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K Albus posted 06-19-2011 09:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for K Albus   Send Email to K Albus  
On Saturday, June 18, 2011, forum-member Jeff Rohlfing ("Jeff") and I had planned to put our boats in at Port Huron, Michigan, and cruise north about 20 miles on Lake Huron to Lexington, Michigan. We made our plans offline, and late in the planning, fellow forum-member Don McIntyre ("dfmcintyre")decided to join us. My friend Jack ("jjensen"), a Port Huron native, would also be joining me on my boat.

I arrived at the 12th Street Boat Launch in Port Huron at about 10:00 a.m. Shortly thereafter I was met by Don and Jack, just after launching my Dauntless 180. Rather than launching one of his Whalers, Don had decided to take out his family’s Chris Craft, Roving Kind Don will have to supply the details about the model and year of the Chris Craft). A few minutes later, Jeff and Bill Rohlfing showed up, along with Jeff’s son. Bill and Jeff launched their new-to-them 23 Walkaround. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Katchmandu1.jpg .

Before taking off, Don had to add some fuel to the Chris Craft. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/RovingKind1.jpg

We then headed out the Black River and onto the St. Clair River, where we passed the CSL Niagra (730 feet). Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Katchmandu5.jpg . Passing under the Blue Water Bridge, we headed north onto Lake Huron. Here’s the Rohlfing’s 23 Walkaround, Katchmandu, running up the lake: Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Katchmandu8.jpg . And here’s Don’s Chris Craft, Roving Kind: Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/RovingKind4.jpg . After about 10 miles, Don broke off from the group and returned to Port Huron.

Lake Huron was just about flat calm, and we reached Lexington Harbor in no time. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Katchmandu14.jpg

Once ashore, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Wimpy’s, a local burger joint. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Lunch2.jpg

When we returned to the marina, we were surprised by a new arrival – an early 1970s Katama, “Joey”. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Joey1.jpg . We had nice chat with Joey’s owner, Joey, a very nice lady whose father had purchased the boat new for her family and named it after her. We soon joined by another Whaler, Mosquito, a Dauntless 13. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Dauntless131.jpg . Mosquito is owned by one of Jack’s friends who we had passed while idling down the Black River in Port Huron. We thought Jack's friend was joking when he said he would meet us in Lexington in his Dauntless 13. Clearly he was not.

While the semi-planned/unannounced rendezvous continued to grow, we were next joined by forum member “Tesija” (Sorry, I’m drawing a blank on his first name). Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Tesija2.jpg . Mr. Tesija is the Michigan resident who shipped a Conquest 210 to Croatia a few years ago. (Here’s a link to one of Mr. Tesija’s posting of some pictures from Croatia: ). What had started out as a quick, informal boat ride, had turned into a full-blown rendezvous.

After about an hour of dock talk, the mini rendezvous broke up. I had to leave in order to attend to some pressing domestic duties, and Mosquito's crew headed into town for lunch. Jeff and his family stayed behind to spend some time on the beach.

The lake was still fairly calm on the return trip, but the wind was picking up. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/BlueWaterBridge1.jpg We were greeted back to the St. Clair River by the Atlantic Huron (736 feet) which we passed just under the Blue Water Bridge. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/AtlanticHuron.jpg . The ship was turning slightly to starboard as it passed under the bridge, and its bow was throwing off a huge six-foot wave. The big wake only added to the confused seas which are common at the northern end of the St. Clair River. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/BlueWaterBridge2a.jpg

After getting my boat back on the trailer, I made a quick stop by Jack’s house. Jack loves working on boats, and he has a nice little collection of projects on his hands. His smallest project is a late 1960s Nauset which he has nearly ready for a new paint job. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/NausetHull1.jpg . Here you can see the two sections of the deck that he had to cut out in order to remove some wet foam: Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/NausetHull2.jpg . Here’s a couple pictures of the refinished console, which looks much better in person: Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/NausetConsole.jpg ; Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/NausetConsole2.jpg .

