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pglein posted 03-02-2006 06:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for pglein   Send Email to pglein  
Where would you all like to meet up this year? And when? Did you like Dockton County Park, or would you rather meet elsewhere?

I'm really looking forward to showing off my boat that was unable to make it last year on account of that blown motor. Hopefully this year will be different.

As for timing, the only conflict that I know of for myself is that I will be out of the country June 13-26th.

Matthew posted 03-08-2006 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I usually don't check the rendezvous section until later in the year. Way to get ahead of the curve!
I did like Dockton Park. Blake is nice as well, or should we try something new?
My summer vacation plans aren't finalized, so I won't be much help in setting a date right now.
Can't wait to see you boat!
JMARTIN posted 03-08-2006 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Since the wholesale rack price of gasoline has gone up .36 cents in the past 9 days, and we are .32 cents more today than it was last year at the same time, how about someplace a little farther north? I plan on rowing. John
JZAB posted 03-09-2006 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
If time permits I will run my Montauk down from Lopez Island. Would run down to Poulsbo, and spend the night on a friends Trawler. Could be rowing behind JMARTIN so more north would be good, but if the three W’s permit I will be there Weather Wife and Work.
JMARTIN posted 03-09-2006 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Hey JZAB, we could have them come up to Fishermans Bay. Maybe go to the Islander. We will pick a time with a real low tide. You local guys probably do OK, but getting in and out of Fishermans Bay has always creeped me out.

I hope I do not step on any toes, but the Islander really creeped me out also last year when I went in there. Still got that "Mutiny on the Bounty" atmosphere going for it. I had a couple of Free Drink coupons that I got with my boat moorage. My definition of a Free Drink coupon and the bartenders differed, alot.


JZAB posted 03-09-2006 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
JMARTIN, you can use this post as a free drink coupon in Fisherman’s Bay anytime. The dock furthest form from Islander is my parents. The house was my grandparents and I’m 50+ so I have done that entrance 1,000’s of times it is actually not a problem since they took the rocks out in the 60’s. The Islander would actually be a good place to do a weekend outing if anyone wanted to do the San Juan’s.
JMARTIN posted 03-09-2006 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
This dock? Never turn down a Free Drink coupon.

kglinz posted 03-09-2006 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I'd like to join you guys, if it fits my time frame. The last time I went in it was a -1.5 tide. Scary!.....
JZAB posted 03-09-2006 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
JMARTIN, thats a neet site, you are close on the dock you need click right four times
JZAB posted 03-09-2006 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
try again
JMARTIN posted 03-10-2006 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Ah ha, C-Dory's, another boat I am fond of. I am also fond of Redhook ESB. If I feel brave and venture into Fisherman Bay again, I still think it is creepy like Kglinz, I will stop on by.

I am pretty sure if there is a PNW get together this year, it will be south of us. If it works out, maybe we can travel down together. The plan is to put the boat back at Twin Bridges again this year, north end of the Swinomish Slough. I would be leaving from there.

That is a cool site. If I am going to a place I have not been before, I check it out first on the site. It is nice to see what it looks like at low tide, like the creepy entrance to Fisherman Bay. John

pglein posted 03-10-2006 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I'm all for a meet up north. However, as much as I love the San Juans, I think that it might not be feasable for those of us coming in smaller boats. On a nice day the trip from Anacortes is fine, but on a rough day, it's quite uncomfortable. In a 13' I probably just wouldn't risk it. Perhaps there is somewhere closer to the mainland that would work. I think something in the north sound makes a lot of sense.

A good rendezvous location must be the following:

1. Ample dock space, preferably with free or cheap day moorage for small boats.
2. Nearby to launching ramp for those trailering.
3. Proximity to park or activities for the kids
4. Restrooms and barbecue facilities.
5. Centrally located for expected participants with easy access for both smaller and larger boats.

There are a couple factors we should consider. First, is there anyone who would NOT come if it involved trailering? Second, is there anyone who is NOT willing to put their boat in saltwater?

These cities have suitable public facilities if we want to go somehwere more urban. Few have barbecue facilities, but food is available nearby.

Port Orchard. The marina there is popular with large rendezvous groups.

Bremerton. Same as above, but across the bay.

Gig Harbor. A little farther south, but lots of character. Plus, it's where I'm starting from. Speed limit in the harbor, unpredictable wind and current outside the harbor. Free moorage day and night at Jersich Park and the Tides Tavern.

Olympia. Way south, but free day moorage right in downtown at Percival's landing.

Poulsbo. Hopefully not too far out of the way for everybody. Lots of character. Dockage not particularly suited to our needs.

The following state parks are meet at least some of the above criteria:

Mystery Bay. For those comeing from Seattle, it's a long trip regardless of whether you're trailering or boating, but there is a launch ramp right there at the park. Never been there.

Illahee. A reasonable cruise for most, but I cannot find it on the map. Never been there.

Penrose Point. Even farther south than Gig Harbor. Great park with lots of activities for the kids.

Jarrell Cove. Also quite a long trip, but a really neat park. I'm not sure where the nearest ramp is.

Deception Pass. Never been there, but the strong currents are notorious. It's quite far north, but if people are coming from up there, that works. Also, it is a short trip out to the San Juans.

Twanoh. On Hood Canal, so a definite trailer destination for most of us. But it is a chance to explore waters we may not have in the past. A little short on dock space and a REALLY long drive for most everybody.

Blake Island. Past rendezvous location. Ample dock space, but it's usually used up. A reasonable length trip for everybody. The pictures of everybody's boats high and dry on the muddy beach turns me off to the idea.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

JMARTIN posted 03-10-2006 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
In an effort to save gas expense, my own, how about Oak Harbor? It is protected water, looks like they have quite a bit of dock space, and tables. The table area might belong to the Yacht Club. Anybody a member or a member of a club with reciprocal privileges?

I do not think that Coupeville or Freeland have much dock space. We have some Whidbey Island resident CW members do we not? John

kglinz posted 03-10-2006 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
The table area is part of the Guest Moorage area at Oak Harbor. Groups can reserve moorage there. If you want an area to the North near a town, you might think about La Conner. You can probably reserve dock space at the public dock. Town is close, but there is little for children to do. I think camping is availible at the Potlatch campground. You can play in the channel or go out and explore Deception Pass. The only drawback to a State Park is not being able to reserve dock space.

Kemp Lindsey

skookum point posted 03-11-2006 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
If everyone can chip in about 2 bucks each for JMARTIN's gas we'll have a lot more site options :)

As usual I'm going to recommend South Sound locations. With everyone boating north in the summer, the southern locations are a lot less crowded. Olympia, Jarrell Cove and Gig Harbor get my vote.


JMARTIN posted 03-11-2006 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
I am in the fuel business and I get very sarcastic and bitter when the refiners use any excuse to dramaticly raise prices like they did the first part of the month. It worked very, very well for them last year. Check out corporate profits of any refiner. I just think they are reaching when they raise prices because of an anticipated threat to supply.

Sorry, I will try to refrain from ranting on this site from now on, sort of.

