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bigz posted 08-29-2000 08:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for bigz  
To All Members of the Classic Whaler Forum

Here is your chance to show Jim Hebert how much we appreciate his dedication, hard work and using his own money bringing us this invaluable Forum and Website.

There is no other place you can find this wealth of information on Classic Boston Whalers, for that matter, Boston Whalers in general! We thought a special "Award" for Jim Hebert was in order. The site has received well over a million hits in less than six months, and it's time to give recognition to the man who has done it all -- !!

As some of you know Jim has just purchased a beautiful 1987 Revenge 20 Walk-Through, with twin Yamaha 70's. After some discussion amongst a few "old" timers and knowing that Jim was going to have to put off buying canvas for her until next year, (think we all know how much a new boat rocks the piggy bank) the idea dawned on us why not ask all members of the forum who can afford a small contribution to do so, believing you all would heartily agree. Then we could kill two birds with one stone, Jim can get new Mills Canvas now, instead of having to wait (Fall is coming on and he really needs it). Plus, this gesture will show him just how much he is appreciated by all of us, for bringing this invaluable asset to the Internet for all Whaler enthusiasts.

We have secured a substantial discount from William Mills & Sons for Jim's canvas, which is their contribution to this recognition award. The set will include the Flying (bimini) Top with stainless frame, Windshield, Port and Starboard side Curtains, and the rear drop Curtain, each with its own boot --- approximate cost with shipping $2000. Any funds, which we collect, that might be in excess will be given to Jim to for other needed items on the boat.

Ok the "meat and potatoes" --- Just $25.00 is all we're asking since we have so many activity members. We felt that this small amount would be enough to accomplish the goal and easily affordable by all. If you would like to contribute more please feel free to do so. (I know some will since their usage and involvement is pretty high)

Here is all you have to do, address a letter to Larry Goltz, and send your check for $25.00 (or more) made out to me Thomas Zeno. We are doing this for security reasons Larry gets the checks in Chicago and can't cash them until he sends them to me for the Mills purchase in New Jersey, he will also handle the accounting because I can't add “two” well --- chuckle. ---- His address:

Lawrence H Goltz
JimH Appreciation
P O Box 1241
Chicago IL 60690-1241

That's all there is to it folks ---- I know all of you will participate, pretty darn inexpensive for what you have been and will be receiving in return from this asset don't yeah think!!! --------

All contributors real names and or forum names will be placed on the site, that way Jim can really get the feeling just how much he is admired and appreciated by all of us members.

Best Regards
Larry Goltz (lhg)
Tom Zeno (bigz)
Clark Roberts

kingfish posted 08-29-2000 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I'm in - great idea! I hope many others will get on board.


tbirdsey posted 08-29-2000 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Can't imagine a better gift or a more deserving guy!!!
Arch Autenreith posted 08-29-2000 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I'm in also. Good idea. Check's in the mail (really).
Backlash posted 08-29-2000 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Count me in too! A perfect gift idea to show our appreciation for Jim's tireless efforts on this site!
TopCorner posted 08-29-2000 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for TopCorner  Send Email to TopCorner     
Count me in - great idea for a man that maintains a great site!
bigz posted 08-29-2000 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Welcome to the forum TopConnor being a new member thank you for supporting Jim's Award it will be greatly appreciated.


wildeone posted 08-29-2000 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for wildeone  Send Email to wildeone     
I'm in, only owning a clasic whaler for 2 months, this website has been priceless.
Finding myself addicted to the forum.


