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GAwhale posted 01-16-2009 02:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
This will be the fourth Waccamaw River Trip originating from ContinuousWave. Many thanks to Jim Hebert for providing this great site.

Last year we had fifteen boats. It is a great mix: Whalers and Non-Whalers; young and old; everyone is invited.

We will meet Saturday morning April 25 in Conway, South Carolina and enjoy a spectacular ride down the Low Country's Waccamaw River. As we head South it feeds into the Intercoastal Waterway. Plan on packing a lunch the first day. We will show you the passage to our secret sand beach. Either we will beach or raft together and socialize for a while. In the past we have had swimming weather.

The trip continues South to Georgetown, South Carolina. We will tie up at the Georgetown Marina (approx $25 for the night). Directly at the marina is the Hampton Inn. We have fifteen nonsmoking double rooms reserved under the name 'Boston Whaler Group'. You must call the hotel and reserve your individual room with a credit card before March 26.

HAMPTON INN Telephone 843-545-5000

After a wine and cheese party at the dock, we will make plans to go out for dinner as a group.

The Hampton Inn has a nice free breakfast buffet. After a leisurely morning, a group photo, and in the past some great freebies, we will head back North. The weather was so nice last year that we stopped at the beach for a second time. We'll plan a stop at the Waccawatchee Marina for a burger, and then make the final run back to Conway.

Mark your calendar now.

GAwhale posted 01-16-2009 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
The rooms at the Hampton Inn are $109 each for 2009.
gfrutig1 posted 01-18-2009 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Phillip and David,
We look forward to this each year, gets us off to a great and early start to the boating season. We will be making the trip down from Pa as ussual and we are game for any explorations we can work in.
Gary(gfrutig1 / PAwhale)
GAwhale posted 01-18-2009 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Gary,

Nice to hear from you.

I still have your life preserver from last year on the evening we took boats to dinner.

I'll bring it along.

Philip

David Jenkins posted 01-20-2009 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Philip!
We are looking forward to the 2009 trip!

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

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

Details from the 2008 trip are here:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000939.html

runpasthefence posted 01-24-2009 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I'm in!

...really mean it this time.

GAwhale posted 01-27-2009 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi Mick, I look forward to meeting you. Which boat will you bring?

David Jenkins got this trip started four years ago. My nephew Kirk and I have gone every year and we love it. David is from the Raleigh Durham area and always brings a good group with him. The Raleigh Durham group is planning on driving to Conway on Friday April 24 and staying at a hotel right on the Waccamaw River with a boat landing. (David, do you have the name and phone number of the hotel?)

There has been some discussion about an early morning scouting expedition upstream on Saturday. That will give us stragglers time to get to Conway for a departure time of approx 10:00 AM downstream to begin the trip.

David, How did you ever discover this trip? How many times have you actually done the trip?

David Jenkins posted 01-28-2009 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I first went down the Waccamaw River in 2002 in a 13' Whaler. Here is my continuouswave post about that trip:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000147.html
At that time my handle on continuouswave was "Highwater."

In six or seven trips down the Waccamaw I have managed to make a wrong turn every time. I feel like the character in Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods who continually gets turned around while walking the Appalachian Trail. Last year we left Conway and had gone about ten miles when we found ourselves almost back to Conway. Three years ago we took a wrong turn and the tributary we were on got so narrow that when we finally turned around the bow of my boat bumped against a Cypress tree on one bank and my outboard engine bumped against another Cypress tree on the opposite bank (it was like going through a tunnel with Cypress trees on either side and overhead). Isn't that a great river? Deep water and lots of twists and turns. But this year—by golly—my GPS is going to be turned ON.

In the past I believe that we have departed Conway for Georgetown at 11 AM. My vote is to stay with 11 AM rather than 10 AM. If you are ready to go early, explore upriver a little bit and be back in Conway at 11 AM.

Here are the three numbers to call to make reservations:
Friday, April 24, 2008: Conway Best Western, 843-234-1678.
Saturday, April 25, 2008: Georgetown Hampton Inn, 843-545-5000.
Saturday, April 25, 2008: Georgetown Municipal Marina, 843-546-1776.

WhalerAce posted 01-29-2009 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Here is the run-down from LAST YEAR's trip:

One of the great unspoken benefits of owning a Boston Whaler is long-term friends that you cultivate when using your Whaler. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the Third Annual Waccamaw River Trip that our intrepid group accomplished on April 25th thru 27th this year. This year our group comprised fifteen boats and over forty people (they wouldn’t really sit still long enough to count them with the same result twice!). This event, first accomplished in 2006 is a river trip that begins in Conway, SC, follows the spectacularly meandering Waccamaw River, which merges with the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), and overnights at Georgetown, SC. The completion of the trip is the retracing of the route back to the launch point in Conway.

The statistics for this year’s trip are:
• 48 people on 15 boats
• 29 crew members were over the age of 21
• 10 crew members were between the ages 13 and 16
• 9 crew members were between the ages of 6 and 12
• Boat size ranged from 15 to 25 feet; horsepower from 70 to 400
• The oldest Whaler was a 1974 Outrage 19
• The newest Whaler was a 2007 Sport 150
• The farthest distance traveled was an Outrage 18 from Camp Hill, PA (537 mi)
• The least distanced traveled was from across town in Conway.
• This year nobody got hurt, arrested, fined, or killed

Homeports represented were Camp Hill, PA; Durham, Wilson, Cary, Raleigh, Apex and Bahama, NC; Summerville, Beaufort, Pawley’s Island, Conway, and Anderson, SC; Martinsville, VA; and Fayetteville, GA.

Although the trip itself would take less than three hours to accomplish if one were in a hurry, this “event” comprises several stops along the way and is a great social happening for the Whaler enthusiast.

Preparation for the trip first began in January with the posting of our intent on the popular Whaler-oriented website “continuousWave.com”. Veterans from previous trips immediately posted with their encouragements for new participants, and the planning was off and running. Pawley’s Island resident Mark Hawkinson arranged for a special room for our group at a new restaurant in Georgetown called the “Goat Island Grill”. Phillip Lachmayr of Fayetteville GA arranged for group rates for us at the Best Western in Conway and the Hampton Inn in Georgetown and group dockage at the Georgetown Marina. Realtor David Jenkins of Durham, NC was our overall event coordinator and the founder of this annual trip. Organizing an event like this is much like herding cats, and he did a wonderful job of tracking crew members, boats, call signs and musters.

The unofficial rendezvous began on Friday night at the Best Western hotel in Conway. The first crew to arrive commandeered a corner porch of the hotel, and from about 5:00 until 1:00 am, there was a table of pizza, soda, and adult beverages as we all seemed to congregate there and rehash previous rendezvous and stand by to greet new arrivals and help them park their rigs. It was not really a raucous bunch, but the excitement in the air was palpable and set the expectations for a great cruise the next day.

On Saturday morning, the start of the “official” rendezvous, we launched our boats and departed the hotel at almost the appointed time and began our initial muster formation at the Conway Municipal Marina, about a mile from the hotel, where the locals and those few who did not stay at the hotel were congregated. David Jenkins distributed a laminated sheet he had prepared that listed boat model, continouswave screen name, crew names, boat name and cell phone number. These have proven to be invaluable during the rendezvous.

We began our journey down the Waccamaw River. The weather was great, the water was smooth, and our spirits were high. Our first indication of any thing awry was when we passed Marker 16 for the third time. Displaying a real mastery of seamanship, Scott Stephen broke out a chart and we realized that at one juncture in the river, we had taken the wrong fork and doubled back on ourselves by completing a circle. OK, we did that twice. It turned out that after an hour of traveling, we were but a half-mile from where we had started. Did I mention that the weather was great?

The next stop for most of the group was Sandy Hill Beach. This is a little island in the river that has a hill and a sandy beach, but I am not sure where the name originates. While the younger set frolicked in the water, a picnic lunch was spread out and a massive amount of fried chicken, ham sandwiches, and other goodies were consumed. While this picnic was going on, a couple of boats had had to change their course and go north on the ICW to look for a replacement battery and fuel line for one of the boats that had developed a loss of power. Also, while at SHB, we consolidated all of our dinner orders and radioed them in to the Goat Island Grill, the restaurant that was hosting our sea-going collection of misfits that night on their covered deck.

Lunch consumed and the crews refreshed, we reconvened and continued our trek down the ICW, which at this point is the Pee Dee River. By now the sun was shining brightly with no clouds in the sky and the temperature was slightly above 80 degrees, a marked departure from what it had been earlier in the month.

We pulled into the Georgetown Landing Marina at around 5:30 and registered. After refreshing ourselves in the room and showering, we reconvened at the boats for our “docktails”. This event is typically hosted by David and Marti Jenkins, but everyone brings “a little something” and we have quite a good time. After about an hour, we boarded several boats and headed to downtown Georgetown and the Goat Island Grill restaurant. Here, the GIG management had gone out of their way to prepare us a “party room” on their deck, overlooking the docks. Dinner took a couple of hours, but no one minded because we were so busy socializing and munching on the hors d’oeuvres that they had provided. Well fed, well done (from the sun and wind) and tired, we motored back to the Marina and crashed for the evening.

There are always those overachievers in life, and Sunday morning revealed who they were -- many of the ladies convened in their walking shoes, and embarked on a ninety-minute “walking tour” of the downtown area. The true boaters went on a scouting expedition up the Black River where we provided adverse-condition-testing of water pump impellers when the reach of the outboards exceeded the buoyant force of the water and we ran aground a few times. I did mention that it was a scouting expedition, right?

