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Tom W Clark posted 06-23-2004 12:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for Tom W Clark   Send Email to Tom W Clark  
Well gang, let's see who is interested in a Blake Island (or other) Rendezvous this year.

Having talked with several of you I know that everybody is having a busy summer but let's see what dates might work for most of us. I suggest we try for a Saturday like last year but let's avoid Seafair weekend (August 7).

Who is interested in attending and who wants to be my co-host this year?

ShrimpBurrito posted 06-23-2004 12:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Tom - Due to my recent relocation, I'll be your co-host in abstentia.

I went to last year's, and it was a blast. A great group of folks, good looking boats, and a great spot to camp. And most importantly, Tom coordinated some pretty sweet food. I'll definitely miss going this year.

Tom W Clark posted 06-23-2004 12:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I have accepted Dave's gracious offer to co-host this event with me in abstentia.

This means that Dave's participation will be limited to sending me his credit card number to pay for the event (which includes a free fuel tank fill-up for everybody who attends.)

Thanks Dave!

Seriously, thanks for the plug. We'll miss you this year.

sanjaun2 posted 06-23-2004 12:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for sanjaun2  Send Email to sanjaun2     
Depending on the weekend, I'll try and make it. I'll be coming from Tacoma in my 130,
Russ posted 06-23-2004 01:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     

My wife and I are interested! I don't think I can be a co-host, tho. I can host you and your kin in Sekiu, however, if you can stand the smoke and noise of that old 235.


Joe Kriz posted 06-23-2004 02:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

Does ShrimpDave's fuel tank fill ups include the boat and the truck?
How about a full tank coming and going for both the truck and the boat? :-)

I am interested in coming but may not be able to bring my Outrage 18 due to the time schedule.

Does anyone have room in their boat for a guy from the West Coast?

Are you piloting a Whaler Tom?

ShrimpBurrito posted 06-23-2004 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
That is a great idea, Tom. I'll email you my credit card number right away. That's gas for the boats and the trucks, PLUS, everyone also gets a free case of beer and a half dozen crabs, just for showing up!

With all these incentives for the attendees, you could only imagine the rewards for the co-host......

peetmin posted 06-23-2004 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Joe and Tom, there is room in my boat depending on what day you decide on. I'll keep an eye on the thread and pipe back in when more details are decided on.

Best regards, Pete

JohnL posted 06-23-2004 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     

My family would like to attend. We have not been able to go to one of these yet but we will try hard this year. Are there any proposed dates yet.


John L.

P.S. There will be extra space on our Outrage 23 depending on where we get togehter we would most likely leave from Edmonds.

Dick posted 06-23-2004 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I would like to attend this year but I work Saturdays. If I can can get the boss to work for me I will be begging a ride.

JohnL as I just live up the hill from Edmonds a ride in your 23 would be great.

The sooner a date is set the better so I can make arrangements.


Jerry Townsend posted 06-23-2004 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tom - thanks for bringing this up - I was going to send you an e-mail just a couple of days ago. I will make it unless I fall in something messy. I can adjust my retiree's schedule to fit just about any week-end. Thanks again. ----- Jerry/Idaho
Seattlerocket posted 06-23-2004 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
Of course I will be there. Make it in late July and my brother who is currently living the Jimmy Buffet life style aboard his non whaler, but on some sort of wind powered contraption. will be in the states for a visit.
He is currently in Ecuador enjoying some sun. let me know how I can help make things happen.
JohnL posted 06-24-2004 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     

If the dates work out you are most welcome.


skookum point posted 06-24-2004 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
I would enjoy attending again - will be in the Puget Sound area from July 3 to July 22.

John Anderson

linust posted 06-24-2004 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for linust  Send Email to linust     
It is amazing how fast your summer calendar can fill up...esp with kids in the family.

As it stands now, I'm planning to be on Blake Island (camping, with a scout troop) on the weekend of 8/21. The rest of the month, one day of each weekend is already scheduled...left open (so far) 8/15, 8/28. scary.

