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Hoop posted 01-02-2003 04:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hoop   Send Email to Hoop  
Who might be interested in a 2003 Northern California Whaler Rendezvous?

If we did it at the same time as the last couple of years, it would be the third weekend of May - May 16, 17, and 18 (Friday = Sunday). Back in the Delta, I'm thinking.

San Jose

peteinsf posted 01-02-2003 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Hi Jim,

I'm in, anywher

peteinsf posted 01-02-2003 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Hi Jim,

I'm in, anywhere warm would be great!

JB posted 01-03-2003 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
Where in the Delta? I would be coming from Southern California...
tflyer posted 01-04-2003 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
Hi Jim: Work schedule permitting, I would love to join in. I strongly second Pete's suggestion,Keyword....Warm.. The Delta sounds good to me....Tom
Hoop posted 01-05-2003 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Two years ago we stayed at B&W Resort ... there were about 7 families. Great geographic location. The accommodations are clean and rustic. No air conditioning, and many of us wished that there were. But low cost.

Most all of the locations in the Delta cater to the camper ... but I'ld just as soon have a real bed under me! There's one other possible resort, which didn't have cabins a couple of years ago and may have added them.

I'll check this week and report back.


triblet posted 01-06-2003 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Jim, there was another place back towards
Stockton a few miles on Highway 12 that
appeard to have both a Marina and a Motel. I
think it was at Terminous, about N38 06.795
W121 29.730..

I'll second the motion for A/C. And B&W was
VERY rustic.


triblet posted 01-06-2003 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet
but it doesn't mention a motel. Maybe the
motel is a separate operation.


andygere posted 01-06-2003 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Nancy and I were just talking about you and the NorCal Rendezvous as we drove back from Yosemite last night. We are in this year! I thought B&W was a nice set up and reasonably priced, but I'm open to just about anything.
Hoop posted 01-07-2003 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
When I last checked (2 years ago), there were only 3 places in the Delta that had rooms to rent. Most all of the 'resorts' were campgrounds. Of the three that had rooms, one only had 2 cabins, one was B & W Resort, and one was Snug Harbor.

Snug Harbor, I've heard, has expanded ... and I know from the past that they were 'upscale', at least measured on the $$ cost of rooms basis. I'll check.


Hoop posted 01-07-2003 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
I just checked with Snug Harbor, and they have cabins and they have air conditioning available on the days we are interested in - May 16 - 19. The place sounds great.

May 16, 17, 18 is considered 'prime season' for them. They normally require a minimum of 4 nights, but would let us reserve for only 2 nights because we are a group. They have a house that has 4 bedrooms and several "cabins" (mobile homes in some cases), some of which have 2 bedrooms. Cost of the house would be $380 a night;
a 2 bedroom cabin is $310 a night. If we had 1 couple to a bedroom, the cost we are looking at would be in the vicinity of $250 to $300 dollars for accommodations per couple, double occupancy, for the two nights, with a two night minimum.

These are waterfront units with dock space. Pretty classy! They have expanded significantly since I checked 2 years ago.


triblet posted 01-08-2003 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Snug Harbor would fine with me.


Drisney posted 01-09-2003 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Hoop, I am very unsure about being free but would love to attend. If I do come I will stay aboard my boat. Dave
Hoop posted 01-10-2003 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
It's a "GO" for Snug Harbor. I called up and put down a deposit. I think there are some creative things we can do to keep the cost down for folks that are cost conscious. The house that we'll rent has beds for quite a few. And if push came to shove, folks could pitch a tent - there's space close to the house. The spot looks just great.

Two years ago when I was first looking, Snug Harbor was the spot that got the highest recommendation.


peteinsf posted 01-13-2003 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    

How much space to you reserve?

Hoop posted 01-13-2003 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Pete, I'll send you an email on the details.


andygere posted 01-16-2003 01:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Bringing it to the top for the rest of the NorCal crew. Fishcop, Salmon Tub, Abalonehunter, Whalersman, Diveorfish, Sal guys out there?
diveorfish posted 01-16-2003 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Actually, I would really love to attend. My only hitch is that I will be a new father this month. My wife is due on the 24th. Being that the baby will only be about 4 months old in May, we won’t be able to be away from home for multiple days. I would really like to come for a day-trip though, maybe even two.
andygere posted 01-16-2003 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Diveorfish, I was in the same boat as you last year (pun intended) and had to miss the rendezvous. If you can make it out even for an afternoon you'll have a great time. Congrats on being a new dad!
ratherwhalering posted 01-16-2003 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Hey Hoop, count me in! Hogsback Island has great daytime facilities for a BBQ, and is across the Sacto river from Snug Harbor. I won't need a place to stay, though.
Hoop posted 01-16-2003 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

Thanks for the suggestion on Hogsback Island.