The morning spent, we convened around 11:00 in the breakfast room, where we distributed trip mementos provided by Traci Davis of Boston Whaler. These included such items as the BW Calendar, BW key rings; BW Anniversary pins and buttons and decals, and as a great surprise to us all, BW Shirts emblazoned with the BW logo, our trip name and the dates. Business entrepreneur Bill Dungan provided samples of a safety flag system for young skiers that he has patented and now markets. Following these presentations, we trouped outside where we took our group photo with the coveted Boston Whaler banner that proudly sits in WhalerAce’s man-cave back in Summerville.

We finally departed the Georgetown Landing Marina around noon. Following our tradition, we stopped again at the Sandy Hill Beach where we idled away the early afternoon until it was time for our next traditional stop, the Wacca Wachie marina. This has become a traditional stop because there is a huge tree-covered deck that sits over the river and they have a balladeer, kind of a combination Jimmy Buffet / Barefoot Man / Alan Jackson one-man band. This is the kind of place where you can while away the hours while consuming cheeseburgers and Coronas. This time, it was cut a little short because of threatening skies. Around 4:30, amidst a freshening breeze and gathering clouds, we reluctantly departed the Wacca Wachie marina and headed on back to the Conway Municipal Marina, where we bade farewell for another year. Thankfully, the rains held off until everyone had retrieved their boats on the trailers, rigged for highway travel, and were headed home.

For a play-by-play of this trip, from the first mention to the after-trip comments, point your browser to: http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000939.html.

GAwhale posted 01-30-2009 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Well written Ace. Ace has become an urban legend for leaving a rendezvous with more Whalers than he started with. I will let him tell the story.

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Leaving Conway at 11:00 AM is perfect with me.

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http://wwmarina.com/

I am going to suggest, if the group gets split up as we did last year, we will still stop at the Wacca Wachie marina for a bathroom stop, but then regroup at Sandy Hill Beach. Hopefully we will have some good weather and we can relax and picnic for an hour or two.

On the return trip Sunday I will volunteer to call the Wacca Wachie marina ahead of time and tell them to plan for the "Whaler Group" ordering approx 40 cheeseburgers. Perhaps if we keep it really simple, they will more easily be able to accomodate a group our size.

David Jenkins posted 02-06-2009 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Ace, you are too funny.

Philip, I just tried to confirm my rooms at the Hampton Inn and the lady there had no idea what I was talking about. Then she said that the Whaler group was coming on April 22. Please call them and straighten them out.

For reservation purposes, let's call ourselves "The Boston Whaler group."

GAwhale posted 02-06-2009 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I just got off the phone with David.

Apparently the night clerk is not up to speed with our reservations.

I have the form in front of me. It is signed my Von connie Guiles.

We have 15 double rooms reserved for 'The Boston Whaler Group' for Saturday night April 25. They are $109 each.

David Jenkins posted 02-11-2009 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hotel Reservation Update
I have reserved three rooms for Friday April 24 at the Conway Best Western. They were $69.95 each with the discounted group rate. These rooms are for Jeff & Archana, David & Marti, and kids with Marjorie as chaperon.

I have reserved three rooms for Saturday April 25 at the Georgetown Hampton Inn. Two of the rooms are water-view @ $129/night plus tax (they are normally $149 without the group rate that Philip got us—thank you, Philip!) and one room is street-view @ $109/night plus tax (normally $139).

Friday Afternoon Activities
Gary will be arriving Conway from Pennsylvania sometime early Friday afternoon. Bill is also planning to arrive in Conway by midday on Friday. I believe that they are planning to explore the Waccamaw upriver much of Friday afternoon.

Saturday Morning Departure
At 11:00 AM we are planning to depart Conway doing downstream toward Georgetown. If anyone wants to explore upriver Saturday morning prior to departure that might be fun too but there will be dew on the boats early in the morning.

Saturday Lunch
Bring a picnic lunch for Sandy Beach. We will plan on being at Sandy Beach from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

Dockside Party Saturday Evening
We will arrive at Georgetown about 4:00 PM. After mooring the boats, paying dock fees, checking into the hotel, and "freshening up," the dockside cocktail party will begin about 5:30 PM. Will someone be bringing music?

Saturday Night Dinner
I have been told in years past that Georgetown's best restaurant is Lands End Restaurant (843-527-1376) which is located next door to the Georgetown Municipal Marina and the Hampton Inn. We have not considered that option before because they have been booked with a wedding party on the night of our rendezvous. But this year they are not booked with a wedding that night. So Bill has made us a reservation there.

Bill talked with Lands End owner Mike Bryant. Mike offers the following deal for large groups:

Adults $18 / Kids $7 (tax included, gratuity is extra).
Your choice of six dinner items:
* Shrimp w/ Flounder
* Ribs
* Chicken Alfredo
* Ribeye Steak
* Pork Chops
* Unknown
The dinners come with salad, bread and a drink
The kids menu has the standard stuff most kids like.
Appetizers and alcohol are available for extra charge

Lands End is expecting us Saturday night at 7 PM. Mike will seat us in a glassed-in deck overlooking the marina. Once seated they will take our dinner order. He said they can turn the dinners out in about 15 minutes.

Sunday Morning Activities
Bill has expressed an interest in running 13 miles up to the Georgetown Lighthouse and then anchoring the boats and walking across a narrow strip of sand to the Atlantic Ocean. This trip is tentatively planned for 9 AM-11:00 AM.

Group Photo
At 11:00 AM Sunday we will gather for a group photo. Last year, Boston Whaler generously donated tee shirts. If we are fortunate again this year, we will disperse those items at that time.

Depart Georgetown
We will depart Georgetown at noon on Sunday.

Lunch Plans for Sunday
We will have lunch at 1:00 PM at the Wacca Wache Marina Restaurant. We will talk to them in advance to make sure that they have a second server on duty. We might also want to limit the menu selections to one or two choices.

Return to Conway
We will return to Conway about 4:30 PM.

jmorgan40 posted 02-11-2009 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
I was thinking of making this gathering. One question for the group...Are their any height restrictions on the river. I have a 20 Outrage and need about 8 ft clearence with the T-top.
Joe
gfrutig1 posted 02-11-2009 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
jmorgan40, there are no height restrictions what so ever on the trip, many larger cruisers use the entire course we follow.

All, I will be making the trip down on Wednesday night from PA to SC. I will sleep Thursday mornig away, then I'll be rested well for Friday. Any time works for my family for the upriver exploration.

Wil broke his arm this week snow boarding, good news is he should be out of the cast before the trip. If not he'll be doing his best impersonation of me 2 years ago.

cindalyn posted 02-11-2009 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
You will have absoltely no problems with height going downriver toward Georgetown.

However, if you travel upriver from Conway there is a fork you will approach and you'll have to stay to the right as there are 2 bridges that you probably won't clear. Beyond the bridges is only a short stretch to navigate anyway.

The trip upriver is somewhat boring but it's easy to navigate. Just as you pass the fork I mentioned and going to the right there is a railroad swing bridge that you will not be able to pass if it is closed. Odds are that it should be open though.

Ron

cindalyn posted 02-11-2009 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Gary, our messages almost collided in route :)

Ron

Billabong posted 02-12-2009 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Billabong  Send Email to Billabong     
What up Whalers!

I finally have enough courage to ride "The Wave"!!
I am happy to report that he crew of the Volare is ready to get back on the Waccamaw for our third trip!! I just booked our hotel reservations so we are all set.

It looks like this Boston Whaler Group (BWG) is doing another great job of planning ahead and even fine tuning the details to make it that much better. I was glad to get the reservation at the restaurant for Saturday too. I hope everyone is OK with this idea. If not we can always bail and do something else. I just remember thinking each trip how easy it might be if we could just stroll up there after the dock party and just sit down for a nice meal at the marina. Instead of trekking into town, etc. We'll give it a try and see if it works out. I just need to get a good head count around April 1st to give them a heads up. I'll get with Captain Dave on that.

I'm looking forward to the side trips as well. It was fun exploring upriver from Conway last year. I'm looking forward heading down to the Georgetown lighthouse and the beach this time. We tried going up the river from the hotel in G-town last year with about 5 boats and at least 3 of them ran aground. No channel markers or maps of the river. (uh...not fun)

Let's see if we can get the Waccawachee Marina to set up some good music over the time we are there for lunch on Sunday. They had a great blues band there two years ago.

OK - lookin good Whalers! See you soon.

Bill

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-13-2009 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Some folks may be interested in reading about Sandy Island which is located across from the Wacca Wache Marina. This is an island ihnabited by decendents of slaves. My wife and I followed a tour boat around the island that departed from Wacca Wache. I believe it took about 1 1/2 hours? Unfortunately I'm not certain I could find my way again without getting a little lost. Great views from the boat.

