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WhalerAce posted 11-16-2006 12:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for WhalerAce   Send Email to WhalerAce  
Just got word from Traci @ Whaler concerning the Whaler Rendezvous dates for next year. They are as follows:

Sarasota, FL May 18-20

Stuart, FL Jun 15-17

Bimini, Jul 12-15

Just wanted to pass the word now, so you can make reservations.

We got a room at the Hyatt in Sarasota for $109/night (as a Government rate, plenty still left).

The Monterey Inn in Stuart is advertising $99/night on the Internet, but when we called to actually book, they jumped the rate to $119/night.

We are still waiting for confirmation of rates at several places in Bimini.

OK, now you know when the rendezvous are, so go ahead and make your reservations NOW (Janis, Nick, where2, Chris) -- you can always cancel.

JimH, come on down again this year! Larry, you too!


The Judge posted 11-16-2006 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Don't need a room for sarasota and debating on Stuart since the wife won't go this year(too much driving for her back). I will probably go myself with the 13'.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-17-2006 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
HOPEFULLY, they'll have some upgraded awards for the fishing contests, those engraved candy dishes are getting old.

Guy spends $200K on a 32' Outarage and gets a candy dish prize, common Whaler, waz up wit dat!!!!!!!!!!!

where2 posted 11-17-2006 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Traffic, You need to win a different contest if you're tired of the candy dishes. I happened to have won a nice liquor flask and four engraved glasses. They're probably more up your alley.

Ace, Thanks for the notice. Maybe I can stay well enough to attend Sarasota this year... $109 with the govt rate? That's $20 more than last year... (no doubt paying for their increased property taxes and insurance)

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-17-2006 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Having attended a fair number of these events the similarities are apparent. Somehow $20 to $50.00 bucks of cut glass for the tournament winners seems very chinsy, especially if you've been to a number of these.

Certainly, Whaler could afford some Guy Harvey or fish lamps/statues,international engrved reels,etc. or some of the other prizes usually given out at fishing tournaments. ESPECIALLY since were paying big bucks for boat, $3-$4.00 a gallon, overnite hotel costs,etc.

If your happy with your liquor server, bottoms up!

lucas posted 11-17-2006 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lucas  Send Email to lucas     
Where exactly in sarasota will the rendezvous occur? i live in Tampa and would like to attend.
where2 posted 11-18-2006 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Sarasota Hyatt. Mark your calendar now! A few months before the event occurs, Boston Whaler will have an official sign-up posted on their website.

Once the sign-up paperwork is posted (a PDF), you simply fill it out and send in your entry fee (by mail). Hotel accomodations are not included in the entry fee (which has been $25 per person typically). Your entry fee gets you lunch (burgers/dogs/chips/sodas), dinner (nicer than lunch), raffle tix, a Boston Whaler Owner's Event shirt, a Boston Whaler hat, a bag of goodies, and the chance to participate in the fishing tournament or the scavenger hunt. You get to crawl all over the brand new boats, go for test rides, talk to the factory representatives and engineers, and shoot the breeze with more Whaler owners than you can shake a stick at. It's worth the entry fee.

where2 posted 11-18-2006 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Speaking of paying taxes and insurance on the hotel, I just checked the Hyatt's rates for Sarasota: $241/nite for us common folk. That makes last year's reservation for $169/nite look like a bargain. *roll eyes*
Swellmonster posted 11-19-2006 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     

I just had a candy dish and it was worth everything including a full tank! ;)

cmarques posted 11-20-2006 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Ace..Should I start making my excuses now? ;-)


where2 posted 11-22-2006 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Chris, don't start making excuses for Stuart yet... The only good excuse for missing Stuart is a Cat 3 or higher storm. (not that any of us need one of those in the next 5 years!)
MWH posted 11-22-2006 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for MWH  Send Email to MWH     
I've never been to one of these. Can someone explain the events etc.
Pumpnhard posted 11-24-2006 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pumpnhard  Send Email to Pumpnhard     
Why will there be no whaler get togethors in the NE...After all there are named after a lot of our ports...
cmarques posted 11-24-2006 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
We should be in Stuart as usual, maybe Sarasota (have not been to that one yet). Can't miss you guys. Remember I'm the one that left the house boarded up and roof tarped to go boating between storms!


where2 posted 11-24-2006 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Explaination of the Boston Whaler sponsored "Boston Whaler Owner's Events" (atleast Stuart, FL which is the only one I've ever made it to, yet).

