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Tohsgib posted 07-27-2007 12:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tohsgib   Send Email to Tohsgib  
We usually do a west coast FL rendezvous in the early fall so where and when? I was thinking either south Sararsota/venice area which has nice blue water and good beaches/restaurants, etc. I really think you would love this area which is mainly ICW protected waters but inlets lead to the gulf. Very scenic and pretty and home to Mooch, the resident Dolphin. This would make an AWESOME 1-2 hour cruise, not just sitting on a beach all day. How about Tampa bay area, not the gulf, the bay or maybe the Alafia river or ??? Cruise the port up to the aquarium area?

I know many would like to do the St John's river and so would I but that would be up to Janis to coordinate so if you want Janis...pipe in. I would love to get the houseboat/hotel thingy and go see some springs.

We can revisit or modify any of our past rendezvous as well. Maybe Crystal river instead of Homasasa for example.

Lastly if nobody is interested in the above...Ft Lauderdale? We can ALL stay at Smitty's, his place is like a hotel ;) Actually Smitty knows the area better than anyone and there is tons of stuff to do but it is expensive for hotels on the water or even dockage. We would HAVE to do it before the slow speed zones kick in.

So far we have done Sarasota(every year), Bradenton(every weekend), St Pete/shell key (3 times), Tarpon springs/New Port Richey, Homasasa springs(fun), Stump pass/Boca grande area, Kice island/Naples area, Stuart(evey year), Suwannee river, St John's river, Ft Lauderdale.

FYI...I figure for a winter rendezvous we can do some of the 500 lakes in central FL where it will be warmer or maybe south FL like the keys or Naples. There is actually a hotel in Iles Mirada(sp?) or Marathon that gives you a 15' Whaler as part of your room fee($180-250ish night) so maybe if enough northerners are interested we can do something which involves them. But let's keep this idea for later, just wanted to plant a seed.

WhalerAce posted 07-27-2007 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

Great idea. It so happens that Joy and I will have the Temptation in Satellite Beach from August 11 thru about September 7th or so. Would love to get in a rendezvous then.

I will also ping Janis about the St Johns River as we would REALLY love to run up (or down) that with some friends.


--- WhalerAce

fno posted 07-27-2007 07:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
My vote is for the St. Johns also. We can make it happen even if Janice is too busy for us like the whole of last year.
Mambo Minnow posted 07-27-2007 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
I would also be willing to help with a St John's rendevous, although I am sure it would be tough to outdo Janis. She is further south on the river than I though.
Perhaps one of those joint ventures where she hosts southern leg and I host northern leg?

Ace - I am here in JAX free starting 17 August through Labor Day weekend. Maybe we could get together?

I need to leave 4 SEP for extended out of town business, as discussed last we met. If not a formal rendevous, perhaps we could meet and boat on your way back to Charleston.

Really disappointed the Beaufort SC event is at end of Sept...timing of all 2007 BW events couldn't have been worse for me personally.

When I get back I really want to spend sometime in Tampa-Naples region with the Whaler.

jjandpop posted 07-28-2007 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
We vote for the St John River. Only been near it when entering Jax inlet.


stefan posted 07-29-2007 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
St John's also gets my vote, whether I'll make it or not is another story w/ Abby coming 8/17... think Mel will let me out of the house in Sept for a wknd...NOT-LOL
an86carrera posted 07-29-2007 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I am in for the St. John's in Sept, kinda busy till then. Stayed at a nice place right acros from Hontoon Island once. Had covered dockage if I remember right.

Here is the houseboat place: expensive though about 100 per person per day for a moveable houseboat, they do have one that does not move for 300/night, sleeps 8.

I'l research more for that hotel I stayed in. I have some papers somewhere about it. But going fishing right now.


jjandpop posted 07-29-2007 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
If the St John is decided on, where do you usually put in?


Mambo Minnow posted 07-29-2007 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Suspect some will put in as far south as Lake George and others as far north as Jacksonville. Depending on rendevous point, I may connect up with some at a central gathering place or others converge along the route.

Are we talking more than a day trip with an overnight hotel stay or multi-day cruising? I have heard of some folks going up the St. Johns and back south down the ICW through St Augustine ending in Daytona.

There's a myriad of possibiities there is so much water to travel and sights to see.

justwhalin posted 07-29-2007 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for justwhalin  Send Email to justwhalin     
I am new to the site and would like to hear more about St. Johns river renedevous. I actually live in the Jacksonville area and there are some really nice places to go and see and plenty of water for a good time. Anything I could do to help just let me know. My wife and I own a 76' Boston Whaler Outrage that we have been restoring and would love to get involved in something like this.
Tohsgib posted 07-30-2007 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Len et all...Janis's family OWNS Hontoon marine, hence why she is crucial in that rendezvous. If ya'll really want to do it, start hounding my decal making friend. God knows Frank and I are tired of just trying to get her to show up ;)

This is why I asked where do we want to go, I doubt St John's will pan out and unfortunately nobody else knows that area. As far as I know there are no hotels close by, etc. Then again I don't know the area at ALL.

Tohsgib posted 07-30-2007 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
PS-according to "Weird FL" book, El Chupacabra lives somewhere on the ST John's river by DeLand....relative of anyone?
Mambo Minnow posted 07-30-2007 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
The St Johns is a very large river, each section with it's own unique charm and character. Certainly, Astor-Lake George region is remote, with little amenities but plenty of natural beauty.
If you want to visit the more "civilized" stretch of the St Johns, there are multiple places to lodge and visit on the northern stretch from Green Cove Springs north to the Jacksonville Landing. The river gets to over 3 miles wide in some places on this stretch.
I was just took a leisurely Sunday cruise yesterday with family for lunch at The Jacksonville Landing on the water downtown. There are also two excellent "Old Florida" fish camps to dine at on Julington Creek and Doctor's Lake.
This part of the river was featured in the October 2004 edition of Trailer Boat magazine.

