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prm1177 posted 02-22-2007 06:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for prm1177   Send Email to prm1177  
OK. It's a go for the Rendezvous on Friday evening thru Sunday morning, May 18-20 in Petaluma, CA. Thanks to everyone on the previous thread who contributed to this decision. Accomodations will be at the Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma Hotel. They have confirmed a block rate of $169/night for a single or double occupancy room (2 nights minimum for this rate).

They will be holding a block of 15 rooms for us until April 4, 2007. To make a reservation at this rate, call 1-888-627-8458 and ask for the NorCal Boston Whaler Rendezvous. Cancellation policy is 24 hours in advance. Starwood Preferred Guest members will earn points for their stay.

The web site for the resort is located at: html?propertyID=1138 .

Please send me an email if you are going to attend. I will need to get a list of berths needed to the Petaluma Marina. Mooring fees are $10/night with a launch fee of $2 for the trailer folk among us. The marina is secured, and one of us would be responsible for the gate key.

Again, please let me know if you will be coming and how many people (and Whalers) will be in your party. I look forward to seeing everyone again.


ratherwhalering posted 02-23-2007 01:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Darci and I are in!! Looks like it'll be a great time!
jmarlo posted 02-23-2007 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Does the plan include a trip downriver to Frisco bay? (I KNOW, its "San Francisco" and only fools call it Frisco, but being a native nor cal guy myself, I could not resist)

It was unclear from the other thread whether a cruise around the bay is planned or not--lots of discussion about tides, etc., but a bay cruise was not clear to me.

If the plans have not yet been finalized, I vote a big YES for a bay cruise--that would definately be a highlight.


elaelap posted 02-23-2007 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Okay, I'm going to do this one more time here on this new thread. If the weather is decent (and odds are good that it will be):

--The trip down the Petaluma River to Port Sonoma on San Pablo Bay (the northern/northwestern arm of San Francisco Bay) is a very easy one in a Boston Whaler, no matter the state of the tide. The only very slightly challenging part of the trip is an approximately 30 or 40 yard stretch leaving the Petaluma marina and joining the upper reaches of the river, and this is only a 'problem' (not really) at very low tide. It's maybe twelve miles or so down the river to San Pablo Bay. There are two brief--half mile at the most--No Wake zones, and there are occasional skulling crews, fishermen, wakeboarders and waterski'ers which can slow things down some in places, but for the most part one is able to blast away down the river. Think in terms of 45 minutes or one hour, depending on whether we stop and fish, take photos of the abundant avian wildlife, or just want to drift for a while in some of the beautiful grassy wilderness.

--The only reason to stop at Port Sonoma is to fuel up and/or buy bait. From there to San Rafael/the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, sticking for the most part to the main channel, is maybe another forty-five minutes, cruising at 20 mph or so. The city of San Rafael has canals running through it, which would make a nice cruise itself if the weather is kicking up at this point and we don't want to go further. Loch Lomond Marina, at the east end of San Rafael, offers a pleasant stopping off point as well, for fuel and/or food at a very nice, inexpensive and casual marina restaurant. There are usually several Whalers stored on the hard at Loch Lomond for our viewing pleasure.

--Once under the San Rafael Bridge, it's not very far at all around the corner to Angel Island, Tiburon (Sam's Restaurant--classic yachting dining right on the water with good food), Sausalito, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We're all going to want to go out under the Bridge if the weather's nice...very lovely and dramatic for those who've never done it.

--Back along the San Francisco side; you know, Pier 39, the Embarcadero, the great skyline, etc, and out behind Alcatraz...all this sounds more time-consuming than it is. Bring your cameras!

--Finally a sorta straight NW shot back up the Bay to Port Sonoma, up the Petaluma River, and Bob's your uncle.

I've taken this and similar Bay trips dozens of times in my Whalers, and it's my favorite treat for out-of-town guests and visitors. I'm leaving out lots of interesting and attractive spots we'll pass along the way (Red Rock, the Brothers and Sisters, Marin Island, the great views of the Bay Bridge, Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda, etc). This whole loop (again, depending on the weather) can be easily done in five+ hours, even allowing time for a food stop along the way. And we can modify the cruise at any point if the weather kicks up or the damn fog rolls in.

Please post any questions, misgivings, special requests (like for a little salmon fishing out of Bodega Bay--25 miles from Petaluma--after the rendezvous). It will work, guys and gals, and if it doesn't, well, there are worse places in the world to hang out than the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful Sonoma County ;-)


jmarlo posted 02-23-2007 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Perfect. Sounds great. I just did not want to trailer a boat 8 hours to hang around Petaluma touring chicken or dairy farms.
taypow1 posted 02-23-2007 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for taypow1  Send Email to taypow1     
You can count Patsy and Myself in.
I'm ready for a road trip and San Francisco is going to be great.
We will be bringing the 19' Outrage ll.
May 18 can't get here soon enough.
prm1177 posted 02-23-2007 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
To add to Tony's post, the only consideration cruising the Bay is that in the late Spring through the Summer, the afternoon Sea Breeze can come up and stir up a 2-3 foot chop from the West. Unless we get foul weather (which is always possible), the Bay is usually calm in the morning though the early afternoon.

Another possible cruise for those who are interested, would be to go through the Carquinez Straits and visit the Moth Ball Fleet in Suisun Bay. We can discuss as the event draws closer. I will also be posting ideas for a dinner location on Saturday night.

dburton posted 02-23-2007 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     

What is the smallest boat that a sane person would take on this little excursion?

In other words, how about a 13' Sport?


Sheila posted 02-24-2007 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I called yesterday evening to make a reservation for Rich and me, and the reservation clerk had no record of a group for that date.

Any updates on that, please?

high sierra posted 02-24-2007 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
We will be there with the 170. The location is really great and am looking forward to the meet. high sierra
towboater posted 02-25-2007 02:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
YEAH, great date for me but I will not be able to commit til about a week prior. I can afford to miss a couple of jobs but more than that would become a VERY expensive trip.

Thx Paul...I will make my own reservations near the reserved block to avoid a conflict with someone who can confirm. I might end up staying on a Brusco Tug near Alameda.

I am inspired also. I will try to hold off on selling the 17 til the 18 restoration is at least somewhat presentable and completely reliable.

California girls beware, this NW redneck is coming alone at this time. Or maybe that worthless Tom Clark or another CW vet wants to hitch a ride or go down in pairs...I dont care.

I have enough buoy balls and fenders to fill the boat and the back of my pickup to the rails if needed to anchor a large floatilla if we run outa dock space.

I wonder if we shouldnt choreograph a BW dance in front of the City? I can hear the City dinner with a view patrons asking the waiters...who are those guys? hehe.

