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GAwhale posted 01-21-2008 11:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
We have had so much fun in the past on the Waccamaw River Trip that David Jenkins and I are trying to put together a second southern waterways trip for 2008.

We would like to meet Saturday May 31 in Charleston, South Carolina around 10:00 AM and motor to Beaufort, South Carolina; spend the night; and head back on Sunday.

I have never made this run so a local guide would be helpful.

Please give us the name of a hotel with dock in Beaufort so we can make reservations.

Any ideas or recommendations are appreciated so please chime in.

WhalerAce posted 01-23-2008 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Beaufort is where Whaler and Sea Island Marine had their Rendezvous last year. Joy and I took the Temptation down the ICW from Charleston to Beaufort.

We docked at the Downtown Marina. There is a hotel right across the street, but it is REAL expensive. The marina, however, has a courtesy car, so we used it to go to a MUCH cheaper suites hotel about two miles away.

Great trip. I will post more info later. Right now I need to get to work. (I am in Arizona this week).

--- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 02-03-2008 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
According to Mapquest it is 70 miles one way from Charleston to Beaufort via automobile.

I suggest we meet Saturday May 31 10:00 AM at Remley's Point Boat Landing. This is an excellent boat ramp with good parking although I have seen the lot overflowing on busy weekends. It is located just upstream of the Cooper River Bridge on the northern shore.

I googled Beaufort, SC and came up with several choices for lodging http://www.beaufort.com/lodging.htm

It would be extremely helpful if we had a local guide who has made the trip. I know it's still early, but start marking your calendars.

WhalerAce posted 02-18-2008 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I think that we will be in, as well. I still have my notebook with all of the marker numbers and directions from the Rendezvous trip last year. There is only one place where it really matters what your heading is (because the Sound is so big), but it is hard to get lost.

Are any of you going to the Islamorada / Bimini trip in June?

--- WhalerAce

SWarren posted 03-12-2008 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
You must go see the monkeys on morgan island on the way to beaufort. I have done the trip many times and it is a great trip. I may want to go part of the way with yall. I put in at hobcaw just up the river from remleys.
GAwhale posted 03-12-2008 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Stephen,

Thanks for the info.

I don't see this trip coming together. Not a lot of interest so far.

My original plan was to leave my Montauk with relatives in Charleston after the Waccamaw trip (you should join us).

Maybe someday.

runpasthefence posted 03-15-2008 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I'm absolutely game for this trip. The Waccamaw trip is during finals for me, so that's out of the question. I typically make this trip 4-5 times a year, though I don't usually stop in Beaufort. Just like last year...my 15' should be complete by this time. If not, I'd take our Outrage.

Mick

WhalerAce posted 03-15-2008 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
It's still early yet. Maybe as the date approaches . . .

There are a LOT of people in Charleston and its surrounding environs that follow ContinuousWave. Let this simmer for a few weeks before you give up on it.

I still think that we are in.

--- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-18-2008 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We are coming and our group may consist of several boats. If you can wait until the Waccamaw River rendezvous to make final plans then I think you will see that there is a lot of interest from many of the 40+ people who will be on that trip.
GAwhale posted 03-18-2008 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
That's great news. It sounds like a very pretty enjoyable ride. I would love to make this trip.

We should get a hotel lined up. It will be the weekend after Memorial Day and school will be out (in Georgia anyhow). It may be a very busy weekend.

With no lodging lined up, the trip might be a wash.

GAwhale posted 03-20-2008 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Saturday night May 31 is filling up so I would like to go ahead and reserve some rooms.

Hampton Inn - Sold Out

Best Western - Sold Out

Country Inn & Suites - will call me back
2450 Boundary St
843-379-4000

Beaufort Holiday Inn - Has rooms available for $142 each
2225 Boundary St
843-379-3100

I am not familiar with the area.
Will this be a good location from the marina?
Which marina should we stay at?
Do they have a shuttle?
Is Country Inn or Holiday Inn better?
I sure could use some help from someone with local knowledge.

WhalerAce posted 03-20-2008 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Joy and I stayed at the Country Inn and Suites at last year's Whaler rendezvous. I just could not see paying the $249 per night the hotel across the street was asking.

The marina gave us use of the courtesy car -- all they asked for was a couple of dollars worth of gas.

Nice, clean (and most important during the rendezvous) and COLD!

It is about three miles or so from the marina. I think we paid about $89 or so.

--- WhalerAce

WhalerAce posted 03-20-2008 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
WhalerJoy just got us reservations for the night of May 31stat Country Inn and Suites. The internet rate is $80, plus $10 tax (tourist rip-off fee, or whatever).

Thought you'd like to know.

--- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 03-21-2008 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Thanks for the info Ace.

I contacted Country Inn & Suites. They said the minumum block of rooms they would reserve is ten.

