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tabasco posted 02-05-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for tabasco   Send Email to tabasco  
Hey all you connecticut & Long Island (North shore) whalerites are we to be outdone by our neighbors. How about a rendezvous this summer on long island sound. Maybe sometime in July. How about some posts if people are interested.Thinking of the Branford Guilford Madison Saybrook. How about in Essex, Ct? on the river
Peter posted 02-06-2002 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Sounds good to me. LarryS, you in?

We started planning a rendezvous trip to the Lady last year at about this time but it lost momentum. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up this year.

Location for rendezvous should take into account how far participants have to travel.

Arch Autenreith posted 02-06-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I have an Uncle that lives on Long Island somewhere near Wainscott(?) that has been trying to get us up there for years. Maybe now's the time to go 'visti' ;-) Of course I'll just happen to have the Whaler in tow. And I'll be out on the water a lot. It looks like an honest 8 hour drive for me. When? And how's the fishing there?
tabasco posted 02-06-2002 07:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
OK GUYS- I kew you wouldn't let me down.Let all start loging in on location and then we could pick a central place. We should also take into consideration those with larger boats could travel a little further and weather the weather better. Put me down for Branford Connecticut. Of course my boat is on a trailer so I am flexible.
John from Madison CT posted 02-06-2002 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Hi CT Gents,

Count me in ! I look forward to it. There are lots of nice places to go all the way from Branford to Old Saybrook. We could even meet somewhere on the L.I side as the beaches due south of Madison/Clinton are really nice.

July feels like light years away but let's put our heads together and find a good spot. My boat will be docked in Clinton, CT.

Thanks guys,

John from Madison, CT

ffk posted 02-06-2002 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Count me in please - I wanted to get involved with the Lady trip last year as well as a planned southern journey down the ICW to Fla in the fall but could not get my Outrage completed until November. I am located on the north shore of LI and normally boat in Peconic Bay between the forks. Would be up for any trips being planned. Does anyone have an interest in Block Island? My boat is as finished as any project can ever be so no more excuses from me.


John from Madison CT posted 02-07-2002 07:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

Us guys in wee little Montauks would love to go to Block but it would probably be a little hairy.

What do you think of the beaches just due east of Mattituck Inlet?


tabasco posted 02-07-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Frank - I have to ditto john as I am not sure I want to test BW's ad as to being unsinkable. I been out on the ocean with the long rollers but what's ever worst is the famous fog around Block Island. Been there done that (only I had radar when it happened)
controller posted 02-08-2002 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I would be interested. I just purchased a new 16 dauntless. Does this count since it isn't a classic?

I am in old lyme and this area between clinton and Niantic is nice. From what I remember when I use to boat 15 years ago the ride up the ct river is also nice.

Let me know

Peter posted 02-08-2002 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I think we can let we can look the other way this time ;) The ride up the river is nice, I've done it by trailering to the state ramp under the bridge in Old Saybrook and starting from there. Unfortunately, I don't have an easily trailerable whaler anymore (although I'm working on fixing that) so it would make for a very long trip for us guys coming from the West by water. From where I call home port, Saybrook is about about 2 hours away on a good day.
tabasco posted 02-11-2002 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     

As long as it says Boston Whaler on the hull ........YOU'RE IN

ffk posted 02-11-2002 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
John & Tabasco
Sorry about not considering size differences. I have had some real flat days leaving from Montauk Point but as you reminded me, there have been just as many awful trips. We go there in my Albin which just rolls a bit more depending on the day.
The beaches east of Mattituck Inlet are real nice but I am not certain about access - some tend to be private. I will look into it a little more. Have you ever been around Orient Point and into Peconic Bay? There are many beaches and anchorages that are great spots to spend some time. The waters are normally very friendly and some nice cruising grounds. Sag Harbor draws some huge yachts to view. West Neck and Coechels Harbor offer great scenery. I could pick up a mooring in the harbor and use the Albin as a base for a whaler gathering.
My outrage is on a trailer, so I have no problem getting to other areas.
Spring is getting close - I hope
tabasco posted 02-11-2002 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Glad to see that your all interested......let's try and keep it going. After all, February is almost half over and march & april we will be in the marine store looking for more things to add to our vessels. May is boat cleaning time and then it's here.......Happy boating ......hope to meet all you whalerites in July on the beaches of long Island or the connecticut shore ........wherever.........maybe we could do a nice cookout for the day
John from Madison CT posted 02-13-2002 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

While I'm a CT Yankee, FFK might have a real nice spot in the Orient, Peconic Bay area. Beautiful beaches and very nice clean water.
The idea of using his Albin as a meeting place sounds like loads of fun.

