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Brian7son posted 01-27-2009 03:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for Brian7son   Send Email to Brian7son  
Just giving you guys a heads up. I dont think that many (if any) of the folks that went to this event that past 2 years are C.W.'ers, but for those who are interested, the dates are now official.

This year's only factory sponsored Boston Whaler Owner's Event will be held in Bimini 6/25 Thurs. thru 6/28 Sun. Boats will depart from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. I have attended this event the past 2 years with my family and we had a wonderful time. I highly recommend it.

The folks from Whaler put on a great event and treat all attendees like gold. Whether you show up in a 2009 model or a 1998 285 Conquest (and have a passenger blow up your generator at the dock on the day you arrive) like me, everyone has a good time. (After my insurance replaced my 04 generator with a brand new 08 model with -0- deductible and -0- depreciation, that little mishap didnt bother me as much any more).

If you have not been to the Bimini Event, it's a blast. It's a great place to take the family. There's also plenty to do for those of you without kids, believe me;).

In the past, Whaler has had events in the Keys, Ft. Pierce and other Florida venues. However, it is my understanding those other events won't be happening this year, just one big event in Bimini.

I'm not sure how many C.W.ers will attend this event. I undertand that the logistics simply are not feasible for many of you to make it there with your boats. There are lots of folks here from the northeast, midwest and west coast of the country. I certainly couldn't attend an event in California with my boat. However, I just wanted to put the information out there for anyone that may be interested.

Take it easy,

Brian

Murphy posted 01-27-2009 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Murphy  Send Email to Murphy     
Brian,

I can't find any info on the Whaler site, or the Owner site.

RM

Brian7son posted 01-28-2009 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
Wil Rogers of Boston Whaler advised me of this yesterday when the dates were confirmed. He knew that I planned to attend and I had asked him several weeks ago to let me know as soon as they decided on the dates of the event.

The event will be back at Bimini Sands this year rather than Bimini Bay. That's a good thing because Bimini Bay was more expensive than Bimini Sands. Although Bimini Bay is a much fancier place, it's a little "Disneyized" if you know what I mean. It was also still under construction and on more that one occassion, the water in our room was shut off for short periods of time due to the construction. Bimini Sands is a fun casual place.

The Whaler website may take a while to get the details updated. You know how that can be with updated information on websites. I just wanted to put you guys in the loop in case anyone was interested in attending. It's a fairly expensive trip and it requires a decent amount of planning. I figured, the more notice, the better.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-28-2009 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
VERY EXPENSIVE, I figured about $800.00 a day.
Brian7son posted 01-28-2009 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
TrafficLawyer,

You are 100% correct about the trip being expensive. In a post regarding the 2008 Bimini Event, you said the exact same thing and you are still correct.

3/20/08: "Initially I had planned to attend but given the costs I already incur to run my boat for 3 months, quite frankly it's just to excessive.
I can run to West End in 2.5 hours from Jupiter, sleep on my boat, tie up at Old Bahama Bay and fish & snorkel for 2 days at a fraction of the cost of the Bimini trip."

No disrespect intended whatsover.

I'll say it again, you're right. You can take many trips for much cheaper and sleep on your boat. However, you cannot cross the Gulf Stream with 40 to 50 Boston Whalers riding in a group, exiting Port Everglades at sunrise, owners at the helm, grinning from ear to ear, chattering on the VHF: "Whaler 1 to group, we're on our way!". Taking a 50 mile run at 30 knots in the wide open ocean with 40 other Boston Whalers. All of the owner's sharing a common bond of being Whaler Owner's and enthusiasts. Making new friends, rendezvous at Honeymoon Cove rafting off with 30 or more Whalers, feeding the stingrays, listening to Bob Marley, drinking a cold beer, having a ball, fishing tournaments, scavenger hunts, great prizes, etc.

You can certainly bash the trip because it is not cheap.
I'm just telling you guys that it's fun. I completely acknowledge the fact the trip is not cheap. Niether is a winter ski trip.

....and Dat's all I'm sayin'

Take it easy

Tohsgib posted 01-28-2009 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Wife refuses to let me take the 19' across the pond...probably for the best. Have fun, say hi to Will for me and keep us posted if they are doing any other gigs in FL this year. Tel Wil to have an open house thingy in Edgewater if budget is tight?
Ritzyrags posted 01-28-2009 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ritzyrags  Send Email to Ritzyrags     
I sure wish that I could make this run with you guys a possible event.
God knows that my Carol would be tickled pink by the excitement, water sights, and adventures..
I would have a blast with the fishing aspect of the trip and would most likely have to be pried off with a crow bar from the fishing deck.
From what I have read, you guys will be blessed with a great fun event..
And short of being able to join your gallant crews;
I would ask of a small favor from your worthy lot.
Take some photos and run a report of your adventures;
In this precious part of the World called "The Bimini's"

Tight and Haft Winds,

Regards,

Serge.

AllanR posted 02-03-2009 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for AllanR  Send Email to AllanR     
How small a boat is practical and safe for this trip?

I have my classic Montauk. I know some have made that trip, but the weather obviously has to be very good.

Also, do they still charge, what $300 for an entry for a boat to the Bahamas?

an86carrera posted 02-04-2009 05:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I think they went back to $150 For boats under 30'?

Len

Brian7son posted 02-04-2009 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
Allan,

If I'm fairly certain that the cruising permit fees for foreign boaters are $150 for boats up to 35 feet long and $300 for larger boats.

Regarding making the trip in a 17 Montauk, my buddy made the trip from Miami to Bimini in a 14ft Carolina Skiff. Of course, he was boarded by the Coast Guard because they probably thought: "What the heck is this guy doing out here?"

The weather will be a major factor, as it is for all of the boats, but more so for you. If the weather's nice, the crossing is a breeze in that boat. You'd be crossing with about 30 other boats, so safety's not an issue. However, as you probably already know, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you stay in Ft. Lauderdale until it lays down.

Once you've made the crossing, running around the islands in the Montauk would be a blast. I own an 85 Montauk and I rented one the last time I was in Green Turtle in the Abacos.

Brian

WhalerAce posted 02-04-2009 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
My work schedule took a sudden turn for the better (for me), so I think that we will try it this year.

We already have made lodging reservations.

--- WhalerAce

Brian7son posted 02-12-2009 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
FYI: There is a group of three 285 Conquests that will be arriving at Bimini Sands on Tuesday 6/23, 2 days before the "official" Whaler group arrives.

It's nice to have a few extra days to settle in and explore the islands. We did this last year and it was really nice to arrive early and have more time to enjoy the islands. The weekdays at the island are far less crowded than the weekends. So, if anyone wants to head over earlier, you'll have good company.

Brian

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