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Jim Bennett posted 04-24-2004 07:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jim Bennett   Send Email to Jim Bennett  
As a followup from my thread in General Forum it appears there are some who are serious about an outing somewhere in this area. Am counting on some of you longer time residents to make recommendations for place and time and guess we'll go with consensus.

As far as time is concerned, since moving here last May we were flooded with visits from family and friends. It begins
again tomorrow and May is pretty much out for me. June is open but expect it to be busy also. Late July and midAugust probably out for me.

Counting myself, duckear, Landlocked, and bc(?) we are up to 4 depending on time and place.

Let's hear from you others!!!

bc posted 04-25-2004 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc

We are blessed with a lot of lakes in the area. Picking one could be tough exspecially if over-night accomidations are needed...resorts, hotels, & campgrounds, etc....and activities....camping, fishing, skiing... Once these are answered then it might be a little easier to narrow down to a couple lakes. I just got back from camping myself this weekend! Location and time will have to be considered, but I would be interested in a trip.

russellbailey posted 04-25-2004 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
I would enjoy meeting others and trying out various Whaler's, but my schedule will be up in the air due to our new (first) daughter who is now 12 weeks old. She'll be out on the boat probably in May or June sometime locally and we'll see how that goes - I doubt long cruises in our 15 Striper will suit her this summer. If not this year, at least by next we should be set.

Landlocked posted 04-26-2004 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
June would be best for me. My vote is Center Hill or Dale Hollow. Dale Hollow has some excellent cabins for rental and several marinas where we could probably reserve a couple of slips to leave the boats in overnight. Centerhill probably has the same but I've never looked into it.


MMoon posted 04-27-2004 06:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for MMoon  Send Email to MMoon     

Mid August is better for me. I know you can't accomodate everyone, but I'll have a better window of opportunity then.
I have not been been to Dale Hollow or Center Hill. I here they are beautiful.

If this takes off I'll suggest Chattanooga for next year. The waterfront is undergoing $110 million makeover to be completed May 2005. You can dock downtown and walk everything.

Landlocked posted 04-27-2004 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
August would be good too.

I'm flex on location.


Landlocked posted 04-27-2004 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
What are preferences as to day trip vs overnight? What kind of lodging... If we can get a concensus, maby I can look into a few places I know on the lakes I mentioned earlier. Pretty big range of possibilities from fishing shacks to campgrounds to new cabins. I guess if we can narrow down what folks are most interested in doing, it would help in the search for a location.

My vote on Dale Hollow would be one of the State or Federal Campgrounds.


estress posted 04-28-2004 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for estress  Send Email to estress     
I am in Knoxville, and would be interested (pending dates) in a TN rendezvous. I have no problem towing the Montauk over to middle TN to explore a bit. Sounds like fun.


Landlocked posted 04-28-2004 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Good to hear from you Eric, hope we can get it together!!

Speaking of getting it together, how's that project coming?


Jim Bennett posted 04-28-2004 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Hey gang,

Looks like we may get this meeting to fly!

Landlocked, appreciate you kind of taking bull by the horns since you seem to have lot of knowledge of area. I think you raised a good point about what type event should be planned/ day trip vs. overnight. I have a little concern that some may have grander ideas than others as to what we should try to do, such as overnight accomodations/skiing/fishing/camping. Since this would be first attempt for this area, I am more inclined to just have an all day or half/day outing like a picnic or cookout at a beach park,etc. I don't want to throw cold water on anyone's ideas but the grander the plan, the more work somebody has to do;just my thoughts.

I did receive separate e-mail from Ssabas who said he would contact two other Boaters World employees in West Knoxville who own Montauks. MMoon also e-mailed that he knows 2 others in Chattanooga, a Montauk and an Outrage owner that could be interested and he will contact them; he also said there is a forum member in Chattanooga who owns 13 (that's right thirteen) Whalers. Hope he checks in. Marsh from Chattanooga has also said to count him in.

estress, glad to hear you are on board as another from Knoxville area. Let me know if you have any questions about restoring your Outrage - I did my 73 and have lots of photos.

Rough count would seem to put us near a dozen so far. If I could, I'd prefer having in my backyard but looking at map it would seem that Center Hill would be pretty convenient for trailering from any of three major areas responding i.e. Knoxville,Chattanooga, Nashville.