Let's keep the convo. going on this guys. Helps pass the winter.


John from Madison, CT

hardensheetmetal posted 02-13-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
John (from Madison), jsudt curious where in Clinton you keep your Montauk. I just bought a house across from there on Cedar Is. and need to get a slip for the boat, any recomendations?

As far as the rendezvous goes, count me in. I am new to that area as far as my own boat goes (I spent a lot of time in the area on my dads boat when I was younger) so I would love to meet up with some people willing to teach me a little about the area.


gvisko posted 02-15-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
the sand hole in loyds harbor is real nice
across from norwalk i would have to trailer my montauk across the island from were iam docked in east moriches south shore gvisko
John from Madison CT posted 02-15-2002 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

Hey congrats. on the house on Cedar Island. I may just be a guest this year. <G>
My boat will be docked right across from you at Cedar Island Marina. It will be my first year there but I've had friends with boats there. Certainly not the cheapest place around, but they are a good marina for kids, having a big pool, restaurant, kiddie games and toys etc etc.

Let's keep in touch. Look forward to meeting you this season. I hope to be in the water by early April.


John from Madison, CT

hardensheetmetal posted 02-16-2002 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

So far, Cedar Is. Marina is also my choice, although i have not booked it yet. The pool and facilities are wieghing heavily on my decision, as my wife also has some say in things. I kept my 13 at Harborside last year and sustained some minor damge from them moving the boat around, so I would rather not keep it there this year. I would love tro hook up with you at some point during the summer and learn a little bit about the area (cruising wise)

P.S. - Your always welcome at the house as soon as the new bathrooom is complete, hopefully in April. We are the second to last house on the right, on the harbor side. Just watch out at low tide!


John from Madison CT posted 02-16-2002 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

I'm certainly no "old salt" of these waters, but I'd be more than glad to show you what I do know. I'll keep a look out for your home. Sounds like a super place.

If you're interested in Cedar Island, go speak with Michelle.

We'll keep in touch.



controller posted 02-16-2002 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Hi guys,

I would like to meet up with you and learn a little bout Clinton. I just got a new 16 dauntless after 14 years without a boat, so I am a little rusty about the area. I am in Old Lyme. pick up my boat on April 15, tax day! Hope to be boating by May 1.

Do you guys do any Blue fishing or stripper fishing? Do you go claming, if so where, I heard they just opened some beds up in Saybrook.

What kind of whalers do you have and how long have you had them?

aubv posted 02-21-2002 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Hello Fellow Whalers,

We would be interested in a rendezvous anywhere between NJ and MA. How about the Thames River in Ct? Lots of things to see including EB(Electric Boat-builder of Submarines) Gales Ferry(submarine base and home of the Nautilus which you can tour) CG station and home(?) of USS Eagle and maybe use Marina at Mohegan Sun(Casino) if they have one? Just some ideas.

jimp posted 02-22-2002 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
One small correction to aubv's post above. The EAGLE belongs to the U.S. Coast Guard and is a "USCGC"... Coast Guard Cutter. Just happens that the USCG is the oldest CONTINUOUS sea-going service in the United States (1790). Also, if you think that the CG works for the U.S. Navy in time of war, you're almost correct... "The Coast Guard is that small nucleus about which the Navy forms in times of war!". Just a bit of trivia!

New London has the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CG Station mentioned above) and Connecticut College.

Might also look at the Mystic/Noank area, Stonington and Fishers Island.

I'll be down from Alaska taking my girls to look at colleges, and will be on Great Peconic Bay visiting my Dad. If you pick a time between June 24th and July 1st, maybe I can stop by. Dad doesn't have a Whaler (though he did buy our 13' Sport in 1966) for transportation, but does have a 28' Pursuit Denali.


