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Tohsgib posted 08-27-2010 12:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tohsgib   Send Email to Tohsgib  
This will be our 2nd annual F4 rendezvous. We met last year at the Gibsonton ramp where we dropped in and went for a nice run up through Tampa by the cruiseships and downtown warf area. Then we cruised up river to all the bars/restaurants on the water. We had a blast. This year we can do the same or go visit the natural springs and hang there for a while, etc. This will be hosted by Dave Neal himself and his sidekick Dr. Bob. It is roughly Exit 250 on rt75.
Tohsgib posted 08-27-2010 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
That did not register well I meant to say AF3 or to the 3rd power of AF, not A4.
fno posted 08-29-2010 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Do we have any suggested dates?? I need to plan ahead as I am doing some big projects again.
Tohsgib posted 08-29-2010 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Well pick one then....but you better make good on it, especially now that you have a ball & chain to answer to.
Tohsgib posted 08-29-2010 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
23rd or 30th?
RICHm posted 09-01-2010 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for RICHm  Send Email to RICHm     
Looks like Binkie will show up for this one.

rich/Binkie

Tohsgib posted 09-01-2010 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
You don't show up to Homosassa which is in your backyard for the last 6 years and you expect us to believe you on this? Hope ya do!
Swellmonster posted 09-01-2010 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Gotta check my work schedule tomorrow. The Williams park boat ramp at US 41 and alafia river is a good place to launch.
If you go east up the alafia river, there are 3 bars to hit and swill. Just past the beer shed, the last, is a lil gathering spot with a freshwater spring that is effective during an outgoing tide. Some would call it the "redneck riviera" but what the heck, its still good.
Back in Tampa the port, 1/2 hr away from the ramp are a few good restaraunts, a marriot, a Wyndym, and 7/11 type on the water and the cruise ship leaves approx 430 pm, and up the hillsborough river is ricks. They have the best dry rub wings delivered from the chicken gods, live music too!!
Life is good!!!
fno posted 09-02-2010 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I say October 30th.
Tohsgib posted 09-02-2010 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
The 30th it is but...Double, triple check....make sure the wifey knows as well.
jjandpop posted 09-02-2010 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjandpop  Send Email to jjandpop     
Is this instead of the Homosassa trip?
Tohsgib posted 09-02-2010 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
No...Homosassa is in April. We do 4-6 rendezvous a year. You are on my e-mail list, you should know. If not e-mail me for more info.
dneal33 posted 09-03-2010 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Dr. Bob and Dave(me) are ready for Oct 30 th. I will volunter to be tour guide if needed.The tides in the river ,bay and at the ramp are not a problem anytime.
Some time the lower tides will give larger boats a bit of a problem coming up my canal If we decided to drop by my place for a bite. I may cook a 8 lb. pork butt the day before and have all the fixins to go with it.
Low tide would be around 4 pm that day , but im sure we will all get thru. Its only about a 80ft strech thats tight on extreme lows.

Tohsgib posted 09-03-2010 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I say we eat those wings again...HOT!
dneal33 posted 09-03-2010 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Yea, the one bite wings. Works for me:)
Swellmonster posted 09-06-2010 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
: )
ghostwriter posted 09-06-2010 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghostwriter  Send Email to ghostwriter     
[Binkie with a new alias--announcing he will never post here again. That is fine with me--jimh.]
Tohsgib posted 09-09-2010 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
What did I miss? Binks...you coming or what?
Hunk posted 09-11-2010 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hunk  Send Email to Hunk     
[Another Richard M alias].
Tohsgib posted 09-15-2010 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
45 Days...who is in?

So Far I have my boat, Len's, Frank's, Binkie's, Dave's, Probably Dave's friend or family member, Henry's, Brian's, and Tom's. And if :) means yes, then Swellmonster as well which makes 10 boats so far. Anymore and we won't find parking at the local distilleries ;).

dneal33 posted 09-15-2010 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Dave and Dr. Bob are in for sure ,Also fellow Whaler owner and buddy "Up the hill Bill" that lives a few houses up the hill and his side kick Ted. Ted has lived on the river for 60 + years , Iv'e only been around 45 years.

My brother will bring his McKee if he can get that -------- Merc. running.
So put us down for two and a half boats. Plenty of space.

