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  1. whiteworks

    whiteworks Well-Known Member

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    Words to live by, litterally LOL.

    Here is the tale of REM and Mark's crossing in a 20' Stoker:D

    link to the thread I stole this from.
    http://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20483&highlight=stoker+catalina


    I feel like I was run over...

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    We made the trip with no problems really. But it was HAIRBALL for sure. Mark will chime in with his comments too, but I feel pretty proud for that one. We got a little later start than we wanted (coffee comes FIRST). There were a few folks at the ramp looking at us kinda strange then one group asked Mark what we up to...he told them and I as I walked by them they were muttering shit under their breath and singing "farewell to thee"...Kinda funny really.

    We launched and putted through the harbor and towards the sea...as we got into the ocean (still behind the sea wall) the waves really picked up (2-4 feet from tip to trough) with some wind chop on top. Lots of water in the face and a pretty slow ride (low 30s to mid 20 mph), There were lots of holes and water snakes that wanted to grab us. We pushed it a little and got to the big boats (cargo ships) and it was just too rough. So with our tails tucked we came back.

    We cut North and headed through the Seal Beach area then to the Queen Mary and for whatever reason sorta followed our noses back out to sea. We pushed passed the breakwater and things were better here than before. We said at 8:00 am we would make our decision to press or not. Well 8:00 came and went and we really never made the choice one way or the other...we just kept going.

    The gps was guiding us perfectly as we could not see the island or any lang for that matter. We stopped once to piss and the current was so strong that with the boat at idle in gear we still lost several hundred yards...it was NUTS. The water was big (FUCK THE INTERNET...DO NOT believe a thing you read on the internet)...factoring out the highs and the lows on the gps we were -5 to 6 feet of water (I know this is not an accurate measure, but the best we have). There was a strange glassy looking spot about 3 miles from Catalina that we thought we could hammer through, but it just did not have wind chop on it...the waves and holes were still there just hard to see them.

    We pull into the Avalon and get some strange looks...the harbor patrol tells we better fuel up and get back as it is gona get worse soon. The Life Guards say we were "brave" to be out there, but we knew they meant "STOOOOPID". So we fuel up and head back.

    I was already a little sore and the ride home was starting to look worse. About half way home the waves were unreal. At times it was like we were on the crest of a house with 10-12 foot drop on either side then an instant later we were in a 10 foot hole. I could see the line through the wave, but every once in a while the line would close out and we would just get hammered. I kept my mouth shut for fear of bitting my tongue off. Sever time the bow of the boat was below the waves and breaking through, but with a slight bit more speed we would have buried the nose and taken on water. Even at high 20 mph speeds there were several times we were airborne for 2-3 seconds. We would ride up a big wave then hit a 2 foot wind chop at the top and get launched into the trough. It was brutal for sure. The bow spent so much time in the water the registration stickers washed off the boat.

    We got back to the break water, hugged in a totally gay way and laughed our asses off. It was really pretty gnarly and I learned a bunch. I would go again in a minute (in someone elses boat) LOL!

    I am trying to post some video and will link to as soon as I do. We had some battery issues and the really nasty stuff was not filmed......but when I go in your (any volenteers) I will have the camera sorted out.
     
  2. KROOZIN

    KROOZIN Active Member

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    Thanks for the plug :D

    Hope to see you guys in the 100'er. I'll side tie to you :cool:
     
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    scout57 Well-Known Member

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    if we go no problema i will see you before you go to the islands if not email me your cell # and i will let ya know..... be safe down there, take some pics of the dark side....
    did my boys wake u up this am on there way to Catalina???
     
  4. KROOZIN

    KROOZIN Active Member

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    Alright sounds good, will do. Nope I was out cold Sat morning...lol

    Here's a pic of Descanso Beach on Sat, we left around noon and there were quite a few moorings left (Avalon was full) we got a little wet coming home... :D
     

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  5. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Was the water big or something?

    RD
     
  6. KROOZIN

    KROOZIN Active Member

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    Some 4' - 5'ers with a little wind. My bow is narrow so when it throws some spray up and with the wind the back seat gets a little wet. The newer Midnights have spray rails intalled on the chine.
    Wasn't too bad tho, a little water never hurt... :D
     
  7. skater40

    skater40 Well-Known Member

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    Bring that OL back from havasu and lets play.ALIEN is planning to hang out at the island on sunday.Saturday we are towing Troy Hooker in the ski race.
     