LarrySherman posted 02-26-2002 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I'm in! I should check this section more often...

I'm open as to where to meet as well. The water quality in this end of the sound is not great, so the eastern end is fine for me. If we did want to do it in the western part, the Norwalk Islands are nice, as is Sherwood Island Park.

Q: Do you know why the coast Guard has a hieght requirement?

A: To ensure that their sailors can walk ashore. (An old navy joke. I was stationed in Groton off and on for 6 years)

PS: I'm still going to go to the Lady, but I'm not going to organize a trip.

John from Madison CT posted 02-26-2002 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

Greetings! You know.... I still blame my newly found passion for Whalers on your trip to my home to buy that Stern seat for your 25footer. Ever since, I bought my Montauk and can't keep off this darn site. A friend of mine doesn't think my Montauk will make it in the water because I'm already talking about a 22 footer.
Yes, us CT Whaler dudes need a Rendezvous, and hopefully more than one. If you need a mate during your trip around the Lady ( I assume you mean the Statue of Liberty) please keep my in mind. It's a tad too long for me in Madison.

Hope all is well.



ffk posted 02-26-2002 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
I finally got the Outrage completed and sea trialed. I would still like to get together for the lady trip this season. I will send you the dates that are not available due to business issues and hopefully we can plan out a time.


LarrySherman posted 02-27-2002 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
that is the nice thing about this forum: you really do make friends. I really hope the CT get-together happens.

I'm also excited to go to the Lady this summer. John, we could proably go together and meet up with Frank for a spin around Manhattan (Frank, you are coming from the Jersey side if I remember?)

Lets keep it going...

John from Madison CT posted 02-28-2002 07:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

Yes ,yes, yes, let's keep the chat going. I'd dress up and go this weekend, but I guess your 25' is winterized.<G>

Thanks guys,


ffk posted 02-28-2002 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
You may wish that I was that far away (just kidding) but I am on the North fork of LI, about midway between Port Jefferson and Orient Point. I can either trailer and launch in the sound or come around from Peconic Bay. As long as we get together and go somewhere it will be fine.


LarrySherman posted 03-01-2002 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Wow! lets do it! Sombody set a date and pick a place. I'm there. We can schedule a trip to the Lady at our get-together!

Pete G posted 03-02-2002 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pete G  Send Email to Pete G     
I just read about the rendezvous this summer.My boat is docked in Branford CT.Let me know the time and place,I'll be there.Also let me know if you need help getting it together. My neighbor is the local Whaler dealer,Maybe I can get him involved.
John from Madison CT posted 03-02-2002 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

Cool, your neighbor must be Mr. Birbarie, right?

John from Madison, CT

Pete G posted 03-03-2002 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pete G  Send Email to Pete G     
Thats him, Great guy.He helped me out quite a bit when I restored my first whaler.

I don't know what motor(s) you have, but FYI Birbarie's is now a Yamaha dealer.
Their boatyard on the Branford river is full of whalers,I'm sure some of those guys would be interested in getting together.



tabasco posted 03-08-2002 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Glad to see there has been a good response to my post. Look forward to meeting you all this July
aubv posted 03-09-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Went over the Thames River on Tuesday, saw a "boat" coming in from a patrol. Saw other boats on river and got motivated to call a couple of places. Mohegan Sun and U.S.S. Nautilus have no docks available. Also called Mystic and left message for dock master-will keep board posted. Don't know if these places are to far west for some??

Does anyone know anything about the state parks on the water? Hammonaset, Rocky Neck or Blue Point? Does anyone live nearby to check them out? I.E. Place to dock/anchor up. Facilities and a place we can cook. A launch ramp close by.
Times awastin' it's already March 9 and 70 degrees! 5 weeks away till our boat hits the water!
My feeling is we will probably spend more time talking then boating.

John from Sandy Hook posted 03-09-2002 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Sandy Hook  Send Email to John from Sandy Hook     
Hello to everyone. This is my first time visiting the forum section of this website.
I would be interested in attending a rendezvous with other whaler owners. Keep me posted and perhaps I can be of help.
Good luck!
tabasco posted 03-10-2002 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
As the time goes by we see more & more ideas for the rendezvous. I feel that we can do more than one, however, my original concept of the rendezvous was to meet at a beach maybe on the north shore of long island. Have a barbcue,check out each others boats. Maybe a little water skiing. Everyone brings different types of food to share as well as their own hamburgers& hot dogs. Also need a grill to cook all this food unless we could find a state park on the north shore with cooking facilities.
This has been my concept since the start. I am not ruling out a sightseeing trip up rivers etc., but that could be a second hook-up.