Matthew posted 06-24-2004 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I'll be there and my Saturday schedule is flexible. Let's put it on the calendar!
aquaman posted 06-25-2004 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     

I would be interested in participating. Blake Island sounds great. The 17th, 24th or 31st of July would all work for me. Let me know what I can do to help.


lae posted 06-25-2004 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
I plan on being there with the 25 but can't do the 25th weekend due to company coming.
peetmin posted 06-25-2004 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
The 17th is the only weekend that I could pull off in July. Otherwise August.
Tom W Clark posted 06-26-2004 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Let's focus on August, that's will work better for me and many others, though it seems to exclude John Anderson (you really only around for July?).

Let's assume we do this on a Saturday (I am mindful of Dick's work schedule so this not need be cast in stone) then we are looking at the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. All these dates work for me, but the 7th is SeaFair weekend so that narrows it to the 14th, 21st and 28th.

Who can't make it on these dates?

frontier posted 06-26-2004 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
August 14th or 28th would work for us.
Einar posted 06-27-2004 02:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
The 28th would work for me.
peetmin posted 06-27-2004 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
For August the only Saturday I have open is the 21st. As for Sundays all appear to be available except for the 8th. If a certian date works best for the majority by all means set it and those of us that have conflicts can adjust schedule.
Bryan Snead posted 06-28-2004 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bryan Snead  Send Email to Bryan Snead     
I would like to attend again this year, I need to look at the calender and see what is going on for August. I believe the 14th or 21st would be best.


JohnL posted 06-28-2004 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     

Aug. 28th works for us.

John L.

JohnL posted 06-28-2004 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     

The 21st works as well.

John L.

aquaman posted 06-28-2004 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
The 21st is the only weekend that doesn't work for me.


linust posted 06-29-2004 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for linust  Send Email to linust     
If it's the 21st or 22nd, I'll be there! My other available days are the 15th and 28th
Russ posted 06-29-2004 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
I vote for the 28th of August. Blake Island?


Taylor posted 06-29-2004 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Sorry I'm late to post... I've been slammed at work, and the only end in sight is vacation time... and now the Whaler Rendezvous! In August, the 14th or the 28th work for me. This year, I hope I can get further than the boat ramp at Double Bluff, last year it was so frustrating to actually have the boat in the water and then not make it. Maybe I can co-host too, if that means bringing drinks and ice. I mean, isn't that why there is a cooler on a Montauk?

BremWa posted 06-29-2004 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for BremWa  Send Email to BremWa     
The 28th will work best for me. It is a short run from Bremerton to Blake.
lae posted 06-29-2004 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
I think that the 28th is probably the best for me. I will sure try to get there.
Taylor posted 06-30-2004 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
If we go to Blake Island, we will need to reserve the 'Point' picnic shelter, and it would be nice to give the ranger's there some idea that we are coming. I remember two years ago they were a little bent out of shape that we did not let them know. How did they handle it last year? I suspect that the 28th is going to be a busy day at Blake, its almost like an extra weekend before Labor Day based on where Labor Day falls this year.
Hoop posted 07-03-2004 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     

Not sure we can make it ... but we are going to be up in that general vicinity. We are in process of closing on a house on San Juan Island which we'll use in late August and September this year, and summer next year.


Tom W Clark posted 07-04-2004 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I was actually able to get a ranger on Blake Island to call me back. I spoke with him this afternoon. I had called because the reservation center had the "Point Picnic Shelter" blacked out on their reservation schedule indicating it was not available at all.

The ranger I spoke with said it is not on the reservation schedule because the shelter needs repairs and they didn't think it was fair to take money for it (in the form of a reservation). It is still available on a fist-come-first-served basis. I explained our group's experience the last two years to the ranger and told him we just need the area not the shelter itself; the barbecues are still up and running.

He has us informally penciled in on the island's calendar so the island staff will know we are coming but that does not preclude somebody else showing up and using the area themselves.

However, he went on to say that there was going to be a group of 50 at the other picnic shelter on the 28th and there is a group of 20 reserved for the camp area. The point he was communicating was that the marina dock space may be in very short supply that weekend. As far as the ranger knew, there were no groups scheduled for the 21st.

