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David Jenkins posted 12-13-2009 08:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for David Jenkins   Send Email to David Jenkins  
Last year 55 people on 15 boats attended. We had a great time. I think that last year was our fourth annual trip. Can everyone who might want to attend in 2010 check to see if the weekend of April 23-25 will work? I cannot go the following weekend and the weekend before that may be too cold. What do you think?
WhalerAce posted 12-14-2009 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
That week is good for me.

--- Ace

gfrutig1 posted 12-17-2009 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
We're good that date. Any changes to the plan?
GAwhale posted 12-17-2009 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
April 23-25 is perfect.

David you are correct, this will be the fifth year. It is a great trip. I am sure Kirk and I will show. We both love it. Margaret and Hannah have school Friday and Monday so they will probably not make it.

I have never taken my boat to Florida. The Homassas Rendezvous usually falls March 13-14. I am going to try to make that one too. It would be fun if some of you all came down to sunny Florida.

fno posted 12-17-2009 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I will come up there for yours if some of you come down for the Homosassa event ;-)
Lil Whaler Lover posted 12-17-2009 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Had a great time last year. Now that we know the ropes Monk and I look forward to an even better time in 2010. I see no problem with that date.
David Jenkins posted 12-18-2009 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The plan as I understand it is to meet at the Conway Best Western (843-234-1678) on Friday night (April 23). It is located on the Waccamaw RIver and there is a public boat ramp right next to it. Rooms are about $69.

On Saturday morning we will get underway about 11 AM. Those who want to start earlier can go upriver and then come back and join us for the trip down river at 11 AM.

We will have a picnic lunch somewhere along the way (Sandy Beach?).

We will make a quick stop at Wacca Wache Marina (843-651-2994) for restrooms and fuel.

We will arrive at the Georgetown Municipal Marina (843-546-1776) about 4:00 PM. The fee for transient boats like ours is $1.50/foot with a $25 minimum.

We will check into the Georgetown Hampton Inn (843-545-5000) which is adjacent to the marina.

Cocktails on the dock start at 5:30 PM.

We will walk to the Land's End Restaurant (843-527-1376) next door to the Hampton Inn for dinner at 7:30 PM.

Some of us will take a moonlight cruise to downtown Georgetown (about a mile away) for live music at 9:30 PM.

Sunday morning some people will take their boats out into the ocean. Other people will take a walking tour of downtown Georgetown.

We will start heading back toward Conway at noon.

We will stop at Wacca Wache for lunch.

We will arrive in Conway about 4:30 PM.

Details from the 2006 trip start here:
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Details from the 2007 trip are here:

Details from the 2008 trip are here:

Details from the 2009 trip are here:

Clark Roberts posted 12-19-2009 07:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
David, thanks so much for the invitation to join your cruise but must decline! I know you will all have a great time and happy whalin'.... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
Tom C posted 12-19-2009 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
David, Thanks for getting this post started, it could'd come at a better time. I'm looking out the window at snow coming down and there are already 8-10 inches on the ground. April 24 & 25 are fine for me. I may have to adjust my trip and just go down the Waccamaw on Sat., have lunch with the group and then return to Conway. The reason is I sold my Montauk in Aug. and have down sized to a 130 Sport. I don't know if a 13 ft. could keep up when we hit the ICW. I'll have to think about it. Either way, look forward to seeing everyone. Tom
reelmeds posted 12-19-2009 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelmeds  Send Email to reelmeds     
The Wilkins from Bahama, NC (Reelmeds)are a go too! Put this on the calendar back in April! Look forward to seeing everyone. In the mean time, Merry Christmas, as there is currently snow on the ground here! Steve, Darlene, Abby, Andrew
mark11 posted 12-20-2009 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     

I've got the date down

Unfortunately Lands' End closed a little over a month ago. I'll keep you posted if anyone takes over the space.


ScottS posted 12-21-2009 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
That weekend works great for us. David, thanks for organizing the trip again!


GAwhale posted 12-23-2009 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I just got off the phone with the Hampton Inn Georgetown, SC Telephone 843-545-5000.

Either they really like us; or prices have come down as a result of the economy.

I reserved 15 water view rooms (two queen size beds each) for $99 per night for Saturday night April 24, 2010 checking out Sunday April 25, 2010. The rooms are reserved under the group name "Boston Whaler". Each individual must call in and hold their room with a credit card number.

[Last year a water view room was $129 and the non-view room was $109]

[I spoke with Lynn Deas and the confirmation number is 84572821]

David Jenkins posted 12-23-2009 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Excellent! Thank you!
mgeiger posted 12-31-2009 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
I may make my Charleston-Georgetown run that weekend. I'll keep an eye on this thread.
sapple posted 01-04-2010 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
David, I have just held the Thurs, Fri, and Mon. around those days as vacation days.


David Jenkins posted 01-07-2010 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks for the update, mgeiger and sapple.
Mary—thanks for taking so many photographs last year. And Scott you do an excellent job transporting the photographer! We hope that Kate and her beau can join you again!
ThreeGs posted 01-27-2010 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
David and fellow Whalers/boaters,
I would like to join you for my first Waccamaw River Run this April. I had planned to attend last year but a family illness kept me away.
I went to high school in Florence, SC, and have always wanted to spend time on the river. Purchased my first boat 3 yrs. ago, a 2003 220 Dauntless named ThreeGs (I have 3 daughters!)
I will work on reservations for my crew, and continue to watch this forum for additional details.
Look forward to meeting everyone.
David Jenkins posted 01-29-2010 06:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Mike. Your daughters will have a good time. About a third of the people attending will be under the age of 18.
sapple posted 01-31-2010 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
David, FYI, we just made reservations for Conway and Georgetown. We will arrive on Thrus April 22.
runpasthefence posted 02-01-2010 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I think I'll FINALLY be able to make this rendezvous. I just tore the 15' apart for some repairs...a preemptive strike in preparation for this trip.
Now, I just need to decide whether I want to trailer to Conway, or make the run from Charleston to Conway in the boat...might leave that up to the better half.

I'm stoked...bring on the warm weather.

GAwhale posted 02-01-2010 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Hey Mick,

We are all dying to meet you and see your boat. I would strongly recommend trailering your boat to Conway. It's really a lot of fun. We have around 15 boats; stop at the beach, have lunch, and the winding Waccamaw is really quite a site.

One year WhalerAce made the trip from Charleston to Georgetown and had quite a rough ride.

ThreeGs posted 02-01-2010 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
Looking forward to meeting everyone as well!
Reservations all made. Will be trailering to Conway. Boat is currently under cover here in Greenville. After the snow this w/e in Upstate SC I'm dreaming of warm weather and smooth seas.
Speaking of rough rides, I made the trip to Bimini last summer with the Whaler group. Smallest boat in the group. Intense!
WhalerAce posted 02-01-2010 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

It is not that the trip was so rough, it's just that we were the only boat! The waterway from Charleston to Georgetown is not as interesting as the Waccamaw is, and it is a WHOLE lot more fun with the other people!

