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skiprobinson posted 01-12-2006 10:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for skiprobinson   Send Email to skiprobinson  
I am nominating myself to try and plan out a whaler rendezvous in mid state SC for late spring/early summer. I am from NC and dont mind driving to get to a good boating spot, the trip down the waccamaw river from Conway to Georgetown and spend an overnight in Georgetown ( drinks and dinner are an absolute!) and motor back up to Conway the next day is sounding like a great trip. Please respond if you would be interested. I am thinking late April- May as a potential launch date.


David Jenkins posted 01-12-2006 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Excellent plan, Skip.

I have made the trip twice, Both times I left Conway around 9:00 AM and was able to get to Georgetown before the restaurants opened for lunch. I believe that it is approximately 50 miles by water (each way).

On my trips I continued on to Charleston but I think that it might be a bit much to organize a Conway to Charleston trip because that would be slightly over 100 miles each way.

If everyone could get to Conway by 11:00 AM on Saturday then we could launch at the marina and pay $3 to leave our vehicles and trailers there overnight and be underway by noon.

We could cruise at an average speed of 20 mph and be in Georgetown by 2:30 PM.

If we go on a busy holiday weekend then there will be zillions of jetskis that will be trying to pass us at 50 mph as we slow for no wake zones. That is stressful. So it would be best to do it on an non-holiday weekend and maybe early in the season (April or May?).

There is overnight docking in Georgetown at one of several small marinas. You could sleep on your boat or there are half a dozen Bread and Breakfast places plus a Hampton Inn.

On Sunday morning my wife is going to want to walk around Georgetown and do the things that tourists like to do. I would rather not do that but would instead like to head out at 8:00 AM and explore the two forks of the Pee Dee River.

We could meet the coffee-sipping, window-shopping tourists back in Georgetown at 11:00 AM, have lunch, and be underway back to Conway at around 12:30 which will enable us to get the boats on the trailers and be driving back toward home by 3:30 or 4:00.

skiprobinson posted 01-12-2006 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
You are bringing your wife??????

Mine will avoid this type of trip at all costs!
I am down for the trip, even if its just two boats and I especially like the idea of exploring the lower pee dee on Sunday AM. I wont sleep on my boat so the Hampton Inn sounds like a great idea for me. What about May 13-14?

The Judge posted 01-12-2006 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I have a friend in Charleston so I might be thinking of going the opposite way and meeting you for lunch in Georgetown depending on date, etc.
ConnorEl posted 01-12-2006 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConnorEl  Send Email to ConnorEl     
I’m interested but will have to check on the date. Probably something earlier (like late April) would be better for us as my wife and boys will be out of the country for most of May. But don’t change the date (at least not on my account) . . . I’ll check and get back with you.

The proposed trip sounds like a lot of fun! We’d be in the exploration group rather than the land loving biped excursion group.


TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-12-2006 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
There will be a Whaler sponsored event in Beaufort,SC in early june at Sea Island Marine.
WhalerAce posted 01-13-2006 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
That sounds like a great idea!

I live in the Charleston area and just need an excuse to run up the waterway to go to Georgetown. While we used to go south to Beaufort, I have never gone north (brrrr) that far. Going to redezvous with unmet friends sounds like the perfect excuse.

Let's work on a good weekend. The Florida Whaler events like Stuart and Sarasota are in late May and early June I think, so the spring sounds like a good time to do this.



ConnorEl posted 01-13-2006 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConnorEl  Send Email to ConnorEl     
Hey! The proposed dates of May 13-14 would be good for me. I will probably bring my wife and two boys (6 and 8 years old in May) if that’s OK with the group.

Looking forward to this working out for everyone interested. Let me know if I can do anything to help.

I’ll be out of touch here for the next week or so. Good luck and thanks for the planning.

