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Inabanus posted 10-21-2006 07:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for Inabanus   Send Email to Inabanus  
I know this is way too early, however was wondering if there are any East Coast Whaler owners who would like to take part in some type of full day or perhaps two day get together somewhere in the Rhode Island (Narrangansett Bay or Block Island) area mext summer?
Bulldog posted 10-22-2006 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
It's not really way too early. It is way to early for me to commit, but put me down as a maybe. I'm located in Pa...Jack
Inabanus posted 10-22-2006 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

You are first on the list. Let's hope others reply or there may be a lot of food and drink for two people!

BADAZGN posted 10-22-2006 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for BADAZGN  Send Email to BADAZGN     
That sounds fun. I am from Rhode Island but live in Va now. Depending when and what Gas prices are like I might have to trailer the boat up. I was very tempted to do that this past summer when I went home to see my Mom, but towing and tolls at $3 plus a gallon in the Avalanche would have been a tad to pricey. I would love to cruise around the bay like I did when I was a kid in My Grandfathers, and my Dad's Whaler! Keep us posted though.
David Pendleton posted 10-23-2006 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
I too am originally from RI.

Keeping an eye on this one...

Riptide23WA posted 10-25-2006 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
I'm interested. Just a short hop for me... Pat
blackdog54 posted 10-25-2006 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
I am in New England each year for 10 days surrounding Labor Day. The 18 Outrage I have access to while I am there has no trailer. I am in Branford CT while I am there. If there was something in that area, at that time, count me in.
goldstem posted 10-26-2006 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
Would be excited to splash House Money for a trip. it lives in Rhode Island.

aubv posted 11-03-2006 06:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
A Rhode Island rendezvous sounds like a great idea. I would make the trip from MV.
David Pendleton posted 11-03-2006 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
David Pendleton posted 11-03-2006 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
Never mind. What was I thinking?

MV = Martha's Vineyard

controller posted 11-04-2006 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I am in Old Lyme Ct and have cruised around Watch Hill and would like to expand my waters so to speak.
keep me posted
Inabanus posted 11-11-2006 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Looks like the list of interested parties is growing! One thing to keep in mind is that the Tall Ships are coming to Rhode Island again this year, I believe right around the Fourth of July Holiday. That may be a busy time for many of us, but just a thought. It would be nice to see a fleet of Whalers circling Newport Harbor and admiring the ships. If that weekend is too much for many who have other plans we can always do another time. Another thought I had was a cruise either around one oe the islands here in Narragansett Bay, with some stops along the way, or if we hit the weather right a trip to Block Island for lunch?

Any other ideas?

aja posted 11-21-2006 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for aja  Send Email to aja     
I grew up in Mass and learned to boat in Buzzards Bay / Narragansett Bay. We now live in VT and I am planning a trip for next summer to trailer our boat to Buzzards Bay to head out to Cuttyhunk and who knows what else. We also have relatives in Newport who we will visit so maybe we could be in for an event like this, although not at Block Island. I will be keeping an eye out to see if we might build our trip around this event!
BADAZGN posted 11-22-2006 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for BADAZGN  Send Email to BADAZGN     
I would love to be able to hit some lunch at Champlin's or George's! (in Galilee) I can taste the Clam Cakes now!

Anyway the tall ships would be really neat to see from the water. Another idea might be the Airshow in Quonset. I remember neing out on the water as a kid watching this and it was awesome sitting at the end of teh runway when the Blue Angels take off!

I do not have set dates as to when I will be in RI next summer yet so I am a bit flexable. Depends also on my family's plans also. Thanks


R I Whaler posted 11-22-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for R I Whaler  Send Email to R I Whaler     
O.K. Now we are talkin'. I'm in Point Judith and this is my stomping ground. Count me in and keep me posted.


p.s. I'm just pulling the Outrage 20 out of the water on Friday. One last ride, one last stop at Champlins for a dozen clamcakes and chowder, as if I won't consume enough calories on Thanksgiving.

Pumpnhard posted 11-24-2006 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pumpnhard  Send Email to Pumpnhard     
I live and fish the waters off north shore of long island so i can run to newport RI in about 2 1/2 hrs or so, block island in about 1 1/2 hrs weather permitting...So please count me in..Just drop me an email as to time and place.


Inabanus posted 11-24-2006 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
RI Whaler,

I live in Jamestown and I know you mentioned you boat out of Point Judith. Where do you live? What type of Whaler do you have? Perhaps we can meet over the winter to rehash Whaler stories?