Seems to me, one of the most important aspects of the R would be fuel stops & restroom locations in relationship to a ballpark plan. Ive never attended a R but I know that most Tug jobs, the more rules you make the more things can go wrong.


prm1177 posted 02-25-2007 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Try the Sheraton on Monday. I only sent the event papers to them Thursday and the group sales person may not have entered it into the system yet. Sorry 'bout that.
Sheila posted 02-25-2007 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
No worries, Paul. Thank you for the info. I'll call again later in the week.
prm1177 posted 02-27-2007 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     

I may be the wrong person to ask as I used to make the trip from Boca Raton to Bimini in my 13 in my "yout". A 13 should be fine for the river, and the Bay is amenable to 13's as long as we don't have any big afternoon winds. The winds can rais a 2-3 foot chop which would make for a wetter ride in the 13. If that happens, you can always hitch a ride with one of the bigger boats. We usually have a couple of 23-25 ft Whalers at this event.


ratherwhalering posted 02-27-2007 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
From what I remember, a 13 should do just fine in the Petaluma river. If the SF bay gets snotty, which it probably won't, then you should be fine there too.
mfrymier posted 03-05-2007 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for mfrymier  Send Email to mfrymier     
Hey ratherwhalering...... does Darci actually KNOW that you have RSVP'd on her behalf? Hm? Hm?
elaelap posted 03-06-2007 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Who's got some ideas about a lunch stop during the SF Bay cruise? WT and I found Sam's in Tiburon--a logical site--to be jammed when we hit it a little past noon last Saturday, and I doubt very much they'd hold a large reservation for all of us. Our group would just about overwhelm the nice-but-small burger/sandwich restaurant at the Loch Lomond Marina, and finding lunchtime dock space there might be quite a challenge. How about paper-sacking lunch and stopping and tying up at that little harbor on the north side of Angel Island for a picnic?


high sierra posted 03-06-2007 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Tony , prefer a sit down. Burgers to prime rib. high sierra
high sierra posted 03-06-2007 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Or eat early at your choice in Tiburon. high sierra
WT posted 03-06-2007 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
How about an early dinner at the Nantucket Restaurant under the Carquinez Bridge Friday? It'll be day light savings by then.


17 bodega posted 03-07-2007 01:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Things can get real nice right there in Petaluma at the weekend stern dock. 4 or 5 breweries with garlic fries, oysters, or even the organic salads and tofu await you with your favorite brew or poison of choice, and instead of a 3 hour tour you can putt putt back to the hotel just a mile or two. Yeah.. I know you guys are all about the three hour tour... heh.

elaelap posted 03-07-2007 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Yeah, Steve, right at the Petaluma turning basin. Very easy for a bunch of boats to tie up there at that long dock, and several good restaurants and pubs within a five minute walk. And there's probably a decent restaurant in the Sheraton; I don't know. But we're talking dinner with these places...I was trying to figure out the best place for lunch during the Bay cruise (which will be more like five or six hours than three). I know a real nice restaurant over in the Berkeley marina right next to the Hornblower Charter dock, and it's large enough to accomodate all of us with decent guest dock space, but a Berkeley lunch stop would really stretch out the Bay trip, time- and distance-wise. Jim/High Sierra might have come up with the best solution--a very early (10:30-11:00 a.m.) lunch at Sam's in Tiburon. How about a real early start from the Petaluma marina, a straight run to Tiburon, and a brunch at Sam's even earlier? That would leave a lot of time for further cruising in Richardson Bay, out under the Golden Gate, and back along the beautiful San Francisco skyline.

Oh well, our cups runneth over...we've got ten weeks to finalize this stuff, and there are a lot of fine possibilities.


towboater posted 03-07-2007 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Just checked out the Gen Area slide show. The results better than what I visualized.
Nice boats, great pix guys.

...Tuco's boots proves the waitress has no sense of humor & obviously doesnt recognize class when she see's it.


ratherwhalering posted 03-08-2007 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I can arrive at Sams early, and hold dock space for around 6-8 boats, but we should plan to arrive at around 11:00 a.m. Technically, you are not allowed to reserve dockspace, or raft up, but I can work around this.
andygere posted 03-09-2007 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I just called the Sheraton Reservation number and they told me that the group block of rooms is not entered into their system. Perhaps you could contact the group sales person you have been working with.
prm1177 posted 03-09-2007 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Checking with the Sales office now. The event form was faxed to them over 2 weeks ago.
prm1177 posted 03-11-2007 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Our group event agent tells me all should be well with Central Reservations, but that if any of you are having difficulties with making a reservation, you can call the Hotel directly. Their reservations agent is Anna and can be reached at 707-283-2890 during normal business hours (9-5).

I'd like to get a count of how many boats we will have so I can arrange for the marina berths near the hotel, so please let me know by April 18th.

Now I need to start my pre-season maintenance on the Opti's.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-11-2007 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Linda and I will be there, with my 17' Montauk Arrive Fri.
afternoon, leave Sunday sometime.


andygere posted 03-12-2007 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
FYI, as of this morning, the national reservations line still does not show the room block. I have a call into Anna, who is tied up all day with the cheese festival. Not a problem, just wanted to save folks some time.

Also, I am confirming the need for dock space for my 22 foot Outrage, which I will trailer to the event.

Thanks again to Paul and Rob for coordinating the event.

ratherwhalering posted 03-16-2007 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Thanks, Andy, but I haven't done anything, it's been Paul and Chuck.
prm1177 posted 03-16-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
For those of you who are having problems with Sheraton Central Reservations not recognizing our event, I just received the group code from the Petaluma Sales Manager.

Group Code is NBE02A.

More info to be posted later. If anyone wants me to investigate the Nantucket restaurant in Crockett, it's just down from my house in Hercules. For those of you interested in a different Bay cruise, this would be on the way from the mouth of the Petaluma River to the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-29-2007 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I would be interested in checking out the mothball fleet. I'm
the site investigation chair for the Northern California
Oceans Foundation, ,
which would like to sink some of those ships as artificial
reefs in Northern California.


prm1177 posted 03-30-2007 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Interesting future headline: "Noted technologist and diver rams and sinks battleship with his Whaler for artificial reef. Seeks replacement bow light."

Just a reminder to all who plan to attend, if you haven't already please send me an email if you're coming along with the type of Whaler you are bringing so I may arrange for berth space at the Marina. I'd like to make the reservation no later than April 10th.

high sierra posted 03-30-2007 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Paul, I will be there and need a berth for my 170 for 2 nights. Thanks Jim high sierra
elaelap posted 03-30-2007 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I want to remind folks that there's a large parking lot and the ramp fee is only two bucks, so some of you might decide to leave your boats on their trailers at night, especially if slip spaces fill up. Security is probably better with your boats in the water, but maybe they'd be safe enough on the hard as well (at least if the portable stuff was brought up to your rooms).


WT posted 03-30-2007 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I just booked my room at the Sheraton for the two nights. I will need a slip for my 170 Montauk.

Anyone want to split the room with me? Warning! I snore. :-)


Fishcop posted 03-31-2007 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     
The middle of May can be windy on the SF/San Pablo bay in the afternoon. The East Bay (Berkeley) going to the GG is going to be the worst after the ebb (Point Blunt, Angel Island). Check the tides for SP Bay and stay in the channel once you leave the river.

For a nice, quick lunch, try Ayala Cove on Angel Island. They have burgers, hot dogs, deli sans, etc. BYOB.

If you hit the Carquinez Straits, the Nantucket is OK. Lots of food in San Rafael behind the Canals.

Sams had a kitchen fire, but will be open by then. There is also a great pizza place and pub near Sams.

Bring your fishing rod and license. There will be striped bass and halibut everywhere in the Bay by then! If I am not working, I will join you on the Bay for a day of fun and fishing. Depending on my fishing buddies, I will bring the 25' or the 17'.

As with Paul, Rob & Tony, I have grown up on SF Bay and have boated there for 30 years and worked there for over 15 years. So feel free to contact me with any questions.


jmarlo posted 04-02-2007 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I plan on attending, and will need slip/dock space for my 22 Revenge. I will have my 7 year old first mate with me and he would enjoy meeting other swabs!
jmarlo posted 04-02-2007 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Dont forget to use the group code Paul references above. I initially made reservations through Starwood, and then thought I would mention the group code, and that saved me $30 a night.

I guess that means I'm buying a round or two with the savings! Thanks Paul.

andygere posted 04-03-2007 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Andy - As a long time east coast striper addict, I'd love to learn some of the spots and techniques for striper fishing in the bay. I will definitely bring my striper gear (I'm assuming spin casting, and even the 9-weight) and would love to do an early morning striper sortie on Saturday or Sunday. Chatham%20Flyrod%20Stripers/Andybass.jpg

jmarlo - My two swabs will be along: Jilly (5) and Bobby (3). They are game boaters and fishers, and love making new friends.

