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jimh posted 12-10-2005 10:05 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
These pictures are from the Holiday Rendezvous and Dinner Party held December 3, 2005 in SE Michigan. The event was planned in another thread:

jimh posted 12-10-2005 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
At Pat and Nancy's Home: Our Dinner Party

Front: Jeff/jeffs22outrage and Erin, John/kingfish, Nancy, our hostess; Middle: jimh, Paul/Cicada, Peter/banff22, Jim/DIVE 1;
Back: PeteB88, Dave/Buckda, Suzanne, Pat/home Aside, TomG and Jan, Don/djahncke

jimh posted 12-10-2005 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
At Lockeman's Boat and Hardware in Detroit:

Dave Zammit of Lockeman's demonstrates the new Evinrude E-TEC. The motor is running in a tank inside the store. Dave has connected a small PDA controller and is showing the various menu options. Pat, Don, Dave, and Jerry/jechura look on.

jimh posted 12-10-2005 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
At Lockeman's Boat and Hardware in Detroit:

Doug Zammit has just demonstrated the winterizing procedure on an E-TEC 225 motor, as Dave, John, Jim, and Peter discuss the big engine.

jimh posted 12-10-2005 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
At the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle, middle of the Detroit River.

The entrance way contains the beautifully restored wooden interior of an old Great Lakes steamer with elaborate carvings and stained glass.

L-R: Jim, Peter, Pat, Dave, Don, Paul, John

Sheila posted 12-12-2005 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks for the photos, Jim--nice to put faces with the voices. It looks like everyone had a great time.
PeteB88 posted 12-12-2005 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Ya we did have a, burp, 'scuse me, great time.
David Pendleton posted 12-12-2005 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Isn't it supposed to be cold in Detroit?
jimh posted 12-12-2005 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Yeah--I don't know what those guys had for breakfast that kept them warm all afternoon. I was wearing my Patagonia survival parka!
kingfish posted 12-12-2005 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
It *was* cold! The photo of the small handful of us gathered around the un-cowled E-Tech outside was taken right after I arrived and about two minutes later I had another layer on.
LHG posted 12-13-2005 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    

The three founding members of the Boston Whaler Great Lakes Cruising Club have found it necessary to once again determine our course of action with respect to this unauthorized event.
After seeing what a fine, upstanding, handsome and attractive group of Boston Whaler onwers that belong to the Antique OMC Owners Association of Greater Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, and in spite of the fact that some of these members appear more antique than their outboards, we have unamiously approved the following:

1. that we are happy and pleased to be able to offer *ALL* of you Membership in our prestigeous organization.

2. that upon accepting our Membership terms, we will retroactively accredit this recent event as a duly sanctioned activity of the B.W.G.L.C.C, both this year and in future years.

3. that the currently being planned trip to the Toronto Boat Show can be considered one of our Club events, and advertized on CW accordingly.

4. that for any of our offshore and extended cruising events on the waters of the Great Lakes, we will have to assume complete legal responsibility for your safety and well being.

Now, that being said, and in particular reference to item #4, we also understand that inviting this group of antique OMC owners into our association, brings increased and continual risk of engine breakdown, failure and fuel exhaustion, that we, as Mercury and Yamaha Owners, are not accustomed to, but must respond to. So therefore, we have set the Memebership initiation dues and annual dues as follows:

1. For single members, $1000.00 US funds, and thereafter, an annual fee of $100.

2. For married members, whether you wife participates or not, a specially reduced combination rate of $1600, and annual dues of $160 thereafter.

As you will see, these are extremely attractive memebership assesments, and will actually become a valued asset to your boating activities, worth much more than the dollar cost.

Accordingly, we have determined that because of these antique OMC powered Boston Whalers that you will be using for our events, your safety and well being is most important
to us. We have determined that this constant threat of breakdown, VRO failure, total engine failure, non-starting problems and fuel exhaustion, could otherwise ruin our finely honed cruising schedule, so a fully equipped tow and salvage vessel will be needed to assist you.

For this vessel, we have designated the only true classic Boston Whaler in our membership, a 1971 21' Outrage. Because such a vessel needs 100% totally reliable towing power, and extended fuel mileage, we have voted to use your Memebership initiation fees for the purchase of a brand new 175 HP Mercury Verado. See attached: current=7269006-R1-052-24A.jpg
Be assured that this acquistion of the Club is in your best interest, and the only reason why we are using these funds this way. WE know that you will be proud of your part in this venture. No matter what happens to your antique OMC outboard, the Verado powered Outrage will be there to assist, and tow you in to port, without ruining or delaying the cruise for the rest of us. Once towed into port, you are on your own, of course, and we wish you well for the remainder of your vacation. In addition, for less serious problems, this tow vessel will be equipped with jumper cables, for those constant times when you run down your battery trying to get the engine started. In addition, we will carry several extra, fitted with OMC connectors, 6 gallon tanks of 50 to 1 pre-mix, for when your VRO fails or you simply run out of gas due to high fuel consumption and inadeqate range.

We knew that you would find this membership offer a real bargain, and agree that our towing vessel is important to your crusing safety during our offshore events. Your invoices for fees will be arriving shortly, and payment will be needed by January 1st, so that factory incentives can be utilized to save the Club money.

And finally, your $100/yr annual dues will be used to purchase fuel as needed for this same Club tow vessel.

And if you act immediately, within the next week, you will also earn the right to pilot this tow vessel, completely on your own, for 15 minutes each season, to experience it's smooth 4-stroke power, become familiar with it's DTS controls and Smartcraft instrumentation, all in preparation of your own Verado repowering needs in the immediate future.

So in conclusion, thank you for your interest in our Cruising Club and it's wonderful fresh water cruising events, and WELCOME ABOARD!

LHG posted 12-13-2005 12:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
PS: In reviewing those photographs, I note than in the second photo, Don J, as the only "at risk" FICHT owner in the group, appears particularly interested in the instruction from Dave Zammit on how to keep one of THOSE THINGS running.

And in the third photo, it appears that Kingfish is saying to Dave: "Listen, that old Mercury of yours doesn't run any better than my old Evinrude, even if does use less fuel", while Jim looks at John in disbelief, and Peter is thinking that new E-TEC sure would solve a lot of his problems.

The first and 4th photos say it all. A great bunch of new and existing BWGLCC members and Boston Whaler boating friends! Thanks to the Boston Whaler company, JimH and CW for making this, and other groups like it, happen

home Aside posted 12-13-2005 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Man, I'm impressed, you keep coming up with some very entertaining, funny reading lately, If I didn't know better I'd say you're spending you free time this winter at Chicago's Second City instead of Florida......good stuff keep it coming......Sorry we missed you guys at Your Holiday was really fun....


home Aside posted 12-13-2005 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
That should read "Your Holiday Rendezvous"


banff22 posted 12-13-2005 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Well he sure nailed me in the third photo. Best mind reading act I've seen!

I wonder if he also read how he will be providing tips to me on the installation of my new to me 10 inch Springfield bracket? Including those two extra pieces we can't quite figure out.

It should be noted that somewhere under that very bushy moustache I really am smiling and having fun! :))


PeteB88 posted 12-14-2005 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Too bad you didn't post the wide shot of the group with Ellen conked out on the couch!! The REST of the story . . .

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