This would be nice addition to the trip sometime. There lots of information on the net - Google Sandy Island, SC

http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/southcarolina/ preserves/art1635.html

Ron

sapple posted 02-13-2009 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
We are thinking about joining this trip and have some questions about logistics. Since we live about 5 hours from Conway we would travel to Conway on Friday stay overnight and join the group the next day. For people who have similar travel plans where to they keep their boats and trailers the night before the trip and departure for home? Does the marina have slips and parking for trailers so that we could leave the boat and trailer there the nights before and after the trip ?
gfrutig1 posted 02-13-2009 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Sapple, We all hope you can join us. Most of the travelers stay Friday night at the Best Westen, there is a ramp adjacent to the hotel, and most leave their rigs there before and after the trip. To my knowledge ther are no slips at the motel access, and I'm not sure if they have transient slips available at the Conway Municiple ramp.
David Jenkins posted 02-13-2009 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hey, jmorgan, this river was made for your 20' Outrage. You will have a great time. You will put about 46 + 13 + 13 + 46 = 118 water miles on your boat's odometer, you will have two opportunities to have late-night drinks with new boating friends (Friday and Saturday), the scenery is beautiful, there are lots of kids so bring the whole family, Georgetown is a historic town that is fun to walk, the water will be warm enough to jump in at Sandy Beach, there will be live music at Sunday's lunch at Wacca Wache, and in the past Boston Whaler has been nice enough to provide us with tee shirts so we could cherish the memories every time we put on the shirt.

The only thing we need is someone who can play the guitar for us Saturday night at cocktail hour while we are sitting on the boats tied up on the long finger pier at the Georgetown marina. Sapple, do you know of anyone who can play the guitar? We will sing along if asked.

sapple posted 02-14-2009 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
OK, I'm in. I just made reservations for lodging in Conway and Georgetown. I plan to make a reservation at the Georgetown Landing Marina tomorrow. I spent some time looking at pictures of the Waccamaw River today. It looks like this will be a very scenic trip. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-15-2009 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
[aka cindalyn]
I just made reservations for my son Jeff and I at the Hampton Inn Georgetown. He will be flying in to SC from PA on Friday evening.

Don't forget, anyone intending to fish will need either or both a SC fresh or saltwater license. Fresh water licenses are required north of the Rt. 17 bridge crossing the AICW, salt water license required south of the bridge.

Details at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/licensing.html

Ron

Lake Norman Whaler posted 02-15-2009 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lake Norman Whaler  Send Email to Lake Norman Whaler     
My brother and I will be joining you with my 19 foot Nantucket. Have made our hotel reservations for Friday and Saturday.
GAwhale posted 02-16-2009 06:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Glad you can join us Lake Norman Whaler. I am anxious to see 19 foot Nantucket up close.
Tom C posted 02-16-2009 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
I made my reservations this morning at the Hampton Inn for April 25th. I doubt my wife will be able to make the trip this year so hope either one of my sons or a grandson will be going. Last year Dick Addis went with me and had such a good time that he is planning on joining us again and bringing his Wahoo (not a whaler but close). I will drive over from Cherry Grove and put in Sat. morning in Conway. Look forward to seeing everyone.
sapple posted 02-16-2009 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I just called the Georgetown Landing Marina to reserve a slip for Sat night. They seemed very casual. They did not take a credit card number, discuss rates, or give me a confirmation No. They did ask for the name and size of my boat. They told me that one other person had contacted them from our group. I got the impression that the MO is to show up and they will find a place for you.
ScottS posted 02-18-2009 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
We plan to join the group again this year. I'll probably be joined by my wife and two boys.

The Waccamaw is a really nice river and this is a great group of people too! The trip can easily be done by any size Whaler. The water is very protected until you get to Georgetown where it becomes wider.

Sapple, the marina will put most of us along floating docks, so bring enough fenders for one side of your boat. The Best Western has a field between it and the public boat ramp. You can leave your trailer there for the weekend. For those not staying at the Best Western, the Conway city ramp allows overnight parking in the lot next to the ramp. You park across two standard spaces rather than having defined trailer parking. I think there is a small fee to launch.

Do you think we'll hit the Sandy Island beach on Sunday again like we did last year?

Scott
Rascal

David Jenkins posted 02-22-2009 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The Wacca Wache Marina is searching for a new tenant for their restaurant. They may not succeed in doing this before April 26. So we may be back at Sandy Beach Island on Sunday for a second picnic lunch.

Here is the list of expected attendees:

*Philip and his daughter Hannah and nephew Kirk on the 17' Montauk, Georgia Whale.
*Gary and Beth and their son Will and daughter Olivia on their 1983 Outrage 18, Pennsylvania Whale.
*Mick (runpastthefence) on his 15' Sport.
*Ace and Joy on their 22' Temptation, Latest Temptation.
*Jmorgan40 on his 1987 Outrage 20.
*Ron and Barbara on their Outrage 17, Waccamaw Whaler.
*Bill and Stephanie and their daughter Katie and son Ben on their 18' Searay, Volare.
*Sapple (please send details Sapple).
*Lake Norman Whaler and his brother on their 19' Nantucket (please send details).
*Tom and maybe a son or grandson on his 1993 Montauk (I forget the name of your boat, Tom. I hope Martha is feeling better soon!).
*Dick Addis on his Wahoo (send us a boat name, Dick)
*Scott and his wife and 2 boys on their 2005 Sport 15, Rascal.
*Richard and Denise and their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly.
*Scott and family on their 24' Searay (send details, Scott).
*Steve and Darlene on their 22' Hydra Sport, Reel Meds.
*David and Marti with friends Marjorie, Jeff and Archana on David & Marti's 1974 Outrage 19, Anna Jane.
*Quinn, Anna, Meredith, Tara and Kirin on their 1977 Sport 15, Clementine.

We still have not heard from last year attendees Mark (Mark11), John (Gotta Luv It) or Robert (rush).

I just typed all of this on a blackberry. Let's see if it worked....

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-23-2009 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Dave, a couple of corrections:

My son Jeff will be with me this year, not Barbara.

I'm gettin a new motor for the boat and 'officially' named the boat MIJN BOOT(Dutch "My Boat")since I'm originally from the PA Dutch country.

I doubt that Wacca Wache will close but another alternative is Bucksport Marina

http://local.yahoo.com/info-13467039-bucksport-marina-restaurant-conway

or

Osprey Marina
http://www.ospreymarina.com/

This marina is somewhat congested and may have problems with too many boats at one time.

I've never been in either of these but have seen both from the water.

Tom C posted 02-23-2009 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
David and Philip, Thanks for the effort in making the 2009 trip happen. My Montauk is named "T's Toy". Dick Addis may not monitor this site so I'll answer for him. His Wahoo (18 or 18.5) is named "Blind Pirate". Dick's wife Nancy will be his first mate. Let me know what kind of snacks I should bring for the "happy hour". Tom
sapple posted 02-23-2009 06:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
David, the current plan is for my wife (Mary) and I (Scott)to arrive in Conway on Friday. We plan to join the rendezvous Sat and Sun, and depart Conway on Monday. We have a 2007 170 Montauk named "Matoaca".
David Jenkins posted 02-23-2009 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Here is the revised list of expected attendees:

•Philip (GAwhale) and his daughter Hannah and nephew Kirk on Philip's 17' Montauk, Georgia Whale.
•Gary (gfrutig1) & Beth and their son Will and daughter Olivia on their 1983 Outrage 18, Pennsylvania Whale.
•Mick (runpastthefence) on his 15' Sport. What is the name of your boat, Mick?.
•Ace (WhalerAce) & Joy on their 22' Temptation, Latest Temptation.
Jmorgan40 on his 1987 Outrage 20. What is the name of your boat, Jmorgan40?.
•Ron (Waccamaw Whaler) and son Jeff on Ron's Outrage 17, MIJN BOOT.
•Bill (billabong) & Stephanie and their daughter Katie and son Ben on their 18' Searay, Volare.
•Scott (sapple) & Mary on their 2007 Montauk 170, Matoaca.
Lake Norman Whaler and his brother on their 19' Nantucket (please send names, LNW).
•Tom (Tom C) and maybe a son or grandson on Tom's 1993 Montauk, T's Toy.
•Dick & Nancy on their 18' Wahoo, Blind Pirate.
•Scott (ScottS) & his wife and 2 boys on their 2005 Sport 15, Rascal.
•Richard & Denise and their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly.
•Scott & Teresa and their daughters Laura and Hannah on their 24' Searay, Red Ray.
•Steve & Darlene and their daughter Abby and son Andrew on their 22' Hydra Sport, Reel Meds.
•David (David Jenkins) & Marti with friends Marjorie, Jeff and Archana on David & Marti's 1974 Outrage 19, Anna Jane.
•Quinn, Anna, Meredith, Tara and Kirin on Quinn and Anna's 1977 Sport 15, Clementine.

That is 17 boats and about 45 people. Every age group will be represented. Three of the captains are named Scott and at least two of the Scotts have a last name that starts with "S." Sapple, your last name does not by chance also start with an "S" does it?

mark11 posted 02-24-2009 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     

Hi All,

Got a call from David yesterday. I guessed that ment the Waccamaw trip was on again. It sounds like you guys have it all wrapped up in great order. We have a commitment with my daughter on Saturday but I think we will be able to join the party at Georgetown for cocktails and dinner on Saturday and the trip back on Sunday.

On the 86 Montauk with no name, Me, Tara my wife, Sarah our daughter and Hunter Sarah's friend.

See Ya in April,

Mark

mark11 posted 02-24-2009 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Very Sad News from around here

Earlier this week 4 residence of Sandy Island drown in the Waccamaw river while returning from the mainland at about 10:00 PM in a 14 foot boat. One of the victims was a member of the Waccamaw High School basketball team. An 11 month infant remaines in critical condition at MUSC in Charleston.