I e-mailed back and asked if they could hold ten rooms for us until April 30 (one month prior) at the same rate Ace got $80 plus $10 tax.

I am waiting for an answer.

GAwhale posted 03-21-2008 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
www.countryinns.com/beaufortsc_west

I went ahead and used the above link to make my own reservation. I received the same guaranteed lowest internet rate which Ace got.

I encouarge others to use the link and make reservations. It is a popular weekend and I don't know if they will e-mail me back.

GAwhale posted 03-27-2008 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
This trip is coming together.

We now have a block of ten rooms reserved at the Country Inn and Suites (843) 379-4000 for Saturday night May 31, 2008.

The group name is: Boston Whaler Rendezvous.

The rooms will be held until April 30.

You must call in with a credit card before April 30 to hold your individual room. Cancellation must be made 15 days prior to arrival.

Standard Double Room $80.96

Suite $100.96

Sales Tax 8%

City Tax 3%

Mark your calendar and start polishing your Whaler ((or other brand of boat) All Are Welcome!). This will be a spectacular tour of two historic charming southern cities.

SWarren posted 03-27-2008 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Think me and my Father will come. Going to bring the 27 and sleep on boat. We can stop at monkey island and check out the gvt research monkeys.
GAwhale posted 03-29-2008 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Glad you can make it, Stephen. It will be great to have local guides to point out the particulars.

I took my boat out for a spin on West Point Lake (Georgia) yesterday. The lake level was very close to normal. My boat cover was coated with a layer of pine pollen.

I could barely find a parking spot at Highland Marina. Evidently there is a fishing tournament going on. The boat that launched after me had lettering that said Monk's Corner Marina and he had South Carolina tags.

I was very happy that all my gear and motor ran like champions. I am really getting pumped up for both southern waterway trips.

John Leatham posted 04-01-2008 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
This is a serious trip. Local knowledge is a must. I don't know the waters around Beaufort but have boated the backwaters the last 5 years around Fripp Island. The scenery and wildlife in the area fantastic. My 15 ft'r might be too small for this trip but keep tabs and who knows? Hope to see you all in Conway.

John

OIA posted 04-07-2008 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for OIA  Send Email to OIA     
Have you considered purchasing the Mid Atlantic Waterway Guide. I think they run about $25.00. But if you're going to make the run I definately recommend it. The Waterway Guides were our bible when we took our trip from Ft. Lauderdale to New York to Chicago to New Orleans in my 17' Montauk. They can be found out www.waterwayguide.com

SWarren posted 04-07-2008 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
I have made the run several times and it is pretty easy, there are two areas that you have to be careful, one is right after edisto and the other is before edisto as it gets real shallow in the icw. Seeing the monekeys on morgan island is a must. Probably need to call the marina and book slips, as they fill up quick.
Steve
GAwhale posted 04-07-2008 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Having two local guides (Steve Warren and WhalerAce) boosts my confidence.

I hope we get some of the crowd from the Waccacmaw Trip to join us.

The block of rooms at the Country Inn and Suites will only be held until April 30, 2008.

So far I think WhalerAce and I are the only ones with reservations.

sapple posted 04-12-2008 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I will be in Carleston vacationing with my boat (and family) at that time. I am not sure if I am up to the whole trip but would definately like to hook up with the convoy mabey from Remley's landing to the Stono River inlet.
GAwhale posted 04-12-2008 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Scott,

I hope you can join us. I have taken my Whaler to Charleston several times. There is some great boating and exploring. Remley's Point Boat Landing is very close to the Cooper River Bridge. It is quite an engineering marvel.

http://www.cooperriverbridge.org/

I like going to Shem Creek and tying up at Red's. They have Ying Ling Beer and Peel & Eat Shrimp. It doesn't get any better.

Hope to see you there.

Philip

runpasthefence posted 04-18-2008 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Just pushing this back to the top to spike some more interest.

I'll be a little short on money until the first week of May, so I'll have to pay full price for a room in Beaufort. Rest assured, I definitely plan on coming in the 15'.

I'll leave from my house on James Island and will probably meet the crowd somewhere near Wappoo Cut.

Mick

GAwhale posted 04-18-2008 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Mick,

I'm glad you bumbed this thread. I am really looking forward to this trip. I have never done it and hear it is spectacular.

You may want to reserve your room with a credit card. It is not a matter of paying full price. There may not be any rooms available. Two hotels were already booked.

Philip

David Jenkins posted 04-18-2008 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Philip,

Aren't you holding a block of rooms until the 30th?

GAwhale posted 04-18-2008 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Yes David, you are correct.

Sorry if I confused anyone. We have a block of ten rooms reserved at the Country Inn and Suites (843) 379-4000.

They will be held for our group until April 30. After that individuals need to hold their room with a credit card.

There is a 15 day cancellation policy. Since the trip is on May 31 you would have to cancel by May 16 to ensure a full refund.