POST SOME INPUT..................This is what I would like for our first RENDEZVOUS................a chance to get to know each is also an option :-)

tabasco posted 03-12-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     

I need someone to check out the area on the north shore of Long Island. Looking for a nice beach where we can all go with our boats,swim, eat, barbcue, drink :-), Waterski etc. .......and it would be nice if they had bathroom facilities. Any state parks located on the water in that area?

Hey " John of Madison" do you know that area of the Sound? Any suggestions? Would be nice if there were a place we could make reservations. At this point it looks like we will have about 15 boats. That is if everyone comes that has stated so above.

SO PLEASE IF YOU WANT THIS RENDEZVOUS TO WORK I NEED YOUR HELP .................(and yes I am shouting )

Bosmass posted 03-12-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
If you all get this together, I, as a former Old Lyme resident, now in Cambridge MA., would be tempted to join you, Let's see out of Boston Harbor, head south, through the Cape Cod Canal across to Block Island. on second thought I guess I should trailer down to Niantic.. If I come down I don't want any warning shots cross by bow..
controller posted 03-12-2002 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

I am a NH resident with a summer house in Old Lyme. Just bought my first whaler and will pick it up in 4 weeks. Do you know of any good fishing spots or crusing spots in the area? I have a 16 Dauntless.

Do you think Griswold point would be a good spot for everyone to beach at and have a picnic?

Peter posted 03-12-2002 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

My thought is that we should find some centrally located protected water so that we can raft up, if desired. Some of us will have to journey by water as our rigs are usually in-water and are too big to easily trailer to the destination when we're not used to trailering much.

I think that some of the best protected places on the north shore of LI are in the most westerly third of the island. In this area there's some nice anchorages in Oyster Bay Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, the Sand Hole and Huntington Harbor. I'm not sure how convenient those locations would be for most of the participants.

East about 10 or so miles from those anchorages, my chart indicates an anchorage at the east end of Smithtown Bay (I've never been there so I can't supply any detailed info). About another 5 miles east will bring you to Port Jefferson which has Pirates Cove on its east side. It's such a well protected little cove that its a fairly popular anchorage and so I'm not that confident about the water quality there. Then a little bit further east there is Mt. Sinai Harbor. Beyond that, I don't believe that there is much protected water on the north shore except for Mattituck inlet. All of these spots are located along the shore where the Sound starts to widen up a bit so those considering venturing across from CT in Montauks or smaller might find that could be a long trip if the seas kick up.

For the westerly part of LI on the Connecticut side, Sheffield, Shea and Chimon Islands (the Norwalk Islands) and Cockenoe Island in Westport usually offer pretty good protected anchorage spots with access to beaches. The region between the entrance to Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport and Penfield Light marking the end of Penfield Reef in Fairfield can be a good anchorage spot if the wind isn't blowing from the east or southeast. The north side of Charles Island in The Gulf in Milford offers an anchorage that is somewhat protected.

That's my report from the west side. Hopefully, those with some info on the east side will chime in.

tabasco posted 03-24-2002 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Just trying to keep this thread alive. Hope you all will add some more input.
controller posted 03-24-2002 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I pick up my boat on April 15 and might bring it down to Ct that weekend, or the 1st weekend in May. Once I do I will check out some locations in the Old Saybrook/Old lyme area that we can raft up or beach for a picnic and skiing.

Any else near Old Lyme, please let me know so we can maybe check out the area together.

aubv posted 03-24-2002 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I had hope to travel thur CT this weekend and planned to do some scouting. Plans changed till next week will keep you posted.

I have been looking at maps of LI. Does the Ferry between CT and LI carry cars?

