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BugsyG posted 05-31-2004 08:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for BugsyG   Send Email to BugsyG  
Hi Everyone,

Since Portage Entry isn't going to hold a Rendezvou and neither is Marine Max, why don't we hold one ourselves?!

A bunch of Whaler owners could meet up at Kelleys (or another place) like last year for a weekend get-together. What do you think? I can get some Whaler Owners around my area to join as well. I would appreciate input!


Moe posted 06-01-2004 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
If we can shoot for that same weekend, July 30th - August 1st, that would work best for me. The weekend before that we have the Dayton Power Squadron Rendezvous in West Harbor, so I've booked a campsite for 11 days in East Harbor State Park, to cover both weekends.

I am also open to having it at a marina on the mainland, such as East or West Harbor.


BugsyG posted 06-01-2004 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Any place is good. Any time is good. I just want to gather with other Whaler owners. There is a revenge in cleveland I am looking at. I want a bigger Whaler!!!!


Moe posted 06-01-2004 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here are some potential close-by attendees. How 'bout it guys? If I've overlooked you, don't hesitate to speak up.

BugsyG (Joe)
Moe (Maurice Riggins)
Dive 1 (Jim Biro)
Backlash (Steve Farnsworth)
Barry (Barry Bertenshaw)
whalernut (Jack Graner)
Samars (Sam Barill)
DCM (Dan)
baybug (Sean)
JFM (Jay)
JimH (Jim Hebert)
LHG (Larry)
kingfish (John Flook)
TomG (Tom)
mjd65 (Mike)


BugsyG posted 06-02-2004 06:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Moe, We could possibly have a "cruise" where all of us can go from one spot to another to "show off" whalers. It would be nice for us to stay at kelleys or put in bay for the weekend with all whalers!


Samars posted 06-03-2004 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
I'd be interested but at this point cannot do the July 30th weekend.
home Aside posted 06-03-2004 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I'm interested but I don't know if this one would pose a conflict with my plans for the North Channel...If I come I'll probably put in at Gibralter and make the run across to meet up with you....82 Montauk 17.....I'll keep watching...

Pat Henahan

Nushlie posted 06-06-2004 07:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nushlie  Send Email to Nushlie     
Whaler Owners:

We will make every effort to drop over for the day. Kelley's Island and Put-in-Bay are good locations for us, as long as Erie is cooperating.

When a date is established just please post, we're easy to work with on most weekends and it would be neat to meet all of you.


DIVE 1 posted 06-06-2004 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
We're in for an outing, pick the date.
Moe posted 06-06-2004 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
The weekends of July 23 and Aug 20 are out for us, but others should work.

bbrunner posted 06-07-2004 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     
Hi All- I am interested and July 30 works well for me.


BugsyG posted 06-09-2004 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Any day is good for me. We just have to pick the day that is more comfortable for the majority of the people attending. Put in bay would be excellent.


Moe posted 06-09-2004 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
This is just my humble opinion, but PIB harbor can be a nightmare on weekends... major traffic congestion with boats without reservations hanging around, hoping to get a cancellation or a raft-up. You can't even get to the fuel dock some weekends, much less find space at the Boardwalk to dock and have lunch. I almost got run over by a large boat backing out of a slip without looking, the operator with a one hand on the wheel and the other on a drink.

With the west end too shallow and too filled with rocks to navigate out of, on some days, I'd hate to try to run a parade of Whalers into it, do a loop on the west end, and run back out. It would look cool and get attention, but I'm not into that.

The other problem is the cost of mooring and lodging on PIB, not to mention Kelleys. We paid $130/night for a B&B last year and were lucky to get that. I'd much operate out of East or West Harbor.

Just my thoughts.

BugsyG posted 06-10-2004 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
I can see that the bay is going to get busier as time goes on. I never been to east & west harbor by boat. I been there by car. I would have to have someone run with me.


Royboy posted 06-10-2004 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
How cool! Just got my first Whaler and would love to attend something like this, but Kelly's looks pretty far off shore for a 13 footer! Lake Erie would have to REALLY cooperate.
whalernut posted 06-12-2004 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Maybe, but I am going to have to do the trip with Sam as my boat is still not ready. It`s too bad Sam can`t do July 30th, that one was good for me. sam, if you read this, please give me a call, you never did :-) I also misplaced your # :-( Jack.
TomG posted 06-12-2004 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I might try and join you guys "south of the border" if my schedule permits. I'll keep an eye on this thread as it gets a little closer. I am completely unfamiliar with Lake Erie...never been out in this there a good chart/map online somewhere that I could look at. It would help me figure out where you guys are talking about. Thanks...


home Aside posted 06-12-2004 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
A good place to put in for us would be Lake Erie Metro Park in Gibralter and then make the run across from there to Kelly's Island or Put in Bay which ever is decided on...I'm thinking of going, but still have to double check the dates for the North Channel Rendezvous first....that one takes priority for this boating season...if it works out we could make the run out together with both our boats. I have the chart book for Erie....I don't think there are any major navigational hazards....I'll double check it and let you know....

