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bigfish114 posted 02-25-2008 12:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for bigfish114  
New to CW in the last year, and have been watching for a date for a NorCal event. Just wondering if anyone has been looking at any dates for the spring. Thanks in advance.
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-25-2008 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Yep, it's time to be thinking about it.

Where: Snug Harbor? Petaluma? Any other ideas?



WT posted 02-25-2008 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

Our last Rendezvous' were held;

2005 Rendezvous 5-20-05
2006 Rendezvous 5-19-06
2007 Rendezvous 5-18-07

How about:

2008 Rendezvous 5-17-08?

I'd vote for Petaluma/San Francisco Bay again.


Chuck Tribolet posted 02-28-2008 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
This is a leap year, so the Friday would be 05/16.

05/16 - 05/18 works for me. My usual possible conflict (the
California Beach Dive Photo Competition) will be May 31/June 1
this year, so no problem.

The Petaluma "Salute to American Grafitti" (the classic cars
downtown) will be that weekend, which is cool with me.

I'll try not to run aground this time. ;-)


WT posted 02-28-2008 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'd like to propose that that we check our DSC VHF radios. I have a new radio but have not had the opportunity to see if it operates as advertised. I'm supposed to be able to receive a DSC call and my gps/ff will plot your location on the screen.

My MMSI number is 338031141.


andygere posted 03-02-2008 01:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I liked the Peteluma location as well, and being on the bay offers a lot of choices for a cruise. The dates proposed look fine.
dburton posted 03-03-2008 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I feel like we are all standing around with the Admiral asking for a volunteer for a suicide mission. We are looking at each hoping someone else steps forward.

I hereby volunteer to call the hotel, the marina, and make a roster of the boats. I will do anything else that I’m forgetting regarding that part of the rendezvous. I would appreciate an email with suggestions of what needs organized. I will go through last years thread and see what needs to be done.

Petaluma it is!

Someone else needs to organize the cruise on Saturday. I don’t know enough about SF Bay to have an opinion.

Let’s go with the weekend of May 16.

I was happy with dinner at the hotel on Friday, what about the rest of you? Saturday night a few boats loaded with participants going downtown?

Warren, can you be in charge of the scotch & cigars? Maybe you and Matt can bring Strike 3?

Can everyone who was there last year and can’t make it this year, post your regrets. Any southern Californians going to make the trip. My fiancée asked about Jock (something about tidy whitees) and how about Sheila and Rich?

I will try to post the hotel and marina info the next couple of days. Please post your intentions as soon as possible.


WT posted 03-04-2008 01:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'll be there with the Scotch and cigars. :-)


RichL posted 03-04-2008 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for RichL  Send Email to RichL     
We had a great time there last year. Sheila won't need to twist my arm much at all to do it again if it works with our schedule.
Sheila posted 03-04-2008 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Sounds like you can count us in!

What I'd really like to do, after looking at the photos of Strike 3 III, is bring up my Menemsha and leave her with Uncle Matt for a while :)

Doug, thanks for your note to make sure we saw this. And even bigger thanks for stepping up to plan the accommodations.

andygere posted 03-04-2008 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Thanks for taking charge of the mission! The Gere's are all in.
RichL posted 03-04-2008 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for RichL  Send Email to RichL     
"What I'd really like to do, after looking at the photos of Strike 3 III, is bring up my Menemsha and leave her with Uncle Matt for a while :) "

I second the motion.

All in favor?

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-04-2008 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Doug: HooRah! and AttaBoy! I think the real key is delegate,
delegate, and delegate.

All: Is there someone CREATIVE who can put together a flyer?
It would be really good to have something before salmon
season opens and pass it out at the launch ramp. I could
do something, but it would not be pretty.

As I implied earlier, I'm in. And I suspect Adm. Linda is

I THINK Linda and I are the only ones to go to all the
NorCal Rendezvous. I'm not about to break a streak. But I'm
not streaking, I'll leave that to Jock. ;-)

One thing to be aware of: the Bay to Breakers is that Sunday,
so plan ahead to navigate around it if you would normally go
home through SF. Last year, Hwy 1 was COMPLETELY unnavigable when we
went home in the early afternoon. 101 (Van Ness) worked fine
once we got there (via the VERY scenic route).

I'll be glad to help with organization, but you probably don't
want to follow my navigation. I'd be glad to keep track of
the attendees -- I've done that several years.

Rich and Sheila: The three mouseketeers get all the votes.

Doug: dig up the group rate code from last year and use that
as a starting point for negotiations.


prm1177 posted 03-04-2008 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Wow, it's been a while. Been very busy here, so I hadn't even thought about a Rendezvous. Thanks to Doug for volunteering to organize the event at the hotel.

I'm not sure if I can get the weekend off as we have a small movie opening the following weekend. I should know by the end of April, so put me down for a probable.

Doug, If you need contact information at the Sheraton, let me know. Get to the hotel early as the 16th is the Kawasaki AMA Superbike event at Infineon and they have a tendency to get booked up quickly.

dburton posted 03-04-2008 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I talked to the hotel today. They said that they had 15 rooms that they could block for our group. The rate will be $169/night. They are emailing me a contract tonight and want me to sign and offer up my credit card as hostage. I will read the contract tonight/tomorrow and go from there.

Does anyone know a good lawyer?

I haven't talked to the marina but will tomorrow.

I have almost completed a poster for distribution. It will be available by this weekend. More than one poster is OK with me.

Chuck, It would be great if you could keep track of the attendees.

We need a volunteer to organize the cruise. I have only boated SF Bay once, last year's rendezvous. How about some ideas tossed about!

How about food. Friday night at the hotel? Saturday lunch where? How about docking for lunch? Dinner Saturday night?

We need some ideas!

Paul, if you can't come for the entire event please find a way to come to a meal (or two).


placerville posted 03-05-2008 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Thanks Doug for picking up the ball on this.

Warren, we should cruise Strike3 down the coast from Bodega weather permitting. Anyone else can feel free to join us.

Sheila and Rich, I'd be happy to take your Menamsha for a while. May through December sound good? We'd put her into service alongside S3.


Sheila posted 03-05-2008 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Ah, Matt, I don't think I made my motives clear. Poor old girl is in dire need of a restoration. Maybe rehab is a better word. Extreme makeover...that's it.

I won't bore you all with the reasons why she is still languishing, but she would sure benefit from some of the magic touch that Strike 3 enjoyed :)

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-06-2008 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
OK, I'll keep the roster. But there's no sense doing anything
until about three weeks prior. Way too much happens.

