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Chuck Tribolet posted 01-04-2012 08:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chuck Tribolet   Send Email to Chuck Tribolet  
OK, it's the new year and time to start talking about the
2013 NorCal Rendezvous.

Did Napa ever finish their docks?


Chuck

elaelap posted 01-04-2012 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
WHOA, Chuck. 2012 rather than 2013. 2013 is America's Cup in San Francisco Bay, and that's gotta be an ultimate Whaler rendezvous. Let's ignore your typo and concentrate on 2012, eh? BTW, thanks as usual for beginning our discussion about this year's rendezvous right now. We've been very fortunate having your leadership in this regard over the past several years. Think spring!

Tony

Chuck Tribolet posted 01-04-2012 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Kan't tipe gud.


Chuck

renoduckman posted 01-04-2012 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for renoduckman  Send Email to renoduckman     
Keep us updated. Id like to make it to one of these if possible. The Napa thing sounds good. Joe
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-12-2012 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
2012 like the subject says.

Any thoughts?


Chuck

andygere posted 01-19-2012 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I like the Napa idea, not sure what the status of the dock project is. I need to synchronize the Little League, Cub Scout, Softball, Jr. Lifeguard and SUP racing schedules and get to this thing. I've missed a few lately and I need to get back in the swing.
andygere posted 01-19-2012 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Some news on the dock is here:
http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/ article_4ef64254-9558-11df-8761-001cc4c002e0.html

We've stayed aboard Namequoit at the Vallejo municipal marina, and there's also transient slip space at Nappa Valley Marina.

http://www.napavalleymarina.com/Pages/dirwater.html

It may also be possible to arrange for moorage at the Napa Valley Yacht Club.
http://www.charterworld.com/news/napa-valley-yacht-club-remodel-complete

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=100821

Overnight accommodations for those without cabin boats may be the tough thing to organize around, but I like the destination.

renoduckman posted 01-21-2012 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for renoduckman  Send Email to renoduckman     
Sounds interesting. Never have been to one. So what has been done in the past rendezvous here? Going from Napa to ? with the Whalers? Joe
fluke posted 01-25-2012 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Our first and only northern rendezvous was last year in Bodega bay and was just amazing. Great location, people and food!, high bar was set for sure. we will try to make it up this year if we can.
Mark
elaelap posted 01-29-2012 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Bodega Bay last year WAS fun, Mark, though only one of us caught a salmon (and it wasn't me...no surprise). The food was great, the company ditto, and those relatively inexpensive bay-view rental homes sure beat hotel/motel accommodations.

Joe, in the past seven or eight years we've rendezvous'd on the Delta and Petaluma Marina/SF Bay as well as Bodega Bay. I for one would like us to consider Monterey or Santa Cruz, maybe even HMB this year.

Tony

Chuck Tribolet posted 01-30-2012 01:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I suspect I'm the CWer who frequents Monterey the most. The
downside of Monterey is unpredictable (in the rendezvous
planning time frame) sea conditions, though by May we have
a pretty good shot at things be OK. But Blowdega Bay (no
insult intended) has the same problem.

And Monterey proper is expensive. However, Marina (about 8
miles north on Hwy 1) has some motels that aren't terribly
expensive provided it's not an event weekend. When there's
a big event (race at Laguna Seca, Golf, Concourse, a few other
things), all the accommodations are charging full rack rate.
And prices go up when school gets out.

Linda and I have a weekend place in Marina. There are three
motels (Motel 6, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn Express) within
a block or two, and three more (Quality Inn, Best Western,
and Marina Dunes Resort (this last pricey but rumored to be
very very nice)) about three blocks further away. We have
a BBQ grill (not all that big).

If you have a boat you can stay on, space in the Monterey
Marina can be arranged. Andy Gere has done it. There's (I
think) an RV place over by the Best Western in Marina.

Boat touring options from Monterey are mostly dependent on
sea conditions. On a flat day, it would be feasible to launch
in Monterey, loop around the Monterey Peninsula drooling at
the one percenter's houses on the 17 mile drive from the sea side,
check out Carmel City Beach (one of the nicer white sand
beaches around), Pt. Lobos State Reserve (GORGEOUS) and
perhaps points south. On a not so flat day, well, not so
much. We MIGHT have humpback or blue whales in May.

Fishing? You all know I take fish PICTURES and it's open
season for that all year round. It will all depend on
what's open and what's biting.

Monterey has two launch ramps, both in the harbor. The
ramp at Wharf 2 (aka "harbormaster office ramp" is more
protected, but you gotta make a turn as you back down and
dock space while you park the trailer is limited. The
ramp at the Breakwater (aka "Coast Guard Pier") is less
protected but a straight shot for the trailer, and a nice
new pier with plenty of space for a short-term tie-up.
I've almost always launched at the Breakwater. But there's
less parking there (the Wharf 2 ramp is right next to the
huge tourist parking lot for Fisherman's Wharf, and with
any reasonably early arrival you beat the tourists (but
loose your spot when you pull out).

There's no public boat rinse in Monterey (water shortage
and lots of politics). There is a hose bib (with a hose
that Linda and I "donated") about half way out the
Breakwater pier. You could flush the tipped motor and
inside of the boat, but not the outside or trailer. There's
at least one "25-cent" car wash (I spent 8 bucks the
last time I washed the boat there).


Chuck

andygere posted 01-31-2012 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I dig the Monterey or Santa Cruz options, less towing and more boating for me.
fluke posted 01-31-2012 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Well having been raised in Pacific Grove I'm a little bias, but one thought would be camping at Jefferson Park as a group or group gathering. I've never boated out of Santa Cruz so that sounds fun too! Is Morro Bay far south, cute little town with close lodging, also never boated there either.
Mark
irishcreamer posted 01-31-2012 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Most of the boats are 18ft or shorter so I think we need a location that has someplace we can boat around if the weather comes up. SF Bay obviously qualifies and Bodega has Tomales Bay. Do the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas have any sheltered water?

placerville posted 02-01-2012 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Though I'm biased, I vote for Bodega Bay again for the following reasons:

Boating and fishing options: Salmon, crab, sand dabs, abalone. Ocean or Tomales Bay depending on weather.

Cost: Either shared or individual rentals (which they've added more this year)or camping options make it very affordable.

Common area: We have unlimited safe parking and a great place to have an epic community meal and hangout spot.

Bodega is just a cool place to hang out.

Matt

17 bodega posted 02-01-2012 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I'd be torn between Bodega and the Monterey Peninsula - Bodega for the obvious reasons that Matt has stated above as well as the fact that it's my backyard! Though Monterey would be tough for me to attend, I love the boating there, the calm ocean, and the wildlife viewing... otters, whales, dolphins, birds, kelp, etc. The cool thing is that the BEST way to see the Monterey Penninsula in my opinion is by boat. You avoid the BS of the tourist traps, the concept of the toll road (17 mile rip off) and the awful weekend traffic. Gotta love the guey almond croissants from Paris Bakery in Monterey, and the cheap Mexican food in nearby Seaside, so you CAN do Monterey on the cheap if you know the out of the way joints.