Could this be a way for smaller boats to go south/north depending on your choice of location?

ffk posted 03-24-2002 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Yes, the ferrys from CT are vehicle carrying vessels. Both bridgeport/Port Jefferson and Orient/New London will accomodate trailers as well. The better boating areas, in my opinion, are in the Peconic Bays as opposed to LI Sound. The New London route is closer to the bay area. It is about 20 min. to a convient ramp and great access.
John from Madison CT posted 03-25-2002 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
FFK is right. The boating areas around the North Fork of LI are beautiful. IMO, it's worth the trip to take the ferry from Orient Pt. to New London. It is very scenic and an easy ride down to Old Lyme.
aubv posted 03-31-2002 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I stopped by Rocky Point and Hammonaset State parks in CT today. Both have food and rest room facilities. No docks, would require anchoring and wading to shore.

Hammonaset is the larger of the two. Has an over sand launch area for small boats. (The sign indicates a small boat on top of a car)
Hammonaset has a very long Beach and the park rules indicate boats allowed except in designated swim areas. No rangers around to talk to. No idea of water depths.

Rocky Point seemed better protected as it is a deeper horse shoe shape and there is a small island 3(?) miles off shore. No idea of water depths. Talked to one couple who said you can walk out a long way at Rocky Point. Didn't see any rules posted.

The thing that struck me about both parks is they are easily accessible from I-95 and big. I would venture, judging by the size and number of facilities, these places are packed in summer. There where a lot of people there today.

This could make these locations less than desirable. It made me wonder if we might be able to find a location that is less accessible by car, like one of the islands.

Will keep looking,


controller posted 04-01-2002 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

There is a place in Old Lyme called Griswold Point. It is at the mouth of the CT river.
i haven't boated in the area for 15 years, but I remember it was a good place to beach the boat and have a cook out and swim. If I remember correctly, it has a shelterd bay on one side.

The only real access is by boat.

Anyone from the Old Lyme area concur with this. I will check it out in a few weeks.

Peter posted 04-01-2002 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Haven't been to Griswold Point but the chart in my Embassy Guide suggests that there isn't much water south of the Point, but on the north side there may be as much as 11 feet.

There isn't much of a write up in the Guide but it does say that the Point harbors one of the largest nesting populations of ospreys in Connecticut and the tip area is a favorite swimming spot. Looks like there is some sort of small marina up the eastern most gut and a state boat ramp at Smith's Neck. There's also a big state ramp under the Baldwin Bridge. I imagine that that both ramps have to be quite crowded on a summer weekend.

controller posted 04-02-2002 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
There is a state boat launch off Rt156 in Old Lyme,although I am not too familiar with it. there is also a private Marina, called Black Hall Marina very close to Griswold Point. It is a shallow dirt ramp, and I have launched there about 12-15 years ago. I believe the rate is $10.00 to launch.

We might be able to get a break if we have a big turnout.

My cousin is very familiar with the area as he has boated there for about 35 years. I am going out with him the 1st weekend in May to check the area out.

tabasco posted 04-05-2002 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Hey guys.........................only three months left until our rendezvous. As it stands now it looks like about a dozen boats..................COOL.

Hope we can all agree on a spot. So far the Griswold point sounds the best to me. Probably the best place to launch would from the new million dollar launch under the Baldwin bridge..........and I think it's free. Its also close enough that some of you from Clinton & Madison could just boat over.

Launching from the Baldwin Bridge gives us a little time to run our boats out to the point. Does anyone know if there are any bathroom facilities and a Picnic area?

Let's all stay engaged in this project. Too may times these things start during the dismal winter and fade as the nice weather arrives.



tabasco posted 04-15-2002 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Just because it's 80 degrees today doesn't mean we should slack off. We need some fresh posts to keep this active til july.
tabasco posted 04-26-2002 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Now that everyone is starting to put their boats in the water it would be nice to hear from some of you. GRISWALD POINT sounds like a good place. Need your input . Has anyone been there in the last year?
controller posted 05-04-2002 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Wanted to let you all know that I plan on checking out Griswold Point tomorrow, Sunday. I will report back with my findings.
controller posted 05-06-2002 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I checked out griswold point and it should work out good. It is a little hard to find, but it is on the charts. The opening to the beach area from the CT river is only about 18 feet wide. While I was there I saw 4 or 5 boats anchored close to shore and a couple of boats were beached. People were fishing, some were camping and cooking on an open fire.