The Please pray for the families and the infant child The funeral for the boy is today at the high school.


http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/story/795477.html

Mark

gfrutig1 posted 02-24-2009 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
I just booked my room at Georgetown. I beleive ther are 4 rooms left in our block. 18 boats and 49 people, both numbers exceed last years trip already and we're still 2 month's out! Mark it's good to hear we'll be seeing you again.
sapple posted 02-24-2009 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
David, my last name is Appleton
WhalerAce posted 02-25-2009 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
David,

The Temptation is 25 feet. Size matters, I hear.

--- WhalerAce

David Jenkins posted 03-01-2009 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Mark, thank you for making us aware of the tragedy at Sandy Island. If the local community is doing something to help the family and/or the residents of the island, please let us know and maybe we can somehow do something to contribute to that effort.

The safety of people and property is of course our number one objective. Everyone needs to make sure that their boat has current registration and is carrying the appropriate size and number of life vests (with no pin holes or other imperfections). South Carolina requires that all children under 12 years of age are to wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device (PFD) while onboard a boat. Every boat needs to have a throw cushion and noise-making device (horn or whistle). And if you boat has a permanently-installed fuel tank (i.e., any tank where the removal of the tank is hampered by the installation of tie-down straps or clamps), or if fuel is stored in a closed compartment, you must carry a fire extinguisher on board.

If any one sees any boat in our group doing anything that seems in any way unsafe, please pick up the radio and express your concern. If any feelings get hurt, we will work that out at the cocktail hour!

Below is the revised list of people who are planning on making the trip. The captain's name is first, followed by ContinuousWave screen name (if one exists), followed by the names of the crew and the vessel.

Many of us have unnamed boats. In order to communicate effectively on the VHF radio it is best to use boat names. So if your boat does not have a name, I have taken the liberty of naming it for you! Feel free to send me a revised name at any time!

Also, when we get closer to April 24, please send me your cell phone number and whether or not your cell phone has email and/or text messaging. I will not post this information on the internet but I will compile it in a spreadsheet and will distribute laminated hard copies on April 24/25.

In alphabetical order, expected attendees include:
•Ace (WhalerAce) & Joy on their 25' Temptation, Latest Temptation.
•Bill (billabong) & Stephanie and their daughter Katie and son Ben on their 18' Searay, Volare.
•Bill (Lake Norman Whaler) and his brother Mark on Bill's 19' Nantucket, Lake Norman Whaler.
•David (David Jenkins) & Marti with friends Marjorie, Jeff and Archana on David & Marti's 1974 Outrage 19, Anna Jane.
•Dick & Nancy on their 18' Wahoo, Blind Pirate.
•Gary (gfrutig1) & Beth and their son Will and daughter Olivia on their 1983 Outrage 18, Pennsylvania Whale.
•Mark (Mark11) & Tara and their daughter Sarah and Sarah's friend, Hunter on Mark & Tara's 1986 Montauk, Mark11.
•Philip (GAwhale) and his daughter Hannah and nephew Kirk on Philip's 17' Montauk, Georgia Whale.
•Richard & Denise on their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly.
•Ron (Waccamaw Whaler) and son Jeff on Ron's Outrage 17, MIJN BOOT.
•Scott (sapple) & Mary on their 2007 Montauk 170, Matoaca.
•Scott (ScottS) & his wife and 2 boys on their 2005 Sport 15, Rascal.
•Scott & Teresa and their daughters Laura and Hannah on their 24' Searay, Red Ray.
•Steve & Darlene and their daughter Abby and son Andrew on their 22' Hydra Sport, Reel Meds.
•Tom (Tom C) and maybe a son or grandson on Tom's 1993 Montauk, T's Toy.
•Quinn, Anna, Meredith, Tara and Kirin on Quinn and Anna's 1977 Sport 15, Clementine.

Other possible attendees include:
•Mick (runpastthefence) on his 15' Sport.
Jmorgan40 on his 1987 Outrage 20.

Lil Whaler Lover posted 03-01-2009 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
After following the planning for this trip, recovering from a trip to Peru and finally getting around to looking ahead again, my wife and I would like to join the group if I can make reservations in the next day or two.

Assuming the reservations can be made, please add David & Monk Wheeler, from Bath, North Carolina. We will have our 1988 15' center console, name (for this trip) "TOY YOT".

It really sounds like a fun time for all.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-02-2009 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
"TOY YOT".
What a GRAT name!
Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-02-2009 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
GREAT !!!
GAwhale posted 03-02-2009 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Well written David, the safety of the group will always be number one.

We have been boarded twice in the past four years by the Coast Guard. Make sure you are carrying your boat registration on you. The first year I was inspected at the Wacha Wachi Marina. They were very nice. I did not have a square throw cushion. They wrote me a warning with no fine and told me to buy one at the marina.

The second time they targeted the kids boat. They found some loose stitching on a life jacket. I thought it was a little weak, but there is no sense trying to argue.

We have been so lucky with the weather. One of these years we are going hit some rain. Last year I had my foul weather gear ready to go, but never needed it.

-----------------------------------------------


I will be joined on my boat by two nephews Kirk and Robert on this trip.

Lil Whaler Lover posted 03-02-2009 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Reservations made. We hope for another rain free weekend! We will be there.
David Jenkins posted 03-11-2009 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Glad you can make it, David and Monk!
We will miss being with you, Hannah!
It will be good to see you again, Kirk and Robert.

Here is the updated list of expected attendees:
•Ace (WhalerAce from Summerville, SC) & Joy on their 25' Temptation, Latest Temptation.
•Bill (billabong from Cary, NC) & Stephanie and their daughter Katie and son Ben on their 18' Searay, Volare.
•Bill (Lake Norman Whaler from Mark Mooresville, NC) and his brother on Bill's 19' Nantucket, Lake Norman Whaler.
•David (David Jenkins from Durham, NC) & Marti with friends Marjorie, Jeff and Archana on David & Marti's 1974 Outrage 19, Anna Jane.
•David (Lil Whaler Lover from Bath, North Carolina) & Monk on their 1988 15' center console, TOY YOT.
•Dick & Nancy on their 18' Wahoo, Blind Pirate. Where is their home port, Tom?
•Gary (gfrutig1 from Camp Hill, PA) & Beth and their son Will and daughter Olivia on their 1983 Outrage 18, Pennsylvania Whale.
•Mark (Mark11 from Pawley's Island, SC) & Tara and their daughter Sarah and Sarah's friend, Hunter on Mark & Tara's 1986 Montauk, Mark11.
•Philip (GAwhale from Fayetteville, GA) and his two nephews Kirk and Robert on Philip's 17' Montauk, Georgia Whale.
•Richard & Denise from Cary, NC on their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly.
•Ron (Waccamaw Whaler from Conway, SC) and son Jeff on Ron's Outrage 17, MIJN BOOT.
•Scott (sapple from Richmond, VA) & Mary on their 2007 Montauk 170, Matoaca.
•Scott (ScottS from NC Inner Banks) & his wife and 2 boys on their 2005 Sport 15, Rascal.
•Scott & Teresa and their daughters Laura and Hannah from Durham, NC on their 24' Searay, Red Ray.
•Steve & Darlene and their daughter Abby and son Andrew from Durham, NC on their 22' Hydra Sport, Reel Meds.
•Tom (Tom C from Martinsville VA and North Myrtle Beach SC) and maybe a son or grandson on Tom's 1993 Montauk, T's Toy.
•Quinn, Anna, Meredith, Tara and Kirin all from Durham and Cary, NC on Quinn and Anna's 1977 Sport 15, Clementine.

Other possible attendees include:
•Mick (runpastthefence from Charleston, SC) on his 15' Sport.
Jmorgan40 from Lawrenceville, GA on his 1987 Outrage 20.

David Jenkins posted 03-15-2009 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
In several emails Tom has repeatedly asked me what he can bring to the cocktail party that we are planning for Saturday evening on the Georgetown Municipal Marina dock. Thank you, Tom! With the downturn in the real estate market I will accept all the help I can get in putting together that event. So how about if each boat volunteers to bring something to what Ace refers to as the "Docktail" party.

I will bring several bottles of inexpensive red wine and a bottle of vodka and some tonic water and limes.

Other boats might want to volunteer to bring one of the following items (these are just suggestions!):

* Two bags of ice, 100 napkins and 50 small paper plates.
* two bottles of white wine.
* two bottles of white wine.
* two bottles of white wine.
* two six-packs of beer.
* two six-packs of beer.
* two six-packs of beer.
* two six-packs of cokes and two six-packs of diet cokes.
* 12 non-caffeinated drinks that kids like.
* two pounds of cheese and two boxes of crackers.
* two pounds of cheese and two boxes of crackers.
* three bags of chips and a couple jars of salsa.
* mixed nuts.
* two big bags of baby carrots and a bottle of ranch dressing.
* a bag of clean, cut-up broccoli and cauliflower and some ranch dressing or similar dip.

That sounds like a party to me. Your thoughts?

Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-15-2009 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I'll bring the a bag of clean, cut-up broccoli and cauliflower and some ranch dressing or similar dip. Since I live in Conway it will be easiest for me.

Ron

GAwhale posted 03-16-2009 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I'll bring * two bottles of white wine.

