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GAwhale posted 01-21-2008 11:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
This will be the third Waccamaw River Trip originating from continuousWave.

We will meet at approximately 10:00 AM in Conway, South Carolina on Saturday April 26, 2008. After motoring down the spectacular windy Waccamaw River for about three hours, we stop at a beach for a picnic lunch. The Waccamaw joins the inland coastal water way and we arrive at the Georgetown Marina around 5:00 PM. As I recall it cost $25 to tie up at the dock for the night.

I will volunteer to contact the Hampton Inn for a block of fifteen rooms. The Hampton Inn is directly on the dock at the Georgetown Marina. It looks like the rooms last year were $93.60 each which included breakfast.

It is always a mix of really nice boaters with kids. In the past we have gone out for dinner as a big party on Saturday evening. Sunday morning before departure we have a photo op and WhalerAce has had some very nice Whaler freebees.

Sunday we head back to Conway and stop at a restaurant/marina for lunch (last year this included a live band and some interesting people watching).

Please join us. The more the merrier. You are welcome to e-mail myself or David Jenkins for more information

David Jenkins posted 01-21-2008 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Philip!

We are looking forward to it!

Details from the 2006 trip start here:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000639.html
and are continued here
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000651.html

Details from the 2007 trip are here:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000791.html

I think that the group coming down from Durham will need six hotel rooms. I will confirm that ASAP. Thanks!

GAwhale posted 01-21-2008 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi David,

I left a message with my contact at the Hampton Inn.

Last year we had ten rooms reserved. Do you think fifteen will be enough or should we go with more ???

Each person will have to call in with a credit card by a certain date to hold their room.

Tom C posted 01-21-2008 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
I have penciled in April 26th. Hope it works better this year than last. Wife and I are both having some health problems,(worn out joints),but hope we can make it.
GAwhale posted 01-22-2008 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Tom,

Good to hear from you. I hope you are able to make it.

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I spoke to our contact at the Hampton Inn in Georgetown, SC. Telephone 843-545-5000.

We have fifteen romms reserved on Saturday April 26 for "Boston Whaler Rendezvous". The cost will be $94 each. Normally the room goes for $139.

Each person will have to call in before March 26 (one month prior) to reserve a room.

gfrutig1 posted 01-24-2008 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Great start. Dates are really good for us since the kids have Friday off from school here in Pa. We'll be coming again, thanks for getting things rolling early!
WhalerAce posted 01-24-2008 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Try not to break anything on your body this year!
ScottS posted 01-30-2008 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
I'm hoping to make it this year! I've been looking forward to joining this trip since reading about it the last two years.

Not sure if my wife and kids (3 & 6) will join me or if I'll recruit a friend. I'll know more in a week or two.

Thank you to everyone who is putting this together!

Scott

GAwhale posted 01-30-2008 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hey Scott,

Do try to make it. It is a great trip.

In 2007 we had delightful weather.

In 2006 there was a good wind blowing and some chop as we left Georgetown, SC on Sunday. As we got into more protected water;it became better and the weather turned out perfect. If the weather is not good on Sunday, there should be someone with a car that could give small children a ride back to Conway, SC.

I should be joined by my two nephews (13 & 14).

Philip

cindalyn posted 01-31-2008 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
My wife and I might be interested in taking the trip if I get the boat operational and everything else is OK by then.

I bought a Whaler that I thought was 'ready to go' but the more I see the more I'm trying to fix. Maybe I'm just too cautious. I haven't been out in the boat yet so I'm not certain what to expect. I've never been on the Waccamaw River and am really looking forward to it.

I scanned the attached photos from a navagational chart of the Waccaamaw River from just south or Conway to Georgetown, SC. The Conway landing doesn't show on the map but it would be in the upper left hand corner of map #1. The map had to be printed then cut and pasted so it could be scanned. It prints a bit small on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. It may print better on larger paper. I hope this is of value to those that may not have something better.

For those that don't know, there are two landings in Conway within less than a mile of each other. The one in downtown Conway (which I'm guessing was used on previous trips). It is a fairly steep landing. The area and parking are paved and there is a marina for fuel. The other, Savanna Landing, is on the right hand side of RT. 501, heading south, just as you go over the bridge, after passing Busby Lake and the power plant which is on the left. This landing is easy to miss if you aren't watching. It's free, it is not paved but it is easy to launch from. I'd be a bit concerned about leaving my car and trailer there overnight however.

I live in Conway so if anyone has any questions give me a shout.

Ron


http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Navagation%20Charts/Chart-WaccamawRiverConwaytoGeorg-1.jpg

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Navagation%20Charts/Chart-WaccamawRiverConwaytoGeorg-2.jpg

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Navagation%20Charts/Chart-WaccamawRiverConwaytoGeorg-3.jpg

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Navagation%20Charts/Chart-WaccamawRiverConwaytoGeorgeto.jpg

cindalyn posted 01-31-2008 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
For some reason the links aren't numbered in correct order but you can tell their order by looking at the long. & lat. lines.
runpasthefence posted 01-31-2008 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
As I've missed the past two trips, I was worried when I read the date for this year's trip. April 26-27 is right in the middle of final exams for me. Luckily, I do not have any exams that Saturday and there are no exams scheduled for Sunday. However, Monday and Tuesday will prove to be a challenge as I will have three exams in those two days.

I'll have to make my decision when the date gets closer, but it really looks like my 15' will FINALLY be finished by March. I'll have my fingers crossed, but as in the past...no promises.


Mick

gfrutig1 posted 02-11-2008 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Ace,
I've been doing pretty good at not hurting myself. I'm looking forward to the trip with 2 hands, it should make it easier to steer. I'm also looking forward to a ride in the Temptation, I didn't get the opportunity last year for some reason or annother.
David Jenkins posted 02-15-2008 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
As of tonight, the Durham crowd has called in credit card numbers to hold four rooms in Conway and four rooms in Georgetown. The 5 girls riding on the 15 have been to the Boston Whaler website and have ordered matching Whaler t-shirts that are being embroidered with "Waccamaw 2008" on the back. We are counting the days....
David Jenkins posted 02-17-2008 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Last year the Georgetown Hampton was sold out due to a large wedding party staying there. So don't delay--make reservations today. The numbers to call:

Friday, April 25, 2008: Conway Best Western, 843-234-1678.
Saturday, April 26, 2008: Georgetown Hampton Inn, 843-545-5000.
Saturday, April 26, 2008: Georgetown Municipal Marina, 843-546-1776.

Reserved so far,
1. David and Marti, riding on the Anna Jane
2. Jeff and Archana also riding on the Anna Jane
3. The six girls on the Clementine (15')
4. Bill and Stephanie, on their boat
5. Richard and Denise, on their boat
6. Bill and Stephanie's friends, the (Scott) Stephens
7. Phillip, Kirk and Robert's room, on their Montauk


David Jenkins posted 02-17-2008 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Last year the Georgetown Hampton was sold out due to a large wedding party staying there. So don't delay--make reservations today. The numbers to call:

Friday, April 25, 2008: Conway Best Western, 843-234-1678.
Saturday, April 26, 2008: Georgetown Hampton Inn, 843-545-5000.
Saturday, April 26, 2008: Georgetown Municipal Marina, 843-546-1776.

Reserved so far,
1. David and Marti, riding on the Anna Jane
2. Jeff and Archana also riding on the Anna Jane
3. The six girls on the Clementine (15')
4. Bill and Stephanie, on their boat
5. Richard and Denise, on their boat
6. Bill and Stephanie's friends, the (Scott) Stephens
7. Phillip, Kirk and Robert's room, on their Montauk


WhalerAce posted 02-18-2008 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Add us to the list. While I am actually doing work in Florida for the months of April and May, we decided we could take a weekend off from all of that sugary white Florida beach sand and come home for the weekend.

We already have reservations at both hotels. I will call someone at Whaler and see about getting some door prizes.

David, we have time to get Shirt orders in -- is the Whaler site doing the embroidering, or are you having it done locally?

See y'all soon!

--- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 02-18-2008 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
My daughter placed the order at Whaler.com. They are doing the embroidery. We placed the order about 3 days ago and they shipped out today.
gfrutig1 posted 02-18-2008 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
We too have reserved our room for Georgetown. David can you give us details on the shirts, sounds like a great idea, and my kids would love it.
David Jenkins posted 02-18-2008 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hi everyone,
This is Quinn, David's daughter. I ordered the t-shirts and want to clarify any questions. I ordered the basic Boston Whaler t-shirt (in pink, but different colors go with different boats), with a logo in the front pocket and on the back. The embroidery was 'Waccamaw 2008' and was in thread on the back, UNDER the logo.
Looking forward to the 26th!

-Quinn

ScottS posted 02-23-2008 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Looks like we'll make the trip this year. We'll be in a 150 Sport with two Dads and two kids (boy 6 & girl 7).

I made my reservation at the Georgetown Hampton. Still need to call the marina. We're still deciding between the Best Western or Comfort Suites for Friday night in Conway. We can use hotel points for the Comfort. Any suggestions? Do both have good trailer parking?

Will we be able to leave our cars/trailers at the Conway ciy marina for Saturday and Sunday?

ScottS

David Jenkins posted 02-24-2008 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Scott. Bring a VHF radio if you have one.

You can launch and keep your car overnight at the Conway City Marina for a fee of about $5.00.

Or keep your car at the Best Western (the launch and parking are free and it seemed safe, although maybe not as safe as the marina). I do not know anything about the Comfort Suites in Conway.

GAwhale posted 02-25-2008 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I called the Hampton Inn at (843) 545-5000 with my credit card and reserved my room. The receptionist said nine rooms are taken and six are remaining. She also said the room could be canceled with a 24 hour notice. Keep in mind the six remaining rooms will be held only until March 26 (one month prior). Make you reservations now.

My nephew Robert is unavailable to make the trip this year. It appears I will have the able crew of my nephew Kirk (14) and my daughter Hannah (10).

We will spend Friday night April 25 with relatives in Charleston, SC. We will shoot to be ready for a 10:00 AM departure in Conway, SC on Saturday.

I sent Mark11 an e-mail. I hope he chimes in. Are we going to be able to find the beach without him as our guide? He also made a reservation at the restaurant for Saturday evening last year.

GAwhale posted 02-25-2008 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Mark11's e-mail from this site does not work.