WT posted 04-03-2007 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'd love some striper and halibut fishing lessons too. Just let me know the type of gear that I need.


jmarlo posted 04-03-2007 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Andy, I also will have my 4 year old daughter with us, but was planning on having her spend the day saturday with my wife doing shore duty (my wife does not share my enthusiasm for rough riding boats!) I don't think both my kids could handle a full day cruise around SF bay (if that is what ultimately gets planned) and was thus only going take my son along for that ride. If both your kids can hang through that my hat is off to you!
Sheila posted 04-04-2007 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I finally made our reservation yesterday morning. Rich and I will arrive Friday afternoon, leave Sunday morning. We're boatless, so we'll be hitching rides, we hope :)

At least one of you has inquired about USCG Auxiliary vessel safety checks. We'll bring our gear and be pleased to do a VSC (they used to be called CMEs) for anyone who would like one.

blackdog54 posted 04-04-2007 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
Well Sheila, that just adds to the enticement, I would love to have you inspect our little Montauk.

I am still wringing my hands with angst as we will not know until the week of the Rendevous if we can go or not. The other half has a case scheduled in court that week that I am hoping will settle.

dburton posted 04-05-2007 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Paul & Chuck,

I plan on attending. I will be bringing my 2003 16' Dauntless. I would like dock space if it is available. I plan on coming Friday afternoon and staying until Sunday.

Thanks for all of your hard work!


PS. Has any one heard from Jim Hooper?

prm1177 posted 04-06-2007 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
OK Folks. We're getting close to the wire. This is a reminder to email me if you're coming since it's difficult to cull this thread for attendees. Also let me know how many folks you are bringing so that we can have reasonably accurate numbers for the lunch and the dinners. If you think you might attend, email me anyway as it is always easier to cancel a slip or adjust a reservation down, than to add at the last minute.

I need to send the initial info to the marina next weekend. After that, the discussion can turn to where we have dinner on Friday and Saturday, and the boat tour and lunch on Saturday afternoon.

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-06-2007 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Shiela: I'm glad you and your friend will be doing VSCs.
Since Hoop wasn't there last year, I didn't get one.


prm1177 posted 04-10-2007 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
OK, Now is the time to begin discussing the Friday, Saturday, Sunday activities. Here are my suggestions:

Since we don't have the ability to host a barbecue at this rendezvous, we should consider the following:

Fri night: Dinner at the hotel restaurant or Dinner at Petaluma restaurant (some sharing of cars would be needed).

Sat: Cruise and lunch. Possible locations are Oakland Estuary, Crockett, or Tiburon.

Sat Night: Dinner as per Friday.

I will be checking with Outboard Motor Shop to see if they want to be involved in this year's doings. More possible than not, if we have lunch in Oakland just down the road from them. Let me know what you all have in mind.

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-11-2007 12:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Friday evening we have people sorta floating in (BAD pun) over
time, so we have to accommodate that. If we are going to
use the hotel dining room, it should be Friday (though the
biggest thing it has going for it is location -- I'm not a
fan of hotel food). And we should either have a planned place
we'll be after dinner, or a "where are you?" cell phone


WT posted 04-11-2007 02:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Perhaps we should have an hospitality room or area where attendees could meet and socialize?

I'll bring a couple of bottles of scotch and red wine along with a couple of boxes of assorted cigars. :-)


17 bodega posted 04-13-2007 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     

I spoke to the Petaluma harbormaster this week and she knows nothing about the event. She seemed very interested and accomodating though. I tried to give her as many detiails as I know. The hotel issues the marina keys, but the slips belong to the city harbor. I'm sure it's all good and there won't be any issues provided all the boats are under 30 feet. If memory serves, whaler doesn't build boats over 30 feet.

Anyway, maybe it's just a thing of the hotel not contacting the marina but I thought someone directly related to the planning of the event might contact the harbormaster.


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-13-2007 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Whaler has built boats over 30' (the 35' Defiance (why do I
always type that "de-finance"? ;-) for one), but we've never
had on that big show up for the Rendezvous. I'm not sure
I ever seen one.

I saw the hotel and marina from the freeway today on my way
to Bodega Bay. It looked nice.


prm1177 posted 04-17-2007 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I last spoke with the Marina about a month ago. They advised me to wait until a month before the event to contact them with boat numbers and sizes. I'll be doing that this week.

Still waiting to hear a consensus about lunch on Saturday. Choices are:

Tiburon area
Sausalito area
Crockett/Carquinez Straits
Oakland/Alameda Estuary

Any volunteers to organize the Saturday cruise and lunch?

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-18-2007 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I think we should break that into two pieces:

Organize Saturday Lunch
Organize Saturday Cruise

Obviously, these two fine whalers are going to have to work
together, but the two jobs are sepearable.

Me, since I have ZERO local knowledge, I'll volunteer to do
tail-end-charlie (or, rather, tail-end-chuck) to make sure
nobody gets left behind or lost.


elaelap posted 04-20-2007 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
If the weather is accomodating, I feel that the most interesting and dramatic Saturday cruise would be down to either Tiburon, Sausalito (or a bag lunch on Angel Island) for lunch, and then out to and under the Golden Gate bridge and back along the San Francisco shoreline/Embarcadero, around Alcatraz, and back up to Petaluma. Bring your camera, you folks who haven't seen S.F. from the water! Five or six hours including the lunch break...again, depending upon the weather.


prm1177 posted 04-20-2007 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I'm assembling the Petaluma Marina Cruise Form for Binky (that's her name) for docking space during next month's rendezvous. I need everyone who will be attending and bringing their boat to email me one last time with the following info:

-Your full name
-Boat model and length (I also need beam and draft, but I can usually work that out).
-Boat name (if any)
-Arrival date
-Departure date

Some of you have already RSVP'd to me I know, but I could use the info a second time.

I'd like to get them the info by next Monday to firm things up.



ratherwhalering posted 04-22-2007 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
If we decide to have lunch in Tiburon, I can go to Sams early and stake out some dock space. I know the owners and can arrange meal reservations. Sams gets rather busy after 11:30. In addition, the Corinthian Yacht Club, one block from Sams, has a nice guest dock in case of "overflow". My folks are members, so I can arrange that with little or no hassles. Worst case scenario, we can stash a few boats at the SFYC, about 1/2 mile away, and ferry people over on the larger boats. SFYC has a major regatta on Saturday, but the dock should be empty from 11:00 to 3:00 while the sailors are out racing.
prm1177 posted 04-22-2007 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Here are the folks who have RSVP'd so far, including the number in their party:

High Sierra, Jim Tuohy - 2
dwyt, Des Wytmans - 1
Chuck Tribolet - 2
warrent, Warren Tom - 1
jmarlo, Jock Marlo - 4
taypow1, Jock ? (need your last name) - 2
andygere - Andy Gere - 4
elaelap, Tony Wilde - 1
dburton, Doug Burton - 2
prm1177, Paul Matwiy - 1
ratherwhaling (Day tripping)

Sheila, just to confirm you're coming up with one guest, but no boat.

17bodega, I see a post that you'd spoken with Binky at the marina, but I can't find a confirming email that you'll be attending for sure. Please let me know.

I'd like to send the berthing info to the marina by tomorrow or Tuesday.

Thanks, All. Paul

prm1177 posted 04-22-2007 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     

I think Sam's is always the best for this type of cruise. Right now we have 10 boats and approx 190ft of dock space required. If we could make an early enough start from Petaluma to get to Sam's by 11, we might be able to pull this off. As I recall, they might have enough space to accomodate us all if we get there in time. Early travelling on the Bay would also get us some smoother water as well.

