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skiprobinson posted 02-01-2006 12:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for skiprobinson   Send Email to skiprobinson  
OK new thread started.

I can confirm that my wife and I in our 15 CC will be in attendance at the marina in Conway on Saturday AM.
In Addition:we are bringing along two friends who want to tag along in their cough...Searay...cough. I am trying to help them decide that their next boat should say Boston Whaler on the side. The funny thing is that the wife of the searay duo told me I should be careful out on the ICW in my "little boat" because big waves would eat me alive....hmmmm.

David Jenkins posted 02-01-2006 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Glad you started a new thread, Skip. That last one was getting difficult to read! For those people who have just discovered this rendezvous and want to read some of the preliminaries, go here:

Here is a summary of the last thread:

On Saturday April 29 we will cruise on the Waccamaw River to Georgetown, South Carolina. Some of us will put in at Conway and cruise 50 miles downstream to Georgetown, while others will put in near Charleston and will cruise 50 or so miles up the Waccamaw to Georgetown.

The Conway group will leave the city marina at 11:00 AM. You will need to pay the marina $3 to leave your tow vehicle and trailer there overnight.

The Charleston group seems to be departing from various places.

The estimated time of arrival in Georgetown is 1:30 PM Saturday. Upon arrival, we will meet for lunch at an unspecified restaurant in downtown Georgetown.

After lunch we will secure our overnight dockage at the Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776). 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.

Most of us will spend the night in the Hampton Inn (843-545-5000) which connects to the Georgetown Landing Marina. The Inn's rates are $89-$99 per night (plus tax). The rooms have two Queen-size beds or one King-size bed, refrigerator, microwave and wireless internet. A continental breakfast is included.

After securing the lodging we might go fishing, go exploring the area by boat, or walk around Georgetown.

We will meet for dinner at an unspecified restaurant.

On Sunday morning those that want to fish will fish, those that want to explore the other two rivers in the area can do that, and those who want to walk around historic Georgetown can do that.

At 11:00 AM on Sunday we will meet for lunch at an unspecified restaurant. After lunch, the Conway group will head upsteam and the Charlestonians will head downstream.

Good fishing info here:

There is also crabbing around Georgetown:,4140.0.html

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

We are expecting the following people to make this trip:
Skip and his wife in their 15
David, wife Marti, and their 2 children (ages 9 & 12) in a 19
David's friends (a 30-something couple with no kids) in a 15
Ace & Joy in Temptation
Nick & Pup in 15' GLS
Zotch in 15' Sport
Wayne in ??
John Stevens (gnarwhal) in ??
And others--who am I leaving out???

Tides at the Ashley River bridge 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.

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.

For the Charleston guys, it looks like these are the digital charts needed:

11518_2 Charleston to Mt Pleasant
11518_1 Mt Pleasant to McClellanville
11534_7 Jericho Creek to Georgetown
11534_8 Georgetown/Winyah Bay

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

For those who want to really get into the history of the Waccamaw River, John Stevens has found a narrative by Franklin Burroughs called "Horry and the Waccamaw." The author 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 have ordered a copy of this book through inter-library loan and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Thanks for going to the trouble of finding out about it, John!

gnarwhal posted 02-02-2006 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnarwhal  Send Email to gnarwhal     
For the record "Gnarwhal" is a Nauset 16.

Looking forward to meeting everyone.


The Judge posted 02-02-2006 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Ok...I am bringing my 17' Newtauk, don't own a 15' GLS. Not sure if Briguy is coming but my friend from SC will probably be joing me....considering i will be sleeping at his joint. long of a ride to where we are rendezvousing by boat? I know it is roughly 50 miles but is that 2-3 hours or 4-6? I guess I wil have to put the Pate 27 in now, 6 gallons aint gonna cut it....maybe? Nah, gives me an excuse to finally mount the tank, never really needed it with that 70 Suzuki but she is paid for and cleans up the deck area.

SWarren posted 02-06-2006 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Sounds like a great trip, I have made the run from Mt Pleasant to the reserve marina many times. It is a great ride, I think better than the trip to Beaufort. Great bars on the waterfront in Georgetown. We may look for you on the ditch in Awendaw.

Wife and I slept in the revenge at Gtown one weekend, heard the offshore guys going out at 0300 about when we were coming in.

zotcha posted 02-12-2006 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Does anyone know how safe the rigs will be overnight? I will probably be the only owner present without any insurance. I hate to think how much I have invested in this toy, but much,much worse waking up to find it missing. Thanks. zot.
David Jenkins posted 02-13-2006 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Call the Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776). They watch over millions of dollars worth of boats every night.
WhalerAce posted 02-13-2006 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
I called Karrin Scott at Whaler. While I did not ask her if Whaler would "sponsor" the trip, I did ask if she could send us some logo-ed items. Of course I also asked if she could send some Navman radios & a Sport 110 to raffle.

Did not get the boat or the radios, but she has sent us some Whaler stuff to remember our trip by. A couple of things we can raffle off at supper on Saturday night.