Does anyone have his cell phone number?

mark11 posted 02-25-2008 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Hello Guys,

I just caught wind of the trip. Sounds great. I think the water may be warm enough to swim by then. (at least for the kids). Anyway I'll be glad to look into resturants again. I think the one we went to last year has changed hands and there is another new one in the area. I must investigate.

Last year we had over 30 at dinner. How does 8:00 PM sound?

Mark

WhalerAce posted 02-25-2008 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Mark,

Glad to hear you are a part of the rendezvous again.

I think that last year we decided that 9:00 pm was a good time because by then all of the "tourists" were through eating and a restaurant could handle our group in one sitting.

Last year, I think that the restaurant ran out of chairs and tables at which to seat us!

TWO of us in our group (Joy and me).

--- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 02-25-2008 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Last year the 13 year-olds got to sit at the adult table and the 10-year olds did not. I still hear about this from my now 11-year-old. So this year let's either have everyone sit at one big table or better yet let's have everyone who is under age 18 sit at one table and everyone 18 and older sit at another table.

Also, last year the restaurant could not get all of the food out at the same time and some people were getting served when others were finished eating. Maybe we could convince the restaurant to prepare food "family style" and when we sit down they bring us huge platters of their best dishes and we split up the bill evenly and only pay for alcohol separately. What do you think?

mark11 posted 02-26-2008 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
The main thing I want to look into is service for 25 to 30 people. I have been to group dinners before where a limited menu is served to improve service. An other Idea may be to pre order dinner prior to our trip. I'll loook into all idea's .

How many do we estimate will be on hand for dinner so far?

David Jenkins posted 02-26-2008 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I believe that 18 people (including children) will be coming down from the Raleigh/Durham area (in six boats). Plus 3 people in Mark's boat, 2 in Ace's boat, 3 in Philip's boat, 4 in Scott's boat, 4 people in Gary's boat. Plus the c. 4 people who have said "maybe."

So that adds up to 30-34 people.

David Jenkins posted 03-05-2008 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Revised head count:

Four people in my 1974 Outrage 19, the Anna Jane. That is David, Marti, Jeff and Archanna. (4)

Five girls and one mom in the 1977 15', the Clementine, which may soon be renamed the Stella Luna. (6)

Four adults and two kids in Bill Dungan's 18' SeaRay. (6)

3 to 5 adults, 2 teens, 1 kid in Scott Stephens' 24' SeaRay. (6-8)

2 adults, 1 teen, 1 kid in Steve Wilkins' 22' Hydro Sport (4)

Two adults in Richard and Denise's boat.(2)

That is a total of 28-30 people coming from the Raleigh/Durham area.

Plus 3 people in Mark's boat, 2 in Ace's boat, 3 in Philip's boat, 4 in Scott's boat, 4 people in Gary's boat. Plus the c. 4 people who have said "maybe."

That adds up to 42-48 people.

With that many people, let's see if a restaurant can reserve an entire room for us. Or could we see if there was a place where we might have someone cater the event? Maybe we should see what the Hampton has to offer? Where do people in Georgetown have small wedding receptions?

David Jenkins posted 03-05-2008 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Is there some place where we could do our own cooking via a huge bar-be-que grill? That might be more conducive to socializing.

The Hampton Inn tells me that they do not have a room to rent for catered events.

I spoke to Ashley at the River Room Restaurant (843-527-4110) on Front Street. She said that they do not have a room to reserve for us and that they do not even take reservations but they do have two raised sections that would accommodate about 25 people in each section (one adult, one under 18). Their kitchen is open until 10 PM. I still like the bar-be-que idea better if Mark or someone else can locate a Pavilion or other spot for us that would allow alcohol consumption.

While I was on the phone with the Hampton Inn I asked how many rooms our group had reserved. They told be that a total of nine rooms had been held. These rooms are for:

David (3 rooms)
Bill
Bill's friend Scott Stephens
Gary
ScottS
Philip
Richard

mark11 posted 03-05-2008 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
wow

thats a lot of people. I'm going down to georgetown over the weekend to see what I can find. I'll let you guys know what I turn up on monday.

WhalerAce posted 03-06-2008 02:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
David,

We have a room reserved as well, but since the government rate that I got was $10 cheaper than the Whaler rate, we did not use one of the rooms that you have reserved.

Don't count us out!

--- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-06-2008 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Excellent, Ace!

Bill Duncan will only have two adults on his boat so our total count is now down to 40-46 people for dinner Saturday night.

Here is the tentative plan as I understand it:

Friday April 25
8:00 PM: arrive Conway, have dinner at ???, check into Best Western.

Saturday April 26
8 AM: I plan to take the Anna Jane up the Waccamaw River to see what I can see. Anyone want to join me? The Anna Jane will be standing by on VHF channel 16.
9:30 - 10:00 AM: everyone meets at the Conway City Marina.
10:00 AM: depart Conway, heading down the Waccamaw RIver at 20-25 mph.
12:00 PM: picnic lunch and refreshing swim at mark11's hidden cove (do you have coordinates for that, Mark?)
1:30 PM: back under way
2:00 PM: restroom stop at Wacca Wache fuel dock
4:00 PM: arrive Georgetown
6:00 PM cocktail hour on the dock
7:00 PM: navigate to restaurant

Sunday April 27
Everyone does there own thing Sunday morning. Anyone want to go fishing?
11:00 AM: Leave the dock, heading for Wacca Wache
12:00 PM-2:00 PM. Lunch at Wacca Wache.
5:00 PM: arrive Conway, put boats on trailers.

GAwhale posted 03-06-2008 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Sounds like a great plan, David.

Are there any stories from the naming/renaming of your boats?

BRING LIST:
-Picnic lunch for the first day

-Throw cushion and horn(we were busted by the Coast Guard-plus no life vests with loose stitching - kind of a weak find)

-Fenders and good dock lines (there is quite a current or waves at the outer docks)

-Sunblock

WhalerAce posted 03-08-2008 01:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
From your schedule:

"4:00 PM: arrive Georgetown"
"6:00 PM cocktail hour on the dock"
"7:00 PM: navigate to restaurant",

I don't think that an hour is enough time for docktails. Not to sound sexist, but it takes the women-folk longer to redo their hair and get down to the dock. This group is like herding cats! Let's plan on a little longer sitting on the boats at the dock for Docktails. People trickle down to the dock and I think that that hour will pass all too quickly.

I thought that we had said last year that dinner around 9:00 pm would be better for us logistics-wise in terms of restaurants seating us all together than something earlier.

I know that Mark is scouting restaurants this weekend, so let's see what he comes up with. Besides, last year it was wine and cheese on the dock, so if we do that again, there is not quite the need to rush to go to the restaurants, is there?

No matter what we decide, we'll be there!

--- WhalerAce

PS Also note the thread I am going to start in the GAM about sitting on the boats tied up.

Tohsgib posted 03-08-2008 01:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Can somebody send me(e-mail) the details so I can see if our club wants to come north and raise some hell? Sounds like fun but we have a bunch on our plate already...never know what gives.
GAwhale posted 03-08-2008 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
HI Nick,

Nice to hear from you. I finally figured out that "Toshgib" is "Bigshot" spelled backwards. Do you still have the statue of Dick Fisher in your living room or did your wife finally give you the ultimatum and make you sell it on e-bay?

It would be great if the Florida crowd could join us in the Carolina's. I think the details are all in the thread. We still have plenty of rooms available in Georgetown, SC; however they will be held only until March 26. You must call in and reserve with a credit card (you can still cancel with 24 hour notice).

It's a spectacular trip. Please join us.

Regards, Philip

David Jenkins posted 03-08-2008 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Good point, Ace.
How about a dockside cocktail hour of 6:00-8:00 PM?
mark11 posted 03-10-2008 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Hello gang,

my research project over the weekend produced the following results.

1) The Land's End Resturant located next to the Hampton Inn
is booked with a wedding party of 300 (having heard that I made my reservation at the Hampton Inn at once).

2) The Dogwood Cafe no longer exists. (no surprise based on our experience last year) It is now an Italian place and I ruled it out for lack of veriety.

3) Buzz's Roost. a new place that is more like a bar with typical pug grub. I't might be fun to have a drink there but they could not acomodate more thatn 25 to 30 in a group.

4) The winner so far is the Goat Island Grill. It is about two or three doors down from the place we ate last year. (available by boat) They will close off their oudoor deck overlooking the river and docks for our party. It is large enough to accomodate us all. The manager suggested that we preplanned menu and make our choices prior to arrival.

Here is a sample menu that they did for another party.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken: served with yukon gold mashed potatos and grilled zucchini. $22.00

Flounder Francaise: lightly battered felets served in a lemon breer blanc over rice with sauteed spinich $25.00

Seafood Pasta Marinara: Shrimp, scallops and clams steamed in a Marinara sause served oner the pasta of the day. @24.00

14 oz NY Strip: Grilled and served with youkoin Gold mashed potatos, garlicfried Green beans, and topped with a mederia demi glace. $26.00

The price included entree, appetizer trey, salad, non-alcohlic beverage tax and gratuity.

We can create our own menu. I think the above example will give you an idea of price and options. To review the entire menu go to www.goatislandgrill.com

they can accomodate kids too.

My suggestion would be for us to preorder prior to the trip
and to bring CASH to pay the bill.

Now is the time for feedback so please look at the web site and let me know your thoughts. If agreed I will move forward with menu planning.


Mark


gfrutig1 posted 03-10-2008 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
The GIG sounds good. The menu is agreeable to our family. What if weather is poor, will they move us inside, or is the deck covered? Thanks for doing the leg work Mark.
David Jenkins posted 03-10-2008 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Goat Island Grill sounds perfect. Thanks, Mark.
GAwhale posted 03-11-2008 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Mark,

Thanks for your leg work. It is great to have someone like you aboard with all the local knowledge.

I will vote for the chicken dish at Goat Island Grill. My two crew members will take that also or order off the kids menu whatever is easiser.

mark11 posted 03-11-2008 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Poor Weather? Don't even say it!

About half of the deck has a roof over it. I imagine that if it gets too bad we would try to move as many indoors as possible. If the weather is not good the GIG's normal traffic woud be slower and then more space would be open indoors.

Mark

WhalerAce posted 03-11-2008 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Mark,

I echo all of the previous appreciation.