If the south sound will attract more participants, and I think it will, that is where it should be. There is no such thing as "ample dock space" up here in the summer anyhow. A private dock would be our only option.

I am really going to try to make it this year. I could always trailer on down, but that would not be any fun. Pick a spot with nice protection and I will spend the night on the boat and return home the next day.

Does the Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor still have a killer shrimp salad?


Dick posted 03-11-2006 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The Tides Tavern has killer everything. Best burgers I have ever eaten.
pglein posted 03-13-2006 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Gig Harbor has lots of options. It obviously gets my vote, since I live in Tacoma, and am from Gig Harbor. Both Jersich park and the Tides have dock space, though in neither case is it reservable. My parents own a marina in the harbor, but there are condo slip owners who might object to a bunch of little boats tied up in every available slot. They also have a house on Horsehead Bay with a 120' dock that is listed for sale. It's near Kopachuck/Cutts Island State Park and the public launching ramp. However, if it hasn't sold by mid-summer, I think they will be quite frustrated. The goal has been to sell it before June. Hopefully, that won't be an option.

If people want to hold a meet up north, I'm all for it. It doesn't cost me all that much to trailer up there. But would it be better if we had two meets, one north, and one south? That way, people who want to attend both, can, but those who cannot don't have to come so far.

If fuel costs really are that much of a concern, I wouldn't mind at all pitching in a few bucks so that people could come. I'm a commission salesman, so there's no telling what my financial picture will be in mid-summer, but I'm sure I could part with a few dollars.

JZAB posted 03-13-2006 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
Location is not issue with me I would love to run down to the South Sound. My issue is time since I live in Morgan Hill Ca. and my boat is on Lopez, but I will try and make wherever it ends up.
kglinz posted 03-13-2006 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I've never managed the join up with any of you guys so I can't even claim to be part of the group, but the thing I would like see is a cruise, like groups in other parts on the country seem to be able to put together. I know that there are several boats in the PNW that run North. I know many of the smaller boats can't run up the Strait of Georgia, except on a few days of the year, but I would think 18 Outrages and bigger can cross most days. I have mentioned on a couple occasions a cruise out of Pender Harbour. We could run out of there to Princess Lousia or Desolation Sound. I don't know if most of you have been there many times or just don't want to venture that far. I know it's hard for many to cruise for a week or more but is anyone interested.
Kemp Lindsey
pglein posted 03-14-2006 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
An extended trip in my 13' is just not possible. I will, however, be in the Gulf Islands and San Juans in August (17-27th) on the big boat. My Whaler will likely not accompany me, however, as my friend may bring his 15'. I like the idea of a cruise, but perhaps a single day cruise is more reasonable. Like we all meet at one location and go somewhere together. The problem is going to be differenes in speed. I can only make 24kts on flat water. Rough water and I'm limited to about 15. And I can only keep it up for about an hour with the pounding and all.

Gosh, that last line had quite the double meaning.

Tom W Clark posted 03-14-2006 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I am game for wherever, but the reality is that if the smaller boats are going to participate, the spot we choose needs to be easily accessible.

My vote (for a new place) would be the Point Hudson Marina at Port Townsend.

This is a great spot with good moorage, a launch ramp right there, protected water to zoom around on, numerous restaurants, B&Bs plus camping and RV spots on the premises. Outstanding scenery too. Just a lovely location.

Downside: It's a drive from Seattle and would be best for an overnight event.

For general convenience and ease, it's tough to beat Blake Island.

Paul Windust posted 03-15-2006 06:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Paul Windust  Send Email to Paul Windust     
Greatings from Poulsbo. I am a new owner with an old boat. I like all of the places that were mentioned, and looking foreward to the party. I like Blake Island because you get there by boat, and one of the buildings can be reserved. Small Whalers can launch at Manchester, and bigger boats get to make longer runs. My boat is on a trailer, so it can cruise closes to 60mph.
Matthew posted 03-15-2006 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
Hi Paul,
Welcome to the forum.
pglein posted 03-15-2006 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Blake Island is ok by me, but we'll need to be aggressive about dock space. Personally, I really think tying to the dock is critical. Otherwise, mud gets tracked into and out of boats, taking rides is more difficult and the quality of the whole event is just not the same. We are fortunate, however, because we can simply grab a few adjacent spots and raft up. Probably even in spots the larger boats can't get into.
Tom W Clark posted 03-15-2006 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

No mud at Blake Island Marina, just sand.

Moorage is managed by volunteers/docents and park rangers. Prior communication is helpful; if they know we are coming, they can try to keep a chunk of dock space open.

The picnic shelters must be reserved and the sooner (like NOW) the better as weekend spots fill up fast.

If we do Blake, we want "The Point" picnic shelter.

skookum point posted 03-15-2006 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Tom's suggestion to do it in Port Townsend is a good one. Having been there several times for the Wooden Boat Festival (September)and once spent a couple of nights at the marina, I agree it would be a fun place to go. It is kinda out of the way, but why not make a weekend out of it? - plenty of B&B's or camping nearby.
- John
pglein posted 03-15-2006 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I'm ok with P.T. I love the town, and although it's a drive, it's not too bad from where I am (Tacoma/Gig Harbor).

As for timing, I'm actually toing to be in P.T. probably on the 23rd or 24th of August. If we did Blake Island, I would be passing by there the following weekend. From the 17th through the 23rd, I will be up in the San Juans and Canada.

As I said before, I will be gone for two weeks in June, but July is wide open.

Bridgedeck posted 03-16-2006 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
Hey guys. I'd like to be there this year too.
I agree with Tom that PT would be a great place to do it. For a little more adventure, anyone trailering could launch in PT, then zip across to all meet up at Mystery Bay. If ya dont know, it's in between Indian Island and Marrowstone Island. There's a state park with a big dock back in there. There's always plenty of room. Even during summer peak. The water gets warn enough for good swimming in there also. And if it is full, there is Fort Flagler on the way back out. And if all else fails its only a few minute bomb back across the bay to Pt. Hudson(PT).
Port Hadlock is a neat cruise by too. Going the other way is Protection Island with all kinds of other cool stuff to see. That's not a comfortable ride if the wind and waves are ripping down the strait though.
Plenty of fun to be had anywhere. Including Blake Is.
pglein posted 03-16-2006 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I like the idea of meeting up at or near Port Townsend and cruising to Mystery Bay. You'll notice it was first on my list of potential state parks. That way we get to take a cruise together and we're not all just coralled into the docks at Pt. Hudson.
Bridgedeck posted 03-17-2006 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
I see that you said Mystery Bay now pglein. There proably isnt room for a bunch of trailers to park there though. The big marina in PT, I think its called Boat Haven, has the most conveinent launch and park in the area. The trailer parking is litterally connected the launch ramp. From there, the world is our oyster....
20dauntless posted 03-18-2006 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless  Send Email to 20dauntless     
I have never been to Port Townsend, but am interested in going. I keep my boat at Twin Bridges near Anacortes. Does anyone know how far it is on the boat from Twin Bridges to Port Townsend? I can cruise at around 40mph.
kglinz posted 03-18-2006 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
It's about 33 nm out through Deception pass and down the west side of Whidbey Island.
20dauntless posted 03-18-2006 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless  Send Email to 20dauntless     
Thanks for the help. I will be in the San Juans quite a but this summer so I might be able to make the trip to Port Townsend. I looked at my charts and it is about 30 nm from our cabin (Sylvan Cove on Decatur Island) so I could be down to Port Townsend in about an hour if the weather was nice. Thanks to everyone who is working on putting this together.