Inabanus posted 11-24-2006 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
RI Whaler.

Sorry abou that - in my haste I did not realize you stated you have an Outrage 20. Look forward to your response.


rumrunner posted 11-26-2006 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
Keep me in mind too. Old Lyme, 97 Outrage 20.
BADAZGN posted 11-26-2006 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for BADAZGN  Send Email to BADAZGN     
"One last ride, one last stop at Champlins for a dozen clamcakes and chowder, "

Thats not very nice!! LOL Rub it in! LOL

Enjoy them..


CatBoatSailor posted 11-27-2006 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for CatBoatSailor  Send Email to CatBoatSailor     
I was born and raised in the 'biggest little state' and sailed out of Wickford (Pleasant Street Wharf) for years before moving to Cape Cod. I'd love to get the Revenge on some old familiar waters. I've never made the trip to Block Island (except on the ferry). I did the tall ships, but that was back in '84 I think. Would love to see them again.
Great idea for a Rendezvous Inabanus. I'll be keeping a watch on this thread.
Bulldog posted 11-27-2006 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Inabanus, little over 5 weeks and you are getting pretty many maybes! I talked to my wife, we are pretty flexible so, we are coming! I think you'll need to pick the weekend by maybe end of January and give us out of towners some idea of where to meet. Sounds like it will be a good get together. Still watching the thread.................Jack
aubv posted 11-28-2006 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
"One last ride, one last stop at Champlins for a dozen clamcakes and chowder,
"Thats not very nice!! LOL Rub it in! LOL

Would a discussion about Bay Scallops, be rubbing it in also? or just mean? ;-}

Inabanus posted 11-28-2006 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

You are right - we need to get some ideas on a weekend and start more planning. I am considering purchasing a 170 Montauk from a dealer here in RI and if I do I was thinking they may want to join / sponsor the event? Just a thought. Let me take a look at a calendar for next June and July and post again.

I am thinking that Newport may be a good location - there is an excellent launching ramp at Fort Adams State Park that is open to the public, and of course Newport is a good Narragansett Bay location.

If anyone has any other ideas I welcome them. Also, I can be reached via cell at 401-529-7052 if people want to chat further. Maybe a "pre rendezvous get together" is in order after the holidays to finalize things?

BADAZGN posted 11-28-2006 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for BADAZGN  Send Email to BADAZGN     
If I can make it up I will be staying in North Kingstown at my Mon's. So I probably would launch from there instead of running across 2 bridges! (More fun to boat under them anyway) If we would meet in Newport that is.
If we are looking further south, as a kid we used to launch down at Salt Pond, not sure if that is still public or not.

That is down right cruel! LOL My mother has a long enough list of sea food to bring down over Christmas. Between Steamers and little necks she has enough to worry about! LOL


Livingwater posted 12-04-2006 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Livingwater  Send Email to Livingwater     
I was planning to cruise to Block Island this year but never made it past Mystic. I wanted to get more familiar with my 190 Nantucket before I venture thru the Race.

Now that I found out how awesome the Nantucket really is a few trips to Block Island is on my agenda for 2007 :o)

I usually launch at my favorite ramps "the Baldwin Bridge" located in Old Saybrook, CT.

CatBoatSailor posted 12-04-2006 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for CatBoatSailor  Send Email to CatBoatSailor     
I'll be trailering from the Lower Cape and would probably come down 24 at Fall River, through Portsmouth and into Newport. My concern for Newport would be traffic (car and boat ramp). I haven't trailer launched anywhere in RI before, so I don't know how crowded it gets, but I can imagine it would be especially if coinciding with Tall Ships.

I found this link online for RI boat launches and thought it might help for those who'll be coming out of town like me, or for any local planners looking for ideas. I'll be in RI over the holidays and may take a morning drive to recon some spots. A good excuse to get out of the house.


Inabanus posted 12-04-2006 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

I understand your concern. I am still viewing weekends and hope to pick one soon to get the ball rolling on other plans. I can tell you that the best ramp in the state is at Fort Adams State Park in Newport - good at any tide, a nice dock alongside the ramp, decent parking, free access, good protection from prevailing wind, etc. Yes, there can be traffic as it is Newport, but nothing unreasonable.

I will be in the area as I live in Jamestown but will be away from 12/23-12/25. If you are here before or after that feel free to let me know and I can show you the ramp.