Looking forward to seeing all. Dave.

stefan posted 09-16-2010 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
Ok twist my arm
Tohsgib posted 09-19-2010 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Anyone besides 10000 lakes attending?
Hunk posted 09-20-2010 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hunk  Send Email to Hunk     
fourdfish will be riding with Binkie.
Tohsgib posted 09-20-2010 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Don't threaten me with a good time :)
Hunk posted 09-22-2010 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hunk  Send Email to Hunk     
Am I still alive? Good
dneal33 posted 09-23-2010 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Chime in with what size boat you would be bringing, kinda helps to figure where we can or cannot go. No big deal just tells us if we all can make it in and out of certain areas such as the short run over to the Hillsborough river and up to Ricks on the river, a great place also. On a medium day day a 13 ft. will go anywhere we need to go. Lots of cool nature type places just outside of the mouth of the Alafia River.Like Whiskey Stump, The Kitchen, Bullfrog Creek area. and not one but two beer can beaches, one small the other pretty big. All within 7 miles of the ramp.
Dave
Tohsgib posted 09-23-2010 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Swell & Frank have the biggest being 20 & 21' Outrages Brunswick style.
stefan posted 09-24-2010 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
They also have big wheels which must mean....
an86carrera posted 09-28-2010 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
That's how they roll??

Len

Tohsgib posted 10-01-2010 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
30 days!
Tohsgib posted 10-03-2010 01:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Back from the keys....had a blast. We need to set up a rendezvous in Islamorada. Great boating, etc.
jimh posted 10-06-2010 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What color is the Alafia Fall Foliage?
Erik 88Montauk posted 10-06-2010 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Erik 88Montauk  Send Email to Erik 88Montauk     
Green, the Alafia foliage is always green.

I'd love to make it this year, especially since this is my ramp but the boy is competing in Nationals that same day.

Hopefully no Mercury powered Whalers will need to be towed by E-Tec powered Whalers this year as I won't be there.

Tohsgib posted 10-06-2010 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Jim we actually get fall colors and the dropping of leaves in this area believe it or not. Hell last year it snowed.
dneal33 posted 10-07-2010 06:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Hi everyone. Just look up Williams Park, Gibsonton Fl. and a lot of info will come up. Around 10 am.
stefan posted 10-07-2010 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
Where's 1st stop as a few of us will be launching from lowry park?
dneal33 posted 10-07-2010 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Thats a good question. I guess it depends on which way the group wants to go, up river or out into the bay. I will go any where in the bay. I know the southshore area very well all the way down to the Skyway brigde.
On a Saturday the river bars and food stuff wake up around 2 or 3 pm. they are open at 11 am. but not much going on untill later.
I motored down to the springs last week on a Sunday around 1 pm. and it was super packed,it may be a bit slower on a Saturday a month later. I took a picture that i'll send to bigge and maybe he can post it for me.
Out in the bay just a few miles we have two "beercan islands" to hang out and go up river later in the day. Thats what the locals normally do.
We could leave the ramp and go out to the closet island and meet and then decide what we want to do, it's about 2 miles from the ramp.
Im open to anything almost.