Friday night, folks tend to straggle in. I usually get there
early (lots of vacation), but some folks come from a long ways
away after a day of work. It's hard to get everybody in one
place at once. I wonder if we can hang out in the bar and
have folks order burgers or whatever as they arrive. It should
probably be at the hotel, and I think we should hold the
decision on exactly where until we see the weather forecast
(They have a nice pool area, but if it's REALLY hot or cold,
it's not right.) Maybe just a list of areas to check for
Boston Whaler caps.


bigfish114 posted 03-06-2008 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigfish114    

Please add me to your roster. My wife Cheri and I will attend with our Outrage 17. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Thank you


dburton posted 03-06-2008 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I am currently reviewing the contract that Sheraton Sonoma wants me to sign personally. My ultimate exposure is $3,380 ($169 per room X 10 rooms X 2 nights). I could buy a nice 13' Sport for that! here are the two clauses that are giving me the most heartburn:

Group agrees to provide a minimum dollar amount of guest room revenue which shall be equal to the number of guest room nights set forth in the Guest Room Accommodation chart (or the number of guest room nights as adjusted pursuant to the Room and Space Block Review clause, if any) times Group’s average guest room rate, not including tax (the “Minimum Revenue”). If Group holds its meeting as agreed, Hotel will waive its right to seek damages for Group’s failure to achieve the Minimum Revenue if Group achieves at least 90% of the Minimum Revenue. Should Group fall below this amount, Group will pay as a reasonable estimate of the Hotel’s losses an amount equal to the difference between 90% of the Minimum Revenue and the actual guest room revenue achieved by Group (the “Attrition Damages”). The guest room revenue received from unused Group guest rooms that are resold by Hotel will reduce the Attrition Damages. Because it is impossible to accurately determine what guest rooms are resold and at what rate, the parties agree that “resold” rooms will be calculated as follows: The resale revenue credited to Attrition Damages will be equal to Hotel’s average daily rate for each day that guest rooms are resold. Unused Group rooms will be the last guest rooms resold, thus guest rooms will be considered resold to the extent that Hotel is able to sell more guest rooms than it could have sold if Group had fully occupied its block. For example, if Group does not use thirty (30) rooms in its block but only ten (10) rooms remain unsold in Hotel, the Attrition Damages owed will be reduced by the average daily rate times twenty (20). Group will pay all applicable taxes on the Attrition Damages.

If Group elects to cancel this Contract for any reason other than a termination for cause or force majeure, Group agrees to provide written notice to Hotel accompanied by the payment indicated in the following scale:

From the date of Contract signing to 60 days prior to arrival date 0%
From 59 days to 30 days prior to arrival date 25%
From 29 days or less prior to arrival date 50%

If such payment does not accompany the Group’s cancellation notice, the amount owed by the Group shall be determined in accordance with the scale above by using the date the payment is actually made by Group to Hotel, rather than the date Group provided written notice to Hotel. The option to cancel is agreed by the parties to constitute the exercise of a contractual option and not a default. The parties further agree that the amounts set forth above are reasonable estimates of the losses that would be incurred by Hotel and include consideration of the possibility of Hotel’s ability to mitigate its losses through resale.

I emailed Paul and he said that he couldn't remember signing something like this.

What do you think? Has Tony left the building yet?


boatdryver posted 03-07-2008 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
In a post less than a week ago, Tony said he would be leaving the following day.


Sheila posted 03-07-2008 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
It now appears we're out :(

Rich's little bro, his wife and their daughter are coming from Alabama to visit. The big 2nd birthday bash for their little girl and for his youngest sister's triplets will be on the 18th down here in SoCal.

I will double check the party time on Sunday and see if a predawn departure would get us back here in time...

jmarlo posted 03-07-2008 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     

I would advise against signing anything with the hotel. You definately put yourself at risk, and for our loosely affiliated group I would say it is not worth it. Its one thing if you are the group leader of a church group or something similar, but thats not the case.

If the hotel is not willing to put a courtesy block on some rooms, its their unfortunate potential loss of customers that weekend. I don't recall last year the hotel being too crowded.

I'm not sure if we can make that weekend, things are up in the air for scheduling for May. I will let you know once I know for sure.

Thanks for taking this on!

WT posted 03-07-2008 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I would not take the risk of booking the rooms. And Jock is correct in that last year the hotel wasn't that crowded.

I called Sheraton and they quoted me $179/night but with an AAA card they will discount to $170.05. We're in a recession and they won't come off their rack rates of $179/night?

So I think everyone should book their own rooms. I'm sure the cancellation policy for individuals is more forgiving.


dburton posted 03-07-2008 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I’ve decided not to sign Sheraton’s group contract. It’s too much risk for one person to shoulder for a very informal group, even a great group like this one.

The best strategy is to book immediately via the internet. htm?requestedChainCode=SI&requestedAffiliationCode=SI&localeCode=en_US&

The current rate is $179.00/per night. This is only $10.00 more than the group rate would have been. If you cancel up to 24 hours before 05/16/2008 then you get 100% of your money back. The rates will go up as we get closer to the rendezvous. If you have a AAA card you can probably save $10.

So, if you have any inclination to come to the rendezvous and stay at the Sheraton, book now! You can always cancel later.

I also said that I would make a poster. I scanned it turning it into a jpeg. Here is a link to both a color version and a black and white version. The color one is pretty cool. Thanks to Warren for permission to use an image (of my boat, of course) that he took at last year’s rendezvous.

Who has an idea of where to cruise? How about where to eat lunch and dinner on Saturday?


Sheila posted 03-08-2008 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
A reprieve has come our way :)

As so often happens when large families plan events at a distance, some confusion reigned about the date of the big family bash. The Alabama contingent had it down for the 24th, so the 24th it is...which means we are once again making our plans to head north for the rendezvous.

Doug, good call on the hotel contract.

We just booked. :) See everyone soon!

boatdryver posted 03-08-2008 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Good idea to have everyone do their own room reservations. Remember there is a big Motorcycle race at Infineon that weekend. I've wondered why Sheraton put that big a hotel in Petaluma. I imagine the nearby Infineon racecway was part of their thinking

I'll volunteer to plan the Saturday cruise.

How about some suggestions for a destination?

Right now I can't think of a better choice than Angel Island again. It offers dock space, limited food service, picnic tables, shelter from the wind, scenery, and hiking.

The only other places I know of with potentially enough dock space for our group for a Saturday are Berkeley Marina next to that big hotel, and the Oakland Estuary at Jack London Square, and they are a lot farther and awfully urban. Also, if the afternoon sea breeze is strong, the trip North across Berkeley can be a real backbreaker.

Then there's Benicia, a few miles under the Carquinez Bridge. A quaint small town, with restaurants and shops and a municipal guest dock. I don't know about picnic tables.

Sam's docks in Tiburon would be full after about 10 AM. Rob with new twins, if you are following this what do you think about saving enough tieups for us to arrive.

Last year our flotilla got to Angel Island about 1130 as I recall but we had that delay at the Petaluma river mouth. Travel time should be just over an hour and a half with no delays

I looked at the tides and currents for Saturday May 17. The water will be at least 3 feet deeper at the mouth of the Petaluma River than last year when we pass. There will be a moderate flood current all morning and a smaller ebb all afternoon.

These tides are the reverse of last year, so if the wind direction is the same, we may be spared that bone jarring chop we had the last 3 miles into Angel. San Pablo Bay can still be pretty choppy in the afternoon if the wind kicks up. Last year Tony and I were actually able to stay seated in my Montauk all the way back.

So let's hear some input on the cruise.


Chuck Tribolet posted 03-11-2008 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Has anybody contacted the hotel marina yet?


17 bodega posted 03-12-2008 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
This hotel never fills up...I would think they are desparate for business and would be willing to cut you a deal rather than let these rooms sit empty like they do most of the time. Espeically from such a docile lobby full of scotch drinking boating intellectuals!

The nerve!

My boss is actually selling his Bed and Breakfast which has City of Petaluma dockspace and everything. We could just throw our sleeping bags on the floor of this pad...tie up the boats and pull an all night Jack Sparrow scene and see how long it takes the Petaluma PD to come get to know us... I think the place is fully vacant ... so the floor would be pretty hard. I'm not even sure if the power is on.
go to property showcase and then click on the commercial listing for 1.75 mil.
How about a short(very) short term lease option... CW style? Ok.. enough about the shameless plug for my boss...but I thought it ironic anyway.. perfect for some rich guy that wants to create a party zone for yacht clubbers...