pglein posted 03-20-2006 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
No one here should take the crossing from Anacortes or the San Juans to Port Townsend lightly. It's a dangerous open water crossing where swells can reach as high as 10' in bad weather, but seem to stick more around 4-5' in the summer. However the swell conditions aren't what make it dangerous. Fog does. Fog combined with nearly constant freighter and barge traffic make this one of the most dangerous places in the state (I think the Columbia River bar take the cake). If you haven't crossed the straights before, I suggest you do a little reading. If you plan it right, and watch the weather, it's a quick jaunt across. If you plan poorly, or get caught by a storm you weren't expecting, it can be a nightmare.

Don't ever expect that you can cross them in the morning, regardless of the time of year. The straights are typically fogged in until noon in the summer, and all day long in the spring and fall. I've made the trip without radar and gps, but that was back when the ports of Tacoma and Seattle were doing about 1/10 the volume they do now. I made it once at night, a mistake I will NEVER repeat. Port Townsend is a boating town for a reason. Boaters on their way to the San Juans typically make it their last stop before crossing so they can wait out the weather and cross on their own terms.

I know we're all bringing Whalers, but unsinkability does you nothing when you can't see a freighter in the fog.

mitch13 posted 03-20-2006 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for mitch13  Send Email to mitch13     
pglein, I second that about the morning fog in the straits. I once left Shaw early, headed for Hood canal in my trawler in fog so heavy I didn't dare take my eyes off the radar screen long enough to get a hot coffee. When I broke out into bright sunlight at PT I looked back and had five boats following, taking advantage of my radar.
rock posted 03-21-2006 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for rock  Send Email to rock     
If you need another idea Langley on Whidbey Island is great. Nice marina and good places to spend the night is you don't or can't sleep on the boat.
JMARTIN posted 03-21-2006 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Yeah, fog can be a downer. I have to deal with it quite a bit crossing Rosario. Back in my sailboat days, my biggest fear was getting in between a tug and a barge. Now that I have a GPS, at least I will know where I am when I get run over.

Now this is not a real good idea, but if it is foggy, we can hug the coast of Whidbey and follow the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry across. The ferries running that route do about 12 knots, so keeping up is not a big problem.

Following a ferry across a foggy strait is still kind of creepy. If you can not keep up or break down, you are in big doo doo. Sometimes the fog is so thick, you have to be right on top of the ferry to keep it in view. If there are other boats doing the same thing, it can be challenging not to play bumper boats.

On the other hand, fog can be your friend. "Honey, I am not able to come in, Rosario is too foggy. Guess I will just have to stay out another day. Luckily, it is nice and sunny out here and the fish are biting, so it will not be too big of an inconvenience. I will have to purchase some more beer. Call work for me." John

pglein posted 03-21-2006 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
My summer schedule is filling up FAST. Let's start suggesting dates.

Arbitrarily speaking, how does July 15th or 16th sound? I have it free, it's in the middle of the summer, and I can't think of anything major that should conflict. If that doesn't work for any of you, let me know and we will get a feel for what does work.

Dick posted 03-21-2006 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am contemplating a new boat purchase so I might make it this year.
Taylor posted 03-22-2006 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
The 15th or 16th would work well for me - we depart for a long cruise starting on the 22rd, so anything later is out. I think we have had a rendezvous on this weekend before, and Tom has pointed out that warm summer weather statistically begins this weekend.

I'm voting for Mystery Bay, that looks great. I can trailer my boat over to Mutiny Bay and run from there. The downside is that I can't bring Loon and show her off since we are on the wrong side of Whidbey.

Anyway, I like anything in the central or north sound. We've been down south two years, and I've had a long run each time.

pglein posted 03-22-2006 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     

A long run won't seem so bad when you're not having to pump the fuel by hand!

Taylor posted 03-22-2006 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Pete - ya got that right, for sure. I can hardly wait to see what "Norka" has dreamed up for me this year.
Tom W Clark posted 03-22-2006 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I just talked with the good folks at Point Hudson Marina. They will only take group reservations for two or more days. A one day event is fine BUT would require that EACH participant call and make a reservation for their own boat.

The only available (group reservation) weekends are July 7-9 and August 11-13.

I'm fine with July 15 or 16 at either Pt. Hudson or Mystery Bay, but we better get a stake in the ground one way or the other. Like NOW.

pglein posted 03-22-2006 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I agree with Tom. Point Hudson, which is the place to be in Port Townsend is not particularly suited to small boat get togethers like this. They will be in full swing catering to the summer crowd crossing to the San Juans. They don't have room for people who don't want to stay overnight. The Boat Haven might. We could certainly launch at the Boat Haven (just outside of town) and cruise to Mystery Bay. However, for those coming from the north, unless you plan to actually cross the straights directly, Port Townsend is hardly closer than Poulsbo, Blake Island, Bremerton, or Port Orchard. All of which will be more centralized for the majority of attendees. Don't forget that you have to go around the South end of Whidbey, or take a ferry, or drive to Tacoma.

I like Port Townsend, but I think a compromise is in order. I'm going to vote for Blake Island. We would need to stake out some dock space early, but Blake, like Port Townsend is a popular stopover for the transit crowd. Those coming north from the South Sound typically stop there before going on to P.T. This means that in the morning, a lot of those boats will be clearing out and leaving the docks. This should make it easy for us to get spots if we show up early. And the marina's linear docks work well for our needs. I think it is unlikely that we will be able to reserve space, but we can probably make do. They probably won't be cool with a beer keg and open keg cups wandering around the docks, however.

aquaman posted 03-22-2006 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
I would like to participate again this year, it all depends on the weekend. The weekend of July 15 won't work for me but if thats the date you guys land on, no worries... As far as location, I'll go north or south from Seattle, makes no difference to me. I get a nice boat ride either way.


montauk madness posted 03-23-2006 01:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for montauk madness  Send Email to montauk madness     
My vote is for Blake
pglein posted 03-23-2006 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     

Would the weekend before or after work better for you? Does that create conflicts with anyone else?

JMARTIN posted 03-23-2006 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
It looks like Mystery Bay has better overnight accomodations than Blake, more protection. I have not been to either one so I could wrong. Preliminary vote is for Mystery Bay. I am open as to a date.