lakeman posted 07-31-2007 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
Palatka could be a good location to meet. Has boat ramps, and some hotels with dockage on the river. One has a good view of the bridge and it is a beautiful bridge. It used to be a Holiday INn but now it may be a Quality INN. We stayed there several years ago with a boat club I belonged to. It is a great ride from Astor through Lake George and a neat but long ride from JAX.
Nansea and I would try and make it if no conflict of other plans(as usual).
Draftmanswife posted 08-01-2007 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Ok ok!! Sounds like this part of the river belongs to Minnow. Hontoon is about 30+ miles south of Lake Goerge. It's a day ride to Silver Glen and back. I think we should look at the quality inn in Palatka. They let us park our boats right outside and have bar-b-q grills as well. There is a really neet restaurant in a old box car just across the street from the hotel for breakfast. My birthday is in September too, so let's start organizing this and make it a great rendezvous. Now that Tom is back at Magic Brush full time, along with Henry, my schedule has opened up a bit. Someone pick a date, and the rest will fall into place.
Miss ya'll
Tohsgib posted 08-01-2007 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
When is your B-day Janis, that would be a good weekend? I would like to do the springs...are they close? I will be prbably bring the 13'.
Tohsgib posted 08-01-2007 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Man I need a new keyboard!
Mambo Minnow posted 08-01-2007 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
I know Palatka well and concur on the hotel. Best for boaters of relatively few lodging options in Palatka. It's nicer than the one we stayed in Suwannee :) It's not too bad a run to Silver Glen from Palatka. River is much narrower that stretch, making it ideal for smaller whalers.

Timing... I can make it through Labor Day weekend, but then duty calls...hope the dates work out. I will be really bummed out to miss one on my home turf.

Last year I suggested a rendevous first week in November, and it got unseasonably cold. September is a good month.

WhalerAce posted 08-01-2007 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I am probably only good until September 5th or so, then will be headed back to Charleston.

From mid-October until mid-December we will be in Tom Clark's and glein's neck of the woods, the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle and Whidbey Island. Can't tow the boat that far 'cause we'll be using a rental for the trip.

For the St John's, let's make it a two-day trip!

Standing by . . .


PS You know, we probably need to split this into two separate threads -- one for Nick's first proposed trip, the second one for the trip that Janis, by default, has to put together. Just saying . . .

justwhalin posted 08-01-2007 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for justwhalin  Send Email to justwhalin     
Palatka, 2-day and my wife would love to join you all. We love this kind of thing and love to see a group of people who love boating and love Whalers! Like I said, we are in Jacksonville Beach so know a lot about the St. Johns up here but don't mind traveling a bit either. How do you guys do these rendevous? We've seen some pics on the site and it looks like great times with great company! Please let us know more.....
Tohsgib posted 08-02-2007 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Ace...I doubt you will be doing much if any boating in PNW in Oct-Dec but maybe the rental will have heat.

If you guys are only good through the next month, you may want to check for hotel rates and set a date. I will see what I can do but trying to organize a meet in a few weeks is basically impossible. Since we already have a few who are some footwork please and hopefully Janis will chime in/help out.

Mambo Minnow posted 08-02-2007 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
OK, time to exert some "deckplate leadership".

I propose St. John's rendevous from 24-26 August. Recommend rendevous out of Fleming Island, approximately 25 miles south of downtown Jacksonville and 35 miles north of Palatka.

I booked a block of 10 rooms (8 king bed/2 Double Queen)under "Gulf Coast Boston Whalers Owners Assoc." at a group rate of $85/night for 2 night stay. Hotel POC is Leigh Ann at (904) 215-8900. Address is 1815 East West Parkway, Orange Park, FL 32003. This is a new Sleep Inn that opened last January. You need to call in and confirm with a credit card or rooms will be lost.

There are two public boat ramps directly on the St. Johns w/i 2 miles of the hotel. Continental breakfast included and there is also an IHOP and Applebee's directly next door. Boat parking allowed.

This locale affords ability for the adventurous to tour north one day to Jacksonville Landing and south one day to Palatka or for the real adventurous Silver Glen Springs. Silver Glen is really crowded on summer weekends. Might be better to leave that far south for Janice to plan. We did the springs on Suwannee last fall, so I thought there might be interest in a more urban setting with more amenities to drop in on by boat. St. Johns affords opportunity to do a little of both!

Tohsgib posted 08-03-2007 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
How long do you have to cancel the rooms etc? I know if I come up I will only need it for Sat night. I like the urban tour and hence why I mentioned Tampa bay by the warfs, really cool boating up there with all the giant ships etc. I just have to figure out the demographics. My wife can not be in a car for more than 3 hours or her back gets screwed up(already is) but tha is just me...carry on!
Swellmonster posted 08-04-2007 01:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
And my birthday is the 25th.......
Damn this looks good!
Mambo Minnow posted 08-04-2007 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Nick, you have up until the day of arrival to confirm. Ten rooms are booked under "Gulf Coast Boston Whaler Owner's Assoc." checking in 24 August, checkout 26 August.
You can modify as needed by calling in and providing your personal information.

Trip should be under 3 hours, if you come through Gainesville off I-75 onto Rte 26 to Rte 301 to Rte 16 to Rte 17 from Tampa. I took the family to Busch Gardens this route in reverse. I hope to take my boat to Tampa someday. In fact, I was down at the aquarium and had a 13 whaler tow past me. The harbor area was more commercial than I imagined. Mapquest should recommend this general route from your residence to the hotel address.

fno posted 08-06-2007 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Nick, come up to my place Friday and we can go over in the a.m. together. That splits it up for you. If we end up going up to Jax we might want the 21' for that. I'll still be a one armed sargeant and you can be capitano.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-06-2007 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
FNO - glad you can make it, I'd like to reciprocate on hospitality from last year. The Outrage 21 would be ideal on this stretch of river.
jjandpop posted 08-06-2007 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
We plan to be in Orange Park a few days early. We are towing the 20 Outrage behind the Motorhome to whitey,s Fish Camp on Doctor,s Lake and commuting from there by boat. We should set up a radio VHF channel to talk. I'm no sure where the hotel you are staying at is located from Doctor's lake?? I believe close.

Jim and Joan

Mambo Minnow posted 08-06-2007 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
JJANDPOP, you are correct. You are in an ideal location, in fact planned to have group stop at Whitey's for drinks at some point in the rendevous. Hotel is just down County Road 220, at intersection of Rte 17. Good to have you!

I also suspect we could have up to 4 JAX locals in addition to myself.