I was told in the summer it can get crowded. But it looks like it can handle 50 or so boats. At low tide parts of the black hall river can get shallow, but is is mostly mud and sand. There is a bird snactuary next to it and lots of wild life.

We can swim here, cookout but you need to bring grills or matches and driftwood for open fire, and sunbath. It is only accessable by boat.

Maybe someone else can check it out and give another opinion.


tabasco posted 05-07-2002 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Thanks Scott.....
I may take a run up there over Memorial day weekend.That's if it turns out to be a nice one. Its the worst weekend of the year to go boating as all the people who have never owned a boat go out for their maiden voyage. You need eyes in the back of your head that weekend.


controller posted 05-08-2002 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
i will be in Old Lyme that weekend also. Maybe we can meet up.


tabasco posted 05-10-2002 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     

Im at my Vermont house this weekend, but that sounds good over memorial day weekend. It's sort of a test run weekend for the new boat.

controller posted 05-10-2002 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

I will try to contact you via this board the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend to try to set up a time for us to check out Griswold Point. I will be in Amelia Island, Florida next week and will be back right before the big holiday weekend.

What weekend are you planning to have the rendevous?


tabasco posted 05-21-2002 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
I am thinking about Sunday at Griswold Point. Let me know if this is would work for you. Probably in the early afternoon ......maybe 2PM. I will give you my cell # as well as the connecticut number ......e-mail me.


PS: with this cool weather I am thinking about the 2nd or third weekend in July for the get together.

tabasco posted 05-22-2002 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Looks like it might rain on Sunday so I might reschedule for Monday. Waiting to hear from you.
controller posted 05-23-2002 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Hi Ray,

Saturday is probably the better day for me. We are having a cookout on Sunday with the rain date being Monday.

I will be in Old Lyme every weekend for the rest of the summer.

You can email me for some contact numbers at


controller posted 06-05-2002 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Just trying to keep it alive. I went by Griswold Point Sat. night and saw 3 whalers on the beach there witha camp fire.

How many are interested in getting together.


controller posted 06-15-2002 06:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     

Lets pick a date and get this thing going.

Any suggestions?


Tsuriki BW posted 06-18-2002 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Maybe one of you guys could just decide a date and place and say, "how many will come".

OK, I'm not from CT, but as a fellow Whaler, I would just like to see all you guys/gals have a great rendezvous. Would hate to have it lose momentum again.

Good luck to all of you.


Tsuriki BW posted 06-18-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Correct that to controller.


acseatsri posted 06-28-2002 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Just curious to see if there are any members here who keep their boats in Niantic. While fishing near Millstone today I saw 3 other Whalers.
hardensheetmetal posted 06-30-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I was out around Westbrook, Saybrook, and the River today and it was beautiful. Whenever anyone feels like pulling this together, I would love to do it.


tabasco posted 07-08-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
OK guys I have been a little lazy about getting our rendezvous together. I am thinking that Griswald Point would be good on the mouth of the Connecticut river.For those who wish to trailer there is a beautiful launch under the RT95 bridge In Saybrook on the river.

How about Saturday the 26th of July and Sunday the 27th as a rain or storm date.

Please post your messages if your coming as we don't have too much time to get this together.

CatchinZs posted 07-08-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for CatchinZs  Send Email to CatchinZs     
Guilford has a real nice Yacht club and a nice harbor. I have don't know if they would let us pay to use their facilities for a day but it would be worth a try. We could put together a tour of the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek just west and Falkners Island. Itís a real beautiful area. There are also several good restaurants and a public ramp just down the road.
controller posted 07-08-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
That weekend sounds good. I go by Griswold point every weekend and people are out swimming and cooking and even camping. You can fish there for blues and strippers and you can tube or ski on the sound side.

You can even bring the dog if you so wish. There are always 3 or 4 whalers there too.

So who is in !


John from Madison CT posted 07-08-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
I'm in !


tabasco posted 07-08-2002 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
I checked out the Guilford public ramp they are a real pain in the ass there. Won't let you power on to your trailer all kinds of rules & expensive. The Guilford yacht club is nice but not sure they want twenty whalers tooling into their place for the afternoon.But then if anyone wants to check it out that's fine.