If we want to be scheduled for another day, that is fine; I need only call and give them a "head's up". But the question is: Do we want to try for the 28th knowing that moorage may be a problem or do we want to try for another weekend that perhaps accommodates fewer people?

simerjr posted 07-06-2004 01:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for simerjr    
you all sound like a real tight group but if there is room for a little 13 then I would love to tag along
spokane whaler posted 07-07-2004 02:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for spokane whaler  Send Email to spokane whaler     
Hi Tom
What a great job you and everyone did putting on last year's event at Blake Is , I' try to come again this year from Spokane with my 82 Sport 15

I'll check this thread to see what dates you have nailed down
Hank Wiswell
Spokane WA

peetmin posted 07-07-2004 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
I would like to get everyone up to speed with where the rendezvous planning is at. I spoke with Tom Clark today and he informed me that his mother had been diagnosed this week with a terminal form of cancer. It sounds like Tom will not have much time left to spend with her. I suggested that he may not have time for the rendezvous this year. However in typical Tom Clark spirit he insisted that he would still like to be involved.

I told Tom That I would assist him in hosting the event. Unfortunately the only Saturday in August I have available is the 21st. After Tom’s conversation with the rangers on Blake it sounded like the 28th might be very crowded with a group of 50 all arriving by boat. The 21st works for Tom but it sounds like the majority here would prefer the 28th. We need to decide on a date soon, so based on the crowded docks on the 28th and Tom’s description of how much space the Whaler group has used in past years, I would suggest Either the 21st or we look at picking a Sunday in August.

Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to the Clark family during this difficult time. I look forward to all of your thoughts for the rendezvous.

Pete Butterfield

Dick posted 07-07-2004 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I have been there, May God Bless All.


Thanks for stepping in, I dont know yet if I can attend but if I can assist in ant way please let me know.


b h willey posted 07-11-2004 03:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for b h willey  Send Email to b h willey     
I'd enjoy joining your group. I've a 21 outrage
with good tires on my trailer.I haven't been on the sound
for over 30 years. I'll keep posted to your site.
Please inform me as to any tasks you will need from me.
aquaman posted 07-11-2004 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
Any Sunday in August works for me except the 22nd.
ecutlip posted 07-14-2004 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for ecutlip  Send Email to ecutlip     
I bought an 1986 18' Outrage this summer and live in Sequim. I've only been here for about a year now and I'm not sure where Blake Island is. But I should be available for either August 14th, August 21st, or August 28th. And if you made it a Sunday instead I could probably do it as well. To me, it does seem to make sense to avoid the 28th moorage problem. I haven't met Tom but I saw his fantastic picture of his flying 18' Outrage and I am keeping good thoughts for him. If you are still planning on the trip, and if new guys are allowed, I would love to meet some classic whaler people.


Jerry Townsend posted 07-15-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Eldon - there are others who can give you more precise directions - but Blake Island is South and but East of Port Orchard. Also a bit south and east of Manchester State park. It looks like it is only 3 - 4 miles from Manchester State Park.

I have not been able to attend a Rendezvous and had hoped to be able to make this one - but already some other events which will have priority are starting to appear on the horizon.

There are, as I recall, parking limitations around Manchester State Park - perhaps those familiar with the area can also enlighten the parking situation. ----- Jerry/Idaho

Jerry Townsend posted 07-22-2004 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Just a bump.
Tom W Clark posted 07-22-2004 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Hello all,

We now have a computer set up at my Mom's house so I am now back online, if only periodically. I am counting on Pete to keep this thread near the top and to encourage an agreement on a date.

When I get back to Seattle and my computer I will be able to follow up with emails to everybody on the PNW Rendezvous list.

peetmin posted 07-22-2004 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Let’s narrow it down to 4 choices. I suggest all that are interested in attending cast a vote for either Sat. the 21st or Sunday the 22nd or Sat. the 28th or Sunday the 29th. Majority vote will rule. Does this sound reasonable?
frontier posted 07-23-2004 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
I vote for the 28th.
aquaman posted 07-23-2004 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
I also vote for the 28th
lae posted 07-23-2004 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
I can not make the weekend of the 28th work at all due to a commitment to drag the 25 to Couer de Alene. But I also am not sure that the prior weekend works due to work commitments. If it ends up the weekend of the 22nd I will try to get there.
JohnL posted 07-23-2004 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     
One vote for Saturday the 28th.
Seattlerocket posted 07-23-2004 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
ANY of these dates works for us

