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Chriscz posted 04-09-2012 12:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chriscz   Send Email to Chriscz  
With the nice weather and OldToby's trip planning to Desolation Sound, it makes me want to school together like a pod of whale(r)s.

Would folks be up for a Puget Sound get together? It looks like past events on Blake Island had quite a turn out.
Any interest?

JMARTIN posted 04-09-2012 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
I do not think there has been one since 2009. Might be time for another. In the 8 years I have been on the CW forum, I have only made one rendezvous.

Let's have one on the outside. We can look for Tsunami Whalers.

Just joshing, Canada probably has a better chance of finding Tsunami Whalers.

John

JZAB posted 04-11-2012 01:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
I would love to meet the PNW gang; I went to the Nor Cal Rendezvous many years ago and had a great time. Blake is a long run for me, but would try and make it if it comes together. Trailering from Lopez in the summer is and pain and expense, and although I have crossed the Straits of Juan de Fuca in my Montauk many times the odds of crossing it on given date, and time are very unlikely. We could do Blakely instead of Blake (-:
gusgus posted 04-12-2012 03:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I would love a get together. I am in NE Tacoma.
My whaler is getting a face lift so it isn't sea worthy right now. However if the date isn't to soon, I would love to try to make a weekend get together.
I have already volunteered for Sea Fair, in August.
DVollrath posted 04-12-2012 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
I'd be interested in this as well. No floatable boat at the moment, but perhaps in a month or two. Meeting in the San Juans, Anacortes, or Bellingham area would be ideal for me, but I might be able to get the trailer road worthy with a bit of effort.

Dennis

DeeVee posted 04-15-2012 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Hmm,

Its been quite a while since the last one. Depending on timing of course, I could be interested in a get together.

Doug Vazquez

Chriscz posted 04-15-2012 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
So that's five potential folks with many others still silent. Yesterday's weather sure was beautiful and I hope folks are getting out. Let's start thinking about dates and locations...... It looks like we have people from both north and south, perhaps something around whidbey island?
gusgus posted 04-15-2012 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I have no issue with Whidbey Island. the only blacked out weekend for me will be the races on Lake Washington, during SeaFare. I have volunteered for the logboom crew. (8/2/12 thru 8/5/12)

Other than that any weekend in late July or August. June will be a NO GO, since the Whalendowed re-fit won't be completed.

DVollrath posted 04-15-2012 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
Whidbey is OK with me too, although from a distance point of view Anacortes is closer for people from the south (unless you want to deal with ferry costs and lines). I guess I'd like to propose that for consideration as well. Anything is fine though.
I am not available until the beginning of July, and have the week of July 29 through August 5 blacked out as well.

Thanks for bringing this up Chris.

Dennis

gusgus posted 04-16-2012 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
OK everyone, I sent you all an email and included all of us who posted.
I suggested a couple of weekends, the first (I know the proximity of the 4th) weekend for me would be the 7th and the 8th or the weekend of the 14th and 15th? The reason I suggest an entire weekend is to ask is Saturday or Sunday best?
I intend to get a room anyway so either is OK with me.
JohnKaloper posted 04-17-2012 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnKaloper  Send Email to JohnKaloper     
Guys,

Sounds like fun. I have attended several in the past, one on Vashon and Coronet Bay. I'll be interested in joining depending how it schedules out. July 7-8 works for me. I can go north or south, either works for me.

John

gusgus posted 04-17-2012 03:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
New email sent.
Some ideas have been brought up.
I need a launching ramp and a place to stay, do both exist in one place?
Marine Park in North Everette?
How about La Conner?
Oak Harbor?
Langley Marina has a pretty primative ramp, but it could work, couldn't it?

Is Anacortes a good place to launch or meet?

Speak up and see if we can narrow it down to a couple places.

Personally, I like Oak Harbor.

Friday and Roche harbor are just to far away, I fear.

JMARTIN posted 04-17-2012 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Why is this discussion taking place in two different places? You have to look at your email and CW to see what is happening.

John

gusgus posted 04-17-2012 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
John,
Some people have a tough time communicating publicly and email is an "us only" communication method. If that makes people more likely to say what they are thinking, then it is a good idea. Just do a comparison of email and CW, it is evident email is much more successful in ideas and inclusion.
Unless you would like it best for your email to be excluded from the email list? That is not an issue, eventually the ideas would make it here anyway.
Personally, I like email. I receive it on my phone and can then consider options while the day rolls along. Then in the evening I have a clearer idea of the questions and answers.

DVollrath posted 04-17-2012 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
John & Gus both make good points here. The CW forum format reaches more people than have been included in the email stream to this point, but some folks might be a little shy with public posts.

I'll volunteer to transcribe (read cut and paste) info in email to this point, and post it here. I can make the posting anonymous if someone desires. Let me know.

If this sounds good, I'll do it when I get home tonight. I guess I'd suggest we stick to forum posts if we can to reach the largest audience and be as inclusive as possible. Many local folks have not replied yet, and the silence may or may not indicate lack of interest.

