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hardensheetmetal posted 09-14-2004 04:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for hardensheetmetal   Send Email to hardensheetmetal  
I was out on the Vineyard this past weekend, and saw the beginning of the month long derby out of Edgartown. The derby is sponsored in part by Whaler and the top prize is a 19 Nantucket and a Chevy PU (not sure if both).

What an incredible array of Whalers there. Classic 11's through new 320's in greater numbers than I could keep track of.


aubv posted 09-14-2004 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

The 19' Nantucket is the prize for one division and a full size extended cab Chevy pick up for the other division. The two divisions are boat category and shore category. Along with those prizes there are over-all prizes for the top three fish in the four species (both divisions), all sorts of special awards, Grand Slam awards, daily, weekly and mystery prizes. There is also a Fly fishing category.

Lots of fun and it raises money for college Scholarships.

If you are coming out again and want meet/fish let me know.

hardensheetmetal posted 09-14-2004 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

Thanks for the offer, MV was my big trip with the boat this summer (from Portsmouth, RI). It was our (me and my wife) first time there by boat. It was great, we hung out with all the fishermen at Chappy beach, took the bus over to Oak Bluffs for dinner one night, and generally did a lot of nothing, which was nice. I would have loved to have had my 13 with me to explore Katama bay. We'll definetly be back next year.

Where on the island do you keep your boat?


aubv posted 09-17-2004 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I have a trailer and live a couple of minutes from 2 ramps. After the season, you can rent moorings or slips, at a very reasonable rate. Currently, my boat is in a slip.

pvonk posted 09-18-2004 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for pvonk  Send Email to pvonk     
I'm on Katama Bay for the month - we've been spared the aftermath (i.e. rain) of the hurricanes, except for today (Sat, 9-18). The Island is still busy with lots of tourists and fishermen (I would have thought it less crowded by this time).

Katama bay, Edgartown inner and outer harbors (and Cape Poge) are great places to explore in a Whaler. I now find fishermen everywhere- off the town docks, on the shores, and in boats - the derby is a big thing. The 190 Nantucket offered as a prize is on display just outside the Edgartown Yacht Club; someone should be a happy winner!!

Dan, if you ever bring your 13 on the Island, there's a nice public ramp down Edgartown Bay Road, near South Beach. From there you begin your tour of the bay at the southern end and cruise north to Edgartwon, past the Chappy ferry and on to the outer harbor. Just be careful of the southern end of the bay - it looks as if there's lots of water to go over, but it's very shallow, stick to the channel. The other day I saw two yahoos in a power boat going full speed into that area and suddenly their boat came to a screeching halt!


aubv posted 09-18-2004 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Have you been to a weigh in yet?

Stop by Oak Bluffs Harbor-for the next week or so you can see a couple of boats owned by forum members, including one beautifully restored Whaler from VT, a 2001 23'Outrage(mine) and a 2004 240 Outrage.

Are you fishing?

pvonk posted 09-19-2004 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for pvonk  Send Email to pvonk     
No, I don't fish - haven't figured out the allure of it, but that's for another thread (I am serious about finding out the attraction to fishing - I suspect it's a Zen-like thing, but I could be wrong). I'll try to stop by OB some time; what's a good time to catch the action, and the whalers?


aubv posted 09-19-2004 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I can't say if it's a Zen like thing and I don't think an explanation I can give could possibly explain the allure of fishing. For many people, it is a way of life. This shouldn't be confused with a way to make a living. I think it represents a real independence for many. Nothing like deciding over morning coffee what kind of fish you want for dinner and then going out on the water and catching it. It is also as much about spending time out doors as it is about seeing some truly spectacular sights both natural and man made.

I think the Derby is for many, pure competition. For others, it's a social event, as evidenced by what happens at any weigh in.(held every day from 8-10 AM and 8-10 PM in Edgartown.

My boat will be back in OB Harbor most likely around noon on Tuesday. I pulled it based on the weather forecast for Sat-Monday and the need to do a couple of things on the boat.

macfam posted 09-20-2004 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
How about that rain on Sat, and the wind on Sunday.....whew....
I was going to head to the Vineyard for lunch on Sunday.....forgetabouit!!
pvonk posted 09-20-2004 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for pvonk  Send Email to pvonk     
The rain and wind on Saturday was something!! I kept a watch on my (new) Montauk every five minutes (she's on a line just off our dock).

Sunday was windy too, but not like Saturday!

It's Monday am and things are calmer, but still a bit breezy (and sunny). Predicting 10-20 today and 5-10 this evening, we're almost back to normal.

Swellmonster posted 09-22-2004 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Dont worry about water as long as you wear t-shoes! That was for your Brian............:)

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