b h willey posted 07-24-2004 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for b h willey  Send Email to b h willey     
I can make it for the 28 aug.
Taylor posted 07-24-2004 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I'm wondering if Sunday the 29th might be a little less crowded than Saturday the 28th. Either day works for me. Plus Maighread (now 7 years old, she was five last time you guys saw her) has just the moment asked if we can 'go to that place with all the Whalers where (she) got that little first aid kit before'. Has anyone contacted the dealer? When we pick a date, we should.
Bryan Snead posted 07-26-2004 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bryan Snead  Send Email to Bryan Snead     
I will have to check on the dates and get back. The BW rep Darren who was at the rendezvous a couple years back is no longer in the Fife store. I don't know if he is in Seattle or is no longer with them. I would be great to get some rep there though.
aquaman posted 07-26-2004 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
I would think there would be a better turnout on Sat the 28th. People that come from some distance typically want to
get home early Sunday afternoon/evening and not fight the traffic. Just a thought...
Dick posted 07-26-2004 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I understand that Darren is no longer with the company.

The person to contact would be Bob Walker, the sales manager for the 3 local stores. His office is at Lake Union Sea Ray 206-284-3800.

If you would like I would be happy to contact him. Let me know.


linust posted 07-27-2004 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for linust  Send Email to linust     
I vote for 21st, 28th, or 22nd. 29th is a no-go for me.
Tom W Clark posted 07-27-2004 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I will boarding a plane heading for Alaska on Saturday the 28th so I will not be able to attend on that weekend. I also understand Pete is unavailable on that weekend as well.

If that weekend is the best for most people, that's fine, but somebody is going to have to step up and host the event. I can help organize it but somebody has to actually take the lead and show up with the food.

aquaman posted 07-28-2004 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
Maybe we should schedule for a Saturday in September. The weather is usually still nice and it appears many people are busy in August. Just a thought...
frontier posted 07-29-2004 01:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
September sounds good to me too. Less crowded at Blake Island and maybe more Whaler folks could make it.
waterguy posted 07-30-2004 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for waterguy  Send Email to waterguy     
That's interesting about Darrin. His wife's family owns the Lake Union SeaRay stores. Maybe he moved up.
Dick posted 07-30-2004 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My understanding is that he moved out not up.


Tom W Clark posted 08-01-2004 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Yes, perhaps September would be better. I am game for any weekend except the 4th or 5th (I'm racing in the Thunderbird Regionals that weekend), besides it's Labor Day weekend and I am sure many of you have other plans for that weekend.

I also am planning on spending at least one weekend in September in Sekiu fishing for Cohos like we did last year but that will end up being yet another mini-Whaler Rendezvous, or at least I hope it will; it sure was fun last year.

Matthew posted 08-03-2004 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
September is good except for the 11th and 12th when I'll be in Sekiu!
Russ posted 08-03-2004 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
I think the 2004 Sekiu Mini-Rendezvous proposal is a good one. September is usually pleasant out here. The water is decent, as is the weather, and the fishing is productive. 'Possible morning fog. (No guarantees.)

Since I'm in Sekiu anyway, anytime is O.K. with me.

It'd be fun to have a Whaler fleet out here.

Tom, The Revenge and it's crew are at your service. 'Hope your brother and nephew can make it too.
(I'm "lookin' ta buy" a Scotty electric downrigger. I think it can be mounted on my Penn mount.)


ecutlip posted 08-03-2004 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for ecutlip  Send Email to ecutlip     
Actually the 2004 Sekiu Mini-Rendezvous proposal is most appealing to me also. I just got a decent gps/sounder setup on the 1985 Outrage 18' we bought this spring. I'm in Sequim - I think about 2 hours from Sekiu and would love the opportunity to do some Whaler fishing out there. I've heard nothing but great things about the fishing there. Anytime in September should work for me.


lae posted 08-04-2004 02:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Ok, you got me. I am definately in. I will see daylight at the shop by then. Maybe not early, though. How late is it any good? I may cheap out and bring the Katama, Nah, not likely. Think I am gonna have to sell it. But plan on me being there. Is there any place that I can stay on the 25?
Dick posted 08-04-2004 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Do you happen to be the same Eldon that used to own Sequim Marine?


ecutlip posted 08-04-2004 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for ecutlip  Send Email to ecutlip     
Nope - I moved to Sequim about a year ago now. I didn't know there was a Sequim Marine. I know of a Pioneer Marine (a 1 man shop) and another I think they called Clallam Marine (1 outboard guy and 1 I/O guy - but they just recently closed up shop). I think Sequim could use another outboard shop. The guys that went out of business were always at least 2 weeks out when I went there. If I didn't already have a gig I liked going - I would think it would be a decent way to make a living.