17 bodega posted 04-23-2007 01:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
FYI #2,

Angel Island has a boat dock and concessions that have been considerably re-vamped for your cash spending pleasure...

here is their website. The Island is a state park but this concession company has contracted with them I believe...

The owner of this establishment was on KGO's "on the go" Saturday morning and talked extensively about the improved amenities on the island.

blackdog54 posted 04-24-2007 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
Well, it is official, we CAN NOT make the rendevous. Work obligations do not permit us going.

There were so many of you that I was hoping to meet in person. Hopefully, this will be an annual event.

I hope that everyone has a great time and that we are offered photos of the weekend.

Warren- do I get a raincheck on the cigar?

WT posted 04-26-2007 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I'm going to bring a bottle of Heintz and Stags Leap cabernet sauvignon for you to sample. I guess I'll have to find someone else to help me drink them. :- )

Raincheck for your cigars is good until May 2008.

I'm ready to romp in San Francisco Bay!!!!!!!!!!!!


prm1177 posted 04-26-2007 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
OK. I'm starting to work on the dinner aspects of this outing. For convenience, I'm going to suggest that Friday night we all convene at the restaurant in the Sheraton at, say, 7 PM? That way we can go over the Saturday cruise schedule and discuss any items.

For Saturday night, downtown Petaluma on the river looks inviting. We can either set up a banquet room at one of the restaurants (est cost approx $30 per person), or just make a large reservation to cover all of us. Restaurant choices are Pub/Brewery, Pizza place, Italian, or California cuisine.

Let me know what style you might be interested in.


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-26-2007 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
blackdog: This will be our seventh Annual NorCal BW Rendezvous.
I'm sure we'll do it again.

BTW, is there anyone besides Linda and me that has been to
all of the first six? Who's done five (I know Hoop has).


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-26-2007 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The week before the rendezvous, we should take a poll on
how many there will be for dinner on Friday, so we can let
the restaurant know. Otherwise, we will end up scattered all
over if we just show up.

I'll eat anything, though I tend to avoid Wolfgang Puck stuff
(all presentation and no substance).


Sheila posted 04-27-2007 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Yes, Rich and I will be there, boatless.
We plan to arrive Friday afternoon (We usually wake up around 4 am, so we'll just roll out a little early on Friday and hit the road ahead of the morning rush hour), so please count us in and keep us posted on dinner plans for Friday.

Is someone collecting cell phone numbers? If not, I can do that. My email address is in my profile. Let me know if you'd like me to manage that.

jmarlo posted 04-30-2007 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
With the Eastbay interchange now messed up, does anyone have reasonable suggestion for an alternative route? I basically need to get from 5 to 101/Petaluma.

I don't think the eastbound 580 to Northbound 80 connector is affected, but it may be too early to tell, and I would like to have a backup route.

And I don't particularly like the idea of trailering through downtown SF (if I were to go up the pennisula and over the Golden Gate).

Any suggestions welcome.

prm1177 posted 04-30-2007 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     

Since you're coming from way south, avoiding the area in question is no problem. If you're coming through San Jose, take 680 North rather than 880. Or if you're coming up 5, take 580W from 5 and then the 680N exit. Take 680N across the Benicia Bridge, then 780N to 80N and Vallejo. From Vallejo, take CA 37W towards Novato and San Rafael (you actually cross the mouth of the Petaluma River). When you hit Novato, it's north up US 101 until you hit Petaluma (you'll see the Sheraton on the right).


prm1177 posted 04-30-2007 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I need a volunteer to take over the organization of the Saturday afternoon cruise and lunch. While I'm happy to continue dealing with the Hotel, Marina, and the Friday and Saturday night dinners, I frankly don't have the cycles right now to spend on the Saturday activities. Things very busy here.

Any takers?

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-30-2007 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Trailering through SF isn't bad, as long as you come up
280, not 101, and switch to Hwy 1 as you come into SF. It's a
pretty much straight shot. Two things to watch out for:

As you come into Golden Gate park (REALLY EXPENSIVE Shell
station on the right), don't be in the left lane. The left
lane is left turn only into the park. You don't want that.

And a bit later, you need to be in the right lane and have
a lot of respect for the 270 degree cloverleaf to head you
for the Golden Gate Bridge.

Other than that, no sweat.

However, if you are coming up I5, take Paul's advice, It's
a better route even without burning gas tankers.


prm1177 posted 05-02-2007 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Still looking for a volunteer to organize the Saturday cruise and lunch. There have been some suggestions already and here are some facts to ponder.

1)We're looking to have between 12-14 boats total. 3 ea 22-23ft, 3 ea between 18-20ft, 6 ea 16-17ft.

2) Distance, one-way, to the proposed feeding grounds from the Petaluma Marina are respectiveley: a) Angel Island/Tiburon 35 miles; b) Crockett and Mothball Fleet 36 miles; c) Vallejo Marina on the Napa River 30 miles

The distance from the marina to the mouth of the Petaluma river is 12 1/2 miles.

The distance travelled in total, the past couple of years, around Ryer Island and to the Point was around 35 miles.

The question is, do we wish to attempt a 70+ mile round trip cruise this year, understanding that the central Bay will be 20+ miles of open water.

Your thoughts, folks?

jmarlo posted 05-02-2007 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Whatever is decided, I would hope for a very early departure time, to help avoid choppier water in the afternoon.

Maybe we will be doing a breakfast on the cruise, instead of lunch?

elaelap posted 05-10-2007 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Bag lunches at Angel Island. Please don't be psyched by the distances, folks. If the weather is decent, it's really no big deal if we get an early start. That run down the river takes no time, then you just follow the ship channel down San Pablo Bay, under the Richmond/San Rafael bridge, and you"re there>
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-10-2007 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I think Tony has a good option. When we did Angel Island
the last time, Hoop and I (with Hoop's son and Adm. Linda)
got a decent start from San Leandro and were about the first
boats to Angel Island. From Petaluma, it's a bit farther,
but a lot less exposed. So it's doable.

I'd also be open to a trip to some place that sells food.


WT posted 05-10-2007 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
It all depends on the water conditions. A 70 mile round trip isn't that big of a deal if the water is calm. I did a 190 mile round trip run from Sacramento to the Golden Gate a few months ago.


WT posted 05-10-2007 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'm with Tony on the bag lunches. I'd rather boat all day and eat a light lunch. After a long day of boating we can all eat thick juicy steaks and booze it up during dinner. :-)


rjgorion posted 05-11-2007 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for rjgorion  Send Email to rjgorion     
Okay gang,

Finally, it looks like my schedule is cleared so that I can attend the rendesvous all day on Saturday, which I'm really looking forward to. However, I'm still trying to decide whether to tow the boat to Petaluma and launch or launch in Vallejo and meet everyone at the mouth of the Petaluma river. I guess it depends on how much parking is available at the Petaluma Marina and what time everyone is planning on leaving. If I launch in Vallejo, it is a shorter drive to the launch ramp and it will only take me ~ 20-25 minutes to get to the mouth of the Petaluma river in the Outrage. Looking forward to a great day,


Sheila posted 05-11-2007 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Rich and I are bringing our gear to conduct vessel safety checks during the rendezvous. If you'd like to have your boat examined, please respond here so we can know how many to plan for.


boatdryver posted 05-11-2007 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Raccoon Strait (Angel Island) Currents for Sat, May 19

2007-05-19 9:57 AM PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins
2007-05-19 1:33 PM PDT 1.63 knots Max Flood
2007-05-19 4:37 PM PDT -0.01 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
2007-05-19 6:47 PM PDT -1.17 knots Max Ebb


boatdryver posted 05-11-2007 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Currents for Point San Pablo, near the Brothers and Sisters

2007-05-19 5:56 AM PDT Sunrise
2007-05-19 7:13 AM PDT -3.33 knots Max Ebb
2007-05-19 11:48 AM PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins
2007-05-19 3:18 PM PDT 1.68 knots Max Flood
2007-05-19 6:41 PM PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
2007-05-19 8:16 PM PDT Sunset


jmarlo posted 05-11-2007 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Bag lunch on Angel Island is ok with me. Is there a place to buy a lunch or do we need to bring it? Is there sufficient space to tie up for all of our boats, or is the idea to raft up in the cove? I would at least hope to be able to get off the boat on terra firma for lunch somewhere.