Jack’s next biggest project is an early 1980s Scarab 30-footer, which Jack has about 98% restored – he just needs to finish the reinstallation of some hydraulic tilt/trim lines and to reinstall the swim platform . Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Scarab1.jpg ; Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Scarab2.jpg ; Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/Scarab3.jpg .

Finally, Jack’s biggest and newest project is a wooden-hulled 1970 Chris Craft Constellation 38. Lake%20Huron%20June%2018%202011/ChrisCraft.jpg . I got a headache just thinking about the work involved in restoring this beast.

Jeff posted 06-20-2011 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     

Thanks for posting the report. Yesterday was a great rarely get a flat calm lake like that. We had a solid 2'-3' whitecapped chop out of the north on the way home.

It was really fun to see the other Whaler's show up out of the blue. Even better, it was awesome to run into John Tesija and have a GAM on the docks. He is a super guy...

We ended up staying in Lexington until a little after 3 and running back down the Lake to the Black River where we met my Wife, Daughter and Mother for dinner at the Quay Street brewing company. After dinner we had an evening cruise and headed home.

My Dad ended up overnighting on the 23 Walkaround Whaler Drive with my Mom and reports it needs new more cushy cushions but, it really worked out well. Quinton had a different opinion. 6-18%20Port%20Huron%20to%20Lexington/?action=view¤t=DSC_2978.jpg

Dad did some fine tuning of the carburetors this morning and ran the boat out to the lake and back and was home by 3 this afternoon. After getting home he made the name "Katchmandu" (Seger influence? :P) offical for the 23 Walkaround by added the decal I did for him for Father's Day.... 23%20Boston%20Whaler%20Walkaround%20Whaler%20Drive/23%20Name/

Here are all my Photos from the Port Huron to Lexington trip. 6-18%20Port%20Huron%20to%20Lexington/?start=all

I know there are a bunch of Don's Family's boat "Roving Kind" but, you must understand, I grew up spending every weekend of the summers in our 15 Supersport and 17 Montauk on the Black River and surrounding waters of Port Huron. Every time I went past it's boat house I would hope the door would be open to catch a look at it. I have ALWAYS been in love with that boat and have to say am sad that my childhood dream of one day owning it will never happen....I can understand why. The cool thing is, it is because of my love of Boston Whalers and this site that I have been able to meet and become friends with Don and have been able to not only board that fine vessel but, also go out for a run on it.

I am not certain of the year but it is a late 70's 30' Chris Craft Commander Sportsman which were designed by Ray Hunt.

I wrapped my Father's weekend this afternoon on the Newport with my Family. We headed out of the Clinton River and ran over off Belle Maer Harbor for a swim and a cruise back in the Clinton River....

home Aside posted 06-20-2011 01:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Jeff & Kevin,
Thanks for posting the narrative & photo's, I wish I could have joined you but as I said in the e-mail, work, work, work.....

Did have a fabulous family BBQ with baby back ribs smoked on the grill for Father's Day.

Hope to see you on the water soon


tesija posted 06-20-2011 06:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for tesija  Send Email to tesija     
Kevin and Jeff:
Great to meet you guys in person up in Lexington. It reminds me how much I miss being on my boat-another month or so. Be safe! John
TC Goldman posted 06-21-2011 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for TC Goldman  Send Email to TC Goldman     
Sorry I did not see you were going to do this before, I think I passed Jeff or your dad when you were backing out of the ramp- I was in My new 2008 270 Outrage (twin 225 verado's) (FYI-I'm in love with it!!!!!! it's a great boat so far. I can highly recommend the 270 Outrage.
We (the family) were headed across to Sarnia(or coming back from??) for the "ribfest" . I still have my 17 Montauk (remember you did a pic of it).
Hope to see you around ;)
Jeff posted 06-23-2011 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     

If you passed the boat leaving the ramp in the late evening it was likely my Father and Mom heading back out and not me. I was hovering around the ramp around 10am and 4:30pm. None the less sorry I missed you (and rib fest in Sarina).

I assume you sold the Scarab Sport if you got the new 270 eh?

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