GIG sounds great to us.

Looking forward to the trip! This is a really great group of folks, isn't it?

--- WhalerAce

AkIce86 posted 03-15-2008 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for AkIce86  Send Email to AkIce86     
David,

Thanks for all your work and allowing us to tag along.

We expect to be 2 adults, 2 teens, 1 child. We may add a teen but its not likely.

We will be in our 24' Sea Ray and will be in Conway on the 25th. We have our reservation for Conway and Georgetown.

Our friends, Steve and Darlene Wilkins will be coming along in their brand new 22 Hydra Sport. They still need to make their reservations. I have given them the necessary info.

The GIG sounds great.

Thanks again and see you in April.

Scott Stephens

WhalerAce posted 03-15-2008 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
SEA RAY ? ? ?

HYDRA-SPORT ? ? ?

Nah, just kidding. The More, the Merrier!

See y'all in April

--- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-16-2008 07:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Excellent, Scott. We will see you in Conway.
I am sending this message from Jekyll Island, Georgia where we spent a few days boating around Amelia Island and St Simons Island. It was great to be on the water again. I brought along a new navigation tool: the Lowrance iWay 600c. It was fabulous. Screen brightness and resolution were perfect, all of the markers and water depths were there, you could zoom way in, and we always knew where we were and knew where to look when we could not see the next marker. So coming back from the restaurant to the hotel by water at night will be a breeze! Cheers!
GAwhale posted 03-16-2008 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Marty never did like the idea of taking your Whaler to dinner in the the dark. It was an adventure. One year we hit a rogue log floating in the water. What are the chances of that happening?

We always have a great mix of boaters and it is FUN.

ScottS posted 03-17-2008 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
The G.I.G. looks great! Preplanned menu or preordering is probably the way to go.

I stopped by Conway this weekend on the way home from Myrtle Beach. There is construction going on at the park where the Conway city marina ramp is. Half the parking spaces are taken up by construction materials, which only leaves six spaces large enough for boat trailers (and few other spaces). Plus, these are just regular spaces, so you have to hope there are two across from each other that are clear. The ramp is open and looks great. I spoke with the parks department and they said not to park across the street by the tennis courts. Construction continues through May.

The ramp next to the Best Western looked good. The ramp is well paved and the driveway is dirt. The water depth seemed fine for a 15' or 17', but it was hard to tell if there is depth for a larger boat to launch. The Best Western owns the gravel and dirt lot between the motel and the ramp and said we can keep our trailers there. I think this is where I'll launch and store my truck/trailer.

Does anyone have better "local" information about where is best to launch and park?

ScottS

cindalyn posted 03-17-2008 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Another alternative you might want to seriously consider is the ramp 'under' the bridge that crosses the Intercoastal from SC 544. This is Horry County's newest ramp opened in April 2003.

This ramp is only about 15 minutes from Conway and will put you on the Intercoastal only minutes from the Wacummaw River.

The ramp is VERY nice and will accommodate very large boats. You actually park the car & trailer under the SC 544 bridge. The ramps (2) are concrete and the parking lot is paved. Lots of parking available.

There is a prota-poty located there for your convenience also.

I've seen the Conway ramp in an overflow situation when there is no construction so you could have parking problems with the construction going on. The Savanna Ramp, next to the Best Western, can get awfully crowded also. I'd be concerned leaving my car there overnight unless you can park at the Best Western - and even then?

Directions - From SC 501 South turn right onto SC 544 go about 8 miles then make a left at Dick Pond Road. (If you cross the Intercoastal on SC 544 you went too far). Dick Pond Road will bend and run parallel to SC 544. Go about half a mile and look ahead for the small swing bridge that crosses the Intercoastal. BEFORE you get to the bridge make a right hand turn onto Peachtree Road. The ramp will be about 100 yards on your left UNDER the SC 544 Bridge. You might want to advise the Socastee Police that there will be a lot of you parking there overnight so they can keep an eye on things for you.

Ron

David Jenkins posted 03-17-2008 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Ron, but I am launching in Conway. Putting in where SC 544 crosses the ICW would shorten the trip by 1/3 and we would not experience the Waccamaw where it is narrow and makes its numerous turns.

I think that the towing vehicles and trailers will be fine at the Best Western on Friday and Saturday nights. This is the third rendezvous and the fifth time I have made this trip and we have not had any trouble so far.

Only about five weeks to go! Looking forward to it!

WhalerAce posted 03-17-2008 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
The ramp by the Best Western was deep enough for us to launch the Temptation last year. And I parked in front of the fence at the Best Western and felt the rig was safe enough. At least it wasn't on the gravel road with all of the other rigs left behind.

I'm looking forward to it as well.

--- WhalerAce

ScottS posted 03-19-2008 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Yes, either the ramp next to Best Western or the downtown Conway ramp seem safe enough. I didn't have concerns about either. The downtown ramp is a few blocks from the Police station. The Best Western should have enough activity. Plus, I'm already trusting my truck, trailer, and the boat there on Friday night. I take everything out of the boat to avoid little things from walking away. There is a bigger risk of someone grabbing an anchor or other gear than taking the whole rig.

I plan to leave my truck and trailer on Best Western's field. I'll back the trailer in on the left side toward the motel front office. That will keep it in view and make the trailer harder to separate from the truck. I'll also lock a large chain to one wheel and spring. The goal is just to make my trailer harder to steal than David's, right?!?!

ScottS

David Jenkins posted 03-20-2008 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
If people would like to send me their cell phone numbers in an email with Waccamaw as the subject line I will collect the numbers and send an email back with everyone's cell phone number.

Has everyone who is coming made a reservation at Conway and/or Georgetown?

Ron, do you have suggestions as to where we might want to have dinner in Conway about 9 PM Friday night?

cindalyn posted 03-20-2008 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Here are several restaurants/locations to consider:

SIDEWHEELER -within walking distance of the Conway landing. Popular with locals but mixed reviews on the food. Never been there myself but wife says "So-So".
http://www.myrtlebeachscrestaurants.com/Side-Wheeler-Restaurant-Conway.html


EL PATIO - Mexican (and American) Inexpensive, large portions, good food, one of my wife's & my favorites.
Five minutes from Best Western
http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=13465946


SOCASTEE STATION - Where the locals 'in-the-know' eat. Excellent food, inexpensive, huge portions. About 15-20 minutes from Best Western
http://www.foodhistory.com/foodnotes/road/mbsc/socastee/01/


DAMON'S RESTAURANT - Chain Restaurant with typical, moderately priced food. This is right on the beach with a beautiful ocean view and makes for a nice walk for the kids and family. About 30-35 minutes from the Best Western.
http://www.myrtlebeachscrestaurants.com/Damons-Grill-Myrtle-Beach.html


BROADWAY AT THE BEACH - Tourist area with a wide varity of restaurants and 'eateries'. Would be fun for the women and kids (but not as much fun as a hardware store is for the men). About 20-25 minutes from the Best Western.
http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com/


MARSH WALK MERRILL Inlet - Locals and Tourist "hangout". This is a small fishing village comprised mostly of restaurants with a wide selection of food but specializing in seafood. I would say prices are moderate to high. A very relaxing atmosphere with fishing boats, tiki lamps, music etc. Fun for the entire family. This is where my wife and I take friends when they visit. I'd RECOMMEND if you have time! About 50-60 minutes from Best Western.
http://murrellsinletmarshwalk.com/


Other than these there are hundreds of restaurants typical of a tourist area.

If you are going to try to get seated as a group I'd recommend reservations.

Ron


David Jenkins posted 03-21-2008 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The Durham crowd will be driving nearly 3 hours to get there and will probably not be ready to eat until 9:00 PM and with youngsters with us we will want dine close to the hotel. So I think we will probably want to dine at El Patio. They serve until 10 PM. Thanks for that suggestion, Ron.
cindalyn posted 03-22-2008 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
For a landmark - heading south on Rt. 501 look for LOWES on your left.
Go through the intersection staying on 501.
Make sure you are in the right lane. EL PATIO will be about 50 yards ahead on the right next to the Holiday Inn Express which is easier to spot than El Patio.

Ron

ScottS posted 03-23-2008 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Have we decided on a plan for dinner Saturday night? Are we doing a preplanned menu or preordering at the G.I.G.?

We'll arrive in Conway around 6 PM on Friday. For Friday evening dinner in Conway how is the Ultimate California Pizza restaurant in downtown (Laurel St)?

ScottS

mark11 posted 03-24-2008 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
I'll have the preplanned menu at the GIG out on email this week. UCP is very good. - Mark

GAwhale posted 03-25-2008 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
ATTENTION ALL PROCRASTINATORS:

The "Boston Whaler Rendezvous" block of rooms will expire tomorrow March 26.

If you are sitting on the fence about going, go ahead and call the Hampton Inn (843)545-5000 to reserve your room. You can always cancel with a 24 hour notice if something comes up.

Please join us for this spectacular trip.

Tom C posted 03-25-2008 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Thanks for the reminder. I made a reservation today. Hopefully I'll not have to cancel. I had my left knee repaced four weeks ago and the recovery is going well. I'm walking without a cane and this will be my last week of therapy. I look forward to the trip since I missed last year.
bahamalightning posted 03-27-2008 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for bahamalightning  Send Email to bahamalightning     
Hi. This is Steve and Darlene Wilkins from Bahama. We appreciate you letting our Hydrasport crash your party!

Our kids for planning purposes are 16 yr girl and 13 yr boy. As far as meals and such, we are very flexible and can eat when and where you tell us! Pizza in Conway is fine and the Goat Island Grill in GT sounds awesome.

We have already made all our reservations and will coordinate with the Stephens and Dungans to caravan to Conway.

We are really looking forward to this trip so thanks again.

David Jenkins posted 03-28-2008 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Tom C, Steve and Darlene.

I am going to send out an email to all captains with everyone's cell phone number. It could be that I already have everyone's number but Tom's.

Make sure that your have the following on board:

Life jacket for every person (make sure there are no tears of any kind).
Throw cushion
Fire extinguisher
Whistle or horn
Boat registration

You will also want to bring a picnic lunch for Saturday.
A VHF radio makes the trip more fun but is not essential.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat.

See you in Conway!

David Jenkins posted 04-01-2008 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hey, Mark.