Swellmonster posted 12-06-2006 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
We have found Newport an awesome place to visit! We expierienced the mansions, lobster rolls, foods, lots of boats, espresso martinis for breakfast ;) craggy cliffs and lots of beautiful waters.
We will watch this event, and hope to hook up with some of our Northern buds..
Riptide23WA posted 12-07-2006 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
Not sure where there are too many places in Narragansett Bay to meet up as a group, other than at a marina, but one place that does come to mind is the mouth of the Narrow River, on the western side of the bay. I haven't been there by power boat, but when I kayaked down to the mouth a few years ago, I saw a great spot that alot of people anchor or beach their boats at. It's sheltered behind the beach face, and is just a great spot for a get-together.

Check it out on the charts. Only my 2 cents...


goldstem posted 12-08-2006 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
If I recall, there is a decent beach on the west side of prudence island, and on the other side a small inlet used as a lunch hook spot by many. there is also a state park on the south end.

Further up the bay is colt state park on the east and goddard state park on the west. Goddard is well protected from the prevailing south winds, and there are some nice water-accessable places to eat near by.

gansett posted 12-09-2006 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for gansett  Send Email to gansett     
How about inside the east wall of the Harbor of Refuge? There's a quiet, sheltered public beach there. There is a small, undeveloped public parking "lot" for anyone driving (no room for trailers).

The bigger boats could make a Block Island trip as part of their weekend. There are a number of free, public ramps on Pt. Judith Pond. Relaxing by the sandbar at the outer wall, or flukin off Matunick are both easy entertainment options for even the smallest whaler.

Check out the satelite image on of "galilee, ri".

boatman1979 posted 12-13-2006 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
I'll consider this get-together.... I trailer the 150 Sport to NPT once or twice each year, it would be great to have folks to raft up with. I'm from southwest CT, so it's a 2.5 hour drive by car. I usually launch north of NPT behind Dyer Island, a very unsheltered ramp! I would love more info on the Fort Adams ramp.....
Kurt Gett posted 12-14-2006 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kurt Gett  Send Email to Kurt Gett     
I'd be interested in participating. Coming from Smithtown Bay on the NS of LI. 22 Outrage Cuddy WD. Put my email address on your mailing list...

If there are any other LI sound boats interested, lets get a group to do the cruise. Or we can trailer to points east and cruise together from there.

Regards, Kurt

Pumpnhard posted 12-15-2006 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pumpnhard  Send Email to Pumpnhard     
Hey Kurt,

Eastern long Island here would luv to go also. could leave out of greenport or orient and ride up its about and hour and a half maby 2 to point judith and about 2 1/2 maby 3 to newport cruzn around 23kn. let me know

Inabanus posted 12-15-2006 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

I know the ramp you speak of East of Dyer Island - it is in Portsmouth and although the ramp itself is only a few years old the exposure is horrible. You would find the Fort Adams ramp excellent. I too have a 150 Sport and can turn you on to several other decent ramps in Rhode Island. Feel free to call my cell at 401-529-7052 to chat further.


Inabanus posted 12-15-2006 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Looks like several people have replied recently and if even half these people turn up for the rendezvous next summer it should be a good time for all! I plan to have finalized dates over the next two weeks and will of course post once I do so we can all start planning. Regarding location, I am leaning towards suggesting Newport as it offers several things - a good ramp, protected harbor, lodging, and other things to do (mansion tours, Ocean Drive, Cliff Walk, good restaurants, etc.).

Will keep everyone posted. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.

boatman1979 posted 12-15-2006 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
I hope the momentum keeps going with this..... I have never done a CW Rendezvous before, and would be very excited to experience this! If the weather is not on our side, we could always head north to Battleship Cove.
R I Whaler posted 12-17-2006 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for R I Whaler  Send Email to R I Whaler     
Sorry for the delay since my last post, things got pretty busy for the last few weeks.

Inabanus, I grew up in Point Judith area. I spend warmer months in Matunuck Beach on Potters Pond, its a 10 minute baot ride to Point Judith Harbour. In the winter, I'm in Boston and Northern N.H. During the winter I get south to RI occassionally to check on my house and whaler. It would be fun to hook up sometime.

As far as the rendezvous is concerned, any weekend should be good for me, only a few exceptions. Location is a tough one, so many choices and everyone here has good ideas. Point Judith harbour has to be one of the stopping points, I think, just because it's a great place. Docking is tough though.

Let's keep throwing ideas out there ubtil we all agree on one. I'll stay tuned.