GAwhale posted 04-28-2008 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
ATTENTION ALL PROCRASTINATORS:

Reserve your room now. This block will be held only until Wednesday April 30. Time is running out. We would love to have you join us.

Country Inn and Suites (843) 379-4000 for Saturday night May 31, 2008.

The group name is: Boston Whaler Rendezvous.

Standard Double Room $80.96

Suite $100.96

Sales Tax 8%

City Tax 3%

GAwhale posted 04-28-2008 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
WhalerAce and I discussed the logistics of the trip over the weekend. We both agreed that it would be better to start from Duncan Boat Harbor Marine (off the Mark Clark Expressway). We still plan for a 10:00 AM departure.

There is really no good marina or beach at the halfway mark for bathroom breaks or to buy lunch. WhalerAce has a porta potty aboard, however most of the smaller boats don't. We decided to find a spot at the halfway mark, raft together, and throw anchors. We can jump in the water from the boats and have lunch.

You should plan on bringing a picnic lunch both days. I feel certain we can find a sandwich shop in Beaufort for Sunday.

More details to come.

Please get your hotel reservations in by the day after tomorrow. Two hotels were already booked and it will be a busy weekend for all hotels.

Philip

SWarren posted 04-28-2008 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Edisto marina is a great place for a break, it is about half way. Still leaving from hobcaw can meet you guys at wapoo cut or limehouse.
SWarren posted 04-28-2008 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
I have a gas magma grill, I will bring, and potty on board as well.
SWarren posted 04-28-2008 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
I have a gas magma grill, I will bring, and potty on board as well.
SWarren posted 04-28-2008 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Can someone post number for marina? Need to make reservations. Thanks
runpasthefence posted 04-28-2008 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I'll make my reservation tomorrow. If I've made an investment in a room for that weekend I'll have more incentive to finish my 15' by that time (as if I need any more reason).

Motor parts are coming in tomorrow, rub rail to be ordered tomorrow, console to be finished by Saturday. Everything else is simply rigging and varnishing. I turn the ring around Saturday, and I'm taking it easy for a while after that. Time shouldn't be an issue.

Looking forward to it.

SWarren posted 04-28-2008 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
1006 Bay Street
Beaufort, SC 29902-5570
843-524-4422


Posted # for people to make reservations.

SearayPaul posted 04-28-2008 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for SearayPaul  Send Email to SearayPaul     
There is a launch ramp about half way down to Beufort on the port side just as you pass under a big fixed bridge. I can not remember the name of it at the moment. The ramp is right before you enter a very narrow area that is framed by what I believe to be old rice fields on both sides of the waterway. They have a portable bathroom located at the launch ramp that we have used many times over the years.

Ya'll have a good trip. I am doing this trip Friday for the Taste of Beaufort.

Great site. I have been a lurker with the wrong kind of boat for two years. Just trying to help ya'll.

Have a great day

GAwhale posted 04-29-2008 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the info. We would love to have you join us. Any make of boat is more than welcome. If you pick up any more details on your trip please post them to help us plan.

Steve,
Thanks for posting the marina information. I just called them. They will mail me a form to make reservations for everyone. Right now they are wide open.

Mick,
Get that boat done. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

SWarren posted 04-29-2008 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Spoke with Marina, and lady mailed form to Phillip Lockmire today. He is filling out sheet and sending it out.

Phillip, please put me down for one slip, 27 whaler.

Thanks
Steve

GAwhale posted 04-29-2008 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
She pronounced it perfect, that's me (Philip Lachmayr).

When I get the form I will post a summary of the boats and sizes to make sure I have everyone correct before I mail it in.

GAwhale posted 04-30-2008 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Today is it. The block of ten rooms the Country Inn & Suites is holding for us runs out today.

Here is who I have so far on my list for needing dock space at the marina Saturday night:

1.) Philip Lachmayr - GAwhale - 2001 Montauk 17

2.) David Jenkins - Anna Jane - 1974 Outrage 19

3.) Quinn Jenkins - Clementine - 1977 Sport 15

4.) Ace Mccreight - Latest Temptation - 1989 Temptation

5.) Steve Warren - 27 Whaler

6.) Mick - Sport 15

GAwhale posted 05-02-2008 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I have the form filled out for "Downtown Marina of Beaufort" and will get it in the mail today.

To keep things simple, I will guarantee all the spaces on my Visa card. Please let me know 48 hours ahead of time if for some reason you need to cancel.

The plan right now is to meet at Duncan Boat Harbor Landing http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Duncan%27s+Boat+ Harbour&fb=1&cid=0,0,12403585798950110170&near=Charleston,+SC& oi=manybox&ct=10&cd=1&resnum=1
and then head down the Ashley River. It should be a pretty run.

We are leaning toward a 11:00 AM departure to give the out of town folks a little more time to get there.