Any news on the menu? Have you reserved the GIG deck for us Saturday night April 26? Thank you!

John Leatham posted 04-01-2008 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
Hi Ya'll,

I'm a little late to the dance but this sounds like a hoot. I'm going to try and meet you all in Conway for this trip. I have a 1982 15ft Sport. It's a true classic in great shape. I also have a buddy with an Outrage. I have all the right safty gear, VHF and reg, etc. How many Whalers are planning to go? Should be a great time.

John Leatham
Anderson, SC
864-934-1050

David Jenkins posted 04-01-2008 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I believe that we will have 11 boats (41 people) and possibly 4 more boats (c. 10 more people). Seven of the 11 boats are Boston Whalers.

The 11 confirmed groups are:

1. Philip's and his daughter Hannah and his nephew Kirk will be on Philip's 17' Boston Whaler Montauk. What's the name of your boat, Philip?

2. David and Marti with guests Jeff and Archanna will be on the Anna Jane, a 1974 Boston Whaler Outrage 19.

3. Quinn and Anna with guests Meredith, Tara and Kiran (and chaperoned by Meredith's mother Marjorie) will be on the Clementine, also known as the Stella Luna, a 1977 Boston Whaler 15' Sport.

4. Gary (gfrutig) and his wife and two children will be trailering their 18' Boston Whaler Outrage all the way down from Philadelphia, PA to join us again on this trip. What are the names of your boat and family members, Gary?

5. Ace and Joy will be on their 27' Boston Whaler Temptation. For those of you who have not met Ace and Joy, they are the life of every party and have been to more Whaler rendezvous than anybody. What is the name of your boat, Ace? We want to be able to hail you on the VHF radio.

6. Scott and a buddy and their two children will be on a relatively-new Boston Whaler 15'. What is the name of your boat, Scott?

7. Bill and Stephanie and their two children on an 18' SeaRay. That boat got a name, Bill?

8. Richard and Denise on their boat (more details about that boat are coming soon).

9. Scott (AkIce86) and a crew of four on a 24' SeaRay. Send us a name for the boat, Scott.

10. Steve and Darlene (bahamalightning) on their 22' Hydro Sport. I presume the name of the boat may be Bahama Lightning. Is that right, Steve?

11. Mark and his wife and daughter on their Boston Whaler 17' Montauk. Send us names and a menu, Mark :)

The four groups that are thinking about making the trip are:

1. Tom might come in a Montauk.

2. Ron (cinddalyn) might come in a Montauk.

3. John might come in a 15' Sport.

4. My friends Shayne and Angela might come with 4 children in about a 22' non-Whaler boat.

GAwhale posted 04-02-2008 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi John,

I hope you and your friend can make it. It is a great trip.

If you are serious you should call the Hampton Inn right away at (843) 545-5000 and reserve your room for Saturday night.

David, my boat has no offical name. You can put me down as GAwhale. I should be the only boat with a Georgia registration.

gfrutig1 posted 04-02-2008 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
My wife is Beth, our son Wil is 13, and Olivia is 81/2 as she likes to say. We hail from central Pa Closer to Harrisburg than Philadelphia, but that puts on some other roads then I95 for the drive down. Our boat is unnamed, we are dominately inland boaters, and very few boats in our area have VHF but us.
Tom C. I wish you luck with your knee, sounds like your doing great.Hope you can make the trip. We can compare scars, mines 10 years old last March.
Just over 3 weeks away, we can't wait to head south. Last year this time I was worried about getting the boat out of storage through the snow. This year has been much warmer, we've seen 60 and nights haven't gone below 25 for over a week. Counting the days!
Gary
rush posted 04-02-2008 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for rush  Send Email to rush     
Hey Ya'll!

John (15' Super Sport), just dropped a printout of this thread on my desk and the Rendezvous sounds like a great adventure! I've just cleared the weekend with the boss (my wife) and, barring any emergencies (particularly, with the three year-old), plan to participate. I need to round up a crew, get reservations, etc. before I confirm.

I have a 1995 Outrage (II) 19; no name...yet, but I'll put some thought into it.

I've forwarded the link to two other Whaler owners (one who works with John and me). Hopefully, they'll make it as well and we'll add four Whalers to the total.

Robert Usherwood

ScottS posted 04-02-2008 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
6. Scott and a buddy and their two children will be on a relatively-new Boston Whaler 15'. What is the name of your boat, Scott?

My boat is a 2004 150 Sport named Rascal (though the name doesn't appear anywhere on the boat). On my boat will be me (Scott), my son Keifer (6 3/4), friend Chris, and his daughter Lily (7).

We'll be driving down from about an hour east of Raleigh/Durham.

If you haven't already done so, please e-mail your cell phone number to David Jenkins. He will e-mail a complete list back to everyone along with boat names, CW names, etc.

Mark, how is the GIG dinner planning going?

ScottS


cindalyn posted 04-02-2008 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Well I finally got the new gas tank in the boat and as soon as I get a day without rain I'll be trying the boat for the very first time. My 'tentative' plans are to travel with the group only as far as the picnic area then return home as the flotella proceeds onto Georgetown. I haven't had any experience with this boat yet and a shorter 1st trip will be a little more comfortable for my wife (Barbara) who isn't a real boating enthusiast at this point. I'll be in a 17' Outrage named "Bottom Up" but the name is not on the boat. I just installed a new VHS radio so hopefully it will work OK.

[gfrutig1] We lived in the Harrisburg, Middletown, and Lancaster areas. You have a good drive ahead of you. What route are you taking?]

Ron

cindalyn posted 04-02-2008 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Oops - name of boat should be "Bottoms UP"
gfrutig1 posted 04-02-2008 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
(Cindalyn) Ron, We live in Camp Hill, the west shore of Harrisburg. I went to scool in Millersville,(Lancaster) and we boat on the Susquehanna in southern Lancaster county. My mother lives down there in Longs now so we have a duel purpose in the trip. We travel Rt 81 south to Winchester Va., then Rte 17 over to 95. Thats the senic area (also slow). Then we're on 95 all the way down to Rt 74 then 701 to 9 to Longs. It is usually about 9 hours with all the stops,kids and coffee for the wife add to the number of stops. Hauling the boat doesn't seem to add too much time to the trip.
John Leatham posted 04-02-2008 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
My 1982 15 ft Sport is named "Gotta Luv It'. My parents bought the boat new when I was 19 from a dealer in Stamford, CT. It's seen action in Vermont on Lake Rescue and Lake Bommoseen. It's also been on Candlewood Lake in Danbury, CT and Lake Michigan in Door County, WI and Lake Forrest, IL. Since 1994 it's been based in Anderson, SC where we've enjoyed exploring Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee. Starting in 2002 we have made an annual trip to Fripp Island, SC off the coast of Beaufort, SC. The backwater areas are incredible and the southern end of the island (Bull Point) is remote and primitive. On a clear day you can see Hilton Head. I'm planning to make the trip to Georgetown, SC with the group. Hope my back holds up on that long ride!
David Jenkins posted 04-02-2008 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The name of your boat is valuable because that is how we will call you on your VHF radio. If you do not have a name, make one up! If you do not have a VHF radio, remind someone that father's day is coming soon :)

I will soon make another post that will re-list all boats coming and in that list I will put the first name of the captain and the first name of every crew member, the continuouswave screen name that you used here, your boat's name, and "yes" or "no" if I have a cell phone number for you (I will email those cell phone numbers to everyone soon). Maybe I need a "yes or "no" if you have a VHF radio? Everyone can copy and paste this list into some application (MS Word?) that they can print out before the trip. I think it will make the weekend more fun if we know everyone's name and have an easy way to communicate.

"This is the Anna Jane calling the Clementine. Do you copy? Do you see that large yacht in front of you?" (That is just what a hypothetical VHF communication might sound like).

This is a great mix of people. There will be young and old and everything in between. (PS: My wife Marti and Meredith's mom Marjorie never read continuouswave so this is like a secret but Marti will be turning 50 a few days before the trip and Marjorie will also be having a birthday so if someone who is good with surprises can help me make this special for those ladies that would be greatly appreciated!).

The younger crowd (ages 16 and under) need to realize how many of you will be on this trip and submit ideas that might make the trip more fun. Like while the grown ups have the dockside cocktail hour on Saturday night you guys might want to jump in the hotel pool or play a game of Pictionary. And is anyone planning on taking photographs or shooting video? Preserve your memories; they're all that's left you....

Looking forward to it!

cindalyn posted 04-02-2008 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
gfrutig1 - My brother lives in Dillsburg, my son is in Lititz, my daughter is in E-town and inlaws are in Hbg.

When I was a kid I just about lived on the Susquehanna. I hunted on Three Mile Island before the nucular plant was built.

From Hbg. I take rt. 15 to 17 [Warrenton, VA] to I-95 to SC 501 [Latta exit]. Nice drive - but then anything is better then running thru Washington on I-95.

Look forward to meeting you.

Ron

mark11 posted 04-03-2008 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Everyone,

Sorry for the delay. I should have a menu to post by tomorrow. We are reserved for the GIG's deck on the 26th.

Mark

David Jenkins posted 04-05-2008 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Here is a revised list of expected participants as well as the names of their boats. It might be a good idea to copy and paste this list into another application then print it and maybe laminate it and put it next to your VHF radio. The trip will be more fun if we can talk to each other on the VHF and without boat names that becomes difficult.

1. Philip's and his daughter Hannah and his nephew Kirk will be on Philip's Montauk, the Georgia Whale

2. David and Marti with guests Jeff and Archanna will be on a 19' Outrage, the Anna Jane,

3. Quinn and Anna with guests Meredith, Tara and Kiran (and chaperoned by Meredith's mother Marjorie) will be on the Clementine, also known as the Stella Luna, a 15' Sport.

4. Gary (gfrutig), his wife Beth, son Will and daughter Olivia will be on their 18' Outrage. tentatively known as the Pennsylvania Whale.

5. Ace and Joyce will be on their 27' Boston Whaler which I think (for radio purposes) will be known as the Temptation.

6. Scott and his son Keifer and Scott's friend Chris and Chris's daughter Lily will be on Scott's 2004 150 Sport, the Rascal.