My prediction for marina gasoline prices for July 2006, $3.85 per gallon for gasoline. My plan is to spend the night, make a weekend out of it. John

pglein posted 03-23-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Blake Island, as it is a marine park, has no traditional campground. There are, however, some wonderful places to pitch a tent. Most require a bit of a hike from the docks and are more oriented towards kayakers and backpackers, but have much more natural and picturesqe surroudings than a typical state park. If you crave more luxurious accomodations, Downtown Seattle is just minutes away and full of four star hotels. The reality is that most of us are probably not intending to stay overnight, regardless of where we go.
JMARTIN posted 03-23-2006 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
I would stay on the boat. I did notice that Mystery Bay had no overnight camping. I assume you could stay on your boat at the dock. If that is a violation, I could always drop the hook. I understand that for most attendees, this will be a day trip. John
aquaman posted 03-23-2006 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
Yes, I am available the weekend before and after. To my knowlledge Blake is a traditional campground, I have stayed many times. They have improved camp sites like any of the State Parks with Tables, fire pits, running water and toilets.
peetmin posted 03-24-2006 12:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
I had a fine time at last years event, enjoyed meeting everybody and I liked visiting a spot that I had not been before. As for this years summer schedule I am incline to lay back and let the gang pick the time and place and then the day before see how my schedule is shaping up and try to make it if I can. I have been overcome by kid's sports. I am saddened to hear there may not be beer on the dock, what's the world coming to?


peetmin posted 03-24-2006 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
I will add this, I had the most fun at last year’s event while cruising with the other boats. It would have been nice if the whole group could have cruised together. Maybe a morning meeting at Blake and a cruise around Bainbridge or to Poulsbo for lunch. Just a thought, it is great to watch boats and how they move through the water.


pglein posted 03-24-2006 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     

Of course you can stay on the boat at the dock. That's the whole purpose of the docks at state parks.


I guess by "traditional campsites" I meant that they aren't car-camping sites, obviously. I've never stayed there.


I too would miss beer on the docks, but I don't think that has to go away, we just need to be a little more discreet about it. The parks do not prohibit alcohol aboard your boat, but they do prohibit it anywhere in the park except the campground, which I assume means it's not allowed on the docks. As far as I'm concerned, so long as the keg itself doesn't actually come out on the dock, and we aren't wandering all over the marina with red plastic cups in hand, it shouldn't be a problem.

I also like the idea of meeting somewhere, and then cruising together to another location. Perhaps the big boats can run up to Poulsbo, but the smaller boats may have to get together for a shorter ride. That's ok with me, and if the weather cooperates, I don't mind cruising just about anywhere.

As for a date, I'm ok with any weekend from July 1 through August 13th. However, I think that we probably don't want to schedule it for the weekend before the Fourth of July, as that would likely reduce attendance. As an alternative to the 15th or 16th, would the 22nd or 23rd work for people?

I don't want to get too bogged down in dates, but I think it's important to at least have a little discussion so we don't exclude a bunch of people right from the start.

Tom W Clark posted 03-24-2006 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
The keg was just as illegal at Dockton as it would be at Blake or anywhere else. It hasn't slowed us down in the past...not that I enjoy or advocate the drinking of beer, mind you.

Blake Island State Park " traditional campground" Peter, are you kidding me? It's got dozens of campsites with any size/view you care for. My idea of camping does not necessarily involve a car ;-)

Actually, I can highly recommend Blake Island State Park for a great weekend camping get away. I've camped there and it would be a great excursion for a guy and his girlfriend in their Sport 13. Mooring buoys are provided for the spots on the south side or you can moor in the marina.

But I digress. Back to the Rendezvous, I agree a new place would be nice this year and also agree with Pete about having a nice run together. Not all Whaler will be in the same speed/water handling class, so not all of us will be doing that, but I can see the Seattle ground running up to Port Townsend or Mystery Bay together.

I advocate for Point Hudson over Boat Haven. Much nicer spot to be and there is no reason we cannot rendezvous at Point Hudson, we just need to make individual reservations, that's all.

JMARTIN posted 03-24-2006 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Just have never spent the night on the dock at a State Park that did not have overnight camping before. Since most of my boat camping is done on anchor, I have changed my vote to Point Hudson. If I am going to be on a dock, why not do it up right? Wow, a shower, a big step up from the sponge bath.

I am glad Tom does not enjoy beer. He can be our designated driver. John

pglein posted 03-24-2006 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Growing up the smallest boat we ever had was a 22' Catalina sailboat, so we always slept on the boat. I've done a fair amount of camping, usually in state parks or in some remote stretch of a forrest service road at somewhere above 4000' altitude, and once out of a canoe.
crawl posted 03-25-2006 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for crawl  Send Email to crawl     
Hey guys The wife and I would like to get in on the festival this year also dont realy care where as most of the sound is new to me ( at least above water ) just to toss my 2 cents, We'll have to trailer from portland (no biggi ) but having the party fairly close to where we can launch from would be a real plus ( less rig worry and a nantucket sucks to try to sleep on with 2 dogs ) looking forward to it.
aquaman posted 03-25-2006 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
Tom may not enjoy beer but I can't remember him turning one down... I like the idea of meeting early, then cruising to a lunch destination.
DeeVee posted 03-28-2006 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Good morning all,

I guess its been a while since I checked the rendevous forum, I did not know all this discussion was taking place.

I used to fish Port Townsend quite frequently. My wife likes Port Townsend also. I think a rendevous at Port Townsend sounds right nice. Our Hood Canal vacation is scheduled for July 31-August 6 or somewhere near there so I may not be able to attend if during this time period.


aquaman posted 03-28-2006 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
Does Saturday June 17th sound good to anyone? I'm thinking that if we had it early in the summer, like last year, more people could possibly attend.
pglein posted 03-29-2006 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I will be out of the country that weekend.
aquaman posted 03-29-2006 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
How about Saturday June 24?
FISHALLSPEC posted 03-30-2006 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHALLSPEC  Send Email to FISHALLSPEC     
A keg of the local microbrew,a gaggle of Whalers, I will trailer down from Vancouver B.C. for that!!Sounds like a great time.I have been to Port Townsend many times, it is a very historical little town.One note is to check out that the town is not having any big events on the dates selected.They have a great blues festival and it seems that there is always something going on there.I just hope it isn't when i'm riding my Ducati down to Vegas this summer.Good luck where ever it is I will try to be there!
pglein posted 03-30-2006 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Still out of the country. June 13th-26th I will be in Norway.
pglein posted 04-04-2006 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
So, am I reading everyone's opinion correct? We want to go it at or near Port Townsend and possibly cruise to Mystery Bay? I'm totally for that.

Does July 15th and 16th work for everybody? Like we have the meet on Saturday the 15th and those who want to stay overnight at Mystery Bay can?

Lets say, like, people meet at Port Townsend Boat Haven around 10 or 11am and then cruise out together to Mystery Bay so be able to cook up some burgers or whatever a little after noon?

Would you rather meet up at the Boat Haven, or Point Hudson? Point Hudson is more interesting, but the Boat Haven has more parking and is pretty much guaranteed to have plenty of temporary moorage for us.