We'll set up a precise rendevous location/time once we have a good handle on RSVPs. Roll call please!

an86carrera posted 08-06-2007 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I won't be at this one. Son is getting married on the 25th in NJ. Been wanting to do the St. Johns again for a while.

Have a good time.


WhalerAce posted 08-06-2007 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Joy and I are in. We are staying in a Comfort Inn like right next door (same chain, but this one is pet-friendly).

Leaving this Sunday for Satellite Beach, with Temptation in tow. See all of y'all in two weeks!


Al_A_Buy posted 08-06-2007 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Team - I'm not promising but, just bought my replacement motor today and pick it up on Sat. Hope to be back on the water by this event. As things progress, I'll try to make this r'vue.


Tohsgib posted 08-07-2007 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I bought my Newtauk on Doctor's Lake I believe from one of the CW memebers here a few years back....nice area.

Frank I will either go up to your house or up to Janis's if she is in....we'll discuss that asit gets closer. One of these days I will get to use my 13'. Started her up on Sunday after disconnecting the VRO and she runs like a top.

RJG posted 08-08-2007 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
I'm in for Saturday. Depending on the weather forcast, I will probably run the 18 Outrage up the river from the house. If afternoon storms are forcast I will put her on the trailer and haul her there. I live just East of downtown Jacksonville on Pottsburg Creek.
fno posted 08-09-2007 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Made my reservation. 8 rooms left.
fishgutz posted 08-09-2007 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I'm in. Probably my wife and son, too at some time. Sounds like fun. Whitey's is great. Wow, That is all so close to us. Can't wait to meet some new people. We just moved here and don't know too many people.


Tohsgib posted 08-09-2007 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
We are NOT the type of people you want to know ;)
fishgutz posted 08-09-2007 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
We are the people our parents warned us about.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-09-2007 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Fishgutz - glad you got my message and can join us. I have not seen you yet at the Lakeshore ramp. Look forward to meeting you and family right next door.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-10-2007 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
8 rooms still available. Several have made other lodging arrangements, but I wanted to remind folks to make reservations if they still need them. I got a discounted rate on a weekend, so don't think it can be beat for price, location and convenience.

So far, I have confirmed following as attending:

Whaler Ace and Joy

I will over this weekend for others to firm up their plans and follow up next week with meeting location/time, directions to ramps and recommended water route. WhalerAce has graciously offered to shamelessly beg Edgewater for some party favors! I'm excited...shaping up to be a great event!

justwhalin posted 08-11-2007 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for justwhalin  Send Email to justwhalin     
We are definitely in. We live at the beach and have the boat in dry storage right now so we will be staying at the hotel too and will tow the 20' Outrage over to OP. Please let us know of the details as you get them and we look forward to meeting everyone. Sounds like an awesome event and being from Jax, we might have some insight as to where to go. My fiancee's b-day is the 22nd so perfect timing! Look forward to meeting everyone and having a great time!
Draftmanswife posted 08-12-2007 06:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I'm out, will be in Indianapolis that weekend.
Lemonade sale: $185K per glass,house free with lemonade.
Damit, have fun folks!
I will be in however for a September trip 14th- 16th in my neck of the river.
lakeman posted 08-12-2007 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
Sorry as usual something else come up. I have a major dental project going on Friday and do not know how I will feel that weekend. Good luck, have fun, next time will be the charmed time.
Tohsgib posted 08-13-2007 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Beer cures ALL ailments wussin out!
Mambo Minnow posted 08-13-2007 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Great response to date. I propose a Captain's meeting at Whitey's Fish Camp
Friday night at 7pm. Fishcamp is located on County Road 220, approx 2 miles west of hotel.

The bar has a neat chart of the River where we can discuss the plan for Saturday. I am open to boating on Sunday as well, but I also realize this might be a travel day back for some.

JJANDPOP is staying at Whitey's in his RV, so he will likely use the boat ramp there on premises. For those staying at Sleep Inn at 1815 East West Parkway, it's off CR 220 and Rte 17, directly behind that American icon, Wal-Mart Supercenter!

You have two ramp choices:

Lakeshore public ramp at 4200-4235 Lakeshore Drive,
2 miles from hotel. cat=Lakeshore%20Boat%20Ramp&address=%5b4200%2d4235%5d%20Lakeshore%20Dr& city=Orange%20Park&state=FL&zipcode=32003&country=US


Doctor's Lake Marina, 3108 Hwy 17, approx 2.25 miles north of hotel. Has ramp, tow tractors and gas dock.

Lakeshore ramp is free, nice restroom, but gets crowded on weekends and is a little more difficult to find nestled in a dense neigborhood. Doctor's Lake Marina has nominal ramp fee, but is easier to find at foot of Doctor's Inlet bridge on Rte 17 at intersection with main stem of St. John's river.

Regardless of ramp chosen, I recommend the bridge as our rendevous point. I would recommend an early launch time to avoid the "boat ramp horror show".

jjandpop posted 08-14-2007 06:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
Whitey's Fish Camp is located about 2 miles west of hwy 17 on 220. It is on the east side of the small arm on the south side of Doctor's Lake. The map provided by Mapquest shows Whitey's at the junction of 17 and 220.

Jim and Joan

Mambo Minnow posted 08-14-2007 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Use the link I also provided for Whitey's homepage and click on "Map" button to get the most accurate location.
Not sure why the second Mapquest link shows inaccurately...that point is close proximity to Sleep Inn location.
WhalerAce posted 08-14-2007 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I thought the original plan was to go UP the St John's on Saturday and DOWN the St John's on Sunday -- was this changed?

Called Kim at Whaler and she said she would send some small goodies in a bag for us. We just owe her a group picture when done.

Storing the Temptation at the Marina at Patick AFB in Cocoa Beach while down here -- what a BEAUTIFUL place to live and work! How I envy you Floridians!

I hope to take the Whaler plant tour next Thursday afternoon. I did a couple of the tours of the Rockland plant, but have never been able to make it to Edgwater until now.

See y'all next weekend.

-- WhalerAce

Mambo Minnow posted 08-14-2007 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Some have indicated in their RSVPs that they only plan one night lodging, so I am not sure if all plan to boat both Sat and Sun. Personally, I am free to boat both days and will gladly do so with anyone intersted.