Dick posted 08-04-2004 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Sequim Marine used to be on the right just across the river on the way to PA.
I haven't been over there in several years and didn't know that Clallum had closed shop, doesn't leave you much.

One that I have great respect for is Anchor Marine, it's on the left as you enter PA. Dallas is the owner and you couldn't ask for a more honest person.


Einar posted 08-05-2004 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
My plans are to be in Sekiu the 16th thru the 19th of Sept.


ecutlip posted 08-05-2004 01:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for ecutlip  Send Email to ecutlip     

Dallas is the guy I took my engines to after I did all the maintenance on my engines but was still thinking the temperature guages were showing too hot. He was kind enough to fit me in with pretty short notice while the other guys were 2 weeks out. And on my old boat, when I replaced my steering, he lent me his file for cleaning out the tube when I couldn't find one to purchase. I didn't know he was the owner but I agree that he is an impressive person.


lloyd13 posted 08-05-2004 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for lloyd13  Send Email to lloyd13     
I am relatively new to the site, but have owned a 13' sport since I purchased it new in 1970. I am taking delivery of the beautiful 15' sport owned by John Anderson on saturday and would like to join you folks up in puget sound whenever you get the rendevouz scheduled. Hope you all come to an agreement soon so I can make plans to be there.
Einar posted 08-06-2004 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
I will be staying at Anglers Hideaway RV Park/Campground in Sekiu. It is a very nice,clean, and non-congested facility atop the hill above Olsons Resort. It is a 1 minute drive down the hill to the docks.


Russ posted 08-09-2004 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     

Are you going you going to moor your boat at one of the docks, or launch and pullout every day? I park mine at Van Ripper's dock for the season.


JMARTIN posted 08-10-2004 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
When we decide on a date and a place, I will try to make it. Will there be dock space or a safe anchorage if we decide on Sekiu? It looked like Blake had OK anchorage. I would be coming from Twin Bridges, north end of Swinomish Slough area and would spend the night, maybe two on the boat. Would be nice to find some fish, and to learn from the local experts how to fish the area. I heard that the salmon derby held at Roach Harbor last weekend had 30 participants and one fish caught. John
Jerry Townsend posted 08-21-2004 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tom W Clark posted 08-21-2004 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Well? Today was the day we were thinking of going to Blake Island. Given the rain, I'm glad we are not there. Next weekend was a weekend many wanted to go but I will not be there but don't let that discourage you. Blake Island is a fun place.

Next month is looking like Sekiu month. Matt is up there the 11th and 12th. All is up there from the 16th through the 19th. I think Taylor and I will be there the 25th and 26th but I may also go up one of the earlier weekends as well.

Should we have one of those weekends in September be the official Rendezvous weekend at Sekiu? I know Russ will attend.

(Russ, will you please send me an email or call me? Thanks)

Tom W Clark posted 08-21-2004 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Oh by the way, Olson's Resort in Sekiu now has a telecam in place. You can see a photo of the harbor updated every ten minutes or so here:

A fixed aerial image of the town can be seen here:

(Yes, it's true. Olson's Resort is for sale for $3,850,000!)

Einar posted 08-22-2004 02:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
Sorry I was delayed in responding to you. I was in the San Juan Islands the last two weeks. I am planning on mooring at Olsons. Last year it was $9/night as I recall. Are the docks at Van Rippers less of a zoo than Olsons?. The ramp at Van Rippers looked tighter than Olsons.
I just brought my Montauk to Seattle to get it ready for Sekiu. See you there.
JMARTIN posted 08-23-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Looks like Tom has seen the Shoreline Aerial Photos page on Washington State's web page also. Thanks for showing me where we are talking about. Maybe I am just chicken, but all of my boating has been done up in the San Juans. I am not familar with the Straits. Am I being foolish in thinking that I can run the boat out to Sekiu from La Conner? I just do not know where to go hide if the weather goes poopy. I have been in nasty conditions, but always in an area I am comfortable with. I would be in a 1983 V-22 Revenge, 1992 200 Evinrude, back up 15 hp kicker. I have a GPS that I am just learning how to use. I would probably be solo. Chicken John
Tom W Clark posted 08-23-2004 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Foolish? No, just a really long haul. You would need to watch the weather and make use of the tides as best you could, but is going to be a 6 to 8 hour trip. If the wind kicks up and you have to pound into it it will be a very long 6 to 8 hours.