Not doing a formal lunch at a restaurant would be one less thing to have to plan, and I think we should allow lots of leeway since there is going to be many miles to cover.

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-11-2007 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Yes, I'd like a vessel safety check.

There are a bunch of slips at Angel Island. If we get there
reasonably early, no problem. Like I said, the last time we
went to Angel Island, we were about the first boats to get
there. 35 nm one way means 2+ hours one way (based on past
experience with this bunch).

It is a bit of a walk to the picnic grounds.

35 nm one way does mean I'm going to bring my reserve gas
tank. Either that, or we need to line up a fuel dock in
Tiburon or thereabouts.

Currents look good -- with the current both directions. Cool.


prm1177 posted 05-11-2007 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Probably the best location for those who need to re-fuel will be the Loch Lomond Marina, just north of the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. It's reasonably close to the center of action. Most other fuel docks are around the point in Sausalito.

There is a fee for the use of the docks or mooring buoys ($10) and are payable to the Ranger.

Angel Island sounds like fun, then. We should discuss the departure time for those of us who wish to meet at either the mouth of the river or at the Island. My recollection is that the docks fill up depending on the quality of the weather (much like Sam's). I suspect after 11 AM things get tight.

I'll post the options for the Saturday night dinner this weekend.

prm1177 posted 05-11-2007 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Oh, for those of you who don't want to pack a lunch on Saturday, there's the Cove Cafe Deli and a new, outdoor Cantina this year.
rjgorion posted 05-11-2007 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjgorion  Send Email to rjgorion     
Sheila, I'd like to have the safety check as well. Thanks, Ron
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-11-2007 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
We don't want to plan on going around to Sausalito: HUGE no
wake zone. It takes forever to get anywhere. We moved our
Farallones depatures to Half Moon Bay to get away from it.


boatdryver posted 05-12-2007 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Today, May 12, at 7 AM it is already blowing about 15 kt. here at Pt Reyes. The Bodega Sea Buoy reported 17.7 Kt gusts at 0550. On an average day it would be calm now.

Shallow San Pablo Bay can be a real mess for the smaller boats on a day like this from the Sisters to the Petaluma River entrance.

Do any of you San Pablo fishermen think the flotilla should have an alternate destination in mind in case May 20 is windy this early in the morning?


boatdryver posted 05-12-2007 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Oops, I meant sat, May 19.
prm1177 posted 05-13-2007 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Depending on the winds, a venture to the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay might be good, althere there's a dearth of restaurants and docks.

Here is a site for projected wind patterns on the Bay (real-time).

Petaluma River mouth projects 1 knot. We can look at these in realtime prior to the departure.

On another note, Saturday night's dinner is proving difficult. It seems there is the Sonoma State Graduation that day and most restaurants are not accepting big party reservations. There is a Brewpub in town that will accomodate us all but we have to book between 5-5:30.

What say you?

boatdryver posted 05-13-2007 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
5:30 is OK with me. I don't know of an alternative


17 bodega posted 05-13-2007 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     

Count me in for a vessel check. I have EMT finals on Sunday, so I'd probably be a Saturday. Thanks for the service.

andygere posted 05-13-2007 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The brew pub sounds fine with me too. Are we set on a picnic lunch @ Angel Isle (or alternate location if needed)? Also, will we be cooking out on Friday, and if so, do we need portable grills, etc.
andygere posted 05-13-2007 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Here's a link to some photos and info on Petaluma River.

For those wanting to visit the turning basin in downtown Petaluma, it was dredged last fall, so conditions should be good there. This is a short side trip in protected water, perhaps something to do once the wind comes up. If we elect to eat at 5 or so, it would be easy enough to arrive by water. I will call the visitor's bureau to see what they could accommodate for an dinner time tie up. If dock space is limited, we can certainly put more folks on the bigger boats for a trip up the river for dinner. We did this several years ago on the Delta and it was a lot of fun. Somehow the food tastes better when you arrive by boat, enjoying a bit of the "yachting lifestyle". We could easily take four more on our Outrage.

boatdryver posted 05-13-2007 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
everyone note the big minus tide on May 19. this means the 3 ft shoaling reported in the link at markers #13-14 at the dogleg will be 1.5 ft more shallow at 10-11 AM for the cruise.

Petaluma River entrance, San Pablo Bay, California
38.1117° N, 122.4983° W

2007-05-19 2:31 AM PDT 6.77 feet High Tide
2007-05-19 5:56 AM PDT Sunrise
2007-05-19 10:24 AM PDT -1.48 feet Low Tide
2007-05-19 5:08 PM PDT 4.89 feet High Tide
2007-05-19 8:17 PM PDT Sunset
2007-05-19 10:16 PM PDT 2.61 feet Low Tide
2007-05-20 3:21 AM PDT 6.38 feet High Tide

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-14-2007 07:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
boatdryver makes all the more case for an early start.


prm1177 posted 05-14-2007 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
We were looking to get together for dinner Friday at the Sheraton Restaurant (most convenient for all) in the hotel. I suggest 7 PM as the time so we can make sure all are available.
boatdryver posted 05-14-2007 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
7PM or even later sounds good to me. I'm 2 hours away with no traffic on Jury Duty :(
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-14-2007 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Anybody know if the bar has snacks, or happy hour or whatever?

I'm off at 2, so I'll be an early arriver. I think a good
option would be: meet in the bar some time between 6 and 8,
we'll eat at 8. (numbers are negotiable).


andygere posted 05-14-2007 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm taking Friday off, so even with the toddler delay, we should get there mid day. I plan to get the boat in the water and go for a ride. I'll e-mail you my cell phone #.

What is the protocol for getting set up with dock space? Should I just go to the harbor office when I arrive?

Sheila posted 05-15-2007 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Rich and I are stopping in at my brother's house in Danville for dinner on our way up Friday evening. Do we look for everybody in the bar when we reach Petaluma?

Warren, I don't think I have your cell # anymore....

jmarlo posted 05-15-2007 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
I plan to arrive mid day Friday. I also plan on launching Friday early afternoon and taking a cruise.

Andy, if our timing is similar, maybe we can introduce the kids and take a cruise. Please email me your cell no. and I will do the same.

WT posted 05-15-2007 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Shelia and all other attendees:

My cell phone number is 916-952-3333.

My boat is at the dealer for service in Alameda. I hope to pick her up Friday, but the mechanic hasn't been able to isolate an electrical problem the last 2 tries. I'm also adding a 24-30 gallon fuel tank to my 24 gallon Pate for long distance cruising. :-) (As in San Francisco to Los Angeles)

I had hoped to be at the Sheraton early Friday to get out for a cruise but will have to play it by ear.


Sheila posted 05-15-2007 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Warrren. Got it.

I'll give you a buzz when we arrive Friday evening and see where everybody is so we can join you.

andygere posted 05-15-2007 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Dinner plans for Saturday Night

Paul suggested an early dinner at Dempsy's Brew Pub in Petaluma on Saturday evening. I have suggested that we could cruise in, and have researched it a bit more.

