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Inabanus posted 02-15-2008 07:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for Inabanus   Send Email to Inabanus  
It is almost Spring, well, not really, but I am optimistic. Before you know it, summer will be upon us, and we should begin planning for the 2nd annual Newport, RI, rendezvous. Last year we had a half dozen attendees and I believe all had a good time.

I am thinking the second weekend in July again. Thought I would start a thread to see who is interested?

More details to follow.



gbcbu posted 02-16-2008 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
Hello again:

Am interested and will be following this post. Hope all is well.

boatman1979 posted 02-19-2008 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Yes! Count me in.... and let me know what I can help with. The fruit salad I made last year seemed to be a big hit, so I may go with that again! Depending on the siuation, I may only make it out for the day, but generally speaking any weekend is good. Keep in touch....


Contender25 posted 02-27-2008 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
I am in again, just purchased a new to me Whaler as well so will try to bring that along with the Offshore.

I also have not forgotten about the photos from last year I just can not find the files anywhere. Making a big push to try to find them this weekend.

boatman1979 posted 03-05-2008 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
I hope the fruit salad comment didn't scare people away.... Should I bring beer instead?

Inabanus posted 03-07-2008 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

I think that you should bring both - nothing quite like a frosty cold one and some fruit salad on Narragansett Bay!

Maybe contender25 can allow us to use that grill he had hanging off the stern of that beautiful vessel he has! If I remember correctly he was eating grilled burgers or hotdogs and I was eating a cold sandwich! I will bring the rolls if he promises to allow us aboard!

Come on, any other takers for a weekend of fun in July?

Contender25 posted 03-13-2008 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
You guys are more than welcome to use the grill, did I really not offer it to you? I am an ass...sorry bout that! I can also bring what ever you want to our event, there is plenty of storage on board.

I have bad news about the photos Nadine took at that event, they are lost at this time. We literally ripped our home apart last weekend trying to find the HD they were stored on but no luck.

boatman1979 posted 03-14-2008 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
That's OK, we'll take new pictures this year... And cook on the BBQ! Did we even have anything that we could have cooked on the BBQ last year? I don't even remember SEEING the BBQ... Looking forward to seeing everyone again this summer!
Inabanus posted 03-26-2008 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Hello all!

To avoid being outdone by our fellow Whaler owners down in the southern waterways of Rhode Island's coast, we have to pick the days for our get together. So, here it goes, I am picking Saturday, July 12th, and Sunday, July 13th. I will again offer Friday, July 11th, as we did last year, as a chance for those in town to have dinner at a restaurant to be determined soon. Last year it was The Red Parrot and it worked out well.

Very soon there will be suggestions for places to stay, times to meet, etc.

Stay tuned....


Tom Hemphill posted 04-02-2008 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill    
My wife and I will be attending, towing my 13-foot Whaler from Connecticut, and bringing our dog. Inabanus provided me hints regarding local sea conditions and lodging. I've booked a room at the Middletown, RI Howard Johnson Inn, which for me seems to offer a combination of good location at a tolerable price, and they allow pets.
boatman1979 posted 04-26-2008 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
That weekend is fine for me. Looking forward to it!
Inabanus posted 05-20-2008 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Hello all,

The 2nd Annual RI Whaler rendezvous will be here before you know it! I thought I would post again to see who else is interested? The dates are Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13th. I am going to post suggestions for places to stay soon.

Come on, we would like to beat last year's attendance of six boats. Any takers?


DougieOutrage posted 05-22-2008 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for DougieOutrage  Send Email to DougieOutrage     
Hey guys, Love this site. This is my first time posting. I would like to meet every one at the rendevou in newport. It sounds like a lot of fun. Could you please let me know how it works(where, when, what to bring that sort of thing.) I have a 25 outrage cuddy and my buddy has a 22 revenge walk thru. any info would be great.
Inabanus posted 05-24-2008 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

Glad to hear you will be joining us! And hopefully your friend can come along.

In terms of logistics, it may be easier to just give me a call and I can over the details. I will be posting some more information soon for people considering staying over night, however if you are from the Swansea area you could certainly come either or both days with no problems to Newport and not have to overnight it as you know.

My cell is 401-529-7052 and you can call me anytime. Please be sure to leave a message with your number if I am not available.



Inabanus posted 06-01-2008 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Less than a month and a half away from the rendezvous, and quite frankyl I think we had better responses last year. I was going to post some information on people coming from out of town (if there are any other than those who already contacted me) but I am not sure that it is necessary.

I would like to get a rough idea of who will be attending, so if you are please respond to this posting.



Contender25 posted 06-02-2008 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
I am in

BTW- Justin I left you a voice mail last week about the NY trip? Are you still thinking about going.

boatman1979 posted 06-03-2008 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Looking forward to it....and anything I can do to help coordinate.
boatman1979 posted 06-08-2008 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Tom Hemphill and DougieOutrage, I am looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks. We had a great time last year, I am certain you won't be disappointed!
NHKatama posted 06-11-2008 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for NHKatama  Send Email to NHKatama     
Hello All:

If I can get down that way in July I will try to meet up with you all.