  8. KROOZIN

    KROOZIN Active Member

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    OK. I pick it up this Sunday to bring it home. She's ready to rumble... :D
     
  9. jailbird141

    jailbird141 Well-Known Member

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    Is there an unofficial head count yet? And what are most people thinking of doing? I would like to make this run. I have made it several times with the LaveyCraft group and really had a good time. We left a little earlier in the morning than 1030 bar hopped in Catalina, ate lunch then came back and bar hopped near Long Beach in the afternoon. So I'm just curious what everyones plans are? I've gotta plan to bring the boat home from Havasu.
     
  10. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    I don't have an official head count, but so far

    Schiada Boats - 43, 32
    Strut Marine - 47 Outlerlimits (Miss Sonance), 38 Cig, 36 Donzi (memory?)
    OCMerril - 39 Ocean Cat
    Furniture 4 ME - Center Console
    Chili Pepper Garage - 29 Baja Outlaw
    Team Ragamuffin24 Pantera - Lil Muffin / 32 Skater - Ragamuffin
    RaceTec Pistons - Chris Craft or Catalina Express
    Ellabo - thumbing a ride
    MJC - 29 Fountain
    Thumbs - 23 Ultra
    JailBird - 29 Lavey with the Lavey Boys (rumored)

    RD
     
  11. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    I hadn't heard of it before, but I can guarantee I'll be there!!!

    RD
     
  12. Tite Squeeze

    Tite Squeeze Well-Known Member

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    no one going in a 16 tahiti lol....is anyone comin back on sunday aswell
     
  13. HavasuHank

    HavasuHank "B" team gardener

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    i'm out ... we'll be in san diego celebrating our anniversary and my birthday. for some reason, i thought it was gonna be the weekend prior, but i was incorrect.
     
  14. Havasu Hangin'

    Havasu Hangin' Lord of the Drinks

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    I'm in.

    I'm sure I'll find someone with an open seat...lol.
     
  15. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Is Moby Dick not running right now?

    RD
     
  16. ChiliPepperGarage

    ChiliPepperGarage Well-Known Member

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    I'm coming back Sunday.
     
  17. Gnomeally

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    I would love to make this trip. However, I will be in Havasu that weekend.
    I have a Catalina Invasion trip planned teh last weekend of July with the Glamisdunes.com folks. Its our second year doing this and we have about 6 boats inked so far.
    Have fun.
     
  18. thumbs

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    Looks like I'll be driving to Texas to buy a TE310 so I'm out. Have a good time folks.
     
  19. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Seems like a lot of people are having last minute things come up on sunday.. :(

    Who's still in?

    Schiada - 43
    Strut Marine - 47 Outer Limits
    Lavey - 39 Evo

    RD
     
  20. LaveyOne

    LaveyOne Well-Known Member

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    Hey Dave,

    Sorry but Chris C. forgot about a previous commitment this weekend. So unfortunately the Lavey 39' EVO will not be in attendance... :(


    Ray
     
  21. skater40

    skater40 Well-Known Member

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    Gary Smith -42 outer limits "Alien"
    Jon Roth - 42 outer limits
     
  22. OCMerrill

    OCMerrill All in...

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    Were going to the island for three days the following weekend. So I have to shed off this trip. Does not look like were taking the Cat up to watch the races either. Lost my crew plus we have to move slips from Dana to Hunt Harbor on Monday. To much back and forth and just bad timing.
     
  23. DeltaSigBoater

    DeltaSigBoater This is... Legendary!

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    Are you guys still meeting in Huntington Harbour?

    Never was planning on going, but I'll be cruising around HH in my 13' Whaler, just the same.
     
  24. AZJD

    AZJD Lynch's River Mob

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    We are all still on board.

    Dans boat will have:

    Kroozin
    Me and my bish
    Havasu hangin'
    Deano/unleashed + 4
    Lynch
    Knuckleheads (bill and shelli)

    its a big slow boat ;) not the outer limits
     
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    Riverbound Banned

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    We will be going to Catalina on Sunday as well. But looks like now we are taking the express over and coming home Monday. If anyone has room for 2 and needs a boat bitch and someone to mix drinks my girl and I would be happy to oblige.