I wish you guys were having this bash a couple of days later. I'm taking a Chemistry exam on Tuesday the 20th and must have my faculties and spend the weekend studying. I will certainly drop by the scotch party for some green tea and to say hi.


boatdryver posted 03-12-2008 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I am going through Petaluma today and I will drop by and talk to the marina.


dburton posted 03-12-2008 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Paul and I just exchanged emails. Last year the hotel did not require a contract to get a group rates. It appears that a different person is in charge this year.

Paul wanted me to pass on a message:

Tell people to get their reservations in early since it is a motorcycle race weekend at Sears Point and they might actually sell out.


JimL, Thanks for picking up my dropped ball with contacting the marina.

What does everyone think about JimL's suggestions regarding the cruise?


boatdryver posted 03-12-2008 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Ok everyone. Here's the procedure for marina reservations:

I have to fill out a Marina form listing the owners' names and boat lengths lengths, and if applicable, boat names. The Harbormaster (has a great attitude) will try to group us all together (no guarantee). She realizes the count will not be finalized till about 2 weeks ahead of time. So her deadline is 2 weeks ahead of time.

Everyone who wants a slip should email me by May 2. I live 40 minutes from the Marina and will take care of submitting he list. Everyone will need to pay the transient fee, whatever it is, to the marina when you arrive. I don't know the amount now but am sure it is reasonable.

I made my room reservation so this year I can partake of a wee dram of
Warren's Scotch at dinner. Last year I drove home to Inverness after dinner and had to abstain. It was painful.

Everyone please reserve your room in case the Motorcycle event at Infinion raceway makes the hotel get busy. I paid $179 plus taxes for a basic no view room.

Jim ( 415-669-7391

Sheila posted 03-12-2008 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
We've made our reservations. Had to go to the $199 rate to get a king size bed, but then found that we could get the wine getaway pkg. for the same rate (promo code: WWINE). You get a bottle of wine and a cheese platter along with the room. And some discounts to local wineries, though we're not likely to use those. We'll pass them on if anyone up there can use them.

We won't bring a boat, so don't need a slip. We'll be hitchhiking again this year on the cruise. Hoping to finagle a ride on Strike 3 :)

As SoCalians, we'll trust the judgment of those of you who know the waters to lay out the cruise. I'm sure it'll be wonderful.

BANTRY BAY posted 03-14-2008 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for BANTRY BAY  Send Email to BANTRY BAY     
I am looking forward to the trip.

Any of you "old" boaters, you can get a room at the petaluma Sheraton for $139 if you are a member of AARP.

Bantry bay

WT posted 03-14-2008 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
BANTRY BAY, thanks for the AARP tip, this old geezer just joined.

I also reserved my Sheraton Petaluma room for $139/night and was told I must show my AARP membership card at check-in.


Bill Lassaline posted 03-16-2008 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline  Send Email to Bill Lassaline     
Matt, thanks for the invitation. I reserved a room at the Sheraton for May 16 and 17. Bernadette and I will be there with our boat.

Hello to all. I look forward to meeting you at the rendezvous.


placerville posted 03-17-2008 05:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
That's great Bill. Glad you and Bernadette will be able to make it with your Montauk 170.

You're welcome to stay at my place on your way down to Petaluma if you want to break up your drive.


andygere posted 03-18-2008 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Booked the room tonight, so we are in. I'll pull my cruising guide for ideas. Napa River is pretty nice, although I don't know if the waterway is open all the way to downtown Napa yet. There was a big flood control project going on when Nancy and I cruised it in October '06.
placerville posted 03-19-2008 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
If the weather conditions are perfect, Warren and I are thinking of making the cruise from Bodega Bay down the coast through the Gate to meet up with the rest of the group. Anyone would be welcome to join us. If the weather isn't right, we'll trailer Strike3 from Bodega Bay to Petaluma and start with everyone else. It's only a 1/2 hour drive.
boatdryver posted 03-20-2008 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
So far I have 8-9 boats on the list for the Marina reservations, so the size of the cruise flotilla is looking good.

Paul-23 Conquest-possible

me-200 Dauntless

Chuck Tribolet and the Admiral-Classic Montauk

Des-Classic Montauk

Bill Lassaline-Montauk 170

Doug Burton-Dauntless 17

Kent (need your last name)-Montauk 170

Matt and Warren-Strike 3? (assuming the duo does the epic voyage, or.. Warren's 170 Montauk?

Team Gere-Outrage 22

Bill and Kent, last year was my first time to attend. I really enjoyed the long cruise in my trusty old Montauk. I liked the idea of lots of other boats along in case of a problem and also the opportunity to see all the Whalers at the dock and under way.

Andy has suggested the Napa river as a destination. Andy what do you know about food service there? I am awaiting a response from the Napa valley Yacht club to see if we could use their docks. The city of Napa site says they will not have guest docks till 2009.

I looked at the chart and the Napa river shows navigation markers up to Horsehoe Bend but no depth information on up to the city of Napa.

Lets all try to think of more Whaler people to invite.


bigfish114 posted 03-20-2008 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigfish114    

I'll be coming with my wife in our 17 Outrage. The Napa Riverfront project is under construction now. The area just upriver from the Napa Mill won't be completed till next year at the soonest. By then will be a real destination with many restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the waterfront.


Kent Adrian

boatdryver posted 03-23-2008 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
At last years' rendezvous a white Montauk with a group of 4 or 5 on board came Saturday morning and did the cruise.

I didn't get a chance to meet any one in that group.

I'd like to contact them if anyone can give me contact information.

Or was that Bill Lassaline?


dburton posted 03-23-2008 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     

I think that you are talking about Scott Ruxton from Yuba City.
His wife posted under scubaman2 with an email of and Scott posted once as scotland with an email of .


Chuck Tribolet posted 03-23-2008 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I've made my reservations.

Bantry Bay: I owe you a cold one for the AARP tip. Saves $40
a night. MMM, a couple of cold ones.

All: They also have an auto club discount. Dunno how much,
but if you are a CSAA (or AAA member for the SoCal crowd),
it's worth checking.

All the discounts are accessed by a link over on the left
side of their webpage.


littleblue posted 03-24-2008 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
I won't be attending the event up in the river but if you guys come down into the bay for the cruise I'll join the convoy.
andygere posted 03-24-2008 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
If you are a Starwood member, you can get $50 per night off of the room rate, but you have to book through Starwood. Cost me 1000 Starpoints, whatever they are. Seems to me, I "earned" the Starpoints by staying there last year.
Sheila posted 04-04-2008 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Any updates on the cruise or attendees?

(read: "I want to keep the thread visible in the 10-day range.")

rjgorion posted 04-04-2008 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjgorion  Send Email to rjgorion     
Hello all, I should be able to attend for the day on Saturday but I'm not 100% sure yet. I am knee deep in my Thesis research project from now until the second week in May. If all goes well, I will be there. It will be nice to see everyone. Thanks,


Outrage 18-Horsetrader, with a shiny new accountrement that just may be installed by then.

boatdryver posted 04-04-2008 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Other than a return to Angel Island, two other ideas have been put forth.

One was the Napa River. As far as I can tell from internet sites the city of Napa is a year away from completing their Municipal facility designed to accommodate boaters. I emailed the Napa Valley Yacht Club and have not heard back. From the look of their web site they are too small to offer food service.

The other was Benicia. I went there by boat 4 years ago. there is a city transient dock a few blocks from a nicely restored area of Victorian house type buildings which house shops and restaurants. I don't remember about the marina itself- whether there is a park like setting with picnic tables.