Landlocked posted 04-28-2004 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Glad to help where I can... can't handle this bull alone though. To start the ball rolling Lets go ahead and say the event will be at Center Hill Lake (exact location to be determined) on Sat 7th, 14th, 21st, or 28th. Lets hear a vote on dates.


Landlocked posted 04-28-2004 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     

I was trying to think of a good cruising destination on Centerhill and came up with Burgess Falls (plenty of sites on the internet with pics) Problem is you can only access to base of falls during high water.

The Corps starts drawing the lake down in August. I called the resource manager just now and he said that if we come in early August we ought to still be able to make it. Just something to think about.


bc posted 04-28-2004 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Landlocked, I'm assuming all the dates are in Aug? Is it about 2hrs from Knoxville to Centerhill?

As for activities, my bag of tea is fishing, which can be tough if local knowledge isn't available on the what, when, and where aspect. Sight seeing and exploring can be fun also (Navigation maps will be useful). I'll be looking over my schedule to see what we can commit to. Thanks.

Sam Collins posted 04-28-2004 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
Would be very much interested in joining in on this excursion.
Landlocked posted 04-29-2004 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
All dates are Saturdays in August. Once again, my fingers got ahead of my brain.

Center Hill has a pretty good bass fishery and the tailwater below the dam is stocked with trout. I haven't spent much time fishing Center Hill, (little too far for me on a typical weekend) but here is a link to the current fishing report/Corps lake site which should provide info including links to maps.

Again, I'm just helping where I can so if anyone has ideas about activities etc - jump right in. Conceptually - I was thinking of meeting for a lunch/picnic at one of the shelters and then cruising as a group to Burgess Falls.

Only been there a few times so if anyone has better ideas - I'm all ears.


Landlocked posted 04-29-2004 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Oh yea - I think it would be about 2 hours from Knoxville. Maby a little less. Its between and south of Cookeville and Carthage. I know its about 1.5 hours for me from Fairview (just west of Nashville) and I can be in Knoxville in a shade over 3 hours.
jhill posted 04-29-2004 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
I am on Pickwick Lake and Nashville is about 2.5 hrs for me. I am not familiar with Center Hill, but am game to see something new. My email address is for the person in charge. I am pretty flexible. I believe that Pickwick is the most beautiful lake on the Tennessee and I could make sure that everyone had a great time here. Plenty of fishing, cruising, motels, etc.
Landlocked posted 04-29-2004 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
East Tennessee is fine with me if that is where most of the interested parties are located.

I'm from Morristown and my folks live in Greeneville now so I can make a long weekend out of it and visit the family too.

Lets hear the vote - I'm completely flexible.


estress posted 04-29-2004 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for estress  Send Email to estress     
August dates sound good; it is best to do it before it is “football time in Tennessee.”

Are there any campgrounds on Centerhill Lake where we could camp on Saturday night?

The Outrage is still bottoms up in the side yard. A little progress but most of my “boat time” has spent re-powering the Montauk. I am looking forward to a productive summer, however.

I would like to see your Outrage, I’m sure it would inspire me. It is good to know that it is a great lake boat, as that was my intention. I envision it as a great boat for the “Volunteer Navy.”


CJ posted 04-30-2004 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for CJ  Send Email to CJ     
Hi guys. Add 2 more to the Lenoir City area. I own a 15' and my cousin owns an 18' Outrage. I own Sea Tow Ft. Loudon and would be more than happy to assist in the planning if you guys would like to have a rendevous somewhere in east TN.
Landlocked posted 04-30-2004 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
The Corps of Engineers operates a pretty nice campground on the lake. Info is available on their site. I've camped there one night several years ago. It was nice with clean bath houses etc. but it was really crowded.


Jim Bennett posted 04-30-2004 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Have been following this thread but been busy with company for last 5 days so haven’t had time to add any more. First of all, glad to see interest from Sam in Kentucky, Jhill in Mississippi, and CJ and cousin in my locale. CJ, I have membership in SeaTow and have needed their services couple times with Florida boats; I’ll put in a plug and say that membership money for your or similar organizations is the wisest money anyone can spend on their boat(s). Now, hope to meet you soon but not because I need your service (HA!!)