I really hope this comes together, as I am very interested in meeting everyone and seeing your boats. Perhaps I can also hitch a ride other's rides to get a feel for the larger craft.

Thanks.

Dennis

gusgus posted 04-17-2012 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Thanks Dennis,
Thats nice of you. The email stream is actually working well for me. We are now hearing from a larger bunch who like a more centralized area. I like this idea as well.
Quartermaster Harbor would be great since main land launches exist all over this area.
Vashon is a nice destination both for camping and overnight moorages.

The limited number of entrants could essentially be due to such an early start, however it would be best if the first group decide on a destination so we don't get mired in discussion or disagreements.

My thought is make a list of possible destinations and lets vote them in a 1=best, 5=worst and add up the points. Just an idea.

Thanks again Dennis

Gus

JZAB posted 04-17-2012 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
In the 50+ years I have been boating the north sound I have never been to Oak Harbor, from Google maps looks like that area may be a possibility if people are willing to go that far north. Any thoughts on the area ?
JMARTIN posted 04-17-2012 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Oak Harbor, hope this works, I found a more up to date shoreline photo place,

https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/UICoastalAtlas/Tools/ ShorePhotos.aspx

Shallow, problems with low tides, has a marina, boat launch but not much of a "gathering" area. I think the yacht club has an area and maybe a guest dock but I am not a member. I have never been in there by boat either.

John

JMARTIN posted 04-17-2012 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
It did not work, but this older shoreline photo place should. Arrow left or right to see more shoreline.

http://apps.ecy.wa.gov/shorephotos/scripts/bigphoto.asp?id=ISL0217

John

JMARTIN posted 04-17-2012 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
The Seattle and south group will want some place close and the north group likewise. There is not much in the middle that would be a good location especially for people spending the night.

I would like Vendovi, I'm experimenting again:

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JMARTIN posted 04-17-2012 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Huge failure,

Look at these.

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Problems with Vendovi:
Probably need permission for a group. There is no overnight allowed on the island. The nearest all tide launch is at the north end of the Swinomish slough. There is overnight parking at the launch for a fee, and a motel across the slough at the Casino.

Biggest problem is it's a long way for the Seattle crowd.

JMARTIN posted 04-17-2012 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d137/jmartin-/DSCF9608.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d137/jmartin-/DSCF9609.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d137/jmartin-/DSCF9615-1.jpg

I should not be doing this at work. I get interrupted and forget what I am doing.

John

20dauntless posted 04-17-2012 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
Perhaps Cornet Bay would work? It's not really that long a trip up from Seattle, I did the trip from Bell Harbor to the entrance to Swinomish Channel in about 4 hours in January cruising fairly slowly in my C-Dory, and it's only a few miles further to Cornet Bay. Probably about a 60 NM trip.

Cornet Bay is in Deception Pass State Park, there's a decent launch right there, lots of dock space, and camping.

Alas, I'll be in cruising in Alaska all summer so I won't be there, but have fun wherever you all end up!

DVollrath posted 04-17-2012 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
Here are some thoughts that were exchanged via email. Hopefully I have all of the attributions correct.

Gusgus writes:

quote:

Hi everyone,

I am Gusgus, on the Continuous Wave site.

I am not stepping up or in on setting this Puget Sound Rendezvous up,
just making suggestions and offering a willingness to coordinate some
of this.

So if anyone is willing or wanting to step up and suggest a weekend
date for our get together, please do so.

I know nothing of the area so any help, ideas or suggestions would
sure be awesome in setting up a place to meet, including launch
locations and food/fuel locations. A nice Boatel (marine equivalent of
a motel?)would be fun.

I am open for two weekends in a row in July, the 7th/8th or the 14th/
15th.

That opens up another question/option. I will plan on an overnight, no
matter which day or both days we meet. Since it makes no sense to me
to be there and not see some of the place. So I will be off to see
some of the sights on the "other day". Note anyone/everyone is welcome
to lead, follow, or just get out of the way! LOL.

See you all on the water.

Gus


JZAB wrote:

quote:

Gus thanks for getting us thinking, my current work schedule makes it
hard for me to commit, but both those weekends look like they would
work. My boat is on Lopez Is, but most of the summer I could make it
to Anacortes or Whidbey with out much trouble. I don’t think most
people would find the San Juans practical, but the Lopez Islander
Resort is an easy place to get dock space and they have rooms. They
stretch meaning of Resort, but they have good docks a adequate
Restaurant and over priced rooms. Obviously Firday Harbor or Roche
Harbor have much more to do and lots of choices for rooms.. There
are several motels walking distance from the dock space in Anacortes,
and I have no clue about a place on Whidbey. La Conner might be an
option a long trip out to open water but might be a fun place to
meet. Just some ideas not good ones but ideas (-:


DeeVee wrote:

quote:

The San Juan Islands would be great, but I would be unable to commit to the time involved in getting there. I am in the far south end. There is quite a bit of protected water for cruising down this way. Jarrells Cove state park is a popular destination. Olympia has few decent restaurants within walking distance from the docks.

Concerning the dates, the July dates may work perfect for me, or may not, depending on my work schedule. It would be hard to totally commit for quite a while. I remain interested though.



