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jimb posted 03-10-2005 03:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimb   Send Email to jimb  
Hello to everyone on and near Lake Erie. We are planning a whaler rendez vous Aug 19-21 on Kelley's Island and would love to have input from anyone interested. This is our first time hosting an event and need info from all of you as to what expectations are etc. Please post here or email me at anytime. Thanks and glad I was referred to this sight.
Buckda posted 03-10-2005 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Wow - I find it an exciting development that a dealer is on the site and organizing a rendezvous through it.

I'd love to attend, however may not make it because of the timing immediately before the Isle Royale rendezvous.

I think the most important things for a rendezvous to have (besides attendees) is a good space to dock and visit with fellow Whaler owners, and an interesting place to go boating together.

Everything else sort of follows - food, drinks, etc come on a BYOB type of basis usually, but if you're offering to do the cooking if others bring their own liquids, that's a bonus.

Since a big part of a rendezvous is checking out other boats, and test driving other boats - having a few demonstration models available would probably be a popular attraction.

Good luck. I'll keep an eye on this thread, since I want to make it out onto Lake Erie some time this summer.


Teak Oil posted 03-10-2005 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Hey Jim your website URL does not work, I was going to check it out.

I may be interested, its too early to tell. Thanks for volunteering to organize a rendezvous though!


sportroyalwulf posted 03-10-2005 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Great to see dealers participate. If it is a dealer sponsored event, it would be nice to be able to test some of the newer models or something with verado power. Laughing Gull in Richland MI, in the past, has had a saturday event where they put some of their BW stock in the lake for test drives and checkout. Might even sell a boat that way.
Barry posted 03-10-2005 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
I'm interested. I've always enjoyed the cruises, poker runs, and fishing tournaments at other rendezvous.

Backlash posted 03-10-2005 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Hi Jim,

Welcome to the site! Not sure why the link doesn't work, try this:

BTW, Clemons is the new Boston Whaler dealer in Nothern Ohio.


jeffs22outrage posted 03-10-2005 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Kellys would be really cool. I love that Island and it is much more low key than PIB. Have they update the marinia there in the past couple years? Last time I was there was summer 1999 and they still had wall moorings and mandatory rafting. We had talk of a event in PIB last year but the person who started the thread never followed through.

I think a dealer sponsored event would add to peoples interest and enjoyment. I know I would love a ride on a new Moster Outrage since I am in the market for one right now;P. Jim thanks for thinking of us here and I will try and keep that timein mind.

Cheers- Jeff

leapin lunker posted 03-11-2005 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for leapin lunker  Send Email to leapin lunker     
As for the Marina, if you are planning on staying at Seaway, then you will be mooring on the wall and rafting. They have updated the facilities, but the dockage is the same. Make your plans early and reserve the space. It fills up quick.
Backlash posted 03-11-2005 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I agree, Kelleys is much more low key (and less hectic) than Put-In-Bay. Don't know if the marina you are referring to has been updated or not. I will not mention it by name, but it's on the southeast shore of Kelleys. Have stayed there often in the past and would never return do to manadatory rafting (5 or 6 deep!) and the absolute worst shower facilities I have encountered in 12 years of boating.

There is a new marina on Kelleys and it's right downtown. No more long walks to The Village Pub! Portside Marina has very nice new floating docks and very clean facilities. I believe there are 105 slips.

Here's a link to Kelleys Island info:


Backlash posted 03-11-2005 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Hi Terry,

Thanks for the update on Seaway. Glad to hear they finally improved their facilities. Too bad the docking is still an issue - if you're on the dock with 4 or 5 boats rafted off of you, you may as well forget about doing much boating.


jeffs22outrage posted 03-11-2005 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Postside...Now that is what I am talking about..I was wondering when someone was going to put a good marina there. Much better location.

Steve, I am with you. When I used to stay at seaway I would never shower. I would use the swim platform and the lake water to clean up.

Draftmanswife posted 03-13-2005 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I just want to take another boat ride on that sweetboat of Barry's;)
leapin lunker posted 03-14-2005 08:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for leapin lunker  Send Email to leapin lunker     
Portside is not a new marina, has been there for years. It does have some new finger docks and does not require rafting. Regardless of the marina, the restrooms and showers are not pleasant on weekends. Perhaps Portside has a better chance of staying nice, but the high speed ferry's dock there and the general public uses the facilities. Lots of drunks at the last ferry ride and more times than not the restrooms are not useable till 10 AM next morning.

Seaway, while requiring rafting has lots more room and if approached properly the management may arrange for all whalers to be rafted together. The owner of the Village Pump is Gary Finger and he has had many Whaler rendezvous in the past. Give him a shout and perhaps he has some clout with the marinas to provide us with more accomodating facilities. You might also want to find out if he is having a whaler affair this summer so as to coordinate with our group.

jimb posted 03-14-2005 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimb  Send Email to jimb     
Gary and Jackie from the pump are already involved with the event and will be doing food for us during the event. Thanks for all the input recently and keep it coming We at Clemons Boats appreciate it!! jimb
Samars posted 03-16-2005 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

I would certainly be interested in spending time with fellow Whalers and friends. I met a lot of good people there a few years ago ! !

Keep us informed and I'm in...along with my 1967, 13 footer perhaps I can get Whalernut to take his 1973 Currituck as well.

Dates still good for August 19-21 ??

whalernut posted 03-16-2005 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I am very interested and would come with Samars(Sam(. Probably use the Currituck this time or I may get ab 18` Outrage by then :-) Thanks-Jack.
buckeye_boater posted 03-26-2005 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for buckeye_boater  Send Email to buckeye_boater     
I am interested and plan on being there with my wife and my 15' Supersport.

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