I am open to ideas each day and we still have time to discuss and decide, hence suggestion of Capt's meeting Friday evening to firm up plans for Sat AM. Definitely one day north and the other day south.

FYI. For those that have not boated here, recall St Johns is a Northward flowing river, so "up" is down towards Palatka and "down" is toward JAX Landing. Does not matter to me which day we go where. For those that only have one day to boat here, my recommendation would be to go "down" Saturday to downtown JAX. There's not too many cities that you can boat straight through the heart of downtown amongst the city skyline.
Request ALL bring as many fenders you have available with you!

Ace, I highly recommend double check with Chuck Bennett which weekday the plant is closed for tours...can't remember if it is Tuesday or Thursday. I'd hate for you to miss out!

Tohsgib posted 08-15-2007 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Quick long of a ride is it on Saturday? My wife has a very bad back so I need to let her know what to expect or abstain from. Anotherwords not only should we pound out a plan but how long it takes, etc.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-15-2007 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Tohsgib, I estimate it's approx. 30 minutes at cruising speed straight from Doctor's Lake to the Jacksonville Landing. That's not stopping anywhere in between, running the day markers and calm waters.

Doctor's Lake to Palatka is a little longer. After Palatka the river narrows and lot's of twist and turns to Lake George and Silver Glen Springs.

It's a three hour run to Silver Glen Springs one way, so I'd say that's out of the question except for the truly adventurous. As stated earlier in thread, that portion of the river best belongs to Janice. She sounds available mid-September, as she's replied not available for this rendevous.

Hope this helps!

RJG posted 08-15-2007 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
What boat are you bringing? The St. Johns is very wide (3 miles) between Doctors Lake and downtown Jax and can be quit rough with boat traffic.
fno posted 08-15-2007 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Toshgib is riding/piloting my 21' Outrage as I am a one armed sargeant of arm(s) right now. What should we plan for food. I'm assuming Friday nite will be at Whiteys. Do they serve food? Can we stop and eat in Jax? A BBQ at the Sleep Inn on Saturday nite would be good if they can accomodate that kind of thing.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-16-2007 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Whitey's serves great seafood and "swamp vittles"...see homepage link in my earlier post. Charming old Florida Fish Camp that was just featured on Sun Sports network last night on the Florida Powerboat Poker Run tv show.

I figure Friday night people will just be arriving for weekend and will come by car to Whitey's for Capt's meeting. We could also go there or Clark's Fish Camp on east bank of river Sat night to each by boat. Whitey's and Clark's have boat dockage.

Sleep Inn has backyard area with retention pond, but not sure what their policy would be on cookout. I suspect no, it's a area that is building up with strip mall offices. There is an Applebee's immediately next door. Sleep Inn serves a continental breakfast, but if you eat a bigger weekend breakfast, IHOP is next door as well.

Tohsgib posted 08-16-2007 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Yes I have been commissioned to drive a Mercury ;) what is the plan? Where are we meeting sat and where are we going? Where are we swimming/relaxing? Are we packing lunch to eat while swimming/relaxing or are we stopping at restaurant? Where can we BBQ Sat night? If no BBQ at hotel, what about somebody's house or campground/park that is real close? Breakfast at IHOP sounds good or is there a Shoney's that has a buffet? Again my wife has a very bad back so a trip like we did on the Suwannee is out of the question for us, she was messed up for weeks after 150+ miles of running not to mention the 3 hour car ride each way. You guys plan what you want to do, just saying I need to know if I should come up or not(sorry Frank, you might have to borrow Rhet).

Mambo Minnow posted 08-16-2007 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
I have some firm ideas of my own, but given the strong RSVP count to date, I'd first like to hear interests/desires of others,particularly other out of town guests before firming up Saturday's itinerary.

If you spending some money on gas, lodging and food, I want all of you to leave feeling it was worthwhile and enjoyable.
That was the idea of the CAPT's meeting, but sounds like some want to know in exact detail before even committing to coming. I don't recall such level of detail on the Suwannee trip and I committed from out of town despite. My experience in organizing social events like this at work, is that it is impossible to completely satisfy everybody, but you try to solicit and incorporate as much input from the group as possible.

I am happy to lead and play host so far, but I'd appreciate more feedback from ALL the interested parties. We have 8 days to gather detail and firm up in advance, so please contribute, this is a GROUP event and at least 4 of us know Jacksonville well.

Tohsgib posted 08-16-2007 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Usually there is an itinerary given. When I do beercan I can tell people it is 45mins-1 hour ride from my house to beercan. We will then BBQ and shoot the bull, drink beverages, go for test rides, go see some scenery if you want, fish off the beach or in the inlet, etc. 45mins-hour ride home. Usually there are people coming from all direstions so a central meeting spot is chosen so all can come and go as they please and in short order with summer storms. With something like the Suwanee where we all left from one spot and followed each other it gets very confusing to some because we have no clue as to where we are, where we are going, and how long it takes. Not a big deal on that river being narrow and curvey, etc. St John's can be like the bay with nothing but trees for hours on end.

Reason why I am asking is "we" can not do another Suwannee like river run, no matter what boat I am in so when people are talking about 3 hours to here, and 1 hour to there, etc..I need to know what is in store. It is a HUGE river and I do not want to spoil anyone elses good time, especially in their boat by having to cut the day short or turn around. I also do not want to get stranded in a center console during a squall 2 hours from safe harbor.

Again I know you want input from all but since most know the area as well as we know the Moon, we have to leave it up to the locals. I would just like a "table of contents" with some approx time frames if that is ok. If it seems doable for "us" then we are in, if not I think it will be a great rendezvous for the rest.

fishgutz posted 08-16-2007 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
OK my 2 cent:
Saturday, How about meet at Doctor's Inlet. Go Downtown for a latish big lunch. Play a bit in the river or Doctor's lake and then meet for dinner/cookout or cocktails somewhere. (Maybe my house,eek?) I'm very close. BYOB? BYOSushi? BYOSnacks? There are lots of places to get food around here for you out of towners to bring. I have some great beers and a grill. How many are we talking? We're new to the area and haven't entertained much yet. Don't know what our house can handle. With some help it could be really fun and easy. Plus we're on a pond with bluegills and catfish. If you have a freshwater license we could have an impromptu 30-60 minute fishing tournament.