lhg posted 08-29-2000 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Just a note to let everybody know that JimH was not involved in this idea, which was originally intended to be a total surprise for him. But it seemed that using E-mail alone to contact people was a major, and inefficient task, so we decided we HAD to tell Jim what we were up to. I personally called him, telling him of our award intentions, and he was surprised, amazed and thrilled. I told him I only let him in on the secret because we wanted to use the Forum to simplify things. He said fine. So when he comes back from his vacation next Monday, he'll see what been going on!
Clark Roberts posted 08-29-2000 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Let me say up front that the whole idea is Larry's and Tom's. My only contribution was a little proof reading! They have included my name under the credits and I'm honored! I'll take anything I can get (when you get to be my age, you will also... heh, heh) and kudos to Tom Zeno and Larry Goltz... couple of great guys... Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
whalernut posted 08-29-2000 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Guys, I left a message saying that I would contribute to the fund and it was deleted, maybee this was accidental, maybee not? Does anyone know if it was. I printed it out to get the names and addresses to send the money to, so I know it originally came up. What gives here. Did I say something wrong again? I will write it again and you tell me what you think(mind you this is just cheek in gum fun): I might just have a few bucks laying around for my good buddy Jim! I`m in. I`m glad to see Jim bought a pre-Brunswick Whaler! Reeeeeegards-Jack Graner. I respect Jim highly, and just have fun with it all!
Barry posted 08-29-2000 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Great idea! I'm in!

Jack, another missing post? Maybe you ought to send TWO checks in case one of those gets lost ;-)

Of course based on the amount of time I spend here I feel I "owe" a lot more than one check myself. This award is the best investment I've made in my Whaler since I bought it a month ago.

It's been awfully nice to know that if I questions about my boat that Jim and his site had me "covered". It's great to be able to return the favor and know that my contribution is going toward a useful gift that will keep him "covered".

whalernut posted 08-29-2000 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Very good points all around Barry. I feel the same as you do! I hope it was just an accident it was deleted. Regards-Jack Graner.
whalernut posted 08-29-2000 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Very good points all around Barry. I feel the same as you do! I hope it was just an accident it was deleted. Regards-Jack Graner.
dfmcintyre posted 08-29-2000 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Clark/Tom/Larry et. el. -

Great Idea! I think he'll be stunned to see the threads on this.

Check in the mail w/in a few days.

Just got off the water, nice evening cruise up Black River. Stopped at a friends boathouse and got an impromptu invite for some pizza and beer. Can't get much better.


tcm posted 08-29-2000 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for tcm    
I'm in, I've been a "lurker" for about 3 months and the information I'm getting is invaluable.
dfmcintyre posted 08-29-2000 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Another thought, can someone dig out Mills' address and contact person, and I for one will send a thank you note to them.


KCarlsen posted 08-29-2000 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Excellent idea!! I'm in, checks going in the mail tonight. I read more then I contribute but I feel its only worth writing if I have something of value to add. My whaler restoration is coming along nicely, thanks to the many people on this forum and Jims relentless effort.
bigz posted 08-30-2000 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

Hi all and a big thanks for all the support the first day.

We just wanted to clarify the cost estimate of $2000 --- it is just that an estimate because Mills hasn't come back with a firm price yet --- might have it today I hope.

It will be less than $2000, we had to use a figure since we would very much like to get this wrapped up before mid-September. With Jim on vacation this week we felt it would be a great time to launch the program even though he knows about it . I am sure it will be a pleasant surprise when he returns to see all these supporting post!

Mills will not manufacture until we can commit just how much we have in contributions --- hopefully with over 200 members it will not be a problem purchasing the full set --- however if this goal isn't achieved we will purchase what we have money for letting Jim Hebert decide on what pieces he wants ---

Just thought I'd let you all know Mills is expense even with a discount!!! --- chuckle --

