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Tohsgib posted 04-10-2008 11:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for Tohsgib   Send Email to Tohsgib  
Just about a month away
(May 17&18) and we need to register for hotel rooms for a group discount hopefully so here is the info. Rooms should be about $85 night before discount. The Lexington Hotel, Indian Harbor Beach, FL. It is directly across the street from Telemar Marina, which has slips and a gas dock. There is a public boat ramp about 1 mile away and a 7-11 across the street(for beer/ice runs). The hotel has a huge parking lot that can accomodate multiple boats on trailers. It has a pool and a tiki bar and a casual restaurant that has chicken wings and cheeseburgers next door. This is located near Dragon Point, in S. Merritt Island, FL. where the Indian river Lagoon and the Banana River meet.

This place is about a 8 mile trip on the water from the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon. A fun place to beach boats or anchor and raft off for the bigger boats.

This "was" Dragon point, before the 04 hurricanes tore up our beautiful landmark.

We need a headcount. Who is in and who is on the fence. Al you better not wimp out...Janis will kick your butt ;)

Tohsgib posted 04-10-2008 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I'll Start. Nick and Laurie with their 13' sport. Not sure about Ubu.
an86carrera posted 04-10-2008 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Will not be there, I will be getting back from Italy on the 17th. Have fun!


Brian7son posted 04-10-2008 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
I will be there with my 285 Conquest and we will also have our 17 Montauk. It should be a good time. Karen and Scott from Oveido said they will be there with their 26 Conquest. Mike and Connie with their 285 Conquest are still a possibility.

I would think that for Saturday morning, the game plan would be to drop the boats in, rendezvous at Dragon point, then run down the ICW to Marker 21 (about a 5-6 mile run), where boats can either beach it on the island or raft off or both. There is a spot on the north end of the island where you can beach a big Conquest and stll have your stern in 4-5 feet of water (so you can run the generator to make popcorn if needed). That area usually fills up early.

If some folks plan to arrive Friday night and want to have "an adult beverage", let me know. This is my home turf, so I can meet you at the Lexington which is right next door to Doubles, a casual restaurant/bar that has wings, burgers, wraps and beer.

Feel free to email me with any questions. FYI: I only read my emails at work (Mon.-Fri 8-5). I try and stay off the computer during my free time.


Al_A_Buy posted 04-14-2008 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
No Worries Nick!!! Had the boat in the water on Saturday and the WhalerGirlz are really looking forward to seeing everyone.

The offer is still open to have a get together Saturday night at my house. I will provide a keg o'beer and burgers/dogs.

If this is cool, I'll provide directions later...


fno posted 04-14-2008 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
As of now I am out for this one.
Brian7son posted 04-15-2008 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     

You've got mail.


Brian7son posted 04-15-2008 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
Too bad the gig's not today. We could all go offshore and test our Whaler's out in a serious manner.


Just kidding. I wouldn't leave the dock with that forecast.

Tohsgib posted 04-15-2008 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Sorry Frank but hope to see you the following weekend. As far as party goes @ Al's, sounds like a plan if everyone is game. Then again we only have a couple boats so far...what gives? Thanks in advance!
an86carrera posted 04-15-2008 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I will be there the next weekend...Thanks in advance!
Brian7son posted 04-15-2008 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
RE: Roll Call, here's what we know so far.

Nick and Laura, 13 sport
Al and ?
Brian and Angela + kids, 285 CQ and 17 Montauk
Scott and Karen, 26 CQ
Those are committed or "should be committed";)

Then we have Connie & Mike 285 CQ ?

At the risk of being deleted, I will say:
thanks in advance (without capitalization)


Tohsgib posted 04-18-2008 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
This is getting thin...might have to renig....What gives???
Brian7son posted 04-18-2008 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
OK, I have put some bait in the water. We will see if we get any bites. I have sent e-mails to the members of the Central FL owners on the official B.W. website and I just posted a thread on Whaler Central about this rendezvous. I like that site, but in their rendezvous section, there is no Florida or even S.E. group, so I dont know what type of response we will get. However, Binkie was on there.

We've got 30 days. Don't go bailing on me yet Tohsgib.