I'm thinking of a barbecue for dinner on Saturday at the 'house'. It's right on the water, has a big patio, is a great spot.

Saturday would be a day trip en masse somewhere ... tbd ... for lunch. Probably one of the restaurants in the Delta. And Friday night?


ratherwhalering posted 01-17-2003 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I know some folks that run a resturaunt/bar on Bethel Island, complete with docks. The Rusty Porthole. You gotta love that name! Lots of character to boot. I could call 'em to schedule a Saturday group lunch gig. Burgers and salad kind of place, very reasonable prices ($8) Its on the Franks Tract side of the island, and about 1/2 hour from Rio Vista. As for Friday night, it might be hard to find a place that serves milk and cookies, so I'll have to take a pass...heh, heh, heh...
Hoop posted 01-22-2003 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Just an update ... I've got names of from 4 to 8 boats that will be coming. Pretty good for so early! A fair number of folks just aren't quite sure how their schedule will turn out. There is still room for more.

San Jose

andygere posted 01-26-2003 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
How about a cruise up the Sac River with a lunch stop in Old Town? According to the city's web page, there are public docks in Old Town, at Front and L streets. We would see a different part of the Delta than on the '01 rendezvous.
Hoop posted 01-28-2003 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Hmmm ... so many possibilities in terms of where to go. Offline, Pete offered to help in terms of cruise planning. I was thinking we would collect ideas and get organized in the March / April timeframe.


Drisney posted 01-29-2003 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Any idea how far of a cruise it is to Old Town? Dave
Hoop posted 01-30-2003 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

Don't know off hand how far it is to Old Town. That's the right question. I was kind of thinking that the best outing would be about an hour out and an hour back, wherever we go. Say 20 miles or so each way. With a group as we might have, there is a variety of boating skills. Keeping the group together makes things more fun, and if the outing isn't too taxing, it makes keeping the group together easier.

So far we've got pretty good attendance ... 5 boats pretty firm and perhaps 2 to 3 more. Included will be Bud Cligny, who came to the Rendezvous a couple of years ago with his beautiful, original Sakonnet. Andy has a 22 Outrage cuddy (can't wait to see it), and Dave and his Montauk from Fresno. Doug and his 13' from Chico is a possibility.


triblet posted 01-31-2003 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I get about 33 nm, maybe a little more cuz I
cut a couple corners on the charts.

BTW, I'm working on the being there. I've got
a possible conflict with another event (BIG
underwater photography contest in Monterey,
multiple tropical trips as prizes) and I'm
waiting for them to set the date. Rendesvous
weekend is the second choice date for the
contest. I'll know more in a few weeks.


caddis posted 01-31-2003 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
We're interested. However, we would need our own room since I will be bringing my one year-old son. Are these dates set in stone? If so, I will call and make our reservations.

Looking forward to it!

triblet posted 02-06-2003 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
My photo contest just got scheduled, and there's
no conflict, so I'm in, and Linda is probably


Abalonehunter posted 02-11-2003 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Abalonehunter  Send Email to Abalonehunter     
Our 2nd is due on the 28th of February, won't be able to spend lots of time anywhere. Hope you all have a great time, take plenty of pictures.


caddis posted 02-14-2003 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
We're booked. Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to assist with the set-up, planning, etc.

Hoop posted 02-14-2003 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

Great. Glad to hear that you'll make it! I'm going to be doing most communication by email ... most planning will happen in late March and early April I'm thinking. I'll keep you posted and thanks for your offer to help!


caddis posted 03-18-2003 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     

Haven't seen anything on this for a while. Just keeping the topic alive.

Hoop posted 03-20-2003 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
:-) I'm getting excited! Jim
Hoop posted 03-21-2003 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Update: I talked to Cookie at Snug Harbor, and they are very excited about hosting our NorCal Whaler Rendezvous!

ACTION: if any of you have not signed up already and want to stay overnight, please do so by Monday, March 31st! Email me is best.

It's looking like we will have 7 boats from a 13 foot classic up to a 22 or 25 footer, and probably about 18 people, including two babies!

Options for attendance range from staying the weekend (2 night stay required by the resort for cabins) or just stopping by for the day. We have space for a tent or two.


Hoop posted 04-01-2003 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

You're email isn't working and I need to reach you regarding details for our rendezvous! Please advise.


peteinsf posted 04-10-2003 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    

My mail should be OK, I'll send you my phone number if you are still having problems.


Hoop posted 04-10-2003 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Pete, Thanks. I sent you an email tonight. If you don't get it, then yes, please send me your phone number. Jim
Hoop posted 04-11-2003 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Pete, email didn't work. Yes, please email me directly your phone number.