runpasthefence posted 01-13-2006 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Come on guys! This sounds like a blast, but I'll be in New Zealand until early July. Maybe I'll have to miss this one.
However, if I were to go I would either run my 15' to Conway or trailer it from Charleston. Either way, I would continue to Charleston after the redezvous ended. It could be a neat option for any other Charlestonians at the redezvous, or for anyone else interested.
Also, does anyone know the typical time-period of the Beaufort owner's event? I looked on the whaler site, but I don't think they've announced a date yet. I'm just wondering if im going to miss that one too. Who knows, maybe I'll make the trip down the ICW for the Bimini trip out of Miami!
zotcha posted 01-13-2006 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
The 15 could be up for that trip. Last year the Beaufort event was Fri., June 10th (the completion date for the refurb.), but things were only being set up for a two day deal. Did see the new boats and have a couple of complimentary suds, as well as meet CMarques and Smirkless. Be up for trip from Beaufort to Charleston, or trailer to Charleston, then up to Georgetown. Have never run any of these waters. All I know is May can be HOT. Famous last words..."April and October two BEST months to visit South Cackalacki!" zotcha.
gnarwhal posted 01-14-2006 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnarwhal  Send Email to gnarwhal     
I'm definitely interested but couldn't do it 5/13 as I'm involved that day with commencement ceremonies at UNCW that I just can't blow off.

Any other weekend would work. Preferrably earlier.

grandpas68 posted 01-15-2006 08:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for grandpas68  Send Email to grandpas68     
I would be interested in the trip, but its a little too far away for me to commit. I know that there is a boat show in St Michaels, MD around that time and I may be in summer school as well.
zotcha posted 01-15-2006 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
If you are referring to the Antique and Classic Boat Society wooden boat show, the dates are June 17th (always the weekend of Fathers Day). Many of my fellow skiffers will be there making a show of the vintage race boats. I will not be attending. I was there in 2002, and have not wanted to go back since my Dad passed. However, it is one awesome show with tons to do and great water.

The weekend after the proposed date is an APBA event in Marathon, with the Offshore Big Boys. Tons of fun but not sure if I will make this one either. Twelve hours of road/trailer time, fuel, room, registration, passes just to get on the course, etc..

I will be attending the Mt. Dora ACBS show March 24-26th with the JS-04. Awesome show which kicks off the entire season, and only 5 hours away.

Still interested in Whalering in SC and meeting some more members. Like I said before, May will be HOT... April and October. zotcha.

grandpas68 posted 01-15-2006 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for grandpas68  Send Email to grandpas68     
Zotcha, that is the show. I keep forgettin to look up the date, but that is late enough I may not be able to go to that either. Ill be either deep into school or deep into work at that point.
wayne baker posted 01-16-2006 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
I am in savannah and if possible I would like to follow the Charleston up group. I will follow the post and check the dates.
skiprobinson posted 01-16-2006 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
OK I mentioned this t9 my wife and she completely blew me away and said "wow that sounds like a great trip I cant wait to go!" I assumed ( incorrectly) that she would not like the idea and I would bring along a close boating friend who sadly doesnt own a whaler but a sea ray. Since my wife bumped him from the seat in my whaler he wants to come along in the sea-ray( his wife liked the idea too!) so at least two boats from Charlotte will definitely be there. I cant move the date, but we can always do a fall trip as well, I like the idea of cruising down the cape fear to Wilmington or Bald Head Island.
David Jenkins posted 01-16-2006 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
This is shaping up to be a fun rendezvous in Georgetown, SC. Some boats will come c. 60 miles up from Charleston, some boats come 50 miles down from Conway, and some boats come from other far-off places. Sounds like fun.

In April 2006 the Saturday-Sunday choices are
April 1-2
April 8-9
April 15-16 (Easter)
April 22-23
April 29-30

My recommendation is that we moor our boats at the Georgetown Landing Marina and that we stay next to the marina at either the Hampton Inn or the Jameson Inn.

The Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776) is the largest marina in the area. It is located in Winyah Bay where Highway 17 crosses the Waccamaw River. Their rate is $1.20 per foot per night. They have showers and heads and you can sleep on your boat if you would like to do that.

The Hampton Inn (843-545-5000) connects to the Georgetown Landing Marina so that it is possible to get a room where you could step out on your balcony and look down on your boat. The Inn's rates are $99 per night (plus tax). The rooms have two Queen-size beds, refrigerator, microwave and wireless internet. A continental breakfast is included.

The Jameson Inn (843-546-6090) is $79 per night and it also has wireless internet and a continental breakfast. The only disadvantage to staying at the Jameson Inn is that it is across the street from the Hampton Inn/Georgetown Landing Marina, so you would be 100 yards from your boat.

The disadvantage to mooring at the Georgetown Landing and staying at either the Hampton Inn or the Jameson Inn is that these accomdations are a mile from historic Front Street with all of its shops and restaurants. But we might be able to dock at a restaurant for dinner. Also, we could either walk the mile from the hotel to Front St or take a taxi. So that should not be a big problem.