Only six weeks away now. It rained all weekend here in Atlanta. I am ready for some sunshine and boating. :)

cmdrtuna posted 03-19-2009 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for cmdrtuna  Send Email to cmdrtuna     
I have just made a reservation at the Inn for James & Marge Quisenberry for April 25.We will be joining the cruise aboard our 17 Outrage, Jumpin Bean. We are living in Port Orange,Fl.

Looking forward to the event.

James Quisenberry

GAwhale posted 03-19-2009 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hi James,

Glad you are joning us. This trip is really fun.

David Jenkins posted 03-21-2009 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Jumpin' Bean, Jumpin' Bean, this is the Anna Jane on channel 16. Do you copy? We are glad that you can join us!

Re the party supplies, my daughter Quinn says this is not a good idea. It is too much food and too much drink and we are suppose to a restaurant after this? What am I crazy?

And she does not think that anyone should bring special drinks for kids. The kids will have their own drinks or else they will drink cokes.

Is she right? Should we scale back on the cocktail party supplies?

The Clementine will be contributing a large can of mixed nuts.

reelmeds posted 03-22-2009 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelmeds  Send Email to reelmeds     
Hi,
Reel Meds (Wilkins from Bahama)saying HI and letting you all know how much we are looking forward to our 2nd trip with the Whalers.

We have our reservations already and plan to bring friend Debbie and her 17 yr old dau Shelby on our boat.
We went back to Georgetown and stayed at the Hampton last Aug. We also went next door for dinner and thought then it would be a great dinner place for our group! Really good fun. Good thinking Bill!

We also hope to drive down Fri morning but will finalize as it gets closer.

See you in a month!

Steve, Darlene, Abby & Andrew

David Jenkins posted 03-25-2009 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Glad you can make it, James and Marge! And we are glad to hear (via email) that you will be joining the rendezvous Friday night in Conway.

We may have other Florida attendees—Marti's brother Michael and his wife Cindy and their daughter Erin may join us. They live in Miami.

Also Marti's sister Evelyn and her son Andrew may join us. They live in Hamden, Connecticut.

Regarding dinner Friday night, everyone is on their own. I understand that some people may have pizza delivered to the hotel, After that there might be some socializing while standing next to the boats (on trailers) in the Best Western overflow parking lot (next to the boat ramp). After that there might be a nightcap outside the penthouse suite on the third floor of the Best Western hotel (overlooking the Waccamaw River).

Regarding everyone's reservations at the Hampton Inn at Georgetown, the special deal that Philip got us ends on March 26. So if you have not made your reservation it is just about time to make that call.

Regarding Sunday lunch, if the Wacca Wache restaurant does not reopen, we may have to bring a picnic lunch for Saturday and Sunday. That means making a lot of sandwiches Friday night/Saturday morning in Conway, or it means making a grocery store run Sunday morning in Georgetown. And this year I plan to be on the Atlantic Beach next to the Georgetown lighthouse Sunday morning. So we may have to plan accordingly when making sandwiches in Conway.

Scott (sapple), are you bringing your guitar? Is anyone's boat set up to play music to a crowd of 50 people on the Georgetown dock Saturday night?

We still don't have a list of who is bringing what to the dockside party. But I think that may be over-planning. We will be okay.

I would like to know which boats do have and do not have a VHF radio. We also need to decide if we will stay on channel 16 or if we will forget about hailing each other on 16 and just stay on another channel like 68 or 69.

And people should email me their cell phone numbers. They should also indicate if those phones have email and/or text messaging. I will not post that information on the internet. But I will pass out that information via hard copy at Conway. That way if someone gets lost or left behind or otherwise separated from the group we will be better able to communicate.

Here is the updated list of expected attendees:
•Ace (WhalerAce from Summerville, SC) & Joy on their 25' Temptation, Latest Temptation.
•Bill (billabong from Cary, NC) & Stephanie and their daughter Katie and son Ben on their 18' Searay, Volare.
•Bill (Lake Norman Whaler from Mooresville, NC) and his brother Mark on Bill's 19' Nantucket, Lake Norman Whaler.
•David (David Jenkins from Durham, NC) & Marti with friends Marjorie, Jeff and Archana on David & Marti's 1974 Outrage 19, Anna Jane.
•David (Lil Whaler Lover from Bath, North Carolina) & Monk on their 1988 15' center console, TOY YOT.
•Dick & Nancy from North Myrtle Beach on their 18' Wahoo, Blind Pirate.
•Gary (gfrutig1 from Camp Hill, PA) & Beth and their son Will and daughter Olivia on their 1983 Outrage 18, Pennsylvania Whale.
•James (cmdrtuna from Port Orange, FL) & Marge on their 17 Outrage, Jumpin Bean.
•Mark (Mark11 from Pawley's Island, SC) & Tara and their daughter Sarah and Sarah's friend, Hunter on Mark & Tara's 1986 Montauk, Mark11.
•Philip (GAwhale from Fayetteville, GA) and his two nephews Kirk and Robert on Philip's 17' Montauk, Georgia Whale.
•Richard & Denise from Cary, NC on their 18' Sunbird, Richard's Folly.
•Ron (Waccamaw Whaler from Conway, SC) and son Jeff on Ron's Outrage 17, MIJN BOOT.
•Scott (sapple from Richmond, VA) & Mary on their 2007 Montauk 170, Matoaca.
•Scott (ScottS from NC Inner Banks) & his wife and 2 boys on their 2005 Sport 15, Rascal.
•Scott & Teresa and their daughters Laura and Hannah from Durham, NC on their 24' Searay, Red Ray.
•Steve (reelmeds from Bahama, NC) & Darlene and their daughter Abby and son Andrew on their 22' Hydra Sport, Reel Meds.
•Tom (Tom C from Martinsville VA and North Myrtle Beach SC) and son Tom on Tom Sr's 1993 Montauk, T's Toy.
•Quinn, Anna, Meredith, Tara and Kirin all from Durham and Cary, NC on Quinn and Anna's 1977 Sport 15, Clementine.

Other possible attendees include:
•Mick (runpastthefence from Charleston, SC) on his 15' Sport. (Give us an update on your plans, Mick).
Jmorgan40 from Lawrenceville, GA on his 1987 Outrage 20 (your boat sure looks beautiful on the October 2009 continuouswave/Boston Whaler calendar!)
See http://www.cafepress.com/cp/get_latest_product_view. aspx?ProductNo=337373589&pr=October&showBleed=False

gfrutig1 posted 04-02-2009 06:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Three weeks from now I will be pulling into SC. I can't believe it is time. I' haven't even seen the boats yet this spring. Time to get them out and ready too go.
Who is planning on doing any exploration on Friday before the big event? It's time to work out the details.
GAwhale posted 04-02-2009 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
HI Gary,

Times fly's!

I took my boat for a for a trail run two weeks ago and I had my trailer bearings replaced at the beginning of the year.

I will drive from Atlanta to Charleston, SC on Friday April 24. I will meet up with the gang Saturday morning April 25.

Looking forward to it.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-03-2009 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I took a 6 hr., 40 mi. cruise today to break in my new Yamaha F90. It was windy as the dickens and enough sun to give me a little bit of a burn.

I also took the opportunity to try out my new GPS and I plotted a course from Conway to the ICW. If I wouldn't have had the GPS I'm sure I would have been lost. I couldn't believe how much different it looked this time of year.

I may have see 6 or 8 boats all day and the water temp. ranged from 65 to 68 deg. I may put in at the ICW tomorrow and go down around Wacca Wache. If I stop there I may be able to get some information on the restaurant.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-04-2009 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I stopped in at Wacca Wache Marina and talked to one of the new owners of the restaurant (HANNA BANNA SUNSHINE CABANA). I was told the restaurant absolutely will not be open for our trip this year. They did not get their liquor liscense yet and the are putting in new floors, redoing the walls, putting in new restrooms and have to replace all of the major commercial appliances.

The owner, Hanna, was excited about the groups desire to visit during the trip but there is just no way they can get all the work done in time.

gfrutig1 posted 04-04-2009 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Ron, congratulations on your up grade. How's it running, hows the gas usage compared to the 50? Sad to hear we'll have to make other plans for the Sunday Brunch, but at least we know ahewad of time, thanks for checking it out.
runpasthefence posted 04-05-2009 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it this year...again.

I really wanted to make this one, but I'm in neck-deep in a new project which has sucked all repair funds for the 15' completely dry.

My gearcase cracked and began leaking gear oil a few months ago. I've since found a replacement lower unit, but haven't had the chance to install the low-water pick-up. Also, the seams on my console have started to separate. I plan on taking it back apart and reassembling it in a better fashion. I thought I'd have it done in time for this trip, but it looks like I'll have to set my sights on the Charleston-Beafort trip.


Bummer...

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-05-2009 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Gary, the F90 is running great. I have about 50 miles on it and used about 1/8 tank of gas (~4+ gal.). The best thing about it is it starts dependably.
Tom C posted 04-05-2009 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Tried to clean up the Montauk today. It hasn't been in the water since October. Each year it seems to be dirter and I seem to give out of gas quicker when cleaning. Know it can't be that I'm getting older. If it doesn't shine hope all of you will uderstand. Can't wait for our trip to start and look forward to seeing old friends as well as new.
David Jenkins posted 04-12-2009 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
No worries, Tom. It is a big accomplishment that we are just getting out on the water in April.

Today I met Bill (Volare) and Scott (Red Ray) on North Carolina's Jordan Lake. We tested the engines and radios and found that everything was in good working order. We are all looking forward to April 24.