Contender25 posted 12-17-2006 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
I keep my Offshore27 in Newport harbor and would love to join in next year. Goat Island marina would be a decent place to meet up or raft up there is usually space as long as you go to the marina grill, not a bad thing as their food is good and for a waterfront spot in Newport it is reasonably priced.

It is also fun to raft up by Ft adams for the Jazz or Folk fest's in August.

Riptide23WA posted 12-17-2006 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
I second that Marina Grill on Goat Island. Where else can you eat alfresco, on the peir, with megayachts as your backdrop?? The food is good, to boot...
BADAZGN posted 12-18-2006 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for BADAZGN  Send Email to BADAZGN     
I found out that I will be home in Rhode Island for Vacation during the last week of July 21-29th. Hopefully it will work out around then, Especially since I am coming up from Virginia.
Not sure what dates anyone was origanlly thinking but I figured I would throw those dates up there.



laxbill posted 12-27-2006 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for laxbill  Send Email to laxbill     
Please add me to your email list of folks that would like to attend.My eamil address is I am from central CT and I would gladly trailer my 21 Outrage to Newport for a rendezous.
My lacrosse camps run until July 5th and then I'm available pretty much any weekend or weekday.

Happy Holidays!


jamesmylesmcp posted 12-29-2006 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
Count me in ,I would love to run the old outrage up .
boatman1979 posted 12-29-2006 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Last 2 weeks of July or anytime in August works for me....
Inabanus posted 12-30-2006 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

It is time we picked a date for the event(s). I realize that whatever date we pick cannot please everyone so hope to not disappoint too many here.

I am choosing the weekend of Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15. My guess is many will not be able to actually boat on the Friday, but for those in town that evening we can perhaps meet for a meal, drinks, etc. You can plan on everyone meeting at the Fort Adams State Park launching ramp on Saturday, July 14, at 8:30am.

I am still trying to coordinate an exact offering in terms of a finalized gameplan for each day, and of course people will be welcome to join for any part of the festivities. I plan on posting an itinerary of times to meet, places to launch, places to stay if people are considering an overnight, etc. as well as some interesting things one can do in the Newport / Rhode Island area if "significant others" may not be interested in too much boating, if there is such a thing! I will also gather a list of names and cell numbers of everyone interested an email that to attendees for review.

Again, much more to follow! Looks like a good time assuming Mother Nature cooperates!


Bulldog posted 12-31-2006 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Picking the date was good, I think Pat and I will be there , but we are needed to fly to Colorado and help tow my daughter's horse trailer back sometime around then, I'll know in next day or so, we are looking forwadrd to it! Thanx!.......................Jack
anthonylisske posted 12-31-2006 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for anthonylisske  Send Email to anthonylisske     

I take 3 trips out to montauk each summer to fish. (about 9 days each time) It would be fun to make the run over.

I am sure I can schedule it when you work out a firm date. Count me in.

Anthony Lisske
1973 21 foot Outrage.
Name: Fair Warning
Home Port: Northport LI

anthonylisske posted 12-31-2006 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for anthonylisske  Send Email to anthonylisske     
Sorry, Just saw the date. It will work for me. (No kids, easy going girlfriend, I make my own work schedule.)

Anybody interested in catching some tuna/shark/etc...? July is a great month. I have the tackle/will pay for gas and bait. Let me know.

Inabanus posted 12-31-2006 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

Glad to hear you will be joining us! I am working on particulars as I mentioned and will post those soon.

In terms of your offer to fish, I have not fished much the last several years and am open to something during one of those weeks you are going in July if I can swing the time off. I would insist on paying my way though.

Stay tuned for more information soon!


boatman1979 posted 01-01-2007 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Booked that weekend on my calendar.... If all goes well, I will be able to make it for at least one day!
Livingwater posted 01-02-2007 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Livingwater  Send Email to Livingwater     
The weekend of July 13-15 works for me. It would be great to get a chance to raft up to some real boats (Whaler)

Pumpnhard posted 01-04-2007 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pumpnhard  Send Email to Pumpnhard     
Sounds good to me also. I will be then happy to come.

If anyone from long island would like to attend and ride up togethor let me know.

controller posted 01-05-2007 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Count me in. I will be coming from Old Lyme, CT.

I look forward to meeting everyone.

2001 16 Dauntless

gbcbu posted 01-08-2007 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
Just purchaed a 170 Montauk...will try and make it...and it will be my first...sounds like alot of fun. Will be coming from Boston, Mass area...Is Newport by water far from Westport?
Inabanus posted 01-08-2007 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

I would say you would want to pick your day coming from Westport, and my initial recommendation is that you should trailer it the extra way to Newport if you can do so.