This isn't the level of stuff they give away at the sponsored weekend events (after all--we did not pay anything), but still fun stuff to have. I will keep it all a secret until the Rendezvous, but thanks to Karrin and Whaler for the items.

I propose that we all wear our ContinuousWave shirts Saturday night for dinner, so we can send both Whaler and Jim good PR photos of our event. What say ye all?

David Jenkins posted 02-13-2006 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Good job, Ace!

Are t-shirts still for sale?

zotcha posted 02-13-2006 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Still looks like I'm traveling solo, but will have some jing for a CW T-shirt, if they are available. Thanks. zot.
The Judge posted 02-14-2006 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Well I just bought a new to me 19' Revenge(76) that I will be displaying at the shell key rendezvous next weekend. If I sell the Newtauk before the SC rendezvous I will NOT be trailering that beast up there. Does not mean I am not coming being my buddy who I am staying at his house bought my Hydra-sports so we can use that....or my other friend Brian might have to bring his 17' if he comes. We'll see what gives but I doubt I will sell her by then so I should be there.

Ace....any chance of doing raffles BEFORE supper, I am heading back to Charleston the same day? God knows I need more Whaler stuff:)

zotcha posted 02-15-2006 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Biggs, what are your plans? I have not made reservations for Saturday night yet and am considering following you back. Are you driving up on Friday? I was looking forward to meeting Briguy, thought he might stop and check out the SeaCraft, and thought you'd get a kick out of the Jersey Skiff. I have room for you guys to crash if we wanted to trek north early Saturday morning. I'm not too excited about leaving my rig/trailer overnight at a ramp in Charleston. Congradulations on you latest!

BTW, my aunt is in Long Boat and would love to see me. What are the arrangements for Beercan? Mike.

SWarren posted 02-15-2006 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     

If you launch at wild dunes you will be pretty safe. It cost to put in there but you would not have to worry about your car and trailer.

The Judge posted 02-15-2006 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge friend lives outside Charleston so will be crashing there, doubt Brian is coming. Will probably head up Thursday and leave monday morning or sunday late afternoon. Depends if I am towing, driving or both.

I live in FL....I can always go to Beercan and usually do. Been cold last few weeks though, not great boating weather. The days it is warm, she is blowing 20knts. No wind and you have 60 degrees or colder. This weather keeps up and I'm moving to Florida!

skiprobinson posted 02-19-2006 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Just to bump this up and keep her alive till we all meet !
rsf0810 posted 02-27-2006 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsf0810  Send Email to rsf0810     
Hey folks. Can 87' Montauk and I tag along in the fun?
David Jenkins posted 02-28-2006 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
You bet. Will you put in at Conway? You might want to secure a room at the Hampton Inn and dockage at the Georgetown Marina ASAP.
zotcha posted 02-28-2006 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
O.K. Dockage secured. Reservations at Hampton to follow. Marina did ask if I would be refueling. Also, dumb question, but you will have to provide your own bumpers. Anyone have two spares stowed to borrow for weekend? Two less things to fly out en route. Looking forward to it. Thanks. zot.

PS. rsf0810, if you would like to join, "y'all come on!"
If you're bringin' many, "All y'all come on!"
If you're bringin' northerners, "Come on you's guys!"

rsf0810 posted 03-01-2006 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsf0810  Send Email to rsf0810     
I will be putting in with the Conway crowd. My father and I are thinking about bringing some sleeping bags and staying out on the boat. Looking foward to get together with everyone and enjoying the many months of hardwork I have put into the boat.
skiprobinson posted 03-05-2006 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
I am definitely attending and will be in the Conway to Georgetown crowd. Can anyone suggest a hotel close to the put in spot in Conway? I will be trailering my 15' CC downfrom Charlotte Friday night and would like to be close to the put in action Sat. morning. Also The actual put in site address and number might be helpful.
Thanks in advance,
David Jenkins, I bet you have this data.

Tight Lines!


David Jenkins posted 03-05-2006 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The Conway Marina is located at 3 Elm Street, Conway, SC, (843) 248-1711.

There are 14 hotels in Conway:
I do not have first-hand information about that.

David Jenkins posted 03-05-2006 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins
skiprobinson posted 03-13-2006 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
bumpity bump
mark11 posted 03-15-2006 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Hello from Pawleys Island, SC. (15 miles N of Georgetown SC on the Waccamaw river for the out of towners) Iv'e not been paying enough attention to the rendezvous area and just caught the thread. Count me in from Conway!. DJ we'll have a reunion with your old motor. I'll keep an eye on the thread from now on and try to spread what local knowlege I can. Mark
David Jenkins posted 03-15-2006 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
That is great news, Mark. For those of us who might want to fish either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, do you recommend that we get fresh water fishing licenses or salt water fishing licenses?
mark11 posted 03-16-2006 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
The fresh vs salt fishing line for a fishing license is the HWY 17 bridge over the Waccamaw river in Georgetown. Seaward of the bridge is considerd salt. The rest if the trip from Conway is considered fresh. Salt water would include all of Winyah Bay and I believe the ICWW south to Charleston. A non resident salt water license is $11.00 and a non resident fresh water license is also $11.00. If you want to fish on the river north of the bridge and in Winyah Bay you would need to obtain both licenses. Mark
GAwhale posted 03-22-2006 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Great idea for a trip. Thanks to all for the research. I have been following this thread, but just found out it will coincide perfect with my off days.