Sunday we have a road rally with our church that I'm sure will be tons of fun. I can't miss THAT. So Sunday I'm pretty sure we're out.

Also going a long distance in a Dauntless 14 can be really grueling. I wouldn't want to go all the way to Palatka if that is what you're thinking. Sorry.

My wife's on board with the entertaining. Actually it was her idea.

RJG posted 08-16-2007 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
The Landing in downtown Jax is worth the trip. Depending on the water conditions the trip from Whitey's can be done in about 45 minutes even at a leisurely pace. The landing is basically a 2 story horseshoe shaped food court anchored by Hooters and All American Grill as well as many smaller places. A band is usually playing in the court yard. If the weather closes in we can go to Clarks which is just across the St. Johns up Julington Creek. There is also another outdoor grill at the mouth of Julington Creek right at the bridge. There is a Hooters at Goodby's Creek which is about midway between Whiteys and The Landing. I don't know of any beaches that we can go to for a swim save for the one right across the creek from my house.
smirkless posted 08-16-2007 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Have not sold the boat yet so might try to get in on the action fri or sat but not sun... german car meet too much fun. Smirky
WhalerAce posted 08-16-2007 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
How far up (down) from Jax landing is Mayport? I would kinda like to go all the way to the mouth if we could.

I enjoyed Suwanee in that there was a real distance to go (makes all the trouble of getting the boat ready and hauling it five hours worthwhile), and would like to do some traveling on the St John's. Of course, since we will be in boats from 13' to 25', there is no one good speed and the river might be to rough for the smaller boats, and there is always the threat of thundershowers.

I am open to anything, however, and like Nick, know NOTHING about the St John's river other than the parts I have passed over in the car.

I also realize that trying to herd a bunch of cats like us in the middle of a hot August is a challenge few would really want to take on.

Again, I am open to anything. It is great just getting to see all of you guys one more time without having to wait until next year's Whaler rendezvous.

This time, WE HAVE TO get a group picture to send back to the Whaler folks. Speaking of that, are we all launching and retreiving at the same place, or just meeting somewhere with out boats in the water?

I have been in Cape Canaveral all this week and have really enjoyed the beautiful rivers here.

I plan on going on the Whaler tour this coming Thursday, so I should be charged up from that!

See you all next week!

--- WhalerAce

jjandpop posted 08-17-2007 07:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
We will be towing our OR 20 with our motorhome to Whitey's and launching there. They might let us keep the boat at their dock but if not they said they would launch it when needed. And since we are driving the motorhome we don't want to have to disconnect the utilities and drive someplace else. We would want to either go by boat or have somebody pick us up if needed.

As far as where to go and what to do we will have to leave that up to those experienced with the area. distance is not a problem for us. We have come in from the cut and sort of remember that it is a long way with lots of traffic. So is the ICW.

As far as Mayport is concerned, With security very high around commercial and military craft, would we be able to get any where near these vessels? There is much less security a Hooter's

fno posted 08-17-2007 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Jim, I will have wheels in the neighborhood to get around.
RJG posted 08-17-2007 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
The run from The Landing to Mayport is about 20 miles by boat. It is not a run I would recommend in a 13. It is a nice run because you can experience the transition from inland fresh water river to coastal salt marshes. Mayport NAS is right on the river so a view of the ships is quit impressive.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-17-2007 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
OK, let's take a quick poll...

Quick Poll # 1:
How many plan to boat Sat only?
How many plan to boat Sat and Sunday?

Relevent questions for firming up the itinerary. IMHO, there are two viable proposals for accomodating those who have expressed only wanting to be underway a short period of time/distance and those desiring a longer cruise:

Proposal 1: Saturday boat from Doctor's Lake to Jacksonville Landing, some stop and get a leisurely lunch at the American Cafe, Hooters or other while the more adventurous carry on toward Mayport and return to rendevous back with the others remaining at the Landing before all converging on either Whitey's, Clark's Fish Camp or dine ashore.

Proposal 2: Saturday all cruise from Doctor's Lake to Jacksonville Landing for a leisurely aforementioned lunch, then all cruise back toward Doctor's Lake and explore either Black Creek or Julington Creek.

Quick Poll #2: Proposal 1 or Proposal 2?

To answer a few questions posed in feedback received to date:

Beaches: Unfortunately, there really are no sandy beaches/shoreline on the river. One of the things more appealing about the Florida gulf coast than here. It's tie up at a dock and go somewhere or watersports in open water. Obviously, the water quality is no where near as pristine as Suwannee or open beachfront. That's St. John river boating.

Food: For meals, Fishgutz graciously offered his home. We have Friday night covered at Whitey's, breakfast on your own at hotel/home and Satuday lunch covered above proposals. I know of one public park on Doctor's Lake to BBQ, but could not tie up boats and would involve all driving. Also the former Girls Scout camp on Black Creek, Camp Chowenwow. I could also possibly get a neighborhood community center room for $70, but I would ask folks to chip in. I really did not plan on every single meal being a group outing. This a more surburban/urban area, so BBQ outdoor options are extremely limited. If many are boating Saturday only, I thought it highly likely they might get dinner on their way home.

Ramps: I listed in earlier post 2 ramps, one public, one private on Doctor's Lake. I would propose folks use either they feel most comfortable finding/using and rendevous at the Doctor's Lake Route 17 highway bridge. This is easily found from the ramps at the convergence of Doctor's Lake with the St Johns main channel. I would propose a 0900 Saturday rendevous time and hail on VHF Channel 16. This allows time for all to get breakfast and get to the ramps and launch. By time we arrive, launch, rendevous it will be close to 1100 at the Landing.

Think it over on weekend and we will revisit Monday. Have a great weekend!

fishgutz posted 08-17-2007 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Poll #1 Saturday only for us.
Poll #2 Proposal #2.

Drinks and snacks at our house Saturday night (after supper?) Sometimes a lot of snacks makes a meal. Whatever, we're flexible. I have good beer, soda, some snacks and a grill. BYO hard liquor. My wife will make a healthy snack, I will make something unhealthy. If everyone pitches in a little we could have plenty to go around. Afterall it isn't about the food but really the relationships and friendships. Right?