I would be totally for just holding the meet at Point Hudson, but as Tom said, we all need to make reservations. That's all fine and well except that I'm sure most of us don't plan to stay the night and don't want to have to pay for a 30' slip for our 13',15', or 17' Whalers.

As a side note, a couple friends and I will be holding a sort of mini-meet at Lake Wenatchee State Park on Memorial Day weekend. The campground is sold out, but if anyone else is going to be there, let me know so we can say hi. We'll be in the campsite with two whalers in the parking stall.

skookum point posted 04-04-2006 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
As far as I'm concerned, just pick a date. If no conflicts arise I'll be there.

A little additional info: Overnight moorage at Port Hudson is 65 cents/ft so a 17' Whaler is going to be only 11 bucks and there is usually unused space on the shoal side of the linear docks. Also they have 4-hour daytime temporary moorage for 5 bucks. The better launching ramp is at the Boat Haven though. There are some pictures and nice detail on the ramps at

Tom W Clark posted 04-04-2006 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Sounds good to me. I am going to make a reservation for my boat at Point Hudson for the night of the 15th, maybe the 14th as well.
DeeVee posted 04-04-2006 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I'll check the wife's calendar and see if we can make it. I can't seem to place Mystery Bay. Can anyone describe where that is?

Doug V

Bridgedeck posted 04-04-2006 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
Mystery Bay in on Marrowstone Island. In between Indian and Marrowstone Islands. Strait across Port Townsend Bay from town of Port Townsend...
DeeVee posted 04-05-2006 06:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
OK, I remember now. It has been probably 20 years since I have been in that bay.


pglein posted 04-05-2006 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Ok, lets call that the plan.

Date: July 15th, 2006; 10:00am
Location: Point Hudson Marina with cruise to Mystery Bay State Park for lunch and barbecue at or about noon.

Launching can be done at Point Hudson or the Boat Haven. The Port of Port Townsend has a website with information here:
It does not appear that they charge for launching or parking.

Mystery Bay State Park also has a launching ramp. Although the $5 day use parking fee was repealed, they still charge $5 to launch. Like most state parks, this is probably an "on your honor" system.

I sincerely hope that we has high attendance as possible. I would hope to see boats from Puget Sound, San Juans, and even Canada if possible.

JMARTIN posted 04-05-2006 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
So, for those of us planning on spending the night, Port Hudson or Mystery Bay? John
pglein posted 04-05-2006 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I think that's really up to you. Tom has said that he is planning to stay at Point Hudson. If nightlife is your thing, that is the place for you. Port Townsend has some great restaurants and bars. If space for the youngins to run free is more up your alley, then Mystery Bay is where you probably want to stay.
lae posted 04-05-2006 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Well, now that you have slighted the eastern part of the state twice, and the last time even welcomed the north country, I guess that I will have to comment. I was kind of looking forward to this gathering because it seems to be geared toward the larger craft, but obviously we outcasts on the east side are not invited. I just may have to show up out of spite. Guess I will have to check the calender and make sure that the western BMW riders gathering in Boise is not that weekend.


Jerry Townsend posted 04-05-2006 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Pglein - Appreciate the information. Would you please address the camping (pickup/camper & trailer) facilities. Thanks - Jerry/Idaho
Matthew posted 04-06-2006 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
They must have repealed that law keeping you in the East of the Cascades.
Tom W Clark posted 04-06-2006 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Point Hudson has camping/RV spots right at the facility. These spots look directly out over the adjacent beach toward Admiralty Inlet.

See photos and map here:

Jerry Townsend posted 04-06-2006 01:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tom - thanks - I didn't look at enough stuff on that link. Appreciate the information.

Mathew - you are mistaken as the "politicians" decided against keeping everyone east of the Cascades in fact east of the Cascades - when those east of the Cascades threatened to screen the Columbia and Snake rivers and not let any salmon get out to the Pacific. ---- Jerry/Idaho

pglein posted 04-06-2006 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     

You apparently didn't read my post all the way through. As a matter of fact, we are holding a SPECIAL event for those on the eastern side of the state. Bring your Whaler to Lake Wenatchee on Memorial Day weekend, and I promise it won't be the only one there.

Also, on Easter Weekend, I am currently planning to be in the vicinity of Kennewick on the boat. I'm not sure it can quite qualify as a rendezvous, though, because kquistorff's 15' may not be ready to go in time.

Matthew posted 04-06-2006 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
Is anybody planning on cruising up in the morning from Seattle and returning in the afternoon or early evening?
peetmin posted 04-06-2006 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Matt, I may be your guy. I'll let you know as the date gets closer.


Matthew posted 04-11-2006 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
Sounds good Pete.
The tides look right with an outgoing in the morning that has 9 feet of change and incoming in the afternoon with a 12 foot difference. On a 100 mile round trip I'll take all the help I can get.
pglein posted 04-11-2006 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I'm planning on trailering. I don't think my back can handle the pounding of a trip that long in a 13'.
peetmin posted 04-14-2006 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Matt, it appears to be approximately a 37 mile run from Shilshoal marina to Port Townsend. On your trip north it tends to get rough just past "Point No Point" (Hansville area) up until you reach the south end of Marrowstone/Indian Island, that portion is approximately 9 miles. Who knows it could be a bluebird and dead calm, at any rate we will have all the tools necessary to make our way safely. Sound like fun to me. We can discuss a departure time as the date gets closer.


aquaman posted 04-16-2006 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     

Sounds like fun, unfortunately I won't be able to attend this year. I have a niece's wedding in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that weekend.


Dick posted 05-02-2006 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
It looks like I'm in this year. I take delivery of my new 150 Montauk next week and the boss has given me that day off.
I think I will probably drive to PT and launch there.
peetmin posted 05-02-2006 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Congratulations Dick, very exciting news. I will look forward to seeing the new boat.


peetmin posted 05-02-2006 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
John, is there anything you can do to foul the wedding? Perhaps some incriminating photos of the groom or a fabricated story to discourage the Bride? This is the Whaler rendezvous.


aquaman posted 05-02-2006 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     

You should have seen my wife "roll her eyes" when I mentioned the wedding conflict with the Rondezvous. I think she was a little disgusted with me...

How about a mini rondezvous in t he San Juans? I'll be on Sucia for the 4th of July, maybe we can get together and have a beer. My bro-in-law Jack who had the 18' Outrage will also be there. He is just completing a full resto of that boat.

Hope to see you there.


JMARTIN posted 05-03-2006 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Looks like "forced family fun" is planned, a family reunion, for July 15th. I will try to dodge, but it looks bad at this time.

John, Sucia on the 4th? Are you camping? I might, be able to to that. If any of you other PNW Whaler nerds are planning on being out in the islands during the summer, let me know. I might be in the area and would enjoy meeting some of you face to face. John

peetmin posted 05-03-2006 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
John, I think we will be at Orcas June 30th thru July 5th lets figure on a beer or two maybe a barbeque, who knows. You may have to show me where the crabs are again.


aquaman posted 05-04-2006 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     

Yes, Sucia over the 4th, camping. Typically, we anchor in Shallow Bay and pitch the tents at some very nice sites. Great sunsets from that side of the island. I would think we will go up on Saturday but that has yet to be determined. It would be great to get together for a beverage or two.