Fluke: Being a PG native, you must know about Veterans Memorial Park in Monterey too, which has campgrounds at about $25 a night, with hot showers, boats allowed, good boat washdown (RV dummp station with hose bib-no coins! It's all first come first served and all the low-rent scuba divers love to camp there so Friday Night it's all filled up, but it has a HUGE lawn suitable for a cookout of grand proportions. They might even have a group camp site.

Like Chuck mentions, the Carmel City Beach is one of the best I've seen, along with Pt. Lobos State Park and the boat ride from Monterey around Pt. Pinos, Cypress Point into Carmel Bay. It's breathtaking! If you're used to Bodega... Monterey Bay is a mill pond. I've never had a breath of wind there until afternoon.

Matt has a strong case for the digs in Bodega however. Last year was off the dial! It seemed everyone was overjoyed with the accommodations and the setup. The house was fantastic, and all that stayed seemed very pleased with thier surroundings.... but I understand that many folks travelled very far from home to attend.

All I can say is the cookout was insane! Oysters, spirits, Chucks Sangria, the slideshow of Chuck and Linda's photos, the stories... I still have Jim's HUGE tub of Texas hot sauce! Is that stuff still good Jim?

Anyway... I will make every effort to attend, no matter the location. It was a blast!

elaelap posted 02-02-2012 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Actually my first choice would be Bodega Bay again, but I think our cruise should be in mellow Tomales Bay (requiring a 6-7 mile tow) rather than BB unless we catch an unusually calm day. I know that last year several of the participants, unused to our somewhat lumpy seas, were uncomfortable out there. In fact, Bodega Bay 'local' (even though he lives in Sacramento) Warren/WT, appointed himself guide and led several boats back to harbor after only an hour or so outside.

That being said, the Bodega Bay accommodations were the very best (and least expensive) we've ever had at a NorCal rendezvous, and I agree with Matt's comments above about the great home-cooked food, the easy and safe parking situation, etc.

Tomales Bay is always flat, even if it's howling outside, and is very beautiful with all kinds of places to explore. Check it out on your charts, folks, and you'll see what I mean. Launching down there is free, BTW, and fairly easy on a single concrete ramp, and there's adequate trailer parking.

Well, we've got lots of time to decide, and like Steve I'm gonna show up wherever.

Tony

WT posted 02-02-2012 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here are pictures of last year's Rendezvous at Bodega Bay.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v665/warrent/ 2011%20Rendezvous%20Continuous%20Wave/?albumview=slideshow

I'm all ears and looking forward to this year's Rendezvous.

Warren

boatdryver posted 02-02-2012 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I keep my boat in the water in Tomales Bay.

I agree with Tony that Tomales Bay is always flat if by that one means no groundswell. Afternoon sea breeze commonly kicks up a chop , usually less than 2 ft.

There are many really nice small beaches inviting beaching a number of small boats, none with waves breaking ashore. Two have restrooms.

There are no food facilities accessible by boat.

You will all remember the following from last year:

The limiting factor in cruising to Tomales Bay from Bodega is crossing the Tomales Bay Bar, at which the depth shoals from 70 ft to 8 ft.

Last year I left the group off of Bodega Head and shot down to the Tomales Bay Bar thinking I'd cross it into the bay. That day there were about 6-7 ft swells offshore as I recall. I don't recall whether the current was ebbing.

About half the swells were breaking at the bar so I aborted and returned to Bodega harbor alongside Bob Bulwa and Warren.

I don't have enough experience to make a safe judgement about crossing the bar unless it is obviously going to be a non event, which I've done only a couple of times.

And remember, once we go in we have to come back out.

Jim

elaelap posted 02-02-2012 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Agreed, Jim. No way we want to deal with the bar (except the one we set up at the house). That's why I mentioned how far it was to tow our boats down to Tomales Bay from our BB digs, and discussed the decent launch and trailer parking situation down there right across from Hog Island.

Tony

andygere posted 02-02-2012 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Jim, I thought Nick's Cove now has a courtesy dock. It might not be large enough for the entire fleet, but the public ramp is right next door. I did a paddleboard race on Tomales this fall, and the awards lunch was at Nick's. Super cool place with great food. The cottages there look spiffy as well, but very expensive.
andygere posted 02-02-2012 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Regarding conditions in Santa Cruz, even if it's blowing hard, it's usually calm inside of Pleasure Point down to Capitola and beyond. The coastal areas north of town are nothing short of spectacular, and the fishing is every bit as good as Bodega for those who are inclined. There are four restaurants within Santa Cruz Harbor, and the harbor does offer transient slips at reasonable overnight rates. In general, there's a pretty high vacancy rate on smaller slips, so I think getting transient slips would not be tough. There are a handful of RV spaces within the harbor, but they are popular so advance reservations would be needed. There are lots of lodging options in town as well.
boatdryver posted 02-03-2012 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Andy, regarding Nick's Cove:

Yes when they first opened they had slips for several boats but the first bad winter storm scattered them and for years they have room for only three. one slip has chronically occupied with a derelict skiff someone local uses. (the pier had to be public access for them to get their permit).

I've been there several times, only at mid or higher tide and been lucky to get the last tie up.

The original ownership group, headed by SF Restauranteur Pat Culetto, went into insolvency recently due to the huge investment to recondition the place, not to mention $2 million in additional costs to protect the red legged frog, and sold out, I believe, to the folks who own Auberge du Soliel in the wine country.

The place is in operation now with a nice menu and moderate prices

At the Miller Park ramp that Tony mentioned, a stone's throw away, several small boats could raft up on the outside of the floating dock. I think we could do this in May, but not during salmon season when the ramp is super active.

Jim

andygere posted 02-03-2012 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Jim,
Thanks for the update re. Nick's Cove. I had read the story about the renovation, years of permitting and the unbelievable expense. After all that, I hope they make a go of it, it sure is a nice place that's true to it's original roots.

What is the tide access at the Miller Park ramp? Is it high tide only (5'+) or is it better than that? Can you get a 22' boat launched there?

In Santa Cruz, May is salmon season, but I'm not sure when it starts to heat up in Tomales. In theory, salmon season puts pressure on just about any marina/launch ramp with access to the Pacific, but I'm sure it varies quite a bit on the bite, and when it traditionally gets hot in the region.

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-03-2012 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
More important I think is where it IS hot (or rather the
Coastside Fishing Club consensus sez it's hot). I've seen
opening weekend in Monterey be a zoo, and I've seen it be a
big yawn (cuz the fish were farther north).


Chuck

boatdryver posted 02-03-2012 07:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
OK, regarding the Miller Park boat ramp opposite Nick's Cove, I have two conflicting bits of information.

1. A couple of years ago the ramp was rebuilt by the State Park people. I heard from a local that even the State Park people were not able to get permission to remove a mud bar just to seaward of the ramp and that one had to exercise care at lower tides.

2. Last year in preparation for the Norcal Rendezvous I asked my friend who has fished the ocean for 40 years and crossed the bar hundreds of times about the ramp.