I used to have a Tartan sailboat that I kept in Bristol.

Great area to sail or cruise your Boat Whaler.

Blue Skiies~~~

boatman1979 posted 06-14-2008 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
We welcome you, hope you can make the trip!
Inabanus posted 06-16-2008 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
I am trying to see who may be interested in dinner on Friday night? Please respond if you are going to be in town and may be interested. Last year we went to the Red Parrot and it was very good.

Awaiting your responses....


runpasthefence posted 06-18-2008 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
This is perfect. I spoke with a good friend of mine today to plan a trip to visit him in RI sometime in July. I concluded that I'd tow one of our Whalers up the Monday after July 4th (7th) and stay about a week.

It looks like this, coincidentally, falls on the proposed date for your Rendezvous.

Now I need some advice. What type waterways are typical in this area? I'm trying to decide on bringing my 15' or 18' Outrage.

The Outrage seems like a better choice as I can only picture near shore fishing and Block Island when it comes to Rhode Island boating (have never been). The Outrage is more comfortable, has a longer range, and a bit more versatile. Unfortunately, the trailer is in no condition to travel 15 hours one way as the boat lives in our tidal creek and isn't often trailered.

However, my 15' would be much easier to tow and maintain during my week there. It costs much less in fuel in towing and in operation. The 15' would be a rougher ride, but this might be OK depending on the type of water we'll be navigating. Furthermore, the 15' has a brand new aluminum trailer under her.

Your input is greatly appreciated.


boatman1979 posted 06-20-2008 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Looking forward to meeting you. As a 15' owner myself, I think you should not have a problem. Like you said, it will be a little more bumpy, but it sounds like that trailer is much safer. I will be trailering my 15 from Connecticut. I would guess that Block Island would be a no-go for the 15' but for those seeking adventure....

As for the Friday night dinner at the Red Parrot... It was not part of my original plan, but I could easily do it if there will be others. Like Inabanus, I await your responses and will keep an eye on the post.

~Capt. Frank~

Inabanus posted 06-20-2008 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

I agree with boatman1979. Last year we did hit some choppy water on the first afternoon of the rendezvous, but we slowed down and slugged it out together. We will do out best to pick the right part of the bay to minimize people being uncomfortable. Last year was the first year I owned a 170 Montauk, and prior to that boated these waters in a 150 Sport, and as you know they are amazing vessels that can handle quite a bit of sloppy water. We look forward to meeting you.


gbcbu posted 06-22-2008 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
For Saturday the 12th I'm in.
Inabanus posted 06-23-2008 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

This time, you have to bring your boat - I was only your driver for the Manhattan trip!

Looking forward to seeing you again.



swimmerkpc posted 06-23-2008 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for swimmerkpc  Send Email to swimmerkpc     
I will try to meet up with you all. I work in Newport and will be working. If I can be of help to any of you give me a call (401) 432-4156. I am a Newport police officer and having grown up in Newport have a LOT of local knowledge and contacts.
runpasthefence posted 06-23-2008 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
I spoke with my friend today, and under his recommendation, it looks like I'll bring the 18' Outrage instead of the 15'. I'll be there for 5 days prior to the rendezvous, and we want to do some exploring and a trip or two to Block Island. The 18' is better suited for watersports, as well. I'm going to try to borrow a friends newish trailer to make the trip more manageable. Too bad, though, I really wanted to show off the 15'...maybe some other time.
boatman1979 posted 06-30-2008 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
I will be attending the friday night dinner at the Red Parrot... good food, better company!
ifishinri posted 07-03-2008 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for ifishinri  Send Email to ifishinri     
I would like to join the group for dinner if it is still on. I'll be working on Saturday, but may bring my 11 foot Standars down from East Greenwich on Sunday if the group is still in Newport. Gary
Inabanus posted 07-03-2008 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     

Love to have you join us both Friday night and Sunday if you can.


As of now we are scheduled to have dinner in Newport on Friday night, with a time to be determined but I am thinking 6:30-7pm in order to allow people time to get there after work. Someone has to make the call, so I will, and I am saying The Red Parrot located on lower Thames Street in Newport. Parking is never easy, so we will have to bite the bullet and put coins in a meter or pay in a parking lot. I am planning on leaving my home in Jamestown to be there for 6:30pm, and anyone who is staying in Newport or this area is welcome to meet up with me or tag along. Simply call my cell below. I know at least one person is staying at a hotel and I am willing to drive there and have you ride with us or follow us downtown.

Saturday's plan is to meet and launch at 8:30am from the Fort Adams State Park Launch Ramp located on scenic Ocean Drive. I will be there a little early to assist anyone with launching/parking. For those coming by water we will monitor channel 19 and can meet right off the ramp (located in the innermost portion of Brenton Cove) or somewhere else in the harbor, and then determine based on weather conditions the best course of action. There are several coves, harbors, inlets to choose from and again we can make the call that morning.

Because I anticipate only about ten to twelve people attending on Saturday I think it may be easier to simply post my cell number here and leave it up to each attendee to call me with questions.

My cell is 401-529-7052 and you can call me anytime from 7am until 9pm anyday.

Anxious to see some of you again and meet anyone new.