Pat Henahan

TomG posted 06-13-2004 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Thanks, Pat...that would be great to know. How far is it from Gibralter to Kelly's...or to Put-In-Bay? I took the Outrage out on Lk. St. Clair yesterday for the first time...we ran all over the place looking for walleyes without much success, but had a great day on the water.


jeffs22outrage posted 06-14-2004 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Sorry but is there a firm day chosen yet? Anyone want to caravan for the Grosse Ile / livingston channel area? I will make every effort to attend if possible.
home Aside posted 06-14-2004 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Are you talking about caravaning via Whaler from Grosse Isle area or trailering from Grosse Isle area down to the Port Clinton area and droping in there ??? I see you're from R.O. Area...I'm from Farmington Hills...on my previous post I mentioned to Tom I'd be interested in dropping in around Gibralter and making the run across with him....the more the merrier.....another question is....Will this be a long day trip or overnighter ? let us know...

Pat Henahan

jeffs22outrage posted 06-15-2004 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Home Aside....My boat is actually in the water on Grosse Ile so I would want to run across the lake. Probally 1 - 1 1/2 hour ride to PIB. I just need to find out what day the event will be.
home Aside posted 06-15-2004 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Got it.....I'm going to be watching thread for the day also...I'd definitely be interested in making the run across with you, Tom is thinking about it also, I have a Montauk......I'll keep in touch...


TomG posted 06-15-2004 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I'm definitely interested...but what's the date?

Jeff, my office is in Royal Oak and I live in W. Bloomfield. I would be into launching from Grosse Ile or Gibralter and going across with you and Pat. I have a newer (1999) 18 Outrage.


jeffs22outrage posted 06-15-2004 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
July 10-11 works as well as July 25-25 or in Aug 7-8, 14-15...

Pat and Tom, I would recommend if you are wanting to put in around the Grosse Ile / Gilbrater area to look at putting in at Elizabeth Park. It is a beautiful park with great launch ramps and docks. It is easy to get to. Take the west rd exit on 75 and head east. Turn right on allen road and head south. Make a left on Van Horn. Take that to Jefferson and make a left. Once on Jefferson make a quick right on Grosse Ile Parkway. Just before you go over the bridge to the Island the enterance to the park will be on your left.,1607,7-153-10365_10884_18317-44576--,00.html

home Aside posted 06-15-2004 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
It appears that the North Channel Rendezvous is
August 7th - 15th, So I don't have to worry about date conflicts if Lake Erie Whaler Fest is July 30th or so as was mentioned earlier in this thread (I think???).

Jeff....does Elizabeth Park have overnight parking facilities if this is an overnighter? I know some of the Officers at Lake Erie Metro Park who would be willing to keep an eye on Veh/Trailer's if it is an overnighter. I suppose it would be prudent to see who of us coming from the Grosse Isle/Gibralter area are interested in an overnighter...I'll keep watching for further details...You just bought your Outrage 22 recently didn't you ?


jeffs22outrage posted 06-15-2004 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
July 30th is to tight for me..I have an important family gathering and the 1st. So if it is on the weekend of the 23-24 I should be there.

Pat, Elizabeth Park does allow overnight parking. I kept a truck and trailer there for a week once.

Yes I bought my 22 outrage about a month a ago. However My family has had a 15'ss and currently has a 1984 17' Montauk as well as other boats.

Back in 1999 I drove the montauk from Grosse Ile to Sandusky and the spent 10 days running around Sandusky, Kellys Island, and South Bass Island / PIB before coming back. I was following my Dads 32' wellcraft while traveling for port to port though, so I did not do it alone. The biggest waves I had it in where about 6 feet one evening running from kellys to PIB to set a picture of the sun setting behind perrys monument. The boat handled it pretty darn good. My dad, my friend, and myself all had lifejackets on though. So running across Lake Erie is not impossible but, it might not be a calm ride either.