He did not know about the ramp, as he keeps his 26 ft aluminum boat in the water at Marshall Boat Works.

So he asked another local who said the ramp is usable at all tides above +1.0.

I keep two big paddles on my boat because at a +1 my boat sits on the marina mud high and dry.

Jim

17 bodega posted 02-04-2012 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Having launched at Miller's Park many times both before and after the new dock, I can confirm that extreme low tides are sketchy, and there is some very shallow water directly seaward from the ramp. For the most part, unless you're in a 16 or smaller, don't wander around in the shallows near the launch. Get out into the channel. Hogg Island is foul as well, unless you have local knowledge on where to approach the beach.

Also, while on the subject of shallow water in Tomales Bay in general, one should exercise extreme caution and pay close attention to their gps/sounder to keep from running aground in the bay. The entire Bay is marked with sandy shoals, eel grass beds and shallows. I used to take my 16 footer into areas of the Bay where I had no business being. Tom's Point on an incoming minus tide is wonderful for wildlife viewing. When the Bay is clear, you can see little sharks, rays, and harbor seals swimming around in the eel grass beds. It's pretty cool, but you better know what the tide is doing or you could get stuck and be forced to wait for the next high tide.

This is also true of the beaches that line the bay. Beaching is sketchy due to tides and shallows as well. Waders and mud anchoring equipment is a partial solution.

Steve

boatdryver posted 02-05-2012 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Steve, while it's true that the Northern end of Tomales Bay from Hog Island to the bar has many shoals, I find that the Southern 5 miles are pretty wide open, and the beaches along the West shore are easy to approach except at lower tides.

The Northern portion where the shoals are has channel markers, so it is not difficult to stay off the mud.

Regarding Napa's new municipal docks, Google is not helping me determine if they are finished. there has been about a 2 year delay.

Jim

boatdryver posted 02-05-2012 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Tomales Bay tides for May Saturdays:

May 5: +4.3 at 1PM after a -1.5 low at 6:49 AM
Ramp should be OK by 10 AM and OK till 4PM

May 12: -0.3 at 1 PM; NOPE!

May 19: +3.7 at 1:13 PM after a -0.6 at 6:56 AM
Ramp should be OK all afternoon

These are tides down at Inverness, times at the ramp will be a few minutes different.

Jim

17 bodega posted 02-05-2012 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Good info Jim,

I don't usually wander farther south than 4 or 5 clicks South of Marshall. There is a "shark Pit" where the water gets deep where we used to go out at all hours of the night and catch and release spiny dogfish, leapords, and other smaller sharks.

I've done the "boat in" camping down to marshall beach and driven my boat as far as hearts desire a couple of times.

Steve

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-05-2012 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The 2012 Bay to Breakers is Sunday May 20. Not a show-stopper
just a navigational consideration when trailering home through
San Franscisco.


Chuck

fluke posted 02-06-2012 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Chuck I think the Bay to Breakers was on the same weekend last year and I don't remember any problems with traffic. Then again we went home on Monday, so we just had work traffic to avoid, when did you do back?
Mark

andygere posted 02-06-2012 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Chuck, although it's counter intuitive, I've taken the east bay route (880/80/580/Richmond Bridge) to get to Marin a few times with the boat, and found it at least as fast, and a little less stressful than 280/19th Ave/GG bridge. That would avoid any Bay to Breakers traffic worries.
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-06-2012 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The Bay to Breakers stuff is over by dinner time on Sunday.
But it clogs up Hwy 1 through SF all afternoon. I've been
caught in it once, and have used the East Bay route on
other years. The Hwy 101 route through SF isn't bad.


Chuck

Basshole posted 02-07-2012 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Basshole  Send Email to Basshole     
Hey guys, I would love to participate in the rendezvous this year. That will also give me the motivation I need to finish my Montauk restoration. Is it definitely going to be in Tomales? Like Andy, I think Santa Cruz would be the perfect venue. It has way more options as far as accommodations and restaurants. And the boating/fishing is hard to beat. Just my two cents. Wherever it is held, I am sure it will be a good time.
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-07-2012 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
My take is that the consensus is Bodega Bay again. It was
a great venue last year, and I like the idea of launching in
Tomales Bay.

OK everybody, time to voice your opinion.


Chuck

fluke posted 02-08-2012 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Bodega Bay gets our vote, is Tomales Bay boat ramp an alterative or the plan and do we have the date?
Mark
fluke posted 02-08-2012 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
The weekend of the 19th looks good and were making shrimp wrapped prosciutto with mango this time! We can launch out of Bodega one day and Tomales the next, getting oysters along the way,if there is time. What is the word on Salmon season this year?
Mark
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-08-2012 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'd also vote for the weekend of the 19th. Linda's going
to be bicycling in Majorca the weekend of the 5th.


Chuck

solongdarling posted 02-08-2012 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for solongdarling  Send Email to solongdarling     
Been following the dialog, and am very happy with a return to Bodega on the 19th of May. Last year was really special, and the prospect of returning is very exciting to me. I too would like to have a couple of days, one in the ocean fishing, and a day in Tomales. Is there any possibility of crabbing or fishing in Tomales that time of year? I have wonderful memories of catching halibut just inside the bar many years ago!
RabAye posted 02-08-2012 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for RabAye  Send Email to RabAye     
As Tony described, last year's reunion was not a success because of the boating, rather it was the great camaraderie, the food, the house location. The boating was secondary, and the seas were, in fact, very borderline, especially for those of us who prefer to have the wife aboard. Mine, and I suspect most of the others, does not appreciate slapping through swells. I live only 25 minutes from the Bodega Bay launch launch point, and am well aware that one does not normally schedule ahead very far, with any certainty that the seas (and winds) will cooperate, rather one uses a window and makes a decision based on the current weather report. With that in mind, I would go out of Bodega again with the hopes of a cooperative day, and with the knowledge that the party would definitely make it worthwhile. And a day in Tomales would certainly be acceptable, especially with a knowledgeable guide. On the other hand, my first vote would be to cruise up to Napa, based on finding out whether the guest dock is done. I wasn't around the last time that trip was made. I will also re-introduce the possibility of a Delta cruise, with a gathering and take off point at Snug Harbor, where there are great accommodations.

So, please count Terry and I in if the rendezvous in anywhere up here, but not necessarily if it is in Monterey, though we would be willing to give it some thought.

RLP posted 02-09-2012 01:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for RLP  Send Email to RLP     
Any trip with the Whaler folks is great. Last year was really special.
Vicki and I will have to pass this year but hope to be back in shape for later.
Sept 6th Vicki suffered a stroke and was hospitalized and in rehab until Jan 27. in Portland Oregon where we were passing through after fishing on the Columbia River.. We are back in Klamath Falls and she is doing out patient rehab.
She is doing fine and starting to walk a little.
Anyone passing through per chane give us a call and stop by.
541 891 6234
rvpowley@yahoo.com
Ron Powley
WT posted 02-09-2012 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Ron, let Vicki know that I'm rooting for her fast recovery.

