marine.

I have read all of the discussion about the event and wanted to, hopefully, answer a few questions.

Even though our address is Bellaire, we are much closer to Alden. We are only about 500 yards from the mouth of Torch Lake. There is over 24 foot of water depth in Clam Lake. We do have an excellent ramp here to use for the event and you should have no trouble launching here.

The mouth of Torch Lake and Clam Lake can get busy on the weekends, but it should not be an issue at that time of the year.

The Grass River Natural Area tour is planned on our pontoons...you may take your own boat through there if you wish...but we will be happy to let you relax while we do the driving.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions...I will be happy to answer them for you!

Happy Boating!

Jennifer

Teak Oil posted 06-29-2007 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Hi Jennifer thanks for coming here to answer questions.

Is the pontoon trip going to be at the same time as the poker run?

Also can we leave our boats on trailers at the marina for the weekend? This would be necessary if using the shuttle bus of course.

Teak Oil posted 06-29-2007 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Whoops I just noticed the Grass River Tour is right after the poker run. Sorry
Dewitt1 posted 07-02-2007 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dewitt1  Send Email to Dewitt1     
Hello -

Yes, boats and trailers can be left at the marina for this event. Also, if you are going back to the hotel prior to the dinner to get freshened up, they have plenty of rooms for trailers there too....the shuttle will bring you to the party.

home Aside posted 07-05-2007 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I just fired off my registration & Check, anybody else registered yet? I see the other post says July 15th is deadline....

Pat

Teak Oil posted 07-05-2007 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I just received some bad news, starting in August I have to start working Saturdays again. I dont want to waste 70 bucks if I can't go...
djahncke posted 07-10-2007 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Pat,

I just faxed my registration to Jennifer.

See you there.


-Don

jeffs22outrage posted 07-12-2007 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I just called up to Dewitt and found out Jennifer no longer works for them. They gave no details and were unsure as to who if anyone would be running it. I am supposed to receive a call tomorrow from a lady named Mandy about what is going on with the event.
Teak Oil posted 07-12-2007 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Oh Boy, here we go again, lol
home Aside posted 07-12-2007 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I think we'll be OK, it's not as if Jeniffer cooked up some scam, after all the Event is published on the Whaler.com site......

When I talked to her last week before sending my check, she said checks were starting to come in, but if by chance it got cancelled due to lack of registrations refunds would be given.....

I'm going to be up in the Traverse City area this weekend, maybe I'll have to take a drive by Dewitt

Pat

Cicada posted 07-12-2007 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Faxed the registration in today. I'll make sure to call tomorrow to confirm their receipt.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Paul

Buckda posted 07-13-2007 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Faxed mine in this morning.
jeffs22outrage posted 07-13-2007 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Talked to Mandy and everything is still on. She is now the main point of cantact for the Event. I am going to make it along with my Dad. I hope to get both of our 22's in the water together up there.
SEGrin posted 07-14-2007 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for SEGrin  Send Email to SEGrin     
Greetings. I don't post here a lot, but found the Torch Lake event on the BW site. My wife and I will be there with our 18 ft Ventura, "S.E.Grin". We're looking forward to checking out the chain of lakes as the last two years we have gone to Indian River and done the Burt / Mullett Lakes trip.
Stop by and say Hi.
beaglescout posted 07-14-2007 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for beaglescout  Send Email to beaglescout     
Hi all.
My wife, son and myself will be up with Baby Whale. Looking forward to meeting everyone. Jim
MarthaB posted 07-15-2007 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Faxed our registration. Con and I are looking forward to seeing everyone.
jimh posted 07-18-2007 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We are in the hunt--should have firmed up our plans very soon. We hope to be able to attend, beginning on Friday afternoon.

Jim and Chris

Teak Oil posted 07-21-2007 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I took the wife up to Torch Lake last weekend on the Whaler for our 10th anniversary. Despite temps in the 60's, a little rain, and three foot waves in Elk Lake due to rediculous wind, the lakes and rivers were still beautiful. Luckily our room at the motel had a hot tub to warm up in after the trip lol.