The night-before beerfest and pizza party is a major element for this trip, too. Even though I didn't drink any beer, it was still fun just "gam"-ing with the other folks.

I stoked up, too. I just hope that I have time to fix up my Ribside before the trip. I am scheduled to do a lot of traveling between now and then.

I recommend trailering up to Conway, too.

--- Ace

Murphy posted 02-08-2010 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Murphy  Send Email to Murphy     
I have been following this thread with interest as it sounds like a fun trip. I am going to check my calendar to see what April looks like.


It is funny that I read your post today because I am traveling to Florence, SC tomorrow for business- my company, ADP, has an office there. Also funny, because it seems that you work for Oracle, and I was just talking to Captain Cefus (a TV personality I met thru CCA) and he is traveling to California next week to meet with Larry Ellison about doing some promotions for Oracle on his TV show- The Nuts and Bolts of fishing). Cefus had never heard of Oracle or I had to give him a quick overview before he headed out there.

I hope to see you folks in April.


ThreeGs posted 02-10-2010 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
Small world. Larry is clearly an avid boater/sailor, but I've never heard of him dropping a line in the water. Maybe Capt. Cefus will get him excited and he'll invite me to go. Hadn't heard of the Capt., so I Googled him. Now I know why, his show is one at 7:15am on Sundays. Too early for me (unless I'm going boating).
Anyway, hope you can make the trip down the Waccamaw.
ScottS posted 02-24-2010 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
So, what ideas do we have for our Saturday dinner since Land's End closed? Is there anywhere else within walking distance?

Has Ron or someone else confirmed that the Wacca Wache Marina restaurant is now open and can handle us for lunch on Sunday? We seemed to overwhelm the Osprey Marina last year (but it was still a nice place). Hopefully we can go back to Wacca Wache as in previous years.


Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-25-2010 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I'm not certain but at this point I don't think I'll be making the trip this year. I'm hoping to make the trip from Conway to Charleston instead but that isn't final yet either.

However, I did check and the restaurant at Wacca Wache "Hanna Bannana's Sunshine Cabana" is currently open 11:30 am to 11:00 pm.


sapple posted 02-28-2010 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
If walking or taxi is not practical due to a large number of people one possibility for Saturday night dinner could be to have food brought in (, Chinese, etc.) and use the hotel breakfast dining area.
David Jenkins posted 02-28-2010 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Every year after dinner Marti and I have gone from the Hampton Inn one mile by water to downtown Georgetown (for the live music). Especially with electronic charts and GPS, this is not a difficult trip. The only tricky part for some people might be the return dockage if the tide is running at 3 knots.

Anyway, I vote that at 6:30 PM we all go to dinner by water. We will only need to take half of the boats. Maybe Mark can arrange for us to eat at the same place we had dinner the first year?

I think we will have a smaller crowd this year with Ron not coming, Marti's brother Michael in Afghanistan, and three of the non-Whaler Durham families deciding not to make the trip (i.e., Captains Bill, Steve and Scott). Instead of having 55 people on 15 boats, this year I predict we will have more like 35 people on 10 boats. So for dinner we would only need to dock five boats.

BTW, all brands of boats are welcome on the trip, but so far it appears that this year it will be 100% Boston Whalers.

sapple posted 02-28-2010 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Sounds like a plan. Is there a resturant that can handle 35 excentric Boston Whalers? If we go that route I'll volunteer to be a designated driver. However, my boat can only carry 5-6 people.
Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-28-2010 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I HIGHLY recommend the River Room restaurant. It's right up and to the left of the public dock next to the little park area in Georgetown. The food & service are great and the deserts are fantastic - save room!

Be sure to make reservations to be sure you all get seated together!!


sapple posted 02-28-2010 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
We took this picture of the River Room on the trip from last year. Waccamaw%20Rendezvous%2009%20Georgetown/IMG_5103.jpg

mark11 posted 03-01-2010 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Greetings from a chilly Pawleys Island.

The River Room a very good restaurant I think it is somewhat more expensive than the Goat Island Grill. Also I’m not sure they can accommodate a party of 35 on a Saturday night. Remember the GIG has the deck out back and we had a special menu. That really made things a lot more organized than ordering off the menu. Many of you will remember the marathon dinner from a few years back. There is some rumor of a new tenant for the Lands End but I’m not sure that they could be open for our date. I will do some investigation this week and get back


GAwhale posted 03-02-2010 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
My nephew Kirk and I have done this trip four years in a row. Like WhalerAce said, "It's the perfect trip". It's a great time.

"Es tut mir Leid" = "It does me sorrow"; but I must bail out this year.

Kirk is unable to go and I have a bunch of work coming up in the month of April.

I canceled my rooms at the Conway Best Western (843-234-1678) for Friday and the Georgetown Hampton Inn(843-545-5000)for Saturday. There are still rooms remaining at both.

We will be with you all in spirit.


David Jenkins posted 03-03-2010 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
To everyone who made the trip in the past but cannot come this year, we will miss you!

I am going to especially miss Captain Kirk. What a great kid. Hope to be with you on another trip in the future, Kirk. Stay in touch with Quinn via facebook.

At the end of March we will take a "roll call" to check on the final numbers. I have a hunch that there may be one or two boats coming that we do not yet know about.

Regarding restaurants, another option is that we not worry about eating as a group of 35. We will be together for lots of activities. We do not necessarily need to sit in the same room together Saturday night. We can break off into groups of six or eight and some of us can eat at the fabulous but more-expensive River Room and some of us can eat at the scenic and more-affordable Goat Island Grill. The restaurants are about one block from each other, right? Can someone post phone numbers for these restaurants?

Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-03-2010 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I called the River Room and they DO NOT take reservations. The manager said that if a group was to arrive between 5 & 5:30 Sat. evening they could probably get seated right away but Saturdays are busy and somewhat unpredictable.
If you sit as small groups your wait shouldn't be unreasonable. I asked the manager to email a menu to me so I could post it for you but haven't received it.

Explore their Facebook site and see some of the pictures of their dishes. I'm sure you would have a pleasant experience here and the prices are 'reasonable'.!/riverroom.georgetownsc?v=wall&ref=search


sapple posted 03-06-2010 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
These all look pretty close to each other.

Goat Island Grill
719 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 527-3500

River Room
801 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 527-4110

Dogwood Cafe‎ -
713 Front Street,
Georgetown, SC
(843) 545-7777‎

Rice Paddy Restaurant‎
732 Front Street, Georgetown, SC‎
(843) 546-2021‎

mark11 posted 03-06-2010 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
the rice paddy is white tablecloth fine dining & expensive
the river room a notch below the rice paddy
I think the dogwood has changed hands and is under new ownership.
many of us will remember the GIG.