The down side of a trip to either the Napa River or Benicia is the return leg back westward into the afternoon seabreeze across shallow San Pablo Bay. The day of our cruise there is an ebb current in the afternoon which would be in opposition to the sea breeze. If the sea breeze is strong the passage could be more uncomfortable than the more northerly heading back from Angel Island.

I did the Petaluma-Golden Gate-Petaluma run a week ago. I liked it . The afternoon sea breeze that day was benign and we could stay seated except for the last 2 miles up the marked channel.

There was a moderate flood current in the river itself opposing a strong North wind and I was surprised at the chop in the portions of the sinuous river that were oriented North-South.

Unless the majority of folks are opposed to a repeat of last years' itinerary, I think Angel Island is our best bet.

So far we have about 10 boats. I will turn in the list to the Marina in mid April. They vary from Andy's Outrage 22 Cuddy , a rumored epic Shackelfordesque voyage by Strike 3 around Pt Reyes with Matt and Warren, my 200 Dauntless, several Montauks, one Outrage 17 and a Dauntless 16 or 17


WT posted 04-04-2008 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

The plan for Matt and me is that we are planning on boating both Strike 3 and my 170 Montauk (MegaBite) from Bodega Bay to Angel Island to meet with the CW gang, then boat back to the Petaluma Sheraton. So I will need a slip for MegaBite.

I am planning on towing my Montauk to the Petaluma Sheraton on Friday. Very early on Saturday Matt and I will launch both Strike 3 and MegaBite at Bodega Bay for the trip to Angel Island.

The trip from Bodega Bay to Angel Island is about 65 miles one-way and should take less than 3 hours. The one-way trip from Bodega Bay to the Petaluma Sheraton is about 100 miles.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the downhill run from Bodega Bay.


boatdryver posted 04-05-2008 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
OK, Warren. Megabyte and Strike 3 are on the Marina List.

I need Matt's last name for the list.

I also could use the names of any of the boats that have names. I have Andy's.


high sierra posted 04-05-2008 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
I will be there with my 1983 18 outrage arriving on Friday. Sounds like a great tour. high sierra
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-05-2008 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
My 17' Montauk is Black Dog.


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-05-2008 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If we go to Benicia, an option is to go just a little farther
and check out the Navy mothball fleet in Suisun Bay. It
includes the battleship USS Iowa and some smaller vessels.
Note: There are rules on how close you can get, but it's a
lot closer than Interstate 80.

Full disclosure: I'm the Site Investigation Chairman for the
Northern California Oceans Foundation, which would like to
sink some of those ships off California as artificial reefs.

One more thing: This is a decision that doesn't have to be
made now. We can discuss the alternatives, but defer the
decision until a couple of days beforehand when we have a
decent weather forecast.

My two cents:

Petaluma is too close for the day cruise. It's a fine place
for Saturday dinner. They have a great municipal dock. And
the old car cruise is that Sat. evening and that was fun last

Benecia is OK, and I wouldn't mind a closer view of the
mothball fleet.

Angel Island is my first choice (but I was aground last year
while the rest of you were there.). Adm. Linda has never been
out the gate.


WT posted 04-05-2008 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
We can't make any final decisions until a couple of days before the rendezvous due to weather forecasts but....

My first choice would be to head to Angel Island too. From there we can cruise around the San Francisco waterfront, Petaluma%20to%20San%20Francisco%202007/?action=view¤t=DSC_4470.jpg Petaluma%20to%20San%20Francisco%202007/?action=view¤t=DSC_4514.jpg

Go under the Golden Gate Bridge out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. Sac%20to%20San%20Francisco%202007/?action=view¤t=DSC_9373.jpg Sac%20to%20San%20Francisco%202007/?action=view¤t=DSC_9369.jpg

The Mothball Fleet is pretty cool. Sac%20to%20San%20Francisco%202007/?action=view¤t=DSC_9290.jpg

Let's hope we get some great weather like last year.


placerville posted 04-06-2008 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
My last name is Kimura.

If Warren and I make the outside run, we'll have room for passengers.
Sheila, I know you mentioned riding with us.

Bill Lassaline posted 04-06-2008 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline  Send Email to Bill Lassaline     

My 170 Montauk is named, "Once More to the Lake." We'll arrive midday Friday.

Bill Lassaline

Sheila posted 04-08-2008 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Email on its way. :)
boatdryver posted 04-09-2008 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I faxed the current list of boats and skippers to the Petaluma Marina this morning.

Here is their reply:

"Hello Jim,

Thanks very much for your fax! I am sure as it gets closer you will
have some other cancellations and possibly some last minute people that
would like to join. So if you we give me another heads up about 3 days
before, that would be wonderful.

You will all be located off of Gate II, which is where the Sheraton is
located. (Same area as last year.)

Looking forward to your cruise in, Barry & Binky Thorsson, Harbor
Masters (707) 778 - 4489"

So far we have 10 boats and a possible from Paul (Conquest 23)


high sierra posted 04-15-2008 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-22-2008 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Let's have some organization on who's showing up when on
Friday. There's sorta three groups:

1. Early
2. JUST BARELY in in time for dinner.
3. After dinner.

Let's have a plan that gets us all together.

Chuck (group 1.)

WT posted 04-22-2008 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'm planning on being there early Friday morning. Like last year, I'm planning on making a run into the bay to get some saltwater spray on my face. :-)


dburton posted 04-22-2008 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Group 1


high sierra posted 04-23-2008 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
3ish in the afternoon. high sierra
Sheila posted 04-23-2008 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Group 2 if the traffic gods favor us.
placerville posted 04-23-2008 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Group 1.5. Definitely for dinner. But depending on Saturday's forecast, I may have to trailer Strike3 or not.
boatdryver posted 04-23-2008 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
2-3 PM for me and boat. two guys for dinner.

About dinner, that spot in the dining room worked out pretty well for our group last year. who made the reservation?


boatdryver posted 04-24-2008 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I talked to Rob Schmidt (ratherwhaling) a week ago. He will try to come over in his Montauk at and be on the docks at Angel Island. He will try to save several tieups close together for our group. I will call him a few days ahead once we decide whether we are going to Angel instead or Benicia.


Bill Lassaline posted 04-24-2008 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline  Send Email to Bill Lassaline     
We'll arrive around 1:00 P.M., Friday.


boatdryver posted 04-30-2008 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Hello to everyone attending this year's Rendezvous May 16-18.

Here is the list of skippers with boats which I have turned in to the Petaluma Harbormaster:

Jim Laws
Andy Gere
Warren Tom
Doug Burton
Chuck Tribolet
Des Wytmans
Bill Lassaline
Matt Kimura
Jim Tuohy

If there are others who have decided to attend and would like a slip, please let me know (

When you arrive, check in at the Harbormaster Office for slip assignment. their hours on Friday are 8-5. Phone 707-778-4489

Here are the NOAA predictions for May 17:

Petaluma River Entrance Tides:

0702 Low -0.2
1301 Hi +4.4
1830 Low +1.9

Pt San Pablo Currents (at the Brothers/Sisters)

0810 Slack
1106 Max Fld +1.7 Kt
1354 Slack
1619 Max Ebb -1.5 Kt

A few navigation items in case there first timers:

In traversing the serpentine Petaluma river, heed the two red nuns at mid river.

Respect the no wake zone at Papa's Taverna docks-last year I didn't slow enough and got yelled at.