Best,

Warren

fluke posted 02-09-2012 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Ron sorry to hear about Vicky, give her our best we're wishing for a succesful recovery. We will miss you two at the gathering this time.

Mark and Jill

placerville posted 02-09-2012 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Ron and Vicki,
You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.
Matt
solongdarling posted 02-10-2012 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for solongdarling  Send Email to solongdarling     
So sorry to hear about Vicki. I will certainly stop by and visit when I make my swing through town later this year. We will miss you greatly at the rendezvous. Carl and I truly enjoyed our time together last year. Warm good Wishes always,
Dell
17 bodega posted 02-10-2012 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I echo the well wishing of a speedy and total recovery for Vicki!

Chuck,
When you think we have a full consensus, I will secure the house from Kelly at Porto Bodega. I will give her a call and check availability and costs for our housing options. The "house" was perfect and the bungalow next door is great for overflow, and convenient with the killer parking down below. Since last year, they have opened at least one more rental house. For others who aren't aware, there is RV, Tent camping and boat launching on site.

http://www.portobodega.com/

I will see what kind of deals we can get.

Steve

Bill Lassaline posted 02-11-2012 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline    
Bernadette and I are up for Bodega again. Salmon, smoked trout, oysters, bourbon, Linda's cookies, and the weekend of May 19 work for us.

Bill

elaelap posted 02-11-2012 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Just got this email from Lisa Hanks at SEA and BOATING WORLD magazines. We've had our event published for the past couple of years, and she sends along a box of magazines for us -- hope everyone got a copy last year. This time it looks like she might publish a photo of last year's do. Warren/WT?

_________________________________________________

"Hi Tony—

Yes, it’s that time of year again. I’m working on the Rendezvous Guide listings for 2012.

This is the current listing I have for you. Can you please look it over and let me know if it’s okay?

Boston Whaler

May 13-15

Hosted by Boston Whaler owners; Bodega Bay, CA; or in case of bad-weather, Tomales Bay, CA; wildelaw@comcast.net; continuouswave.com/whaler

Also, could you please send me the dates, location, costs, and other details on any other rendezvous you’re hosting this year? (Or any calendar events you’d like to get into our regular calendar listings.)

Finally, if you have any high-resolution images of the previous events, please send a couple my way.

Thanks for all your help.

Best--

Lisa Hanks
Sea and Boating World Magazines
(949) 660-6150, ext. 223
Lisa@DuncanMcIntoshCo.com"
_________________________________________________

So I suppose it's time to make a final decision about the dates and location of this year's get-together...if we want to be famous ;-)

Tony

elaelap posted 02-15-2012 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Here's a bump to keep us talking. It's close to decision time if we want to reserve the Bodega Bay house. I'm up for all options, but the memories of all that great grub last year -- as opposed to restaurant fare -- keeps me coming back to Bodega Bay.

One thing to keep in mind if we're considering Napa, Petaluma, Oakland/Berkeley, or any other SF Bay location: the America's Cup is coming there in 2013, which if we choose will make for an ultimate rendezvous.

Tony

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-15-2012 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
OK, let's go for the weekend of May 19 at Bodega Bay.

Alas, Linda won't make it, her Majorca trip got switched and
she won't be back (and will have just left on May 5).


Chuck

fluke posted 02-15-2012 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Sounds great we have reserved the little cottage'treasure' again,we enjoyed it so much last time. There are two additional cottages with at least two bedrooms each available this time.We're hoping our Son Ryan will join us again from Oakland.
Once again looking forward to the fine food and friends.

Mark and Jill

boatdryver posted 02-15-2012 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I'm on board with the 19th of May also.

If the group decides to tow to Tomales Bay, I'm familiar with many of the local beaches. As of now there is nothing scheduled at the Yacht Club where we have a 100 ft floating dock which will be actually floating at Mid day on the 19th. We have a couple of picnic tables and tres banos.

Jim

boatdryver posted 02-15-2012 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Photo of IYC as a possible stop off place in Tomales Bay

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c391/boatdryver/_MG_1902.jpg

Jim

placerville posted 02-16-2012 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
I'm in for the 19th also. I'll probably sleep on the Strike3 Hilton.
Matt
elaelap posted 02-16-2012 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
The Strike3 Hilton, partner?! Maybe the Strike3 Boatel 6...

Looks like it's Bodega Bay again folks. I talked with Steve/17 Bodega, who set up the house for us last year, and he's already put a tentative hold on it for the weekend of May 19th with Kelly at Porto Bodega. Cool!

Chuck, sorry Linda will miss it this year, but I guess she'll just hafta suffer thru over there in Majorca. Please bring your incredible underwater photos again; viewing them was the highlight of last year's get-together for me and my wife.

Tony

WT posted 02-16-2012 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'm 90% certain I'll be at this year's rendezvous. (I've been ready to pounce on some cheap Hawaiian Airline tickets to Oahu in May but no discounts yet.) I can cough surf again in the main house.

As usual, I'll be solo with my 170 Montauk.

Warren

WT posted 02-16-2012 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I can sleep on the couch again if necessary.
solongdarling posted 02-17-2012 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for solongdarling  Send Email to solongdarling     
I've got it on my calendar, and am really looking forward to it! Looking forward to seeing you all on May 19th @ Porto Bodega. We have a new killer crab recipe I'm ready to unleash on you. Warm good wishes always.
Dell
17 bodega posted 02-21-2012 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
The house is secured for us, so don't be shy. Like the other locals, I have other crash pad options so please fill the house. It's very affordable, and those who stayed last year loved it...

Looking forward to another festive cookout. Just check out Warren's photo album above...

Steve

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-21-2012 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'll take a couch at the house.


Chuck

divtruk posted 02-22-2012 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
Any recommenfations on hotels in the area?

Chip

placerville posted 02-24-2012 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Hey Chip,
There are several small hotels/inns in Bodega. None cheap.
I stayed at the Bodega Coast Inn once. It runs around $180. Some people stay at the campground.
Matt
Bill Lassaline posted 03-05-2012 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline    
Bernadette and I would like to stay at the house again. Ok?

Thanks,
Bill

17 bodega posted 03-08-2012 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Perfect. Plenty of room. Let's fill the place up, couches and all...
irishcreamer posted 03-08-2012 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Better late than never...so here I am joining the rendezvous discussion...

Is there any room left in the house? And who do I speak to about this?

Finally, FINALLY, will be able to bring my own boat to the rendezvous and am very excited!

Thanks,
IC

17 bodega posted 03-08-2012 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Done deal IC,

You can talk to myself or Matt/Placerville. I reserved the house just because I live close by but won't sleep there most likely. We're really loose and flexible so we'll pretty much make it work for any and all who wish to attend. We can always rent another house if we fill up. There are several more on the property with awesome boat parking. At some point we should nail down the number of house guests, day trippers, food, etc.. Matt was a big part of the food plan last year but everyone chipped in with oysters, side dishes, etc, and it worked out wonderfully.

I suggest by April 15th we have a solid plan in place. Anyone else feel free to chime in.