I called Hampton Inn and made my reservation. It is $93.60 with the AAA discount. It can be canceled with a 24 hour notice.

I called the Georgetown Landing Marina to make reservations. The gentleman did not seem to know about a Whaler rendezvous. I told him up to 10 boats may be staying April 29.

I will depart Atlanta with my Montauk in tow on Friday. I will drive to Charleston, SC and spend the night with relatives. I will either be joined by them or go solo.

How long will it take me to drive from Charleston, SC to the city marina in Conway on Saturday?

David Jenkins posted 03-24-2006 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
From Charleston to Conway it is about 100 miles both by land and by sea. The land trip is faster but not nearly as much fun! You will take US Highways 17 and 701 and it will probably take you about 2 hours or maybe 2 hours 15 minutes.
zotcha posted 04-03-2006 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
OK, I have secured my reservations for dockage, as well as the Hampton Inn, Friday night in Charleston, and the Hampton Inn Saturday night in Georgetown. Now all I will need is a place to store the boat Friday night, hopefully where I will be launching, and leaving the rig until Sunday afternoon. Anybody have plans/ideas for this? zot.

Did I say it would be HOT? Thinking of using the new bimini for the first time ever. Getting excited.

WhalerAce posted 04-06-2006 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Well, when Skip started this thread, and David encouraged it, it seemed like it was forever until this trip. We made all sorts of plans of stuff to do to get ready for the trip, to wit, build the bow pulpit, install the Chartplotter, install the depth finder, install the second VHF, make copies of the charts to hand out to participants, really wash and wax the boat, repaint the engine cowlings, etc.

Then work reared its ugly head, and I have had to do several trips, some with multi-week duration. Time marches onward, but seemingly not that fast. Yet.

No problem, I said to myself, the boat should be in good shape. Seems I forgot that the last time that we used the Temptation was at the Stuart rendezvous last year. Kinda flushed the engine out at the Marine Max ramp, planned to do a lot of work later when I used the boat again. Didn't really use the boat again, because the 15' GLS is just SOOO much easier to throw behind the car and play with it after work -- besides, we can run all day with that 70 HP Yamaha and 12 gallons of gas.

So, to make an endlessly long story shorter, stepped into the Temptation late last week just to "check it out". Steering would not budge! Locked solid. Uh-oh. Now panicking, called around to do that steering fork repair thing. About 2K per engine, parts and labor. Not an option. Forget now about the bow pulpit, chart plotter, depth finder, second VHF, wax, and paint. Gotta just make it work.

Got inventive. Bought a BIG grease gun with Penz Oil grease tube. Took out some of the grease and poured in WD-40. Shot this grease/WD-40 combination into the lubrication zerks for the steering fork/tube. No noticable change that day. Lord was smiling on me, because the next day, in rocking the steering wheel, the engines budged. Shot a lot more grease into the zerks. After several days now, the engines have full steering play, although it is not two-finger easy.

Flushed with success, went to crank the engines that again, had not been used all summer. Remembered that I had MEANT to put fuel conditioner in the tank . . . After a few minutes of trying to start the normal way, I pulled the manual choke on the engines, and they started up! I have let them run for about a half-hour (at an idle) and they seem OK. I have to go to Seattle Monday for two weeks, so I guess I will have one weekend before the rendezvous to take the boat out in the harbor, use it, burn off some old gas, and refill it with this $2.53 per gallon gas they are selling now.

Long story, sorry, but the bottom line is that we are still planning on coming.

I did buy a new Waterway chart and hopefully can pass out some pertinent sections when we meet Saturday morning.

By the way, for the Charleston deparating folks, when and where should we plan to meet? We put in at Duncan's boat harbor and run down the Ashley River to Charleston Harbor, then around Patriot's Point and up the IntraCoastal.

I hope to launch at Duncan's around 1100 on Saturday morning. It's about thirty minutes from there to the City Marina in Charleston Harbor, and from there about thirty minutes to Patriot's Point, and from there, about fifteen minutes to Wild Dunes Marina. So, where shall we meet?

I guess we should confirm our roll call from a few weeks ago. As a separate entry, how about screen name, real life names, number of souls on board, boat model, boat name, and cell phone number.

Still planning on going . . .

Ace (& Joy)

WhalerAce posted 04-06-2006 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
WhalerAce & WhalerJoy
Ace & Joy McCreight
Temptation 2500
2 souls on board
"Latest Temptation"
(843) 270-9824
minitauk85 posted 04-07-2006 07:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Sorry Skip- it's official! Can't make this one, boat is in the shop, parents will be in town, etc... Start thinking about a Lanier Rendezvous maybe this summer? Fall? -k
zotcha posted 04-07-2006 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Ace, not so comfortable displaying that much info. Maybe someone could compile it via email, then send back all pertinent info to each attendee with one "cheat sheet" to carry for the weekend. Just a suggestion. I will be attending.