Not too late though. 11pm or 12 midnight maybe. We have the road rally Sunday after church. It's a teen thing. One adult driving 2 or 3 teens on a scavenger hunt/road rally. I don't want to be too tired or hungover. It's the event of the year at our church.

jjandpop posted 08-17-2007 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
We are in for whatever!!

Jim and Joan

WhalerAce posted 08-17-2007 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Poll #1: Saturday for sure. This is the first trip where we don't have to drive back nine hours the next morning, so we are available Sunday if anyone wants to boat (or fallback in Option 1 does not pass).

Poll #2: Prefer Proposal ONE -- trip to Jax Landing, then on to Mayport while those that want to imbibe do so. Pick 'em up on the way back.

We are, however, flexible and are up for anything.

Ace & Joy

jjandpop posted 08-18-2007 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
It looks like there will be a few people that could stay over for a Sunday run somewhere. Let's discuss that at the suggested Captain's meeting.

It's a 100+ miles trip to this event and would like to make the most of it.

This is only a suggestion and should not change any of the plans that Mombo Minnow has set up.

As far as bringing something to a BBQ, just give us a hint and we will bring whatever. Food stuff!!!

Jim and Joan

fishgutz posted 08-18-2007 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
OK sorry about this. We most likely won't be able to have anyone to our home Saturday night. We're losing a whole bunch of our furniture. We've been having a problem with the product and the store we bought it all from. They are giving up and returning all our money and taking the furniture back on Thursday. Dang. Of course its 4-8 weeks for new stuff plus we have to start shopping all over. So back to the proposals.

We still would like to do
Poll #1 Saturday only for us.
Poll #2 Proposal #2.

Mambo Minnow posted 08-18-2007 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
I think we can reasonably accomodate most all requests, by simply planning for Jax Landing event on Saturday and a Sunday longer cruise for those staying overnight Saturday. You really need two days if you want to cover a substantial amount of the waterway.

Fishgutz, no sweat! I could not believe you even opened up the possibility of your home after so recent a move from Milwaukee.

We could easily go to Clark's Fish Camp on Julington Creek in the late afternoon before putting the boats back up on trailers to end the day. Or, if folks want to get off the water early, we could drive to one of the two parks I mentioned and do a BYOB barbecue.

I checked my community center last night and unfortunately the kitchen and a/c communuity room for rent were booked already. However, we could hang out poolside at covered tables, but there's no BBQ pits, we'd have to haul in our own food. In fact, my neighbors and I did just that last night. The advantage to that locale is it's close immediately adjacent to the Lakeshore ramp and parking. It would sure eliminate some additional driving. However, some of the ladies might want to return to the hotel to freshen up.

Fellow local guys, let me know if you think any of these Sat night ideas makes sense. The out of town guests are counting on our judgement.

jstachowiak posted 08-19-2007 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
We're in for Saturday. Myself and my two girls.

Jeff, Sophia and Victoria

Mambo Minnow posted 08-19-2007 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Nice 17. Is that a "Newtauk" (Cross between Newport and Montauk)? I heard JAX was a prevalent dealership for selling this unusual model back in the day.

Love the pictures of the Airshow! I tried to first organize this rendevous last fall on Airshow weekend. First day was cold and windy, of course the second day I had to work the show it was a beautiful boating day :( you plan to trailer or motor up to Doctor's Lake? We plan to rendevous Saturday at Doctor's Lake bridge. We have a Capt's meeting scheduled for Whitey's Fish Camp on Friday at 7:00 pm. See earlier post in thread for web page and directions. Look forward to seeing you.

jstachowiak posted 08-19-2007 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
No Newtauk, just a Newport 1979 came from Mississippi area but I bought it from a guy in Orange Park.

I'll probably make the Captain's meeting Friday night launch at the Lake Shore ramp early Saturday morning and do a little fishing around the bridge there. Shrimp are in the river heavy now and so are fish following the shrimp.

I'm Fishgutz's brother.


Mambo Minnow posted 08-20-2007 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Get your quick poll inputs today in if you have not provided, so folks can prepare accordingly.

My informal tally to date indicates majority are planning on Saturday only and prefer a shorter cruise. Again, I plan to hit the water early but propose we rendevous afloat at Doctor's Lake Bridge at 0900. Hail on Channel 16. Some of locals coming by boat from elsewhere on river, others will use Whitey's ramp, Lakeshore public ramp and/or Doctor's Lake Marina private ramp. See earlier post in thread for addresses and maps of Fleming Island facilities.

I am available Sunday for those staying over and interested in longer cruise up towards Mayport on Sunday. We can discuss Sunday further at the Capts meeting Friday night at 7pm at Whitey's Fish Camp.

FNO and/or others: I doubt the whole family is going with me both Saturday and Sunday. So, anyone wanting to cruise with me on my Conquest 21 is most welcome.

Tohsgib posted 08-20-2007 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I am most likely out not due to the rendezvous, due to my wife's back and that she asked my niece & nephew up for the weekend because their parents are seperating(no way am I bringing them). We are going up to Janis' in a few weeks to hang out so she is not thrilled about driving that far twice in a month, etc. It is actually the car ride that is worse than the boat ride for her. If I can snake away for the weekend without the wife I will come with Frank but that does not look like very good odds. If it was not 3-4 hour car ride we would be there.


Mambo Minnow posted 08-20-2007 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
FNO - Frank, if you want to still come to the rendevous, you are welcome to boat with me on my 21, now that Tohsgib is officially out.
We had a blast Saturday on the Ichetucknee. I kept wondering if I would pass your house and see the Outrage in the yard. Looks like a few farms selling out to developers along Rte 47.
WhalerAce posted 08-20-2007 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

You Bayliner-boater, you! A mere three- or four-hour ride? In those fancy cars YOU lease? Come on, now.

If you really can't come, we understand. Wish you could make it, though.

We took out the Temptation this weekend off of Cocoa Beach. Beautiful water! Planning on going out again tomorrow and watching the Space Shuttle land. Still planning on the factory tour on Thursday, and seeing all you guys Saturday morning.