Dave

Tohsgib posted 10-07-2010 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Let's meet either at the ramp or the first island. If only 2 miles I suggest the ramp @ 10am and head out by 11am. If you don't want to go to the ramp, meet us at the mouth of the river at say 11am.
fourdfish posted 10-07-2010 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
So Nick, I get into town on Oct 26th and Binks and I are planning to make it this time. Should I expect you to bust my chops?
Tohsgib posted 10-08-2010 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Probably...I bust EVERYONE's chops about something or another. Hence why we have such a great team attending these events....or because most of us are from Jersey.
Tohsgib posted 10-12-2010 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I have just renamed this rendezvous to ARFFF, Alafia River Fall Foliage Festival or ARFFF. 3 weeks to go, GCBWOA E-mail reminders sent so let's get going!
fno posted 10-12-2010 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I guess I should bring one or two of the aaarffers. Fourd, definitely plan on getting your chops busted. Rich too, if he really shows up....
jimh posted 10-12-2010 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I want to see pictures of Fourdy and Binkie at this event. I will even host the images to make that happen. I have already met Fourdy--he is a gentleman and a scholar. Binkie--well I am interested to see him captured on camera.
fourdfish posted 10-13-2010 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
Thank you Jim, fno, Bring on the chop busting, I have no problem with it. Actually, Binks is a real nice guy.
We are experiencing some beautiful color changes up north here. However, I see the weather down there is very nice. Looking forward to it!
Tohsgib posted 10-15-2010 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
2 weeks left ya maggots!
Swellmonster posted 10-15-2010 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Do we really get spoiled on the spoil islands?
dneal33 posted 10-16-2010 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
The spoil islands are called that because when they (Army Corp Of Engineers) redig the shipping channels ,thats where they pump the stuff.Happens about every ten years.
They are about 20 feet tall but are hollow in the middle and are nesting areas for a lot of birds at nite.
They are off limits for us as are a few other bird safe haven islands out on the south shore.
Two week from today. The weather has been great. It was 60 this morning and should be around 85 at 2 PM.
One good thing about the spoil islands are that if we ever get hit by the big one(hurricane) the island should slow down the surge in the bay ,just a little bit. But we are still screwed, have been lucky for 90 years.
See yall in two weeks.
Dave
Tohsgib posted 10-20-2010 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
10 days left!
Tohsgib posted 10-22-2010 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
1 week to go bro!
dneal33 posted 10-23-2010 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Ready on the river, great weather this week.
Dave
Tohsgib posted 10-25-2010 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
5 days!
dneal33 posted 10-25-2010 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for dneal33  Send Email to dneal33     
Dr. Bob and Dave Neal will be in the Newport and Up the Hill Bill and Ted will be in the Montauk. Ted has a nice spread right on the river and has mentioned cooking ribs and sides if we wish.
Dave.
zotcha posted 10-26-2010 07:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks for keeping me in the loop Nick. Unfortunately my vacation ends on Halloween and I will be at the firehouse at 8 am. Have a great time, and maybe one for me? zot.
Swellmonster posted 10-26-2010 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I am 95% ATTENDING!
Tohsgib posted 10-27-2010 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
What will happen to the other 5%?
stefan posted 10-27-2010 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
Plan is 2 drop at lowry at 9, but late is my middle name. Fish are biting so hope 2 get a little action before hooking up w ya. Guess I better drop at 8..VHF channel? Anyone talk to janis?
Tohsgib posted 10-27-2010 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Talked to her last night...no dice. Her boat is still in the keys. Stefan we are NOT going to wait for your late arse so hurry up. You never catch crap anyhow.
stefan posted 10-28-2010 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
90% chance I'll be on time
Swellmonster posted 10-28-2010 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I hooked up the battery charger this morning :)
Tohsgib posted 10-28-2010 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
To what?
fno posted 10-29-2010 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
The truck is in the shop today. Found my ball joints are shot. With luck it will be done today and it is roadworthy.
fourdfish posted 10-29-2010 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
Binkie and I are going to be there tomorrow.
Just a couple of seniors!
stefan posted 10-29-2010 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
They ain't shot just yet Frank, wait till the 13th :-)
Tohsgib posted 10-29-2010 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Stefan they have been married for a while now...he's shot and the ball & chain are attached! No wonder his voice sounds much higher.

Len & Margit might bail because Len does not feel well. Everyone send him a get well e-mail or call and tell him what a WOOSIE he is!

Tohsgib posted 10-31-2010 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
We had 8 boats and a great time. The wings were good as well. I have to get up there more often, especially the springs.
MarthaB posted 11-02-2010 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Waiting for the picture of Fourdfish and Binkie.
Tohsgib posted 11-03-2010 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
They are committed to other women at this time but here ya go:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/BiggieFL/Rendezvous/ nicks20boat20039.jpg

fourdfish posted 11-03-2010 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
Now are they not a scary pair! The lady in front is Binkies Mary Jane and a and a very nice lady she is!
I have some pics I took myself but I have not uploaded them yet! A Good time was had by all. Very nice group of people.
L H G posted 11-03-2010 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
Fourdy - it's great to finally see that you actually exist, and pictured in a Mercury powered boat no less! Looks like you old goats had a nice time and happy to see you joining in!. In person we're all really not as bad as we appear here, myself included!
fourdfish posted 11-03-2010 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
Well, If it isn't Larry! Not one of my best pics!
We did have a good time!
The river is really nice up stream. Here is some more pics I took!

http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j37/fourdfish/

stefan posted 11-04-2010 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
Nice pics and and hope to see all at homosassa...better be a small gig before then!
Swellmonster posted 11-07-2010 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Good to get out and see a few peeps. I saw some pristine whalers too. Nice job guys!!

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