Mike and Cheryl
1982 15 Sport
not named

WhalerAce posted 04-07-2006 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

Can understand your feelings, although we have done this in previous years for the Florida rendezvous that Whaler sponsored.

Taking this for action, then, if the Charleston contingent wants to e-mail this info, I will have a cheat sheet for the ride up. I'll pass these out as we meet the others at the different pick-up points.

Still want some suggestions about what time we should "officially" depart the Charleston vicinity, knowing MY limitations on getting to the ramp.



zotcha posted 04-07-2006 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Ace, I don't really know Charleston too well, but can get around. I know nothing about the waterways, have no plotter, and probably will not even have my depthfinder mounted, because I just can't get myself to screw anything into my new interior. Just hoping to ride in someone's wake for the weekend. Pretty sure 15 gallons will get me there. Hoping to drop boat and trailer at Duncan's? for the night and drive over to Hampton Inn? which I am assuming is close to downtown. Yes, I understand what Ass-U-Me stands for. Guess I need to call Duncan's and see if I can leave rig overnight, along with truck through mid-Sunday afternoon. Thanks. Mike.
Kingsteven18 posted 04-07-2006 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
whack-a-mole ??
WhalerAce posted 04-07-2006 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Mike (Zot),

Let me clarify something. Duncan's boat harbor is a boat dealer (I think Bayliners and Magnums and stuff). They launch boats, too, though most of their customers are dry-stack storage. I noticed that they DO have a fenced in area behind their boatyard.

There is a public ramp (SCW&MRD) right next to Duncan's. THAT is where we are going to launch, and at this time of year there should be no problem storing a rig overnight, I would just make sure that the trailer coupler is locked, as well as the receiver in the hitch. We are leaving our Tahoe and trailer there overnight. I plan to be there around 1100.

The Ashley River, which is what we are starting out on, has mud flats anytime except high tide on the right hand side after passing under the Cosgrove Ave bridge, but the channel is well-marked, even though where the channel is is not intuitive. Just follow us - if our boat can make it, so can yours.

I did not get my chartplotter installed either. I know my way around Charleston (actually pronounced "Chawls-tin" by us locals) and up to about Awendaw. By then, everyone should be with us, and there is bound to be someone with first-hand experience that can lead us into Winyah Bay.

Not-so-fun-fact: On the return trip, the Intracoastal turnoff is a lot sooner than one would think, and to miss it takes you offshore. This is what is believed happened to the "Morning Dew" a few years ago when it ended up crashing on the jetties at Charleston Harbor.


runpasthefence posted 04-08-2006 01:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
WhalerAce, I was just reading through this thread, solely because I'm jealous I can't attend.
I just thought this little bit of info would help after reading one of your posts. City Marina to Patriots point is only about a 5-7 minute shot at just over 3.5 miles. Duncans Boat Harbor to The City Marina is just about 8 miles and would only be about 15-20 minute jaunt depending on speed. Patriot's Point to Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor (IOP Marina) is another 10 miles and will take longer than the Duncans-City Marina not only because of length, but there are several no wake zones through that part of the ICW.
I hope this helps a little, and if anyone has any questions about the Charleston area, just let me know. I'm living vicariously through you guys.


zotcha posted 04-08-2006 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks Ace. I'll try to keep rig attached Fri. night at Hampton Inn, and easily be at the public ramp by 10:30. Not worried about much else. Looking forward to it. I'll email you my cell. Not sure about the reply to my last post, but if it was derogatory (sp?), well then, Whack-a Mole, out. Thanks. zot.
GAwhale posted 04-08-2006 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Philip Lachmayr
will be joined by my nephew Kirk Guerard
2001 Montauk
No Name - GA registration
No Cell Phone
Hand Held VHF Radio

Now you got me thinking: since I will be staying in Charleston with relatives, I may just launch at Duncan's at 11:00 AM (be there at 10:30 AM).

rsf0810 posted 04-09-2006 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsf0810  Send Email to rsf0810     
Randy and Rick
1987 Montauk
NC Registration
919 796-5252 Mobile
150*157230*1 Nextel DC
VHF Radio
Leaving out of Conway

Reservations at Hampton Inn and Marina have been made! See yall soon

David Jenkins posted 04-09-2006 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
David Jenkins
Bringing 15' Whaler and 19' Whaler to Conway
919-271-1404 (cell)
Counting the days....
skiprobinson posted 04-17-2006 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Skip Robinson
Mrs. Skip cant attend so I am bringing my best friend of 20+ years:

Billy Powers

15' Whaler Center Console Sport
Florida Registration : FL 6687 HE

Skips Cell 704.572.0226

Billy and I will be staying in Conway Fri night and will meet y'all at the 3rd street Marina Sat morning...Cant wait! We have reservations at Hampton Inn and at the Marina in Georgetown for Sat night and its doubtful that we will fish.