Chrisz wrote:

quote:

Gus, thanks for jumping on this! I am fairly flexible on the location and agree having some good nearby boating/eating options are the key ingredients.
Some locations might make camping a possibility, like Blake Island near Vashon or Cypress Island near Anacortes.
I have stayed at the Lopez Islander and agree that "resort" is a stretch, but the rooms were clean, people friendly, and a good location. Obviously in the San Juan's there would be all kinds of day trip destinations to check out by boat.
I know of two boat launches on Lopez and have also put in at Fidalgo and zipped across Rosario straight on good weather days.
Whidbey and Penn Cove might be an option with boat launch possibilities at Mukilteo or Everett or on Whidbey (even though the one I have used only was good on a reasonable tide).

More central Puget sound, along with Blake Island there is Quartermaster Harbor between Vashon and Maury Island, which has a State owned boat launch and moorage. Folks could also launch at Pt Defiance (Tacoma) to avoid the ferry out to Vashon.


I haven't explored south sound and would love to as well.

Keep the discussion going:)

Chris



DVollrath wrote:

quote:

Hi Guys,
Thanks to both Gus & Chris for taking the initiative.

I keep my 2 half boats on Orcas Island. Charges are only made for
ferries going to the islands (westbound), but they really get you for
it. Fares during a June weekend would be $200 or so for my boat. They
haven't published the Summer Schedule yet, so it is not clear if it
would go up any more than that, but it won't be any less. However, ferry
lines during a summer weekend need to be dealt with in both directions,
and are a significant consideration. They could easily chew up half a
day if you get unlucky. I strongly recommend against ferrying to an
island in the San Juans to meet. That being said, JohnZ & I need to do
the return trip if we meet anywhere other the San Juans. I'm fine with
this, but if so would like to plan for a launch on the mainland which
does not involve a ferry (sensing a love/hate relationship here?). I do
not know the South Sound at all, but would like to see it sometime too.
Perhaps that is this summer.
If we want to explore north instead, we'd need to find a launch &
trailer parking for others. I know there is a launch under the Twin
Bridges, but I'm not sure about overnight parking. John Martin might
know. Anacortes also has a couple of marinas that I could look into
regarding guest mooring & parking.
If we did launch from that area, La Conner is a nice easy destination
w/o any open water. Without crossing Rosario Straight, we could visit
Cypress (nice camping beach) and Saddlebag nice beaches and crabbing.
As far as destination further out into the San Juans, Friday Harbor is
nice & has lots to do. There is free (4 hr) guest moorage at the marina
there, lots of restaurants. Crossing Rosario is fine under most
conditions. I've done it a number of times in a kayak.
I am building a shop with a small apartment on top on Orcas, and while
I don't have the occupancy permit yet, people are certainly welcome to
camp out indoors. Orcas has a couple of marinas with guest moorage, Deer
Harbor and Westsound. I could use my van to ferry folks between a
marina and my place.
Again, I'm fine with trailering south too, but would like to avoid an
additional ferry if possible.

Thanks!

Dennis


kwik_wurk posted 04-17-2012 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Well I am in, but have travel plans for part of summer so dates really limit me. (And opening day of salmon season for the greater Puget Sound is not an option.)

But here is my 0.02:

Oak Harbor would be good, actually Coupeville dock would be awesome. Then a stroll up to Toby's for fresh mussels to go would definitely be in order. -- Dates to watch is Whidbey Island Race week (14th - 20th July), as the place will be crawling with sailors. (Would be fun to watch the races though.) --- Launching in and out of Oak Harbor is easy (fuel dock too), and the waterway is plenty deep unless you have a 6' keel.

Blake, can't really beat it as center of the Puget Sound, plus you can reserve a open shelter. However, with a stiff Northerly or Southerly, some would get a little beat up.

Lake Union, as odd as this sounds, a put-put around the lake in the evening is a blast (If you need to stretch your outboards legs, hit Lake Wash.) Clam chowder to go at Ivar's, or on the south end of the lake Chandlers or Dukes (plus a lot of others). If we plan on on a Tues. evening you can catch the Duck Dodge beer can races.

Vashon (Quartermaster), the Dockton Dock is pretty big, and well sheltered, the ramp is a little flat at ~2' tides. It would be a short jaunt from Gig Harbor, Pt Defiance, Brown's Point, Des Moines.

South Sound like Jarrel Cove or Hope Island would be nice quite places. But likely a little too south for the general population.

San Juan's, shoot anything up there, but quite a bit tougher to get to. Hood Canal is an option, but that is a bit far for a lot of people, Poulsbo could be done for much less distance.

JZAB posted 04-18-2012 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
kwik_wurk, Lake Union actually sounds like a lot fun, that is a great idea. If I lots of time I think it would be fun to run down from Lopez and go through locks. Not likely for me but a great location for lots of people. If I couldn't get the time I would come down by float plane and hitch hike a ride.
gusgus posted 04-18-2012 05:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
It is 1 AM and I am just home from another glorious day at work, sitting here looking at the list of places and names suggested.
So I plotted a map of all the suggestions, furtherest North and furthest South and listed the rest in sequence where they are in conjunction to the others.
From the farthest north Blakely Island to the furtherest south Jarrel Cove.