Alternatively, we could tie up the boats over night right on Front St at the Harbor Walk (843-546-4250) which charges $1.50 per foot and provides showers and heads. You can sleep on your boat if you wish to do so. We could also tie up at Hazard Marin (843-527-3625), which is $1.50 per foot, a little smaller than Harbor Walk, and is 1/2 mile from most of the activity on Front St.

The biggest problem to mooring on or near Front Street is that there are no hotels on Front St and the two downtown Bed and Breakfast establishments (the Duprey House and the Harbor House) have a two-night minimum (and are $139-$179 per night).

There will be lots of boats (mostly sailboats) anchored off of Front St. If I had a boat with a cabin this is what I would do. But since my boat is not setup for overnight sleeping, I recommend that we moor the boats at the fancy (but least expensive) Georgetown Landing Marina and get rooms at either the Hampton Inn or the Jameson Inn.

David Jenkins posted 01-16-2006 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Skip, are you saying that you can only go on May 13-14?
bc posted 01-16-2006 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
David, Would you take the 15 down? I've been watching the tread to see how it turns out. It would be pretty cool it some of the East TN rendezvous 2004 group shows up. I think Eric frequents this area Take care, Barry

Anyone....How is the fishing in this neck of the woods?

David Jenkins posted 01-16-2006 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Hi, Barry! Hope you can join us!

Since my wife (Marti) and both daughters will be attending, we will be taking the 19. I may see if one of my daughter's friends and her father would like to take the 15. But if that does not work out and if someone from Tennessee wanted to fly to Raleigh and borrow my 15 and one of my Buick Roadmaster towing vehicles, that is fine with me.

bc posted 01-16-2006 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
David, I sent this link by email to some of the 2004 attendees. I still up in the air with a Florida fishing trip the first of March, but will attend if work will allow. Thanks for the kind offer on using your boat/truck. Take care, bc
skiprobinson posted 01-17-2006 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
I am checking with the boss about possible dates in April for us, I know Easter will be out but the dates later then that sound do-able, no we are not married to May 14-15, I just figure that someone needed to stick a date out there and see who can make it. We would probably be most interested in the Hampton Inn option with marina space close by.
I havent been to one of these before, do we need to plan any type of event or just let all the whalers and their keepers congregate?
gnarwhal posted 01-17-2006 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for gnarwhal  Send Email to gnarwhal     

Do we vote for one of the weekends above?



LENOIRMONTAUK posted 01-17-2006 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for LENOIRMONTAUK  Send Email to LENOIRMONTAUK     
David Jenkins posted 01-17-2006 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Since Skip started this thread I think that we should see what weekends in April might work for him. Then we could vote on it. Since he wants to do it after Easter and local knowledge indicates that April temperatures can be more pleasant than May, it looks like it may be a choice between these two weekends:

April 22-23
April 29-30

My wife cannot attend on if we go on the weekend of the 22-23 so since she is excited about going to Georgetown I hope that we decide on the weekend of April 29-30 or else sometime in May. But if everyone else wants to go on April 22-23 then I will either go without my wife or else miss this trip.

I am also interested to see if people are okay with the idea of mooring at the Georgetown Landing Marina (meaning a one mile walk or taxi ride to the historic section of town). The overnight mooring cost is $1.20 per foot.

Also, would everyone rather stay at the Hampton (adjacent to the marina) or would we rather save $20 and go across the street to the Jameson? Maybe we have a good negotiator among us who could get the Hampton Inn to match the Jameson's rate of $79 if we agree to reserve half a dozen rooms.

I have no experience planning a rendezvous but Judge Nick (Bigshot) has done this so if he really willing to truck it up here from Florida then we could have propose an internary for us.

But to review what we have so far, I was thinking that boats could leave Conway marina at 11:00 AM Saturday morning which would give us an ETA in Georgetown at 1:30. We could congregate downtown (Front St) and dock somewhere temporarily long enough to have lunch and re-group.

Anyone joining us from the Charleston area would have to plan their own departure place and time.

We could then get back in the boats and cruise the one mile down to the marina and the hotel. Check in about 3:00 PM. Then we could drop off those that want to explore downtown by foot, and those that wanted to explore the Waccamaw or the Sampit River or the Great Pee Dee could do that.

Around 5:00 PM we could go back to the hotel to clean up, then head back downtown (either by boat, foot, or taxi) at about 7:00 for dinner.