I didnt go up the Clam River to Bellaire, we stopped at Dewitt's and turned around. The Torch River was the same depth it always is, it got up to 3ft in quite a few places but never any shallower than that in the channel.

It looks like I will be digging my pond that weekend so I probably won't be able to make it. Once I know for sure I will cancel my reservation at the Bellaire Inn. If anyone still needs a room I can let them know when I cancel, so they can get it reserved.

RFK posted 07-30-2007 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
The call to see Torch, Clam and Bellaire again is too great to ignore. So Nancy and I will join people Saturday for the outing.

We haven't visited my brother and sister-in-law on Bellaire for several years so this is a win/win situation.

We come from Illinois, so it is a bit of a drive.

RFK posted 08-02-2007 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
FYI Mandy says there could be 40 registrations for this event.
RFK posted 08-04-2007 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
How does a "Poker Run" with boats work?
jimh posted 08-15-2007 12:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I hope to see many folks at Torch Lake this weekend. I think we will have a good turn out. The weather forecast looks excellent, too.
home Aside posted 08-15-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Jimh,
you've got voice mail, give me a call tomorrow, see you up there

Pat

K Albus posted 08-16-2007 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
RFK, in a poker run, you drive your boat to several different locations and pick up an envelope containing a playing card at each location. When you get to the final location, all of your cards are used to make a poker hand. There are usually prizes for the best hands.
home Aside posted 08-16-2007 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I'm heading North in about 5 minutes.....Staying the night in Lewiston & then on to Bellaire in the morning, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.....drive safely

Pat

RFK posted 08-17-2007 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Thank you K Albus.

Hope to see you tomorrow.

Dick Kunnert

Buckda posted 08-19-2007 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Great Event - great people!

Thank you DeWitt Marine and Boston Whaler - I had a great time.

The folks at DeWitt were wonderful hosts, and they have excellent facilities on a simply spectacular lake (Torch Lake).

home Aside posted 08-20-2007 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Ditto!!!

Great Location, Great People, Great Whalers, Great Time, hope everyone enjoyed themselves a much as the Boys & I did...

Pat

littlelue posted 08-20-2007 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for littlelue  Send Email to littlelue     
HI,
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME ON THIS SITE. WE WENT TO THE WHALER EVENT. MY 10 YEAR OLD HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. SO DID WE. LOTS OF GOOD FOOD AND PLENTY TO TALK ABOUT. LOTS OF BIG BOATS. AND OUR LITTLE ONE. THIS WEEKEND TAUGHT ME ALOT. MY HUSBAND EVEN LET ME DRIVE THE BOAT. SAYS HE WILL TEACH ME HOW TO PULL AND BACK THE BOAT TO AND FROM THE RAMP. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE WONDERFUL TIME. HOPE WHALER DOES THIS NEXT YEAR.
beaglescout posted 08-20-2007 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for beaglescout  Send Email to beaglescout     
I have to agree with eveyone it was a fantastic event.
After having my 13 foot next to all the 18-22 foot boats all weekend I am having a slight case of Whaler Envy though.
Best Wishes to all
Jim.
Javawhaler posted 08-20-2007 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Javawhaler  Send Email to Javawhaler     
I loved being on the turquoise water with all of you again. You folks are the best and you always restore my faith in humanity. It was a great weekend.

Suzanne

PS
Sorry if I offended anyone by admiring the vintage Chris Crafts.

home Aside posted 08-20-2007 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Here are a few photo's from the Torch Lake Owner's Event Augusy 17-19.....had a great time

Pat


http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v368/HomeAside/Torch%20Lake%202007/

hblpipe posted 08-21-2007 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for hblpipe  Send Email to hblpipe     
I just wanted to express my thanks to the entire staff at Dewitt Marine. ( Mandy, for an accountant, you sure know how to throw a party!) My family and I enjoyed meeting new friends and boating on the beautiful Northern Michigan waters. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Todd & Family.
jstapl posted 08-21-2007 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstapl  Send Email to jstapl     
Thank you
Dewitt and Boston Whaler
My wife and I had a very good time. Meals were excellent.
enjoyed ourselfs. Hope you have it next year. The Housing at Bellaire Inn was very good. Staff at Dewitt was very frendly and caring.
jim
Cicada posted 08-21-2007 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Thanks to Dewitt for their great hospitality. Nice marina in a great setting with comfortable facilities. The floating docks were especially nice.