When leaving the river at the railroad swing bridge steer 084 Magnetic to find the first set of channel markers. THIS IS A CONFUSING SPOT. Ignore all those other markers which might lure one to the West, which lead to a private channel to on-the -water homes. Notice all the "1" s on the chart over there. This location is forever memorialized; last year Jock Marlo tried to swim/crawl a tow line to a grounded Whaler through the primordial ooze and came back looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Returning Northbound in the afternoon, when leaving the Sisters, I use a heading of 176 Magnetic to the first pair of channel markers. These are 3.5 miles away, too far to see at first, and the first thing visible is the "platform" marked on the chart next to #1. You will see this strange object on the way down.

Fuel is available at Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael.

Distance from Petaluma to Angel Island is 28 N. M. and 3.5 more on the the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is going to be fun.


jmarlo posted 04-30-2008 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Have fun on the Rendezvous, sounds like everyone is going to have a great time. I wish I could make it, but I will be camping in Joshua Tree, far away from any water.

Be sure to heed all the warnings about the shallow water, it really is hard to judge the depths before its too late.

I suggest someone have on hand a simple nylon ski line to be use in as a tow line in case there is a grounding. Last year, if we had an accessible ski line we probably could have made the snatch, instead we spent valuable time trying to piece together dock lines, etc. The water ebbs quickly and before you know it, a boat that has hit bottom becomes glued to muck.

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-30-2008 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Funny you should mention the ski line. In the bow locker, I
normally have 100'+ of 1/4" polypropylene with a buoy on one
end. We use it diving when there's current -- if you come
up behind the boat, it's much easier to pull yourself back
than to kick. But I took it out when I purged the boat of
dive gear for last year's rendezvous. I'll leave it on board
this year.

I'm actually kinda glad the boat didn't budge. There were
lots of shells in the mud and I suspect I would have had to
do some gelcoat repair. We had warm clothes, lunch, beer,
and cameras. It was a fine adventure.


elaelap posted 05-01-2008 07:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Have a great time, guys & gals. This is the first one I'll miss in five years. We'll be aground in Marrakesh, Esssouira or Casablanca, but I'll be there with you in spirit. See y'all next year.


boatdryver posted 05-01-2008 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
OOPS! Big goof on the Navigation suggestions.

In the afternoon when departing the Sisters heading northbound back to the Petaluma River channel, I use a heading of 356 Magnetic, NOT 176.


Sheila posted 05-06-2008 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
And we're out once again :(

Boeing failed to consult with us before scheduling a deadline for this huge project Rich is working on.

Have a blast! We'll miss you guys.

boatdryver posted 05-08-2008 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Today I went to the Petaluma Marina to check on our group reservation. They are expecting us on schedule Friday, May 16. I will probably get there about 1 PM. There is a great deal of trailer parking.

The Harbormaster said that the row of slips where we were located last year is being converted to a long length of side ties. He is working hard to get this done by next Friday for us and there is little left to do as of today, but his worker had not shown up as of 10 AM. So in case the conversion is not boat-ready by the 16th, he will have to put our group here and there in vacant slips.

When I was there this morning, it was 70 degrees, clear sky, and not a breath of wind. Let's hope for the same conditions Saturday the 17th.

See you all then,


high sierra posted 05-10-2008 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Hi, if anyone would like a temperature reading on their wheel bearings when they arrive, I will have my laser temperature gauge with me. I'm testing new oil bearing units on my trailer. It takes less than 30 seconds to get a reading. I'll be wearing a red jacket while wandering around the marina. high sierra
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-11-2008 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Roll call time. I've made a first cut at a roster and put it

Please check your info and e-mail me at with
any updates.

The first Petaluma forecast is out for rendezvous weekend:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87.
Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 52.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Sounds good.


andygere posted 05-11-2008 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
All the info for us is correct. We have an optimistic arrival time of 2 p.m. planned. That is of course assuming I finish installing my new Kodiak brake system today. Nothing like a Rendezvous to motivate one to do those long put off trailer projects.
boatdryver posted 05-11-2008 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Chuck, can you take care of notifying the Restaurant at the hotel about the approximate number of people for Friday night's dinner? Last year they were OK with separate checks.


andygere posted 05-12-2008 01:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Brakes installed, ETA is looking better. IMG_3902.jpg

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-12-2008 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
One of the more important things about the rendezvous is that
it does terminate the procrastination. Gelcoat fixes, wash,
wax, fix the anchor light, ...

The roster has been updated with new information to date.

I'll be glad to tell the restaurant. Unless I hear otherwise
I'll assume that the Fri. am and pm arrivals are there for
dinner, later arrivals are not. I presume the restaurant
really doesn't need to know until Thursday. So what time?
Probably not earlier than 7pm.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-12-2008 01:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
And back to a really old comment by Warren about DSC radios:
I'll probably be there with a DSC radio. The microphone
crapped out on mine yesterday, a new radio is on order and
SHOULD be here by the weekend. If it isn't, I'll be running
my old non DSC Apelco. If the new radio is here, and it should be, my MMSI is 338 000069.

I suspect there will be others.


Bill Lassaline posted 05-12-2008 02:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline  Send Email to Bill Lassaline     
There are others: my MMSI is 338076665.


boatdryver posted 05-12-2008 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
7 PM Friday for dinner is OK with me
My MMSI # is 338076815


high sierra posted 05-12-2008 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Prefer dinner at 5 to 6. high sierra
boatdryver posted 05-12-2008 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I'm flexible on dinner. any time 5:30 to 7:30


Bill Lassaline posted 05-12-2008 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline  Send Email to Bill Lassaline     
6 or later for dinner.


WT posted 05-12-2008 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I can eat at any time. I'll bring a fine bottle of scotch. The hotel is a 100% non-smoking zone so I will not be bringing cigars.

FYI If anyone might want to take a voyage from Bodega Bay to San Francisco Bay early Saturday morning. Looks like we may have a decent Saturday if the south winds are light.

Here's this week's forecast...

230 PM PDT MON MAY 12 2008






5 TO 7 FT.


8 FT.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-12-2008 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Here's the first SF Bay Forecast from

> SW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT.

and the Petaluma forecast from 2411&textField2=-122.6255&smap=1

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 53.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 85.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-13-2008 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
New radio got in FedEx's hands yesterday, so I should be up
with a DSC radio.

Adm. Linda asked about BBQing at Angel Island?

And, given the SF Bay forecast:


is it Angel Island or Suisun Bay?


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-13-2008 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
And anybody bringing a bicycle? Adm. Linda likes to ride,
and she's riding to work on Friday and we'll throw the bike
in the boat when I pick her up that afternoon.


fishinchips posted 05-13-2008 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishinchips  Send Email to fishinchips     
Will meet up with you guys at angel island on saturday for lunch.
I guess you guys will be at the golden gate bridge around 11:00am to 12:00 noon.

What channel are you guys on. I will likely be near san francisco.

Ocean Forecast:

Bay Forecast:

I'll see if I can get another buddy in a 2004-170 montauk and another buddy in a 17 montauk to join us too.

Ken (2003-170 montauk)

littleblue posted 05-14-2008 05:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
If I can switch my day at work I will also meet you guys out on Angel Island and part of the cruise. Hopefully somebody can take some photos of my boat and I on the move, bustin throgh some chop. Still need one of those for the collection :) What channel should I monitor on the VHF?
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-14-2008 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
We've used 69 as a working frequency in the past. If that
doesn't work, just call "whalers" on 16.


andygere posted 05-14-2008 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
What is the plan for dinner on Saturday evening? Last year we went into town via boat, and found plenty of dock space in the turning basin. Taller boats may need the bridge opened, which requires a prior appointment with the bridge tender. Anyone know the tides around the dinner hour?
WT posted 05-14-2008 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Matt and I are still planning on a cruise from Bodega Bay to Angel Island early Saturday morning. We'll leave the Petaluma Sheraton around 6 am and launch at Bodega Bay around 7:30-8 am. We should get to Angel Island before 11 am.