As far as showing you the crabing again, I'll need to think hard on that one. You must have had too many margaritas when I told you last time...

Hope to see you both,


JZAB posted 05-22-2006 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
I plan to try and make it over to Port Townsend on the 15, but there are a lot of forces that could stop that plan. I’m in a 17 ft Montauk, and although there are many days when the straits are like a lake the odds are against me on that one. I will take a look at the weather, and might make the long run up the Swinomish slough. If I make it over I will stay on friends Trawler and run back on the 16th.

I plan on being on Lopez the first couple weeks on July so if any one wants to have a ”pop” in in the San Juans let me know. They have a great Fire works in Fisherman’s Bay (well several years it has been more like a fire than a fire works) but if you plan to attend, and don’t mind rafting to 40 Trawler let me know we have the prim the spot.

pglein posted 05-23-2006 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
As of right now, I have 9 boats confirmed or at least expressing that they will make their best effort to attend.

Those members are:
Tom W Clark
Taylor Clark
Paul Windust

If your name is not on that list, please either drop me an email at or make a post in this thread explicitly letting me know of your plans. Thanks.

At this point in time, I'm estimating that we will need roughly 200' of linear dock space, meaning we're probably too large of a group to all fit into Point Hudson for the day. We may need to meet up over at the Boat Haven. They have ample day use linear moorage. Those that want to spend the night, are encouraged to make reservations at Point Hudson. It is a great place to stay.

pglein posted 06-06-2006 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Yikes, this thread actually fell off the bottom of the list, so I thought I'd bump it back up.

I'm still looking forward to seeing everybody this July 15th.

DeeVee posted 06-07-2006 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
It looks like my wife's schedule has cleared, so count us in. I think my brother in law is trying to make it also, but he is not sure just yet.

We will most likely trailer up for the day, then head home. I might try a little salmon fishing on the Midchannel Bank while we are up there. I think salmon will be open in that area by then.

Doug Vazquez
1989 Outrage 22

frontier posted 06-11-2006 01:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
We hope to be there in our 1984 Montauk.
Skipjack 17 posted 06-15-2006 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Skipjack 17  Send Email to Skipjack 17     
We will try to make but still awaiting a motor. Going on 8 months know.............B

Boy, that could be an interesting run from Bellingham....not

Taylor posted 06-29-2006 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Just two weeks away now - time to pull my head out of the bilge aboard Loon and take the lower maintenance Norka out of the boat house. Maybe some tubing for the kids the weekend.
Dick posted 06-29-2006 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I'll be trailering over, is anyone else going to grab the Edmonds ferry?


JMARTIN posted 07-03-2006 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Well, I learned something today. My plan for following the Keystone ferry from Whidby to Port Townsend if it is foggy on July 15th might not be such a swell idea.

The Klickitat was delayed this morning due to fog. I thouhgt tide and storms were the only things to delay the run. John

Dick posted 07-03-2006 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I saw that on the news this morning. I thought that they had radar on all of those critters.
Tom W Clark posted 07-04-2006 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Most Washington State Ferries have four RADAR sets installed and operating. That does not necessarily mean they will put dozens of people's lives at risk by getting creamed by a freighter in the tightest and busiest shipping lane in Puget Sound.

RADAR is not perfect protection.

So who do we have coming? It looks like:

Pete Butterfield - Revenge 22 Walk Through
Taylor Clark - Montauk
Tom Clark - Revenge 25 Walk Through
Gary Creasey - Montauk
Peter Glein - Sport 13
Matt Irwin - 170 Montauk
Dick Peterson - 150 Montauk
Doug Vazquez - Outrage 22
Doug Vazquez's brother in law - Outrage 25

What about:

John Anderson?
Dan Cooley?
Larry Eaton?
Jerry Townsend?
Paul Windust?
John Zaborsy?

Who else?

FISHALLSPEC posted 07-04-2006 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHALLSPEC  Send Email to FISHALLSPEC     
I am around 62.5% I will be able to pull it off.I just finished a 2 week motorcycle tour(9 states!!).I will update again soon! Rich 1981 18-OUTRAGE.
Jerry Townsend posted 07-05-2006 03:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I have been pre-empted by a granddaughter's wedding. I was looking forward to meeting you guys this year - but hopefully next year. --- Jerry/Idaho
Dick posted 07-05-2006 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Good point on the radar. It seems that run just gets shut down to often.

pglein posted 07-05-2006 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     

In addition to those you mentioned, I have William Mitchell in a 16' Montauk, and Paul Windust in an 18' Outrage, John Loendorf in is 23' Outrage, and John Zaborsky in his 17' Montauk who all said they would be attending.

I have not been counting anyone who just replied in the thread as it's just too hard for me to keep track of. My list includes only those who have emailed me.

bear99 posted 07-06-2006 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for bear99  Send Email to bear99     
Any room for another Revenge?


Bridgedeck posted 07-07-2006 01:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
My Sakonnet isnt finished yet. But the 11' just got a new slip on linear dock at Boat Haven. And I'm living here on the big boat that is still undergoing massive restoration in the yard. So, you could say I'm real early and will be in attendance with what is looking like the little guy so far.
pglein posted 07-07-2006 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     

Sure is. Shoot me an email at

skookum point posted 07-07-2006 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Unfortunately my travel schedule has been delayed a couple of weeks and it will not be possible to attend this year.
So disappointing . . .
Tom W Clark posted 07-08-2006 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
OK, so it now looks like:

Brad Bringedahl - Revenge 22 Walk Through
Pete Butterfield - Revenge 22 Walk Through
Taylor Clark - Montauk 17
Tom Clark - Revenge 25 Walk Through
Dan Cooley - Sport 11
Gary Creasey - Montauk 17
Peter Glein - Sport 13
Matt Irwin - 170 Montauk
John Loendorf - 23' Outrage
William Mitchell - Montauk
Dick Peterson - 150 Montauk
Doug Vazquez - Outrage 22
Doug Vazquez's brother in law - Outrage 25
Paul Windust - Outrage 18
John Zaborsky - Montauk 17


John Martin - Revenge 22
Rich - Outrage 18

Now the important stuff:

Peter: What are you serving us for lunch?

Pete: You bringing a keg again?

lae posted 07-08-2006 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Sorry guys,
I am stuck here in the Tri-Cities with a couple of big commercial jobs and am not going to make it again this year. Need to rethink my priorities, I guess.
Paul Windust posted 07-09-2006 03:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Paul Windust  Send Email to Paul Windust     
Hi all. Looking foward to the big doings. This is my first get together what should we breing for the good of the order. Paul revenge 21
Dick posted 07-09-2006 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Confirming the PT rendezvous.
Meet and launch at Port Hudson Marina between 10 and 11?
Please correct me if I am wrong.

I haven't been to PT for years does any one have a rough drive time from Seattle using the Edmonds ferry?