Steve

irishcreamer posted 03-09-2012 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Great, thanks. Sent you an email just now.
lizard posted 03-13-2012 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
I am desperately trying to get a trailer, to attend this rendevous. I called a distributor in Tacoma yesterday, to get a price on a new aluminum trailer, having had NO LUCK finding anything, within 500 miles, that is galvanized or aluminum, and road worthy. Best price yet, 1000 miles away- $3600 before tax/delivery or pick up.
WT posted 03-13-2012 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
lizard, Pacific Trailers can't be sold out?

Warren

lizard posted 03-13-2012 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Warren- the local Whaler dealer in So Cal, Schock Boats, uses Pacific almost exclusively. I have talked to Mike, the Pacific rep, several times. He is insistent that Whaler requires a double axel trailer for my 1987 Outrage 18. I don't want or need a double axle.

He appears to find my trailer sale insignificant. He has no interest. EVERY used trailer that they have on their website, by his own admission, was sold months earlier and is not current.

Furthermore, every time I make contact with him, with specific trailer requirements, he seems to forget our prior contact. In short, no one I would do business with.

WT posted 03-14-2012 12:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Go into Schock Boats and lay down $3600 on their counter. Let them know you want a Pacific Trailer. You will get their attention.....

Good luck,

Warren

WT posted 03-14-2012 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Or ask for Craig (the president) at the Outboard Motor Shop in Alameda. Tell him that Warren Tom referred you. Let him know that you want a Pacific Trailer for your 18 Outrage and that you want to buy it from him but pick it up at Pacific Trailers in SoCal.

Good Luck,

Warren

placerville posted 03-14-2012 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Lizard, Tony used a single axle trailer on his 18' Outrage for years.
lizard posted 03-14-2012 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Matt- The guy at Pacific is adamant that Whaler said the 18 is supposed to be on a double axle trailer, despite me advising him that every 18 I have seen is on a single axle. He did not even want to quote me a price on the single axle, but I pushed. He is also very flaky.
WT posted 03-14-2012 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
lizard, call Craig at the Outboard Motor Shop. He says you can get a single axle but the boat will it higher by about a foot and will be harder to launch. The dual axle will probably be the same price and easier to tow and launch.

The single axle is easier to move around by hand...

Warren

lizard posted 03-15-2012 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Warren- I actually started my trailer pursuit via Marie and Co. who own Schock boats. They were not interested in ordering me a trailer, but gave me Mike's contact info @ Pacific Trailers.

Did the guy at OMS explain why an appropriately weighted, single axle trailer would cause the boat to ride a FOOT HIGHER than a double axle? This boat came on a "too short for it" single axle trailer, and the boat sat quite low in the saddle and launched rather easily. If the trailer had not been a piece of junk, I would have never given it away.

elaelap posted 03-16-2012 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Nope, Matt, sweet old Cetaceous OR 18 rested her weary bones on a dual axle Pacific trailer when she wasn't at sea. Part of the deal when I bought that boat was that the seller paid for the trailer to be refurbished at the Pacific factory down in Orange County. Don't tell anybody...I had them remove the brakes.

Liz--please don't let the lack of a trailer keep you from attending. There will be plenty of boats, including ours, to catch a ride in.

Tony

L H G posted 03-16-2012 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
Lizard - I would look into Magic-Tilt galvanized welded mill channel trailers. They are similar to Continental Trailers, and have a single axle for an 18 Outrage. They have a dealership in Dana Point.

http://www.magictilt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article& id=69&Itemid=166

This Continental glavanized mill channel trailer under my Outrage 19, a heavier boat than an Outrage 18, cost me $1600 2 years ago. I added the extra cost double Stoltz rollers with SS shafts for another $300. I can't believe the prices you are being quoted out there!

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v429/lgoltz/Outrage%2019/?action=view& current=Scan0015.jpg

lizard posted 03-16-2012 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Hey Larry-

Thanks for the link. It is not just me getting these quotes, Raaaay, was getting the same quotes for trailers for his 1973 Outrage 19. I got a better price from a guy in the midwest, who Jeff Rohlfing had used for their Walkaround 23, super price, but the cost of transporting it negated the benefit. He could not ship and my roundtrip fuel and lodging expenses did not make it logical.

The guy in WA state quoted me $3600 for aluminum, which is my preference for weight reasons, and matched basically my quotes for somewhat local galvanized, but again, by the time I added fuel and lodging, it wasn't economical.

lizard posted 03-18-2012 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Well, the search continues. Two of the 5 Magic Tilt trailer dealers listed on their website (within 100 miles) are out of business, one said they were never a Magic Tilt dealer, one allowed me to leave a message and the fifth one took my info, which two models I would be interested in and said they would call me back yesterday, with a quote, and did not. Magic Tilts are apparently made in FLA, shipped to the west coast 3-4 times yearly, in shipments with a minimum of 10 trailers ordered.

Larry, you could not get a basic, painted steel trailer-no spare, no LEDs, no tongue jack, all black rubber (non-Stolz) in So Cal for the $1900 you have into your trailer.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-18-2012 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Lizard:

It's Sunday, they guy that took a message is either closed
or busy. The other guy may just be busy, or needs to talk to
Magic Tilt. Give them a couple of days and follow up.

And if worse comes to worst, just come, sans boat. I may be
there without my boat (I have to plck Linda up at SFO Sudnday
evening, and it would be a real pain with a trailer, and a
bigger pain to run the trailer back down to Marina and then
back up to SFO.) There will be plenty of boat space.


Chuck

lizard posted 03-19-2012 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Oh, I will wait a couple of days, Chuck. I actually called on Saturday. Frankly, I am going to be shocked if they come in substantially lower than everyone else, or they would be getting a lot of the business. I don't see many Magic Tilt trailers at the ramps in So. Cal, a lot of Pacifics, Trail Rites, etc. Of course, I haven't been to a ramp since I slipped the boat, but that is going to come full circle once I get the trailer.

I appreciate everyone's generous offer to catch a ride on their boats. We'll see what happens.

lizard posted 03-20-2012 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
72 hours since I spoke with the one Magic Tilt dealer, no callback with a price. The other Magic Tilt dealer that I left a message for, no callback at all. You would think with the marine industry definitely having taken a hit in this economy, they would be anxious for a sale. At no point, did I indicate I was "looking for a bargain", which might have been a turn off.
lizard posted 03-23-2012 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
The Magic Tilt guy I actually spoke with on Saturday never called back, the dealership that I left the message for, I called again today.

A 3000 lb. rated trailer, with these as standard features: LED lighting, weight bearing fenders w/steps, rolling tongue jack, Stoltz keel rollers, 2 sets of bunks, and brakes is $3624 for all-welded aluminum, $3474 for galvanized. These prices included an upgrade to include a spare wheel/tire (no hub). In CA, trailers rated 3000 lbs. or greater require brakes. Brakes are surge actuated disc brakes.

The aluminum trailer is about $185 lbs. lighter than the galvanized. Since I am near the capacity of my tow vehicle (3500 lbs.), the aluminum makes more sense. I could have them "down rate" the trailer capacity to 2999 lbs. and save almost $500 on the brakes, but that seems silly. My tow vehicle brakes will eat the effort required for freeway or mountain braking.