Landlocked, I am in tune with your concept(s) for group activities as stated above. Prime reasons for a first Rendezvous are to get acquainted with others, picnic/party/photographs, see everyone’s boats, BS about Whalers, test rides, cruising, etc. Essentially things that can be enjoyed in a full afternoon as a group. Those who have specific activities they would like to do can go off on own, stay overnight, whatever. For sure, I’ll bring some fishing gear but may not even touch it.

Whether it is Center Hill or elsewhere sounds like we’ll definitely need a gathering place that can accommodate several vehicles/trailers and has a picnic facility preferably near beach where boats can be beached or anchored. I have already checked out some websites you recommended regarding Burgess Falls; they really look beautiful and would be a nice destination. Also found others on Center Hill including the Corps of Eng. one. Have also found the Microsoft Terraserver site to be useful for topo maps and aerial photography of Center Hill. Was able to find aerial view of Burgess Falls as well as all marinas and campgrounds

Would advise others to check that site as well. Takes a while to understand how to navigate and find things but is very useful.

The CofE site mentions 3 Rec Areas at Center Hill, all requiring a day use pass (I think, $4/vehicle or boat??) The Ragland Rec Area toward south end would seem closest meeting site, has the necessary facilities, and within reasonable cruise time to Burgess Falls ( by my approximations, would look like 10-15 miles one way - please correct me if wrong). I talked today with Mrs Nash at Cookeville Boat Dock; she says falls are about 5 miles east of their dock and Ragland Rec Area about 5 miles west. She thinks would be risky trying to get anything but small boats up to falls in August because drawdown starts in July- water level varies considerably from rain. Trees and boulders can be troublesome - she says they sell LOTS of props. Right now the water is so high that jetskis cruise in spray from the falls.

My time availability for August would only be first two Sat or Sun. Probably would trailer there and back in same day whenever, wherever.

Need suggestions, ideas from others regarding specific places, times, and activities. Come on guys and gals!!

CJ posted 05-01-2004 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for CJ  Send Email to CJ     
Jim, thanks for the plug and yes a membership can pay for itself very quickly and keep frustration levels low. Anyway, if anyone is still interested in doing something here on the Knoxville end there is plenty of lake/river here to fill a day. As a matter of fact, how about staging vehicles and trailers 90 or so miles upriver and havig a van or two bring everybody back to the startr point. We stop for lunch at a local waterfront restaurant, finish with dinner at our destination and stop at some rope swings, swimming holes, etc. along the way. Give me some feedback. I can help with overnight trailer friendly accomodations as well if anyone is interested.


Jim Bennett posted 05-06-2004 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
At this point in time we seem to have three possibilities for an outing this season and three people who have offered, provided they can get some help, to coordinate an event.

Chris (Landlocked) at Center Hill Lake
Jon (jhill) at Pickwick Lake
Chad (CJ) at Ft Loudon/Tellico Lakes

I believe they will be adding to this thread with scenarios for their respective areas including suggested times and the rest of us need to vote on the place we want to meet first, and then subsequently pick a time. I am sure they will be happy to accept any offers of assistance.

Lets get this moving.

CJ posted 05-06-2004 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for CJ  Send Email to CJ     
I can open up my schedule pretty much any non-holiday weekend here on Ft. Loudon/Tellico for a one day outing. However the middle TN thing might be hard to swing. Like I said if you guys want to do East Tn I will be more than happy to take care of any arrangements needed. We have a couple good waterfront restaurants that would be great for lunch or dinner arrangements. Motels are plentiful as well right around 5 min. from a couple of ramps. We can go for as far or as short as anyone wants to. Just let me know.


Landlocked posted 05-07-2004 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
If we do it on Centerhill - I had planned to book a picnic shelter. I believe most have grills so lunch could consist of hotdogs/hamburgers etc. I had envisioned some time at the shelter for meet and greet and then a group cruise around the lake/Burgess Falls etc.

Spring and Summer are our busy field period so I'm afraid I won't have a lot of time to work on anything more complicated. I would, however be happy to assist others if more activities are desired.

Chad and others seem very interested in the E.Tennessee get together. I'm up for that as well. Bottom line, lets get this thing rolling. Otherwise, shelters are going to book up and we'll be planning a party with no place to have it.