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


Bridgedeck posted 07-10-2006 01:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
18-23 minutes on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. 40-50 minutes from Kingston to P.T. I call it two hours from Sandpoint/U of W area to P.T.
Dont speed through P.T. They're more efficient at passing out tickets than any town I've ever seen....
pglein posted 07-10-2006 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Boy, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to feed everyone Tom. haha.

I do have a bunch of leftover chips and whatnot from the Fourth, but all my burgers are gone. I suppose I can pick some up.

I think the best thing is if we do a sort of potluck type thing where we all pitch in. There are plenty of grocery stores nearby if we forget anything. But more importantly is working out how and where we will prepare food. I have a small propane powered "Keg-a-Que" that does a pretty good job grilling burgers (4-6 at a time), so long as we have a place to set up shop. But if someone has a better solution, I won't bother to bring it.

I will also bring some beer, but not enough for everybody.

I'm thinking that I will go ahead and spend the night up there and sleep in the back of my truck. That way, I don't have to worry about driving home late at night from Port Townsend.

DeeVee posted 07-10-2006 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     

Just a suggestion: Could everyone bring their own picnic lunch and refreshments? That way, the food and drink arrangements are automatically taken care of. We could all eat a late lunch, either on the boats while tied to the dock, or on the beach where we could socialize more. At least it would be simple orchstrate.

Doug Vazquez

kglinz posted 07-10-2006 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
If you're talking about the ramp inside Port Hudson, you might want to check the tides. There may be other ramps, but the ramp inside the breakwater leaves a lot to be desired at lower tides.
JZAB posted 07-10-2006 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for JZAB  Send Email to JZAB     
I was really looking forward to meeting every one, but it is starting look like a real long shot for me to make to PT. I have to fly out early Sunday, and will not be back for at least 6 weeks so need to pull the boat, it has been in the water for a month without bottom paint, and that is really pushing it. I have crossed the straights 3 times in the last 2 weeks in a larger boat, and every time it would have been ugly in a Montauk. I just don’t think I will have time to go around the long way, and make it back in time to pull the boat. I hope to see pictures and maybe next year I will plan better. Have Fun………..
pglein posted 07-11-2006 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
My plan was to use the ramp at the Boat Haven and cruise down to Point Hudson. There may not be much dock space for us at Point Hudson, so there's a good chance we'll have to migrate down to the Boat Haven anyway (which has LOTS of linear space and big, wide, concrete floats). Also, some of us would like to make a run over to Mystery Bay State Park, which I believe also has a ramp.
towboater posted 07-12-2006 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Been watching this thread for some time.
I hope your get together will remain a annual event that only requires owning a BW capable of carrying a keg of beer & boiling crab.
Well, Ive got the beer & crab covered, just a little minor problem of lack of engines & time to giterdun.

Hope to see ya next year.
Kelso, Wa

& if you get tired of yankin stupid little puget sound silvers around, come down here to Buoy 10 & I'll show how to catch a big fish.

Dick posted 07-12-2006 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I may opt out, I just checked the ferry rates and at my overall length that makes the trip $56.25 each way. That with fuel I figure about $150.00 for the trip, boat gas not included.
Hard to justify when you are on social security.
frontier posted 07-12-2006 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Would it be cheaper to trailer via the Narrows-Gig Harbor-Hood Canal bridge?
Sure like to see you there.
Dick posted 07-13-2006 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I'm about an hour north of the narrows bridge so that would be a lot of driving.
When I get up Saturday morning I'll have a bloody mary and make my decision then.
pglein posted 07-13-2006 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Why not put in the water on the East side of the sound and cruise over?
FISHALLSPEC posted 07-13-2006 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHALLSPEC  Send Email to FISHALLSPEC     
BUMMER!!! I wanted my first trip out on my 18-OUTRAGE to be down there with you guys but it is about 20 or so man hours away from being ready to go.Takes alot of time redoing teak,rewiring,new eletronics etc. Always next year!
Bridgedeck posted 07-13-2006 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
I agree with pglein. It's only 23.6nm from Port of Edmonds to PT.
Dick posted 07-13-2006 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I don't remember seeing a launch ramp in Edmonds, only a sling as I am on a bunk trailer without the notches for the straps that is out for me. The next option would be Shilshole which is a bit farther away. The real thing that bothers me is the way is the way it can kick up going across. I don't think I'm ready for that in a 15 footer that I am not used to.

I bit the bullet and went to the cash machine and got myself covered for the trip. I will probably catch the 7:55 boat out of Edmonds.

Is everyone going to monitor VHF ch16?

mitch13 posted 07-14-2006 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for mitch13  Send Email to mitch13     
I will probably be trailering to Mystery Bay and launch there unless there is a problem launching there. Anybody know if that is a decent place to launch?
The warm weather has made the oysters at our beach a little milky so I won't be bringing any.


Jerry Townsend posted 07-14-2006 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Dick - thanks for the information regarding the ferry fees as I was wondering about that. I have the choice - having relatives in Edmonds - and also in Tacoma, Shelton, Belfair and Polosbo (sp?) - of driving around or taking the Edmonds-Kingston ferry.

But that is immaterial - as I have been pre-empted, coerced, forced, - by a granddaughter's wedding. So all I can do is hope everyone has fun and enjoyment - and look forward to the reports that hopefully will follow. One of these years - I WILL make it. --- Jerry/Idaho

Taylor posted 07-14-2006 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I'm wavering... I have no one to shuttle my trailer down to Freeland to pick up the whaler, so I can either gas the boat with 5 gallon cans and run all the way around from the east side of Whidbey, or I can try to get on the trailer right at high tide tonight on an unimproved ramp in my bay.

Also - where are we are meeting and when? Mystery Bay park, right? Noonish?

pglein posted 07-14-2006 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
If you want to find a launching ramp, this website is very helpful: MapType=1&Cmd=INIT&AreaType=County&Area=ALL

It is an interactive map that shows all launch and marina facilities in the state.

Specifically, there is a launch ramp at Ft. Casey State Park on Whidbey. It's a bit of a drive to go up to Anacortes and then south, but that would avoid the ferry. I realize it's a bit out of the way for some people, but we wanted to make it as localized as possible for people coming from the north.

And to clarify, the location is PORT TOWNSEND. We will probably run down to Mystery Bay at some point, but we are planning to meet at PT. I'm not sure if we'll meet up at Point Hudson or the Boat Haven, but I'm sure we can figure that out. If you don't want to go all the way to PT, give us a call and we can coordinate meeting at Mystery Bay.

I no longer have my VHF Radio and unless I go buy one today (not likely) I will not be monitoring any channel. However, I will have my cell phone along, and my number is (253) 906-8661.

I am planning to bring some burgers, buns, and soda, but if people bring other stuff (like condiments) that would be helpful.