If we want to boat into dinner in downtown Petaluma on Saturday Night (a very short trip from Petaluma Marina) we need to pass under the D Street draw bridge. Clearance under the bridge is 12 feet at low tide, according to the public works department. The woman I spoke to did not know if this meant a 0 foot tide, but I will assume that it does. Water depths are 5-8 feet at mean low water in the vicinity of the bridge. High tide in downtown Petaluma on Saturday is at 5:57 p.m. @ 5.5 feet. This means clearance is 6.5 feet, and we will need the bridge opened to get in for an early dinner, say 5:30. I am happy to set this up, but we need to arrange for a drawbridge raising 24 hours in advance. This means we need to estimate our arrival and departure time to the turning basin.

I suggest that we plan to pass under the bridge at 5:00 p.m. if we decide to go this route. A second opening would need to be scheduled for our return trip, and I need an estimate of the time we would like to do that.

I have a call in to the Petaluma Yacht Club, who handles harbormaster duties in town. There seems to be quite a bit of dock space, so I think we should be able to bring at least a few Whalers into town for dinner and have room to tie up. As always, bring extra lines and fenders in the event that we need to raft up. The cruise-in schedule for the Turning Basin shows 10 C-Dorys on 5/17-5/18 and 5-6 large sailboats on 5/19, so there should be plenty of room for our little Whalers.

I have navigation information for the river, and a sketch of the turning basin and facilities, and will bring extra copies to the event.

prm1177 posted 05-15-2007 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Protocol for Petaluma Marina Check-in:

Binky Thorson is the Marina manager. The phone number is 707-778-4489. Marina hours on Friday are 8AM-5PM. When you arrive there will be a $30 deposit required for the marina key. You'll need to fill out and sign the Short Term Berthing form. Transient/Guest Berthing is $10/night. Marina hours on Sunday's checkout are the same as Friday's; 8AM-5PM.

I'll be leaving work in Marin early and motoring from San Rafael to Petaluma. My hope is to arrive there at 4:30 (I expect about a 2 hour transit time).

The Sheraton Restaurant is holding a Friday night reservation for approximately 20 people at 7PM under my name (Paul Matwiy). As in previous years, I expect some unannounced attendees so we will cope as usual.

I look forward to seeing everyone again.

jmarlo posted 05-15-2007 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Friday night I plan to do dinner with my parents, so I will not be joining the 7pm crowd at the Sheraton. The Sheraton looks like a pretty big place--will there be a way to check in or coordinate with others to determine what the schedule is going to be saturday if it is not determined before Friday at dinner?
rjgorion posted 05-15-2007 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjgorion  Send Email to rjgorion     
Hello all,

I will not be able to attend friday enening but will meet everyone at the mouth of the Petaluma River Saturday morning. I will be fishing, as I probably will arrive early out there. For anyone who is interested, the scuttlebutt is that the Striper bite is hot right now in the Carquinez Strait, Trolling with a 1/2 oz rattle trap. A friend of mine was out there this past weekend and between two people they caught and released 18 Stripers in a couple of hours. Anyway my cell phone is 707-888-4737 and I'll be monitoring ch 19 on the VHF (horsetrader). Looking forward to seeing everyone,


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-15-2007 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
My cell phone is 1-408-398-7134. If you can't find the party,
call. I'll be there. ;-)

Is somebody generating a roster with people names, boat names
and types, MMSIs, cell phone numbers, arrival and departures?


elaelap posted 05-16-2007 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm used to using VHF channels 9 and 77 out of Bodega Bay. Ron suggests using channel 19 at the rendezvous, which is fine by me; but let's all get on the same page with this important detail. Channel 19...agreed?


And direct contact without first using 16, obviously, eh? In other words, stay on 19 to initiate and return shouts.

andygere posted 05-16-2007 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have made arrangements for the D-Street bridge to open for us on Saturday evening at 5 pm, and again at 8 pm for our return from dinner. At lower tides, some of you may be able to get under the bridge without opening it, but I was advised to make this arrangement due to the high tide at the dinner hour. Be sure to lower your antennas! The harbormaster at the Petaluma Yacht club suggested we tie up at the docks adjacent to the yacht club as it's easier to walk into town from there, however all docks are city owned and available first come first served. We were also invited to come into the Yacht Club to buy a drink, but suggested we follow the formality of being guests of another Yacht Club member (Rob, you're our guy).

I can be reached at 408-206-9639, and my vessel name is Namequoit (say: Nam uh coy) on Channel 19.

littleblue posted 05-16-2007 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
You guys better take a bunch of pictures!
littleblue posted 05-16-2007 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Actually, what time do you think you guys will be at Angel Island/cruising the bay. If the timing works out, I'd like to be able to go to Angel and check out your boats.
elaelap posted 05-16-2007 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Depends on when we leave the Petaluma Marina, littleblue. I'd advocate a very early start--like seven at the latest--but I don't think that has been decided yet. If we left then and just took an easy cruise to Angel Island, I guess it would take between two-and-one-half and three hours. Why not check in on channel 19 early in the morning and find out how we're doing?

Now comes Nanny Tony, especially for you non-NorCal visitors. Dress warm! It's still in the mid-forties at night up here, and you can never, never tell about the S.F. Bay. It can start out shorts and tee-shirt weather early in the morning on the water (or in San Francisco itself), and within a matter of half an hour it can be foggy and nasty sweater plus jacket weather. By the way, I never wear shorts boating or fishing on the Bay or out of Bodega Bay...but then my old bones chill more easily than most.

See you in a couple of days, Whalers.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-16-2007 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
When I asked if anyone was keeping a roster, Paul delegated
the job to me. Here's who's on the list:

Please check your information, and drop me an email or post
it here. I'm especially interested in the missing people and
boat names, and arrival times.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-16-2007 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
240 PM PDT WED MAY 16 2007



Works for me. Sorta downhill with some protection from Marin
County on the way home.

BTW, there was, way back, some discussion of a quick trip out
the Golden Gate if conditions permitted. They might, but
we'll need an early start.


elaelap posted 05-17-2007 12:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

Thanks for keeping the roster. I've just talked with my Revenge 19 partners and it doesn't look like we're going to run her around the long way from Bodega Bay, so I'll be hitch-hiking a ride Saturday. I'm less than half an hour away from the Petaluma Marina, so I'll be staying at home but plan to make the Friday night get-together at the Sheraton. Matt/placerville might be in the same boat--to coin a relevant phrase--and Warren/WT might bring his Montauk 170 if everything works out okay at the Outboard Motor Shop.


17 bodega posted 05-17-2007 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Andy, I have broken at least one antenna at the D street bridge. :-) Maybe two.

I'm going to show up on Friday and Saturday, with a maybe on the Angel Island cruise. I have an intense final exam on Sunday morning at 9 AM that I need to study for. I may make a day of it at the Petaluma public docking facility and plant myself with a bimini and my books and try to help you guys/gals with any logistics at that end. I can be a gopher or help in any way. The vhf handle is Loolee 3 or just my CF numbers which are CF 1044KS.

There will probably be lots of big boats at the downtown dock so we may have to improvise or tie up to one another so bring lots of bumpers.

My boat is Loolee 3, Bodega Bay, my cell fone is 707-280-2128 and Steve Boyd is my name.