Friday night: 5PM-9PM, event Check-in and Social Hour with drinks and snacks provided. Includes the captains's meeting for the fishng tournament the following day, and a raffle of goodies.

Saturday: Fishing tournament or Scavenger Hunt (your choice). The boat captain MUST be present at the Friday night Captain's meeting if you intend to participate in the fishing. You can show up on Saturday morning and still go scavenging. Most folks who fish are out at the crack of daylight Saturday. Saturday also provides opportunity for demo rides on the various boats, whether those owned by other fellow owners, or the brand new boats available for sale. Occasionally, even the brand-brand new not quite released models that Boston Whaler brings to show their loyal customers before they show the general public. Lunch is provided, if you happen to be around the show site. Around 5PM is the final call for weigh-in for the fishing, and filled out clue sheets for the scavenger hunt. Dinner begins with munchies and leads to real food. The evening is capped off with prizes being awarded for the fishing tournament and the scavenger hunt, along with another raffle of more great stuff.

Sunday morning is your final opportunity to say good bye to your new friends you met this weekend, and final opportunity to climb all over those new Whalers and go for a ride. Realizing that some folks are out fishing all day Saturday and miss the test rides. The dealer representatives are generally available to offer some test rides on Sunday morning. By noon, you're usually off on your way home where ever that may be, to get your boat cleaned up and put away so you can go back to your normal daily routine on Monday.

WhalerAce posted 11-27-2006 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Where2 was just too modest to say that he, and his wife Lobstah woman, give great lessons on how to crack and eat lobster tails. It has gotten to be a tradition at the Stuart event for the host, Marine Max, to serve about two lobsters per person at the Saturday night dinner.

The folks at Marine Max are SUPERB hosts, and there is tons of food. I have tried to get them to raffle off the drink cooler that they use, but they haven't so far.

Hey, even the irascible one, TrafficLawyer, likes to go to these events, now. How much more endorsement do you need? (with due apologies to TrafficLawyer, who really is a great guy, once you meet him)

These rendezvouse are truly the highlight of my summer.


Draftmanswife posted 11-27-2006 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Damitdamitdamit, we will be on our rendezvous in Green Turtle Cay the week for Stuart. I guess it's time Kimberly and I missed one. Maybe the Bimini one in the 22.
Teak Oil posted 11-28-2006 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Once again Whaler only concentrates on the South and ignores the rest of us. After a succesful rendesvous in MI last year you would think they would at least try another.

WhalerAce posted 11-29-2006 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Teak (and others),

It is your regional sales rep who asks for a rendezvous.

As I understand it, Will Rogers(FLA) and ours in the Carolinas (I forgot his name, but a super nice guy) obtain a host dealer, and Traci and Karrin at Whaler subsidize the cost of the rendezvous with the dealer.

So, you need to find your regional rep and talk him into doing it.

I know you didn't ask, but . . .



Teak Oil posted 11-29-2006 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Thanks for the info, now I know who to blame
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-29-2006 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
The Fishing awards are still chincy!
where2 posted 01-16-2007 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
4 months and counting until Sarasota. 5 months and counting until Stuart.
fno posted 01-17-2007 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Traffic, all you ever do is bitch about the Whaler events. What would you like to see when you buy a boat and go to one of these events? Free gas for your boat and truck,a couple of meals at the most expensive restaurant in town on Boston Whaler, some gold plated trophies, and a free room would be nice too. Maybe they should send someone out to catch your fish for the tournament that knows what he is doing...;-) I'm going to both, I hope. Nick, I'll ride down to Stuart with you. But then again, if Whaler is paying for our gas, let's take two cars.
Draftmanswife posted 01-18-2007 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I certainly don't think the beautiful glasses nor the "fancy M&M bowls" (that's what Tom calles them) that sit in my house would be considered 'chincy'. I'm with you Frank, nothing like kicking a gift horse in the mouth. They really don't have to do anything for us, the fact that they do, I personally am greatful for whatever I get. O, and Frank, you own me a bottle o rum, see you in Sarasota.
an86carrera posted 01-18-2007 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I agree with Frank and Janis especially since alot of us bought our boats used and old. They don't owe us anything.