It is going to be my first Whaler get together also - and I suggested this!

Congrats on the new Montauk! I too am getting a new 170 Montauk this winter - actually planning to sign the dotted line at a February boat show!

Keep an eye out for a posting here on suggestions for accomodations, the weekend itinerary, etc. coming soon!


gbcbu posted 01-19-2007 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     

I'll keep an eye opened here for the RI event. I guess I'll just plan on trailering to Newport.

Good luck at the Feb Boat Show. Did you look at the Montauk at the Providence Show?

I just reeived from BW Corporate a Whaler Hat and a Certificate of Ownership. Great touch by Whaler.

Inabanus posted 01-20-2007 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

Looking forward to eventually meeting up with you.

Yes, saw the 170 Montauk at the Providence Show last weekend. Also had the 190 there. Both looked quite nice. I have settled on the 170 though based on my trailering situation.

I am hoping to have Whaler through in some type of Whaler item at this informal rendezvous. We will see I guess.


gbcbu posted 01-27-2007 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     

Just checked the site. Do you recall what the list price was for the 17' Montauk?

Looking forward to getting mine in the water!

Inabanus posted 03-12-2007 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Hello all!

It has been some time since my last post regarding the 1st annual Rhode Island Rendezvous and I am hoping to get some comments from others as to things they would like to do in the evening(s) the weekend of July 13 (Friday) and July 14th (Saturday). I realize that many may not be able to be there on the Friday night.

My initial thoughts are to meet at a restaurant / local watering hole in Newport on Frday at 6:30pm. I would assume that many people who will arrive on Friday and be trailering their Whalers will be able to leave their boats in the hotel parking lot in order to more easily get around Newport, which can become crowded. Their is a restaurant called the Atlantic Beach Club which is on the water and nothing fancy, or for a nicer experience their is another called the Chandler, located on the water as well. I can call and make sure they have space available or at least can accomodate a group in the bar areas. My thoughts are that if people want to grab a bite they can whether it be appetizers of a full meal, but we can at least all share a beverage or two and get to know one another.

The next day we should meet at the Fort Adams State Park launching ramp at 8:30am (I will be there for 8am and can assist people with where to park, etc.) Based on the weather I suggest cruising either up Narragansett Bay to an island called Prudence Island, which offers Potters Cove, a protected anchorage where you can beach the boat and swim. Or we can head to Mackerel Cove in Jamestown, RI, where based on the prevailing wind you can also anchor (not beach the boats). Someone has suggested lunch at Goat Island - a good idea however we likely would have to anchor the fleet in Newport Harbor and have a launch bring us there as there is not enough transient dockage.

We can wrap up the day with a nice cruise through Newport Harbor to enjoy the megayachts and let them enjoy the Whaler Flotilla!

Saturday night is typically very busy in Newport. Once back at the ramp, we can decide on a place to dine. My guess is people will want to freshen up at their rooms before eating dinner. A favorite place is the Brick Alley Pub which is usually very busy but offers decent food and a good atmosphere.

Sunday morning I suggest again launching from the same ramp, as you can choose from many locations to cruise towards. Someone has suggested Pt. Judith which based on the weather may be a bit of a bumpy ride for guys like me in a smaller Whaler, but again weather could dictate. The prevailing wind is from the South / Southwest which can lead to much exposure.

My next email will include names and numbers for local hotels/motels and a list of things to do in Newport for the family members that may not want to boat the entire weekend.

Any thoughts anyone?

JayR posted 03-12-2007 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
I'm in.....
Albe posted 03-13-2007 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Albe  Send Email to Albe     
How long do you think it would take to get to newport from the Shinnecock Inlet (on Long Island) in a Montauk 190 -- do you think the trip is doable in a boat of that size -- what route would you suggest. Thanks.
jamesmylesmcp posted 03-13-2007 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
I plan on attending,anyone interested in meeting up for the cruise north ? I plan to arrive by water leaving Black Rock Harbor ,Bridgeport,CT
Inabanus posted 03-13-2007 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

Glad to hear you are in! Should be a great time.

I noticed in your profile you are from North Smithfield. I was there this past weekend as my wife is from that town. Any interest in getting together to talk Whalers prior to the summer? I live in Jamestown and can meet anywhere.

Let me know.


Riptide23WA posted 03-13-2007 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
I think it might be next to impossible to get a group of any size in the Brick Alley Pub on a summer Saturday night, without some reservations way in advance. Great place though...