Can't wait to geek out on all the boats!

placerville posted 05-17-2007 03:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
My plans have changed that will allow me to attend Fri night if there's room for dinner.
littleblue posted 05-17-2007 03:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Ahh, I don't get off of work until 12:30, you guys will probably be headed back by then. I'll try to check 19 anyway.
rjgorion posted 05-17-2007 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for rjgorion  Send Email to rjgorion     
Chuck, all of my information is correct. I'll meet everyone at the mouth of the Petaluma River early Saturday. Does anyone have an approximate time of departure yet? I'll be out there early, so I'll just check Ch 19 and or cell phones for any activity.
Thanks. Looking forward to a great day,


ratherwhalering posted 05-17-2007 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Chuck, I'm going to drop by the Shereton for a drink on Friday night, then see you guys on Saturday morning for part of the trip to Angel Island. Like the scene from Jaws "DON'T WAIT FOR ME!") I'll find you guys. Montauk-17 "Peacock". Just me, 'cause Darci is preggers and won't be boating for a while.

Brian Ard may be joining us on Saturday as well, if he's not too hung over. (Revenge-22 "Poag Mahone").

jmarlo posted 05-17-2007 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Only 10 boats? C'mon, you Nor Cal guys can put on a better showing than that! And the "its a hassle to trailer the boat" excuse does not lie well with me...
WT posted 05-17-2007 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I'd love to make a run outside of the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Reyes and back. We should leave the docks by 6 am.

I'm guessing that we'll have 20 boats on Saturday, many will be joining us along the way.

Come one, come all!


17 bodega posted 05-17-2007 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Forecast eased up for the weekend:

FRI...W WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. .
SAT...W WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. .
SUN...W WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. .

jmarlo posted 05-17-2007 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
My preference would be to leave Petaluma around 8am. This is just a preference, and I will gladly go along with the flow if its earlier.

My reasoning is as follows: I really enjoy looking over the other boats and meeting the other owners first thing saturday morning. Having to get up and leave promptly would defeat this opportunity. Plus, its tough to round up small kids very early a.m.

I understand the weather concerns, and again, I will gladly go along with whatever is planned. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-17-2007 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
There's also a tide concern -- a shallow spot at the mouth
of the river (at markers 13 and 14) that will only be 1.5'
at the 10:24 low tide. We need to get through there well
before that. We'll have 2.0' feet of depth at 9:10 a.m.,
3.0 at 8:10.

It's about 13 nm from Petaluma to the shallow spot. It
typically takes us a half hour to actually get underway, and
I'd guess an hour to cover the 13nm with various false starts,
no wakes, and sightseeing. If we plan to start at 7, we'll
hit the shallow spot at 8:30 with 2.5' and be OK.

Also, rather than all the way to Pt. Reyes, I suspect some folks
might want to just duck a mile or so out the Gate. The view
going under the bridge is pretty dramatic.


boatdryver posted 05-17-2007 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
The report of the shoaling to 3 feet at markers (presumably at a 0 low tide) #13 and #14 (which are more or less across from each other) was not detailed enough to know whether the shoaling is all the way across the channel or just one side, and if so, which side. the report does say to stay in mid channel

I always carry 2 paddles anyway because of the crummy silted-in little marina I have to use. :)


prm1177 posted 05-18-2007 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Thanks to Chuck for dealing with the roster and Andy for taking on the Saturday dinner organization. I've been swamped with unexpected work and almost had to cancel my participation. I hope to be leaving San Rafael for my cross country to the Sheraton at around 2 today. See you all tonight.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-18-2007 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Paul is going to check out the shoal area on the way to

I've been updating the roster as I've gotten updates. Right
now we have 13 boats, 28 people, plus some "maybe's".


prm1177 posted 05-18-2007 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Current conditions as of 10 AM, avg wind speed on San Pablo Ba, 5-6 knots. Wind at the mouth of the Petaluma river, 5 knots. Speed at the Golden Gate is 10 knots. Direction is from the West/Southwest.
boatdryver posted 05-18-2007 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
That's good news, Paul (the current San Pablo Bay wind conditions report for Friday morning).

It's been blowing like snot here at Pt Reyes for 3 days, and this morning here also it started out more encouraging.


ScubaMan2 posted 05-18-2007 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScubaMan2  Send Email to ScubaMan2     
Do we have a definite launch time? Thanks.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-18-2007 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
We don't have a definite launch time yet. We'll probably make
that decision at dinner (which starts in a few minutes).
I'll post that info when I get back from dinner.


ScubaMan2 posted 05-19-2007 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScubaMan2  Send Email to ScubaMan2     
There has been mention of a gate key. Who has the key(s) and will I need to find this person(s)in order to launch my boat? Looking forward to the trip.
Chuck Tribolet posted 05-19-2007 01:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The plan is captains meeting at 7:30 (boats are ready to go).

Most if not all of the boats are on the C finger. Call my
cell phone 408-398-7134 and we'll send someone come get you.
The complex consists of three groups of buildings. If
you are looking at the water, the hotel is the left-most
third. Access to C finger (and A, B, and maybe D) is though
a narrow passage between the hotel and the block to the
right of it.). Launch ramp is at the far right of the whole


towboater posted 05-19-2007 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Sometimes I hate my job.
All work, no play makes Johnny a..

20-30 mph winds, DAMN IT, what a shame if you have to sit in the bar and wait it out.


littleblue posted 05-20-2007 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
So where are the pictures? I tried to make it out but by the time I got to my boat it was too late. I talked to someone on the radio briefly but they couldn't hear me too well. You guys must have been pretty far up north by then...
boatdryver posted 05-20-2007 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
There should be some photos coming. Warren and Tony were pretty active with their cameras, both at the dock and under way.

It was a great day on the water, and for some, a day on the mud.......


elaelap posted 05-20-2007 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Check for photos over in the GAM forum under the topic, "X-rated Whaler gathering", littleblue. Sorry we missed hooking up down there. And thanks for the ride in your fine classic Montauk 'Irish Jig', Jim.


prm1177 posted 05-20-2007 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
The NorCal Whaler Report

Thanks to everyone who came. We had over 14 boats attend (three hooked up with us Saturday at Angel Island) and a great time was had by all. Even Chuck and Admiral Linda took their grounding in stride and made the best of the afternoon.

We had a great Friday night dinner (thanks to Warren for the wine and the single malt) and managed to make an early departure for San Pablo Bay at 8:15. The Petaluma River Channel maintains about an 8 ft dept even at low tide, so we were able to motor at speed for most of the way, barring a few now wake zones.

Unfortunately, the channel at the mouth of the Petaluma River branches into two sections; the one to port takes you into the Bay and the one to starboard takes you to the mud flats of Marin. In honor of his grounding, we have renamed this branch "Point Tribolet".

After a few valiant efforts to remove Black Dog from her morass, and the heroic "R-rated" attempt by Jock Marlo, we had to leave Chuck and Linda to their cookies and beers and the rest of the group took off for Angel Island.

San Pablo Bay was moderate (not the 2-3 foot chop I had encountered motoring up on Friday afternoon). The flotilla made good time to Angel Island and we all got there in time to get mooring slips.

Sheila and Rich were my guests aboard my Conquest 23, and after lunch and a rest on the island we ventured out under the Golden Gate Bridge. Again, moderate swell and favorable conditions were had.

We then passed back to the south and east of Angel Island, and headed back north to the Petaluma River at around 1:30 PM. By then Chuck and Linda had floated off their own personal mud flat, and were back at the hotel.

For our last night, those remaining boarded 4 boats (Jock's 22 Revenge, Andy's Outrage Cuddy 22, Warrens Montauk 170, and Chuck's Montauk 17 and we quietly motored the rest of the way up the river into Downtown Petaluma.

After a great lunch at a brew pub (Dempsey's), we walked through the downtown area as it was celebrating a classic hot rod parade in honor of "American Graffiti".

This was a memorable Rendezvous (my 5th), and G-rated pictures are viewable at .