Tohsgib posted 04-18-2008 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I'm not but this is far....thanks in advance.
Brian7son posted 04-24-2008 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
Unfortunately, it appears that here on C.W., just like on Whaler Central, we have a shortage of East Central Florida participants or folks have scheduling conflicts. I know that some of the west coasters can't make it and that's completely understandable (150 to 200+ miles each way is a long haul). I was hoping that we had more Central and East Central Florida folks, but it appears that we don't.
Oh well, all we can do is try.

I just wanted to update the information about the event for anyone interested in attending. Currently, we have 6 boats attending. We'd like to make it a larger event. The more the merrier.

The gathering in East Central Florida. For a point of reference, it's on the coast, about 20 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center. The date is Saturday, May 17, 2008. The location is Indian Harbour Beach, FL. You would launch your boat from the public boat ramp on the Eau Gallie Cswy.(SR518 exit from I-95), in Melbourne, then rendezvous at Dragon point, about 1 mile from the ramp, north of the bridge, on the east side of the river. After that we plan to ride down in a caravan of Whalers to Marker 21 in the Indian River Lagoon (about a 5 mile run). There are some spoil islands on the west side of the river. We are going to raft off and/or beach the boats, picnic and have cold beer, sodas etc. We plan to start at around 10 a.m. and go until the afternoon.

The folks that are coming from out of town are staying at the Lexington Hotel, in Indian Harbour Beach. It is a fun, casual, inexpensive hotel with a tiki bar and a pool, located across the street from Telemar Marina. Here is the link to the hotel: gclid=CPj9t43X5JICFQdgsgodIiH_4A

There is no cost for this event other than what you pay for your own food, drinks and hotel room. Everyone brings their own provisions. It is a group of Boston Whaler owners gathering to have fun. We may have a cookout after the event, Saturday evening with burgers and hot dogs.

If there are only a limited number of Boston Whaler boats that can make it, we may end up cancelling or rescheduling the rendezvous. I had considered opening the event up to "non-Whaler" boats as well, as I think I could easily add 2-3 boats, including some big boys. However, that's not really in the spirit of the event. I was intended to be a "Whaler Rendezvous".

If you would like to attend, please let us know your boat type and how many people are coming with you. We hope to see you there. It should be a fun time.


cmarques posted 04-24-2008 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
There's a small small chance if I kiss enough ass at work I may get out a half day and head over. Don't count me in yet but I'm trying and may be over in the afternoon.
The Eau Gallie ramp is exactly a 1 hr drive from my house so you never know. If we do, we will be driving back home that night.


Al_A_Buy posted 04-25-2008 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Brian - any chance we might consider using Ballard Park on the Eau Gallie river as the recommended launch point. It has a much better traffic pattern, more parking, and IMHO, better ramps. It is less than a mile from the ramps you recommended so the run is really no further.



Brian7son posted 04-25-2008 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     

That's totally fine with me. The only reason that I had suggested the Eau Gallie ramp was proximity to the hotel and easy to find for "out of towners".

I was trying to find a spot where they could splash the boats, then another spot "dragon point" where the early guys could drop anchor and wait for the rest of the folks before heading down to marker 21.

I'm wide open to any ideas that you have. Where people are the most comfortable splashing their boats is fine with me. I plan to walk outside and push the down button on my lift. So, it doesnt effect me. We just need to decide on the initial rendezvous spot to meet on the water before we caravan down to marker 21. Dragon point or just south of the Eau Gallie Cswy outside the channel? What ever you think works for me.

Another thought is to tell folks just to meet us at the island near marker 21. It's not like it's hard to find.
They drop in their boats, head south on the ICW and read the marker numbers, when they get to #21, make a right turn and head west. You can see the island from the channel. I just thought it would be fun riding down as a group, but we dont have to.


Brian7son posted 04-25-2008 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     

I just had a thought about boat ramps and wanted to advise anyone coming from out of town avoid using the POW/MIA Park boat ramp, on Hwy. US1 just north of the Pineda Cswy (SR404). It's a really nice looking park, but there is a long pile of submerged coquina rock directly in front of the ramp.

When we bought my wife's Montauk last summer, we dropped it in there to take drive it to our lift. She hit the submerged coquina rock hard. It's about 20ft straight out in front of the ramp. That was the 1st and last time that I used that ramp.

In my opinion, that ramp is a great place to launch a jet ski, but not boats.

Brian7son posted 04-30-2008 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
This rendezvous has been cancelled. Several of the folks have emailed me and advised me that they have conflicts with that date. We'll have to do something over here another time.

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