Might be better just to meet down at Christie's or the Red Rooster for cocktails, and some decide to eat, well, the restaurant is right there. But any place is gonna be packed on a nice Saturday night near the waterfront.

Will do some more noodling and reconnoitering on the subject. Was just over there a few days ago.

I like the idea of cruising up to Prudence.


aubv posted 03-13-2007 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Weather permitting (read not to windy) I'll be there for at least one day. I'll be coming by water, so if any one has GPS numbers for any of these locations it would be a great help.

Also, for anyone interested I may after this event, continue down LI Sound up the Hudson River to Lake Champlain and then back.(send me a separate e-mail if you wish to discuss further)



Inabanus posted 03-14-2007 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

You are right about the Brick Alley Pub - can get busy - but they do have an upstairs that sometimes is better.

Two things - regarding Christies it was sold last year and is a private club that is not open to the general public. And I think you meant the Red Parrot, not Rooster. That too would be a good place. Like you said most places will be busy but that is what makes Newport fun as well!

I should have some more information for out of towners soon who may spend a night or two.

Hopefully others will join the fun!

JayR posted 03-14-2007 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Inabanus, anytime.....
I'm around 24/7


Bulldog posted 04-05-2007 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Contender25 posted 04-13-2007 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
I am looking fwd to this, gives me an incentive to put that extra coat of wax on the hull.
runpasthefence posted 04-15-2007 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
Hello all,

I've actually been planning on making a trip this Summer to a friend's house in Rhode Island. I was planning on trailering my 18' Outrage up to make the trip to Block Island and the surrounding areas.

After seeing this thread I think I'm going to plan to come up for this weekend. However, I've never been further North than D.C. so I'll need a considerable amount help in planning and just knowing where/what I'm doing. I just want to throw my name in the hat for now, I'll be in touch as the weeks pass.

Charleston, SC

boatman1979 posted 04-16-2007 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Booking a hotel seems to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be... Anyone else having issues finding a place to stay?
Bulldog posted 04-16-2007 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I didn't even start looking yet, guess I better check with the wife, make sure we are coming and get looking, thanks....jack
David Pendleton posted 04-16-2007 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
Last summer, I wanted to bring my Wife to RI to see where I grew up.

We ended up giving up because rooms in Newport were either too expensive, or booked.

I suggest you start now.

Summers didn't seem that busy thirty years ago...

Contender25 posted 04-17-2007 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
One very nice, yet reasonable hotel in Newport, I use this hotel to put up my clients and all seem to enjoy thoroughly.

The Mill Street Inn

Also do not forget about Middletown, the town next to Newport,
there are a few hotels right on the beach.

2 new major chain hotels

1: Atlantic Beach Best Western: (401) 847-8041

2: Comfort Inn (1yr old: (401) 619-2800

and then quite a few on the main drag(s)from a Holiday inn Express to an Econo Lodge.

Now is the time to book a hotel room as they go fast during the summer.

BADAZGN posted 04-17-2007 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for BADAZGN  Send Email to BADAZGN     
Looks like it should be a fun time, I won't be up there until two weeks later.
I hope everyone has fun and the weather is good!


boatman1979 posted 04-17-2007 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Booked at the Holiday Inn Express! They said it was fine to keep the boat in the parking lot. $239/night...
JayR posted 05-07-2007 12:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Just bumping to the top for updates on interest..,..

Can't wait!!!!

Inabanus posted 05-09-2007 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Hello all!

I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend of July 13th (Friday) through July 15 (Sunday) for the 1st annual Rhode Island Whaler Rendezvous! I am confident it will be a good time.

To reitterate some things about the weekend.

1. I hope as many people as possible can meet on Friday night about 6:30pm at a local eating/watering hole. I realize some may not be able to meet that night, but for those in the area it will be a nice segway into the weekend. We can decided on a location over the next few weeks.

2. We are going to meet at the Fort Adams State Park boat ramp located in Newport off of Ocean Drive. This park offers free entrance and there is no launch ramp fees. The ramp is very protected and there is plenty of parking (not all of the parking is right at the ramp but all is within a three minute walk). I will be at the ramp at 8am in order to assist people with their launching.

3. I was going to make a list of many of the area hotels and saw that some of the people on this thread have already made some good suggestions. Instead, I recommend visiting which will list all the possible options, from hotels, motels, b&b's, and many things to do like visiting the mansions, places to eat, etc.