Runpastthefence and minitauk: I think I smell an "exclusive" 15 footer only rendezvous in the works...hmmmmm

mark11 posted 04-17-2006 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark11  Send Email to mark11     
Mark Hawkinson, 86 Montauk
Pawleys Island, SC. Cell# 843-997-1141

I'll join you guys Saturday AM. I plan to put in at Pawleys early and be in Conway by 10:00 AM. I believe my wife and 9 yr old Daughter will be along. However, I can never really tell what they will do until the last minute:-)

One of my favorite restaurants in in downtown conway. It is called the River Town Bistro. It is located on 3rd and Laurel Street in downtown Conway. It's not far from the landing. It is a little upscale. Clean shorts and a polo shirt are good enough. Thorney's is a good place for burgers and beer. It is on hwy 501.

If I can help with anything local give me a call.

David Jenkins posted 04-17-2006 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     

Tell your 9-year-old daughter that I will be bringing my 9-year-old daughter.


David Jenkins posted 04-17-2006 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
And tell your wife that I will be bringing my wife.

Does the Hampton Inn have a heated pool? Is someone bringing a blender?

minitauk85 posted 04-18-2006 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Skip- How about an exclusive "Lanier only" rendezvous- meaning only those that can make it to the lake, on the right dates, get to come! Am thinking about taking the bull by the horns with this one later on in the season, if jmorgan will help-k
Tom C posted 04-19-2006 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Have been keeping up with your plans for April 29&30. I am a new boater and whaler owner (93 Montauk). My wife & I have just gotten our plans straight and would like to tag along if you have space. We would be coming from NMB and put in at Conway. Have not yet called for motel reservations. Cell #276 732 6371.
GAwhale posted 04-19-2006 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Welcome Tom C

David Jenkins has done most of the organizing for the trip, but I know from this crowd "the more the merrier".
I recommend you call Hampton Inn at 843-545-5000 and reserve a room. It is $93.60 with a AAA discount and can be cancelled with a 24 hour notice.

I am leaning toward driving (boat in tow) from Charleston to Conway on the 29th. I will try to be at the boat ramp at 10:30 AM.


David Jenkins posted 04-19-2006 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Absolutely join us, Tom. We will be looking for you in Conway on Saturday morning. We will probably cruise at about 20-25 mph most of the time. Some of the crew members might even want to ride for a few minutes on other people's boats just to get to know each other (and to experience a different style boat). We will have another couple joining us (they are borrowing our 15') plus our two daughters. If you like to look at birds you will have a great time. And Georgetown is a fun place to visit.
skiprobinson posted 04-20-2006 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
OK I have a few questions for the more experienced boaters:

1) I have a 15 gal Pate tank on my 15' Whaler, 85 HP Yamaha. I run at 25 mph at about 4000 rpms. is there any reason I need to throw an extra 3-5 gals of gas in the boat for the run down to Georgetown from Conway is I start with a full tank.

2) I dont have a VHF but have been meaning to get one, is this a good idea for a safety measure on this trip?

3) I usually run my boat on a small regional lake, besides life jackets, a good first aid kit, some tools and an air powered horn, do I need other safety equipment for something like this?

Thanks guys, This trip is really starting to get me excited!


David Jenkins posted 04-20-2006 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     

We will make the 50-mile trip to Georgetown in about 2.5 hours. If your engine burns more than 5.5 gallons per hour when running at 25 mph then you will need more fuel. If that happens, we will give you a tow the rest of the way (and will talk you into trading that engine for a 4-stroke).

My 4-stroke Suzuki 140 will burn slightly less than 10 gallons of fuel going from Conway to Georgetown.

As for the VHF, you do not need one for safety but it would be fun to have one on board so that we can talk to each other while cruising.


GAwhale posted 04-20-2006 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I am getting fired up for this trip also. I am definitely going to launch from Conway.

My hand held VHF came with my boat. I think you will be fine without one. Also, I would not mess around with extra fuel. There should be enough of us around if someone needs a tow.

I would add sunblock and fenders (bumpers) to your bring list.

Hopefully we will have some nice weather.


skiprobinson posted 04-20-2006 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
David Jenkins,
YOU are a true gentleman and I appreciate the pre-emptive tow offer. NO my 85 doesnt burn that much fuel so I am feeling better now. I did just buy a marine hand held VHF since it will be fun to chat with everyone as we motor down. I volunteer to bring up the rear of the group out of Conway.

I got a good rate at the Sleep Inn in Conway Friday night, $70 a night for a 2 queen bed non smoking room. I plan on being at the boat ramp around 9:00 Sat morning.

See Y'all there!


Tom C posted 04-23-2006 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Leaving for NMB today and will be without the link with CW. If there are any changes to the trip that I need to know about please contact me at 843 280 0653 or cell 276 732 6371. See all of you in Conway.
zotcha posted 04-24-2006 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
OK, definate doubt for myself. 05 Yamaha F60 is still in the shop. Typical stuff. Is it warrantee? Don't really care. Have 24 hours notice of cancellation. Looking like it right now. Will let you know. Weather looks perfect. zot.

