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Draftmanswife posted 06-23-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for Draftmanswife   Send Email to Draftmanswife  
Hey gang...She's back, relaxed, and to go back, back to the islands.
We had a final count of 28 boats that made the crossing from West Palm Beach, to Green Turtle Cay this year. We had about 2-4 on each boat, and most of the wives (chickens I call them) flew over with their kids. All in all, we had 112 people, and 7 kids under 12. We started out West Palm Beach on Saturday morning, at 6am, in the rain, swells 4-6ft. It usually calms down once we get to West End, where we all clear customs, but Mother Ocean had a plan of her own for us last week. It swelled up in the Abaco Sea, 2-4's, and made for a bumpy ride over. Once there, the sun came out, for a few days, then the clouds built, and stayed there. It actually made for a great week, as the hot sun wasn't bearing down on us. It did however make it difficult to scuba, so shopping, relaxing by the bays, and exploring uninhabited islands was in order. (I'll still afraid to look at the visa bill). We all had a great time, the Whalers and Edgewaters crossed great, but the Searays...two of them are still in Green Turtle, and 2 are still in West End. Why??? Well...On the departure morning (yesterday) we had 3-4's in the Sea, with 8-10's in the Stream. One of the Searays wouldn't even start, and the other said, he could wait til later in the week before making the cross. As for the 2 in West End, they didn't even try 8-10's, after the 3-4 in the Sea. (By the way, I'm not calling those women who flew over chicken anymore). But I'm tan, got a few bottles o rum, and lots of new friends; who all know about this site now, and best of all, memories that will last a lifetime.
Eric posted 06-23-2002 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
Janis: great to see that you had a good time. With the seas like they were, I'm glad I didn't try to go in my 16. Thanks for the report, I've been wondering how it went.
Clark Roberts posted 06-23-2002 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Janis, great trip report! What a trip and I fondly remember taking my 17 Newport on the same trip (Carl Fisher's Whaler Randevous) in '96. I got some lumps too, and my wife, Sonia, flew home but wow, what an adventure... keep on Whalin'.. Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 06-23-2002 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
DRAFTSMANSWIFE: and all the other BRAVE souls!
Well glad to hear most made it back,can't expect much from a searay anyway.

My family and I were in Jupiter that week and I drove past the hotel and saw all the boats trailered ready to put in that saturday.
We'd decided the weather was going to be lousy and cancelled. I awoke early on saturday and heard all the boats being mustered at the sea buoy, I'm glad I was in bed listening on the portable vhf! The weather was so lousy in west palm that we fished sunday a.m. caught some bonita and left to come home on tuesday.I guessed that you all figured out that lake park marina was closed and I presume most folks launched from phil fosters, hope everybody's rig was still there upon the return! Well, maybe I can convince my wife to go next year, but I'm also trying to convince her I NEED a 31' contender!!! :D

Draftmanswife posted 06-23-2002 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Eric...your 16 would've made it, but you'd a taken a beeting, as all of us did. I have to admit, at West End, I jumped on a 26', and Tom did the 18' on his own. He's a true navigator, as he didn't have anything but a compass...not a GPS, radio, nothing...just a lan-yard (sp) around his ankle, a pair of shorts, no shirt, goin' for it. I swear he was "playin' Capt. Dan". I was so ever to see him when we arrived in West Palm. Clark,
this was Carl Fischer's Edgewater Rendezvous.
10 year Rendezvous...96' we went Edgewater.
Wish you'd joined us, I know you,"know the way home":) And Traffic, Next year, we all gotta date for a Goombay Smash at the Bluff House..Smiles;)
North Beach posted 06-24-2002 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
RMBW posted 06-24-2002 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
Did anybody do any dolfin,bill or bottom fishing? Were bugs in season? Tell us what happened to excite next years group. Bouncing on salt water is fun, but fish, rum and women make the trip and in that order! Let us see some pictures of Happy Times. Mike
Maine whaler posted 06-25-2002 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
Glad to hear the edgewaters held up so well.
My new to me 24 edge should be delivered next week. Can't wait to give it a try in some rough stuff!
Draftmanswife posted 06-25-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Pics soon to come, I haven't had time to develop them yet. As for the rum, there was plenty, didn't really check out the chicks for you all though, not my thing, but I know Tom and cousin John sure had fun watching..Not too much fishing, as the weather was rough, but lots of grouper and dolphin were weighed in.
Highwater posted 06-26-2002 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
What was the smallest vessel to make the crossing?
Backlash posted 07-03-2002 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Great trip report! Sounds very much like the 1st Boston Whaler factory sponsored rendezvous back in May of '93 that I and LHG went on. There were 8-10 footers coming out of the West Palm Beach inlet due to a "in your face" stiff easterly wind and an outgoing tide. Things calmed down to 4-6 footers acrossed the Gulf Stream. That was a long 175 mile trip and most everyone got beaten up. Glad to hear everyone made it back safely.


Swellmonster posted 07-04-2002 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     

I didnt catch any muskee's this year. My weather was junky (uncooperative) too...

What kindof sea rays were they?

Draftmanswife posted 07-07-2002 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
A couple 18'and a 21' searay are finally reported back to home base. Back..You gotta do this trip again..It was a blast! The family is planning a August trip for bug season..can hardly wait! Geez..home for the Brikyrd or Green Turtle???Let's guess...ahh.GTC..Bye bye mom..I'll bring home rum:) Speaking of rum, there is a little ice cream shop in GTC, that has coccanut rum ice cream, boy, be sure you aren't driving the golf car!Smiles;)

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