WhalerAce posted 05-02-2008 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Had not thought about Edisto Marina as we always take that little shortcut between rivers and never go that far down the Edisto River.

I assume that we are going by ICW the whole way, especially with TWO fifteen-footers. Although on some days, the ocean is like glass, and we can make the run to Beaufort in just a couple of hours, this will be more like four hours via ICW. We just can't count on the ocean begin smooth.

Actually, now that SWarren mentions it, the Edisto Marina might make a good diversionary route.

I'm not able to scope it out in terms of dockspace, or food, so can someone find out more info for us?

David, are you bringing all of your girls with you? (Quinn, Anna, Meredith, and Marjorie)? I assume that Marti is coming.

You know, since David always want to make a side trip on Sunday morning, Savannah and Hilton Head are not that far away . . .

Thanks,

--- WhalerAce

GAwhale posted 05-02-2008 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
http://marinas.com/view/marina/11954

The above link shows a nice photo of the Edisto Marina. I called. Evidently they used to have a restaurant. They will me back with more info.

We could have a picnic lunch here.

zotcha posted 05-02-2008 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
If anyone is interested, and I can get Sunday off, I'd be willing to meet anyone interested at the mouth of the Beaufort River, cross the Broad River (Port Royal Sound), and lead a tour south and behind Hilton Head Island. Palmetto Bluff may welcome us for a brunch type thing (read Famous Bloddy Mary!). Or depending on tide, we could circum navigate the entire Island in just over an hour and a half or so. This would put you entering the Port Royal Sound, and heading north up the Beaufort River, and back to your original destination. Just a thought. zotcha.
GAwhale posted 05-02-2008 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi zotcha,

As I recall you were going to meet us for the Waccamaw Trip two years ago. You really should go. It is a geat trip.

I think a tour would be a great idea. It's always great to have a local that knows the places to see.

I'm thinking meet at 10:00 AM Sunday (maybe earlier). We will have to shuttle between the hotel and marina, so we will want to be checked out, and then head back to Charleston afterward.

John Leatham posted 05-02-2008 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Leatham  Send Email to John Leatham     
This trip is sounding tempting....
GAwhale posted 05-02-2008 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Come on John. Go for it. It'll be great fun.

I know they still have rooms available. Call right now.

Country Inn and Suites (843) 379-4000 for Saturday night May 31, 2008.

David Jenkins posted 05-03-2008 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
As of right now it will just be Quinn, Anna and me on the 19. Marti is thinking that she has too much work to do to get away that weekend. Quinn and Anna would love to take the 15 but I need to find another tow-vehicle driver to get it down there.
SearayPaul posted 05-05-2008 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for SearayPaul  Send Email to SearayPaul     
Hello. I went to Downtown Marina this weekend. I looked for the rest area that I had told ya'll about. It is located about 30 miles below Duncans on the ICW near Whooping Island and the Dawho River. My GPS did not name the bridge but you can't miss it. It is on the port side as you are headed south. I stopped to check the place out. Unfortunately the restrooms are gone and there is only one picnic table left. The launch ramp is still being used by a lot of boaters. The ramp appeared to be in good shape.

There were some floating cans as usual so keep a careful look out for them as some of the water is a tad bit shallow because of shoaling. We went down at dead low tide with 4 foot readings not being uncommon. Once you get to the sound the water was plenty deep on both sides. The sound can be rough coming across that if the wind is kicking up. The trip down was white capping while the trip home Sunday was glass.

Great Margueritas at Pani's on the water front. Lots of great places to eat. The staff at Downtown Marina was great. We had a blast.

GAwhale posted 05-06-2008 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the trip report. It is a big help to us.

I have not been to Beaufort in years. I look forward to it.

Would you recommend Pani's for our group to have dinner?

Philip

runpasthefence posted 05-07-2008 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Well, Monday I booked not one, but two rooms at the Country Inn and Suites. After telling my parents about the trip, they decided they would like to tag along as well. They'll be making the trip in their 1988 Outrage 18'. They'll prove valuable in case my newly rigged and somewhat experimental 15' experiences any problems. So, our party will be -

Mick and Meghan - Unnamed (so far) 15'

Mickey and Sally - Unnamed 18' Outrage

Also, a friend in a 17' Sea Fox center console might be tagging along, but this is less and less likely as time passes.

SearayPaul posted 05-07-2008 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for SearayPaul  Send Email to SearayPaul     
Pani's would be a good choice for a group. They have an outside patio that could accomadate ya'll and an inside area if the weather does not cooperate. They have pasta dishes that are very good and way too large for an old fellow. They also have unique pizzas that are very good. My wife liked the salad she got and part of my pizza. Last year I ate a pasta dish and it was great. They have chicken, veal and possibly steak. I have not tried these yet.

Did I mention marqueritas? Ya'll have a good time.