On Sunday morning the fishermen could fish, explorers could explore, the walkers can walk, those who wanted to try out a new place of worship could do that, etc.

Then meet at 11:00 AM for lunch, and head back toward Conway or Charleston around noon.

If someone wanted to tell the Whaler marketing group about our plans we might be able to get some Whaler hats and T-shirts that we could award to attendees with the oldest Whaler, or who traveled the most land miles to attend, or who travelled the most water miles to attend, or who has the cleanest boat, the youngest crew member or whatever.

skiprobinson posted 01-17-2006 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
The weekend of the 29th is really good for me and my wife, and if we cant do it then I would have to bow out or do it the first weekend in May, so is it fair to say lets try for the 29th????

I am happy to call hampton Inn and see if I can negotiate a group rate, I am sure I can get some movement from them on it. I know I prefer to be closer to my boat for an overnight.

I will also try to get to BW and see if we can get some tee shirts and such, we would need someone with digital camera and maybe video agree to be the designated photographer/vidoegrapher.

so can we all agree to the weekend of April 29th as the "go to" date?

all in agreement....

David Jenkins posted 01-17-2006 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
April 29-30 works for us.
zotcha posted 01-17-2006 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
The weekend of the 29-30th will work for me. Would like to spend Friday night in Charleston (leaving from SC I-95 Exit 8) sometime during the day to arrive during daylight. Would need local knowledge from there. Probably traveling alone, 15 foot, no plotter, and must be back for work 8 a.m. Monday. Travel/trailer time should be between 1.5 to 1.75 hrs from Exit 8 to downtown Charleston. Will also need safe place for truck/trailer Fri./Sat. nights. zotcha.
bc posted 01-17-2006 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Does anybody fish this area fairly regular? If so, what type of fish / gear. Would this be considered brackish/salt? Thanks, bc
WhalerAce posted 01-17-2006 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
April 29th& 30th works for Joyce and me.

We don't care where in the area we stay, so whoever makes the group call, sign us up.

Zotcha, we usually launch from the public landing next to Duncan's Marine on I-526 (the Mark Clark), taking the Leed's Avenue exit. Tow vehicle and trailer should be safe there - we are leaving the Tahoe there. I hope there will be more Charleson folks going.

grandpas68 posted 01-17-2006 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for grandpas68  Send Email to grandpas68     
I cant make it that weekend, but I hope yall have a good trip.
zotcha posted 01-17-2006 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Ace, will you be taking Joyce's 15? How long of a ride will this be roughly, including no wake zones? Have you done it before? Have a plotter? Have not had a chance to check tides for that weekend either. Liking the dates, earlier rather than later. Leeds, is that before Dorchester Rd. exit, coming from south? Oh, thats the one just before, and actually connects to Dorchester Rd. at Chas. H-D, right? Thanks. zot.
WhalerAce posted 01-17-2006 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

We are planning on taking the Temptation. No, we have not been that far up before, just as far as Awendaw. I have not had a chance to get a Waterway Chart yet, but others I have talked to said it's pretty straightforward. I will have a GPS installed by then, hopefully even a Chartplotter. No idea how long it will take, we usually just loaf along in the Temptation at about 3000 RPM (really just a good plane speed). Other than slowing down at Wild Dunes Marina, the trip up to Awendaw had no No Wake zones.

When we come up I-95, we usually exit at Point South (exit 33) and take US-17 into Charleston. That would take you right to the end of I-526 and right to the Duncan's Boat Harbor immediately after crossing the Ashley River bridge.

Tides are as follows:

04/27/2006 Thu 02:15AM LDT -0.6 L 08:16AM LDT 5.6 H 02:20PM LDT -0.9 L 08:39PM LDT 6.7 H

04/28/2006 Fri 03:06AM LDT -0.6 L 09:05AM LDT 5.5 H 03:07PM LDT -0.7 L 09:27PM LDT 6.7 H

04/29/2006 Sat 03:56AM LDT -0.4 L 09:54AM LDT 5.2 H 03:53PM LDT -0.5 L 10:14PM LDT 6.5 H

04/30/2006 Sun 04:45AM LDT -0.2 L 10:42AM LDT 5.0 H 04:40PM LDT -0.2 L 11:01PM LDT 6.2 H

Duncan's is "launchable" at any time.

Looking forward to the weekend!!