The thimble islands are very nice but no beach to pull up to ......just rafting of boats.

I think that Griswald Point on Old Lyme is our best bet.


tabasco posted 07-08-2002 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Sorry made another error Saturday is the 27th not the 26th
tabasco posted 07-11-2002 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
I have sent an e-mail to all that have responded to this rendezvous posting as a reminder of the July 27th date. I hope you all can make it. Anyone else that would like to join us your name & e-mail address on this posting and I will be glad to send you further details.

Look forward to finally meeting everybody.

Ray (tabasco)

John from Madison CT posted 07-11-2002 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
The Old Saybrook State ramp is the best by far for this location.

There is one in Madison that is free, but the boat trip to the Griswold area is ~15 miles +.


tabasco posted 07-11-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
The following e-mails came back as undelivered:




If you guys know of a new e-mail address for these people please let me know or notify them of the rendezvous.


Ray (tabasco)

controller posted 07-11-2002 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I will be there! Lets hope for a good size turnout and great weather.


Peter posted 07-11-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

Thanks for the heads up. The listed e-mail address works. A message I just sent to it from another e-mail account was received loud and clear.

Regarding the Rendezvous, I'd like to attend but I think it might be a long shot as I have to work out some significant logistics. I'm currently running a 22' Revenge and would be coming from the west by water. From my home port its easily a 2+ hour ride each way. For me that's not a problem (done a 140 mile trip to Niantic and back in a single day before) but it might be for my wife and two small children. Trying to see whether an overnight at Madison relatives is possible and makes sense.

tabasco posted 07-14-2002 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Suggestion......Have the wife & kids drive up to the Connecticut river ramp under the Old Saybrook bridge and pick them up there. At the end of the day drop them back at the car and meet back home.
tabasco posted 07-14-2002 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Are you still in......hope to see you there.
Mize Johnson posted 07-15-2002 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mize Johnson  Send Email to Mize Johnson     
Please email me details. I should be able to make it on Saturday (hopefully the weather is good).
tabasco posted 07-18-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Saturday July 27th rendezvous
Time 12 Noon til...........

Here is the plan we all meet at Griswald Point (in the beach area). Everyone brings there own food & drink. Hopefully someone will have a head on board or hope the water is warm enough. ;-)

Directions: by land:
Go to the Old Saybrook exit on 95 and the boat ramp is directly under the bridge on the Old Saybrook side.

by sea:
Check your chart .......Griswald point is located at the mouth of the Connecticut river on the starboard side as you go up the river, on the port side as you head out to the sound.

Look forward to meeting everyone in person.

Ray (tabasco)

hardensheetmetal posted 07-18-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

Sorry I did not get back to you earlier, I have been going crazy at work these last three weeks, I am planning on being there, but I will be in my Maritime. I took the ride out to the river from Clinton two weeks ago. Is Griswald in behind the breakwater? I have not had time to look at a chart yet, let me know what to look for once inside the jetty.


controller posted 07-18-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Hi all,

As Ray said, Griswald Point is on the port side heading out to sea. Look for a sandy beach with a little opening/river to the left about 20 feet wide. This should be charted as the Black Hall River. If you are in the channel in the CT river is it across the river from red bouy #10.

Going in the point at low tide, be careful it gets shallow in some spots, but it should be just a sandy bottom:)

See ya there. I am heading to Old Lyme for 10 days on Sat. Hope to see you all.

PS. Are people bringing kids and wives?


John from Madison CT posted 07-19-2002 07:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Hey Guys,

Why don't we all agree to be on Channel #9 on our VHF's in case anybody needs to be talked in to Griswold Point??

Come to think of it, the last few weeks some kids have been polluting Channel #9 with obscene language and music, so we should have an alternate Channel, like # 68.

Tabasco, it's your call buddy.

John from Madison, CT

tabasco posted 07-19-2002 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     

Bring the wives,children,girlfriend (but not the wife & girlfriend together) ;-)

Channel 68 sounds good for contacting members and use 9 as the alternate.

Bring your digital cameras.I would like someone to take a picture of my boat from another members boat air born. ;-)

Bring things to do such as tubes, skis etc.

