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jimh posted 07-03-2004 11:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
The Great Lakes Boston Whaler Cruising Club will be holding an impromptu "New Boat Coming Out Event" on Sunday and Monday in Port Huron, Michigan.

Beginning approximately noon Sunday until approximately 4 p.m. Monday.

Launch at the ramp on WATER Street off Interstate-94 in Port Huron. Stay at the Best Western on Water Street, just west of the highway. Marina slips available at newly re-opened municipal marina on Water Street.

New Boat Attendees:

LHG with his vintage 1971 OUTRAGE 21, fresh from 33-years of confinement in a garage in New England and a month in Greenport, New York with more Mills & Co. canvas than ever seen in one place before.

Buckda with his classic c.1986 OUTRAGE 18, rescued from the Texas shoreline and brought to the fresh water of the Great Lakes for a total restoration and re-fit.

jimh with his 1990 REVENGE 22 WT WD, saved from a Florida retirement that would have been harmful to the pristine gelcoat.

Old boat attendees:

Kingfish and OUTRÉ
DonMcIntyre and his classic OUTRAGE 21
Backlash and the immaculate WALK-AROUND 21
jimg and MEMORY, a classic OUTRAGE 18/19

Possible Montauk 17, Outrage 20, Revenge 25, and who knows what else!

Boating, rain or shine, in true Boston Whaler style.

Sorry for the short notice. This event just...happened!

home Aside posted 07-03-2004 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I'll be there with bells on......Home Aside, my 82 Montauk 17, is looking forward to running with some of the Big Whalers....I'm looking forward to seeing some of the restoraton done on these classics.....and getting some incentive to get going on Home Aside's Teak sometime soon...
I'll be leaving Farmington Hills around 9:30AM it's 69 Miles from my home to Port Huron....See you all there....


TomG posted 07-05-2004 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Man am I sorry I missed this! I got back from "Up North" (Ludington) to find this thread and an email from jimh. Oh well, maybe next time...I'm sure you guys had a great time.

bummed out Tom

jimh posted 07-06-2004 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Hi Tom,

The weather was a little unpredictable, but we did have some boating and dining fun. We're sorry we could not see your new boat and motor--it would have been great to get a look at the big new Whaler and Honda motor at close range.

This was a spontaneous event, that started with a stop-over on LHG's highway trip from Long Island to Chicago, and ended up with eight boats in attendance.

WHALE LURE 21 -- OUTRAGE 21 Ribbed Side

erik selis posted 07-06-2004 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I would love to see some pictures of this event.


home Aside posted 07-06-2004 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I for one had a fabulous time.....It was a pleasure finally meeting so many of the people and their Whalers I have read about, seen photo's of, and corresponded with on ContinuousWave. When I got there I felt like I had known all the attendee's for ages, even though it was the first time I met most of them. Lot's of great Whalers (Eight) to view, and information imparted....and there is certainly some standards set by the care put into these Whaler's by dedicated owners. It was also neat to see so many other Whaler's in the area that weren't a part of our group, a couple of 60's era Nauset's in and out of the ramp, and a nice immaculate Outrage 20 a couple of doors down from the ramp.
Unfortunately for me I didn't have a I'm hoping some of the photo's get posted. I think I'll also be making some individual e-mail requests form other attendee's....
And of course I'm looking forward to the BWGLCC North Channel Rendezvous....and some more great comraderie from a great group of folks...


Buckda posted 07-06-2004 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Special thanks to JimG and DonMcIntyre for hosting this event.

I must say that this is by far the most active stretch of water I've been in yet...with commercial traffic and those huge "Clorox Bottles" running round churning up quite a chop on the Saint Clair river.

This was a great trip and there were some really cherry boats present.

JimH's new boat is beautiful - a real find!
LHG's 21 Outrage is older than I am, and in better condition.
Don's 21 Outrage truly belongs in a storefront window for all to see...what a great restoration!

It was great to see everyone again...and I look forward to seeing most of you again at the Georgian Bay Rendezvous next month.

Dave the bird-killer.