Best Regards,

Tom, Larry and Clark

whalernut posted 08-30-2000 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Tom(bigz) do you know if Jim is still monitoring his site while on vacation? Do you know if my first post on here was deleted? Just curious as I don`t think I said anything bad? If it was an accident,O.K., but if it wasn`t, I don`t appreciate it, as I was just teazing again. Please respond. I really, really, appreciate this wonderful site that Jim works so hard on. And I really want to contribute to the Award to show my appreciation, but I want to know if I was deleted on purpose again or just an accident? Please respond-Jack Graner.
Lil Whaler Lover posted 08-30-2000 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Just came in from a perfect one hour sunset cruise on Oneida Lake in my little Sport 13. Wish you all could have been here for the sunset tonight. The sunset cruises may be the only thing better than this web site about my little Whaler, so I want to be counted in for this opportunity to thank Jim for his work on the site. Will mail my share tomorrow and I hope others will join in. Dave
fgb posted 08-30-2000 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for fgb  Send Email to fgb     
I've been enjoying this site for about a month now. Even after that short a period, I have learned a great deal and enjoyed the opinions of other whaler enthusiasts. Count me in....
Ed Stone posted 08-30-2000 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
It's amazing what JimH has done in such a
short time.Great Job!
Thanks,Ed Stone
bigz posted 08-31-2000 05:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

Thanks all for the contributions ---

Just a note to say received emails from Sam Collins and Don Pleu they have sent in their checks --

We're getting there --- need at least 60 firm commitments before I can place an order for the entire set with Mills.

Best Regards,

Tom, Larry and Clark

JL posted 08-31-2000 07:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for JL  Send Email to JL     
Great job Jim H ! Good, useful, informative site. Check mailed yesterday.


tbyrne posted 08-31-2000 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
A great idea - I can only imagine how much time and expense Jim has put into this website. I am mailing my check today!
dburton posted 08-31-2000 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
The advice and information is worth alot more than $25. I pledge $25, the check will be out in the next few days.
eric_from_MD posted 08-31-2000 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for eric_from_MD  Send Email to eric_from_MD     
Recently picked up a 1988 18 guardian and have already gathered more than my moneys worth. Count me in, checks in the mail. GREAT SITE! Eric
dgp posted 08-31-2000 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Count me in! Don
chad posted 08-31-2000 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
Thanks to all involved in Jim's appreciation gift. My check went out today. Chad Prince
DIVE 1 posted 08-31-2000 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
whalernut posted 08-31-2000 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
The check is in the mail!
Mark Gallagher posted 08-31-2000 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
I'm in. Great idea. I haven't been here in a week. Lots of new posts to read.
TahoeChris posted 08-31-2000 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for TahoeChris  Send Email to TahoeChris     
Count me in. Before I found this site, I thought the Web was useful for e-mail only!
Chris posted 09-01-2000 02:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris  Send Email to Chris     
I never have paid for a web site............Well there is always a first time. The check is on the way!
bigz posted 09-01-2000 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Super folks! We have about 30 commitments as of this morning --- wow all these post will be greatly appreciated by Jim on his return as "dfmcintyre" exclaimed in his commitment statement!

Let's keep the push on --- we are on a roll-- let's grab some more folks and get this over the top ---

Remember this isn't about "paying" Jim one red cent this is an appreciation award for all the hard work, long hours and realization by us members " that there is no such thing as a free lunch" --- Jim has put out his own money to bring together this community of Whaler enthusiasts --- not a single commercial sponsor involved -- and your contribution to the award canvas set says "Hey Jim thank you for all you are doing and will be doing for us--- it is greatly appreciated"!

Best Regards,

Tom, Larry and Clark ---

jeffjatich posted 09-01-2000 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffjatich  Send Email to jeffjatich     
Check is in the mail!! Thanks Jim!
Bruce Boehle posted 09-01-2000 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
The check is in the mail! Great job and great to meet you up on Neptune.
Alioop posted 09-01-2000 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alioop  Send Email to Alioop     
Check is in the mail,great site.
Tom Byrum posted 09-02-2000 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Im in, its definitly worth it. Enjoy Jim!
Horseshoer Claude posted 09-02-2000 02:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Horseshoer Claude  Send Email to Horseshoer Claude     
We're in. Thanks, Jim. The site
is very useful and fun.