I received a 'mailer-daemon' response that 'host could not be found' after I went to the URL where your 'real' email address is listed and used that email address.


diveorfish posted 05-02-2003 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Hoop et al:

What is the latest scoop on the Nor Cal rendezvous? At this point, I am reasonably certain that I can make it for a day trip because I now have a reliable babysitter for my son. (His grandma)

Hoop posted 05-06-2003 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Diveorfish, Would be great to have you show up! We are at 8 boats for the weekend, 1 or 2 for Saturday only, plus yourself. I'll put you on my email distribution list.
- Jim
cameron posted 05-14-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for cameron  Send Email to cameron     
I am new on this site. I am very interested in this outing. I have a 1970, 17 foot boston whaler. When and where. We also will be having are 1st baby at the end of this month. but we will sure try to make it. Thanks
peteinsf posted 05-14-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    

The rendezvous is this weekend in Walnut Grove drop on by!. You should check out the "yahoo groups" web site for all the details or e-mail hoop directly.

Hope to see you there...


Salmon Tub posted 05-15-2003 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
What are the daily schedules? Have promised my parents I would clean up their yard this weekend, but I might be able to play hooky! Just caught this thread today. Looks like a good place. If I am able to go, I would make it a day thing then leave at night. Any details would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
elaelap posted 05-15-2003 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
You guys should have decent fishing...catch my topic on NorCal Delta fishing in "General," and have a great time. Wish I could join you.


WhalinWilly posted 05-15-2003 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalinWilly  Send Email to WhalinWilly     
Just saw this post also. Would like to come to your Rendezvous but am gearing up for the opener at Eaglelake the following weekend. I'll look earlier next year and try and make it.
Good Boating,
andygere posted 05-15-2003 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Salmon Tub,
C'mon out and let's change your handle to Striper Tub! Jim Hooper (Hoop) can give you the details.

NorCalers: I talked with Keith Kneer (Underdog) today and he has suffered a blown motor in his 16 SL. He hopes to make it up for some part of the weekend, and I assured him that there'd be plenty of rides for him, his wife and daughter.

Salmon Tub posted 05-15-2003 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Sounds good, what are some details, I know last year they had them on the Yahoo groups, but I never figured out how to get there, it kept telling me that I am registereing wrong... Any way, just a few details as to when, were (to launch), and any other details that might be of note.
triblet posted 05-15-2003 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Here's the schedule (stolen from Jim Hooper's


Afternoon - USCG-sponsored Vessel Safety Checks for 2003, performed by yours
truly. To learn what the USCG boating safety requirements are, visit: Boats that pass the free check receive a sticker to
affix on their Whaler. The sticker has been known to deter Coastie
boarding but is not guaranteed to do so.

6:00 pm Dinner - based on folks feedback, there is a preference to just
hang there at Snug Harbor for the Friday evening dinnner. There aren't any
take-n-bake pizza places on Ryer Island, as there are here in San Jose. So
it will be a potluck barbecue. I'll provide charcoal and 1 set of barbecue
utensils. You should bring your own meat, your own beverage, and
something to share. There may be relatively few of us on Friday night
compared to Saturday. Location: Snuggle Inn #1: the house at the end of
the peninsula. Bring your own utensils ... unless we have a volunteer to
bring plastic utensils and paper plates all the way around?


6:30 am Fishing for those who want to fish ...

9:30 am Gather at the docks for a 'captain's meeting' for the day trip
to Walnut Grove, bring money or credit cards for your own lunch.
There may be as many as 20 of us, which might be too many for any
given restaurant, or not ... we'll see. We will play it by ear. We might
divide into small groups depending on restaurant interest. Lots of choices.
There are excellent docks in Walnut Grove. Because we may have as many as
13 boats for the day (more likely a few less than that) we may need to
double up on our dock ties.
IMPORTANT: Each captain is responsible for the safety of his/her
own boat and crew. Maps/charts are important and can be purchased at the
little store there at Snug Harbor if you don't already have one of the
following: Hal Schell's Delta Map and Guide (209-951-7821) or Fishn-n-Map
Company's water proof plastic map "The Delta", . Both are
"Not for Navigation". Or you could get the appropriate NOAA chart at your
local chandler, but not at Snug Harbor.

3:30 pm Estimated return time for the day outing.
More Vessel Safety Checks ...

6:00 pm Barbecue at the "House" - Snuggle Inn #1: Charcoal and
barbecue utensils provided. Bring your own meat and something to share.
(Recent addition to the roster - Dave Risney - offered to bring wine. Or is
this just wishful thinking on my behalf?)
Suggested assignments (But don't let this constrain you ...)
Last name A to G: appetizer
Last name H to Sch: salad or vegetable
Last name Su to Z: dessert

10:00 pm Official "quiet time" at Snug Harbor.


On your own. There is a likelihood of a spur-of-the-moment brunch outing,
depending on people's interest.

triblet posted 05-15-2003 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
And here's how to get there, also stolen from
Jim Hooper. For a day tripper, you might be
able to save some driving by putting the
boat in around Rio Vista or Isleton somewhere
rather than at Snug Harbor.