So, as with every other quote, I am still in the $3500 +/- range for a new trailer. As Raaaay had the same experience, he is feeling quite happy about the $1300 he has recently invested in improvements to his original trailer.

lizard posted 03-23-2012 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
That should read "The aluminum trailer is about 185 lbs. lighter than the galvanized."
irishcreamer posted 04-01-2012 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Looking forward to the rendezvous and hope the weather is passable. Headed to Bodega this weekend to explore the area but will be sans boat :(.

Anyone up for a Whaler fishing derby during the rendezvous?

lizard posted 04-21-2012 01:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
I may have stumbled onto the ultimate trailer, put a deposit on it today. Will know tomorrow. I will tell you this- it is a far better trailer, in terms of construction, capacity, features, than anything I requested a bid on.

Fingers crossed, I may actually meet some of you, this year. Questions- what is available in terms of lodging, at this point. Too cranky to sleep on a couch. Is there another small cabin nearby for rent?

lizard posted 04-22-2012 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
SCORE!

I got a used, 21 foot, Trail Rite, galvanized, C-channel, single axle trailer yesterday. It is spotless. Came with surge-actuated drum brakes, actuator and coupler are new, stainless lines, mounted spare, wheel jack, fender side steps, some Stoltz products and some black rubber, all of which will be replaced with Stoltz. Double bunks, keel rollers, bearing buddies. The folks who just finished Raaaay's trailer serviced it recently. I am probably forgetting something, but I picked it up for $1400. As some of you know, I have been looking for more than 8 months and all quotes for new trailers, were around $3500 and every used one I saw was junk.

The guy who owned the boat before me installed a clam-shell pick up on the underside of the hull, which I would not have done, and he placed it where there is likely to be a conflict with one of the bunks, so I may need a bunk modification to accommodate it.

I am trying to find someone who will do the long haul up to Bodega with me, which looks to be about 600 miles. I have never pulled a trailer that far, but I am guessing, besides a spare tire, is there value in having a spare hub? A set of wheel bearings? Any recommendations of what you would bring for a road trip like this are appreciated. Overkill preferred. I do have trailering insurance but much of this ride is in no man's land. I will probably do the trip up and back taking 2 days each way. Is someone knows a decent half way point for the overnighter, I'd appreciate recommendations.

Finally, lodging- is the little house taken in Bodega?

placerville posted 04-23-2012 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Hey Lizard,
I believe it is but you can call Porto Bodega and see what's available.
707-875-2354.
Mattt
placerville posted 04-23-2012 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Hey Lizard,
I believe it is but you can call Porto Bodega and see what's available.
707-875-2354.
Mattt
lizard posted 04-23-2012 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
OK, I spoke with the woman @ Porto Bodega. Both the Treasure @ Bodega Bay (1-bed, 1-bath) and the Serenity by the Sea (3-bed, 2-bath) are booked. Delight by the Bodega Bay is still available (2-bed, 2-bath), and with Fri/Sat. night stays, cleaning fee and taxes, it is $505.

[Carefree by the Bay (2-bed, 1 bath) is no longer managed or rented out by them.]

If I can find a willing traveling companion for the trip from So Cal to Bodega, I would be interested in splitting the Delight with someone. Non-smoker here.

divtruk posted 04-23-2012 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
The girlfriend and I plan on coming up Sat morning with the Montauk and staying till Sun. What time are folks planning on heading out with the boats? If Bodega is anything like Monterey I imagine the wind comes up in the afternoon. Any idea of times?

Chip

divtruk posted 04-23-2012 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
Also, how long is the drive over to Santa Rosa? Hotel options are getting thin in Bodega Bay and we are considering just getting a place in Santa Rosa.

Chip

17 bodega posted 04-24-2012 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
We should put together a head count for the big house and see how many we can fit. I don't need a room and several are taking couch space. I sleep with the fishes in Bodega...
placerville posted 04-24-2012 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Chip,
I don't think we know what time we'll be putting on Sat. Kind of depends on weather and what the consensus wants to do.
Petaluma would be a quicker option than Santa Rosa since you'll be coming from the south. And it's around 30-40 minutes to Bodega from there.

Sounds like Bill and Bernadette have one room at the big house. Sean, Chuck and Warren can fight over the other two rooms or couch.

rbulwa posted 04-24-2012 04:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for rbulwa  Send Email to rbulwa     
In regards to hotels in nearby communities, you might be better off in Sebastopol (where I live), which is closer to Bodega Bay than Petaluma but in the direction of Santa Rosa. There are two, The Sebastopol Inn at the old train station near downtown, and a small Marriott about a mile outside on the road to Cotati and south. Both can be reserved directly on the internet. The only advantage of Petaluma might be that it is on the more direct route to and from 101 and the South,. There is a direct highway route from either, Bodega Rd. from Petaluma and Bodega Hwy from Sebastopol.

There are also some B&Bs in the area.

Bob Bulwa

irishcreamer posted 04-24-2012 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Couch City here I come!

Does anyone know the washdown situation in Bodega? Do I need my own hose and nozzle? A roll of quarters?

Thanks!

lizard posted 04-24-2012 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
The house I am potentially looking at, Delight by the Bay, has an inflatable Aero queen sized bed, in addition to the 2 bedrooms, that would be available for someone's use.
Bill Lassaline posted 04-25-2012 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline    
Steve, head count: 2 - Bill & Bernadette. We'll take a bedroom.

Thanks,
Bill

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-26-2012 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'll take a couch or whatever. Linda will be bicycling on
Majorca. And I'm likely leaving the whaler at home. Linda's
coming back that Sunday night, and I have to pick her up at
SFO. It would be a LOT of towing to take the whaler back to
Marina and get back to SFO.

This will be the first NorCal Rendezvous that Linda has missed.
I think I'm still the only one that has made them all.

I'll bring all the plates, cups, napkins, knives, forks, and
spoons.


Chuck

boatdryver posted 04-26-2012 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Chuck, you'd be welcome to crew on my boat. I'm alone this year.

Jim

lizard posted 04-29-2012 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Is anyone interested in sharing the 2 bed/2 bath Delight? It would be $505 for the 2 nights, split two ways. Divtruck?
divtruk posted 04-29-2012 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
Already booked a room for my girlfriend and I. We are only staying Sat night. Driving home Sunday afternoon.
elaelap posted 04-30-2012 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm pretty sure I have an adequate supply of live Dungeness crab lined up (my unofficial God son Georgie is a commercial crabber/salmon troller and says he'll keep some alive for us). Plus Matt, Warren and I are trying our best -- without a huge amount of success so far -- to stockpile a decent salmon or two.

Tony

placerville posted 04-30-2012 12:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
And Steve and I hope to get some abalone also. Maybe we can do like last year and have people contribute a dessert, side, appetizers, booze, breakfast or like Chuck, utencils. Or contribute some $$ and we can pick up some stuff at the local market. Or if the fishermen aren't successful heaven forbid, some burgers.
Bill Lassaline posted 04-30-2012 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline    
We'll bring smoked trout, coffee, eggs, OJ, a case of SN Pale Ale, bourbon, and more (Bernadette's not here to help me think).