GAwhale posted 05-12-2008 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Here is an updated list for the Charleston - Beaufort trip:

1.) Philip Lachmayr - GAwhale - 2001 Montauk 17

2.) David Jenkins - Anna Jane - 1974 Outrage 19

3.) Quinn Jenkins - Clementine - 1977 Sport 15

4.) Ace Mccreight - Latest Temptation - 1989 Temptation

5.) Steve Warren - 27 Whaler

6.) Mick and Meghan - Sport 15

7.) Mickey and Sally - Outrage 18

Nineteen days and counting. Start getting your boats ready. Mick, how is the 15 Sport coming along ?

I am going to suggest Pani's for dinner unless someone has another suggestion. Since we will have to shuttle between the hotel and marina, perhaps it would be easier to eat close to the hotel.


zotcha posted 05-12-2008 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Panini's. And it is very good. One of the best thin crust pizzas south of Jersey. There are quite a few good restaurants downtown. And most recently, Palm and Moon Bagels. Supposed to be best south of NYC. Can't verify that as of yet but I believe they open at 8 on Sunday. Safe trip! zot.
GAwhale posted 05-14-2008 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
http://www.paniniscafe.net/

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Panini%27s&fb=1& cid=0,0,2470919747628566482&near=Beaufort,+SC&oi=manybox&ct=10&cd=1& resnum=2

GAwhale posted 05-20-2008 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Latest Update:

We will depart from Duncan Boat Harbor Landing Saturday May 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM.

Please plan on bringing lunch. We can stop at the Edisto Marina, however they never called me back about serving lunch.

We will be on VHF Channel 68. 'sapple' mentioned earlier he may join up with us. Please do. Let us know where/when we should look out for you.

Sunday morning we will hook up with 'zotcha' at 10:00 AM for a local tour (perhaps a Bloody Mary) and then head back to Charleston.

WhalerAce posted 05-22-2008 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Guys,

I hate to do this, but we have to cancel. My work schedule here in Florida has changed, and we are making our big Core Switch cut-over next weekend. I need to be here along with all of the CISCO reps.

Phillip, we will cancel our reservations at the Marina for the boat. Dad-gum I hate this.

On the other hand, we are going to Charleston this weekend instead, and I am going to pick up my "new" 11-foot Whaler in Georgetown.

Sorry again,

--WhalerAce

zotcha posted 05-23-2008 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Good Morning All. Been trying to make some plans for the Sunday morning trip. Low tide will be approximately 12:30 on Sunday and I have never been to Beaufort from the Port Royal Sound. Should be pretty easy to navigate because it is the ICW. Now crossing the sound can be unbearable in a 15, but most days is a lot of fun, other days in can be flat calm. I will be easily spotted, hopefully in the 15. Any worse and I'll be waiting at the mouth of the Beaufort River in a SeaCraft 20.

My next concern is time. Headed south, across the sound we can take the ICW, which is a short ride with some no wake zones until we get south of the HH brige. Or we can cruise some nice scenery through McKay Creek, just to the west. No slow areas, and even at dead low I think I can get even the largest Whaler through, but it will be critical we stay single file in one wake. Trust me.

South of the bridge we will have plenty of water. First river to the right is the beautiful May River with the huge Red Neck Riviera sandbar which will be absolutely packed. Will look very similar to the previous photos of the Charleston sandbar weekend. Just half a mile further would put us at Palmetto Bluff where I have not made arrangements for docking yet. If I have to I can dock my boat, order the Bloody's by phone and make the run up the dock.

A lot of options, but if you check out early enough, what is the latest time that you need to be back in Beaufort, to start your journey north?

I'm hoping to head over to Beaufort for dinner on Saturday afternoon, but not by boat. zotcha.

GAwhale posted 05-23-2008 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hey WhalerAce,

We're gonna miss you guys. Have fun picking up your new boat (always a good day).

We are going to have to rely on Steve Warren and Mick to navigate. I have never made this run.

zotcha,

Sounds like a good plan. My cell phone number is 678-699-5461.

Give me a call Saturday and I will let you know what time we are looking at for dinner Saturday night. We will also be monitering VHF Channel 68.

I am under no time constraint on Sunday. I will be staying in Charleston with relatives. David Jenkin's gang may have to drive back to Raleigh-Durham on Sunday.

runpasthefence posted 05-23-2008 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Ace, say it ain't so...

Launch day is just over a week away and my 15' is still in pieces. However, I've made a ton of headway and I expect to have her ready to rock for Beaufort.
I feel like I'm on one of those biker build off shows, or Monster Garage trying to get this thing finished in a week.

Also, my parents have backed out, but a friend will make the trip and take their room.

WhalerAce posted 05-23-2008 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Runpast,

Except for the fact that the little 15 is with us in Florida, you would be more than welcome to use it for this trip.