You would do better to drive onto Whidbey Island and take to ferry to Port Townsend and thence to Sekiu. Actually a nice drive especially if you go by Lake Crescent

Russ posted 08-23-2004 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
I've had some breakdowns lately that have somewhat altered my plans. As my wife and I were coming in to Sekiu from fishing last Friday the gears let go, for no apparent reason, and stalled the engine. Our trusty Yamaha 4s 8hp took us the last mile and a half to the dock.

Later, at home, I discovered that my laptop wouldn't boot. So, I'm using my daughter's computer now.

My son-in-law has a lower unit that he thinks will work on my engine. I don't know how long it will take to fix. Several days anyway, I suppose.

I'm taking my laptop into town tomorrow to be fixed. 'Don't know how long that will take, either.

Also, Sunday afternoons from Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, I'll be out of town taking kayak lessons. I built a Pygmy Arctic Tern, and now I have to learn how to use it.

Tom, I'll try calling you. I think I have your number.

We caught about ten fish, but only two had clipped adipose fins. It was foggy, and the water was bumpy for awhile, but it smoothed out. 'Good day 'till the engine stopped.


JMARTIN posted 08-23-2004 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Tom, thanks for the reply. It looked like a long trip, and Russ's post has helped me decide not to come by boat. If we get a date worked out and I am free, I will put her on the trailer and drag her out to Sekiu. Have not taken the Rhody out to the penninsula in a long time. John
LuckyLady posted 08-25-2004 04:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for LuckyLady  Send Email to LuckyLady     
I will be flying to Seattle on the 9th of September and staying through the 23rd, from Hawaii. Would love to drive down and say Aloha if you happen to decide on a weekend during that time.
Could bring along some Kona Coffee.......
Tom W Clark posted 08-28-2004 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
It's a beautiful sunrise this morning in Sekiu according to the web cam linked to above. At this very moment I suspect Al Ulbrickson (einar) is out there reeling in one hooknose after the another.

I will heading to Sekiu on September 10 an staying through the weekend. I will also be there the weekend of the 25th and 26th.

I know others are going up but there doesn't seem to be a consensus about a gathering. I think that if there was one weekend several of us were gong to be there, a little fishing tournament might be in order.


It would be fun to meet you. Perhaps some of us could gather for a beer some weeknight while you are in town?


Got your message. Send me an email if you have access. I'm flying to Sitka in a few hours. I'll be out of touch. I'll be back Thursday.

Russ posted 09-02-2004 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Thanks to my son-in-law, who has a boat repair business here in Sekiu/Clallam Bay, my Revenge is now up and running again. The entire lower gear case, with gears, had to be replaced.

'Got the computer back, too. It's almost back to normal.

I hope to see you Whaler folks who make it out here.


Dick posted 09-30-2004 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
How about an update for those of us that couldn't attend.


Taylor posted 09-30-2004 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Guys - You must put Sekiu in September on your calendar for next year. It is a very worthwhile trip.

I was out there last weekend with Tom Clark and my son George. We had a great time.

We camped up at Fisherman's Hideaway, which is nicely situated above the bay to the west. Weather was very good- no rain and just a little fog.

Saturday AM we saw six foot swells and almost no wind. We got four keepers - 8 to 10 lbs and all fat sleek fish. We went out Saturday evening just before sunset and got two more which limited us for Saturday.

During the middle of the day we drove out to Neah Bay. The Kalakala was gone, so we had lunch and then went on a fun little hike at Cape Flattery. Tom said it was pretty calm that day, and then as the waves crashed on the shore and we watched a small boat avoid the rocks he told me about a trip from Neah bay to Cape Alava for silvers in his Outrage 18, and another trip to Swiftsure bank for halibut. I'm going to have to get a new engine before I trust myself out there.