Here's the forecast so far...







Matt will be in Strike 3 and I'll be in my 170 Montauk we'll both be solo. Everyone is welcome to join us.


fishinchips posted 05-14-2008 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishinchips  Send Email to fishinchips     
I believe there is a resturant on angel island OR shall we bring our own food ?


WT posted 05-14-2008 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

There are sandwich shops on Angel Island.


fishinchips posted 05-14-2008 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishinchips  Send Email to fishinchips     
ok, that answers my question.

See you guys there. Give me a holler on channel 69 when your under the golden gate.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-15-2008 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Please take a look at .
There are still lots of RED question marks. Email me with
the answers.

Sat. dinner in Petaluma works, esp. considering the old car
thing is that night again. I enjoyed it.

We have a fairly low tide Sat. evening at the Petaluma
drawbridge (+2, the higher of the two lows). For the run
to Angel Island (and it looks to me like that's what we are
going to do), we have a low tide in the morning (+.5 at the
railroad bridge and rising at 9 am) and fair to middling
coming home (+3.5 and falling fast at 3 pm). Message:
Note the mudflats in the morning. Stay out of them in the
afternoon. One high and dry whaler last year is enough. ;-)

I will be DSC-enabled. The new radio showed up noonish today
and is working. Way more work to install it than it should
have been. Arrgh.

Dinner Friday at 7. Earlier than that, meet in the bar and
we can have some pupus (Hawaiian for finger food appetizers)
to stave off starvation.

Sat. SF Bay forecast:
It cold be worse, it could be better.

Petaluma forecast:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 95. South wind at 9 mph becoming west.
Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 48. West wind between 3 and 7 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.


bigfish114 posted 05-15-2008 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigfish114    
I just had to cancel our reservation at the hotel. A close friend passed away yesterday. We've got a funeral on Saturday to go to. Sorry we'll miss meeting everyone. Have a great time.
towboater posted 05-15-2008 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Enjoy...damn it.
Wish I could make it.

If any of you happen to see a Tug called WESTERN COUGAR, could you please take a pic or two?
It is probably moored near the Alameda Shipyard or might be working around a BRUSCO Derrick rig.

I have run this boat in the Columbia many years. The owners are asking too much money right now...or, you could say I dont quite have enough work to cover their asking price at this time, but, things are proceeding. My next move will be to come down there and see for myself. I might need to hire a Launch if anyone is interested. Im sure it will be faster to buzz around the Harbor in a boat than a car to check it and other Tugs out. Im shopping for a short (50-65 ft), powerful (671s wont cut it), shallow draft (6 ft draft) Tug with some beam.

Be sure to carry provisions (rum) appropriate for Chuck in case he runs aground again.


andygere posted 05-15-2008 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Any thoughts on when we are planning to go to dinner on Saturday? If we need the bridge opened, here's the details. I can call for a bridge opening if we have an idea of what time we want it opened. If we go in the small boats (no cabins or T-tops) we may not need it opened at all.

'D' Street Bridge Openings: A minimum of four hours notice is required to make the necessary arrangements for the bridge to open. If contacting the City after working hours, (6:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M.), a minimum of twenty-four hours notice is required. Bridge openings can be arranged by contacting the following numbers:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.:
Department of Public Works - 707.778.4303
After hours, weekends, and holidays:
Police Department - 707.778.4372

Here is tidal information for D street bridge:

High water at D Street Bridge is delayed 2 hours 10 minutes from Golden Gate, Low water is 3 hours 10 minutes from Golden Gate.

Sat. GG low 4:19 pm @2.2'= 7:29 p.m. at D street bridge
Sun. GG high 10:39 pm @5.8'= 12:49 a.m. at D street bridge.

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-15-2008 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Whew, was it ever hot getting the boat back together today.
Fortunately, it's going to cool off a bit tomorrow and more
on Saturday.

Fri. dinner at 7, if some wander in alter, OK. Pupus in
the bar or beers in the marina before. I count 15 for
dinner. I'm going to call the restaurant about 8:30 tonight.

Chuck Tribolet
Linda Reisinger
Jim Laws, Rob Johnson
Andy Gere, Nancy Gere
Jilly (6), Bobby (4)
Warren Tom
Doug Burton
Peggy Hicks
Bill Lassaline,
Bernadette Lassaline
Matt Kimura
Steve Boyd

Des Wytmans: I don't know when you and maybe Cathy are

SF Bay forecast:

I think we can get to Angel Island. ;-)

Petaluma forecast:
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Light wind becoming west
southwest between 10 and 13 mph.
Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 51. West southwest wind between 10 and 13 mph becoming light.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Light wind becoming west between 11 and 14 mph.
Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 56. West wind between 5 and 14 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Andy: Here's the tides at the Petaluma drawbridge:
2.79 17:00 PDT
2.60 17:15 PDT
2.42 17:30 PDT
2.27 17:45 PDT
2.13 18:00 PDT
2.01 18:15 PDT
1.92 18:30 PDT
1.84 18:45 PDT
1.79 19:00 PDT
1.76 19:15 PDT
1.75 19:30 PDT
1.77 19:45 PDT
1.83 20:00 PDT
1.93 20:15 PDT
2.07 20:30 PDT
2.24 20:45 PDT
2.45 21:00 PDT
2.69 21:15 PDT
2.96 21:30 PDT
3.26 21:45 PDT
3.59 22:00 PDT
so if you can get under, you can probably get out if you
wait a bit.


WT posted 05-15-2008 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Bummer, Costco didn't have my 18 year old Glen Livet so I had to get the 14 year old Oban instead. We'll have some to sip at dinner tomorrow.

I have everyone's MMSI number inputed into my Icom 504. I hope this DSC stuff works. I especially want to be able to see a DSC caller's position on my gps.

I'm assuming we'll all meet at Angel Island on Saturday around noon. I'll have my camera and hopefully I can get some action shots of our Whalers. Perhaps some stationary shots with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

I'll see you guys tomorrow.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-15-2008 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Warren: DSC doesn't show every caller's position. It shows
the position when they do a distress call with the red
button, or you do a position request call and they answer
(the radio can answer automatically, or there's fisherman mode
where they have to push a couple of buttons to allow the
radio to tell where they have their lines in the water. Mine
is setup for automatic answer.)


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-16-2008 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Off topic, but the question was asked here.

That name "Western Cougar" is real familiar. But I can't
figure out from where.

We're not likely to get over to that side of the
bay, but googling:

"western Cougar" tug

got a couple of interesting hits. nicholsboatworks.htm
sez it may now be just "Cougar".
shows there was still a "Western Cougar" hereabouts last year.


andygere posted 05-16-2008 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
WT, I'd be eternally grateful if you could get an action shot of my Outrage 22 Cuddy underway. I'll try to do the same for you.

Chuck, thanks for the tide info. I need to tape measure my boat and try to remember the bridge clearance at 0' of tide. I have it written down somewhere.

WT posted 05-16-2008 03:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I think I have to transmit a "position request" call and you would have to send a "position request reply" in order for me to map you on my gps.