I do know how you feel, though. Before EVERY Whaler rendezvous, especially the Bahama ones, I am doing "last minute" stuff the entire week before we leave, up until the last minute of getting the car and boat packed.

Y'all have a good trip. We wish we could be with you!

--- Ace

zotcha posted 05-24-2008 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Not to "Throw a monkey in the wrench" but I recovered an adult porpoise today and the Beaufort County Sheriff advised that there should be like 600 boats at the Beaufort sandbar. Maybe you all don't have to come this far south...? Just a thought. I've never been there but I finally have a 545s. zotcha.
sapple posted 05-25-2008 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
If I make it, I plan to join everyone at the start and tag along for part of the trip then break off. I may try to join up with the group on the return trip. If I do that I will be at the Wappo cut. I can't be more certain because I am there on a family vacation and I will have many "masters". I will be in a 2007 170 montauk. I am 50 something years old, have grey hair and will be wearing a red Whaler hat. I may, or may not be alone.
GAwhale posted 05-25-2008 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Scott,

Do meet up with us. We will be on VHS Channel 68 or you can call my cell 678-699-5461.

Where will you be launching from?

Have you made it to Morris Island yet?

The weather report is calling for sunny skies and 85 degrees F next weekend. So far it is looks like the sun gods will once again bless the continuousWave Whaler rendezvous.

sapple posted 05-25-2008 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
GAwhale, I am leaving for Charleston tomorrow morning. I will be in Charleston until the next Monday. I will be staying at the Mariner's Cay Condos (on the Folly River) and keeping my boat at the Mariner's Cay marina. FYI, my cell phone number is 804-212-8271.

I assume your departure point, Duncan's Marina, is the marina next to I-526 on the Ashley river. Can you confirm this? If so, I will have about a 27 mile trip to get from my location to the rendezvous starting point. I will be comming up the Stono River, through the Wappo channel, then up the Ashley river. Can someone local give me an estimate of how long my trip from Mariner's Cay to Duncan's Marina will take?

GAwhale posted 05-25-2008 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Scott,

I thought you were already there.

Yes, you are correct about the location of Duncan's.

Now we are planning on going back to plan A and launching from Remley's Point Boat Landing (very close to the Cooper River Bridge). It will be closer for you and very close to where Steve Warren is launching from.

I suggest we meet by the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier at 11:00 AM Saturday May 31. The water should be smooth (and maybe we can tie up).

Philip

GAwhale posted 05-25-2008 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
There is not much docking room at Remley's Point Landing and no one can miss the Yorktown.
sapple posted 05-25-2008 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
GAwhale, when you say we can meet at the York Towne, do you meen rendezvous in the water as opposed to at a dock? Are private small craft allowed in that area?
sapple posted 05-25-2008 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
GAwhale, I am bringing a laptop but am not sure if I will have internet access to keep up with last minute plans posted on ContinuousWave.com. Therefore, I may give you a call later in the week to verify the final status of the rendezvous.
GAwhale posted 05-25-2008 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Scott, you have a good point. They may not like several small boats milling about beside the York Towne.

Right beside the York Towne is the Patriot Point Marina. Let's meet at the Patriot Point Marina fuel dock at 11:00 AM.

I am not very good about carrying my cell phone. I will keep it on all day long Friday. We will be driving to Charleston.

runpasthefence posted 05-25-2008 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
The waters around the Yorktown are not restricted, however, it can get pretty shallow once you get 50-100' from the ship. There is a small channel off the bow of the ship. This is where many harbor and Ft. Sumter tours leave from.

Sapple, I'll be leaving from my house just near Mariner's Cay to meet up with the group. I can meet you at Mariner's Cay if you'd like.

Ace - Thanks for the generosity. It looks like the 15' will be up for sale soon. I know of a few people looking for one, I'll be sure to let them know.

sapple posted 05-25-2008 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
runpasthefence, Your offer sounds great. What time should we meet? How will I know who you are? As noted in my post above, I will be in a 2007 170 Montauk with a Virginia registration. Would you mind If I had your mobile phone number in case my plans change and I can't meet you? Mine is 804-212-8271.
runpasthefence posted 05-25-2008 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
No prob.

I can be reached at 843-607-3927. It looks like the group will be meeting at 11:00 so plan on casting off at about 10:00-10:15am. I'll be in a blue 15' Whaler that won't look much like a Whaler...

GAwhale posted 05-25-2008 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5619090431796054212

I found this video of Remeley's Point Boat Landing. Kinda neat.