Backlash posted 07-06-2004 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
A really great event and turn out for such short notice! It was nice to see old friends again and to have Pat join the group. A special thanks to Jim Gibson and Don McIntyre for coordinating and providing much appreciated shuttle service.

The "new" boats in the fleet were spectacular:

jimh showed up with his rare 1992, 22' Revenge WT, WD that was 99.9% original and looked like it had been in storage for the last 12 years! The gelcoat was in perfect condition and showed no chalking. The original upholstery looked like it had just come from Dave's or Hall's. The teak was in perfect condition needing only a mild sanding/cleaning and oil. This boat was truly a rare find. On a scale of 1-10, I would give it a solid 10. Before everyone starts congratulating Jim on the great job he did finding this mint Revenge, be advised that he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Chris is the one who found the boat!

LHG arrived with his vintage 1971, 21' ribbed-side Outrage in very nice original condition. The gelcoat was in very good condition needing only minor filling/sanding/and buffing. The big 150 Merc was in excellent condition and ran strong. Larry demonstrated why he is "the Stoltz keel roller setup king" at the launch ramp when he unhooked the winch strap and gave the bow a gentle push. The old 1971 hull slide effortlessly off the trailer into the water.

Buckda showed up with his 1986, 18' Outrage powered with another very strong classic 150 Merc; both recently rescued from the Texas salt. The "Gambler" appeared to be very sound with a nice custom aluminum poling platform, Birdsall style leaning post, and custom bent aluminum tubing cooler retainers. The teak was all intact needing only cleaning and sanding.
The two photos I took of Dave's 18 were both out of focus and I believe the neon red/day-glo orange Gambler logo confused the sophisticated auto-focus system in my camera!
While many of us thought Dave was slightly out of control in his 15, I believe he may exceed everyone’s expectations with Gambler. Sunday, on the way back from lunch, he actually killed a bird (in flight) with his bow rail while exploring the upper RPM ranges of the big Merc!

Here’s a link to some, not great, photos taken during this event:


Buckda posted 07-06-2004 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Great photos Steve!

I'll try to post mine this evening.


home Aside posted 07-06-2004 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Great photo's....I also wanted to thank Don McIntyre and Jim Gibson for their hospitality and guiding expertise...again I had a great time and look forward to many more in August....


jimh posted 07-07-2004 01:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Dave always seems to be the subject of a movie, so here is a very short one showing how much better his OUTRAGE 18 handles in a seaway than his previous boat:

Previous boat see:

New boat see:

kingfish posted 07-07-2004 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Great weekend! It is always fun to get together with the GLBWCC, and it was pretty neat to see the new additions to the fleet with JimH's Revenge 22 WT, Buckda's Outrage 18 and Larry's vintage rib-side Outrage 21. And things went way better for Katie and I and Outré on Monday than they did on Sunday, after we got the neutral lockout snafu fixed (walked through the cemetery at midnight, turned three circles and whistled "Dixie").

I've just sent some photos to the gang, and Don I forgot to thank you and Gail for the ether - Thanks!


jimh posted 07-07-2004 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We didn't get the official name of LHG's new boat, but I am suggesting:


Buckda posted 07-07-2004 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'm thinking "Trey"...As in Whale Lure III...or perhaps the more sophisticated "Trois".

I like the Whale Lore too! LOL

Perhaps LHG can "Sponsor" a naming contest. Winner get's to drive the newly restored boat for an afternoon up in Georgian Bay.

home Aside posted 07-07-2004 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hey Larry... It was great meeting you and Susan.....regarding our conversation at Port Huron, I talked with Suzanne at Mills Canvas today about the weather cloth which would go under the bow cushion on the Montauk to channel the water from the forward shelter to the deck. She is not familiar with it, Bob was out of the shop today so she's going to ask him about it and call me back. Incidently, in the "it's a small world catagory", I mentioned you and she said "Yea, Larry was just here I shipped your Canvas order the day after Larry left the shop with his and Buckda's." I tracked it today and it will be delivered to you soon, see you in August...


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