WhalerAce & WhalerJoy

runpasthefence posted 01-17-2006 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Unfortunately, I won't be able to make this one. I won't be available until early July.
Zotcha, if you need a safe place for your truck/trailer, I can provide. I'll be out of the country, but my normal employer (marine maintenance and storage) would have no problem letting you store in his warehouse or gated yard for the weekend free of charge.
zotcha posted 01-17-2006 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Cool. The tides look perfect. Looking forward to it as well. zot.
zotcha posted 01-18-2006 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks runpastthefence. Not sure how safe I'd feel leaving my rig a quarter mile from my house at public landing overnight or two. Little ba$tards popping windows for a fist full of change! Guess I could leave early Sayurday morning to avoid one night. Just have to get Friday off from the fire department and should be a go. Weather should be right and tides looking great. Thanks again. zot.
gnarwhal posted 01-18-2006 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for gnarwhal  Send Email to gnarwhal     
April 29-30 works for me. Looking forward to it!
David Jenkins posted 01-18-2006 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Here is an account of a trip my family made on the Waccamaw River four years ago. (I used the name Highwater back then).

David Jenkins posted 01-18-2006 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Good fishing info here:

There is also crabbing around Georgetown:

You will need South Carolina fishing licenses, one for fresh water and another for salt water (if you plan to do both). If you are a non-resident, you can get a 7-day fresh water license for $11 and a 14-day salt water license for another $11. Residents pay $5 for each. To get a license online, go to

David Jenkins posted 01-18-2006 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
There is also crabbing around Georgetown:,4140.0.html
bc posted 01-18-2006 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
David, Thanks for posting....very good info. Now I am wondering why I'm going down to Florida to mess with all that traffic and spend all that money! How is the scenery of this area....any pics? I grew up in Charleston, but didn't frequent this area any by water.
Take care.
David Jenkins posted 01-18-2006 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
If you go to google images and type in Waccamaw River you can see lots of photos.
15ftlover posted 01-18-2006 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for 15ftlover  Send Email to 15ftlover     
Just noting the thread,
Wild Dunes Marine is right on the waterway near the end of the no-wake zone. They charge a launch fee and I'm not sure about overnight parking. Shem Creek has some parking and I generally consider it safe. I would love to run to Gtown with some fellow whalers as I know some of the local bar owners on Front St. There are great stop offs along the way (capers/bulls island) if spouses needed a break. Will check in on thread until date is established
skiprobinson posted 01-19-2006 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
I did a bit of googling last night on "waccamaw river SC" and got some good info, it looks like it will be a nice scenic run and I like the idea of seeing birds. I will definitely be in the "want to get a line wet" crowd and this already has me trying to make sure my winter boat upgrades are finished in time to make the run.

Can anyone suggest a good source for charts on this run?


skiprobinson posted 01-24-2006 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
The Judge posted 01-24-2006 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
29th is cool by me....will keep ya posted but I believe I will try and meet up w/Ace & Joyce and head north. Not sure if staying overnight or not, depends on company and I propbably will have Ubu(dog).
WhalerAce posted 01-24-2006 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Skip -
Go to and download the free charts, at this link:

Then pull down the free charting program at:

This is great for a laptop for trip planning and you can print out the chart, but use a laser printer instead of an inkjet printer so that the colors won't run.

Hope this helps. Otherwise, West Marine, and BOAT/US have the ICW Charts in a big foldout pamplet.

If you want to use the 15 footer for you and the puppy, you are welcome to it.

ConnorEl posted 01-26-2006 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConnorEl  Send Email to ConnorEl     

I’m sad to say that the date in April will not work for me. Hope you have a great trip. We will try to make the next one.


WhalerAce posted 01-27-2006 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
For the Charleston guys, it looks like these are the digital charts that we need:

11518_2 Charleston to Mt Pleasant

11518_1 Mt Pleasant to McClellanville

11534_7 Jericho Creek to Georgetown

11534_8 Georgetown/Winyah Bay

I am printing these out on a laser printer and hopefully can pass them out Saturday morning. I am also going to buy the real chart from the Armchair Sailor just to have a good, legitimate copy.

How many Charleston guys do we have going?

So far,
Ace & Joy in Temptation
Nick & Pup in 15' GLS
Zotch in 15' Sport
Wayne in ??