4. I would like to create a list of names of each person attending, as well as obtain cell phone numbers and perhaps boat descriptions. It is probably easier to send me an email with this information if you plan to attend. I will create an Excel spreadsheet and email back to each person the weekend before so we can each have a copy. My email address is

5. Our plans for Saturday include a cruise to Prudence Island, a protected anchorage located on Prudence Island which is North of Newport within Narragansett Bay. This anchorage has it pluses and minuses. The pluses are that it is protected from the prevailing winds. It is however remote and there are not really docking facilities (we will have to anchor and raft up) and there is not really much to do other than enjoy the company of other Whaler owners. Each person will have to supply food and drink as there is not shore side facilities here either. We can then return towards Newport Harbor and take a cruise around the harbor which is very scenic.

6. We will of course have to judge each cruise by the weather, as things can change in Narragansett Bay quickly. For Sunday, we can perhaps take a vote on Saturday at the end of the day regarding our Sunday cruise location. To keep things simple I believe we should launch from the Fort Adams ramp as it will allow cruising to any part of the Bay.

If anyone has other suggestions please reply. Again, if you are definitely attending please email me at with your name, cell number, boat description, and what days you plan on attending.

Hard to believe it is just over two months away!

Inabanus posted 05-10-2007 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Some have inquired about docking options. I would visit and click on "boating" for a list of marinas.

Please be sure to book early if you are coming as Newport gets busy and can be expensive so I encourage people to shop around. Any Newport Harbor marina is within a five minute boat ride from the Fort Adams State Park launch ramp where we are meeting on Saturday morning at 8:30am.

Call me with questions at 401-529-7052.


JayR posted 05-10-2007 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
I may put the boat in the water in Providence and cruise down the bay.... Collier Point Park has a nice ramp that isn't too busy, is only 20 minutes from my house and I have not run the length of the bay in years. Would make for a great trip.
goldstem posted 05-11-2007 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
we were going to put in Oakland beach in warwick, but this ramp in providence sounds interesting...

JayR posted 05-11-2007 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
I spent my early teen years summering in Oakland Beach.
Fond memories.
Ramp there now is so much better than what we had back then.
JayR posted 05-24-2007 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Bump ↑
racin84 posted 05-25-2007 02:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for racin84  Send Email to racin84     
Riptide, I can't believe you let this thread get by without selling Stonington/Mystic as a rendezvous point. Especially being that we know the local Harbormaster (me, for those that don't know). Can't you just picture a parade of whalers headed up the Mystic River to the Seaport for an afternoon, And a line of whalers at Sandy Point or Napatree? Maybe for '08 we could look in this direction. I'll be happy to do what I can to help facilitate this.

My $.02

Riptide23WA posted 05-25-2007 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
Hey, it warn't my rendezvous... But '08 sounds like a go! I'll bring the firewood!!
jamesmylesmcp posted 05-31-2007 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
Just booked a hotel for Friday and Saturday night. Rooms are tight for that weekend it took a few calls to find this one at the Comfort Inn (they have one left for the weekend)
JohnJ posted 06-01-2007 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ  Send Email to JohnJ     
I gotta agree with Racin', Newport, R.I. isn't the best choice for a Southern New England rendevous... WAAAYYY to busy in July. Maybe we could get an August get together going for somewhere in extreme eastern CT. There are a few very nice beaches for anchoring up and have habachi BBQs.


boatman1979 posted 06-03-2007 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Keep me in the loop on that potential eastern CT get-together....I'm only an hour away by car. Thanks!


Contender25 posted 06-04-2007 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
I mean this with 100% respect but I am a bit confused as why Newport is not a great place to have a get together.

I had a SeaCraft get together in Newport 2 years ago (during the Jazz festival arguably the busiest time in the city)it was a huge success, had people come up from FL, down from ME it was great and fun was had by all.

Here is why Newport is a great place to have a get together:

There is a TON to do, Mansion tours, Winery tasting, beaches, cliff walks, all sorts of shopping, 5 star restaurants, 5 star hotels, clam shacks, bed and breakfasts, museums, decent inshore fishing, all sorts boating related activitys. Of course it is busy but at the same note one can get away from it on their boat and head to the many secluded coves.

I too would go to a get together in CT in addition to this one so why not start another thread instead of questioning the integrity of a decision that was made months ago?

again, not posting this to flame anyone just trying to help/clarify.