Thanks to Boston Whaler, we had a good time.

Really enjoyed seeing and meeting everyone up there and running the boats. Can't think of much I'd rather do on such a beautiful lake.

A few pictures from the trip:

http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y108/mottpm/

Paul

Cicada posted 08-21-2007 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Try this for Torch Lake: http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y108/mottpm/Torch%20Lake/
RFK posted 08-22-2007 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
We certainly enjoyed our time with the Whaler folks. For me it was special to finally get to thank JimH for all his work on this site.

Torch Lake on Saturday was perfect, as compared to Friday! But I hope everyone got to experience some or all of the chain of lakes around Torch. For Nancy and I getting a chance to go up the Grass River was special. We have had such fun times over the years sitting quietly watching the river run by us. (We passed on a chance to turn blue by walking in Cold Creek. The morning was cool.)

Thank you DeWitt for your willingness to support the event. Did anyone buy a new boat? I do,however, have one suggestion. Next time find a more creative person to design the t-shirts. The shirts are amazingly short on logos of Whaler and even DeWitts. I am sure there is a story behind them. But the water was beautiful and quiet!

jeffs22outrage posted 08-22-2007 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
It was a great event and the weather on Saturday held out to make for a great day of running on the lake. Friday with the 25mph winds out of the Northwest and it did not look to promising for the weekend. It got to 38 on Firday night. I thought this was August?

Outside of Jerry's trailer burning up an axle everything went off with out a hitch.

Great job by Dewitt putting on the event and it was great to see everyone again and put some faces to some old names.

Here are some images. My camera went south at the end of the poker run early Saturday so that is where the images end. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v427/jeff_rohlfing/Torch%20lake/ ?start=all

jimh posted 08-23-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It was a great weekend. Dewitt's were excellent hosts. Their caterer delivered two great meals. The facilities were top-notch. There was more beer than we could drink--Nick, where were you when we needed you?

We arrived mid-afternoon Friday ready to go boating, but that 25-MPH west wind had the lake whipped up into a mess of white caps and rather big waves.

Saturday morning started chilly. All the boats were drenched in dew after the temperature dropped to 40-degrees or less overnight. But the winds were gone and the sun was out, making for a perfect day for boating.

Sunday was cloudy in the morning but by noon it was perfect weather, again. I think Torch Lake was the only place in Michigan where it did not rain!

I have a few digital images, but I left the camera on the boat. By the time we got home on Sunday it was raining hard, and we did not get a chance to take the cover off the boat and get any gear off. I will post a few when I find the camera. It is fun to see everyone else's pictures. Thanks for posting them.

The beautiful turquoise color of the water that you're seeing is real. Torch Lake is a gem. It is a spectacular color.

It was a pleasure to attend, and very nice to meet some new Boston Whaler folks in addition to all of our dear old friends.

Boston Whaler's sales director Dennis Tilden came up from Edgewater to represent the factory and enjoy the low humidity of northern Michigan in August. He was a great source of information and answered many questions.

A special thanks to Suzanne for lighting the fire that got us up there. Had we not come up we would have missed a great weekend.

SEGrin posted 08-24-2007 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for SEGrin  Send Email to SEGrin     
I have to second everyone else's comments. Dewitt Marine did a first rate job - thanks!

I think my wife had at least as much fun as I did - I wasn't sure she'd get into a Whaler activity. On the way home, she's already planning to attend next years rendesvous.

Great weather, great people, a lake full of Whalers. Wow.

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