I for one and looking forward to seeing everybody, and maybe even taking my little 13' out in the straights for a little bit.

mitch13 posted 07-14-2006 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for mitch13  Send Email to mitch13     
Correction: I will be bringing oysters. Went out a bit further and found good ones. Will bring a small BBQ also.
Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Paul Windust posted 07-15-2006 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paul Windust  Send Email to Paul Windust     
Well that was a great time. We just about got to do it all. Smooth water to go fast, seal watching, shallow water navagation, and a few minutes in the bumps for the trip home. I am sure that everyone had a fun time. I sure did. Thanks for the burgers and hot dogs. The weather was also just right. Thanks everybody. Paul (Revenge 21)
DeeVee posted 07-16-2006 01:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Hello all the Puget Sounders. We had a great time. It something we need to do again. Here is the link to the pictures.

I hopes this works OK.

Doug Vazquez

DeeVee posted 07-16-2006 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I organized some folders as the album was getting rather cluttered. Here is the direct link to the Rendevous (if I get it right).

Doug Vazquez

Dick posted 07-16-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The pictures are great.

Sorry I didn't make it but I popped my back out Friday while hooking the boat up.

towboater posted 07-17-2006 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
great weather with a pod of whalers...well done guys.
I noticed a lot of black paint on the sterns.

On the Sheldon Boats pix, the inside whaler has a nice radar tower that is attatched to the this custom built or something that can be purchased and if so, where?


pglein posted 07-17-2006 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I also took a bunch of picutres that I will hopefully have time to upload and share tonight.

I sure had fun with everyone. Although I think next year there is preference to have a meet farther south, Port Townsend is a great place and we should definitely return there again (I'll be there next month on the big boat).

Bumps? You guys call those "bumps"? Maybe in the big deep-V Outrages, those were bumps, but in my little 13', those felt more like swells. I was soaked to the bone by the time I got back to Point Hudson. It seemed like every single wave came crashing over the bow. Still, I enjoyed every minute of it. My back is a little sore today, but it was worth it.

Taylor posted 07-17-2006 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Lots of *big* boats at the Rendevous. Suddenly my Montauk looked small. Unlike Peter, I did not get wet and my back is fine. But n the way home the Brad's 22 and Tom's 25 Revenges just ran away from me in the tight chop.

So, what did we have in the big boat department - Outrage's in 22,23 and 25 and Revenge's in 21, 22 and 25? That's a lot of linear feet of Whaler! Matt's 25 Outrage was a sight to behold - all polished up and lots of oiled teak. Wow!

Doug - thanks for the pictures - there's nothing like a picture of your boat at speed.

DeeVee posted 07-17-2006 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
Thanks to all who were able to make it to the rendevous. I think everyone had a good time.


I am not sure if it was custom or if was a stock item. One thing I do know, is Matt does not really care for the radar arch. The radar is ancient, he does not care for its performance and would rather buy a nice chart plotter than replace the radar. On top of that, the arch is kind of in the way on a center console boat.

I think he would like to sell it, but I don't know when he would like to do this. He wants to have a railing built to use the same bolt pattern to cover all the wire holes.

Oh, by the way, the black engines on the transoms is not quite as unanimous as it looks in the picture. A previous owner had painted the 200 Suzuki on my boat black.


I think a South Sound meet would be good sometime as well, and not just because I am in the south end. There a lot of protected areas where an anchored raft would work well. I agree that Port Townsend is a good place for another meet in the future.


I believe your count is correct, and you are right, that is a lot of Whaler footage! I am glad the pictures turned out OK. Thanks go to my wife Janet for those.

Take care all,
Doug Vazquez

pglein posted 07-18-2006 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
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LuckyLady posted 07-18-2006 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for LuckyLady  Send Email to LuckyLady     
Where are the pictures of the food!
You all were so lucky to have had such fine weather up there in the Sound!
Thanks for a look at God' Country.
Taylor posted 07-18-2006 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Funny you should mention the food. We were not so well prepared in that department. There was plenty of beer, sure, but no one had a spatula to flip the burgers, or a match to light the grill. Peter made a spatula out of a beer can, but it was sort of wimpy. See P7150021Large.jpg. I think we just needed to use some duct tape and attach it to the fishing knife. But we made do with the fishing knife.

Its a guy thing.

Nice pictures Peter - but who is that balding fat guy with the Montauk, anyway? :)

JMARTIN posted 07-18-2006 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Sorry I missed it. Thanks for the pictures. It sounds like my boat camping kit would have come in handy. John
DeeVee posted 07-19-2006 12:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     

Good job on the pictures. Between you and I we have some good pictures, but we both missed one thing- a shot with the entire group. We will have to remeber that next time.


towboater posted 07-19-2006 01:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
yeah, and more faces.

The side profile shows Matts radar tower further back than the other angles. Thx. If he ever does decide to sell it, I am very interested and not far away.


DeeVee posted 07-19-2006 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     

I am 99% sure he wants to sell it. I talked to him last night and he is trying to contact the fabricator that he wants to build the railings. The railing bases will cover the wiring holes and use the same mounting holes. I have let him know that you sounded like you may be interested.

Incidentally, he is in the same business as you. He handles logs on Oakland Bay for Simpson Timber Company. I think he has 3 or 4 boom boats (Nelson log broncs) and one 18' tug powered by a 671 jimmy with a Kort nozzle.

In a couple of days I will be seeing him. I will check and see if he had ordered the railings yet.


Skipjack 17 posted 07-19-2006 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Skipjack 17  Send Email to Skipjack 17     
Sorry I missed it. The pictures are great and boy what a great day that was. I just got our new motor that day and went crabbing with my best friend’s family who has the exact same boat from the same dealer in FL. We both bought out Classic Outrage 17’ with in a year online. Saturday we limited out in 4 hours with 6 tags. Love to back on the water again.

If the is anyone around Bellingham or the Islands please give me a shout.........Bob

aquaman posted 07-19-2006 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
It looks like you guys had a great time, sorry I missed it. I would have loved to see all the bigger boats this year. Thanks to all for the pics.


Einar posted 07-20-2006 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
HEY!! ... Where is the obligatory picture of Tom Clark drinking beer? That's like not having a picture of your kid on Santas lap at Christmas.


towboater posted 07-20-2006 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     

No rush, my 22 cpd restoration didnt get off the ground this spring so I pulled the for sale signs off the Stamas 26 hardtop (twin merc I/Os are tired but run) til the fish quit bitting.

When I get time to post some pictures I will show you my conflict with your BW gig last weekend. Donated my Tug and barge to the City of Rainier to shoot 20 minutes of 6 inch morters in the middle of the Columbia.

I look fwd to meet you and Matt & compare log towing & rafting techniques, Im bound to learn something. We might even get around to talking about the virtues of owning BWs.

Pglein, great job...Ive been watching this thread & the interesting whereabouts from the begining.

Looks like Tom Clark needs to drop his motors a notch to trim the bow a little lower...hehe, sorry Tom, just kidding. Nice boat.


skookum point posted 07-30-2006 02:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Thanks for sharing the photos, guys. Not quite like being there but much better than nothing!
So sorry to have missed it this time but expect to have better luck next year. Put me on the food planning committee - PLEASE!

John Anderson

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