Starting from the North:
Blakely Island
Lopez-Friday Harbor
Anacortes
Laconner
Cornet Bay
Oar Harbor/Coupville
Marine Park
Lake Union/Lake Washington
Blake Island
Jarrel Cove

The way I see it the most central places are Cornet Bay,
Oar Harbor and Coupville.

They offer a good venue of eats, fuel and access from most directions.

Votes?

gusgus posted 04-18-2012 05:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Furtherest? Really?
JohnKaloper posted 04-18-2012 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnKaloper  Send Email to JohnKaloper     
I would vote for Blake Island or Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon.
DeeVee posted 04-18-2012 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I'd go along with John's vote.

Doug

kwik_wurk posted 04-19-2012 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
my votes (in somewhat order of preference):

Vashon (Quarter Master)
Oak Harbor/Coupeville
Blake Island
Lake Union

gusgus posted 04-21-2012 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
OK, the only votes are for Quartermaster Harbor and Vashon. I honestly would love the meeting to be there, so respectfully I agree with the other two that Quartermaster Harbor would be a great meet and greet location.
Chriscz posted 04-21-2012 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
I'm completely flexible on location, so quartermaster harbor sounds good. There's more folks out there, so I hope to hear from others as time goes on. Let's make this happen!
gusgus posted 04-21-2012 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I agree anywhere (almost) will be ok with me.
The place is not as important to me as getting the chance to meet new Whaler friends and see all the nice Whalers.
So on that thought I built and posted a POLL asking people to vote and also suggest their thoughts on here: [url=http://www.bostonwhalerforum.com/general-discussion/2354-2012-puget-sound-rendezvous.html]klik this[/url]
Let me know if I need to adapt it or you've got any ideas, please let me know so I can change it for the better.

Gus

DVollrath posted 04-22-2012 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
Folks,
My votes in descending order of preference are:

1. Cornet Bay - Fun area with dock & easy runs to La Conner, Oak Harbor, and Coupeville.

2. Anacortes - A number of launch points available, with destinations of Saddlebag, Cypress, perhaps Sucia or Matia. La Conner is very close as well.

3. Oak Harbor

4. Vashon or Blake - I'm not knocking either of these choices, but I know nothing about them. My 2 concerns would be getting a trailer road worthy, and where would I park and launch on the mainland.

If this does come together and is successful, it would be great to have it on a more regular basis and at different locations. Folks local can then show everyone else places they perhaps have not much exposure to.

Thanks.

Dennis

gusgus posted 04-22-2012 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     


Very good points Dennis.

You hit some of the points that I have heard and also have concerns with.

#1-Safe Parking. This is a large part of using new places. So those who know the areas could help and feed us information and inform (disclaimer: with no responsibility) of local ramps, fees, crowds, or launch location security for leaving our tow vehicles. I have some (really limited to maybe 2 tow vehicles) parking at my house for secure parking. I am fairly close to Brown's Point, Des Moines, Tacoma Harbor.

#2-Trailering. We have heard a few times that people don't trailer much and therefore don't have nice/roadworthy trailers. Maybe some of us could consider loaning our trailers out? I would entertain it.

#3-Lodging and comfort. Having a place where we can not only harbor our boats and compare/share with each other, but also have a nice restaurant that can house us together and maybe a motel.

#4-Choose new places each year. This is good goal, so we can experience each others areas and be able to share our home waters with others.

I don't know much of my own area and therefore it is all new for me. however I intend to spend some time searching for new ramps and new experiences around Tacoma/Des Moines. This will of course include Vashon and Quartermaster Harbor.


gusgus posted 04-25-2012 05:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I can hear crickets!
gusgus posted 04-27-2012 03:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Wondering why it became so silent. I believe there are some others, even if only myself that needs a few months notice to make my life work around a possible rendezvous.
If there is some issue with excitement or involvement, I will bow out and plan on some other venue.
However I would like to select a weekend and a place as soon as possible.


Chriscz posted 04-29-2012 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
We've made some good progress.
Interest
Place options
Potential dates
Gus, thanks for keeping the discussion going. I think the limited response irate,y is more of an indication of how busy people are and how tough it is to think out several months into the future. Just keep on plugging.
JZAB posted 04-29-2012 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
Been out on a motorcycle trip the last week so just saw the updates. I'm not going to vote for any of the options since there is good chance I will not be able to make it, but I will try where ever it is.
gusgus posted 04-30-2012 03:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Hello everyone,

Since I seem to be in the place to set the date, I shall do so.

After many hours of internet looking for a place with a boat dock, camping/motel, fuel nearby and some services (toilet and shower), this is the only one I could identify. The location is woodsy and off of the main roads, but it looks like an awesome place for a good time and place to meet any whaler people, who can make it.

The rendezvous will be at Jarrel Cove State Park on the 15th of July.