I will be in GT on Monday and will make a report later next week.

we might think about catering in a low country shrimp boil at the hotel. (shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes in a spicy boil)


gfrutig1 posted 03-07-2010 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
Our crew would like the shrimp boil idea, I actually think we would like that better than a restaurant,less formal, less hassels with organising, the group is together, and we can then go for the moonlight cruise.
David Jenkins posted 03-07-2010 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Great job on the research, guys. My crew is happy with any of these plans. If we have a shrimp boil outside, we need to make sure that the police will not object to us having open containers of alcohol. Mark--please see if we could have a pony keg of beer at the shrimp boil spot.

Didn't we learn that someone in the group plays guitar? Do we have an old guitar that we could get to Georgetown?

sapple posted 03-09-2010 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Great idea David! Let me know what songs you want to sing or dance to and I will work out the music.
David Jenkins posted 03-09-2010 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Buffett get my vote.
sapple posted 03-10-2010 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Jerry Jeff who ??? Are you a closet red neck? Its a deal. If you manage to get a guitar there, I'll do the strummin n pickin and you do the singin. How about suggesting a half dozen song titles for me to work on between now and then. I think I can guess one, Margaritaville?
Lil Whaler Lover posted 03-10-2010 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere.
Lil Whaler Lover posted 03-10-2010 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Will need a second choice at a shrimp boil. I will be calling 911 for my wife if she gets near any shrimp at all. Not against shrimp boil, just feel that there needs to be 2 choices.
sapple posted 03-10-2010 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
OK we have two songs. We need 3 or 4 more that some brave soles are willing to sing.

Regarding food, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, etc. on the grill is always a favorite. Throw in some potato salad and baked beans and it would be like early 4th of July.

Tom C posted 03-11-2010 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
I had hoped to go at least part way with the group this year but looks like that is out. A conflict has come up for that same weekend. I will keep posted by this web site. Have a great trip and get lots of pictures. Tom
Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-11-2010 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Some of you may want to go upriver from Conway sometime.

I have never seen a route from another source for the Waccamaw River north of Conway. This is the actual path of the river off of my chartplotter. I've beenup as far as the Rt. 22 bridge. Minimim depth I recall is about 3 ft. It does narrow and on occasion you may have to duck for branches. Chart-WaccamawRiverConwayArea.jpg


ThreeGs posted 03-12-2010 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
A Low country boil is a staple in the Hipps' household. Happy to help any way needed. Mike
sapple posted 03-12-2010 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Ron, we were thinking about arriving a day early to do a day trip heading north toward Myrtle Beach on the ICW. Is that trip worth while? Any recommendations for a waterside place to have lunch and marina's for re-fueling?
Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-12-2010 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Scott, the trip north is definitely worthwhile but I don't know that you would want to spend an extra day just to do that. The 26 ± mile trip from the Savannah Bluffs landing to the SC 31 bridge would take 1 1/2 - 2 hours max. I haven't been passed the SC 31 bridge (I thought it was SC 22) because the day I went the water was too low and I had suspicions I would have problems going further. Whether it can be navigated beyond there I haven't been able to find out.

The stretch between SC 31 and south is used by pontoon boats as well as a few 30' crafts so the water is deep enough. What you need to be aware of is some very narrow stretches that may get closed off because of fallen trees due to heavy rain & wash-out. The one day I was up some boaters had just cut up a tree that had fallen and blocked passage. They had just barely opened enough that boats were able to squeeze through. They later removed more of the tree. This was at position N33 50.105 W78 54.490 and is the narrowest point.

Between Conway and SC 31 the only place to get fuel is the Conway Marina which is just 1/2 mile north of the Savannah Bluffs landing.

There are 3 nice landings at these positions and I believe all 3 have porta-pottys:

N33 51.022 W78 53.866 Old Reeves Road
N33 54.010 W78 51.479 SC 22 *
N33 53.939 W78 50.390 SC 31 *

You may want to consider staying in North Myrtle beach instead of Conway and just launching* an hour or two before the rest of the crew leaves Conway.
If you do make the trip, about a mile or so north from the Savanna Bluffs landing you will come to a “Y”. The Waccamaw River goes to the right but be sure to take the time to go left into a very scenic cove. You’ll have to cross under 2 very low fixed bridges. A center console will clear, a “T” top or bimini will not. Watch the antennas!

Just after you make the right at the “Y” there is a railroad swing bridge which is normally open. I haven’t figured out the schedule yet but if it’s closed you’ll have to wait which may be several minutes (?).

There are small clearings along the river bank where people fish and camp so you'll be able to stop if you want.
People do swim & water ski in the Waccamaw but remember you're in snake and allegator country so keep an eye on the kids and pets!

Just as a heads up, on occasion you will be travelling under rather low hanging branches. I haven't had the experience yet but I'm told by locals that snakes (cotton mouths) occasionally hang in the trees and drop into boats. BEWARE OF LOW HANGING BRANCHES!

sapple posted 03-12-2010 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Thanks Ron. Lots of good information.
Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-12-2010 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Scott, I just noticed that you asked about the ICW and not the Waccamaw. There are numerous places you can launch on and to get to the ICW.

I would recommend you launch "UNDER" the SC 544 bridge in Socastee. This is a very nice ramp and directly on the ICW. SC544 is only about 30 minutes from the Savanna Bluffs landing.

There are several places on the ICW to get fuel in route to Little River. There is also a tourist attraction "Barefoot at the Beach" on the right about 60 -90 minutes from the ramp. There are a lot of little shops, restaurants etc. Good place to take a break and have lunch. It's almost impossible to miss; it's about 100 yards before a blue swing bridge. The dock is tended and they were charging $5.00 per boat.

I haven't gone the whole way to Little River but it would make a nice trip. Some stretches are a bit boring but there are other areas with beautiful homes and attractive marinas. There are some timed and tended bridges all of which I think you'll clear with the exception of one which may be a little low.

Research the ICW on the net and learn more.


Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-13-2010 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Scott as a follow up, Myrtle beach is easy to learn. Savannah Bluffs landing is located on Rts. 278/501.

501 runs perpindicular to the beach/ocean.
Rt 17 & 17 Bus. run parallel to the beach.
Rt.544 runs diagionally from Conway to the S. end of Myrtle Beach.
Rt. 33 runs parallel to Rt.17 and intersects with 544
The ICW runs between Rt. 17 and Rt. 31

Where I'm suggesting you launch your boat is right under the Rt. 544 bridge which crosses the ICW. Look at a map and see how easy the ramp would be to get to from Savannah Bluffs.