Ranjr13 posted 06-04-2007 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ranjr13  Send Email to Ranjr13     
Spicer's in Noank has a nice ramp, secure parking, and is a great step-off point to Watch Hill, the Mystic River, Fishers Island etc. - all nice spots for Whalers to gather...
Inabanus posted 06-05-2007 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Contender 25,

Thanks for your words of support regarding the rendezvous. What started as an idea several months ago seems to be blossoming nicely. You are right, there is much to do in Newport and one of the reasons I suggested it.

I hope the people from the Connecticut area can join us. Like you I am open to traveling that way for another rendezvous, but see a lot of value to spending time with other Whaler owners in Newport. For what it is worth, I have never had a friend, relative, etc. from out of town visit the Newport area and not be impressed.


Inabanus posted 06-11-2007 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
For those planning to attend the rendezvous..

I wanted to pass along these two photos of the Fort Adams Ramp - the dock was new last year and the harbor is very protected as you can see. This is where we plan to meet on Saturday, 7/14, at 8:30am. I will also be posting the GPS coordinates for the ramp and Potters Cove on Prudence Island where we plan to cruise that first day. I could not resist sneaking in a third photo of the new Montauk!






Bulldog posted 06-12-2007 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Inabanus, first off NICE BOAT!
I might have been the first on the list way back when , but Pat and I can't make it this year. It's a long story involving a horse trailer, my daughter, future son-in law and Colorado. This is the third Whaler event I'm cancelling from this year and boating will be very limited, at least I'll catch up on boat projects. Post pictures afterwards at least! My Tahoe should be back sometime in August!......Jack
Inabanus posted 06-12-2007 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Sorry about incorrectly linking the pictures - I am new to this so bear with me - I will try again here with one picture to test. Thanks for everyone's patience!

Inabanus posted 06-12-2007 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Since that worked, here is one more picture of the ramp and my new Montauk!

JohnJ posted 06-12-2007 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ  Send Email to JohnJ     
Lol... Contender25 no fair... you're from Newport! I certainly don't mind your defense of the rendevous and it wasn't my intention to hijack this thread. I just happen to be of the type that tends to want to escape from civilization and Newport strikes me as being very much in the thick of it. Having said that I admire Inabanus' effort in getting this thing going and hope that everyone has a great time. I might make the trek out myself... never seen Newport from the water.


Inabanus posted 06-25-2007 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Hello all,

The weekend is quickly approaching for the first annual RI rendezvous scheduled for 7/13 - 7/15.

I am trying to get a final tally of those who plan to attend.

If you are committed to coming, please email me by Sunday, 7/1/07, at with the following:

1. Your name and cell number.
2. Boat name and description.
3. Days you plan on attending.
4. Number of people you will be bringing.

I will create a master list of attendees and email to everyone the weekend before the event.

I also need to contact a local restaurant for the Friday night, 6:30pm drinks / dinner that we have planned and accordingly need to know the number of people attending by 7/1/07.

Please understand that I have not organized one of these events before and in turn may make some mistakes. If anyone has some suggestions please let me know. I am sure I will not be able to please everyone with a restaurant choice for Friday night but will do my best.

I can be reached on my cellular at 401-529-7052 with questions.

boatman1979 posted 07-08-2007 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
The bearings are greased, the waypoints are saved, the hotel is booked.....It's almost go time! Looking forward to meeting everyone!


JayR posted 07-08-2007 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Doesn't look like I'll be around here after all...
Vacation plans have changed and I'll be leaving for 6 weeks on the Cape instead.

Hope you all have a great time.

Inabanus posted 07-08-2007 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

The week is upon us for the first annual Rhode Island Rendezvous! This is the final email to anyone interested to ask them to email me at with the following information:

1. Your name and cell number
2. Boat name and description
3. Days you plan on attending
4. Number of people you will be bringing

I had planned to email everyone today with the list, however I am hoping that we can get some more interested Whaler owners to commit. Right now there should be at least seven Whalers there.

I will send out a final list on Tuesday, 7/10, to those who emailed me to confirm that they are coming. I will also send GPS waypoints for both the Fort Adams Launch Ramp and Potters Cove on Prudence Island. Lastly, I will email the name of the restaurant where we can meet Friday night.


R I Whaler posted 07-09-2007 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for R I Whaler  Send Email to R I Whaler     

I am e-mailing you my information. I will be able to make some of the Rendezvous. Looking forward to seeing everyone.


Inabanus posted 07-10-2007 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
For those people who have emailed me that they plan to attend the rendezvous this weekend, please check your email as I have sent along a list of attendees and waypoints for our meeting locations.

If you have any questions please email me or call my cell at 401-529-7052.

Looking forward to a great weekend of Whaler fun!


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