I know it will be hot, but will not be bringing bimini.

skiprobinson posted 04-25-2006 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
If everyone attending will e-mail me with the following data I will put together a quick "cheat sheet" of who is who so we can match screen names to boat types and faces etc. I will compile it all and print out excel spreadsheets to hand out at ramps. I swear I wont give any data to telemarketers or amway sales people.

screen name at CW
real name
boat type
boat registration
contact data (cell phone of VHF channel)
Home port
e-mail address

skiprobinson posted 04-25-2006 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Weather forecast for Fri/sat/Sunday in the Myrtle Beach area:
Fri will be sunny and 70*
Sat will be mostly cloudy and high of 70*
Sunday will also be mostly cloudy and high of 65*

I am Still coming down from Charlotte but it appears that the bimini top wont be up for the trip down the river..the cooler weather will be nice, and probably less traffic from other boaters.

zotcha posted 04-26-2006 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
I think I am a definate out now. 14 days in the shop, they call yesterday to tell me I have a craked/bent tilt tube. Exactly what I told them 14 days ago. Best part? I hit something and it will not be warranteed. What had they accomplished in 14 days? Ordered and attempted to replace bushings. Oh, did I tell them the steering cable could not enter the steering tube beyond two inches? Yep. Ordering new tube today ($60) plus installation. Nice. Gotta love my Yamaha. I suppose if I did not hit anything in original 60 hours, must be due to the jack plate. I guess Yamaha does not partake in the bass boat tournaments. And even worse, must be missing out on all the offshore tournaments, as well. Right.

Local temps. on the beach last few days 85-91*. You all will be blessed to have weather in the 70's. Have a great time. Anyone needs a room at Hampton Inn Fri. in Charleston, or Sat. in Georgetown, I have not cancelled my rooms yet. Availability should not be a problem. Be Safe. Mike.

skiprobinson posted 04-26-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     

Sorry tohear about the boat trouble AND I am sorry I wont get to meet you, I was hoping that 15' hulls were gonna be in good attendance!

I hope you get her straightened out and I promise that minitauk and I will keep you in the loop for the 15' rendezvous on lake Lanier Ga in the fall.

Tight Lines Bro!


The Judge posted 04-26-2006 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Boat is not ready yet....close but no cigar so count me out. Even if I did get it finished I still have to break in the engine, etc. Lake Lanier in the fall sounds fun, let's do it.
rsf0810 posted 04-26-2006 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for rsf0810  Send Email to rsf0810     
Unfortunately I am going to have to back out of the trip this weekend. I am just out of starting out with a new job and have been working with the company the least amount of time so I will be having to fill in this weekend at work. We are having to play catch up on work that was rained out earlier in the week. I wish I could be there,I have been looking foward to this weekend for a long time. Still haven't cancelled my hotel reservations or dockage. Will be doing that Thrs. night, so if any of yall interested let me know.
WhalerAce posted 04-27-2006 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Well, as far as I know, WE are still in. Joyce had bronchitus last week, but through miracle drugs, says that she is still going. (I don't think she trusts me going by myself).

Put the Temptation in Charleston Harbor Tuesday afternoon -- ran great, so we are going to take out the second mortgage and fill up the tank for the trip.

Had a great thunderstorm last night with about two inches of rain, so all the pollen is out of the trees, and the salt was washed off the boat. Weekend calls for upper 70's on Saturday and lower 70's on Sunday, so should be a nice trip.

And Skip or David (whoever asked) -- We'll bring a blender!

Looking forward to the weekend!


zotcha posted 04-28-2006 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
15 is ready but already cancelled all reservations. Weather looks PERFECT! Looks like I was wrong again. Hope you all have a Ball, and all be safe. zot.
WhalerAce posted 04-28-2006 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
OK, Now that it is the night before, can we do one more roll call? Maybe just screen name and number of people going.

From Charleston, it is going to be Joyce & me in the Temptation, leaving Charleston at (hopefully) 1100.

Bringing our ContinuousWave shirts, a Whaler banner, and the goodie packs that Karin sent.

See y'all tomorrow afternoon!


PS If anyone wants to call me tonight, my home phone is (843) 875-1817. Cell phone tomorrow is (843) 270-9824.

skiprobinson posted 04-28-2006 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
I am IN Conway, Ya'll Better show up!

Be at the marina around 10:00 AM tomorrow.

zotcha posted 04-28-2006 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
OK, I'm in. Last minute, but "I'm on my way". Got Ace's cell. Be in Charleston by 9:30. All provisions but the dig. camera. (She's in the truck in the shop). Everything else is last minute ready. Weather looking IFFY and snowbirds meeting me in Bluffton @ 4 pm on Sunday. LET'S GO! zot. Small Craft Advisory? It's too late for that!
GAwhale posted 04-28-2006 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     

I am definitley in. I had a good ride from Atlanta to Charleston today.

Kirk and I plan to depart here at 8:AM sharp. Hopefully we will make it to the boat ramp in Conway by 10:30 AM. We both have our continuousWave shirts and Whaler caps for the photo shoot.


runpasthefence posted 04-29-2006 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I hope everyone is having a blast. Wish I could have made it. Maybe next time.