Philip and I exchanged emails and I was sorry to hear that his father has had an unexpected health problem and is undergoing chemotherapy. It may be that Philip will not be able to join us on the Waccamaw this year. If that is the case we will certainly keep him and his father in our thoughts and prayers.

GAwhale posted 04-13-2009 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
David, thanks for the kind words.

I just got back from Boston. My Dad is at Massachusetts General Hospital getting some of the best treatment in the world. It is a blessing to work for an air line and just hop a plane and go (space available for free).

He started with a lump in his neck which was diagnosed as lymphoma. It was very localized and very treatable. He went through 8 rounds of chemo which whooped him. Now the lymphoma has spread to his brain. On Sunday they started another 6-8 rounds of chemo.

As of right now I plan on making the Waccamaw trip. I will make a trip to Boston the weekend after.

David Jenkins posted 04-13-2009 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We hope that the chemotherapy does the trick this time and that your father has a speedy recovery. We look forward to being with you in 12 days.

I am sorry to report that Richard and Denise cannot make the trip this year.

Marti's brother Michael and his wife Cindy and their daughter Erin (age 16) and cousin Lauren (age 22) will be driving up from Miami to join us. They will be on a 1967 Glastron Caribbean 230, the motor vessel Alley Cat.

gfrutig1 posted 04-15-2009 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Any body else looking at this? 10 days and counting. Are everyones boats ready? Who's in ands when are you arriving?
David Jenkins posted 04-15-2009 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Gary, lots of people have emailed me their cell phone numbers for inclusion on the laminated handout that I will soon prepare. I believe approximately 50 people on 15 boats will make the trip. Marti, Quinn, Anna and I will arrive about 8:30 PM Friday.
Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-16-2009 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Reference: "...Is she right? Should we scale back on the cocktail party supplies?"

Is everyone to bring something for the cocktail party as noted previously or has this idea been scuttled?

Ron

David Jenkins posted 04-16-2009 08:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, Ron. We never had closure on that. I think the best thing to do regarding the cocktail party is for everyone to bring their own food and drink (BYOFAD). Everyone will only be a few steps away from their boat so this should not be a problem.

Another unanswered question involves Sunday lunch.

Idea #1: We could check out of the hotel at 11 AM and boat over to the historic section of Georgetown and have lunch there at 11:30. If there is not enough space at the public dock for 15 boats then some of us could anchor (in the area where a lot of sailboats will be anchored) and then a few of the large boats could ferry people to shore and back. Or,

Idea #2: we could be organized enough to have packed sandwiches for Saturday and Sunday lunches. We could then have a second day of lunch on Sandy Island. Personally, I am not in favor of that idea as I have very little restraint when there are sandwiches in my ice chest for more than several hours.

Idea #3: We could talk to the owner of the restaurant where we are having dinner Saturday night and we could ask him if he could make us 50 boxed lunches that we could pick up at 11 AM Sunday.

Idea #4: We could continue north on the ICW past Bucksport to the next marina and have Sunday lunch there. Then after lunch we would come back down the ICW to Bucksport and go up the Waccamaw to Conway.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-16-2009 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Heading north the marinas are:

Wacca Wache - Restaurant will not be open

Bucksport - Have restaurant (but currently out of fuel)

Osprey (on the ICW) - Have restaurant and fuel but I'm not certain they can accomodate 15 boats at one time
http://www.ospreymarina.com/MarinaLayout.cfm

Grand Dunes (on the ICW) this is too far
http://www.marinainnatgrandedunes.com/dining/din_waterscapes.aspx

There may be others but I don't think so.

I tried to call both Osprey & Bucksport but they were closed for the day. I'll try again tomorrow and see if I can find out what their menu is and if they can accommodate 15 boats & 50 people at one time.

Ron

GAwhale posted 04-17-2009 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Thank you for all the info David and Ron.

I am still on for this trip. I will drive to West Point Lake today and pick up my boat. She will sit in my driveway until Friday. My neighborhood has covenant restrictions and by the book she is only supposed to sit in the drive way 24 hours. "Sometimes you just got to round them corners."

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Weather permitting my opinion is that a picnic at Sand Beach is the beach option. If we have lunch in Georgetown we will get a very late start. Plus the Hampton Inn offers a big breakfast to have such an early lunch.

I recall from last year grabbing an extra bagel and piece of fruit from the breakfast buffet for lunch. Each room a the Hampton Inn should have a small refrigerator to keep food over night.

The box lunch also sounds like a good idea. (I don't recall any sandwich shops in walking distance from the Hampton Inn.)

GAwhale posted 04-17-2009 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
....beach option= best option...

often true in life

sapple posted 04-17-2009 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Does anyone have confirmation regarding arrangements at the marina in Georgetown? When I called them several weeks ago they did not seem inclined to take a credit card number or guarantee a reservation for an overnight slip. I was not sure if that was a good sign or not. Anyway, does anyone know if we will have slips for our boats in Georgetowne?
David Jenkins posted 04-17-2009 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I just called and spoke to them. They said 4 boats had reserved a spot so far. I said that I was told no reservations were necessary and if that reservations were necessary I wanted to reserve dock space for 15 boats with an average length of 18 feet. He said okay, consider it done.

In the past we have not had slips but have instead tied up one boat behind another on one of the finger piers.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-17-2009 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Bucksport is out. Their restaurant doesn't open until May 1st.

I called Osprey Marina this morning and got an email to call them. I didn't see the message until after 5 PM when they were closed. The email said they MAY be able to accomodate us but want to talk to me first.

More tomorrow.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-17-2009 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Oops, double m

accommodate

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-18-2009 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I talked to Ospray Marina this morning and they will make arrangements to accommodate around 15 boats and 50 people but I have to let them know for certain if this is what we want to do.

Let me know by TUESDAY, APRIL 21, NOON if this is what we want to do. If I don't have confirmation by then I'm going to call and tell them it's off.

Their menu includes: burgers, hot dogs, fries, fish sandwiches and a few other typical things.

Ron

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-18-2009 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Osprey Marina's menu

http://www.ospreymarina.com/Grill.cfm

Lake Norman Whaler posted 04-18-2009 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lake Norman Whaler  Send Email to Lake Norman Whaler     
Osprey Marina sounds great
ScottS posted 04-18-2009 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Ron,

Thanks for checking into the various restaurants!

Is the Osprey restaurant seating area as small as it looks on their menu page (bottom picture)? Do they have additional outside seating? The location looks good (just north of our turn up the Waccamaw towards Conway).

ScottS

GAwhale posted 04-18-2009 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Ron, Thank you for all your efforts.

Osprey Marina sounds great.

Lets go with it.

ScottS posted 04-18-2009 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
For the Saturday night dinner at Lands End do we need to bring cash or will we be able to pay separately?
David Jenkins posted 04-19-2009 07:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Regarding the Saturday night dinner at Lands End, we will be able to pay separately and we will be able to pay with credit card. No cash is necessary.

As for Sunday lunch, what time were we thinking of going to Osprey Marina? We will probably be leaving Georgetown at noon.

Does anyone have the time and ability to post a link to a chart that shows where Osprey Marina is in relation to Bucksport, Sandy Beach, Wacca Wache and Georgetown?

ScottS posted 04-19-2009 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
The website below makes is easy to check out the marinas. It provides photos, addresses, latitude and longitude, etc.

http://marinas.com/map/index.php?infowindowcategory=marina& infowindowid=4556

Use the search feature (top right of screen) to find any of the marinas. Don't include "marina" in your search (type "Georgetown Landing" not "Georgetown Landing Marina").

You can find the Sandy Island Beach by first searching for the Reserve Harbor marina. Click View Full Map, then zoom in a few clicks. The beach is to the west across the ICW from Reserve Harbor marina. Switch to Satellite view (top right of map) and you'll see a white sandy section between the creek and a round lake (north of the manmade canals). On Saturday, we'll pull our boats up on the west side of that beach.

Georgetown Landing marina is further southwest on the ICW. It's on the west side of the highway 17 bridge where it crosses from Pawleys Island to Georgetown.

ScottS

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-19-2009 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I have been to the Osprey Marina but was never in the restaurant. From the outside it looks bigger than the picture shows but I honestly don’t know how big it is inside or how many it may seat. As long as the weather is good we can sit on boat cushions, blankets or in the boat, if necessary. If the weather is bad…?