I will be there the 14th, camping out. I wish I was a better organizer of games and ideas, but maybe one of you all could step up and plan some fun ideas. We can plan a bar B que and/or what ever.

There are camp spots near the dock and fuel right across the narrow channel. It is accessible from any number of launching ramps and can even be driven to. There aren't launch facilities there, but there are restrooms and even a shower. I will be launching about 30 miles away from Jarrel.

from the web site:
"CAMPING
Jarrell Cove State Park has 22 tent spaces, one restroom and one shower. There is one ADA-accessible campsite and four tent spaces (sites number 9, 10, 11 and 12) that are reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. Other tent sites are first-come, first-served.

Some of the park's campsites are above the entrance dock near the shoreline and some are in a grassy area in the center of the park. Maximum site length is 34 feet (may have limited availability).

Group Accommodations: A walk-in group camp is available, accommodating up to 64 people. A restroom is nearby in the park. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve the group camp, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

http://www.stateparks.com/jarrell_cove_state_park_in_washington.html

Tom W Clark posted 04-30-2012 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I've been out of the country the last couple weeks and am seeing this now for the first time. Without reading the whole thread, is there a consensus on location and date?

I am an enthusiastic *maybe*. I've got a busy schedule this summer and July 6-8 is out for me.

Having organized a few PNW rendezvous over the years, a bit of advice: Some, One, Highly Organized Person needs to take the lead and follow through all the way to the end to pull it off.

gusgus posted 04-30-2012 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Hello Tom,
I am neither highly organized or a good organizer. However having the requirements attached to my time off, I seem to be driven by the fact that I need a set date, ASAP. Lacking the continued response needed to make this decision voted for, it left little choice but to make my own plans and hope others would follow.
Being new to the area, has it's own degree of difficulty, but add my arrival into PNW boating, is of course a major issue.
Advise, volunteers, or a better plan is all welcome. However note that like others my dates are not very flexible, if at all.
Right now I am not looking at an this so much as an organized event but my weekend when I will be boat camping, where others are invited.
kwik_wurk posted 04-30-2012 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Good choice. One of my best memories was a waterski pull from Jarrel to McNeil. The longest straight line pull of my life, dead calm on Tues morning. Granted I was in highschool, but it was a blast never forget that.

Now if I personally can make the dates is still unknown.

20dauntless posted 04-30-2012 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
As some of you know I have a C-Dory in addition to the Whaler. The C-Dory folks put on lots of these types of gatherings, including several at Jarrell Cove. Here's a link to the thread where the group discussed plans for the 2008 Jarrell Cove Rendezvous, perhaps it can be of some value to those planning the Whaler gathering.

http://www.c-brats.com/viewtopic.php?t=8051

DeeVee posted 04-30-2012 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
There is a pretty nice Mason County boat ramp located on the mainland side of the Harstine Island bridge. From the ramp to Jarrell's Cove is maybe 5 to 10 minutes.

It is not exactly a good single hand boat ramp, but the ramp surface, the float and the pier are pretty new and should be in good shape. New on site parking was added this spring.

The current can be a little tricky at max ebb or flood during loading or unloading, but the ramp is mostly protected from wind.

See:

http://www.co.mason.wa.us/parks/latimers_landing.php

Concerning the 15th of July, I will be trying to make it that day.

Doug Vazquez

gusgus posted 05-01-2012 04:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Great response everyone.
I am pleased to have found (luckily) a good location for most.

I do like Zittle's (thanks) for a launch site, but there is another. It is (as far as I know un-named. the address is 4849 D Milluhr Dr NE
Olympia, WA 98516. It is a small ramp and looks like a desolate spot to leave my truck but I believe it is free.

So lets try something. Let me know if you can or can't go, for sure, undecided names shall remain as yer goin's, until notified otherwise, OK? I will update the list as I see new people joining or removing their names from the list.

Lets get our names on the list and I will begin the reservation procedure for our group as soon as we get some idea how many are coming. It sounds like each boat captain will need a moorage ticket purchased before the rendezvous.

#1- Gusgus and MaGus
#2- Chriscz
#3- JohnKaloper
#4- DVollrath
#5- JZAB ?
#6- DeeVee
#7- kwik_wurk
#8-

Chriscz posted 05-01-2012 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
Just to sweeten the pot. I do some work for Seattle Shellfish which has an operation on Harstine Island, very close to Jarell Cove. I will see if we can't get some oysters and other shellfish to enjoy. As fresh as they get:)
DeeVee posted 05-01-2012 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Jarrels Cove has buoys that can be utiized for mooring as well. It may be that several boats could raft together, either off the dock or on one or more of the buoys. If one is spending the night, a moorage ticket would be required.

Doug

DVollrath posted 05-02-2012 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
Judy & I will try to make it, if I can get boat, trailer, & schedule all in order. It would only be for the day if we do.

OK, you South Sound Swabs, where should I put in? I've heard mention of Swantown, Zittels, and Boston Harbor. We'll be trailering with full tanks of gas (24 gal, I hope), and parking for the day. Which place has the easiest launching, so I don't embarrass myself too badly? Other considerations?

Thanks.

