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lizard posted 07-19-2011 06:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for lizard   Send Email to lizard  
Is there any interest in a CT shoreline rendevous over Labor Day? I was thinking the main channel in the Stony Creek Thimble Islands off of Branford. This area does require some local knowledge due to the many, barely submerged rock formations throughout the area.
Tom Hemphill posted 08-21-2011 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
I would like to attend with my 16-foot Whaler, trailering down from central Connecticut. Will you be providing the local knowledge?
jamesmylesmcp posted 08-23-2011 05:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
I'd attend but will be boating in upstate NY that weekend. A week later I will be a spectator in Milford to watch the big boys run. Always fun to see what Frenzy pulls off.
lizard posted 08-24-2011 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
jamesmyclap- I am surprised to see the Branford Yacht Club affiliated with this power boat race.

I now have commitments Sat. and Monday, I am awaiting confirmation for tentative plans on Sunday and will not know about them for another week. We could try to pencil in Sunday and I will keep you posted. Happy to provide local knowledge if we hook up.

Tom Hemphill posted 08-31-2011 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
Despite the hurricane, I'm still interested. Local knowledge is especially needed in case the hurricane changed the underwater hazards.
lizard posted 09-07-2011 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Well we took quite a beating here on the shoreline, lots of damage but clean up is moving at a good pace now. No boating weather yesterday or today and likely not to clear before the weekend.
Tom Hemphill posted 09-09-2011 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
Do you wish to propose a new date? Tomorrow and Tuesday look like especially good weather.
lizard posted 09-11-2011 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Hi Tom- We got our boat back from our Whaler service people, in rather unfortunate condition. A short summary would say that the boat was returned without lighting, a functional GPS, a functional bilge pump, and two holes in the hull. The two holes were a result of getting the boat back without GPS, due to the very rocky shoreline we boat in. The boat was lent to a friend, a boating professional, who hit rocks twice, because the GPS was down, hence the two holes. After a lifetime with the same Whaler service provider, we are dismayed. Staff there are disconnected and the owner largely no where to be found.

In short, our boat, with a brand new Yamaha 150 4-stroke, is out of commission. No rendevous will be happening. I can not imagine these issues will be resolved with the short season left. Additionally, we were biking today and saw several large trees floating offshore, meaning 40+ ft. long Irene products, entire trees. We have been back 11-12 days now and the debris is still amazing. Sorry that it did not come together.

Tom Hemphill posted 09-12-2011 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
I'm sorry to hear about the damage to your boat, and the disappointing response from your long-time service provider.

Thanks also for your report on debris. I didn't expect there would still be trees floating in Long Island Sound.

lizard posted 09-12-2011 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Tom- LOTS of trees, not just branches. We were on a private charter the other evening, going through the Thimbles. Forty foot plus trees, a hot water heater, twisted metal, boards, etc. There is still a lot floating out there and probably twice that, submerged. Also saw on the backside of one of the larger islands, a 45+ ft. sailboat, about 45 ft. or more up on the rocks.
Tom Hemphill posted 09-13-2011 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
Being on vacation this week, and with such nice weather today, I was determined to get out on Long Island Sound. I chose to launch into the Sound from Niantic. It was a good choice. The state boat launch there is really nice, and the Sound was quite flat. I encountered a few floating logs, but no trees. For those unfamiliar with the area, I recommend it.

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