If you do use the 544 landing you will take 501 for a mile or so and turn right onto 544. Continue 15 -20 minutes until you cross UNDER the Rt 31 overpass. Pass the 31 interchange then get in the left lane and turn left at the next traffic light (this is a diaginal turn). Continue thru one traffic light and watch for a right hand turn. There is a small brown sign indicating the landing. If you cross the blue swing bridge before turning you went too far. The landing is under the 544 bridge to the left.

If it were me I would rather launch here and save the time & fuel that it will take to go down the Waccamaw then up the ICW. You can spend a relaxing day slowly cruising up the ICW as far as time allows. Stop at places that look interesting and walk around & have lunch at Barefoot at the Beach. There are several restaurants, shopping and other touristy things to do.


David Jenkins posted 03-14-2010 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Mark et al: any news about where we might have a shrimp (and other food) outdoor cookout?

The restaurant idea might be easier....

mark11 posted 03-16-2010 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
I visited the Hampton Inn and the marina yesterday. The hotel said that we could do our cookout there either by the pool, in the restaurant or in the parking lot near the entrance to the pier. The marina store has an observation deck on the roof where 30 or so could have an event. I have a line on a caterer from the area, actually a boat Capt from the marina. (Putting on the Grits is the name of the company) I have had an initial discussion based on 35 people eating low country boil, burger & dogs. He is going to give me a rough estimate in the next day or so. We will need to get an accurate head count of adults & kids to him for a firm price. We will need the caterer to secure table and chairs as well as I saw very little in the way of seating outside.


mark11 posted 03-16-2010 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
OK,I have heard back from the caterer. Here is a rough estimate based on 35ish people

Frogmore Stew, Slaw & accessories = @$18.00 per
Burgers & Dogs & such = $6.00
Tables and Chairs = $5.00 per person
Family of 4 = $68.00

What do ya think?


sapple posted 03-16-2010 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Sounds reasonable to me. What is frogmore stew?
David Jenkins posted 03-16-2010 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Good work, Mark.

I don't fully understand the pricing though.

If we are a family of four and three want frogmore stew and one wants a burger and all want to sit down, what is the cost? Plus drinks and a tip, right? Are there shrimp too or is that part of the stew?

What if we say in advance that 35 people are coming but only 27 show up?

Is the hotel/marina willing to let us use one of those spaces for no charge? What if there is a mess to clean up? Can we have open containers of alcohol?

I think this may get more complicated than we anticipate.

Assuming we could get the pricing worked out, how about if we have Putting on the Grits deliver the food to Wacca Wache for Sunday lunch? Sapple and other musicians can provide entertainment. We can give Wacca Wache the $5 per person for the use of their patio and tables and chairs. And we will buy their drinks. Wacca Wache doesn't have a restaurant anymore, right?

And Saturday night how about if we break up into groups of eight or ten or twelve and we go the the various restaurants in Georgetown?

mark11 posted 03-17-2010 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
yes there is a resturant at the wacca wachie marina. "hannah banana sunshie cabana". on the cost, I was assuming 2 adults & 2 kids eating burgers. you all can do the math for each family. the hotel made no mention of cost to use their facilities. frogmore stew is the same as a low country boil. as for beer etc the caterer cannot be involved but expected that we would provide and serve our own. I dont thnk that open container would be a problem on private property.the cost included all of the accessories and clean up. I think that once we gave them a "firm" count we would need to go with that number and cost. that is how every caterer I have ever known works.

I can think of four places to eat in georgetown. River Room "already discussed" the Rice Paddy "white tablecloth" dining. the GIG which many may remember and the rooster room "bar food". I'll check when I'm back down there next monday

let me know if you want me to proceed with the caterer or not.


sapple posted 03-17-2010 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
David, I will bring a guitar but do not plan on putting on a show. If folks want to sing, I can provide back up music but only for songs I know. I am currently working on "Margaritaville", "Its 5 o'clock somewhere", and "brown eye girl". If someone want to sing something else please make requests now to give me time to get the music.
David Jenkins posted 03-17-2010 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Before we agree to pay a caterer circa $800 we need to get more firm commitments from prospective attendees. So I propose that we have a roll call.

Here is what we need to know:

1. The first names of those who are planning to make this trip.

2. The Saturday night eating preference of those who are planning to come (restaurant or caterer?).

3. If we decide to go with a caterer, are you willing to send Mark a non-refundable check for your party's expected cost? (This assumes that Mark would be willing to be the treasurer). You would need to send the check soon so Mark can give the caterer a firm number.

I will send you the votes for my family (4) and the Aidas (4) as soon as possible.

As for Marjorie and Meredith, their two votes are:
1. Marjorie and Meredith
2. They don't care, either a restaurant or a caterer would be fine.
3. No, they are not willing to send a check in advance because they might decide at the last minute not to come on the trip.

mark11 posted 03-17-2010 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Coastal Culinary
Outdoor Catering
Richard Cone- 843-475-5646
Douglas Miller- 843-241-6722

Mark Hawkinson
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Georgetown Landing Marina
Time TBD
Approx. 35 Guests

Menu: $17.00/adult $5.00/child

Frogmore Stew- Fresh large shrimp cooked with smoked sausage, corn on the cob, baby red potatoes, spring onions, carrots, and spices served with a bold cocktail sauce

Creamy Cole Slaw

Hot Dogs with buns and ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and relish

Plain and BBQ Kettle Chips

2 staff members to set up, cook, serve and clean up

Heavy duty plastic plates
Heavy duty plastic forks
Dinner napkins
All serviceware (platters, serving bowls, serving tongs, spoons, etc.)
Trash cans and heavy duty trash bags

Rental Equipment: $5.00/person
Banquet tables with tablecloths and chairs

Host to provide:
Guests to provide their own drinks


Contract terms:
50% due 3 weeks prior to event (4/3/10)
Final guest count due 2 weeks prior to event (4/10/10)
Remainder due the night of the event (4/24/10)