Jim Bennett posted 05-07-2004 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Since I started this thing I'll try to keep it rolling!
I cast my vote for east TN in Ft Loudon/Tellico area and offer my help to Chad. Let's hear from all who said they were interested.
WhalerLess posted 05-08-2004 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerLess  Send Email to WhalerLess     

I usually make it to Norris Lake in August for 10 days, no real set date when yet. Would really like to make the event. Will keep watching this thread and will try to swing over from Norris for the weekend. Also my brother live SE of Nashville, in Winchester. Either way, I'm very interested and woul love to check out all the boats!

Gary in Ohio

duckear posted 05-08-2004 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for duckear  Send Email to duckear     
I vote for Center Hill. I am going tomorrow and will try to get some pictures.

Here is where we launch from

Landlocked posted 05-08-2004 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Although I'll be there wherever it is, I guess I need to vote as well.....

My vote goes to Center Hill.


bc posted 05-09-2004 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Flexable here, but I'll put a vote in for Watts bar.
Landlocked posted 05-12-2004 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Are we going to let this thing die?
Jim Bennett posted 05-13-2004 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Landlocked et al,

No, I am not going to let this die. Today I have sent direct e-mails to those who previously expressed interest in a Tennessee outing on this and the General thread, but who have not responded yet to our selection process. Hope they will all respond soon.

Recently, I have found 2 possibly 3 other Whaler owners in Tellico Village and will try to contact them about the continuouswave website and also about our trying to get a rendezvous organized.


russellbailey posted 05-13-2004 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Responding to Jim Bennett's e-mail, I'd vote for Ft. Loudon/Tellico/Watts Bar, primarily due to location of being further east, but my odds of being able to be there are questionable, so I would not weight my vote highly.
jhill posted 05-13-2004 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
I'll do what the majority wants. It will be easier for me in Nashville.
Jon H. Hill
Landlocked posted 05-13-2004 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I was just trying to stoke the fire a bit...
jimh posted 05-13-2004 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would like a clarification. Are any of these proposed lakes located in dry counties?
Jim Bennett posted 05-14-2004 07:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
I have received three direct e-mail responses:

-MMoon votes for Watts Bar area but August is out for him.
-SSavas votes for Center Hill - moving soon to Nashville.
-Whalerless(Ohio) casts no vote but will try to make it.

-jimh - A very good question which I will defer to longer time residents. Each of the lakes run through several counties so I don't know answer but sure someone will respond as the info should impact our planning!

Landlocked posted 05-14-2004 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
As far as I know, none of the counties in question are dry. There are only two ro three completely dry counties in the State and even there its just a short hop to the county line to buy beer. There may be a larger number of counties that don't sell liquor - a classification that unfortunately includes wine, but still a very small percentage of the counties in Tennessee. We are not quite as backward as everyone seems to think we are. If you want dry counties Check out Kentucky.

Also, if you are interested in exploring strange liquor laws - check out Pennsylvania. They've got the "bible belt" beat hands down!


Marsh posted 05-14-2004 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Voting for Tellico/Ft. Loudoun here...but will go to any location, work schedule permitting.

(I work on certain Saturdays in August, but do not yet know which ones.)

I grew up in Lenoir City, and fished Ft. Loudoun before there was a Tellico Lake. But I left in 1969, and it would be good to see it again, especially from a Whaler flotilla.

2004 MT170

Draftmanswife posted 05-14-2004 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Been kinda following this thread...
After visiting my brother in Indianapolis this weekend, we thought it would be great if we could "meet in the middle"; as I am in Florida, and we both have boats to bring. We would love to do this rendezvous with you all and bring both boats as well.
Jim, could you be alittle more specific of where these places are?
As for times; I have the July 4th race and the first week in August is bug season, but other than that, we're free.
This could be some real fun if we could just figure out where it is going to be held!
Take care,
Jim Bennett posted 05-14-2004 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Hi Janis,

Thanks for following the thread and for your interest. Wherever we have this outing, we would be delighted if you and brother could attend. You may not remeber but I met you couple winters ago at Shell Key at one of Bigshot's first Rendedezvous there. I came in my Aquasport and believe you were there in a new Edgewater and everyone else had Whalers.

Hopefully we'll have location decided soon and then time. The Ft. Loudon,Tellico and Watts Bar Lakes are interconnected at Ft. Loudoun Dam at Lenoir City which is about 30-35 miles west of Knoxville. Center Hill Lake looks to be about 50 miles east of Nashville.All have good access from freeways.