Moe posted 06-15-2004 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here's the won't works:

July 16 -

July 23 - No Moe

July 30 - No Samars, No jeffs22outrage

Aug 6 - No home Aside

Aug 13 - No home Aside

Aug 20 - No Moe

Aug 27 - Probably No Moe

If there are any weekends here that won't work for you, please post them.

jeffs22outrage posted 06-15-2004 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Well no one date is going to work for everyone....So whoever is going to take change on organizing this event chose a date and those who can make it can make it and those who can't....well can't.

I only have plans right now on Fri. July 16th , Sun. Aug 1st, and Sat. Aug 21st..If I can not make biggy.

jechura posted 06-15-2004 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jechura  Send Email to jechura     
I think my old 85 22OR would like to run with its brothers and sisters. Generally I put in at Boles harbor in Monroe, a state park with 10 to 15 ramps. You Detroiter's would like it.

Theirs Middle Bass with the old winery marina.
Peelee, south end, Dicks marina.[ I heard they still use dead fall for their dock post.]
Maumee Bay state park. Would have to make some advance arragments
At PIB theres always the possibility of anchouring off Perrys monument in the bay and then the big raft off.
Water taxis is always avilable.

And than theirs the FLA. KEYs

Count me in


whalernut posted 06-15-2004 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
How about Mid-Late September when there is nothing to do? I would be for that, and also off season, that is cool and maybe the weather also, whatcha think? Jack.
Moe posted 06-16-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I think it's a good idea... good camping weather also. Only problem is that 3-5' chop is more common in September than it is in July/August. That's not much fun in the 150, and I don't think I'd do it in a 13'.

Since Joe (BugsyG) is a local resident, perhaps he'll pick up the ball and check marina availability for us. Those of us who trailer can always pull 'em at night.

Mazurik Access Wildlife Refuge has nice (free) ramps... four of them, and a huge, well-lighted parking area. You can see the tall lights Kelleys. It's also about the best place to launch... only 4.5 miles to the marinas at the south side of Kelleys, and maybe 10-12 miles to PIB harbor. Maybe I just got lucky, but I left my truck and trailer there from Friday to Sunday last year with no problems.

East Harbor State Park is a nice facility. The boat ramp (2) is on East Harbor, but it's shallow and grassy... easy to foul the prop with grass. We camp there but usually go to Mazurik to launch. You can make campground reservations online at .

BugsyG posted 06-16-2004 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Bugsy's open for any weekends :)

Please give me the final dates of the events. Also maybe we could do a whaler convoy?


Moe posted 06-16-2004 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
It's coming up soon, but does July 9-11 work for everyone?

Who can arrive Friday afternoon/evening?

Who will need mooring and who will be putting their boat on a trailer at night? Keep in mind those of us who do pull the boat can leave it parked somewhere and drive back to where the others are moored for evening events.

BugsyG posted 06-17-2004 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Moe, I can probably work something out. Where is this going to take place?

JAZZ Details details!!!

jeffs22outrage posted 06-17-2004 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
July 9-11th works for me...Kelly's or PIB? I would be needing a slip if the event is for more than one day.
jeffs22outrage posted 06-18-2004 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
OK...Does July 9th, 10th, and 11th work (or 10 - 11)? If so where would everyone like to go? Kelly's / PIB? Who would want to go? Who needs dockage? and what sizes are your boats? If we can get this together by early next week I could make some calls to Millers / Crews Nest / or the Board walk in PIB and see about getting dockage for everyone..I might not be able to though. The public docks at PIB as well as Kellys are first come first serve. But we could always raft off. I would like to see this gathering happen...Let me know what you think...


whalernut posted 06-21-2004 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Can`t make this one :-( Jack.
whaler131 posted 06-21-2004 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler131  Send Email to whaler131     
I am game, live in north west ohio about 1.1/2 hr from west harbor, have a nieghbor that just got a whaler and sure he would bring it also. just let me know what time and I will do my best to get there
jeffs22outrage posted 06-22-2004 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I am going to PIB on the morning of Saturday July 10 and leaving on Sunday July 11th with a friend of mine(weather permitting). I am calling Crews Nest Tomorrow to make a reservation for my self....if you would like to join let me know (need a name and length of boat)...The more whalers the marrier. I will be leaving from Grosse Ile and will be making the trek across the lake. Traveling companions are welcome. Anyone else interested?
baybug posted 06-23-2004 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for baybug  Send Email to baybug     
If your just looking for a dock, you can always find one at the State docks (Oakshade Point) if not go the gray barge next to them (Sqaw Harbor) and the owner, Mark, will cut you a deal.

Trust me, dockage is never a problem at the bay if you get past the City docks.

Good luck, have fun.

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