Coastal Culinary
104 Bolick St.
Georgetown, SC 29440

~~~Thanks for choosing Coastal Culinary~~~

gfrutig1 posted 03-17-2010 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
I like the catered idea, but the question I have is what if it rains. We've been blessed with GREAT weather every year I've been involved, I don't want to gynx us, but what if.. I'm always prepared to cruise in the rain,but, I don't know if after a day of cuising in the rain I want to sit outside in the rain to eat.
sapple posted 03-17-2010 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I think gfrutig1 makes a good point. If, for example, the weather report calls for 70% chance of storms all of that weekend that could change some folks plans. I would think that any plan that calls for up front money that is not refundable or at least allows a reasonable cancellation option has may not work out too well. Would it be possible to negotiate a within 24 hr cancellation option?
WhalerAce posted 03-18-2010 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
This may or may not help with the overall decision, but Joy and I don't care one way or the other. We can eat inside or outside. Restaurant or dock. If you want money in advance, no problem.

I do share Gary's concern about the weather, however. It's been great weather for too many years in a row . . .

No matte what, though, we HAVE to do Wichie Watchie on Sunday. <grin>

--- WhalerAce

sapple posted 03-18-2010 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I agree with Ace, we are OK with the plan, whatever it may be.
ScottS posted 03-19-2010 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
Can the hotel breakfast area be our rain location? Even if we can't all sit there at least we'd still be able to eat (and not have to venture out to a restaurant in the rain).


ThreeGs posted 03-20-2010 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
The Hipps' family can go either way, but like the catering idea the best. Big fans of Low Country Boil (Frogmore Stew, the official name).
Weather is everyone's biggest concern, so consider the following; rain, stiff breeze, opposing tide, no visibility. In that inlet, 5 ft swells easily. I've done it before, but not at night. So if the weather is bad, staying at the hotel is the only option. As long as the hotel can accomodate us inside, then we plan on staying at the hotel.

We start early, have the cocktail hour right before dinner, if the weather is nice we eat outside and will be finished early enough for anyone who is interested to head downtown.
As for price: it costs me $50 in food to feed LCB to 10 people. Double that to add in profit and you have $10/person. I'm having the same meal catered for the Hipps' family reunion in St. Simon's Island this June. The caterer is doing it for $10/person. Perhaps we can negotiate a little. No problem paying a deposit, but the caterer shouldn't be buying the food until Sat morning. So he should be able to adjust the count as late as Sat. am. We can call him before we launch from Conway.

This will be my first boat trip of the season, so I'm coming rain or shine.

And thanks to the local folks who are working out the details, organizing a crowd like this is never easy.

mark11 posted 03-23-2010 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Food for thought

There are 5 resturants open downtown in Georgetown. Here is a brief summary of the fare and prices. I will have the menu's scaned to PDF tomorrow. If you would like to view them send me a private message and I'll email them back.

Rice Paddy
Considered the best restaurant in Georgetown. “White Tablecloth Dining”

Starters from $8 to 12
Entrees from $22 to $35

River Room
A notch below the Rice Paddy, mostly traditional seafood

Starters from $6.95 to $8.95
Entrees from $17.95 to $24.95

Goat Island Grill
Similar quality to the River Room, menu is a little more varied

Starters from $6.95 to $9.50
Sandwiched from $5.95 to $9.95
Entrees from $10.95 to $21.95
Small Sushi bar

Buzz’s Roost
Casual local bar food, they have a room that they claim can seat about 30 that we may be able to reserve.

Starters from $5.95 to $12.95
Sandwiches from $7.95 to $10.95
Entrees from $13.95 to $22.95

Old Fish House/ Big Tuna Bar
Very casual! I have not eaten the food here

Starters from $5.00 to $9.00
Sandwiches $8.00
Entrees from $12.00 to $18.00

David Jenkins posted 03-23-2010 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Saturday Night: Jeff and Archana and Marti and I want to go to the RIce Paddy. Our daughters and the Aida's daughters may opt for another restaurant. I don't think we can count on Marjorie and Meredith making the trip this year.

So if others want to join us at the Rice Paddy we would love to be with you. If not, we will see you before dinner at the dockside cocktail hour and we will see you after dinner (if you are up for live music and dancing).

Sunday Lunch: I just spoke to Ken, the new owner of Hannah Banana (843-357-3655), the restaurant at Wacca Wache where we have had lunch on Sunday. Ken says that since he has taken over things are different from in the past and that he promises that (with a little advance notice) he can handle our crowd of 35 people. And he will have live music for us. And the menu will not just be hamburgers. Instead it will be Chicken Bog, Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp and Grits, and (if we give him advance notice) Frogmore Stew (Low Country Boil).

What do you think???

sapple posted 03-25-2010 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Sounds OK. How much advance notice do we need to give Hannah Banana? Would a call just before we depart Georgetown be sufficient?
David Jenkins posted 03-25-2010 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
From talking to Ken at Hannah Banana I got the impression that he would like us to tell him that we are coming for sure as soon as possible so he can get the music lined up (without advance notice of our large party coming the music would start later in the day). So with everyone's consent I will do that in a couple of days. He will also want to know how many people are coming (roughly). That is why we need a "roll call."

So here we go....

Roll call:
David, Marti, Jeff and Archana (4)
Quinn, Anna, Tara, Kirin (4)
maybe Marjorie and Meredith (maybe 2)

ThreeGs posted 03-27-2010 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
Hipps roll call (6)
sapple posted 03-27-2010 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Scott and Mary Appleton, Boat Matoaca, 170 Montauk, daughter Kate may join us in Georgetowne.
OddManOut posted 03-28-2010 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for OddManOut  Send Email to OddManOut     
My brother and I are in with possibly two others pending completion of Canvas work.
Maybe (+2)
25' Revenge Cuddy

Does anyone know of a good place that I could store my boat for four days after the event? I have meetings in Savannah the following week and need a place to stow vs. taking it further South. Thanks for your help.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 03-28-2010 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     

I store mine at:

Coastal Marine
8553 HWy. 544
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

I pay $25.00. month
They have an electronic gate and there appears to be no valdalism.

It's about 15 - 20 minutes south on Rt. 544 from the Savannah Bluffs landing.


WhalerAce posted 03-28-2010 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
The McCreight pod:
Ace & Joy McCreight (2)
"Latest Temptation"
David Jenkins posted 03-29-2010 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Marjorie and Meredith cannot make the trip this year.
But Marti's sister Evelyn from Hamden CT will be driving down to join us.
She will be accompanied by her son Andrew (7th grade) and daughter Hannah (3rd grade).

So add three people from Connecticut.

WhalerAce posted 03-29-2010 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Cool. I am in Mystic right now. And speaking of cool, it has been the last month, and this weekend (when we are supposed to leave), it is supposed to be sunny and in the 70's.

--- WhalerAce

mark11 posted 03-29-2010 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
75 and sunny this weekend. Were spashing the Whaler for the first time in 2010 in Murrells Inlet with friends from Tennessee. Shrimp boil is scheduled on Saturday evening on the inlet :-)