As we get closer, we can exchange cell phone numbers for the trip up & back. Getting excited already!


zotcha posted 01-27-2006 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Ace, do we have anyone working on room rates or are we supposed to be registering on our own? Planning about a 10 a.m. departure?

Nick are you arriving Friday or Saturday? And are you bringing Briguy? Mike.

WhalerAce posted 01-28-2006 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

Good question. I got the impression that Skip was going to ask for the bulk hotel rooms. I think we are going to drive to Georgetown today to do some reconnoitering.

1000 departure sounds good for now as a planning time. As we travel up, we can give our status to the Conway Crowd.

Will you let us know? We want to stay wherever the group does, so please reserve us a room.

I have been trying to get in touch with Karrin at Whaler for some goodies, as suggested. Apparently she has moved up in the company, because the Whaler9 number goes straight to her desk now, instead of having to dial her extension. Good for her, she is a hard worker at the rendezvous.


skiprobinson posted 01-30-2006 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
I will call the Hampton Inn today...BUT would anyone interested in agroup rate please e-mail me
( let me know you are interested so I can give the hotel a secent estimate on rooms needed that night.

Thanks and Tight lines!

WhalerAce posted 01-30-2006 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

We drove up to Georgetown Saturday just to check out the site. Talked to the lady on duty at the Hampton Inn about group rates. Although she could NOT speak for the manager, the lady on duty said that because business had been so good lately, she felt that the manager might not be inclined to give group rates. On Saturday they still had about twenty rooms available for April 29th.

On an unrelated note, Joyce made reservation through the internet at HI for $79 per night, plus a non-refundable internet fee of $10. Lady at the front desk said that there is an $89 per night rate available if you call in. I guess in this case the phone wins over the internet.

I also asked if the hotel had any arrangement with the Gerogetown Landing (the marina right behind the HI hotel) and she replied in the negative. SO,I'll pass the buck on to you for further work.


David Jenkins posted 01-30-2006 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Given what Ace has found out and already done, let's just get our own rooms. I am getting mine now (talking to Nancy at hampton Inn). She has street side rooms for $89 and waterfront for $93.60. We are getting two rooms waterfront. This is for Saturday night, April 29.
skiprobinson posted 02-01-2006 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Hi All and especially hello to David Jenkins. Work has been a beast and I have a sick 2 yr old at home and just havent had the time to do some work on this. I agree with David that we should just call direct and book our own rooms for Sat the 29th. What specifically are you hoping to get from the Marina behind Hampton Inn David?

Is my assumption wrong that we can dock at the Marina overnight and sleep at Hampton Inn on sat night and then be able to fish and explore on Sunday AM? What am I missing?

Tight Lines to all.....


David Jenkins posted 02-01-2006 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Yes that is correct, Skip. But even though the marina and the Hampton Inn are adjacent to each other, they are seperate entities so everyone who want to rendezvous needs to call both to reserve a room and docking space.

Some friends of ours are going to borrow my 15 and come along, so we are a total of 4 adults and 2 children on 2 boats. Aside from Skip and his wife, is anyone else going to be meeting at the city marina in Conway, SC for an 11:00 AM departure?

It appears that there will be more people coming up from Charleston than coming down from Conway. Both stretches of river are scenic but they are different.

From Conway to Georgetown the river is relatively narrow with lots of turns and trees. My kind of river!

From Charleston to Georgetown you will spend the first half of the trip on the Intercoastal waterway. The river is wider and straighter and there are not as many trees or houses. But on the other hand, there are not as many jet skis or no-wake zones.

David Jenkins posted 02-01-2006 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     

There must be a long URL pasted somewhere up above. This thread is getting difficult to read!

Would you like to start a new thread that has the destination and the date in the title? Something like

Georgetown, SC (Waccamaw River) from Charleston or Conway, April 29-30

gnarwhal posted 02-01-2006 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnarwhal  Send Email to gnarwhal     

I'm planning on coming down from Wilmington with my Nauset 16 and meeting you at Conway. Is the "city marina" you mention above located at 4 Elm Street?

I found a little book in the UNCW library entitled: "Horry and the Waccamaw." The author, Franklin Burroughs, retraces the route originally taken by N.H. Bishop in his "manila paper" canoe in the 1870s. Bishop started at Lake Waccamaw and ended at Georgetown. I'm only a chapter or two into it, but I'll tell you this book is extremely well written and is a great reference for this river.


John Stevens

The Judge posted 02-02-2006 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
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