Claude and Rebecca Bentley
San Rafael, California

RWM posted 09-02-2000 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Just found the site last week and besides being very enjoyable, the info on teak refinishing, repowering, etc. has been great. Check is in the mail, and thanks Larry, Tom and Clark for arranging the gift...Bob M.
RWM posted 09-02-2000 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Just found the site last week and besides being very enjoyable, the info on teak refinishing, repowering, etc. has been great. Check is in the mail, and thanks Larry, Tom and Clark for arranging the gift...Bob M.
bigz posted 09-03-2000 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Just a note that I received the following commitment from "ger" today ---

"Since I discovered this site I've gotten so much info (and a bit of BS to go with it) that its a pleasure to do a little something for Jim......Ger"

JimG posted 09-03-2000 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimG  Send Email to JimG     
Hi All

Great idea my check was sent 08/29.

bigz posted 09-04-2000 05:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
GREAT JOB --- we are almost at the goal post!

Just a note that I received emails from ShadowCatcher and Dick E committing to JimH's Award ---

"Yes, I intend to support this award! Sorry to not respond sooner, but I
was on vacation with the family and Shadow Catcher.
I' will get a $25 check off with Tuesday's mail."


"I will be sending $25.00 on Tuesday. I enjoy the forum tremendously.
It's 10x then the classic whaler news
Dick E"

Pat Smith posted 09-04-2000 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
Just got back from Cape Lookout,checks in the mail.
Sam Collins posted 09-04-2000 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
My check has already been mailed... But you know - A fellow with a new boat ought to post a photo..
Shadowcatcher posted 09-05-2000 02:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
I had better post my own testimonial -- thanks to Jim and Company at Classic Whaler, I learned what a huge mistake it would be to sell my classic Outrage 18. Good thing Denver isn't a hot whaler market! I'm just back from two weeks in northern Minnesota and now look forward to a trip to Lake Powell with the trailer upgraded with keel rollers to Classic Whaler spec. (the teak is looking awesome too!) Thanks Jim.

--Brian B.

bigz posted 09-05-2000 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
"Thanks" Brian --- you didn't mention you wanted me to write an epistle for you -- I just copied what you sent me ---chcukle chuckle --- Tom
David Reid posted 09-05-2000 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
I certainly take more enjoyment and satisfaction from Whaler Forum than I do each day from public radio, and we've been antenna-heads down our way for years. And I bet everyone here gets more enjoyment from the Forum than they do from "free" television. So count me in. The mail went out this morning. Thanks a lot, Jim.
BD posted 09-05-2000 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for BD  Send Email to BD     
OK... count me in "two". I suppose it's less money I'll spend on the boat this winter, so it must be worth it. As a new guy, I know you all will make me feel right on board as soon as I figure out why I poke around in here every day...
triblet posted 09-05-2000 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Mailed a check Saturday.

Jim, you do a great job on this site. I
webmaster for one of my dive clubs, and I
know how much work it is (and it's less than
this because it's a much simpler site).
Info from here has saved me money, and more
importantly, time. It's six hours driving
(two round trips) to the dealer.

Chuck Tribolet

alvispollard posted 09-06-2000 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
Count me in. Thanks Larry, Tom, and Clarke. Check will be in mail this week. This site has taught me to do things the best way. Jim, I hope you enjoy your Mills as much I have enjoyed mine. Worth the investment. More comments on my top and enclosure than anything that has been added to my montauk. I look forward to meeting all 4 of you guys at some point. Thanks again.
Alvis Pollard (bungeeman)
dfmcintyre posted 09-08-2000 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Z -

I talked with Walt Steffens last night, and his check will be enroute shortly.


bigz posted 09-09-2000 06:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

Thanks for the info will add Walt to our list ---- Hope everything is ok with him haven't seen a post for a while ---