I see where you attended the recent big Whaler Owners' Meeting in Florida. If you make it to ours perhaps you can bring some photos and share some insight with others here.

Marsh, Jon & Russell - glad to see you all responded.

OK everybody, what say we give this through the weekend and then make consensus/decision on Monday where we ARE going to meet and get busy on time options!!!!


Landlocked posted 05-14-2004 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I second that motion
Jim Bennett posted 05-14-2004 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Sam Collins e-mailed me with vote for Tellico
Landlocked posted 05-15-2004 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Its looking like I need to be getting the trailer ready to head east! Kind of excited about the prospect, I haven't been on Telico.


bc posted 05-15-2004 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Landlocked, Tellico is a beautiful lake, especially the upper-end. I just got back from the lower-end where Tellico and Ft. Loudon come together at Ft. Loudon dam. Doing a little fishing. Can't go wrong with Tellico, but I wouldn't mind seeing some new scenery either. Tellico is home to the Ft. Loudon historical park and the Sequoyah birth place museum. bc
CJ posted 05-16-2004 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for CJ  Send Email to CJ     
Tellico is nice. Depending on how far you guys want to go, we could run into Knoxville all the way to the Forks of the River area and do Tellico all in the same day.


Marsh posted 05-16-2004 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
This is gonna be FUN!!!

A lot of water has gone thru the dam since me and my high school buddies used to hunt doves on Bussel Island (now submerged from Tellico Dam). Back then we never could have imagined a Whaler rally, 35 years hence, on the same spot.


Jim Bennett posted 05-16-2004 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Well, it's not quite Monday yet but the current tally, according to my reading of the replies, is 7 to 4 in favor of the Ft.Loudon/Tellico area in east Tennessee. There are 2 from this area who have not yet responded. In addition, I called 3 other Whaler owners in this area which led to 4 other Whaler owners in this area and 3 of those are calling other owners whom they know. Of the 7 I called, 2 are definitely in, 3 are probable and 2 are possible. Everybody is interested!!!

Guess it is time to try narrowing down some possible dates. Not exactly sure what best way is to determine that since we could do it anytime between now and November(?)! Perhaps we should respond with dates we COULD NOT make the Rendezvous. As for me, 2nd weekend of June,2nd weekend in August, last weekend in Sept and first weekend of Oct are out.

If anyone has better idea for resolving this issue, let's hear it.

Landlocked posted 05-17-2004 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Tellico it is! Let me know if I can help from this end of the State. I'll be glad to do what I can.

As far as dates - I"ll let majority decide and work my schedule accordingly.


bc posted 05-17-2004 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Anybody interested....I saw a '86 Montauk for sale in Tazewell TN a week ago. With 88hp Johnson, Bimini Top and full bow rail and galvanized trailer. Boat is located right off the main road (25E) at some sort of marine supply store on the right if heading north. His asking price is $6,500. Thought I'd pass this along to some of the locals here.
Tony Zucker posted 05-20-2004 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tony Zucker  Send Email to Tony Zucker     
Another vote for Tellico. The water is cleaner and cooler that Ft Loudon or Watts Barr and the coves opposite Tellico Village Country Club or the park complex above the 411 bridge which has historical buildings, campsites, etc.
Also, I'm having a hard time finding a short stroke 40+or- HP for a 13' Whaler. Any leads would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Tony
Landlocked posted 05-21-2004 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
No firm cannot attend dates here... It would be best for me to put off until August based on anticipated work load but I'll work with whatever the group decides.


CJ posted 05-21-2004 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for CJ  Send Email to CJ     
August would work well for me also. It would get us away from all major holidays. Even September (just not the holiday weekend) might be nice. At least a little cooler. The only plans I can think of for Aug. would be for the first weekend and the rest is pretty much open. Any of you guys here local want to have a more formal get togethor before then let me know. My schedule should be opening up here in the next month or so. We have two new captains awaiting paperwork from the Coast Guard so hopefully relief is on the way.


estress posted 05-21-2004 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for estress  Send Email to estress     
I cannot attend the following weekends:

June 12
Aug 7
Aug 14
September 18

It will be interesting to see what falls out for the majority.


jhill posted 05-25-2004 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
I am pretty much free. I will see what the majority wants.
Jon H. Hill
MMoon posted 05-27-2004 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for MMoon  Send Email to MMoon     
Sorry it's taken so long to reply. Every weekend is a possible blackout date with me depending on baseball or football season. I have 2 small children playing sports and I get roped into coaching all the sports. Just pick a date and I'll try to be there.