GAwhale posted 05-25-2008 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Notice you can see the new span bridge and the old steel constructed bridge which is now torn down.
sapple posted 05-26-2008 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
runpasthefence, thanks. I am leaving for Charleston in about an hour. This may be my last post regarding this rendezvous unless I get internet access when I get to Charleston. One way or another, I will contact you to let you know my status.
GAwhale posted 05-26-2008 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
1.) Philip Lachmayr - GAwhale - 2001 Montauk 17- Cell 678-699-5461

Crew - Wife Margaret, Hannah(10)

2.) David Jenkins - Anna Jane - 1974 Outrage 19- Cell 919-271-1404

Crew - Anna, Quinn

3.) Steve Warren - 27 Whaler

Crew - Father

4.) Mick and Meghan - Sport 15- Cell 843-607-3927

5.) Mick's Friends Boat

6.) Scott Appleton - sapple - VA registration- 2007 Montauk 170- Cell 804-212-8271

7.) zotcha - 15 Whaler OR SeaCraft 20


This is the latest information I have. Please check to see if correct.

SWarren posted 05-27-2008 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Change of plans on my end. Not bringing the 27, fished it yesterday and burned 165 gallons of gas. Going to let it rest, will be going on our 17 montauk. Probably only going as far as monkey island, and will turn around and come back to Mt pleasat. Putting in at hobcaw yacht club. Will meet everyone at duncans.

GAwhale posted 05-27-2008 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Steve,

Don't go to Duncan's.

The plan right now is to meet at the Patriot Point Marina Gas Dock at 11:00 AM Saturday May 31 (right beside the Yorktown aircraft carrier).

Wow, 165 gallons of gas, that hurts!

SWarren posted 05-28-2008 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Sounds great looking forward to going. See everyone at the charleston harbor marina gas dock.

Steve

GAwhale posted 05-29-2008 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
The weather forecast for Saturday for Charleston and Beaufort is calling for spectacular sunny weather and 90 degrees F.

Sunday is calling for 30 % chance of isolated showers in both Charleston and Beaufort.

sapple,
Do you have internet access?
Have you taken your boat out?

David Jenkins posted 05-29-2008 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
With much regret, we are going to back out. My wife cannot come and Quinn does not return from a school trip until 9 PM Friday and it is a 5-hour drive to Charleston and I was out of town last weekend and I have sellers who are worried that this realtor will not get their house sold. So I need to be here. I will be thinking about all of you! Please post photos!
GAwhale posted 05-29-2008 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
David,

We're gonna miss you guys :(

Work is always getting in the way of having fun.

GAwhale posted 05-30-2008 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I am just about to hit the road. My Montauk is already in Charleston. I left her there after the Waccamaw River Trip. My wife and daughter hoped on a Delta bird yesterday to Charleston. We get to fly space available for free.

The weather is now calling for 30% chance of isolated showers on Saturday and Sunday but it will be warm (90 degrees plus).

See everyone tomorrow at the gas dock by the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier at 11:00 AM.

sapple posted 05-30-2008 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
GAwhale,I don't have internet access where I am staying but am visiting my daughter now. This is my 5th day boating in Charleston in the Folly river and Stono river areas and find boating here to be awesome. Lots of Whalers and other 13-20 ft center console boats. I am sorry to say that we have made plans for Saturday and will not be joining the rendezvous (unless we happen to run into you all going through the Wappo channel. Nevertheless, I can already feel the spirit of the whalers and will keep my radio on 68 tomorrow..
GAwhale posted 05-30-2008 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I can also feel the spirit....................

I had a good trip. I left my house at 12:30 PM and pulled in at my in-laws at 7:00 PM.

My Montauk is hooked up, hosed down, and gassed up.

I was driving over the Cooper River Bridge later. There were two young guys driving Crotch Rockets (motorcycles). One guys was pulling wheelees (scared me to death). The important thing was the sky. It was red...............

runpasthefence posted 05-31-2008 02:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I've waited as late as I could, but unfortunately I have to back out.

It's 2am and I've still got several bugs to work out on the 15'. She'll probably be ready to run by 9-10am tomorrow, but not worthy of such a long run.

I'm really sorry to back out so late. I'd like to invite any/everyone who'll be here either Sat. or Sun. to come by and see the boat if they'd like. Otherwise, have fun...wish I could come.

Mick

zotcha posted 06-01-2008 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Phil, GAwhaler, how did you make out in Beaufort? zot.
GAwhale posted 06-02-2008 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi zotcha,

Thank you very much for the use of your trailer and your mechanical help. I will try to give a summary.


Two Montauks departed Charleston. My 2001 and Steve Warren's 1989. He was accompanied by his Dad (BullsBay) who has not posted in a while and his daughter Elle (4). We figured out that Steve was friends with some of the same people my wife went to High School with in Charleston.

We had a nice run all the way to Monkey Island (government research project). Much to my daughters disappointment, there were no monkey sitings. We started heading back. Steve and gang said, "Good Bye" and pointed us in the right direction for Beaufort. They went to Charleston.

Margaret, Hannah, and I motored for little while in the Port Royal sound and decided to anchor near shore for lunch and a jump in the ocean. After a relaxing lunch, it was time to move on. I lowered the engine. She sparked one time. Then nothing for the next hour. I was very discouraged.