Dennis

Jerry Townsend posted 05-02-2012 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Chriscz - now you are talking - with fresh oysters and shellfish - I would be tempted to drag my Outrage up there from SE Idaho. If only I can get my recently replaced hip up to par by then.

Regardless - everyone have fun and one of these times I will join you. ---- Jerry/Idaho

gusgus posted 05-02-2012 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Jerry I sure hope your healing takes the fast track and you can make the drive out here for a hand shake and some food, at the very least.
But I want to see some Whalers, too!

Only a couple slight change to the attendee list:

#1- Chriscz
#2- gusgus and ma'gus
#3- JohnKaloper
#4- DVollrath
#5- JZAB ?
#6- DeeVee
#7- kwik_wurk ?
#8- JMARTIN ?
#9-

JMARTIN posted 05-02-2012 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
How far of a run would that be from the North end of the Swinomish Slough; 3 or 4 hours at 22 to 28 mph?

John

DVollrath posted 05-02-2012 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
John,
Using the Google "Daft Logic" tool ( www.daftlogic.com/projects-google-maps-distance-calculator.htm ), I come up with around 120 miles one way. This is going through the inside of Whidbey. Too far for me, especially when adding on the time to get from Orcas to Swinomish Slough.

Dennis

JMARTIN posted 05-02-2012 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Thanks Dennis, wow 5 hours, I'm out.

I could get there faster and cheaper in the Sport, but it's real crummy boat camping with the Sport.

John

IGN posted 05-02-2012 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for IGN  Send Email to IGN     
I have moored there many times and give it a thumbs up. However it is quite a poke. I figure it takes me four hours from Gig Harbor in my 38' sail boat. But also take into account this under power and a maximum 8 knots. This location is pretty much at the southern end of Puget Sound,save and Island or two. Trailer your boat.
DeeVee posted 05-03-2012 04:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Dennis,

As I noted in my previous post, the Lattimer's Landing Ramp is the closest to Jarrel's Cove. The Swantown Ramp is a real nice facility, though there is a pretty long NO WAKE zone to negotiate.

If you want a longer boat ride, Swantown is your best bet. Lattimer's Landing is where I will put in.

Doug Vazuez

gusgus posted 05-03-2012 05:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Updated:

#1- Chriscz
#2- gusgus and ma'gus
#3- JohnKaloper
#4- DVollrath
#5- JZAB ?
#6- DeeVee
#7- kwik_wurk ?
#8-

Chriscz posted 05-03-2012 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
I'll probably depart from Shilshole to make it a longer run. But for you northern folks, trailering to Seattle (Shilshole) or Tacoma (Pt Defiance) might be a good option to reduce the length of the run.
gusgus posted 05-05-2012 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Launch choices;

Zittle's is really a nice choice or for a bit closer to I-5, the launch site at address 4849 D Milluhr Dr NE, Olympia, WA 98516. It is a small ramp with a few parking places. There is Boston Harbor, although tides and weather make it a little tougher if you ask me, however it is closer to Jarrel Cove.

or

[quote=Chriscz]I'll probably depart from Shilshole to make it a longer run. But for you northern folks, trailering to Seattle (Shilshole) or Tacoma (Pt Defiance) might be a good option to reduce the length of the run.[/quote]

[quote=DeeVee]Mason County boat ramp located on the mainland side of the Harstine Island bridge. From the ramp to Jarrell's Cove is maybe 5 to 10 minutes./Lattimer's Landing Ramp is the closest to Jarrel's Cove. The Swantown Ramp is a real nice facility[/quote]

Updated:

#1- Chriscz
#2- gusgus and ma'gus
#3- JohnKaloper
#4- DVollrath
#5- JZAB ?
#6- DeeVee
#7- kwik_wurk ?
#8-IGN ?

I believe we should figure out for reservations sake, are how many of us will be moored overnight and camping. The costs will be significantly better if that is gathered first. Of course regardless of the amount of drop in's or day visitors.
The camp offers covered picnic tables and it sounds like a covered pavilion of some sort. We are going to reserve a covered table for our site and would welcome it becoming the central point of contact.

Lastly in this post, food and drink and FIRE. I plan on bringing a good assortment of beverages, both alcoholic and non/alcoholic, plus enough grub for many more than WE will eat or drink.
Firewood, I will plan on having enough for our campsite (even with lots of company). This is (of course) the bane of camping loads. It might require a few trips back to the firewood source, which I plan on having as my truck.

Gus

JZAB posted 05-07-2012 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
OK, I have to get realistic there is no way I can run down that far with my limited time since tralering is not an option so I will have to drop out for now. Looking forward to some good pictures, and stories.
gusgus posted 05-08-2012 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
JZAB, I sent you an email.

How can I help you make it work for you and therefore make it work for us all?