I did see my friend with the Outrage and he was very excited
about going too. This is just a suggestion (don't plan around me): have it on the Tennessee River system so you would have the option of going by boat rather than having to trailer. Chattanooga and Knoxville could get to Watts Bar
by water very easily. Just a suggestion, I will go with the flow.

A big thanks to Jim for getting this started, Mike

Jim Bennett posted 05-27-2004 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
As a result of my post above and direct e-mails to non-forum members I have received 2 replies giving “cannot attend” dates. Any other replies have been either “any time is OK” or “whatever the majority wants“. Well, my schedule is filling up fast with visitations from family and friends, trips to Florida and California, and tennis tournaments so I am now proposing some dates for an outing. First, I am assuming that a Saturday would be the day of choice and that we want to avoid holiday weekends. With all the above considerations I find the following are the only dates I could attend:

- June 26
- July 24
- Aug 28
- Sept 11 or 25
- Oct 23 or 30

From those dates my first choice is Sept 11 and second choice is July 24

OK everyone, let’s have some votes!!!!! Please make your selection on the forum rather than e-mailing me; that way all can see what is going on and we can get this rolling.


estress posted 05-28-2004 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for estress  Send Email to estress     
Sept 11, since you are taking the lead, might as well be your preference, but the others are fine too.


Landlocked posted 05-28-2004 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I'll second Sept 11.
bc posted 05-28-2004 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Marsh posted 05-29-2004 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
9/11/04 vote here.


jhill posted 06-01-2004 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhill  Send Email to jhill     
9/11 good for me.
Jon H. Hill
Draftmanswife posted 06-02-2004 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
My birthday is the 12th; and I was wondering what I was going to do; and now I know. Mike, send me some directions from 75 to 24 there in Chattanogga. I'll bring some "goodies" from Magic Brush;) and maybe from Boston Whaler.
When we do events down here in Florida, we always choose people to bring certain things so we aren't doubleing up on things. Everyone brings there own meats; and 1 side to share with the group. Just a suggestion; but it makes for a nice event.
We also pick a designated spot to meet; then fortilla with the locals who know the waters best.
So, I'll bring the cook-kit. (pots and pans utencils, etc.)
Let's put this together; it sounds like fun...
Take care,
Jim Bennett posted 06-02-2004 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Jon, Janis and all,

Since there are several in favor of Sept 11 and no voices for any other date then it seems fair to conclude that we have a go for the East Tennessee Rendezvous in September on Tellico Lake. It appears that there should be several locals, some from other parts of the state, and a few out-of-staters; should make for a good “meeting of whalers” or GAM as the forum’s moderator calls it. Chad (CJ) and I have been talking on phone about possibilities for the event and want to thank those who have offered suggestions.

We would like to “recruit” a few of you locals (Knoxville-Maryville-Lenoir City-etc) to help in further planning and coordination of the days activities such as launch point, meeting place, eating place, cruise route and destination, windup point, etc. Please respond soon to either Chad or me by direct e-mail if you want to help out; we might even consider having a planning meeting on land or water in the next few weeks. Although Sept 11 seems a long time away, we all know how fast time can go especially when having fun, so sooner we get plans finalized the better. Comments and suggestions by all interested parties will continue to be welcomed in this forum thread.

I propose that when the local group gets plans finalized we’ll post a new thread entitled “East Tennessee Rendezvous Sign-in”, perhaps in late July, in which specifics will be described and we’ll ask you all to sign in on that thread.


bc posted 06-03-2004 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
A couple of "pre-event planing" places could include.....Calhoun's on the Marina - Lenoir City, Tellico Harbor marina resturant-Loudon County off hwy 72 near 411 south for water front places. Several places like Bel-air grill in Lenoir City if a evening meeting is planned. All is needed is a data/time & place!


Jim Bennett posted 06-04-2004 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     

Appreciate all your good suggestions and assume you want to take part in the planning. If so that would make six including you, Chad, (CJ) and me as well as 3 other locals who contacted me by e-mail or phone. Seems like we have a plan committee!

I'll talk with CJ and we'll propose a meeting place & time to the "committee" by e-mail.