--- Ace

runninerins posted 08-20-2007 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for runninerins  Send Email to runninerins     
Hey guys we won't be able to make it this weekend due to motor issues!! But we are interseted in a sept weekend esp 14-16th, let us know if anyone else is in,we can start a new post, otherwise have a great weekend we'll miss you!! Erin Wagner-Rivers ( AL-A-BUY )

P.S> Whalerace if you come in to the area again let us know we are a whole 5 min from patrick afb, down in melbourne!!

Tohsgib posted 08-21-2007 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Lease is gone on the GTO Ace. Now I have a happening OJ Bronco that gets an 11MPG avg but man can it tow. Yeah this month is just screwy and TG it is almost over. Market don't help me much either and this darn rain keeps me from getting anything done. Not sure about the 14th thing...If Janis posts then it is a go. If not I think we are just going up there for her B-Day.
fno posted 08-21-2007 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
OK, plans are made. Sandy, Ramona (not a Wave member, but a Whaler owner), and I will come over on Sat. morning early. We will put in at one of the public ramps and meet up at the bridge between nine and ten. Have the room at the sleep in for Sat. nite and plan to do a cruise in the a.m. on Sunday too. I'm bringing the boat and the girls can do all the hard work. I'm along for the ride and the drinks and food.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-22-2007 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Glad you are still able to make it Frank. Whaler Ace and you both will be arriving Saturday, as likely will some of the other local area members.

For the rest, I have called Whitey's and told them to expect our group (estimated 12 people) Friday at 7pm. We will hold the Capts meeting and do dinner.

Capt's meeting: I will bring a local chart, familiarize all with local ramps, proposed route and latest marine weather forecast. We have had a very hot, dry week so bring plenty of ice. There is a Super Wal-Mart next door to the Sleep Inn. Also, several gas stations if you need to tank the boat. Gate being cheapest at approx. $2.65/gallon. I would also bring foul weather gear, as chance of precipitation looks higher this weekend.

Again, since we have local members coming by river, the meeting point is on Doctor's Lake at the Rte 17 highway bridge, hail on Channel 16 at 0900. If you can get to the ramps early, I recommend doing so to secure parking.

jjandpop posted 08-22-2007 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
We should be at Whitey's mid-day Thursday. We have our cell with us if someone needs to get in touch. 352-274-0748. Whitey's does not take reservations and said we should not have a problem in getting space. Let's hope so. See you all on Friday.


an86carrera posted 08-23-2007 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I will be missing this one but, y'all have a good time and I expect to see pictures. I'll see everyone at the next one.


Mambo Minnow posted 08-23-2007 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Friendly reminder if you need a hotel and have not booked yet, there are still rooms reserved for us at Sleep Inn and Suites, Fleming Island (904) 215-8900. Any of the 10 rooms booked under GCBWOA not already taken by tomorrow will be released.

See you at Whitey's Fish Camp for Capt's meeting tomorrow night at 7pm! Getting excited, sounds like we have a mighty Whaler fleet!

Tohsgib posted 08-23-2007 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Ya'll have fun...hopefully I will find some timethis weekend to finish the 13 for the next rendezvous. 19 could se some TLC as well but at least I cleaned it(yeah no sh@t, it is clean).
RJG posted 08-23-2007 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
Sorry for the dumb question but how will we find each other?
fishgutz posted 08-23-2007 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I'll be the guy in the Whaler.
RJG posted 08-23-2007 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
So they are going to let us bring our boats into the dining room? Just asking:)
fishgutz posted 08-23-2007 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
OK I'll be the guy in the Whaler T-shirt, probably at the bar holding a beer. If you want I'll wear a Whaler hat, too if you like. I'll have a stupid look on my face and a mustache. So everyone knows how to find ME.
NOW, Everyone else has to wear a Whaler T or describe yourself.
That'll be a start.
OK I might have my strawberry blonde 14 year son with me, can't miss him.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-23-2007 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Capts Whaler required or desired. Rendevous is Sat at 9 AM at Doctor's Inlet bridge. Hail on VHF Channel 16. Yhis allows locals to come by water vice by ramp to the Rendevous, if so desired. Likely contingent on weather forecast, which will be updated at Capts Meeting.

JJANDPOP is already at Whitey's. I saw his RV and Outrage backing into their spot as I returned from work tonight.

Whaler Ace likely to win furthest travelled award, but he's not expecting to make the Capts Meeting.

Tohsgib posted 08-24-2007 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
9am glad I passed on this one. I would have had to leave the house at 4am.
fno posted 08-24-2007 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Frank, ten o'clock might be a better time. Nine is only doable if I or others are already in Orange Park on Friday. If everyone else is able to do nine on account of that, then go ahead. I will catch up with the group, I think I can....
Mambo Minnow posted 08-24-2007 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Frank - We'll play it by ear. Sounds like some plan to arrive early, do a little fishing then meet up at the Doctor's Inlet bridge.

We'll wait to get a quorum, which I suspect might take an hour if ramp traffic bad. I'll carry a short list of boats I am expecting to determine whose missing.

However, I also think we don't want to delay too long. Weather forecast calling for rain after 2pm, so a short cruise in AM to the Jax Landing downtown and a return after lunch to close to the ramps is what I advise since this is the heart of Lightning season. Sunday AM a weather forecast for a morning cruise toward Mayport.

fno posted 08-24-2007 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
By the way, since it's not Suwannee County we will have cell phone coverage. My number is:508-740-7663 Look for a white Outrage 210 with a Merc on the back.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-24-2007 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Roger. FYI: it took me 1 hr 45 minutes from FT White to Orange Park via I-10 last weekend. Averaged 65 mph, but I was not towing. Tubing the river was awesome!
Mambo Minnow posted 08-24-2007 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Quick update on ramp choices. Please refer to my earlier post with the mapquest link of local area. cat=Lakeshore%20Boat%20Ramp&address=%5b4200%2d4235%5d%20Lakeshore%20Dr& city=Orange%20Park&state=FL&zipcode=32003&country=US

Doctor's Lake Marina no longer allows fee for ramp use. This is too bad, because right under the bridge. However, parking is tight there and limited, so maybe not so bad.

As yet another option, I alternatively recommend the Lakeshore Drive-West public ramp on Doctor's Lake. This is easily accessible west on Route 220 from Sleep Inn, with a brown ramp sign marking the right turn at the second traffic light. Not as far down Rte 220 as Whitey's...about half the distance (1 mile)

Whitey's has a ramp, dockage and fuel but more cramped. I saw JJANDPOP on Doctor's Lake this morning and they are docked at Whitey's for the long weekend.

