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hauptjm posted 06-13-2000 01:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for hauptjm  
For years Mako has been holding owner fishing tourn. at places like the Bahamas, etc. I think we need to get the boys(ahem...and girls) at Brunswick to step up to the plate. What a great way to promote the product, as well as bring the Whalering public together. It doesn't have to be exotic, just fun. This came to me after listening (reading) the comments on the Rendevous y'all are putting together. We're jealous down here in the South. New Orleans is just a little too far at this point. If anyone has an in at Whaler, let's put the bug in their ear!!! Would anyone else be interested in doing this type of event??
kingfish posted 06-13-2000 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
If it happened when I had the time and the money, I'd be interested! And if it happened around the Big Easy (which is closer for me than where I was with my boat this Spring)I could get my infusions from Cafe du Monde and Felix's and Galatoires and Nola and Camelia Grill and.....Somebody STOP me!
Eric posted 06-13-2000 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I would like to participate, however distance and time add up as factors for me as well. I live in Bradenton, FL, and have to stick pretty close to home most of the time. Eric
lhg posted 06-14-2000 12:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
This has been done before. Back in May of 1993, the Company, in conjunction with a Dealer in Deland FL (Hontoon Marine), organized the "1st annual Bahamas Rendezvous", consisting of 8 days at Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas, about 180 miles out of Palm Beach FL. I was fortunate enough to be able to go, and even won a ceramic 13' Whaler trophy for the "Whaler traveled farthest" (from Chicago). Although the weather going over was extremely rough, with the trip taking 18 hours and every one arriving in the dark, it was a great time.
The next year, in 1994, we went again, this time the trip being moved back to mid-June for more reliable weather. This great event is still being held, and is actually going on this very week, but since Hontoon Marine switched from Whaler to Edgewater boats, they are now the sponsor. However the event is still open to Whaler owners, and I imagine that half of the 40 or so boats that go are Whalers, and the other half Edgewaters. I have continuously received an invitation each year, so when I get one next year, I'll post the info. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who feels comfortable in crossing the "stream" in the company of other boats.
I know that several 17's have made the trip, amd I think our own Clark Roberts may have been one of them!

Currently, I don't believe the Company directly sponsors anything like this, but instead leaves it up to the Dealers, giving them behind-the-scene support.

Backlash posted 06-14-2000 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Just a follow up on Larry's comments. These were both exciting trips, but after the 2nd year Boston Whaler decided not to officially be a sponsor due to corporate liability concerns, which is probably understandable.
hauptjm posted 06-14-2000 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
First off, it sounds to me like the Kingfish knows his food. There isn't enough room in this forum to list the great restaurants in Nawluns. In fact that may be a good idea for a semi-exotic event. Louisiana is known as the "Sportsmans Paradise". We have Rivers, Bayous, Lakes, Gulf, etc., and every kind of fish and scenery that goes with them. All within a 1 hour trailer from the Big Easy. Let me work on some logistics and see if I can come up with something and I'll throw it out to you guys and see where it takes us.
Eric posted 06-16-2000 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
The trip to the islands sounds fun, but I can't imagine crossing the stream in a 17. While crossing with other boats makes it safer, I suppose the biggest factors would be fuel capacity and how miserable you would want to be in such a small boat. How many miles was the crossing for that trip?
As far as the Louisiana tourney, that sounds fun too.
lhg posted 06-16-2000 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The trip from Palm Beach FL to Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos involves 60 miles across the Gulf Stream to West End Grand Bahama, and then 110 miles across the Little Bahama Bank, in water mostly 8' deep, to Green Turtle. West End is needed as a fuel stop for most, depending on conditions.

The first year of trip (1993) included one Montauk, a couple from Charleston SC, and conditions going over were bad. About a 25 knot east wind straight in your face, with sharp 6-8' seas. He was smart enough to buddy up with a 27 Cuddy, put his wife on the 27, and follow in the wake of the 27. But he made it! This was a beating for us in the 25 Outrage, taking 6 hours to make it to West End, so I can imagine what it was like in the Montauk. But we were all impressed. People in 18 Outrages also said "never again"! Fuel capacity is a problem for the Montauk in such a trip. More than the usual 26-28 gallons are needed if the weather is not smooth.

On the second year of the trip (1994), the guy with the Montauk showed up with a twin engine 22 Outrage he had just traded up to! But he was complaining the 77 gallon fuel tank was a problem this time. Two girls made the trip in a 70hp Montauk, and ran out of gas on the crossing and had to be towed in.
And as I said, I think Clark Roberts made this trip in a 17' Newport, although I did not know or meet him during the trip. But I do remember some people showing up in Newport, much to everybody's surprise. Clark, are you out there? Was it you? Tell us about your experience!

Bashaw posted 08-28-2000 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bashaw  Send Email to Bashaw     
I know this is an old thread. Sea Ray already does this, so I enough people wrote Whaler they could probably get Brunsick to back them.
Landlocked posted 08-29-2000 12:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Anybody ever consider the Sapelo Island/Cumberland Island area (Coastal Georgia) for a southern whaler meeting place. I see my proposal for a "Redneck Regatta" on the Cumberland isn't getting a lot of takers. Coastal Georgia has some protected waters that I would feel comfortable in in my Montauk. Used to do a lot of fisheries work down there for the papermills. Great fishing for redfish and spotted sea trout. I'm planning a trip down there to the north river now for November 10.


By the way, I haven't run into a single Obnoxious Tennessee fan down there yet.

Clark Roberts posted 08-30-2000 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Sorry so late in responding but simply missed the post, Larry... yes, that was me and my wife Sonia in the 17 Newport... the wind never let up for 5 days... but we had a blast.. and fuel was no problem.. only used 13 gallons from Palm Beach to West End.. Wish I had known you back then... small world! Clark.... Spruce Creek Navy

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