I expect Tara, Myself, Sarah and some friend of her's (4)on the Waccamaw Whaler trip


David Jenkins posted 03-30-2010 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
So far we have 30 people confirmed plus maybe two more.
gfrutig1 posted 03-30-2010 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for gfrutig1  Send Email to gfrutig1     
The Frutigers will be unable to attend this year. As much as we love this trip, there have been too many obstacles to overcome this year.
runpasthefence posted 03-31-2010 08:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Count me in for sure now. I just confirmed my work schedule and I'll be open that weekend.

I've also decided to trailer up to Conway. I make the run from Charleston to Georgetown several times a summer, and I'd like to be a part of the whole shindig starting on Friday.

Mick and Katie
1979 15'

Lil Whaler Lover posted 03-31-2010 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Monk and I will be there. Just made both reservations. Arriving Friday. Look forward to a great weekend.

Dave and Monk,
1988 15 CC, "TOYYOT"

David Jenkins posted 03-31-2010 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
So it appears that we will have a total of 34 people in attendance. I will call Ken at Hannah Banana (Wacca Wachie) tomorrow to make plans for Sunday lunch.
David Jenkins posted 04-01-2010 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Ken Spiehler has asked if we have any special food requirements (vegetarian, etc). If not he has proposed the following menu for our Sunday lunch:

Boston Whaler Owner’s “Authentic Low Country Chicken & Sausage Bog”. This award-winning Southern rice-based dish has been hand crafted in our kitchen from Chef Robbie’s original recipe. Served with garlic bread points $7.99

Unsinkable Crab Melt. Two open-faced rolls covered with lump crab meat. Topped with a tomato, pesto and melted cheese. This is our most often requested special offering. They have acquired a cult-like following. $11.99

Best Resale Value in the Industry—Shrimp Boat. A basket full of lightly breaded, perfectly fried (huge) USA shrimp with ‘slaw & fries. $9.99

Boston Oyster Bed. A generous basket of tender and juicy hand-battered selects with ‘slaw and fries. $10.99

Whaler’s Basket. Can’t decide between our Oyster Bed and Shrimp Boat? Indulge yourself with a seafood combination basket that contains more than half of each! $11.99

Carolina “Grady White” Dog. Some “dogs” are worth having. A hearty beef ‘dog covered with our own special chili and ‘slaw. Served with French fries. $6.99

I told him that we would arrive in about ten boats at 1:00 PM Sunday April 25, rain or shine. Right? He will have live music for us.

sapple posted 04-02-2010 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Sounds great! Thanks for making the arrangements David.
David Jenkins posted 04-13-2010 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Let's figure out who is going to eat where on Saturday night. Then we can make reservations at the various restaurants.
mark11 posted 04-13-2010 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
rumor from today.

Lands end to open under new ownership soon. I'll try to check it out tomoorrow


David Jenkins posted 04-13-2010 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That would solve all the problems. We could walk there. And we could have the entire glassed-in patio. Thanks, Mark.
mark11 posted 04-16-2010 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     

It looks like were just a little early for the new "Lands End" They are shooting for an opening on Monday the 27th. From what I saw, I'm not real sure that they even will make that. It's going to be a Steak & Seafood place.

I think we will do somthing casual like Buzz's Roost


ThreeGs posted 04-16-2010 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
Launching the Whaler this afternoon for the official spring test run before heading to Conway next Friday.
Looking forward to the trip.
David Jenkins posted 04-18-2010 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We ran the 19' today and it performed beautifully.

We also ran the 15' and the 1989 70 hp Yamaha has some sort of fuel problem. So now I have to scramble to get a boat ready. At least I am just taking two boats this year.

ThreeGs posted 04-20-2010 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
Do we want to assemble a list of 'Captains' and cell phone #'s?
Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-20-2010 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
If you want to try something different this year you could try this route:

Heading south, after passing Bucksport, take a sharp right at marker "48". This route is about 28 miles long with more than adequate water. It will eventually take you past Sandy Island Beach then out to the ICW at marker "78" where you usually turn in to Sandy Beach.

To stay on course do NOT cross under any bridges and resist the temptation to take other than the main channel. Some of the smaller channels are passible but unless you know which one you could burn unnecessary fuel. THERE ARE NO PLACES TO GET FUEL ON THIS ROUTE!


This is the track to follow (most ponts will be obvious):

1 N33 36.023 W79 05.797
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132 457 ft 80.7° true N33 31.245 W79 09.475
133 11 ft 270.0° true N33 31.245 W79 09.478
134 0.1 mi 43.9° true N33 31.339 W79 09.370
135 425 ft 128.4° true N33 31.296 W79 09.304
136 0.3 mi 186.7° true N33 31.072 W79 09.336
137 0.4 mi 125.2° true N33 30.869 W79 08.990
138 481 ft 58.2° true N33 30.911 W79 08.910
139 0.2 mi 28.3° true N33 31.029 W79 08.834
140 0.1 mi 92.5° true N33 31.023 W79 08.692
141 0.2 mi 169.9° true N33 30.865 W79 08.658
142 0.3 mi 209.1° true N33 30.666 W79 08.791
143 0.3 mi 175.9° true N33 30.421 W79 08.770
144 0.1 mi 209.0° true N33 30.345 W79 08.821
145 332 ft 153.0° true N33 30.296 W79 08.791
146 0.1 mi 90.0° true N33 30.296 W79 08.683
147 506 ft 86.4° true N33 30.302 W79 08.584
148 0.1 mi 129.9° true N33 30.232 W79 08.484

sapple posted 04-20-2010 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
"Do we want to assemble a list of 'Captains' and cell phone #'s?"

Good idea. Scott (sapple) Boat: Matoaca-170 Montauk,
mobile phone: 804-212-8271

ScottS posted 04-20-2010 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
We won't be able to make it this year. Soccer and too many other kids activities are going on this weekend. Enjoy the trip!


David Jenkins posted 04-20-2010 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Some people may not want to post their cell phone numbers on the internet. Email them to me and I will make laminated Excel spreadsheets for everyone. Include in the email:

Name of the captain and crew
Name and description of vessel
cell phone number
Do you have text messaging and/or email on your phone?


GAwhale posted 04-21-2010 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I'll add my two cents from four years of doing this trip.


I got dinged on this by the Coast Guard the first year. Also have your registration card with you.

Bring good docking lines and fenders. There is quite a current at the Georgetown Marina (it will shift overnight).

I'll be thinking about you guys. Have a great time. It's a lot of fun.


Waccamaw Whaler posted 04-21-2010 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Myrtle Beach Taffic Cameras

Camera 2 - shows the approach to Savannah Bluffs landing when approaching over the bridge from Conway.

Camera 20 - Is located directly at the turn off of SC 501 at the Savannah Bluffs landing which would be to the right of the highway.


David Jenkins posted 04-22-2010 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I called the Rice Paddy and they said that the dress was casual. They recommended that we make reservations but we have not yet done so. We will make reservations for Saturday night dinner after conferring with the group at the Best Western on Friday night.

We may have some rain on Sunday. I hope that it does not interfere with our scheduled lunch and live music at Wacca Wache.

We are looking forward to the trip. See you tomorrow night!

David Jenkins posted 04-23-2010 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
NOAA weather predicts the following:

Today (Friday April 23): Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind between 7 and 14 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind between 14 and 16 mph.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South southwest wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

David Jenkins posted 04-23-2010 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I am typing this while looking at the Waccamaw River in Comway. A total of five boats are here. This is the smallest group on five years but we have 100% Whalers and they are beautiful. NOAA predicts some thunderstorms but it could be that they will not roll in until late-Saturday night and that they may be gone by 2:00 Sunday. With luck it will only rain on the boats Sunday from 2:00 AM until noon. Let's hope so!
mgeiger posted 04-25-2010 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
Hope you all are taking pics. Been following this one for a while and was tempted to come, but schedule is nuts.
David Jenkins posted 04-25-2010 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
It was a great trip. We had a bit of rain on Saturday and a steady southeasterly breeze upon leaving Georgetown on Sunday but that made it more of an adventure. And the air and water temperature were relatively warm so no one felt cold. And there was never a time when we felt threatened by lightning. And there was no hail. So all in all it was pretty good weather.

Saturday night's dinner at The Rice Paddy was fantastic. We had two tables (ten people at one and seven at the other). I had soft shell crab and quail. Delicious. The boat ride to and from the restaurant was uneventful (no rain or wind, no one fell overboard, we did not get lost or run aground, nothing memorable happened).

Sunday morning Marti and I had our first breakfast at the Hampton Inn then she walked me all over Georgetown and we had a second breakfast at a relatively-new cafe called The Coffee Break (maybe that was not exactly the name but it was something like that). The coffee and food were outstanding. After that we passed by another restaurant that was open and their menu on the front window advertised two eggs for $1.25. I would have had a third breakfast but Marti insisted that we keep walking.

Sunday lunch at the Hannah Banana restaurant at Wacca Wache was excellent as well. I had fried shrimp and oysters and a cold beer. The female vocalist sounded a lot like Stevie Nicks. The sky was blue, there was a steady breeze and the air temperature was about 80 degrees. How much better could it get?

sapple posted 04-26-2010 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Mary and I are still in Conway. We had a great Thai dinner in Myrtle beach last night and are returning home this morning. We had a great time. Thanks again to David and family for organizing the trip and special thanks to Mike Hipps and Britt and Mike Miller for watching out for the smaller boats. Pictures comming soon.
GAwhale posted 04-26-2010 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Glad the weather held out for you guys. I thought about you often.

On Sunday I drove from Charleston, SC back to Atlanta. We have a rental house and are between renters. There was a steady rain in CHS til around 11:00 AM. On the boring 6 hour drive home it was windy and cloudy but no rain.

One year I recall going home from diner in David's 19; Ace was holding the flood light above the bimini and we still managed to hit a submerged log.

Can't wait to see the pictures.

ThreeGs posted 04-27-2010 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for ThreeGs  Send Email to ThreeGs     
A great trip, and an even better group of new friends!
My daughters are already asking about next year.
Last night at my other daughter's softball game (the one who couldn't make the trip)I challenged one of her guy friends who owns a 13ft Whaler to make the trip next year. And told him of the courageous and amazing 3 girls who beat the wind, rain, and waves for a fantastic trip.
Thanks to everyone!
sapple posted 04-27-2010 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Just returned yesterday. Below is a video of the "Waccamaw Whalers". Waccamaw%20Whalers%202010/?action=view¤t=WaccamawWhalers.flv

It's going to take a while to select and upload all the pictures into photobucket. We hope to have it done today. In the meantime here is a sneak preview. Waccamaw%20Whalers%202010/IMG_0428.jpg

GAwhale posted 04-27-2010 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I think next year songs sheets are in order:)

The no-see-ums looked (pun intended) awful.

I will let my nephews know that more and more beautiful girls are joining this trip.

sapple posted 04-28-2010 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Here are our photos. They are categorized in approximate order of the event.

The beginnig, everyone arriving at the hotel Waccamaw%20Whalers%202010/The%20Beginning/

Boating to Wacca Wache 2010%20Coming%20In%20to%20Wacca%20Wache/

Boating to Georgetown

Arriving at Georgetown Sunday%20Morning/

Dock side party at Georgetown Dockside%20Party/

Dinner at the Rice Paddy Dockside%20Party/Rice%20Paddy/

Rough ride, departing Georgetown

Testing Clementine at Wacca Wache Testing%20Celementine/

Leaving Wacca Wache Testing%20Celementine/Leaving%20Waccca%20Wache/

Flying Osprey on the Waccamaw River Testing%20Celementine/Leaving%20Waccca%20Wache/Osprey/

End of the trip, getting ready to trailer home 2010%20TheEnd/

Mixed photos from different parts of the trip: Launching the boats, Ron joins us at a secret cove, some wild life, people and their boats. Waccamaw%20Whalers%202010/

David Jenkins posted 04-28-2010 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That video needs to self-destruct in 10 seconds. Good grief. How embarrassing!

Now about the still photos: Please post them soon as I am checking the site three times a day to see if any photos have been posted. Not to rush the photographers or anything. But the audience is waiting!

I am especially interested in seeing photos of our noon-time departure of Georgetown in heavy seas. Marti tells me that she took a wave over the bow and then looked down to see a small fish in the boat.

David Jenkins posted 04-28-2010 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
WOW. Thanks, Scott and Mary!!!
sapple posted 04-28-2010 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Yeah, that departure on Sunday was something else. I never took a wave over the bow but several times after riding up a wave after clearing the top the bow slammed down and a wall of spray enveloped the entire boat including Mary and me. Our rain suits kept us pretty dry though.
David Jenkins posted 04-28-2010 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Scott and Mary, those photos are fabulous. I especially like the last link. Thank you! When did Ron show you the secret cove. By the way, THANK YOU, RON, for coming to the boat launch to see us off!
GAwhale posted 04-29-2010 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Good Job Scott and Mary, amazing photos.

Looks like there was no beach this year. What is the island called? All I remember is the "mayor" (crazy old man) of sand beach.

The seas in Georgetown can either be heaven or hell.

Tom C posted 04-29-2010 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Thanks to all for sharing the pictures as well as comments. I hated that I missed all the fun, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. However, since trading the Montauk for a 130 I didn't miss the rough water on Sun. morning. Tom
sapple posted 04-29-2010 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Here are some more that we missed.

Arrival at Georgetown, hauling gear from boats to hotel 2010%20April%20%20Waccamaw%20Georgetown/

Sunday morning, checking the conditions before departure. Looks a little dicey. 2010%20April%20%20Waccamaw%20Georgetown/ 2010%20April%20Waccamaw%20Dockside/ 2010%20Waccamaw%20Rice%20Paddy%20Georgetown/ 2010%20Waccamaw%20Sunday%20Morning/?start=20

Weather suddenly improved, lunch at Wacca Wache with live background music 2010%20Waccamaw%20Preparing%20Return/2010%20Waccamaw%20Going%20Home/ 2010%20Waccamaw%20Wacca%20Wache/

OddManOut posted 04-30-2010 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for OddManOut  Send Email to OddManOut     