Another option I have not previously mentioned is Knight's Marina, which is further south on Hwy Rte 17 from Sleep Inn at the mouth of Black Creek. Lot's of good parking at this facility. However, you'd have about a 2 mile cruise north on river to Doctor's Lake from this ramp. If you are coming into Fleming Island from the west on State Rte 16 into Green Cove Springs, you will hit this ramp first, immediately on the right off Hwy 17.

Whaler Ace - NAS ramp might be easiest choice for you based on your hotel. You'd run south past Buckman I-295 bridge by water.

fishgutz posted 08-25-2007 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Great rendezvous. Put the little Dauntless 14 through its paces. Met great people. Had fun. We'll have to do more.
Here are some (10) pics. Weather was a little weird.
Mambo Minnow posted 08-25-2007 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Thanks everyone for a great rendevous! Great to meet some new folks, and even some new neighbors.

I have no desire to even try to boat Memorial Day weekend, I'd rather this be my last 2007 summer memory!

The weather was weird, but the rain held off on our route and the cloud cover was a welcome respite from the intense heat wave we've had the last week. We've left a few things for a return engagement on the lower St Johns for next year.

I'll try posting pictures later. I have not yet established a photobucket account.

jstachowiak posted 08-25-2007 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Thanks to all, especially Frank, Mambo Minnow, for arranging everything. Weather looked bad but really was a welcome relief from the heat we've had. The ominous clouds made for a nice background to the photos.

Here is a link to the photos I took. Enjoy.

Jeff, Sophia and Victoria "The Other Woman" 1979 Newport

jstachowiak posted 08-25-2007 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
If anyone wants the pictures they took posted to this page e-mail them to me at and I'll add them to this page.

Great meeting all of you.


RJG posted 08-25-2007 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
Gayle and I had a great time at the dinner. We left the dock at 8:05am for the run to Doctor's inlet and ran into rain near the Landing. Hung out at the Landing for about 45 minutes but that big dark cloud above us would not move. We could see a heavy downpour by the Fuller Warren bridge comming our way so we just high tailed it back to the house. Glad to see you all had a great time. See ya next time. Bob & Gayle Green
Mambo Minnow posted 08-26-2007 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Trying to post images here for first time, so please bear with me.


Mambo Minnow posted 08-26-2007 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Let's try again, sorry JimH!


jstachowiak posted 08-26-2007 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak
Tohsgib posted 08-27-2007 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I heard it was a pretty short rendezvous(4 hours), did anyone meet up for dinner and what did you do Sunday?
fno posted 08-27-2007 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
No pictures from me this time. Cameras broke. Sandy, Ramona and I arrived at Doctors Lake right around nine thirty and put in at the marina. Everyone was graciously waiting for us under the bridge till around ten. We then proceeded "down" the river to the Landings in downtown Jacksonville, where we had a nice group lunch. I sneaked out to pick up an airline pilot friend and got back for a quick burger. That was followed by a group picture with the Whaler banner. We then travelled as a group "up" river past the Navy air station to "Black Creek" As the weather had been shaky all day and it was getting darker, we chickened out on the creek cruise and called it a day. We had 6 boats in the group ranging from a 14 Dautless to a 25' Temptation. As we neared Doctors Lake, most of the group headed for the ramp while we followed JJandPop to Whiteys Fish Camp to check it out and have a cold one. It was a bit confusing to us that the rendezvous turned into a day trip, but little kids and weather were involved and we all know how that plays. We made ourselves at home at Whiteys for a few hours and made plans to get back together with Jim and Joan for dinner at Whiteys (great place, highly recommend it) We then drove my airline pilot buddy home in the rain and checked into our hotel. We had a pleasant dinner with Jim and Joan before retiring for the evening at the hotel. Sunday morning arrived with a partly cloudy sky and breakfast at IHOP. We again met Jim and Joan for a cruise up Black Creek. We idled up the creek for several miles and were passed many times by ski and bass boats going like hell. We also got to watch the Duval County Sherrif's pull over every other boat they saw. This did not include us as they were also patrolling in a Boston Whaler and most likely assumed that since we had the good sense to buy a Whaler that we weren't going to be foolish enough to be breaking any laws. We finally got bored with the scenery and we motored back to the Landings for a light lunch. After lunch we made our way back to the marina at Doctors lake and pulled the boat out for the return home around 4:00. A very nice weekend overall, despite the mixed up weather. We got to see some long time friends and meet some new Whaler friends. Thanks again to Frank(MamboMinnow) and his family for hosting the event. By the way, Frank, where's my goody bag?
Mambo Minnow posted 08-27-2007 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Frank - Email me your address and I'll mail your bag. Last I saw you, you took a detour to watch the shrimpers under the bridge. We used the extra hour rafting at the bridge in the AM for your arrival to hand out the bags. I waited later at the end of day at the ramp to see you again to give to you, but we did not know you went back to Whitey's with JJANDPOP. Wish the weather would have cooperated. Everyone else only committed to Saturday, so no plans committed to Sunday.
fno posted 08-27-2007 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
No problem Frank. A great time was had by all. We had fun with Jim and Joan on Sunday too. I'll send you an email with my address.
Tohsgib posted 08-27-2007 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Since I stared the thread and am "El Presidente", what are the odds of getting one of those calendars?
jjandpop posted 08-29-2007 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop Here are a few of the pictures we took at the St John party. A special thanks to Mombo Minnow for getting us all together and the great cruise to Jacksonville's Landing on both Saturday and Sunday. Travel distance for the weekend was a little less then 100 miles.

Jim and Joan

justwhalin posted 09-01-2007 07:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for justwhalin  Send Email to justwhalin     
Sorry we didn't make it last weekend. We were looking forward to it, had a room booked, etc. The weekend before, we went up to Fort George and took it back to Palm Cove Marina where we keep it. They ended up dropping the boat - ugly! I've been met with a lot of resistance regarding repairs so it looks like we are out of a boat for quite some time until all gets resolved. Unbelievable.

Looks like you all had a great time though, and wish we could have made it. Maybe next time?

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