7. Bill and Stephanie and their two children Katie and Ben are traveling on their 18' SeaRay, the Volare.

8. Richard and Denise on their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly.

9. Scott (AkIce86) and a crew of four on a 24' SeaRay. Send names, Scott.

10. Steve and Darlene on their 22' Hydro Sport, which I believe is named Bahama Lightning.

11. Mark and his wife Tara and daughter Sarah on their Montauk, tentatively named the Mark11.

12. Ron (cindalyn) and his wife Barbara in their 17' Outrage, the Bottom's Up.

13. Tom C and his wife in a 1993 Montauk, tentatively named the Tom C.

14. John in his 1982 15 ft Sport, the Gotta Luv It.

15. Robert in his 19' Outrage II, tentatively named the Rush.

16. Shayne and Angela and their 4 daughters in their boat (details coming soon).

mark11 posted 04-06-2008 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Boston Whaler Menu

Lemon Rosemary Chicken $25.00
Flounder Francaise $27.50
Seafood Pasta $27.50
NY Strip $30.00
Shrimp and Grits $26.50

Kid’s Menu $4.00

Chicken Fingers & Fries
GIG Burger & Fries
Popcorn Shrimp & Fries
Fried Flounder & Fries
Pasta of the day served with Marinara or Butter

This price includes entrée, appetizer, salad, non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.

mark11 posted 04-06-2008 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Boston Whaler Menu

Lemon Rosemary Chicken $25.00
Flounder Francaise $27.50
Seafood Pasta $27.50
NY Strip $30.00
Shrimp and Grits $26.50

Kid’s Menu $4.00

Chicken Fingers & Fries
GIG Burger & Fries
Popcorn Shrimp & Fries
Fried Flounder & Fries
Pasta of the day served with Marinara or Butter

This price includes entrée, appetizer, salad, non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.

mark11 posted 04-06-2008 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Hello everyone,

The updated menu is posted above. The prices are different from the sample menu earlier as that event was from August 07. I still think they are reasonable as they include appitiszers, drinks,tax and tip.

Please choose the selections for everyone in your party and email them to me at mhawkinson@sc.rr.com.

I will compile the selections and get them to the GIG a few days in advance. Please plan to bring enough CASH to cover your dinner. I will collect in advance of dinner and give yeveryone a card with their selection to bring with them to dinner. Thay way ordering will be much quicker. Hopefully, this will lead to better service than last year and not keep us in the place till midnight.

Last but not least. If you plan to drink alcholic beverages at dinner you will need to pay seperately for those. You can ru a tab and pay by credit card if you wish.

They still have us arriving at 9:00 PM. If that is not still the agreed time please let m know and I'll see what I can do.

Mark

David Jenkins posted 04-06-2008 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Mark! Does the GIG need orders in advance or when we arrive?

Re Sunday lunch at Wacca Wache, music is by Cowboy and he starts playing at 2:00 PM. So if music is important we do not need to arrive there until close to 2:00 PM, which means we do not need to leave Georgetown Sunday until about 1 PM, which means Sunday morning we could explore the rivers around Georgetown or fish or go to the beach.

David Jenkins posted 04-06-2008 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Mark,

I was writing my last post at the same time you were writing your last post so you answered my question before I could ask it!

About emailing you the orders--there are going to be about 40 people in our party. You do not want to try to keep up with who has ordered and who has not, what people ordered, changes in orders, no shows etc. This would be a nightmare for you.

Please call the restaurant and tell them that we are delighted that they will take our large party at 9:00 PM, we will use the pre-arranged limited menu with gratuity included, but we want to call in the order at 1 PM on Saturday April 26. Then while we are at your our beach lunch spot someone (maybe you?) can walk around and collect the orders and the cash and can then call the GIG with the order. Okay?

Thank you!

WhalerAce posted 04-06-2008 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Mark and David,

You two have done a GREAT job. Thanks.

By the way, our boat name is "Latest Temptation". That's because it was the last year they were made, and it's also kinda like the "Last Boat III" theme, where you know it's not really the last boat you'll have.

Thanks,

--- Ace

cindalyn posted 04-06-2008 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
I was out on the Waccumaw today and it was beautiful. The water was muddy from all the rain but very calm and about 60+ degrees. The main channel ranged on average from about 9 ft. to 13 ft.

The Savannah Bluff landing was FULL and difficult to park but launching was very easy with little waiting. For those staying at the Best Western you shouldn't have a concern for parking.

There is still construction going on at the Conway Marina but, from the boat, it didn't appear like many spaces were occupied. The marina is modifying their onwater storage docks and very few boats were moored. That could account for the lack of activity in the parking area.

Anyone arriving in time might want to take a short jaunt "UP" the river. Be careful of low overhead on bridge clearance. My antenna scrapped on one of them.

Great day though!

Ron

bahamalightning posted 04-07-2008 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for bahamalightning  Send Email to bahamalightning     
David,

Our boat name is "Reel Meds" although we have not placed in on the vessel yet. We are so excited and cannot wait for the vouyage to begin.

Steve

gfrutig1 posted 04-08-2008 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
1st, David you have mail. Pennsylvania Whale works for our Boat name. Seems I have lots of work to do on the boat this year, I have parts coming from 3 different suppliers. Hopefully they'll all come through on time. 2 1/2 weeks and counting the days.
Gary
gfrutig1 posted 04-11-2008 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
On one of his earlier posts David mentioned fishing. I am one who is always willing. I am not familiar with the fish of the SC area, but if anyone else chooses to go all I need are a few pointers on what equipment to bring! I believe from last year there are 2 different areas. North of Georgrtown is considered fresh water and the Bay around Georgetown is salt water and each seperate different permits.
cindalyn posted 04-11-2008 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
You're correct there is both a salt & fresh water license requirement. See: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/licensing.html

Estimate of when the saltwater fish are running at the various Grand Strand Piers!

Amberjack May-October http://myfwc.com/marine/fish/lessaj.jpg

Barracuda April-October http://myfwc.com/marine/fish/cuda.jpg

Blue Fish April-October http://indian-river.fl.us/fishing/fish/bluefish.html

Dolphin April -September http://myfwc.com/marine/fish/dolphinm.jpg

Flounder April -September http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=131

King Mackerel May-November http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=64

Red Drum May-November http://myfwc.com/marine/fish/reddrum.jpg

Sea Bass January - December

Shark May-October

Spanish Mackerel May-November
http://myfwc.com/marine/fish/spanmack.jpg

Speckled Trout Jan-Feb and Nov-Dec

Tarpon Jan-Feb and May-Sept http://myfwc.com/marine/fish/tarpon.jpg


David Jenkins posted 04-11-2008 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Two weeks from today at about this hour we will be heading to Conway! Has everyone had a chance to run their boats and check their VHF radio, etc? Weather and wife permitting, I will be doing that tomorrow morning on Jordan Lake with some of the other boats coming from North Carolina.

Mark, what do you think about my idea regarding placing the order for the Saturday (4/26) dinner by phone at about 2 PM that afternoon? Will the GIG go for that?

Ace, I am looking forward to seeing the Latest Temptation!

Gary, thank you for putting all of the data into an Excel file. I will forward that to everyone next week.

Ron, thanks for sending those links.

I just called the dock master at the Georgetown City Marina (843-546-1776) and he said that in the brackish water around Georgetown no one is catching anything but catfish. And he said that no one is trolling outside (i.e., in the Atlantic) right now. And to troll outside you have to go out to the sea buoy and that is 14 miles from the Georgetown dock. People are catching some redfish and founder casting with shrimp but not much and not close to Georgetown. So I do not think we should plan on fishing this trip.

The dock master recommended that we spend Sunday morning going up the scenic Black River. He said it is beautiful and that we will see a lot of birds.


gfrutig1 posted 04-11-2008 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
David,
Where is the Black River? I'm checking my maps and haven't found it. I take it since you have the navigation system now you'll be our "fearless" leader now? I want to do a better job on my gasoline load this year, I don't want to have all that extra weight again.So i'm trying to get an accurate estimate of our travels.
David Jenkins posted 04-11-2008 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Going down the Waccamaw RIver as we get to Georgetown we will go under Highway 17. This is where the Great Pee Dee River joins the Waccamaw. Highway 17 goes over both rivers with just a spit of land between them at that point (the confluence of the two rivers is just 1/4 mile south of HW 17). We will go under HW 17 on the Waccamaw then stay on the Waccamaw about a half mile past the point where the Waccamaw and Pee Dee join (there is shallow water off that point) and we will turn hard right (about 150 degrees) and for about 1/8 of a mile we will head up the Pee Dee. Just before we get back to HW 17 where it crosses the Pee Dee we will turn left into the Georgetown City Marina and the Hampton Inn.

On Sunday morning, some people might want to sleep, walk, swim, etc but I would love to explore the Black River. So who ever wants to join me will take a left out of the marina and go up the Great Pee Dee River about 3 miles to the confluence of the Pee Dee and the Black. The Black will go off to the left and the Pee Dee will be to the right.

I am not sure how far up the Black we can go--I will research that. But we might be gone on this trip from 9 AM to 11 AM (round trip). So we might travel a total of 20 miles on that exploratory run.

50 miles to Georgetown on Saturday.
20 miles exploring the Pee Dee and Black on Sunday morning.
50 miles back to Conway on Sunday afternoon.

There is fuel available at Wacca Wache and at Georgetown.