Based on the count so far (Bill, Bernadette, Chuck, Irish, Warren?), I don't think we've filled up the house. Is there room for Lizard?

Bill

lizard posted 04-30-2012 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
If there is a bedroom not yet taken in the main house, I'd be up for that. So far, I am trying to find someone to do the road trip there and back with me, as it is about 600 miles each way. I should know in the next couple of days.
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-30-2012 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'll bring utensils again. And sangria. And my ab pounding
arm.


Chuck

lizard posted 04-30-2012 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
What about solongdarling (Dell)? Has anyone considered where they are staying? I don't want to knock anyone out of a room.
littleblue posted 05-01-2012 04:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
When does the food consumption take place? Friday night or Sat after the day on the water? Or maybe both for some of you...

Hope I'll be able to make it and hope there is a good turnout this year. Oh and I hope the seas will be calm too, so we can get our Salmon fishing on.

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-01-2012 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Both Friday and Saturday night. Sat. is usually a bit busier.


Chuck

Bill Lassaline posted 05-01-2012 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline    
Lizard, Dell stayed in his camper last year. One of the bedrooms can be yours if you want it.

Bill

17 bodega posted 05-01-2012 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Lizard,

There should be plenty of room...looking forward to having you join us. looks like the couches are more popular this year!

Littleblue,

I hope you can make it this year. I want to meet the man behind the camera and the killer videos. There will be lots of food, so show up whenever you can.

Steve

divtruk posted 05-01-2012 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
So how many boats are we going to have? My girlfriend and I are bring up my 88' Montauk.

Chip

17 bodega posted 05-01-2012 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Chip,

There will be lots of boats, but the good news is the parking lot is huge and there will be tons of room for more boats.

See you then!

rbulwa posted 05-02-2012 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for rbulwa  Send Email to rbulwa     
Has there been an official head count? Terry and I will be there with our '85 Montauk, sleeping at home as we live a half-hour from Bodega in Graton. I plan to fish if the weather cooperates. Actually, if the seas are at all questionable, Terry may choose to stay on dry land while I fish, hopefully with a partner. I will have my outriggers on board. Our food contribution will include a pasta salad and my mother's famous banana cake.

Bob Bulwa and Terry Hallowes

RabAye posted 05-02-2012 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for RabAye  Send Email to RabAye     
Woops, somehow I used my discontinued log-in, that last post should have registered as being from RabAye.

Bob

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-02-2012 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'll get the roster started in the next day or two.


Linda

solongdarling posted 05-03-2012 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for solongdarling  Send Email to solongdarling     
I just discovered that I have a command performance family graduation to attend that weekend in Santa Barbara, so will miss out this year unfortunately. Hope all you guys have a great time! I will miss you.

I really look forward to having a meet for the America Cup next year on the bay!

Dell

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-06-2012 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I've posted a first draft of the roster at
http://www.garlic.com/~triblet/whaler/Rendezvous12.pdf .
Please take a look and help me fill in the question marks.

Notable folks I haven't heard from are Andy Gere, Rob Schmidt, and Doug Burton.


Chuck

elaelap posted 05-06-2012 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Thanks, Chuck ... or should I say Linda? Since it sounds like several attendees will be without their boats, I'm bringing my Montauk "Amulet" on Saturday.

Tony

lizard posted 05-07-2012 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Andy Gere is out, his kid(s) have Little League that weekend. IrishCreamer, on the attendee list is Sean Daugherty. I have heard from Ratherwhalering but NOT about this rendevous. I think Doug Burton's boat was up for sale and do not know what happened with that. Someone should email him.

I am tentative, and a room in the house, but still have not found anyone for the road trip. My intended victim is fishing/surfing Cabo San Lucas that weekend. I will make a commitment, one way or the other, in the next few days.

BTW, if I am driving up, for you Nor Cal folks, I have a Mills Forward Shelter, Windshield and Flytop, plus the boots, and SS frame, that I can deliver, for $1300. Good condition but perhaps dusty. That is roughly half price. I also have two, original OEM Montauk fuel tanks, in good condition, for $200. Clean interiors and exteriors powder coated, black.

Really hope I can make it.

littleblue posted 05-07-2012 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
As of now I'm about 80% sure I'll be able to attend in some fashion. Most likely driving up Sat morning.

Not certain if I'll be bringing my boat, we will see. If so it's a 1993 Outrage 22, "Salmon Sucker II"

I may be able coax another Whaler or two to join as well.

divtruk posted 05-07-2012 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
How many people are fishing and how many are just going to be out boating?

Chip

littleblue posted 05-08-2012 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
If I go I will be fishing, at least part of the time.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-08-2012 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
It's a good bet that most people will be fishing, but not all.

Chuck

irishcreamer posted 05-09-2012 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
I'm in for SaturDAY and NIGHT. Jasper, you have to come - no excuses. I've got room for you just hop on and play deckhand (Mike is out). If you catch the first fish you can play captain too :)

I'm coming to Bodega for the Whaler event and to socialize with you all for sure. But make no mistake, I am 100% addicted to fishing!!! Hope to provide some salmon. May have a line on some Monkeyface "Eel" also.

IC

lizard posted 05-10-2012 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
It is with great despair, that I inform you I will NOT be attending. Something in the steering shaft of my tow vehicle needs a major repair. Furthermore, I could not find anyone to do the 1200 miles roundtrip with me that particular weekend. Finally, one bunk on my recently acquired trailer needs an adjustment to accommodate my hull, and the dealer doubts the ability to get it done in the next week, due to the numbers trying to get boats in the water. In short, it is all stacked against me coming.

(I actually thought about flying up, renting a car, coming without a rig, hiring someone to stay at my house and care for the pets, etc.) The $$$ put it around $600 without considering my lodging expenses.

I TRULY thought this would be my year, and I am saddened to miss it. One day.

Enjoy fellow Whalers. I have enormous envy.

irishcreamer posted 05-10-2012 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Bummer, Lizard. There should be plenty of space aboard our boats for you should you decide to come sans boat.

I plan on arriving around 8am on Saturday with boat in tow. Can't wait!!!

Tony - I hope you can find us some salmon!

IC

WT posted 05-11-2012 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Bummer. I can not make this year's rendezvous. Just got back from Hawaii and have to put out some fires...

I know you guys will have a blast at Bodega Bay.

Warren

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-11-2012 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'll bring the Scotch. Probably a Balvenie DoubleWood.

Warren, we'll miss you.

Chuck

fluke posted 05-11-2012 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for fluke  Send Email to fluke     
Well Jill and I won't be able to make the trip also, just got hammered with an unexpected expence. The good news is the cute little rental next door(treasure) will be available, hope to make it up next year.

Mark

placerville posted 05-11-2012 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
So it sounds like we have Bill and Bernadette, Sean, Chuck in the big house. There would be room for another single or couple if someone is interested. And then the cottage that Mark was going to stay at is also available.
Anyone interested in either dwelling?
boatdryver posted 05-11-2012 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I'd like a bedroom in the big house if one is available.

the roster shows that Steve and Lizzie are taking a bedroom though.