Thanks to everyone who attended. Thanks also to Chuck for working on the roster and organization and to Andy for putting together Saturday night's dinner. I also want to thank all the Whaler owners who joined us at Angel Island. Sorry I didn't get all of your names, but I hope you enjoyed your time with us. We sure enjoyed looking at your boats.

elaelap posted 05-20-2007 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

Thanks again for all of your hard work getting this event to happen!

Best regards,


WT posted 05-20-2007 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here are some pictures of a great rendezvous!!!


17 bodega posted 05-20-2007 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Thanks to Paul, Chuck, Warren, and all who organized the event. It was great to see all of you again and shoot the breeze about whalers, fish, diving, and exploring the ocean. It was a blast.


WT posted 05-20-2007 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
If any of this year's participants want pictures on a cd, email me your mailing address. There are quite a few more pictures on cd and they are higher resolution than the pictures on Photobucket.


WT posted 05-20-2007 11:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here are some movie clips. Sorry, I didn't know how to work my wife's point and shoot camera very well. 2007%20Rendezvous%20Movies/


andygere posted 05-21-2007 03:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I posted a narrative and some links to Tony's X-Rated thread, and here's the address to my pictures: ?start=all
ScubaMan2 posted 05-21-2007 04:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScubaMan2  Send Email to ScubaMan2     
Hello BW enthusiasts,

Just a little note from the Ruxton family plus friend. We thoroughly enjoyed our maiden voyage with everyone. Thank you! When Scott purchased his Montauk 17' last year I never realized we would be a part of the BW group. Our children gained a new perspective of well visited areas. Having traveled the Golden Gate numerous times, one never realizes the sheer immense size of the bridge without viewing it from beneath! A priceless view indeed. We are going to make Angel Island an annual event.

To Chuck, Paul and everyone involved in organizing this trip we would like to send a heartfelt "thank you!" We look forward to many more in the future and Scott is even mulling over WT's SF to LA "over the top, once in a lifetime" boating extravaganza! Warren you may have found a fellow thrill seeker in my hubby. To the shutterbugs, Warren & ?? thank you for immortalizing the entertainment value of a low tide, deep mud "the guardian" rescue. My children were thrilled to be a part of so much fun! To Jock, you are truly a force to be reckoned with. With those pictures your wife will never believe when you try to dodge those "honey do" chores.

We enjoyed meeting so many of you and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Happy Cruising,


Sheila posted 05-21-2007 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Spectacular would be the word for the weekend, I would venture.

Rich and I were indeed fortunate enough to be Paul's guests aboard his terrific Conquest 23. If you ever have a chance to cruise with Paul, do not pass up the opportunity. His boat is a beauty and he handles her with aplomb. He knows the waters in the area and took the time and trouble to point out and provide information about many of the sights we saw along the way. He even made a little detour to show us the Two Sisters up close and personal. He also inquired as to our comfort several times along the way. It was a real treat to see the sights from the water, especially with such a knowledgeable and accommodating skipper to serve as our host. I'd never seen the bay by boat before and it truly is fabulous cruising.

For the trip to Dempsey's for dinner we rode along with Andy, Nancy, Jilly and Bobby, with Doug and Peggy along for the ride as well. That was a fun little jaunt: Andy and Nancy's little ones add a special dimension. Rich is still talking about Namequoit's beautiful condition.

After dinner we met Chuck and Linda in the hotel bar, where Chuck treated us not only to a beverage but also to a viewing of the slide show he's recently put together. Amazing underwater photography....simply amazing. The narrative that he and Linda provided added great information about the creatures that live beneath the surface.

Other little fun stuff: Chuck obliged some girls on a scavenger hunt by taking them aboard in Petaluma and pushing off from the dock. A friend of theirs photographed them in the bow of Black Dog as proof that they'd been aboard a boat.

Andy, I think, has become a real friend to Dennis the drawbridge keeper in Petaluma. They were on a first name basis by the time we returned from dinner.

Paul, Andy, Rich and I had the opportunity to chat with the owners of a San Juan 38 (we thought it was a Hinckley at first) at the dock in Angel Island. Andy had contemplated asking the owner what he does for a living, but I don't think he did ask.

Even better than the boating was the company. I'm not sure Rich understood before why I wanted to spend a weekend on the road for a day of boating. He gets it now.

In the spirit of "getting there is half the fun," we took a meandering route up the coast on Friday, walking through the mission at Lompoc, eating lunch in Morro Bay, and driving through Big Sur. A quick stop at my brother's house in Danville on Friday evening completed our outbound en route activities. By the time we arrived at the Sheraton the assemblage in the restaurant had dwindled and they'd already polished off one of the fine bottles of scotch that Warren provided. He obligingly opened a second bottle once we arrived.

When we left on Sunday we drove over to Bodega Bay, visiting the headlands, the park and the marina. Then we continued north for a stop at Goat Rock. At Jenner we stopped for coffee and a pastry, then headed inland on the 116. We cut over to Santa Rosa for a late breakfast, then headed down the 101. We managed to end up in the wrong lane (a buses only lane, no less!) and took the Bay Bridge as far as Treasure Island, where we exited and returned to Oakland. The 580/24 detour led us through surface streets but we made our way back to the freeway and enjoyed an uneventful drive home, arriving about 2130 last night.

Many, many thanks to Paul, Chuck and Andy for their considerable efforts to make this rendezvous such a success.

RichL posted 05-21-2007 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for RichL  Send Email to RichL     
Oh, I understood. A day or two on the road is ALWAYS worth it to go boating. More so with such a great bunch of people and in such a great location.
jmarlo posted 05-21-2007 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Thanks again to Paul, Chuck, and others who organized a great event. As all the great pictures attest, it was a fantastic outing.

Truly a very nice group of people. I know the high brows on the San Juan (I had thought it was a Hinkley), despite being on one of the most beautiful boats I've seen, could not have had as nice a time as this great group of whaler owners did together at Angel Island.

Looking forward to next year!!

dburton posted 05-21-2007 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Peggy and I had a great time. We want to thank Paul, Chuck and anyone else who had a hand organizing the event. It was a blast to go under the Golden Gate Bridge.



prm1177 posted 05-21-2007 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Sadly I got paged in the morning and had to head into work. As I was motoring out, I forgot that I hadn't asked for my Safety Inspection from Sheila and Rich. Perhaps, next year.
WT posted 05-21-2007 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I too would like to thank Paul and Chuck for their efforts in setting up another great Rendezvous.

I would also like to thank Shelia and Rich for their inspection of my 170 Montauk. I now have a 2007 Vessel Safety Check sticker on my port side windshield.

Shelia, I do carry a first aid kit in my waterproof case, I just didn't remember I had it in there.

I can't wait to do it again!!!


Sheila posted 05-21-2007 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Paul, I'm sorry we didn't get that done for you. Next year, to be sure :)

Warren, you're welcome and I'm glad to hear you have a first aid kit at hand.

placerville posted 05-21-2007 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
I've spent about 15 years of my shipping career working the bay from Benicia out past the gate and beyond but never had a more enjoyable time on it than this past weekend. Part of it was being in an intimate craft down at water level and being part of a fleet of similar vessels. But the bigger part of it was being around such a great group of people who share the passion of boating in Boston Whalers. The cruise and company was priceless.
Thanks tons to Paul and Chuck for organizing the event, Warren for your hospitality and everyone for making it such a great event.
dburton posted 05-21-2007 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I almost forgot. At dinner on Friday night, Warren had a couple of bottles of fine scotch on the table. He freely passed out numerous shot glasses to anyone who had developed their taste bus enough to appreciate it. My taste buds had lots to taste.

Thanks Warren!


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