Its a little late now, but I was just reading through the thread and noticed you said you're turning 4000rpms at 25mph. It sounds like you've got propping/tachometer problems my friend. If my memory serves me right, at the same speed I usually turn about 2700rpms if not less.

Anywho, have fun everyone, and I want to see some pictures of a great weekend.


WhalerAce posted 04-29-2006 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

Sorry you could not make it. We just checked in, but let me tell you- the ride UP HERE was ROUGH, even in the Temptation. We fought 25 knot winds the whole way up! I would really hate to have fought that in a 15.

We are the first ones here -- the Conway crowd has not made it yet. The ride DOWN should have been OK, so I hope it was just because they are going slow.

Otherwise, we are stuck here with a bunch of Whaler stuff to pass out, and I have an empty blender!

Will advise all later.

COME ON, Conway crowd.


samwhaler posted 04-29-2006 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for samwhaler  Send Email to samwhaler     
Ace, I hope y'all have fun. I wish I could have made it but I had to work this weekend. May be next time.

I have heard that this year has been too windy in the Lowcountry?


minitauk85 posted 04-29-2006 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
I caught some of that weather here on Lake Lanier this morning-was able to sneak out at daylight for a couple hours of fishing. The wind started blowing with gusts to 30 mph. I decided to hang it up around 10am due to the diffulties in trolling with these random gusts. As I rounded the bend on one of the creeks I saw that the main body of the lake was whitecapped with 3-4 foot slop! It was "Mr. Toads Wild Ride" across the lake! Got a little wet and did a few prop stands, it was cold but fun! Hope y'all are having fun, driving fast and being reckless!-k
zotcha posted 04-30-2006 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks for the update Ace. The wind is the reason for the 8 o'clock call. Winds were going to be a major factor. I was 1/3 there when I got the (*$#@&^*!) call. Better to just turn around. Hope you guys have a ball, and the blender did not stay virgin! Thanks again, Mike.
GAwhale posted 04-30-2006 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Great Trip! Great People!

I am here in Charleston dripping off Captain Kirk and about to hit the road to Hotlanta.

Uncle Phil

David Jenkins posted 05-01-2006 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We had a good time. For those who could not make the trip, here is what you missed:

Early Saturday morning, somewhere in or near Charleston, Ace and Joyce launched the 25' (or, with Whaler drive, 27') Boston Whaler Temptation and came up the ICW and up the Waccamaw to Georgetown. They experienced 15-20 knot headwinds and a light chop along the way.

Meanwhile, about 100 miles up river from Charleston, in Conway SC, four boats lay tied off to the dock of the Conway Marina, waiting and waiting for David Jenkins to arrive from Durham, NC. Sorry about the delay! Finally, around 11:30 David, his wife Marti, their two daughters Quinn and Anna, and their friends Cynthia and Mo arrived with two boats--a 1974 Outrage 19 and a 1977 Sport 15. So the Conway fleet consisted of a total of six boats. The other four boats included a second 15' Whaler with Skip Robinson and his friend, Billy (who drove in the night before from ???); and three 17' Montauks. In one of the Montauks was Tom C and his wife Martha (who are from Virginia), in another was Phillip (GAWhale) and his 12-year-old nephew, Kirk (from Atlanta and Charlotte, respectively), and in the third was Mark H and his wife and daughter. Mark and his family are from Pawley's Island, so they were our most "local" boaters.

By the way, Kirk was amazing. This 12-year-old drove the boat the entire way from Conway to Georgetown. Look for him to post soon on Continuouswave!

Anyway, since I had boasted of my previous experience on the Waccamaw river, I led us downstream. I had neither a working VHF nor a chart in my boat. In the 15' were Mo and Cynthia, neither of whom had ever driven a boat in their lives. What were we thinking?

It was not long before we reached a fork in the river and I did not know which way to go. So all 6 boats gathered round and we conferenced. And we decided to take the larger of the two forks. I turned over the lead at this point. Here I was, the supposed expert on this river, completely lost, with no chart and no radio, and I was surrounded by other boats who were all talking to each other on their radios. So I turned over the lead. Who lead the way at that point? Maybe it was Mark who had come up the river from Pawleys earlier that morning. Anyway, it was a fantastic wrong turn. I say fantastic because it was so scenic! The river got narrower and narrower until it got so narrow that the only way to turn a boat around was to bump your bow on the Cypress tree on one bank and to bump your engine on a tree on the other bank. The water was more than four feet deep in the middle, though. It was like traveling down a tunnel of trees. Very cool. But when it became difficult to turn around we back up a bit, turned around, and backtracked to the fork in the river.

The rest of the way to Georgetown was uneventful except that when we were just outside of Georgetown, Skip's engine alarm went off. We think that he may need a new water impeller.

When we arrived at Georgetown it was about 5:00 PM. Did someone say that this would be a 2.5 hour trip and that we would have lunch in Georgetown?