Jim

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-12-2012 03:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I also show Jim Laws staying at the house.

Roster updated (I'be been updating at updates get posted).

I'll let Steve chime in about his clan. In the past it's
been 'if there's space, we'll stay:.


Chuck

irishcreamer posted 05-12-2012 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Looks like I can bring a hunk of sturgeon. I'm not very experienced at cooking it but if someone thinks they have a good recipe I ca bring the meat!

Figure I'll also bring some wine and hopefully a fresh caught bodega salmon.

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-12-2012 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Sturgeon would be a first.

Chuck

boatdryver posted 05-13-2012 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Sturgeon meat is similar to Swordfish.

I don't see how one could go wrong just grilling steaks and adding lemon and butter at the table.

sounds great.

Jim

placerville posted 05-13-2012 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Sean, definitely bring the sturgeon. I have a great recipe for it.
Shaping up to be another feast.
Steve, have you got any abs yet?
17 bodega posted 05-13-2012 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Jim,

you take a room. Lizzie and I can stay nearby at Doran quarters. That works better for us anyway.

I have one abalone vacuum packed and hope to grab 3 more. I just dropped off 15 lbs of salmon with Angelo's meats for the black pepper smoke. It is the best smoked salmon I've had ever. He got them the day of the catch! Plenty of others will have fresh to grill, I think.

Anyone call me for questions, ideas, concerns. Can't wait for the feast! I finish my preceptorship on Friday! Celebration time!

Steve

elaelap posted 05-13-2012 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm bringing some salmon as well. Fresh frozen from this week's catch. There should be enough good fish to eat. Now let's start talking about oysters.

Tony

irishcreamer posted 05-14-2012 02:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Great, I have the sturgeon and will bring it.

boatdryver posted 05-15-2012 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Roger, Steve. I'll commit to a room. Bill and Bernadette should get the one with a private bath.

Tony, Re Oysters, last year cooking oysters tied up two people and displaced the salmon cooking by Matt to the adjacent cottage's grill. I'd vote to skip BBQ'ing oysters this year.

If there's interest, I can pick up some appropriate for raw on the half shell.

comments?

Jim

boatdryver posted 05-15-2012 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Here's one for Tony or Matt re launching Fogdog.

There's a high of +4 just before noon on Friday the 18th.

do you think I can launch the 200 Dauntless there at that little ramp by the house?

Last year Tony and a helper came over to Westside to bring my car and trailer back because the tide was not very high at launch time.

Jim

placerville posted 05-15-2012 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Jim,
4 feet should be plenty to launch your boat.
divtruk posted 05-15-2012 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for divtruk  Send Email to divtruk     
Having never been to Bodega Bay before, is there a place that everyone is meeting? Or do I just look around for a lot of boston Whalers?

Chip

placerville posted 05-16-2012 01:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Chip,
Google Map East shore road, Bodega Bay. You'll drive highway 1 all the way through Bodega Bay and then make a left onto Eastshore. Take this all the way to the big parking lot where the party boats tie up. From the parking lot, you can look back to the right and see the house where everyone is staying.
My cell is (530)957-2973.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-16-2012 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I think you look left to see the house. Go to the back of the
parking lot and bear left up the hill.

Google earth sez the house is at 38° 20.037' N 123° 2.924' W

Maybe somebody can figure out how to make that into a URL.


Chuck

irishcreamer posted 05-16-2012 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
How's the forecast look? I'm getting a Tomales feeling in my gut...

17 bodega posted 05-17-2012 01:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
yeah... been looking at this, but sometimes the 15-25 forecast can mean nice calm mornings on the inside, and the wind comes up in the afternoon. I notice that the swell forecast is still pretty small for Saturday, so ...?

Tomales was the plan B from the start, and is a wonderful cruise with awesome wildlife viewing...but also has plenty of places to run aground, so caution is warranted. Jim has all the local knowledge to lead that cruise, should it happen that way. For now it's anyone's guess how the weather will shape up. Tomorrow sure looks nasty.

elaelap posted 05-17-2012 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Blowing 36.1 mph at the College right now (almost 7 p.m. Thursday evening). Yikes!

Tomales Bay, here we come...

Tony

elaelap posted 05-17-2012 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
(For those who don't know, the "College" is the UC Davis marine lab, just about 1-1.5 miles around Bodega Head from the entrance to the harbor.)

You can get real time weather reports from their website: BOON, the Bodega Ocean Observation Node, or something like that. A good local resource.

Bill Lassaline posted 05-19-2012 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Lassaline    
To all arriving Saturday morning, May 19:  we plan to trailer our boats from Bodega Harbor to the Miller Park boat ramp, next to Nick's Cove, on Hwy 1, east side of Tomales Bay.  ETA at Miller Park boat ramp is 10:00.  See you tomorrow!

Bill

irishcreamer posted 05-19-2012 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Ok change of plans I will meet you at Nicks Cove instead of Bodega.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-19-2012 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
We explored Tomales Bay today. I've posted pictures at
http://chucktribolet.smugmug.com/BostonWhalerRendezvous/Rendzvous-2012/ 23063588_6N6kWV#!i=1855870770&k=qStz9r3

Chuck

lizard posted 05-19-2012 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
One of these years.....

Seems like you had a good lineup and nice weather in the Bay. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

irishcreamer posted 05-22-2012 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Wow, great time up in Bodega. That house is a great venue for our rendezvous and I look forward to another great time with you all up there.

I fished on Sunday morning with Matt on Strike3 and we caught an estimated 12-15lb salmon (Thanks, Matt!). That was my first ride on a banana hull and I was very impressed. Incredibly stable and planes out at slow speeds.

irishcreamer posted 05-22-2012 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
Chuck, thanks for uploading your pics. Can you email me the pic of my boat cruising (#10)?

Did you manage a shot of my boat over the swell at the mouth? I may have misunderstood but thought you took such a pic...

Thanks,
IC

elaelap posted 05-27-2012 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Who should I thank for dropping off that wine at my boat? Anyway...thanks.

And the guy deserving mucho gratitude from all of us? Jim/boatdryver! Truly you saved this year's rendezvous, Jim, and I ain't alone in that opinion. Thanks again.

Tony

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-28-2012 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
+1 for special thanks to Jim Laws/boatdryver for the local
knowledge of the Tomales Bay ramp and (sand) bar, the guided
tour of Tomales Bay, the use of the yacht club bar, and the
ride.

And thanks to all of you for getting all the bits organized.
It was benevolent anarchy, which is sometimes like trying to
herd housecats, but in the end, it works.

I'd normally kick things off in January but I suspect that
some long range strategizing may pay off with the America's
Cup. I'll start a thread for that.

And if we ever get a situation where the fish are biting in
Monterey enough to lure some of you north bay folks south,
let me know and we can put something impromptu together.
Linda and I have a place in Marina, just north of Monterey,
that we call Linda's Dive Shack.


Chuck

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