We made the call to flag down the next boat: two young guys in a Sea Cat with twin Yamaha 150's. These guys spent two and a half hours towing us to Beaufort. We gave then some money to hopefully pay for their day of gas on the water, but I get a little emotiomal when I think how decent our fellow boaters were.

We had a nice stay at the Country Inn & Suites. Since it was a $9 cab fare, we decided to have dinner near by at Gilligan's Seafood and Raw Bar. The seafood was very good, great view of the marsh, and awesome fishtanks.

Sunday morning I changed my fuel seperator, added dry gas to my fuel, and topped off the tank. The plan was when the moter started, we would make a straight shot to Charleston and not shut her off. The motor did not start.

I had the phone number to a mobile marine mechanic reccomended by the Beaufort Marina. He arrived in about an hour. The guy arrived in a van with a logo. He seemed to know his stuff. Thirty minutes and $150 later, he told me my stator was bad; no way to get the part on Sunday.

We called my in laws in Charleston to come pick us up. The Beaufort Marina was very helpful in towing us to the public landing.

We had a very relaxing lunch of sandwiches and ice cream at the ice cream shop downtown.

My brother in law drove us back to Charleston. Hannah got to stay and play with her cousins. Margaret and I headed back to Beaufort with the Explorer and trailer to pick up our boat.

We were supposed to go knee boarding today. I am going to wait until we get back to Atlanta to get my Mercury fixed.

Great weather both days, if anything a little hot.

Philip

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 06-02-2008 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Sounds like nice trip but for the mech. trouble. Remember sea island is in beaufort and they could pick the boat up at the municipal dock and have it repaired for you and back in the water.
SWarren posted 06-02-2008 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Phillip,

Sorry to hear about your problems, glad you made it ok with a little help. I think I saw your boat tonight under a shed on South Shem drive. Its about two houses down from my buddies house. He has a 25 mako in his drive. If you need any help just let me know. We made it back to hobcaw around 345 ran a total of 109 miles. Harbor was snotty in the afternon.

Steve

GAwhale posted 06-03-2008 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Steve,

Yes, that would be my boat. My wife's brother Walker lives there. We are actually staying at my wife's sister Susan's house near the Citadel.

It was nice to meet you and your family. Thanks for the offer of help.

I am going to pick up the boat this afternoon and we will head back to Atlanta. I will deal with it there.

Hi TRAFFICLAWYER,

Thanks for the info. The mobile marine mechanic said if he had the part (stator), he could have her fixed in an hour. Since it was Sunday there was no way to get the part.

It is a great area to go boating.

sapple posted 06-03-2008 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Just returned from a week of boating in Charleston yesterday. The weather and boating were great. On Saturday I came through Wappo creek toward Charleston Harbor around 11:30 AM hoping to meet up with the rendezvous but did not seem to find it. I called to the group on channel 68 of my radio several times but no reply. Nevertheless, I had a great time and boating around Charleston is fantastic.

The boating culture in Charleston is very different from up here around the lakes and rivers of Virginia. In my area, there seems to be a lot of bow riders and water sports type boats. Center console boats seem to be the most popular choice in the Charleston area. More Whalers than I have ever seen anywhere. Also lots of Key West and Sea Hunt boats.

I really put the 170 Montauk through the paces and it performed beautifully. It handled both skinny water in the tidal creeks of the Folly river area to very choppy water in Charleston Harbor around Ft. Sumter, the light house inlet, and the Stono river inlet very well even with four passengers. I boated for 6 days and used about 30 gallons of fuel.

Philip, if your boat's registration is GA 6306 NK I have some great pictures of you viewing dolphins off Cumming's point.

I plan to post some pics the near future as soon as I get a photobucket folder set up.

GAwhale posted 06-03-2008 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Scott,

We were on channel 68 and tried to call you at the Wappoo Cut. No luck.

My registration is GA 6286 CP. You must have found another boat from Georgia.

We got a couple of photos. My wife is the computor expert in this family. We will try to post them when we get home.

We departed the Yorktown at approx 10:50 AM. We must have just missed you.

Philip

SWarren posted 06-03-2008 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Philip,

We fished the mako today caught 13 dolphin and 2 wahoo. great day offshore in charleston, picked lines up at 1230, hope all is well with your boat repair.

GAwhale posted 06-03-2008 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Steve,

Sounds like a great day. I was actually looking for the Mako today when I picked my boat. No wonder I did not see her.

We departed Charleston at 2:00 PM and arrived home at 9:00 PM (boat in tow).

Great day to drive also and no traffic in Atlanta on a Tuesday evening.

Philip

GAwhale posted 06-05-2008 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
http://s292.photobucket.com/albums/mm30/GAwhale/

Photos from the trip.

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