I'll try my best to get some pictures of you. Unfortunately, I'm going to be solo on my 170 Montauk so taking pictures will be more difficult for me this year.


towboater posted 05-16-2008 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
This morning you guys are gearing up your boats.
Youve got your rum, bourbon, wine and cigars. Rooms. and last thing you want to read about is a stupid Tug.

I dont know what it is about that Bay and City that beckons this red neck country boy, but, I wish I was going.

Try Google...uhh, thanks. I found this first try...

Cougar is dead center, about all you can see is the upper wheelhouse and triple stacks.
Ive also run the Comet many times (big Pushboat right of the Cougar)

take care.


littleblue posted 05-17-2008 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
I got there a little bit late I guess, but it was still good meeting everyone. Nice to put a face to all those posts I've been reading for so many years. Next year we need to get some kind of photo shoot goin!
WT posted 05-18-2008 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

No Western Cougar but here's one I saw. ?action=view¤t=DSC_3490-1.jpg


Here's one of you on Salmon Sucker. ?action=view¤t=DSC_3561.jpg


WT posted 05-18-2008 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Man, am I pooped.

Matt and I "cannonballed" from Bodega Bay to Angel Island last Saturday. The trip was was about 65 miles and took about 2.5 hours. The ocean/wind conditions were pretty flat except near the entrance of the Golden Gate Bridge at Point Bonita.

I'm kind of bummed that I didn't get a lot of pictures at this year's Rendezvous. Our downhill run from Bodega Bay to Angel Island ate up a lot of time and energy.

Here are a few shots...(click on the pictures for a close up.)


littleblue posted 05-18-2008 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Nice shots. Seemed like a smaller turn out this year compared to the pictures I've seen from previous meets. I'm determined to not be working next time so I can at least cruise w/ the pack for a little while. Thanks for the pics Warren.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-18-2008 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
We had a good time.

Friday night dinner in the hotel restaurant, supplemented
by Matt's 14 YO Oban,, and Bill's Maker's Mark.

Saturday morning captains' meeting at a nominal 8:30, (it was
really about 8:50), under way at a nominal 9:00 (it was
really about 9:05, the closest to plan we've ever been). We
had a leisurely cruse down the Petaluma River, watching
Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Black-Necked Stilts,
American Avocets, Cliff Swallows, Mute Swans, Canada Geese,
Turkey Vultures, and all manner of ducks. In Lakeville, there
was a 15' whaler tied up beside a larger boat. At the launch
ramp at the mouth of the river there was a nice Conquest
on the trailer getting ready to launch. Then across San
Pable and San Francisco Bays to Angel Island, arriving around
11:20, for a 2:15 run.

Lunch on Angel Island, then a few of us ran to the Golden
Gate (and turned right around once under the bridge as it
was blowing pretty good. There was a another Conquest
anchored and fishing on the way back to Angel Island where
the less (fool)hardy were kicking back, enjoying the sun,
and doing a little swimming (to the distress of the rangers).

Then several independent groups ran back to Petaluma. We
were running downhill, and smaller groups move faster, esp.
in and out of the no-wake zones, so I made it back in 1:45.

Then a round in the hotel bar, and off to Petaluma for dinner
at Flipper's Gourmet Burgers, and the burgers were gourmet.
I'd go back. Then back to the boats, to discover that the
gate was locked. Andy talked his way in through the yacht
club, and let us all in the back gate, and home.

Sunday morning, Linda and I did a dawn patrol down to
Lakeville and back to do some bird photography, and added
a harbor seal and what I think will turn out to be a
snowy egret (bill looks too short, and can't see the color
of the muddy feet, but everything else matches), then home.

No adventures this year. No groundings (well, I have a couple
of new scratch in my skeg), no overheated tow vehicles.


fishinchips posted 05-18-2008 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishinchips  Send Email to fishinchips     
Had a nice time at angel island. Before that, I was planning on going fishing for a little while before meeting up with warren and matt. However, things didn't go as planned. I ended up getting hailed by a buddy that was stuck on the water. So I ended up towing his boat to fort baker. Luckily warren and matt was close by and met us at fort baker. Then we all proceeded to angel island.

Ken (170 montauk)

andygere posted 05-19-2008 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Another terrific NorCal Rendezvous is behind us, and I think a good time was had by all who participated. Thanks to Jim (boatdryver), Chuck (Chuck Tribolet), Doug (dburton) and everyone else that helped organize this year's event.

With a spanking new set of Kodiak brakes on Namequoit's trailer, we made the relatively easy 110 mile tow from Santa Cruz to Petaluma non-stop, no small feat with 4 and 6 year old kids along for the ride. We launched the boat in short order, and made our way to the docks in front of the fine Sheraton Petaluma hotel that would be our home base for the Rendezvous. After the requisite rigging and fussing, we took a short ride in to downtown Petaluma, and tied up in the turning basin. We picked up a few forgotten goodies at the very nice Petaluma Market, and also got some info on the closest place to get some bait and a Bay-Delta stamp for Nancy's fishing license. The kids were tired, so Nancy held an impromptu story time, while I ran in the sweltering heat several blocks to get the goods. Here's a few shots of Namequoit from the foot bridge over the turning basin. IMG_3907.jpg IMG_3912_1.jpg

From there, we took a fast run down the river to Lakeville, enjoying the scenery and wildlife along the way. Bob kept asking why there weren't bumps like there are when we go boating in Santa Cruz. From there is was a quick dip in the pool, and on to a fine dinner with the rest of the Whalers at the hotel restaurant.

The next morning, we were on the river around 9, with Chuck and Linda aboard Black Dog leading the way. Chuck, what's all that blue fog coming out of your motor? IMG_3914.jpg

Namequoit was next in line, followed by Doug and Peggy on Doug's sharp 160 Dauntless with a Mercury 115. Behind Little Fluke were Bill and Bernadette on their like-new 2003 170 Montauk. Note the nice ramp and courtesy dock on the background. IMG_3913.jpg

Jim took the rear position in the fleet in his nearly new 200 Dauntless, with a Verado 175 on the transom. Here's a shot as we pass through the no-wake zone at Lakeville. IMG_3916.jpg

Bobby, a.k.a. Bob the Swap, looks salty as he surveys the tiny Marina at Lakeville. Bob got to help with some of the driving through the no-wake zones, which was a big thrill for him. IMG_3915.jpg

Up and running towards the San Francisco Bay, the muddy Petaluma is void of other boats, except for a few outrigger canoes training back near our little marina. IMG_3920.jpg

Just after passing under the Highway 37 bridge, we all regrouped to go over the navigation through the area known as Jock's Jockeys. As you may recall, this is the site of the harrowing Black Dog grounding a year ago, and the now famous rescue attempt by Jock Marlo. In the interest of keeping water (and not mud) under the keels of all our Whalers, Chuck pointed out the correct channel markers to follow, and lead us valiantly across San Pablo Bay. Here, Jims Dauntless is on the right, and Bill's Montauk is on the left. IMG_3923.jpg

Here's a nice profile shot of Doug's Dauntless. Note the red bean bag chair in the bow area. A new era in Whaler comfort! IMG_3922.jpg

After a few miles motoring across the muddy flats of San Pablo Bay, we were into the blue water of San Francisco Bay, passing under the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. IMG_3924.jpg

The bluebird day offered spectacular views of the Marin coastline, with Mount Tamalpais in the background. IMG_3925.jpg