Just made it back into town. Thanks David for planning such a great trip...Thanks Mary for the awesome pictures...Thanks Ron for the local guidance...Thanks to a all for the good times and memories. Excellent start to the boating season. Looking forward to catching up at future events. Cheers
jaybird4 posted 04-30-2010 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Hey guys, I live in Lake City SC about 1 hour drive from either Georgetown or Conway and know the area you navigated very well. Next year I would recommend an alternate route that would take you from Sandy Island inland to the Great Pee Dee(about 5 miles) and then past a number of nineteenth century rice plantations(Chicora Wood among the nicest)to Black river right at your Hotel. You never have to deal with the rough water in the Waccamaw as you approach the Hwy. 17 bridge in Georgetown(because you approach the hotel under the smaller bridge right at the marina). I am an owner of a 1978 Sport 15 and would love to show you this smoother albeit slightly longer more historic route. Thanks for the pictures(I loved the Continuous Wave menu) and I am glad the Rice Patty met your expectations. There is a new restaurant on Front Street in Georgetown called Portofino's that I also highly recommend....Jaybird4
sapple posted 05-01-2010 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Hi, jaybird4, Thanks for the suggestion. It sounds like it would have been a better route for our departure last Sunday. I have also been thinking that next time I visit the Waccamaw River I would like to try something different like boating all the way around Sandy Island. Regarding the route you suggested, is it charted or at least marked? Is there plenty of water for larger boats?
jaybird4 posted 05-01-2010 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Sapple, The route is wide and deep except at the point where the Pee Dee river splits and half goes straight(east) into the Waccamaw/ICW and more southerly(the route you want to take on the second link at the Pee Dee Game Management Area). You have to go slowly for about 1 mile at this point as the water is tidal and there may be some shallow spots for this short distance(I know the area and do not slow down here). The Pee Dee river meanders past more plantations before combining with Black River just about 2 miles before your hotel. I'll try Google Maps for you here. For reference, Sandy Island is where in the first link it looks like a fence of water(the back side of what you see at the large sand dune(the back side which is a seriese of canals and homes).,-79.159927&spn=0.061112,0.110207&z=13,-79.193058&spn=0.061151,0.110207&z=13,-79.226189&spn=0.061177,0.110207&z=13

and finally Georgetown...,-79.259319&spn=0.061203,0.110207&z=13

Hope this helps...jaybird4

sapple posted 05-01-2010 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Jaybird, is this the bypass route you are suggesting?

jaybird4 posted 05-02-2010 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Sapple, That is a much shorter way to the hotel, but you do not get to see any of the plantations on the Pee Dee. My route converges with yours(red water marking) just to the left of the large island in the ICW. Give me a call at 843-389-1743 if you would like to discuss. I might even consent to be your tour guide...jaybird4
Waccamaw Whaler posted 05-03-2010 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     

I live in Conway and I've been studying the directions you have been giving to sapple. I've been from the Waccamaw at marker 48 to Bull Creek then on the Great Pee Dee as far as where the GPD splits to the west from Thorofare Creek.
I believe from there you are just folloeing the GPD to Georgetown - right?

Are you a fisherman? Any hot spots that you are aware?
Any coves or spots of particular interest/beauty that you are aware?


jaybird4 posted 05-03-2010 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Waccamaw Whaler, Have you been to Sandy Island yet and if so, have you explored the small village of houses built on canals behind it yet? I believe the body of water that Sandy Island is on is called Thoroughfare and is tees in to the Big Pee Dee several miles below the 701 bridge(Yauhanna).
If you look at the second link above you will see on the Pee Dee where the Pee Dee Game Mgt area is in green that the main body of the river heads South East right into the ICW. However a small but navigable route exists right at the top of the green area on the map. This is the protected route to Georgetown.
From where Thoroughfare connects with the PEE Dee South are a number of 19tth century rice plantations that are neat to see.
The best way to discover cool coves is to take a creek and see what lies around the next bend. I really enjoy the smaller rivers like the Waccamaw, Black River above Brown's Ferry and the Little Pee Dee is neat as well. If you put in at Yauhanna(701 Bridge) head north on the Big Pee Dee and go about 2 miles and the Little Pee Dee converges from the right. There used to be kind of a shanty town there of campers and shelters on pontoons and other floating docks.
I am not much of a fisherman, but people that catch fish in this area usually fish the start of the falling tide at the mouths of the rice fields. My thing is baiting shrimp in Bulls Bay during the state's 60 day shrimp baiting season from mid September to mid November.....Jaybird4
Waccamaw Whaler posted 05-03-2010 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Yes, I've been back in the area of Sandy Island you're referring to. There is a nice little beach back there that adjoins the one on the other side of the island.

I'm sure I know the sheltered route you're talking about. I wasn't sure how deep the water was so I haven't tried it yet. I checked my Garmin 'Homeport' software and the shallowest appears to be 3 ft. so I'll be OK.

It will be easy for me to launch at the GPD and 701 bridge so I hope to try that over the summer.

Is there anywhere other than the Waccamaw & Bucksport to get fuel on the GPD, Black, LPD etc??


sapple posted 05-03-2010 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
Jaybird and Ron, I definately would like to try some of those routes next time I visit the Waccamaw River. Ron tells me they are great routes to explore, especially circumnavigating Sandy Il, but there are no places to get fuel along the way. That is not really a problem unless you get lost. From my experience boating the salt marshes around the Folly River in Charleston a risk of boating those back waters is getting lost and/or getting grounded as they are not charted or marked and many areas are very shallow. How do you navigate these waters without taking a wrong turn and getting lost or grounded? Do you just have to know the waters or can you rely on maps?
jaybird4 posted 05-04-2010 02:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Sapple, About 20 years ago the SCDNR offered for sale a state map by county that showed things like rivers, lakes and landings. I used this tool to learn these areas and now no longer need it as a reference. One trick to use is if exploring a creek(slowly) and it narrows to the point that you feel uncomfortable, just turn around and do not go there again. Take an extra 6 gallon fuel tank or gas can because there are almost no places to refuel except in the ICW and in Georgetown....Jaybird4
Waccamaw Whaler posted 08-01-2010 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Alligators - A reminder for future trips!

hc803 posted 08-11-2010 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for hc803  Send Email to hc803     
my wife and I saw about a 12-footer bellied-up dead on the bank on the Black River just a few turns after the Pee Dee intersection. there are definitely some big ones around.
64nauset posted 02-05-2011 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for 64nauset  Send Email to 64nauset     
Will there be a Waccamaw river cruise in 2011?
Thanks ---> Bruce
David Jenkins posted 02-06-2011 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Yes—sorry about the delay in starting a thread about that subject. I will do it now....
Binkster posted 02-14-2011 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkster  Send Email to Binkster     
Sounds like a fun trip. Thinking about coming up for it. Your river doesn`t have brown water and paper mills on it I hope. Gators don`t matter to me, see plenty down here.

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