Outraged posted 09-09-2000 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Outraged  Send Email to Outraged     
Sent my check in a couple of days ago. Just wanted to say what a great site this is! I begin my day with it and end my day with it. A wealth of info & opinions not to be found anywhere else. Thanks for all your time & effort,Jim! (P.S. I boat in Michigan as well,let`s hope we can extend our season well into Nov.)
whalernut posted 09-09-2000 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Outraged, I fish into December for Stealhead Trout, I am usually the last one to pull out in the harbor! I acctually pulled out my old `13 Sport one time when it was snowing and some ice on Lake Erie! Regards-Jack Graner.
Outraged posted 09-09-2000 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outraged  Send Email to Outraged     
Jack, you sound like a diehard boater like me. I was just being conservative when I said just thru Nov. I,too continue to boat well into Dec. if at all possible. the EL Nino Dec. of `97, I was lucky enough to go out on Lake Mich. on Xmas! Here`s to Team Xtreme Boating for the rest of the year!
whalernut posted 09-09-2000 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Outraged, the Perch are really hitting on Lake Erie right now in 50-60ft. of water and the Steelhead are slowly starting to run. And at the same time I`m getting ready for Bow season and Bird hunting with my English Setter-Mandy. Regards-Jack Graner.
dfmcintyre posted 09-10-2000 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Z (... and others...)

At his current position, Walt is able to view but not respond to the message threads. He hopes to rectify the situation soon.


Reliant posted 09-11-2000 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Reliant  Send Email to Reliant     
Thanks Jim for an excellent site! Also, thanks to bigz, lhg and Clark Roberts for putting this award together. This site is such a great asset for us whaler folks.

bigz - I'm the guy who sent the $25 through paypal and did not have a forum name yet. I just wanted to make sure that I got my money in in time for the deadline.


rjwiii posted 09-12-2000 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for rjwiii  Send Email to rjwiii     
Check's in the mail....thanks again Jim for a fantastic job!!
Flying Nutshell posted 09-14-2000 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flying Nutshell  Send Email to Flying Nutshell     
Sorry I missed the deadline, but count me in. It's a great idea! Check will be mailed today.
lhg posted 09-14-2000 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Thanks RJW & FN. You didn't miss the deadline. It's tommorrow night, Friday, at Midnight. As long as anybody posts by that time, they'll get the much appreciated recognition for participating in this worthy cause!!!
lhg posted 09-15-2000 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
We have received quite a few checks from people who have not posted a notice in this thread. Our thanks to all of you "low profile" guys.
Clark Roberts posted 09-15-2000 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Hey folks, as I said in an earlier post , I have done very, very little re: this canvas caper..... Tom Zeno and Larry Goltz have done it all and what a great idea! I know that they both have spent lots of time on this and brought it to fruition! I want to personally thank them for a deed well done and I'm proud to be a part of it as I'm sure you all are also.... Good job, BigZ and LNG!
Happy Whalin'... Clark... The Old Man and the Sea
Clark Roberts posted 09-15-2000 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Whoops, typo!!! That's "lhg"...
Gep posted 09-17-2000 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I mailed my check on 9/15. this is a great site.
bigz posted 09-17-2000 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Gep thanks for letting us know will be looking for it, and know Jim H will be appreciative ---

We are just in the accounting stage at present and anticipate about a dozen or so more committed contribution checks to come in over this coming week.

Regards Tom

MikeG posted 09-18-2000 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     
Been off the web for a while. Good to be back on the site. Check was mailed Friday 9/15 for $25. Thanks for the great site Jim! I hope my check makes it in time for the gift. Nothing like the last minute:-) I hope you enjoy the top and post a few pictures of it.


bigz posted 09-18-2000 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Mike thanks for letting us know -- as I mentioned we are just in the accounting stage and quite a few contributions are still arriving daily --


jimh posted 09-20-2000 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Tom, Clark, and Larry, and everyone else participating:

You guys are truly amazing! Thanks so much for causing all this to happen. It is beyond my wildest dreams.

You all have my gracious thanks for your generosity and participation in this "award".

You can be sure that it is greatly appreciated.

I promise to post some pictures and anecdotes regarding the boat and the canvas ASAP.

Your humble web-publisher,

Jim Hebert

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