These pictures may help give you a sense of direction.

http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Osprey%20Marina/

sapple posted 04-19-2009 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I checked the ICW guide. The Osprey Marina and Grill has a full page ad. According to the ad they are 1.5 miles north of Enterprise Landing at ICW mile 373, red marker #26. Enterprise landing is at mile marker 375 at daybeacon #27. So it sounds like 1.5 to 2 miles north of the intersection of the upper Waccamaw and the ICW. The guide says: "There is a small short-order grill at Osprey Marina that is open until 5pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends." The ad in the guide has a picture showing picnic tables for outside dining. You can see only 4 tables in the picture. I can't tell if they could accomidate 50 people outside or not. I also checked the Crusing Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia (6th edition) and here is what they say: "Are you impressed by a facility that wins the "Marina of the year" award from Marina Dock Age magazine? We are, and we think you will be pleased and impressed as well by the Osprey Marina. For our money, this is one of the very best marinas in all of the South Carolina Low Country." Sounds like they like it. Also, there is a store for provisions.
Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-19-2009 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Directy link to Scott's 'Marina' site.

http://marinas.com/view/marina/4556_Osprey_Marina_Myrtle_Beach_SC

sapple posted 04-19-2009 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Regarding Sunday lunch, my vote is for the Osprey Marina, mostly for convenience. That is, IF they can handle us in a reasonable period of time. From the looks of the picture on Marinas.com we might find it hard to find space for 15 boats. Also, one short order cook may be overwhelmed by 50 hungry people showing up at once. Perhaps a phone call ahead of time to the Osprey Marina on Sunday morning could confirm if it is realistic or not. I am also game for a picnic along the way if the hotel kitchen could make us box lunches in the morning. That could be arranged on Sat. evening. I agree with David about not wanting to eat a lunch that has been sitting in a cooler for more than a few hrs. Even is seating is limited at the Osprey, I personally don't mind eating in my boat.
Tom C posted 04-19-2009 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Ron and others thanks for all the effort in getting us a lunch location for Sunday. I think Osprey Marina sounds great if they can handle the crowd. Otherwise I can make it on crackers and beverage. Took the boat out yesterday for a trial run and it failed. Took forever to get it started and then it would't go into gear. It was a busy ramp so I had to pack it up and leave. Had two grandsons with me and they were not too happy. Into the shop tomorrow and hope it is something minnor. Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.
GAwhale posted 04-19-2009 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/29440?from=36hr_topnav_undeclared

It appears the Sun Gods are blessing us again this year. The forecast in Georgetown for Saturday calls for 78 degrees and 0% chance of rain.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-20-2009 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
OK we are set up to go with Osprey Marina for lunch on Sunday. I checked with them and they will have more than enough seating available. They are working on arrangements for tying up the boats and will have someone there to assist.

The attached link has Osprey's menu. Please PRINT THIS FORM AND BRING IT WITH YOU. You are to:

1) indicate your parties name at the top
2) indicate how many of each item you want for YOUR ENTIRE PARTY.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/Osprey%20Marina/ MENU_Order-OspreyMarina0001.jpg

This essentially is your bill except for any drinks or extras you may want. I'll bring extra forms as long as I don't forget. (If you don't fill out a form you can order when you get there which may be a bit slower.)

I will collect the forms before departure from Georgetown and get a total of all the items which I'll call into Osprey. When we get as far as Wacca Wache we must call Osprey and tell them we are at that point at which time they will begin preparing the food. Upon arrival at Osprey I will give them all of the individual forms and they will serve the items by party name.

We should try to arrive as close together as possible. Those arriving too late may not have hot food. Obviously everyone is responsible for their own bill and tip.

See you Sunday

Ron


GAwhale posted 04-21-2009 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Okay the trip is almost here and I must say I am getting a little fired up. My brother once told me your vacation actually starts a day or two ahead of time.

Thanks to David for putting together the roster sheets.

Some final thoughts by Philip...

If the group gets split up like we did last year, lets stop at the Wache Wichi for a bathroom stop, but then rendezvous at Sand Beach.

BRING LIST

-Registration, square throw cushion, whistle or horn (a group this size is going to be noticed by the Coast Guard)

-Fenders and decent docking lines (Georgetown Marina often has us on the outer docks, the first year on Sunday morning our boats were bobbing like corks plus there is quite a current with the tides (both directions))

-Sunblock and bathing suit

-Picnic lunch for Saturday

-VHF radio

-Fun Meter

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-21-2009 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
FYI - As an after-thought I checked with Osprey and they accept the following credit cards:

A/E; Visa, M/C & Discover

Lil Whaler Lover posted 04-22-2009 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Cell phone number correction: 252-944-5201.
Lil Whaler Lover posted 04-23-2009 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
I see on USA Today/s website that there is a major fire that has burned from about 6 miles east of Conway all the way to the ICW. It will not be put out easily as it involves peat bogs.

A couple of questions for those who are familar with the area: 1. is this likely to impact our group on the water this weekend? (route, accomodations etc), and 2. will this require those of us traveling from the north to come into Conway from the west?

Looking forward to this rendezvous!

Tom C posted 04-23-2009 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Am leaving now (9AM) to pick up my son Tom in Danville,Va. and head for Cherry Grove. I got the boat out of the shop yesterday and the gear problem was in the lower gear case. Something was frozen-they promise it is fixed. Will find out Sat. morning. Looking forward to the trip and seeing every one. The fire in Conway/ Myrtle Beach sounds awful.
Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-23-2009 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Regarding the fire follow this link for updates. Sun Times is the major newspaper in the area

http://www.thesunnews.com/

If you are planning on travelling rts. 22, 31 or 90 in the Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach area you may, depending on the status of the fire, be re-routed to Rt. 17. You may want to allow some extra time on your route just in case.
Route 501 and rt. 17 travelling north from Georgetown has not been impacted.

There are also fires in the Georgetown area, some in the proximity of Sandy Island. At one point there was concern the fire might jump the ICW. To my knowledge that is no longer a concern.

Osprey Marina is on the ocean side of the ICW and should not be impacted. I sent them an e-mail to get conditions in their area but haven't received a reply yet. If any adverse conditions exist I'll post for you.

Yesterday was TERRIBLY windy but today it is very calm and chances or controlling the fire is much better.

The Grand Dunes area, to the north, has had some of the greatest impact and was one of the marinas I had mentioned in an earlier post as being too far for us to have lunch. [Tom, this is in the area of your condo.

My GUESS is that by Saturday the only impact from the fire we may encounter, if any, would be some possible lingering smoke around the Wacca Wache area.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-23-2009 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/872218.html

Map of fire areas.

Recent local news indicates problems getting control of the fires.

Georgetown Fires:
http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/871498.html

I just heard from Osprey Marina, there are currently no known problems with fires in the waterways between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown.


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On another subject:

The burger special on Osprey's menu is 8 oz. ($7.00)
They also have 4 oz. and 2 oz ($5.00)

Please indicate your choice on your order. If nothing is indicated you will receive the 8 oz. burger.

sapple posted 04-23-2009 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
We just received this alert by email: So far we are still OK since Enterprise landing is at Mile 375 but the restricted area is only 10 miles north. We should also be OK for the Osprey Marina. I am hoping it does not get extended further south.

Scott A.
=============================================


SC: Myrtle Beach - ICW Closure - Mile 347.3 to Mile 365.4


Due to the wildfires we reported on earlier this morning, the Coast Guard is shutting down the ICW between Miles 347.3 and 365.4.

The Captain of the Port of Charleston is establishing a Safety Zone between the U.S. Highway 501 Bridge (Mile 365.4, 65-foot fixed vertical clearance) and the Little River Swing Bridge (Mile 347.3, 7-foot closed vertical clearance).

No vessels my enter this area without permission of the Captain of the Port of Charleston, but vessels already on the water are allowed to exit this zone.

We will publish more updates as they become available.


Gary Reich, Managing Editor



gfrutig1 posted 04-23-2009 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
We have arrived in SC. What a difference 12 hours can make. We knew nothing of the fires when we packed up last night at 10 pm. The news was on TV when we walked in at NMB, we can see the smoke from the front porch. It appears that we will be clear of the North Myrtle fires. the Georgetown is getting less press, but it is said on the news that the houses on Sandy Island are not affected by the Sandy Island fire and that area was not evacuated. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow evening or Saturday morning!
Billabong posted 04-23-2009 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Billabong  Send Email to Billabong     
I have spoken to the hotel at Conway - fire is not affecting them at all. Skies are clear and they are ready for us.

I also called the Hampton Inn. They are ready for us and the marina is going to keep us all together too.

Dave has confirmed that the Restaraunt is ready as well.

Weather report is STELLER!

I plan on arriving around 6pm and go for a cruise up river at 6:30-7pm.

See you all there.

Billabong

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-23-2009 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Anyone going 'up-river' on the Waccamaw stay to the center of the river. There are numerous trees down and stumps which, depending on the water level, may not be visible. The center has plenty of depth and I never encountered any obsticles.

After you pass the Conway Marina, which 1s back to the left, there is a 'Y'. Be sure to go to the left, under the "LOW" bridges. BE SURE TO WATCH YOUR OVERHEAD CLEARANCE! It only goes a short distance and is very scenic. Don't go past the RR bridge as it's low water and doesn't go much further.

After that go up the right side of the 'Y' and stay to the center.

David Jenkins posted 04-24-2009 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I am in Conway. Blue sky. No smoke. No smell. Fire is to the north and is moving north if it is moving at all. Wind is out of the south. Right now no wind. Temp 71. I just spoke to a game warden. I told him our plans. He said "you'll be fine."
GAwhale posted 04-24-2009 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I had a good trip to Charleston.

I had new wheel bearings installed on my boat trailer. At the beginning of my six hour trip I noticed the drivers side were running hotter. At first I was concerned, but it stayed that way the entire trip. It never got so hot I could not touch it with my fingers.

I am staying here with relatives.

See everyone in the morning at Conway. Don't party too much.

Just like Bill said, STELLER weather.

Lil Whaler Lover posted 04-27-2009 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt (thanks WHALER), got home safe, ready to go again next year!

Thanks to David Jenkins and others for putting together such a wonderful weekend. The weather was nearly perfect. Only minor (though typical battery) early season glitches with a couple boats.

From the children to those of us with an occasional senior moment, it was the most congenial and enjoyable group of people that I have experienced in years.