Sunday AM was about as good as fishing gets on the Strait - at least that was Tom's claim - but judge for yourself:

No doubt.

We got into a school of wild fish. You can tell when you grab the pole that they are wild, they act differently. We only got one hatchery keeper before we ran out of bait. Six dozen herring in two days.

Following Tom's suggestion we stopped on the way back at Lake Cresent for a very different lake boating experience - we had the lake to ourselves and the water was a pale translucent, almost iridescent pale blue. Very different than the green saltwater in the Strait. The side effect was that we flushed our engine.

So the 'Little Chief' smoker is running at my house, George is very is very proud about all the fish he caught - but he can't talk about it at school, since I called him in sick with 'coho fever'.

lloyd13 posted 10-01-2004 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lloyd13  Send Email to lloyd13     
Taylor: Sounds like a great time. I had hoped you all would have been able to get a rendevouz together up there this year. I have had two whalers for about 35 years but this year also purchased the beautiful 87 15' from skookumpoint. Just returned from the initial trip. Launch at seattle, up admiralty inlet, cross the straits, do the islands, back down saratoga passage. Near as I can tell from the gps I covered about 450-500 miles in 9 days. I will definitely be looking forward to a rendevouz at blake or somewhere else in the area. Blake is currently having a significant problem with bold raccoons and deer. A raccoon unzipped the tent in the middle of the night, walked in, picked up a soft cooler, and was halfway out the door before I woke up. Your trip looked great. Hard to beat the straits when the fish are there.
Taylor posted 10-01-2004 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Only a problem if there was beer in the cooler.

I remember John Anderson's (skookumpoint's) 15 Super Sport from the Rendezvous two years ago. Nice boat. There
is a picture of it in Cetecea on Washington Whaler page (#64)

I'm impressed with your trip in a 15 - that's a long way to go in a sit down boat. You should post a trip report.

lloyd13 posted 10-01-2004 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for lloyd13  Send Email to lloyd13     
Okay, any examples of a trip report. Didn't know such a creature existed.
Taylor posted 10-01-2004 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
One of the purposes of 'Trips and Rendezvous' forum is 'Reports of Trips taken'. There is no standard format, it depends on how much trouble you want to go to. The sort of I posted above is what I'd expect to see, except it probably should have been a new thread. Anyway, scan down in this forum for examples.
andygere posted 10-01-2004 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Taylor, great trip report, nice fish and nice photos. I am anxious to drag my Outrage up to your neck of the woods one of these days for some extended fishing and cruising. It sounds like this is a pretty good time of the year to do it. For now, I'll have to settle for some weekend trips on Monterey Bay, at least until my kids are old enough for the longer trips. They are good little boaters, but a few hours seems to be about the limit for them right now.

Your post brought back fond memories of an ailment I'd develop each spring known as smallmouth fever. My dad would take me out of school for a few days when the smallmouth were just getting off the nests and starting to feed. It was a real treat to go to Maine or New Hampshire and fish with by dad and his buddies, stay at a rustic fishing camp, play cards with them in the evenings, and even have a little coffee out in the boat on those chilly mornings. It's nice to hear that those traditions are alive and well. George is a lucky boy.

linust posted 10-02-2004 02:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for linust  Send Email to linust     

Were you the group on the observation platform above
Cape Flattery on Sunday about 11am?...on a lark, I was out at Neah Bay for the 25th-26th, bottom fishing with a few friends (3 boats, 9 people, my Revenge the only Whaler) If that small boat avoiding the rocks below Flattery was a white 18' w/ red trim, that was one of our group.

Fishing was good...lot of black and blue rock action out around Strawberry Rock (Mukkah Bay, halfway between Cape Flattery and Cape Alava) on Saturday while we played around Duncan Rock (just north of Tatoosh) and inside from Tatoosh on out both days on rock fish, and my neighbor brought in a couple nice lings (one at 32", 17#).

Wonderful weather that weekend. It was a good (smooth water) day--in fact, Saturday swells of about 6' inside the straight gave way to very calm seas outside on the coast. Back in June, we were out there in about 8' swells on the ocean side. That trip, I did go down to Umatilla Reef (just west of Cape Alava, about 10-12 miles south of Flattery) where the action was even faster--we limited out for four people and returned to Neah Bay by 11am!

sorry, no pics.

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