where2 posted 01-19-2007 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I still like my decanter and glasses... I just need another set so I can entertain 8 guests at one time... I'll see Frank, Janis (if she decides to skip Green Turtle Cay), Ace, Len, Nick and all the other usual suspects at Stuart. Still trying to work out Sarasota logistics.
Bulldog posted 01-20-2007 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Chesapeake Whalertowne, a Whaler master dealer near Anapolis on the Chesapeake has a event every year, last year it was also sponsored by Whaler Corp. We have been down for the last couple, but I didn't win any of the candy dishes yet. They have them around end of May, begining of June. There are a lot of free give aways, but there is a fee to attend. I enjoyed the events both times, and there are som really nice Whalers on the Chesapeake, owners and boats!.....Jack
Royboy posted 01-20-2007 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
The Michigan Dealers kind of blew it this past Summer by taking too long to decide on where to hold it. By the time they did decide, it was too late to pull it togther and they cancelled it altogether. Regardless, the BWGLCC managed to pull together a nice rendezvous that I managed to miss, dang it.

Hopefully, our Michigan dealers will get it together earlier and get an officially sanctioned (and supported) event scheduled. They really are quite fun.


fno posted 01-20-2007 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Janice, I owe you $10 and a bottle of rum....See you at the next get together. By the way, I have graduated in my Redneck University. Instead of a thesis, i am building a smoker. Trailer mounted, should hold a small pig. I'm thinking about parking it in Nicks back yard.
The Judge posted 01-21-2007 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Depending on how good it is made and if I can use it, I will let you keep it on the cement slab ;)

Stuart is ALWAYS a blast. Park your beast at my house Frank and we will shoot over in the Heep with the 13'. Len, will you join us?

an86carrera posted 01-21-2007 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Gonna try to get to stuart this year.

Will be going to Sarasota too. Dockage will be available at my place (10 miles from the event by water) for any CWers. If you don't want to stay at the expensive hotel they have it at.


The Judge posted 01-22-2007 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
FYI....No matter where you stay, you can keep your boat at the Hyatt marina in Sarasota and the Marine max dealer in stuart for free of course.
stefan posted 01-25-2007 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
frank, you're a riot dude- It's been too long... I got sarasota on my calendar-
janis- what green turtle gig?- We need to chat need new decal work-u up for it?
Nick -talked to pat the other day- he'll be at Gasparilla I'm sure- too wild for me-don't feel like playing bumper boats!

see ya


Draftmanswife posted 01-26-2007 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Skip Green Turtle? Are you crazy? I finally got Tom's ankle healed, and putting him in the beanbag this time. My brother (FarmerDave) went last year, got addicted, and is going again too. I'll just have to catch my own lobster, but I'll think of ya'll in Stuart, just look east, you'll see me waving:) Stefan, you got mail...
We should get together before this though...
Janis <*)////><fish on!
WhalerAce posted 02-05-2007 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Just a bump to keep this alive.
Mambo Minnow posted 02-07-2007 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Ace - We are going to try and make Stuart this year while we still have a chance in FL.
where2 posted 02-08-2007 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
In response to Ace's notion regarding my wife and I giving lessons on dismantling Lobsters: Lobstah Woman gives the lessons. I just watch in disbelief like most everyone else at our table. Our first year was hilarious without much in the way of tools... I still give her credit for using the furniture and my leatherman.

Someone remind me ths year to bring real crustacean tools. My wife probably has a pile of lobstah tools around here somewhere...

whaler3 posted 02-16-2007 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler3  Send Email to whaler3     
I know that I will be there this year (Stuart) as I have been reading and wishing for a few years to go to this. I just bought a home in Port St. Lucie and will not miss this years shindig. Looking forward to meeting some real salty whaler owners. Lou
where2 posted 02-17-2007 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Talked to Karin at the Whaler booth at the Miami Show, asked if she was coming to Stuart, or if Traci was coming... She said it was a toss-up she didn't know yet.

Has anyone managed to get a registration packet? Their website still does not seem to have the PDF available under the usual heading for "Owners Events".

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 02-18-2007 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Given the new fishing limitations in the Bahamas, I for one have elected to go down to Islamorada. Unfortunately the new regs are SO RESTRICTIVE, not worth fuel, entry,bait,etc.
shipwreck8 posted 02-22-2007 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for shipwreck8  Send Email to shipwreck8     
Where do I get registrtion information for the Stuart Event?

Thanks shipwreck8

where2 posted 02-22-2007 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
To get the registration information, you have to watch It mysteriously shows up at some point in time.

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