The two nine-year-old girls decided to go swimming in the unheated hotel pool. The rest of us showered and then met back at the boats for cocktail hour. Then it was time to take a taxi to the restaurant. The only problem with that plan was that there were no taxis to be had! Fortunately, Mark had a car there so he shuttled some folks on land and I took 7 of us by sea (in the 19' Outrage).

Topics discussed over dinner included:
*Thanking Ace for getting in touch with someone at Boston Whaler who generously provided us Boston Whaler tote bags, key chains, picture frames, etc.
*Thanking jimh for bringing us together via the CW website.
*The correct way to pronounce Jim's last name (A Bear).
*When was the first year Boston Whaler produced the Montauk (never did resolve that one--needed you there, Tom W. Clark).
*When would we do this again?

We came home in the dark and we managed to hit a submerged log. But we were going slow and no damage was done. To keep us from hitting more things, Ace stood on an ice chest in the stern and held a spot light (over the Bimini to reduce glare). Someone should have taken a picture of that!

The wind had really picked up Sunday morning. The flaggs snapped on the flagpole. It was a bit of a challenge just to walk down the floating dock! Anyway, the first thing we did was to fuel up. My 15' with the 70 Yamaha had burmed 10 gallons. I did not add fuel to the Outrage so I do not yet know how much the 4-stroke Suzuki 140 burned round trip. From looking at the fuel gauge, think it will be about 20 gallons round trip, or the exact same amount as the 70 hp 2-stroke.

After re-fueling, Mark and Skip left first (in Mark's Montauk) to go get Skip's truck and trailer. Because of the alarm, Skip opted to haul out in Georgetown. About half an hour after we left, Skip and Mark called me on the cell phone to say that it was very rough on the ICW and that they thought it might be best for everyone to haul out and Georgetown. But our crew was dispersed and I did not have everyone's cell phone number so I could not get everyone's input on this. Except I did ask Phillip about it and Phillip said that he and Kirk were ready for an adventure and that a little 20 knot wind was not going to deter them!

Fortunately, we were a bit delayed (again!) in getting started and the wind died down to about 10 knots during the delay. We had no difficulty with the seas, although at one point we did follow behind a 60' Sport-fish, which eliminated the little bit of chop that we were experiencing. But the diesel fumes eventually got to us so we crossed over the yacht's large wake and passed him on the starboard.

We arrived in Conway around 5:00 PM (I think).

Photos coming soon!

Hope that I got the details mostly right!


skiprobinson posted 05-01-2006 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for skiprobinson  Send Email to skiprobinson     
Well Spoken David!

We had a Blast and look forward to the next trip and I hope to have an engine that will run the entire time!

David forgot to mention that my boat lost its bimini top at one point when one of the front straps broke and we went from 25 MPH to having a LARGE sea-anchor that heeled the boat hard to port and pretty much made the driver and passenger think they needed an underwear change. We managed to NOT get it caught in the prop, and hauled it back in the boat and secured it and then we were OK till the engine overheated.

The trip was awesome and I cant want to see my new whaler friends again!

Captain Kirk posted 05-01-2006 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Kirk  Send Email to Captain Kirk     
hi, I'm "Captain" Kirk's dad. I just wanted to thank Philip and the rest of you for welcoming Kirk. He had a great time.
WhalerAce posted 05-02-2006 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Captain Kirk's Dad,

Let' see -- He lives in Charleston and had to go to Columbia to be picked up by someone from Georgia to take him to Conway to ride down to Georgetown?

Wow, that was some traveling!

Seriously, we enjoyed Captain Kirk this past weekend -- it was nice having someone young enough to scramble around boats and get stuff for us more "seasoned" Whalerers. He is a nice, polite young man, and you will be well proud of him.

WhalerAce posted 05-02-2006 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

Can you shoot a copy of the group picture to me so that I can forward it to Karin at Whaler, along with our thanks for the goodies for the weekend?

We had a super GREAT weekend, and am just now beginning to recover. It was great seeing y'all again, and meeting other friends we had only corresponded with previously.


Tom C posted 05-02-2006 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom C  Send Email to Tom C     
Martha & I were more than concerned about the trip being senior in age and junior in boat experience. Our thanks to all of you for making it a great memory. We felt like we were adopted by the group and that was very special. Please keep me informed of future trips.
David Jenkins posted 05-03-2006 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Photos of the trip are here:

HAPPYJIM posted 05-04-2006 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Nice pics and you can tell by the smiles that a good time was had by all. I hope I can attend the next rendezvous you have.
jmorgan40 posted 05-04-2006 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
Looks like a great time and great pics...Please bring the banner to the Lanier outing
mbsandflea posted 05-04-2006 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbsandflea  Send Email to mbsandflea     
The marina in several of the pics, Bucksport, is where I put my boat in the only two times it's been wet, it's just a few miles from my house. That rather large sailboat docked alongside has a strange history if no one knows about it. The man who's living on it fabricated and welded the boat himself before he retired. Moving it to water involved an entourage and taking down power lines on a few main roads. I considered trying to tag along, but I wasn't sure how the 20hp Evinrude on my 13' "imposter" would handle a fifty mile trip.

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