Is your 18' Outrage powered by a 2-stroke 150 hp outboard? If so you probably will get 3-4 miles per gallon with a crew of 4. So say 3 mpg. 50 miles divided by 3 mpg = 17 gallons. Don't you have a in-hull 60 gallon tank? I would think you could leave Conway with half a tank and be fine if you planned to refuel in Georgetown.

gfrutig1 posted 04-12-2008 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Thanks for the inormation. I looked at the Black onthe map, it was not labled. Yes to all other questions too. I have an old 2 smoke, which is probably coser to the 3 mpg than the 4. Last year I thought the trip was 100 miles each way, not the 50 it really is, so I filled the 60+ gal tank. So I carried way more fuel weight than I need last year. I agree, this year an 1/2 tank will be plenty, and I'll be able to cruise at a lower speed.I'll spend more time tonight looking up info on he Black river. I'm really enjoyong "The River Home" book. I'll really be looking at the Waccamaw trip differently this year, I'll be looking for everything I read about in the book.
David Jenkins posted 04-12-2008 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Information on the Black River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_River_(South_Carolina)
John Leatham posted 04-14-2008 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
I've booked my rooms in Conway and Georgetown. My crew and I are very excited to be coming. The "Gotta Luv It" (1982 15ft Sport) will be carrying me, my son Ryan-16, his girlfriend Elizabeth Roberts-16 and her father Mark Roberts. My cell is 864-934-1058. We have a 4+ hour drive from Anderson, SC to Conway after school Friday 4/25 so we may not make it to town until 8-9pm.
gfrutig1 posted 04-15-2008 07:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
John, Great to hear you'll be joining the trip. 11 days and counting, looks like up to 16 boats and 55 people on the maybe and yes list.
cindalyn posted 04-15-2008 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
FYI - there is a fuel pump at the Conway Marina which is only a few minutes UP-river from the Savanna Bluffs (Best Western) landing. I don't know what they are charging but it doesn't much matter since it will certainly be more in another 10 days :(

Ron

ScottS posted 04-17-2008 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Any chance we could move the Saturday dinner to an earlier time? The original plan of 7 PM was fine or even 8 PM. The new 9 PM time might be a little tough for some of the kids (and some adults). Since we're eating outside, a later time could also be bad if the weather isn't as warm that weekend.

We are counting down the days!

WhalerAce posted 04-17-2008 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
ScottS,

A couple of things:

1) The Pod usually doesn't get to the Marina until around 5:00 or so, and registering, showering, and securing everything puts kind of a rush on getting to a restaurant by 7:00. Plus, we have discovered that we like to sit at the dock and have "docktails" and wind down before going to supper. And really, getting this group to do anything quickly is much like herding cats.

2)The first couple of years we did try to go around 7:00PM. The problem is is that we represent a pretty large group and no restaurant can host us AND keep up their regular customers as well. Last year, we used every table and chair and stool in the restaurant we went to. We kinda thought we were smart in arranging for a restaurant AFTER normal serving hours that can accomdodate our group -- I think that we are up to about FIFTY or so people. I guess David needs to do another count.

Anyhow, that's my thoughts -- your mileage may differ.

--- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 04-17-2008 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I think WhalerAce sumed it up pretty good.

I recall last year we had a tough time gettting the group together for a photo shoot and "door prizes". Also getting everyone to depart Sunday morning (together) took some time.

GAwhale posted 04-17-2008 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
"summed"
David Jenkins posted 04-17-2008 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Traveling by myself in my 15' Whaler, I have left Conway at 8 AM and have gotten to Georgetown before restaurants opened for lunch.

So how about this revised plan:

We leave Conway at 11 AM. We spend two hours at the beach and still get to Georgetown by 4 PM. We can do this without rushing. Cruising at just 20 mph.

Tie up boats and pay the dock master and register at the hotel. That will take an hour so now we are at 5 PM.

Take a dip in the pool and/or freshen up.

Cocktails at 6 PM.

Head for the Goat Island Grill http://goatislandgrill.com restaurant by land or sea (it is about a mile away--I am going by sea) at 7:30 PM with the idea that we would be inside the restaurant at 8:00 PM.

We will probably be in the restaurant for an hour and a half and so we will be heading back at 9:30 PM and have the boats tied up and have an after-dinner drink with Ace at 10 PM.

How is that for a plan?

GAwhale posted 04-17-2008 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
David,

Great Plan.

I think we should still shoot for a 10:00 AM departure from Conway.

We still may depart later. That gives us more wiggle room incase something comes up (engine trouble, someone runs late, etc.........).

David Jenkins posted 04-17-2008 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Right, my mistake, 10 AM departure. That gives us an extra hour to spare. We will be in Georgetown by 4 PM no problem.

I called Chris at the GIG and he said that Mark had done a fabulous job arranging this evening in advance and that it was fine for us to call in the order at 2 PM on Saturday April 26. He also said that an 8 PM reservation would be fine as long as we did not get upset if one or two tables were finishing their dinner in our section (which I think meant on the deck). I said that would be fine and that those tables might want to join our party! So we agreed that an 8 PM arrival time at the restaurant would be fine. Hope that is okay with everyone.

gfrutig1 posted 04-18-2008 06:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Any way its set up is good with us. Hows the weather report looking? Unlike last year its in the upper 70's here in Pa. Last year this time I was worried about getting my boat out of the barn trough the snow. 1 week and counting!
WhalerAce posted 04-18-2008 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I have been in Destin / Fort Walton Beach FL for the past month. The "Latest Temptation" sits up in Charleston, 499 miles away. I was able to crank it up in the boathouse before I left, but I have not really run the boat since the Whaler Rendezvous in Beaufort last September. I am truly hoping that it runs better than last year! I will say, though, that many are going to be disappointed in its appearance as we will not get back to Charleston until Friday afternoon, in time to pull it to Conway. I just won't have time to clean it up.

We have the 15 GLS down here with us in Florida. We used it one weekend for a couple of hours, because even though this is Florida, the WIND and WAVES were strong and rough. Yesterday has been the first day that the sun has really come through and it was warm enough, but the wind was still howling. Forecasts for this weekend show 25-30 mph.

Anyhow, I got my first box of goodies from Whaler last night, so I need to go pick it up.

Looking forward to next weekend!

After next weekend, it is back down here until the end of June.

--- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 04-18-2008 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
According to weather.com the outlook for Georgetown, SC:

Friday April 26 - Partly Cloudy (10% chance of rain) - High of 78 degrees F

Saturday April 27 - Few Showers (30% chance of rain) - High of 74 degrees F

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My plan is for a family boat day on West Point Lake Sunday. I will trailer my boat home and she will sit in the driveway. I will be able to get her polished up. According to my neighborhood covenant restrictions she is only suposed to be in the driveway 24 hours (bend the rules slightly). Friday I will hit the road. Looking forward to it.

GAwhale posted 04-18-2008 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Saturday April 26

Sunday April 27

mark11 posted 04-18-2008 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Hello,

My 2 cents: I think dropping a group of 40 to 50 on the GIG an hour early may (will) lead to disaster for us and the GIG. I have been to restaurants before where large groups messed up the entire nights service.

Also,

I have only received 3 responses on menu choices. Please e-mail me at mhawkinson@sc.rr.com with your choices. If you don't want to attend dinner please e-mail that so we can account for you.

Mark

David Jenkins posted 04-18-2008 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hi, Mark!

Manager Chris at the GIG tells me that 8 PM will be fine and that if we give him the food order by 2 PM on Saturday April 26 he will have plenty of time to prepare it. So I don't think we need to bother you will emails of advance orders. That should save you some headache!

We will give you our orders and cash for dinner while having lunch at the beach. Thanks!

ScottS posted 04-18-2008 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Mark, would it make it easier for you to get our orders before Saturday? That way, you can enjoy the beach and talk boats rather than tracking down dinner orders for 50+ people. On Saturday, you could just confirm that everyone actually joined us on the trip.
WhalerAce posted 04-19-2008 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I will bring a pack of 3x5 Index cards. We can pass them out Saturday morning as we all get together. That way, we can write down the boat name and menu choices and give them to Mark at the beach. That way, he will have everything he needs to call the orders in. How about that?

David, do you want to print the list one more time?

Boat name, family name, number of souls onboard? (Maybe little souls, big souls?)

Thanks,

--- Ace

cindalyn posted 04-19-2008 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Boat Landing + pictures from Friday 4/18. Lots of construction going on at the Marina.

http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Conway%20Waccamaw%20ICWW/

Hope to see everyone Saturday. We only plan to go as far as the picnic area then we will return back to Conway after the group departs for Georgetown. If it rains we will not be going.

Ron

Nauti Tauk posted 04-20-2008 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nauti Tauk  Send Email to Nauti Tauk     
Hey everybody, Is it too late to join the crowd next week? I live in Cleveland Georgia, how far away am I? any chance of getting a room this late? It would just be me and the Nauti Tauk. Thanks. Email me obrien386@windstream.net
Jerry
GAwhale posted 04-20-2008 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
HI Jerry,

You are welcome to join us. You should call the Hampton Inn in Georgetown, SC. Telephone 843-545-5000 right away to see if you can still get a room for Saturday night.

I live in Fayetteville, Georgia. It should be a six to seven hour drive trailering a boat. I am hitting the road Friday and spending the evening in Charleston, South Carolina with relatives. I will drive to Conway, South Carolina Saturday morning.

Several people are staying in Conway on Friday. This is the third time I have done the trip. It is a pretty run and a bunch of fun. Try to make it.

Philip

rush posted 04-21-2008 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for rush  Send Email to rush     
Hey Ya'll,

I want to confirm that (barring two days of thunderstorms) we will be joining the Waccamaw Trip. We have reservations in Conway, G'town, and at the Marina (Thanks, John!).

My '95 19' Outrage II has now been named "U Boat".

I will be travelling with my father, Noble. We are planning to leave Anderson, SC between 2-3pm on Friday with John ("Gotta Luv It") and his crew.

Looking forward to meeting everyone this weekend!

Cheers,
Robert Usherwood
My cell is 864-314-1526.

David Jenkins posted 04-21-2008 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Robert.

We need to decide what VHF radio channel we will monitor. I don't think we want to stay on 16 all the time. Maybe 68?

Also, we need to decide if we are going to slow down to idle speed for all of the no-wake signs. I use to slow down for all of them but then I nearly got run over by a herd of jet skis. So now I just slow down for ones that appear to have been put up by some governmental agency and I ignore the ones that the locals put up. But is that what we want to do? Some of our boats are large and with maybe 15 boats traveling we might cause some frustration among the locals. What does everyone think? This is mainly a concern near Conway.

WhalerAce posted 04-22-2008 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
David,

Channel 68 sounds fine. We will guard that one.

Are you going to send out a consolidated list via e-mail of
1)Boat Name
2)Family Name (and first names?)
3)Cell Phone Number

prior to Friday morning? That would give us a chance to print it out at home and bring it with us.

If none of us slow down, I think that will be OK.

--- WhalerAce

ScottS posted 04-22-2008 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
David,

Where are these no-wake signs located (private docks, bridges, middle of river)?

In SC, you’re supposed to operate at idle speed within 50 feet of a dock or anchored vessel. As long as you stay 50 feet away you will be okay. Some marinas post no-wake signs out near the channel, but you don't have to slow down unless you're approaching the marina (within 50 feet).