By the way, one of the locals has offered to provide a band for the event at my dock!! Sounds like a good windup point and we can probably sing Happy Birthday (with musical accompaniment) to Janis (Draftmanswife)!!! I think we're going to have a fun day!!!


bc posted 06-04-2004 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Jim, You've done a great job on spear-heading this event...let me know how I can help. Do you still have my email? BC
Draftmanswife posted 06-04-2004 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Does this make me the guest appearence?;)
Jim Bennett posted 06-05-2004 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     

If we consider anyone coming to our Rendezvous from outside Tennessee as a "guest" then you'll be one of probably 5 or 6. That's not including your brother from Indiana; is he another likely guest?


Draftmanswife posted 06-14-2004 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Dave will probably attend as well...
Landlocked posted 06-14-2004 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Hey Janis,
Glad you're coming! You will be the guest of honor - but that's not always a good thing in these parts.

Seem to remember you and Bigshot are friends. Why don't you see if you can talk him into heading north and slumming with us rednecks.


Draftmanswife posted 06-15-2004 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Rednecks? Hey I resemble that remark:) and so does Big! I'll ask him if he'd go. THis sounds like maybe something he and his wife; and Tom and I can do together, but bring the 21 instead of the 13. Regardless, I'll be there, wherever it is!
Jim Bennett posted 06-15-2004 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     

Presume Dave is your brother and glad he will be attending. That brings our possible out-of-state attendees up to 7 and still may be more. Would be great if you could talk the Big into coming up here.

Our planning committee of 8 is meeting at my home next Monday evening to hash out details for the event. One of decisions will be which of 3 different bands we should have at my dock for end of day - a rock band or one of 2 bluegrass type groups; my choice and am sure my neighbors would prefer one of bluegrass groups. My home is back in a cove and would be a natural amphitheatre so an amplified rock band might be a little much for neighbors high up across the cove. Whatever, I think we'll havee a good day.


P.S. Since you and Landlocked have been discussing rednecks,I am sending you two a separate e-mail regarding Bluenecks. Janis, you might want to forward to Bigshot.

Landlocked posted 06-16-2004 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Being a Tennessee event.... My vote is Bluegrass! Unless of course you can figure out a way to get Buffet to come.


Draftmanswife posted 06-22-2004 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Bluegrass is the way to go...It just wouldn't seem right being in Tenn. with a rock band. Plus, if we have any "pickers" in the group; it could be fun around a latenight fire. Can we have a fire? I can always throw a 55 gallon drum in the back of the pick-up:)Is that redneck enough?;)
Jim, can you wait for your stripe until I get there and install it for you?I'll ship it tomarrow, and if you haven't got it done, it would be my pleasure to install it for you.
Well, just tell me what I can bring...
The first thing I will need is some directions!
Take care,
bc posted 06-22-2004 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Janis, and other out of towners:

We had our first planning meeting last night, which I thought went well. Bluegrass will be the entertainment! Jim will be posting and emailing more details in the near future. I think this has the makings for a fun event.

Take care,


Jim Bennett posted 06-22-2004 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
To all,
As bc has mentioned , we did have our first planning meeting last night at my home for the East Tennessee Rendezvous on Sept 11. First of all, I want to say that Whaler fanatacism is alive and well in East Tennessee!! We bounced around a number of ideas and have the makings of a plan. In a nutshell, it includes a convenient meeting/launching point, about a 20 mile cruise to a destination point which should include a number of activities there and then return to a picnic/party place including a bluegrass band.

Shortly after 4th of July weekend I will post a new sign-in thread which will include specific details as to what is planned, what to bring, where to go, etc. The committee will be prepared to provide info on specific needs of distant attendees such as motel, RV, and campground info. I have been informed by several committee members that once word gets out about our rendezvous that there will be more local Whaler owners "coming out of the woodwork".

Go ahead and ship red striping and if I don't get it put on my Outrage before September then you can do it as part of our entertainment at the Rendezvous!! HA!

Bigshot posted 06-25-2004 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Thar is a fine chance thet th' wife an' mahse'f will be attendin' yer fine festival of whalership. We will most likely be chauffeured by th' eloquent Miss Janis an' her esteemed husbin Thomas. Behind th' chariot will be mah 17' Nootauk which bein' has a noo trailer is fittin' fo' th' 650mile trip. We will keep yo' all posted as t'our outcome. Regards, Nick

Practising some local lingo:)

Jim ya gonna bring the Outrage or the wimpy Aquasport again?