JZAB posted 05-08-2012 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
Mr. Gusgus thanks so much for trying to make this work. You have picked a great place and a good date, but I think the odds of me making down are slim. I have not given up with the idea, but I think the odds are against me. Taking the boat across on the ferry is expensive and a pain but if the timing is right I might even do it. The big issue there is fixing my trailer that is currently number 227 on my to-do list (-:

PS If you sent me an email I did not get it.

gusgus posted 05-09-2012 12:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
JZAB, I klicked the link above your post and sent an email. But no matter.
I am offering to place my boat in the water and leave it for a couple days before the date and a couple of days after the event so you could use my trailer.
Like i said before the best thing is for us all is to have as many as possible to come. But I do understand the job list issues and the struggle with the distance.

gusgus posted 05-20-2012 03:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Bump for the Puget Sound Rendezvous.
We had fallen off the front page......


gusgus posted 05-27-2012 04:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Happy Memorial Day everyone!

The weather is looking good. I hope all of you Whaler owners have a great weekend. I lowered my flag to half staff to honor our fallen heros and raised a glass to them as well.

Thank you to all of the veterans for your contribution and sacrifice for my country and my countrymen.

Peace everyone. See you in July, if you make it.

Gusgus

DVollrath posted 05-31-2012 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
Just an update to serve as a bump...

I finally got my motor mounted on Saturday, and ordered some new cables to start the rigging. So things are progressing, but slowly.

I also just noticed that 7/15 is the opening day of crab season up north, same day as the rendezvous. I hope that John leaves me a few.

Dennis

gusgus posted 05-31-2012 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
That is cool! A bit of crabbing might be fun, since I have never done it.
Congrats on the motor install. Mine is a touch further away from the first sea trial.
gusgus posted 06-01-2012 05:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
It looks like, July 1 is the crab opener for almost all of the sound.
I am really looking forward to fishing and crabbing. It is tough to be patient and finish the boat first.

gusgus posted 06-09-2012 06:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
It seems to even the most casual observer that the discussion and interest has died off in this Rendezvous.
Is the location, problematic? Is it the date? Or are people just not interested in discussing it?

My plans aren't set or decided either, but I am still spending every weekend and every night out in the boat shelter, making progress and slowly but surely completing the rewire and re-fit of the old Whaler.

Will a different place bring more people? I wonder.............

DeeVee posted 06-10-2012 12:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Its on my calendar. Although if the ocean salmon fishing is hot, I may have to beg off and go to Westport instead.

Doug

Chriscz posted 06-10-2012 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
It's on my calendar too. As we get closer more specific plans can be made
kwik_wurk posted 06-12-2012 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
It's on my calender, and I am not to far away, but I have a few other commitments that may prevent me from joining.
gusgus posted 06-12-2012 04:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Is Westport a better location,,,,Just asking!
DVollrath posted 06-12-2012 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
Gusgus,
Westport is a real haul, and I could not make it.

The current location is not ideal for me, but I can live with it. Since we'll rotate venues in future years, it's a good chance to see areas we would not normally boat in.

The biggest unknown is whether my boat and trailer will be ready. Cannot work on it except on weekends though. I am working towards the 15th.

Dennis

gusgus posted 06-12-2012 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I understand Dennis,

I like the Jarrel Cove site the best anyway. Just looking for input.

Pierce posted 06-16-2012 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pierce  Send Email to Pierce     
Well, I'm off work that weekend, but it is too long of a haul in dstance and time for me to make a day visit to the rendevous:(. Darnit! I really have my 15ss sorted out since the last get together in Coronet Bay. Oh well. You guys have a good time!!
Hopefully John, I'll see you out there when crabbing season opens!!
fishrswim posted 06-19-2012 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishrswim  Send Email to fishrswim     
I just found this and will put in a strong word for Oak Harbor. I'm putting my 190 Outrage in a covered slip there in late June or early July. There is plenty of both open and covered mooring available. The Marina has non-ethanol gas, ice, showers and the usual amenities. In the park above the Harbormaster office there is picnic space and a fire pit.
The shops, restaurants and bars are about a mile walk along the waterfront. At anything above low tide there is also a city dock available if you want to boat to dinner. It's a 20 minute run to Coupeville for a visit to Tobys or Christophers.

I can act as a go between to find out which weekends (if any) are booked up and make reservations if we need them.

Note, the launch ramps at the Marina are old Navy ramps for float planes and therefore have a very shallow angle. I can't use them without putting my rear bumper underwater so I use the Marina sling. (About $40 round trip)

Anytime mid July on works for me.

JMARTIN posted 06-19-2012 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Two Rendezvous, north and south. I can do Oak Harbor without messing with a trailer. Both boats are in the water.

Check the tides with the open dates.

John

gusgus posted 06-20-2012 03:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I think that sounds awesome! Maybe Jimh will rename this thread SOUTH and you could start a NORTH group. Just do me a favor, choose a different weekend in-case some of us would like to make both.

fishrswim posted 06-21-2012 01:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishrswim  Send Email to fishrswim     
Reading back the thread I see that the first location date is 15 July. Is that correct? I'll check with the Oak Harbor harbormaster to get open dates later in the summer and post them in the next couple of days. I'll cross those weekends with favorable tides and post the results soon.
gusgus posted 06-21-2012 04:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Fishrswim; this thread is about the Jarrel Cove State Park Rendezvous.

