CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
As I've noticed in the past, it's a real bugger getting interest kindled in a BOS meet. I've been to meets in NYC, ATL, YYZ, and LAS, and there's been no problem getting posts up and people to commit.
Truth is I have very little time to organize this, as I'm swamped with work and music commitments, but I do plan to be there, working around my rehearsal schedule. I've posted several ideas regarding spotting and dinner locations in the previous thread(s), pending wind direction/take-off/landing configurations.
Put it this way: I'll be around for some of this; if you guys want to get it going, I'll be glad to drive a few around for spotting and dinner, pending my schedule.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2562 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1562 times:
Here's a few ideas, brainstorming style...
Have lunch at Legal Seafood (Atlantic Ave.), then take the water taxi to the airport, as it is a scenic drive.
Meet in Winthrop, plan to have lunch at a seafood restaurant in Nahant (not the best restaurant in the world, but it's nearby, has a scenic view and can handle a large crowd). We can plan a visit to Ural Beach and the other little park (can't remember the name) for plane spotting.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 9): Rent a boat and watch landing from the harbor.
Well that certainly circumvents the "which location should we spot from" question. Do you know of a harbor-based rental place?
The problem with spotting at Logan is that the airport is a lousy place to do it, and depending on runway configurations, the travel from South Boston to Winthrop can take the better part of an hour. In certain configurations (e.g. 9 departures or 27 landings) there's no good place to do it, as they are stuck out into the hahbah. So a boat would avoid many of these potential pitfalls.
On land, I still stand by Castle Island as the best place, since there is lots of room, it's a lovely setting, with park benches and an on-site hamburger/hot dog joint. Plus 4R/L landings are very common in the summer. In addition, the on-site fort is open for tours during the summer (not quite sure how often) and the top must surely provide a stunning view of Logan. Plus the planes would be almost at eye-level from that vantage point. Learn more here: http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/placestogo/location.php?nid=6&sid=44
I'll confess that I've never been to the beach in E. Boston/Winthrop, however, so I'm game for whatever comes up.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1543 times:
Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 11): If we were to do the boat thing, a few of us could park at Logan, hop across by boat, then on the return to Logan head out to East Boston/Winthrop.
So, Michael - a few details, if you will. You make it sound as if you can rent a boat at Logan. Do tell. All in all it sounds very intriguing...
I will have to see what schedule constraints I have for that weekend. As I have a gig the prior weekend, I may be free all weekend. It all depends on other gigs that may come up, but either way, I'll be hooking up with you all on Saturday.
BTW, I'll bet you a 6-pack that 4 R/L arrivals are happening that day. That said, I prefer take-offs, especially around 5-7 PM with the BA, LH and VS 744s.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2562 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1538 times:
Well, I've discussed two different scenarios: taking the water taxi, or hiring a boat (which means with crew). If we have a large group, that could be affordable. If we have a small group, I can persuade my friend to bring her boat into the harbor from Quincy. I doubt she could handle more than 8, but she's a great captain and would be more than happy to contribute a day to the cause.
I'm with you. I love to watch the big internationals departing in the early evening. Frankly, showing up at the park in East Boston around 4 or 5 would probably provide the best plane spotting.
If planes are landing from the East-northeast (don't know my runways), Ural Beach can be quite a treat. The locals call it "getting a haircut". Approach is so close, you can see the snot dripping from the copilot's nose.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1526 times:
OK, you all, it's up to each and every one of you to take it upon themselves to add to the list of attendees. I'll do it this one last time, but, having been to 5 meets so far, it works best if we all pull for it and help by posting their intention on the attendees list. Thanks.
BAB (aka "Mustard-Pits")
Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 14): I've discussed two different scenarios: taking the water taxi
Hey, that's the first I've heard of that term, which is why I asked for details. Please, Michael, fill us in in detail. By that I mean treat us as if we were from Siberia. There may be people coming from far away, and we all need DETAILS.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1474 times:
I'm coming. Like I said, getting both days off will be tough, but I'm pretty certain I can get one off and even then I'm only part-time so I can still be around even if I am working (which, btw, is at Logan).
For spotting, some good places:
Bayview St park, Winthrop (and the Winthrop town boat ramp are excellent for 27 arrivals)
Constitution Beach (and neighbouring Bayswater Rd though i think the residents might get weirded out if hordes of men start milling about but great for 22 arrivals)
Castle Island. A favourite from my childhood though not as close to the airport as other locations.
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CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
OK, just over three weeks to go. Any more takers? I went to Castle Island on Memorial Day for a spell, and driving by Jimmy's Harborside afterwards, I saw that it was boarded up. Oh well, plenty of other places to eat.
We should come up with some ideas about meeting up. It depends a lot on where (and whether) people are staying overnight and when, and also on runway configurations. For example, you all could hop on the shuttle bus to the MBTA Blue line and head inbound (away from Wonderland) and get off at Government Center. We could meet up on City Hall Plaza. From there, Castle Island is a short drive.
However, if we plan to spot from E. Boston/Winthrop, it makes no sense to come into the city first; you'd be better of taking the Blue line in the opposite direction and getting off at a stop such as Suffolk Downs.