To each and every fellow traveler, you have enrichened my life by being part of the 2009 Waccamaw River Trip!

David Jenkins posted 04-27-2009 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We had a great time! 16 boats. 50 people. Attendees came from as far away as Miami. Florida and Dunkirk, New York. Many thanks to Tracy at Boston Whaler for supplying us with wonderful "2009 Waccamaw RIver Trip" tee shirts. Darlene on Reel Meds just sent me some fabulous photos. More trip details coming soon.
David Jenkins posted 04-28-2009 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Ace and Joy and others will tell this better but just to get us started here is one version of what happened:

After dropping off the Anna Jane in Conway Friday morning I drove to Durham, made a few last-minute repairs to the Alley Cat, and drove back to Conway. Marti, Quinn, Anna, Meredith, Tara, Kirin, Marjorie, Jeff and Archana arrived with the Clementine about the same time. The girls went to sleep and the adults joined a party that was already in progress either in our hotel room or just outside the door and we told stories and laughed until about 1:00 AM.

Saturday morning we spent some time getting the dew off of the boats, running to the grocery store for provisions, etc. I spent a lot of time studying Bill and Mark's 19' Nantucket, the Lake Norman Whaler. If I were to purchase a new Boston Whaler, that would be the one.

By 11:00 all of the boats were in the water and we were underway!

We started off traveling as a pack of 16 boats. Over time we realized that it was more fun to divide up into smaller groups and then meet at designated areas along the way.

Sandy Beach had black flies and was a little too small for that many boats to pull ashore. So some of us anchored and we had sandwiches and a few people jumped in the water. The air temperature was in the 80s and the water temperature was 70.

After a quick restroom stop at the Wacca Wache Marina we headed down the Inter-coastal Waterway (ICW) to Georgetown arriving there about 4:00 PM. Many of the boats went straight downtown rather than to the marina and that proved to be fun as the stores were open (which they would not be on Sunday morning).

After checking in to the hotel and marina we convened on the dock for our traditional dockside party. This year the party was hosted by Steve and Darlene and others—everybody but me. Sorry about that!

Mark and Tara and Sarah and Sarah's friend (whose name escapes me right now) joined us. Also Scott and Mary's daughter (?) Kate drove over from Charleston to join us for drinks and dinner.

Many thanks to Mary for taking over 500 photographs!

About 7:30 PM we walked over to the Lands End restaurant and had a nice dinner on their glassed-in dock. Good work organizing that, Bill and Stephanie!

After dinner a small group of us boated over to downtown Georgetown, found some live music and danced until about 1:00 AM.

At 8:30 AM Sunday about half of the boats headed 12 miles south (toward Charleston) to see the Georgetown lighthouse. The crew of the Clementine convinced Kirk to abandon Philip and join them instead. So the 15' Clementine had a crew of six and the 17' Georgia Whale had just Captain Philip. Also Bill and Stephanie's daughter Katie abandoned them to join Will and Olivia over on the Pennsylvania Whale. Everybody seemed happy with that so with very calm water we navigated 95% of the markers correctly and made it safely to the Georgetown lighthouse. As we prepared to make landfall we noticed that the "no-seeums" we biting so instead of going ashore we journeyed out into the Atlantic Ocean. The sea was calm and it was fun to see dolphin jumping and be on the open water.

We arrived back at the hotel about 10:45 AM, convened with the others in the breakfast area, distributed tee shirts (thanks, Boston Whaler!), awarded Scott and Bonnie's sons Keifer and Toby with cool tubing flags designed by Bill and Stephanie Duncan, took a group picture and prepared to head back up the ICW.

While I was re-fueling my 15' Whaler powered by a 1989 2-stroke Yamaha I asked Dave on Toy Yot how much fuel his 15' Boston Whaler with 4-stroke 60 hp Yamaha had burned. The answer: 4 gallons. Unbelievable! That is about 10 miles per gallon, maybe a little better. HIs fuel consumption was half of what mine was.

We did not stop at Sandy Beach on the way back but we did make a nice detour up a little creek near marker 53 or 55 (someone help me here). I think it was either Dave and Monk or Scott and Mary that found that one for us. Very nice. Deep water with trees right up to water's edge, narrow, winding. Nice.

Then we arrived at the Osprey Marina for lunch. That little marina really took care of us. They put out some good food in record time. May thanks for Ron and Jeff for organizing the lunch. Well done!

Then it was back up the Waccamaw to Conway.

Many thanks to Philip for getting this trip going again. We are looking forward to joining him on his next trip, Charleston to Beaufort, scheduled for June 20-21.

GAwhale posted 04-28-2009 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
David was our unofficial commodore. He did a great job. Talk about a high energy guy; Saturday night I was asleep at 10:00 PM. Bill told me he was shanghighed on David's boat and "forced" to party until 1:00 AM. This being the fourth year, it has really become organized, less like herding cats as Ace used to say.

If I had to award life time Oscar achievements, I would have given it to Ace in 2008 for departing with more Whalers than he arrived with. In 2009 the award would go to David for bringing three boats to the rendezvous.

When we arrived Saturday evening at Georgetown Marina the Charter fishing boats were coming in. They were filleting their catch. These were BIG fish. One of the yachts I recall seeing was Full Pull. I pulled up their website

http://www.fullpullsportfishing.com/

$2,000 for a full day (ouch)

http://www.georgetownlandingmarina.com/

Weather was superb. I really enjoyed Sunday morning running 12 miles out of the channel into the wide open ocean. We shut down our motors and just sat riding up and down on the gentles swells and enjoying the scenery.

Great trip; a good time was had by all!

annapoliswhaler posted 04-28-2009 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for annapoliswhaler    
Pictures! We need pictures! Seeing pictures after reading about how much fun you had is a necessity! It makes the rest of us want to go next year!!
sapple posted 04-28-2009 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Regarding pictures Stay tuned !

We plan to set up a photobucket folder with pics.

Give the large volume of pics we have it will take a day or two to review them, pick out the best ones, and get them posted.

WhalerAce posted 04-28-2009 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Another GREAT Trip.

I will post more later, but for now, please remember that the T-Shirts were courtesy of Traci Davis from Whaler. Her e-mail address is tdavis@whaler.com. By the way, tha 1-800-WHALER9 number goes right to her desk.

If you get a chance, please tell tell her how much the shirts add to the fun of the trip.

Thanks,

--- WhalerAce

Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-28-2009 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Great weekend! After leaving Osprey Marina Jeff & I went up the ICW to SC501 and then returned to Conway. Including that and the short distance we were lost we travelled 154 miles in 10.5 hours averaging 15.1 MPH according to the chartplotter.

Can't wait to see more pictures.

Ron


http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii268/WhalerRon/ Waccamaw%20River%20Trip%202009/

sapple posted 04-29-2009 06:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Here are the pictures. FYI, there are lots of pictures in each folder. They are organized in order of how the trip unfolded.

Thanks to David and everyone else who helped organize this trip as well as all of the participants who made it fun and engaging. It was a unique and enjoyable experience that we will never forget.

Scott


http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20The%20Launch/?albumview=slideshow

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20To%20Georgetown/?albumview=slideshow

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20Georgetown/?albumview=slideshow

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20Get%20Togethers/?albumview=slideshow

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20The%20Return/?albumview=slideshow

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20Conway/?albumview=slideshow

sapple posted 04-29-2009 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Here are a few more pics that we forgot to include in the previous posting. We were having so much fun that on one or two occasions other folks joined up with us for a while. In these pics you can see that even a helicopter joined us for a while.

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc264/sapple2/ Waccamaw%2009%20Missing%20photos/?albumview=slideshow

David Jenkins posted 04-29-2009 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Wow! Thanks, Ron, Scott and Mary.

My daughter Quinn has put some of the photos here:
http://waccamaw.weebly.com

sapple posted 04-29-2009 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
A few of the group asked me where to get the chart I had of the areas where we were boating. You can get the charts at www.waterproofcharts.com. The chart was waterproof chart No. 98, Sullivans Island to Myrtle Beach (ICW), a reproduction of portions of NOAA chart No. 11532 and NOAA chart No. 11534.
ScottS posted 05-03-2009 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Here's a link to some of the pictures we took. Please let me know if you'd like a copy of any of these emailed to you.

http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn14/thesneds/ 2009%20Waccamaw%20Whaler%20Trip/?albumview=grid

Thanks to David, Phillip, and others for organizing the trip. Dinner at Lands End was real easy since we could just walk next door, thanks Bill. Thank you Ace, Traci, and Boston Whaler for the t-shirts. Bill, the kids appreciate receiving the Splashdown water sports flags, neat invention and a great match with the safety of a Whaler. Ron and Jeff, great job with lunch at the Osprey Grill, still can't believe they got our group out within one hour!

And, of course, thank you Jim for hosting Continuouswave so this group could get together for another fun trip!

ScottS

David Jenkins posted 05-05-2009 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Many thanks to everyone who has posted photographs. Somehow I went through the entire trip and did not take a single picture. Now I will have a way to preserve the memory.

Next year when we take the group picture lets have people spread out more, left and right, in front of the bushes. Let's try to have the group be not more than two or three people deep.

Also next year lets get a group photo of just the Whalers together, maybe pulled up on the Sandy Island beach. We might want to arrange the boats by age or length. I would think that Boston Whaler might like to have a copy of a photograph like that.

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