Some bridges require you to go under at idle speed. For example, the 501 bridge in Conway is a no wake zone.

I hope the rain stays away!

ScottS

David Jenkins posted 04-22-2008 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The signs are on several small docks of waterfront homes in and near Conway.

If there is a small boat tied up to the dock, or if the sign looks like it was put up by a marina or government agency, I think we should slow down to 800-1000 RPM. The worst thing we could do would be to slow to 1500-2000 RPM as that is when our wakes are the largest.

Tom C posted 04-22-2008 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
I think I finally have my trip plans in order. Will be leaving Virginia on Thursday arriving Cherry Grove that afternoon. Sat. morning I'll be in Conway at the Best Western ramp. My traveling partner will be Dick Addis from NMB. In Cherry Grove I'll be without a computer however I can be reached by cell #276-732-6371. Hoping for blue skies.
David Jenkins posted 04-23-2008 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Tom.

Weather Forecast
It looks like the air temperature will be perfect, with highs on Saturday and Sunday being about 78 degrees.

On Saturday the skies will likely have periods of sunshine and clouds, and there is a 10-20% chance of us getting caught in a isolated thunderstorm.

On Sunday there is slightly more chance of rain (30-50%) as scattered showers pass through the area.

If we do get caught in rain and there is no shelter in sight we will pull over to the side and throw anchor and let it pass. These isolated and scattered showers usually clear through in half an hour.

Bring rain gear and a deck of cards. If you do not have a Bimini top, make friends early on with Ace and Joyce as their 27' Temptation has a nice cabin!

cindalyn posted 04-23-2008 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Let's hope this forecast is the correct one!

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?hourly=1&query=29526&yday=105&weekday=Tuesday

David Jenkins posted 04-23-2008 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Here is a revised list of expected participants as well as the names of their boats. It might be a good idea to copy and paste this list into another application then print it and maybe laminate it and put it next to your VHF radio. The trip will be more fun if we can talk to each other on the VHF and without boat names that becomes difficult.

1. Philip (GAwhale) and his nephew Kirk (15) will be on Philip's 2001 Montauk, the Georgia Whale. Home port is Fayetteville, GA.

2. David (David Jenkins) and Marti with friends Jeff and Archanna will be on a 1974 Outrage 19, the Anna Jane. Home port is Durham, NC.

3. Quinn (14) and Anna (11) with friends Meredith (13), Tara (14) and Kiran (12) will be on the Clementine, a 1977 Sport 15. They will be accompanied by Meredith's mother Marjorie. Home port is Durham, NC.

4. Gary (gfrutig) and Beth and their son Will (13) and daughter Olivia (nearly 9) will be on their 1983 Outrage 18, the Pennsylvania Whale. Home port is Camp Hill, PA.

5. Ace (Whaler Ace) and Joyce will be on their 1989 Temptation 25, the {b]Latest Temptation[/b]. Home port is Summerville, SC.

6. Scott (Scott S) and his son Keifer (almost 7) and Scott's friend Chris and Chris's daughter Lily (7) will be on Scott's 2004 Sport 150, the Rascal. Home port is Wilson, NC.

7. Bill and Stephanie and their two children Katie (10) and Ben (8) are traveling on their 18' Sea Ray, the Volare, which in Italian means "to fly." Home port is Cary, NC.

8. Richard and Denise will be on their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly. Home port is Raleigh, NC.

9. Scott (AkIce86) and Teresa and daughters Lillian (16), Laura (15), and Hannah (11) will be on their 24' Sea Ray, the Red Ray. Home port is Apex, NC.

10. Steve (bahamalightning) and Darlene and their daughter ________ (16) and son ________ (13) will be cruising on their 22' Hydra-Sport, Reel Meds. Home port is Bahama, NC.

11. Mark (Mark11) and Tara and daughter Sarah (11) will be coordinating restaurant reservations on their 1986 Montauk, tentatively named the Mark11. Home port is Pawleys Island, SC.

12. Ron (cindalyn) and Barbara will be on their 1993 Outrage 17, the Bottom's Up. Home port is Conway, SC.

13. Tom C and his friend Dick will be on Tom and Martha's 1993 Montauk, T's Toy. Home port is Martinsville, VA.

14. John (John Leatham), his son Ryan (16), Ryan's friend Elizabeth (16) and her father Mark will be on John's 1982 Sport 15, the Gotta Luv It. Home port is Anderson, SC.

15. Robert (rush) and his father, Noble, will be on Robert's 1995 Outrage 19, U Boat. Home port is Anderson, SC.

Gary and Scott S have both send me the above information in Excel spreadsheets (thank you!) so I am checking my emails for cell phone numbers that I have received and I will forward the combined Excel spreadsheets with cell phone numbers to everyone in about an hour (assuming I have your email address).

David Jenkins posted 04-23-2008 02:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Here are some statistics:
We are expecting 48 people on 15 boats.
29 crew members are over age 21.
10 are between the ages of 13 and 16.
9 between the ages of 6 3/4 and 12.
Boats range in size from 15-27 feet.
I believe the oldest boat is a 1974 Outrage 19.
I think that the newest boat is a 2008 Sea Ray 240.
Farthest distance traveled: Gary and Beth will travel 537 miles (one way) from Camp Hill, PA to Conway, SC.
Shortest distance travelled: Ron and Barbara live in Conway.
Everyone has a VHF radio.
Every boat now has a name.

Excel spreadsheets are now being emailed. It would be a good idea to print the sheet and tape it next to your radio.

Don't forget to bring cash not credit card for the Saturday night restaurant.

WhalerAce posted 04-23-2008 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
David,

Great Job!

But the Latest Temptation is only 25'. If you know the old Whalers, you realize that the 27-footers were HUGE, because their beam was like twelve feet and required "Wide Load" signs to trailer. The twenty-two- and twenty-five- footers have the eight-foot beam so they could be trailered normally. I have spent time on the twenty-sevens, and the size difference is AMAZING.

People are still welcome to crawl into the cuddy, though.

Traveling home from Florida on Friday, so see you guys Friday night! The Latest Temptation will be dirty, however.

--- WhalerAce

gfrutig1 posted 04-24-2008 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
So where is eveyone planning on launching, at the Best Western or the Conway ramp? Is the Best western ramp less steep than the Conway ramp? How far apart are the ramps?

7 hours till departure from Pensylvania.

bahamalightning posted 04-24-2008 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for bahamalightning  Send Email to bahamalightning     
HI from Bahama, NC again,

Reel Meds would like to update kids names (family 10 on the newest list)

Abby, 16 and Andrew, 13

Due to a school committment, we cannot leave Durham until approx 3p. We plan to caravan with AKICE86 so we will probably be on our own for dinner Fri night.

Looking forward to meeting everyone and wishing all safe travel.

Steve & Darlene

John Leatham posted 04-24-2008 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
David,

Great job on the list. Can you please email the excel spreadsheet to me? John.Leatham@Chomaratna.com

Rush and I are really looking forward to meeting everyone.

See you tomorrow night!

John

David Jenkins posted 04-24-2008 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I don't think we have a dinner plan for Friday night. We talked about a couple of places but never decided on anything. And people will be arriving at all hours of the night. So I think that everyone is on their own Friday night.

I hope to be in Conway by 6 PM but my wife and children and the friends who will be riding on our boat will not arrive until 10 PM or later.

I hope that everyone can join us Saturday night at the Goat Island Grill. We have the deck reserved and with everyone paying cash and with salad and entree and drinks (and dessert?) and tips included in the fee (and with kids eating for $4) I think it is a good deal. We can arrange the tables however we want: several large tables or lots of small tables.

Maybe we can mingle at the restaurant from 8-8:15 before we sit down and that way everyone can move tables around and figure out where they want to sit. Maybe some of the teenagers could be in charge of figuring out the best way to arrange the tables. Then they might feel more "ownership" of the dinner.

Personally, I think that six 8-top tables would be best. But if you are in a group of 10, move some tables around and make a 10-top. No big deal. The kids might want to sit with parents or they might prefer to sit by themselves. I am going to let mine decide for themselves. Cheers!

cindalyn posted 04-24-2008 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Map of Conway and launch locations.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/CONWAY%20MAP/MAP-ConwayLandingsBestWestern0001.jpg

Landings are only 5 minutes from each other by boat or car.

Landing could be very busy, especially if weather is nice.

Suggest those staying at the Best Western park their car and trailer at the Best Western to try to help reduce the potential parking problem.

See you Saturday

Ron

GAwhale posted 04-24-2008 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
"Suggest those staying at the Best Western park their car and trailer at the Best Western to try to help reduce the potential parking problem."

Good Call Ron!

Right across the water(60 feet)from the Conway boat ramp is a line of docks with plenty of room.

We can do a roll call at 10:00 AM Saturday right there.

David Jenkins posted 04-24-2008 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Ron!

I am going to try to make your Conway map clickable. Here goes....

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/CONWAY%20MAP/ MAP-ConwayLandingsBestWestern0001.jpg

WhalerAce posted 04-25-2008 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Well, I snuck home late Thursday night, only to discover that I had left the battery switch on in the Temptation, and now one battery reads 2.6 volts, and the other reads 4.3 volts. My super duper intelligent charger gives me the indication that the battery is too low to charge.

I tried paralleling another good battery with it to bring up the voltage some, to no avail. I guess it is a quick trip to Advance Auto (right, David?) for a couple of new batteries.

H O P E to see you all Friday night!

--- WhalerAce

gfrutig1 posted 04-25-2008 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Well we have arrived. The trip south went well, 1 traffic problem 10 miles from home,we sat still for 30 minutes, we got to Longs at 2:30am. I checked the boat this morning, kept both feet on the ground. All is well.
GAwhale posted 04-25-2008 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Gary,

Glad to hear you made it okay with no broken bones.

I hope to hit the road for Charleston within an hour. When you own a boat you always have some kind of gear to mess around with. I thought I would be gone one hour ago.

Philip

cindalyn posted 04-25-2008 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Anyone planning on going to the El Patio Mexican restaurant - it is next to the "COMFORT INN" (I believe) not the Holiday Express as I mentioned previously. I just noticed the sign changea fewdays ago so apparently Comfort bought the Holiday Express.
GAwhale posted 04-26-2008 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
We are here at the hampton inn.As soon as david jenkins gets out of the shower we will start the wine and cheese party.