If you want to set one up please, please do, but let this thread stand for the Jarrel Cove meeting.

If you include any other meeting here, it will make communication about our set up meeting tough to understand or keep on track.

Thanks for understanding.

fno posted 06-21-2012 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Gus, I hope you put this one together. I would like to come out and join you guys in a year or two. It would be as a walk on, Florida is a bit too far to trailer from. Keep up the organizational efforts. We pull together a good crowd once a year in Florida for the Homosassa event, but have a hard time getting together on weekends or another location. Pick a good spot that will keep people coming back year to year. If not, change it up till you find a good locale for your participants.
fishrswim posted 06-21-2012 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishrswim  Send Email to fishrswim     
OK I'm out.
gusgus posted 06-22-2012 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
No disrespect intended fishrswim.

Another thread has been started for a northerly rendezvous, http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/001277.html

mcmitch posted 06-27-2012 12:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for mcmitch  Send Email to mcmitch     
Did everyone decide on a date and location yet. We are new to a Whaler and we are going to be boating out of Zittle's. Maybe we could meet a few folks and learn some things about the boats.
gusgus posted 06-27-2012 03:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Hi mcmitch,

Welcome, it will be so nice to meet fellow Whaler people.

Yes the South Sound Rendezvous is at Jarrel Cove State Park on the 15th of July.

There are camp spots near the dock and fuel right across the narrow channel. It is accessible from any number of launching ramps and can even be driven to. There aren't launch facilities there, but there are restrooms and even a shower. I will be launching about 30 miles away from Jarrel.

from the web site:
"CAMPING
Jarrell Cove State Park has 22 tent spaces, one restroom and one shower. There is one ADA-accessible campsite and four tent spaces (sites number 9, 10, 11 and 12) that are reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. Other tent sites are first-come, first-served.

Some of the park's campsites are above the entrance dock near the shoreline and some are in a grassy area in the center of the park. Maximum site length is 34 feet (may have limited availability).

Group Accommodations: A walk-in group camp is available, accommodating up to 64 people. A restroom is nearby in the park. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve the group camp, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

http://www.stateparks.com/jarrell_cove_state_park_in_washington.html

mcmitch posted 06-28-2012 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for mcmitch  Send Email to mcmitch     
Thanks gusgus. I hope we are in the water by then. I think it is only maybe 10 miles from Zitells. Where are you coming from? Will there be dock space left on Sunday since a lot of folks will be there all weekend? We will be on a 21' with no dingy. We will at least come by and check it out.
gusgus posted 06-30-2012 04:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Thanks gusgus. I hope we are in the water by then. I think it is only maybe 10 miles from Zitells. Where are you coming from? Will there be dock space left on Sunday since a lot of folks will be there all weekend? We will be on a 21' with no dingy. We will at least come by and check it out.

I am in a similar situation. Right now my engine is in pieces and my work schedule is expected to be quite hectic, so the boat will remain in pieces for awhile longer.
I have not made reservations yet either. But intend to do so as soon as I can see I will be able to motor there as well. I never guessed I would still be fixing stuff. It wasn't that buggered up!

Please do try to make it. My goal hasn't changed, my heart is in it. My wallet hasn't been keeping up so well.

DVollrath posted 07-03-2012 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
All,
I won't be able to make this one due to a combination of lack of time, lack of money, and state of trailer. I should have things squared away by the 8/25 rendezvous, so perhaps I'll see some of you there. Good luck & have fun!

Dennis

gusgus posted 07-03-2012 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Sorry to hear that.
I hope to be able financially and physically to boat up and see ya'll at Oak Harbor, after our little south sound rendezvous.

New list:
#1- Chriscz
#2- gusgus and ma'gus
#3- JohnKaloper
#4- JZAB ?
#5- DeeVee
#6- kwik_wurk ?
#7- IGN ?

gusgus posted 07-08-2012 06:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
It is clear now that making the camping trip is almost impossible for us.
Parts troubles and work demands slowed my time to ready the boat. The motor is still in pieces and some parts are still en-route.

I am quite saddened by this yet I can't change the outcome, as hard as I might try.

JohnKaloper posted 07-12-2012 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnKaloper  Send Email to JohnKaloper     
Sorry guys but I'm out this weekend. Maybe I can make the north dates next month. Have fun
Chriscz posted 07-13-2012 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
It' sad to say I am out as well. I have been delayed on my trip back east and am needing to stay in Virginia longer than anticipated. I won't be able to make it.
Gus Gus and others, I'm sorry and thanks for keeping this alive over the last several months. Perhaps the northern rendezvous will be a good date for folks.
DeeVee posted 07-15-2012 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I apologize for not getting back to the group. Our weekend was consumed by a close friend's wedding. I really though I would be able to make it, but the reality was that I did not have enough time.

It turned out to be a really windy day as well.

Did anyone make it?

Doug Vazquez

gusgus posted 07-24-2012 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I am also interested if anyone made the trek, since the wind and waves looked less than ideal?
I made the maiden voyage for my whaler last Sunday (22nd)
I may be able to make the northern rendezvous, fingers crossed.

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