Again, do not hesitate to call.


boatman1979 posted 07-08-2008 07:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
Greetings Everyone,

I will be arriving in Newport early Friday morning to start my long weekend. I plan to do some Whalering in the bay, and while it's not part of the official rendezvous, if anyone is around and cares to join me, I welcome the company. Follow along in your boat, or come aboard as guest. I check this post daily, but the easiest way to get me is by phone at 203-209-3187.

~Capt. Frank~

Inabanus posted 07-08-2008 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Tom Hemphill,

Let me know what time you will be arriving. I would love to have you join boatman1979 and hopefully others for dinenr Friday night.

Any other takers?

boatman1979, that is nice of you to offer for Friday, however I will not be able to join you during the day. Give me a call on my cell at 401-529-7052 to arrange a time to meet later that day.



boatman1979 posted 07-09-2008 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
No problem, I just decided to drive out early Friday morning and beat some of the Cape Cod traffic on I95. I will call your cell and set up a time to meet.

Inabanus posted 07-13-2008 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Inabanus  Send Email to Inabanus     
Hello All,

The 2nd Annual Rendezvous here in RHode Island has come to an end. Frankly, this year's turnout consisted of only four vessels, versus seven last year, as some had to cancel and others simply could not make the dates.

Day one consisted of launching in Newport at Fort Adams State Park, a busy ramp Saturnday to say the least.

boatman1979 arrived in his sparkling 150 Sport with the infamous fruit salad on ice, a smile on his face, and except for a few "choice words" to a rookie launching ramp person, boatman1979 was his friendly self.

Tom Hemphill, like boatman1979, made the trek from Connecticut and showed up with a 197 13 footer he had carefully restored over the years. He was accompanied by his wife Deb and their faithful companion Emma, a Puggle (part Beagle, part Pug).

The three vessels, including myself and my wife Candace aboard the 170 Montaul Lady Candace, crossed Narragansett Bay and found a secluded cove in Jamestown where Emma could attempt to swim and we could meet up with the Mother ship, contender25's 27 Offshore.

Impressive is an understatement when it comes to describing this twin screw vessel parting the waves of Narragansett Bay effortlessly. It is rumored that if contender25 turns on all the electronics he has on board at once, he draws 12,000 volts!

Unfortunately after a nice beach stop Tome Hemphill had to return to Connecticut, leaving boatman 1979, contender25, and the Lady Candace to head over to Mackeral Cove, anchor up, swim, and enjoy the cool ocean breeeze and swap Whaler stories.

Countless other Whalers were seen throughout the day.

On Sunday, boatman1979, contender25, and the Lady Candace met up for lunch in Potter's Cove, again on the island of Jamestown, but this occured only after boatman1979 and the Lady Candace plied the rougher waters of the West Passage and stopped in Wickford Harbor to enjoy the Wickford Art Festival. The ride back to Potter's Cove to meet contender25 was a wet and bumpy one, to say the least, with gusts to 25 knots and solid 1 - 2 footers with the occasional 3 footer mixed in. At one point boatman 1979 was seen almost completely airborne, with only about 6 inches of hull and the lower unit of his Merc in the water. My wife swears she caught a wide grin on his face also, but I was too busy looking out for one of the six thousand sailboats near the Newport Bridge.

Thanks to the folks at Whaler for supplying some very nice hats and also little safety kits. They will both be put to good use.

Next year we hope to have more attendees. There is nothing quite like the Newport area in the summer!

Fair tides,


gbcbu posted 07-14-2008 05:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
Really regret missing this one. Hope to get in touch later this week. Justin you are right on when you say there is nothing like the Newport area in the summer...
ifishinri posted 07-15-2008 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for ifishinri  Send Email to ifishinri     
Sorry I missed you guys in Newport for dinner !! I had no way to find you once I got there. We'll make better plans next year...........

Sunday the weather was too snotty for my 11' BW Standard, so she stayed tied behind my 28 Regal for the day. I stayed in port and enjoyed the sunshine from solid ground. Maybe by next year my 11' will have grown to 17' Montauk and I won't worry about 1-2' seas.

If anyone is up in Greenwich Bay or even close, stop by Norton's Marina Slip E-7 and say hello. Give me a call @ 529-4431 or drop me an e-mail. Keep me on the list for next years rendezvous.

Gary Carlson,

boatman1979 posted 07-15-2008 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
I want to take the opportunity to thank you for organizing this great event! Although we had fewer Whalers than last year, I certainly had a GREAT TIME and can't wait for next year. As for my choice words to the guy at the ramp, I was later punished by having vast quantities of salt water forced into my ears, eyes, and nose as we made our way across West Passage. Still more fun than a day in the office! I'm glad to hear that the fruit salad was a hit, and really there is no secret to making it.

As soon as I figure out how to post the pics, I will do so. It was really nice to reunite with the attendee's from last year, and I do hope that the group will grow with each passing year. Happy Whalering everyone!

~Capt. Frank~

SeaBatical posted 07-16-2008 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for SeaBatical  Send Email to SeaBatical     
We just purchased a Montauk 17 and live in North Kingstown, RI. We'll keep an eye out for next year's event!

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