There were plenty of slips available at Ayala Cove when we arrived at Angel Island. Warren (WT) and Matt (Placerville) had completed their Bodega Bay to Angel Island Run, and were already tied up at the docks. Ken (Fishinchips) was there in his 170 Montauk, after towing a fellow Whaler in through the Gate. Here's the unique and functional Strike III owned by Matt, Warren and Tuco Tony. IMG_3926.jpg

To the other side of Namequoit were the two dogs, Black and Fog. We had a fine row of Whalers all in a row, and just opposite a fleet of C-Dories, who were also on a Rendezvous at Angel Island. IMG_3927.jpg

After a group lunch, some folks wandered the Island, while others headed out for a run under the Golden Gate Bridge. I joined Doug in his 160 Dauntless for the Gate run, in what can only be described as downright snotty conditions. We did just fine in the 16 footer despite the heavy chop and stiff wind that was opposing the outgoing tide. Here's the best picture I could snap of Doug while I lounged in the bean bag, followed by a few others taken from behind the console. IMG_3929.jpg IMG_3930.jpg IMG_3932.jpg

We finished the tour with a lap around Alcatraz, and came back in the lee of Angel Island from the east side. Back on the Island, the kids were having fun and the adults relaxing. Here's Jilly being silly, apparently enjoying herself on her 4th NorCal Whaler Rendezvous. IMG_3938.jpg

We relaxed on the island for a while longer, then headed up the Tiburon shoreline in search of hungry halibut. We didn't find any, but we did get hungry ourselves, and so we headed back across the bay with the wind more or less at our heals. Namequoit chewed up the chop, eating the miles at 25 to 30 mph across the bay, and hitting 37 into the wind on our trip up river. Dinner at Flippers Gourmet Burgers was outstanding, and by the time we made the short boat ride back to the hotel we were ready for some sleep. Today was a pool day for the kids, followed by an easy ride home. It was great to see old friends, and to meet a few new ones as well.

littleblue posted 05-19-2008 01:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
I almost forgot. Andy, your Outrage was CLEAN! My dream boat minus the cabin section, very nice. Good meeting you.
andygere posted 05-19-2008 02:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Jasper is was good to meet you as well. I wish I'd have snapped a picture of your Outrage, there's something very cool about wide set twin motors on that classic hull.
Bill Lassaline posted 05-19-2008 02:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline  Send Email to Bill Lassaline     
Thanks to all for planning the rendezvous. Bernadette and I enjoyed the weekend. Here are some pictures: 2008%20Rendezvous/?start=all


Sheila posted 05-19-2008 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hey, everybody looks fabulous! Thanks for the reports and photos; it sure looks and sounds as if a good time was had by all.

Andy, I can't believe what a big girl Jilly has become..and Bobby can't be 4 already. :)

Hope to catch you next year.

WT posted 05-19-2008 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Hey Sheila:

You and Rich sure missed a spectacular cruise from Bodega Bay to Angel Island. It only got a little gnarly as we rounded Point Reyes and Point Bonita.

We hope to see you and Rich next year. (I need another sticker.) :-)


dburton posted 05-19-2008 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Peggy and I had a great time. I surprised Peggy with the bean bag chair. She was very skeptical at first but ending loving it. It was much more comfortable than the cooler seat but on the 160 Dauntless you can only have one or the other in the bow. Peggy ended up moving the bean bag to the stern while going across San Pablo Bay on the return trip and was happy with the comfort.

My favorite part of the cruise was my trip to the Golden Gate Bridge with Andy. It was great to be with someone who doesn’t get freaked out by a little chop and spray. Although I was ready for solid ground by the time we got back to Angel Island.

I was great to see everyone again; I think this was the seventh annual rendezvous. Seeing roughly the same group of people year after year but only once a year is an interesting experience. You see aging, new kids, new wives or girl friends, pounds gained and pounds lost, new grey hair and new boats. It’s like looking at snap shots exactly one year apart.

I would like to thank Jim Laws for the use of his hat and Warren and Bill for their generous sharing of the gift of good whiskey.


placerville posted 05-20-2008 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
It was great seeing everyone and spending time with folks who share your passion. Thanks everyone who helped organize the event. I had to miss the the Saturday night burger fest. I was busy shuttling vehicles and boats so I could take Tuco's house swapping guests out the following morning. I ended up staying that night in the Sheraton Strike3.

The weather gods blessed us with perfect window for boating. Sunday was pretty blustery offshore.

Sheila and Rich, we missed you on the trip around. You guys would have loved it.

Thanks to you all for making it a great event.


elaelap posted 05-20-2008 03:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
NUTS! I missed it this year. Looks like a fine old time was had by all. See ya next year, Whalers.


Sheila posted 05-20-2008 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Warren, Matt,

We missed being aboard on the run down! I'm glad singlehanding worked out for you both.

Next year!

boatdryver posted 05-20-2008 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I had a great time at the rendezvous. I was sorry to have to bail Saturday afternoon and go back to Inverness. My son in law and daughter were driving back to Aspen from the marina and needed to get an early start. Now I'm in NYC visiting grandkids.

I appreciated Bill and Bernadette towing all the way from Carson City. Their pristine 170 Montauk was a sight to see, with enough reserve fuel to go to Hawaii. I envied their being from a State other than California. They can actually buy 5-6 gallon gasoline jugs that will allow the gas to just pour out when upended, instead of the kind we must buy here, which are often difficult to empty.

Maybe next year the City of Napa will have their guest docks finished...


high sierra posted 05-20-2008 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
The boat was ready, the reservations were made , all the gear was ready, I had installed canvas I had never put up before that came with the boat, the truck was gassed as was the boat, a spot was reserved at the marina and MY PARTNER CALLS AND SAYS HE CAN'T GO. With only 2 days to find someone else ,time was too short. I don't like going alone anymore so the mission was scrubbed. I really wanted to go, Bad. Glad everyone had a fine time though. high sierra
sblack posted 05-29-2008 01:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for sblack  Send Email to sblack     
Ok Guys, I am a wee bit drunk on Red Wine tonight, but my name is Steve Black and I am the Chef of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. I am currently working on selling my 25' Revenge that I have owned for 11 years but have now bought/upgraded to a 1991, 27' Walk Around with new 250 E Techs. While space is limited , we do have a Marina behind our hotel, and I would be honored to help put together a Boston Whaler Event with our hotel as the hub for any considered event. We are hosting the BloodyDecks Yellowtail Shootout this June 20-22nd for 500 ppl., love Whalers, fishing and the Ocean/Marina Environment, and would love to look at putting together some kind of Whaler Event here in San Diego if it makes sense for everyone involved. I have a sincere passion for the Classic Whaler boat designs from the years from the Rockport, Mass. Plant, but a Whaler is a Whaler, and all have their places in anyone's hearts, classic or current in hull design, are all positive! They're UNSINKABLE, PERIOD! Feel free to contact me to review any future possibilities at making this happen in sunny San Diego! Oh yea, the Bluefin and Albacore are supposedly 240 miles South of us moving North on a steady pace....July 4th weekend guys, it will happen....the first Tuna of the year should hit the docks. I'm still planning on if I run to San Clemente Island or Ensenada.......

Steve Black
Ex Chef-Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

WT posted 05-29-2008 02:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

You probably should start a new thread with your idea for a Rendezvous at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina.

Man I would love to run my 170 Montauk with other Whalers to either Ensenada or San Clemente Island in search of tuna.

I'd like to hear more about your plan. I'm not too thrilled about towing 500 miles one way and over the Grapevine.

Maybe a few of us could cruise down to San Diego from San Francisco? :-O


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