We lucked out with the weather.Sunny and 80.Some people got a little sunburnt..Laura of coarse was only burned on one side(Left Side) so i guess she will have to sit on the right side tomrrow.

We spent lunch at a huge hilly beach.Whith alot of flys but that is ok.No room to dock so we had our own redneck yacht club...

Driving mark crazy for changing all of our orders of the radio for Goat island Grill..

Everyone is still alive and having a good time.

I think some one stole my password.

Phillp

SWarren posted 04-27-2008 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Sounds like you were on the back side of sandy island off the ICW, eating lunch. Hope yall had fun, cant wait for the beaufort trip.
GAwhale posted 04-27-2008 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Kirk and I are back at his house in Charleston SC. My boat will take a well deserved rest at Kirk's house until the Charleston Beaufort trip. At present the Raleigh Durham Crowd is on the road in their convoy heading home.

I'll say it again, "The Sun Gods were with us"! We did not have one drop of rain. Fantastic weather.

At 9 a.m. this morning we took a tour of the Black River. Two boats ran aground in the pluff mud. No harm done.

11:15 a.m. we had door prizes and a group photo. Courtesy of Boston Whaler and some effort by Ace, everyone got a t-shirt, keychain, magazine, and other goodies.

12:30 p.m. departure, headed straight for Sandy Hill Beach. The water was GREAT! The crazy mayor was there again, (photo to follow by Tom).

?"Wakawachee"? Next year we are going to order 50 cheeseburgers ahead of time. They totally cannot handle such a big crowd... Service was NOT fast. The grouper sandwich had to be caught before served. Cowboy Bob's singing was amusing, but it was good:)

Departed aproximately from Wakawachee 3:30 p.m. The weather looked SCARY, but held true. I am embarassed that we took another wrong turn, but it gave us more time for us to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lots of good photos to follow.

Kirk's sister Lori (13)
typed this QUICKLY!

gfrutig1 posted 04-28-2008 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Well it was a great trip again. Thank you to everyone for making it a notable experience again. Special thanks to Mark,David,Phillip and Ace for all their efforts. It wasd great seing everyone again,and meeting all the new people. There wasn't enough time to meet and greet everyone. We'll have to do this again and maybe add another day for those that can. Attached is a link to our pictures, anyone who wants copies let me know.I have another 20 pictures of Cowboy, who had my camera? s276.photobucket.com/albums/kk19/gfrutig1/?albumview=slideshow
cindalyn posted 04-28-2008 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
A few more pictures...

http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Waccamaw%20River%20Ralley%202008/?action=tageditmany

Thanks to everyone who helped set up the trip. Although my wife and I only went as far as Wacca Wache we enjoyed the trip and meeting some new friends.

Ron

GAwhale posted 04-28-2008 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
WhalerAce needs to get the triple platinum award for leaving the rendezvous with more Whalers than he came with.

The version of the story that I heard is that a guy on the dock asked him if he was part the Boston Whaler Group. It was quite a sight when our group pulled into the Georgetown Marina.

The guy said he had an eleven foot BW tender for sale for a low price and Ace said sold.

He had full support from his wife Joy (the perfect wife).

GAwhale posted 04-28-2008 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
When I got home I realized I have an extra orange lifevest. I think I acquired it on the trip to dinner Saturday evening.

Please let me know if it is yours.

I can bring it to the Charleston-Beaufort trip or bring it to the Fourth Annual Waccamaw River Trip.

gfrutig1 posted 04-28-2008 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
That would be my vest. Want to bring it to PA? The drive is not that bad, 10 hours from Conway, plus your 6. OK I'll look to see if you still have it next year.
gfrutig1 posted 04-28-2008 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Ron check the link on your pictures, all I get is the login page for photo bucket. It was nice meeting you, we'll be back in your area in June I believe, maybe we can hook up again then.
cindalyn posted 04-29-2008 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Sorry, hopefully thi will work

http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Waccamaw%20River%20Ralley%202008/

Look forward to seeing you in June.

Ron

John Leatham posted 04-29-2008 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     

What a great time we all had! Thanks to everyone who helped organize the weekend. Super weather, no rain until the drive home, Gotta Luv It, needs a major wash down. I posted 70+ pictures and 5 short videos on Photobucket.

http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm165/Redman071363/Waccamaw%202008/

I hope the link works, if not let me know and I'll try again. I won't be making the Beaufort trip but hopefully will see you all again in Conway next spring. Maybe we can get 20-25 boats!

ScottS posted 04-29-2008 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
We made it back home after a very slow drive in the rain on Sunday night. We had perfect weather for the boat trip, which is what mattered.

It was great that so many of the boats brought kids along and that many of the kids took a turn driving the boat (Ryan, Kirk, Will, & others). It was like a Boston Whaler ad! The girls on Clementine did an awesome job despite frustrating engine problems. It was also nice seeing how many folks had brought friends or other relatives with them to share the experience.

Here’s a link to the pictures I took:
http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn14/thesneds/ 2008%20Waccamaw%20Whaler%20Trip/

Here’s a recap of the trip:

Friday
I got to Conway around 6:00 and had a good dinner at Ultimate California Pizza in downtown. We met several of the other boat crews that evening at the Best Western.

Saturday
The group departed Conway at 10:30. I was the second to last boat, so I wasn’t really looking at my GPS. When I finally did look at my GPS I got a good laugh when I realized the whole fleet had made a circle and we were heading back to the Conway ramp! By the time we turned around we were a half mile from where we started! Well, at least we got to see some parts of the Waccamaw River two or three times and had more time on the boat.

Clementine had some motor problems, so the Anna Jane towed her to a marina for a new fuel line and battery. Latest Temptation helped shuttle Clementine’s crew during the tow. David Jenkins determined on Saturday night that a loose spark plug wire was to blame, so a little tinfoil fixed the problem.

Everyone met up again at the Wacca Wache Marina for some fuel, drinks, and snacks. Bottoms Up headed home after the marina stop, which I think left us with 14 boats. Next, we did a redneck raft up and swam at the backside of the Sandy Island beach. The flies joined us and a very large snake swam into the side of my boat.

It got a little choppy right before we got to the Georgetown Landing Marina, but no problem for a group of Whalers! David provided drinks for a docktail hour and then we headed to the Goat Island Grill (most of the group went by boat). Mark setup a great dinner for us at the GIG where we were treated very well by the staff and manager Chris.

Sunday
Some of the boats headed out early in the morning for a trip up the Black River where the pluff mud reached up and grabbed two of the boats. Also, U Boat took a little side trip off the Black River, then caught up with the group – that was on purpose, right Robert?

We met around 11:00 to receive Whaler 50th anniversary door prizes and t-shirts commemorating the trip. Thanks to WhalerAce for contacting Boston Whaler headquarters to get the prizes. Thanks Boston Whaler! Bill also gave the kids Splashdown Life Jacket Flags, which is a product he invented www.adventureblu.com . We took a group picture in our new Whaler t-shirts.

Around 12:00 or 12:30 we departed for the Sandy Island beach. This time there was room for the entire group to pull up on the beach. We swam, met the mayor, and some of the boats had lunch. The flies and snakes don’t seem to like the outside beach as much.

Next, the group stopped at Wacca Wache Marina for lunch. My boat Rascal and AkIce86’s boat Red Ray headed out earlier than the rest of the group. Rascal and Red Ray got back to the Conway ramp just before 4:00. Wow, it’s amazing how much shorter the trip is when you’re not going in circles! The rest of the group left Wacca Wache at 3:30 and headed to Conway.

Thank you to David Jenkins and GAwhale for getting this trip going! Also, thanks to mark11 for setting up our Saturday dinner and shuttling some of the folks to the restaurant in his wife’s car! Ace came through with some great gifts from Boston Whaler! I’m sure there are others who helped out as well, so thank you too. This was a great group of folks and I’m already looking forward to next year’s trip! Hopefully, we’ve converted the four non-Whaler owners to buy a Boston Whaler in time for next year’s trip.

ScottS (Rascal)

Tom C posted 04-30-2008 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
WOW, what a great weekend. Thanks to all that did the work in putting it together. Fifty people,14 boats (10 Whalers)and all the young folks. How could we not have had a good time. Good to see everyone and will start planning for 2009 now.
David Jenkins posted 04-30-2008 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I have photos to share and will post a link to them asap. Sorry for the delay!

This was a fantastic group of people and I think everyone had a good time. I hope that we do it again next year!

Special thanks for John Leatham for offering to watch my 15' while I ran over to Hogue's marina for "20 minutes." (Sorry that it took me two-and-a-half hours to return--I ended up hitch hiking to Wal-Mart to purchase a new battery and fuel line). I hope to have the opportunity to make it up to you some day, John.

Thanks also for Ace for carrying half my crew up and down the ICW while I secured parts to get the 15 running again.

John Leatham posted 05-02-2008 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
I posted one more video on the photobucket website. See the link from earlier this week.
David Jenkins posted 05-03-2008 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Those are some great videos and photographs, John. I think that this link will be clickable:
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm165/Redman071363/Waccamaw%202008
I especially like number 10 of 84: the photograph of Robert's U Boat off the port of your boat with your flag in the bottom left corner of the picture.
gfrutig1 posted 05-17-2008 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
There were a few more cameras out on the trip that we haven't seen your pictures yet. Please post for the rest of us to share. Ace could please send me a copy of the group photo from outside the hotel? Thanks again to everone who paticipated. Hope to see you all again. Looks like we'll be in SC the 3rd week of June.
WhalerAce posted 06-18-2008 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
For those of you who are members in good standing of the Boston Whaler Owner's Club, the newsletter has a write up of our trip.

And to answer Gary's request, our pictures are posted on Photobucket -- it took a while to delete all of the skinny-dipping pictures.

--- WhalerAce

http://s264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/carolinajem/ Whaler-Georgetown%202008/

GAwhale posted 06-19-2008 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Ace,

Great photos!

Thanks again for contacting Boston Whaler for the free T-shirts and Door Prizes. Also for bring the banner for the group photo.

I am disappointed you deleted all the photos of the Myrtle Beach Bikini Team swimming at the secluded cove. I guess they were just as surprised as we were when they saw so many gorgeous Whalers.

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