May 16, 17, and 18 ... Friday to Sunday ... will be our Whaler Rendezvous.

Enjoying the seclusion of Snug Harbor has a price: it takes awhile to get
there. From my house in San Jose, I'm going to plan on 3 hours to allow
for traffic - maybe it will take 2 1/2 hours by car.

Several of you are coming by boat ... which will be easier.

Pulling a trailer, I don't think I want to chance going on either of the two
ferries that serve Ryer Island, home to Snug Harbor. Driving down from the
high levees to drive onto the ferries requires a pretty sharp angle at the
base of the levy. And I would just hate it if my outboard hit concrete or
if I dragged the trailer tongue as much as I think I would drag it on the
approach to the ferry. At high tide and with a second person to watch
carefully and shout information, it might be doable. But I'm going to use
the bridge, not the ferry, when I go up in May.

A ferry ride is a must-do for the weekend; I'll just choose to do it
without boat in tow.

To use the bridge requires heading way north. Think of it as going to
Sacramento (not quite) and doubling back. The driving directions that I
got from Snug Harbor are very good; see attachment. It also helped to
have a triple-A map.

For me, I will take Interstate 280 to 680 north, 242 northeast through
Concord to 4 east. (At rush hour, traffic on 4 east is horrendous ....
fyi) Then 4 turns left and becomes 160 north which I'll take to Walnut
Grove. At Walnut Grove, I stay on the levee road (on the left bank of the
Sacramento at that point) that I've been on and go straight, NOT following
160 to the right across the bridge. Eventually I'll turn left, heading
west at a "Jefferson Blvd" sign but onto a street which is Courtland Avenue,
which wraps around and turns south to a bridge onto Ryer Island. See the
attached for the real details and for approaches from different directions.

Salmon Tub posted 05-15-2003 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Thanks for the info. Will need to dig up my delta map to get my bearings re. distances. I run with 15 gal. of gas, that gives me 60 miles of running distance with the 90% rule. Called Hap's Bait, gal there said from Rio Vista to Snug on the water is close, only 15 miles or about 10 minutes. She must be off a fair bit, or has one heck of a fast boat! I will try to make it there for the fishing or at least by 9:30 am. What channel will you guys monitor on the VHF?
Hoop posted 05-15-2003 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Chuck, Thanks for posting the details.

We've got 11 boats confirmed, 2 or 3 of which will be Saturday only. Will be fun!

I'll be up there around 1:00 pm Friday, I'm thinking.


andygere posted 05-16-2003 02:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Being realistic, We'll be rolling in around 3pm Friday. Boat is ready...must....get....sleep...
andygere posted 05-19-2003 02:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The 2003 Rendezvous was a terrific success, thanks to the great planning and organization of Jim "Hoop" Hooper. We had a fantastic time with all of our old Whaler friends and all of our new ones too. Photos and trip details to follow soon.
dburton posted 05-19-2003 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
The rendezvous was a great time. Jim did a great job organizing the outing and herding the cats.

I enjoyed leading the pack.

Thanks Jim!


prm1177 posted 05-19-2003 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I third the kudos to Jim for organizing the NorCal rendezvous. How he managed to arrange having the boat ramp on the leeward side of the resort during Sunday morning's gale winds, I'll never know.
Cameron Park posted 05-19-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
Thanks Jim for organizing the rendezvous. We had a wonderful time on Saturday. Most of all, thanks for letting me take the helm for a while on your Montauk 17. What a thrill !!!
triblet posted 05-19-2003 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Thanks Jim. I know it's a lot of work to put
the rendezvous together. And Snug Harbor
is a great place and worth a repeat visit.


Hoop posted 05-19-2003 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Thanks, guys. Yes, the Rendezvous was a lot of fun ... including the raft up with 50 cigarette go-fasts!

Next time ... we'll want to be sure to get a group picture to capture the Rendezvous for posterity!


andygere posted 05-20-2003 12:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
While I don't have a full group photo, I do have pictures of both tables at Al The Wop's restaurant. I can e-mail any or all of my pictures to those NorCalers that want them.
skeepyjack posted 05-20-2003 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for skeepyjack  Send Email to skeepyjack     
Knowing late (last Friday) about No Cal rendezvous, but I stopped by Snug-Harbor/ Rio Vista/Walnut Grove (cool cable ferry) around 3PM on Saturday (after the Halibut fishing semina in Alameda) but see no sight of any BW around. Has changed to chat with couple local anglers, they were slow but nice day and good weather. Hope to join your guy next time.
Hoop posted 05-21-2003 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Skeepyjack - we were out and about at 3:00 pm Saturday ... probably didn't get back until after 4:00 pm. We weren't out havin fun ...


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