Welcome to Fall Tuggers!

Welcome to Fall, Tuggers!  [updated November 6, 2019]

Well, the summer cruising season is behind us and you know what that means. Fall cruising season begins with fewer crowds and good weather to enjoy our boats! I hope you were all able to get out this summer and have a wonderful cruising experience.

What we’re working on

Although most of your board members have been on extended cruises, they also have been busy working behind the scenes to make the PaNNTOA organization more fun and useful to its members. A major part of the effort is going toward making this web site more dynamic.

Here are some of the things we’ve done lately, and what you can expect next.

  • For starters, as you can see above, we’ve added a report on the mini-vous at Port Browning. It sounds like they had a great time and turn out. A big shout out and thanks to the Ericksons and the Easterbrooks for organizing a great event!
  • The 2019 rendezvous pictures and presentations are now posted under the Events tab.
  • The May general meeting minutes and financial report are under the Resources tab.
  • Under the Officers tab we have added biographies and pictures of board members so you can more easily recognize who you’re communicating with.
  • To make it easy to contact the current board member for each position, we’ve created standard emails and put them at the end of the board member’s bio. For example, to contact me just address your mail to commodore@panntoa.org. When someone else becomes commodore next year, you can just use the same address.

What’s next

To improve the usefulness of the website and make it fresh and relevant we’re gearing up to regularly add new articles and information. It’s simple, the site won’t be useful until people find a reason to use it. So, we’re priming the pump by sharing stories you might enjoy and info you can use.

 As you know, one of the biggest membership benefits of our organization is having a place to share our adventures and expertise. Here’s where you can help.

  • If you can, take a few minutes to report back about where you’ve gone, what you saw, and anything you learned that the rest of us can use.
  • If you find a great (or awful) anchorage (or provisioning stop, restaurant or fuel dock) just put up a quick forum post.
  • Looking for someone to cruise with? Post a note telling where you’re headed and when. Need help with a tech problem? You guessed it, ask in the forum.
  • While you’re there, see if there’s something you can help with.

People at the mini-vous in Port Browning were excited about the prospect of a revitalized site. Now let’s work together to make it happen.

This work on the web site picks up where Sam Stone left off. She did an exemplary job of past Vous director and IT web director, which took an enormous amount of work. Sam has stepped down as IT web director to focus on family and personal projects. New member Robbin Young has stepped in to manage the web site and work on the improvements described above. Learn more about Robbin in her bio.

Happy cruising!

Gary White - PaNNTOA Commodore

Port Browning Mini-Vous Summary

Our Nordic Tug “mini-vous” – fun and relaxation at Port Browning!

Port Browning Marina on Pender Island was a great place for our “small” rendezvous. Well, the idea was that it'd be small, but in the end 20 boats showed up for a casual gathering on September 6-8, hosted by Tom and Terry Easterbrook on Pilitak and Blake and Rhonda Erickson on Sea Fury.

Blake and Rhonda spent Friday preparing a gourmet seafood chowder to anchor the Friday night potluck, which also included a great selection of entrée and dessert options. Barbara and Gerry from Spree polished off the evening with plenty of chocolate ice cream.

Just in case we were still hungry on Saturday morning, Blake broke out his chef ensemble, vintage Coleman stove, and antique waffle iron and made fresh waffles for each of us. Tom worked alongside him cooking up Canadian bacon. Terry made beautiful fruit kabobs for those who wanted to feel a bit healthy.

After breakfast people casually visited one another on the dock and on their boats. It was a great way to get to know each other and share ideas for outfitting and maintaining our Nordic Tugs.

Even better, the Easterbrooks posted a question sheet on the dock, where we could help each other with boat questions. For example, one person wanted to know how to maintain their black rubber rub rails, and someone else replied, "Vaseline!".

Barb on Spree gave demos of her favorite gadgets, including a high tech device for feeding line through a mooring buoy without killing yourself  (see West Marine: Robship Hook and Moor Telescoping Boat Hook) and the Docking Stick (see Amazon), which makes it much easier to grab a cleat from your boat in challenging docking conditions.

On Saturday night we gathered at the Bistro for a relaxed, mildly boisterous dinner. The gathering broke up Sunday morning, right on cue, just as the cold and breezy weather came in.

Credit and thanks for this mini-vous account goes to Robbin Young aboard Anita Marie. Also, go to the Members Forum on the PaNNTOA website, where
Robbin and others have posted more comments on their mini-vous experience. (It’s titled “Port Browning Mini-Vous” and you’ll find it posted in the “General
Chat” category.) Please add your comments as well!

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