Landlocked posted 06-25-2004 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Cool, but a piece of advice - there ain't nothin' worse than a yank tryin to talk proper southern english. Accept your limitations and stick to your roots. We're mostly acceptin' of yanks up here so long as they don't come to stay. Especially a guy like you BS who saw the error of yer ways and moved south so long ago.

How bout strappin me a new trailer for my montauk on top o' yer chariot.


bc posted 06-25-2004 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
This sounds like fun....let me give it a try


Affer da cup of mud...wheel larnch these orv stufted bassin buggies in da pond. Then blastin arf to yank some basses jaw. Later pop un cold stump rot to fill the ol' gut about 9am. I'll put a lil shine in the tank to hop up the ol 150hp moter pushin the 15' bw (bassin wagon) round yander orv the big pond. Then more stump rot for the gut . I like removin the bassis with the ol' side by side 12 gauge. Dis gives dem basses a fittin chance!! heh,heh. If da ol game wardon dont lik it, he'll hav ta catch me!!.....I'd better quit while I'm ahead!

Jim Bennett posted 06-26-2004 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
I don't know where to start first in response to yesterday's
posts. I think I'll just first blame Janis for (1) bringing up rednecks in some previous posts, and (2) for enticing Bigshot to hopefully making an appearance here in beautiful east Tennessee. I am not sure which is the worst HA!

Really do hope to see you here. Yes, I will have my 73 Outrage at the Rendezvous and probably my 1968 Sakonnet. My stepson from Alabama is planning to be here to captain the latter and 2 of his sisters from Florida may also join us. Pretty soon we may have as many Floridians as Tennesseeans. Too bad the Vols and Gators aren't playing that weekend - I still bleed Scarlet & Gray as a native Buckeye so don't really know Vols schedule. Come on, my Aquasport 175 is not a wimpy boat. It's a great fishing boat and may actually end up in Tennessee someday.

Next, I'm not even going to try getting into this local lingo/redneck banter except to say that, being born in hilly southeastern Ohio, I have never considered folks from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee as "rednecks" but rather as "hill people" as a politically correct term and that must be why I feel so at home here. To me rednecks are Carolinians, Georgians, Alabamans, Mississippians, and some Floridians and anyone who is a NASCAR fan wherever they live. Now see, y'all have gone and made me probably stir up a hornet's nest. Next thing you know, Hooter will be chiming in with some of his Cajun opinions HA !!!!!

P.S. Big, did Janis ever forward on to you the Redneck vs. Blueneck comparison?

Bigshot posted 06-28-2004 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
No word on Bluenecks.

We call the rednecks here "good ol boys" they get pissed if ya call them reds ya know. I love when they are talking about something and say "I don't go near that place,it's a redneck bar!" or something to that extent. Hate to see what the reds refer to as "rednecks". My friend David(great guy) has a personalized license plate that says "REDNECK" on his F350...pretty damn funny.

Your 175 is a nice boat but if you hit something(like I did that piling) at 25mph, she'll sink so hence she is kinda wimpy:)

So your stepson is bringing his 2 wives?

Who the hell are the Gators?

Janis loves NASCAR, plus it is part of her livelihood so just keep that between us....or whisper it.

To anyone who is reading is all a joke, Jim has attended our FL rendezvous and we know him very well along with his Outrage(at least the pics).

Jim Bennett posted 06-28-2004 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     

I am glad you brought up the "good ol' boys" not me. If I can find it again I'll send you the Blueneck info - it is some Southerners' observations on the character of Northerners - pretty damn funny.

Think most any boat ('cept Whalers) will sink if hit pilings at 25mph. By the way I hope you don't hit another one; maybe you've had a few brews and weren't able to read my previous post clearly - I said stepson from Alabama and two of his SISTERS from Florida. Gators are that football team from Florida that the Vols whupped last year. And the Vols are from Tennessee.

Kinda fun to joke a little on the site but sure don't want to get into any of those flaming sessions. May have some prop questions for you later.


Bigshot posted 06-29-2004 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     

prop question that is.

David Jenkins posted 07-06-2004 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Jim, Could you summarize the dates and plans, camping/hotel options, etc. Thanks.

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