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  26. AZJD

    AZJD Lynch's River Mob

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    I'll check with Dan. If anyone cancels i'm sure we could figure it out
     
  27. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    I unfortunately have to bow out as well.. It's just becoming a logistical nightmare.. I'll have my dog with me, baby in tow etc..

    I might run over there solo on sunday, if anyone is coming back on sunday let me know.

    RD
     
  28. WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING

    WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING Well-Known Member

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    This list was awhile back, what's it looking like now?
     
  29. Havasu Hangin'

    Havasu Hangin' Lord of the Drinks

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    We were there...where were the flakes?

    :hmm
     

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    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Flake numero Uno had to get back home to his dogs.. The water was a little too bumpy to take a baby in a boat which was logistical nightmare # 2. I would've had to send Stacy on the Catalina Flyer by herself.. so then I was thinking I'll do the flyer with her, and it all went down hill from there.

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    Couldn't make it. Got injured on the job Friday.

    Looks like it was a great day!
     
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    Riverbound Banned

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    Here are a couple pics. the rest are on the Sinthetix facebook page.
     
  35. WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING

    WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING Well-Known Member

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    So was this run a success or not? How many boats showed up? We launched in long beach that day and played in the ocean for the first time. It is alot different then the lake:)
     
  36. skater40

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    I was there at 11:00 and there were 3 other boats.On my way back to long beach i saw 1 other heading that way.
    I think there were to many hangovers from the ski race still recuperating.:hmm
     
  37. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Well it was an epic fail on my part. I had it all lined up, and unfortunately it just became a logistical nightmare for me with a baby / dogs / etc.. I'm still used to jump in the boat and go program. It was a learning experience.

    My apollogies. I'm assuming you still went to the island and had a good time. Any pics from the run? We'd still like to see them.

    RD
     
  38. mjc

    mjc Nosy Neighbor

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    This flake had no place to keep the boat so he didn't get it hauled back from Havasu in time to go
    My sons wants me to bring it back in oct so he can lobster dive. So I will see if anybody is going over then.
     
  39. Havasu Hangin'

    Havasu Hangin' Lord of the Drinks

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    Hey Gary- why was your hatch up? Everything OK?
     
  40. Havasu Hangin'

    Havasu Hangin' Lord of the Drinks

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    How many vests did you guys have? lol
     
  41. steamin rice

    steamin rice No Bad Days....

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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha... :p

    Logistics get a little tougher once kids are in the picture - Since my first kid in late 2007, I think I've only put about 30 hours on the boat. Sad, but the boat has spent most of it's time in the garage the last few years. I'm hoping to change that pretty soon though.

    ETA..
    http://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/showpost.php?p=607569&postcount=23
     
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  42. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    It's easier at the river when you have a home base etc.. But taking a newborn on a boat out in the ocean.. What if it gets bumpy? Cold? etc..

    Just too much to deal with. I was going to do a day trip and have Stacy go to a friends house in huntington, but even then it was just turning into a pain in the ass.

    RD
     
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    Would love to see more pics....watched the start of the race from the beach in Long Beach and that was great....would love to see more pics from the cruise across from the groups that made it...

    Really wanted to have a boat here so I could watch from the water...


    Was at the beach on Sat and in the afternoon there were a couple of boats flying back from long beach way back to newport...

    Also out for a walk on Sunday morning and heard a boat out on the water making the north to south same pass running at near 5000 RPM's (sounded like) and also seemed to be moving with how quickly the sound was moving south...
     
  44. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Daren and Scott both took 1000's of pics.. They'll be online shortly. :)

    RD
     
  45. steamin rice

    steamin rice No Bad Days....

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    I hear ya - Logistics can get complicated with little ones. :thumbsup
     
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  47. 2CHILL

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    Race went well. Didn't make the Sunday trip, too much partying. Good Times...
     
  48. WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING

    WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING Well-Known Member

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    Well maybe next year will work a little better. We took our boat out to Long Beach sunday for our first ocean trip ever. It was fun but alot different then Lake Havasu

    Great pics:)
     
  49. WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING

    WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING Well-Known Member

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    Forgot, nice setup:)
     
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    My hatch is always up. :DI had a tail pipe leaking so i loosened it and retightened it.Which boat were you in?
     

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