Everyone bring their own food & drink.

Does anyone have a head on board?

Anyone have suggestions as for plans for other things to do for the day post them now. Kids can probably bring kites.


tabasco posted 07-19-2002 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     


Pray for good weather and one foot seas.

CT s Outrage Ed posted 07-21-2002 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for CT s Outrage Ed  Send Email to CT s Outrage Ed     
This is the first email I have ever sent.
"Count me in." 1973 21 Outrage,200 Merc
OUTRAGEOUS22 posted 07-21-2002 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for OUTRAGEOUS22    
I'd like to attend please e-mail me details.
Pete G posted 07-22-2002 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pete G  Send Email to Pete G     
Just a bit of information. Last weekend the launch ramp on the Ct.river under the I-95 bridge was super busy.Trailers and tow vehicles everywhere. Parked on the streets and even some on lawns. For anyone planing on using the ramp,you may want to arrive a little early. High tide is somewhere around 1:00? Hope for good weather!


ffk posted 07-22-2002 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Looking forward to finally putting faces and names together! Will be comming from Southold, LI Peconic Bay area. '72 Outrage 21' twin Yamaha 90.


aubv posted 07-22-2002 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Have fun guys, if I make it I won't have our boat. I took our OR from NJ to MV by water(250 miles in 12 hours) on Saturday and doubt time will permit my attending.


WhalerTherapy posted 07-23-2002 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerTherapy  Send Email to WhalerTherapy     
I'll be there.........this is my usual boating spot so if anyone has any specific questions about the area, let me know.
OUTRAGEOUS22 posted 07-24-2002 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for OUTRAGEOUS22    
ffk and I are planning our trip from Southold LI with 2 Outrages thru the peconics and around Orient Pt to rendezvous. Much fun and interesting ride. Weather report below
Long Island Sound east of New Haven CT/Port Jefferson NY-
930 PM EDT Wed Jul 24 2002
Fri Night: N Wind 10 to 15 kt. Seas 1 to 2 Ft. Slight chances of showers.
Sat: NW Wind 10 to 15 kt, becoming SW. Seas 1 to 2 Ft.
Sun: W Wind 10 to 15 kt, becoming SW. Seas 1 to 2 Ft. Chance of showers and tstms.

tabasco posted 07-26-2002 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Griswald point sarting at 12 Noon.
North Beach posted 07-31-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
ummm, did this thing happen? Not a single report?
OUTRAGEOUS22 posted 08-01-2002 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for OUTRAGEOUS22    
Frank (ffk) and wife Nancy provided fine traveling companions with their classic beautiful 21'outrage. The trip from Smithtown to Southold was a snap. My son and his significant other helped launch our 22'OutrageOuS at a nice paved ramp and the two boats traveled 10 miles thru the Peconics past Greenport,the SS Bounty and around Orient Point. We traveled thru Plum Gut and across 10 miles of Long Island Sound to Griswald Point. The day was cloudy and relatively calm. We arrived at 12:30 and anchored off a small sand beach along with 3 of the nicest 16-17' whalers I have seen (having owned a montauk for 25 years)tabasco's,controller's and the third I'm sorry I don't remember the name. Unfortunitly the threat of rain must have kept others from joining us. We met a great group and had lunch and much conversation. Maybe next gathering the weather will be better and attract a larger group. A super return trip made a perfect Whaler day. I want to thank Frank and Nancy for their hospitality and providing my group with a perfect day. John OS
ffk posted 08-09-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
John, We really enjoyed traveling with you guys! Why not attempt a gathering in Peconic Bay or over your way. What are the beaches like near Smithtown? I am planning to head over toward Watch Hill on FI soon. Any interest? We can leave Brick Cove again or Jamesport, which is very close to the canal. Smith Point ramp on William Floyd is easy - need Suffolk County permit or pay daily fee. Stay in touch.
Frank and Nancy
tabasco posted 08-09-2002 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Hi guys......enjoyed meeting all of you at the rendezvous. I received an email from Jimh asking if anyone took any photos of our get together. Unfortunately I didn't but if any of you did please send them to Jimh so that he can include them in the rendezvous section.

Thanks.....look forward to meeting you all again soon

Ray (Tabasco)

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