Many of us spent time on the water this summer rediscovering our own local treasured anchorages—whether the south sound or the Gulf Islands, Hood Canal or the Sunshine Coast, or every little nook and cranny of the San Juan’s. What a treat to live in the Pacific Northwest with so many beautiful destinations within easy reach.

Seattle Yachts and PANNTOA are sponsoring a photo contest to showcase your best summer pics. As you click through your photos, consider beauty, wildlife, hangouts, family fun, humor, Nordic Tugs, or anything nautical that shows off the joy of tugging!


  • Up to two photo submissions per boat so give us your best shot
  • Must be a current member of PANNTOA
  • Photos must be from this calendar year
  • Post your photo to the PANNTOA online forum titled Trip Reports, subtopic Covid Cruze Pics during the month of November. Last day for submissions is November 30
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size. Instructions for posting photos are on the forum page near the top left corner of the screen. Contact Sandra (Web director) for help if needed
  • Post a brief story about your photo
  • Judging will be done by our Seattle Yachts sponsor and two PANNTOA board members
  • Winners will be announced on the website on December 15

While you are on the website, please take some time to:

  • Explore other forum posts
  • Post a question about a project of yours or help a fellow tugger with theirs
  • Update your directory information and photo
  • Contact a fellow tugger via the directory
  • Check out our wonderful Supporters and Vendors
  • Read the minutes of recent PANNTOA board meetings to know what we are working on
  • Review the board job descriptions and consider participating!
  • Send an email to a board member with a comment or question


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  • Men’s white short sleeve T’s: 2 medium, 2 large, 1 XL, or 1 2XL
  • Men’s white long sleeve T: 1 large
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Commodore’s Corner – October 26, 2020

Well, Fall snuck up on me and here we are already a month into it. This was an interesting summer for cruising to say the least. Although early restrictions kept most of us off the water initially, Carole and I found that many of us were able to go out and were comfortable enjoying the San Juans after restrictions were lifted. After all, what’s more socially distanced than a boat at anchor!

We saw and/or heard many of you cruising throughout the summer. We personally took several shorter trips this year to break it up, chase the good weather, and also to try and avoid the crowds. Our favorite cruise was in late September where crowds were nearly nonexistent and favorite anchorages back to normal capacities, and the Coho fishing was amazing.

I hope you all were able to find a spot to throw the hook and enjoy our beautiful San Juans, Puget Sound, and/or South Sound waters. And for our Canadian members, we hope you enjoyed what I presume to be the relative quiet of Canadian cruising waters, without the added pressure of U.S. boats!

Rendezvous News

After Panntoa Board members returned from their cruising and summer travels, we held a board meeting on October 13th. We have begun discussions on next year’s rendezvous and are looking at the implications of Covid as it may apply to that. The tentative dates are June 10-12, 2021 in Sydney B.C. Of course, we will not have a clear vision about whether we can successfully hold a rendezvous until next year. But hopeful planning is underway. We will be following up with you regarding the rendezvous as plans develop.

Factory News

I am pleased to let you know that the factory is going full guns! I am in regular contact with Dave Allen and he has informed me that they have 8 Nordic Tugs in the build queue, with a couple in production now. They also have 9 Ocean Sports in line for production. They continue to increase their workforce which has doubled since the first of the year. This is great news.

In a recent conversation with Cory Gracey at Seattle Yachts (the new Nordic Tug dealer in Anacortes) he said they have sold one new, and 5 used Nordic Tugs since August. So it appears that Nordic Tugs are in high demand and valued as a quality purchase by those looking for socially distanced recreation.

Upcoming Photo Contest

We will be co-sponsoring a photo contest with Seattle Yachts focusing on this year’s “Covid Cruzing.” We want to see your pictures! Prizes to be awarded! Seattle Yachts has provided 2 very nice prizes and Panntoa is donating 2 items from the Panntoa “store.” Watch for information to be coming soon to the Panntoa web site with instruction on how to enter.

In closing, we are fortunate in the Northwest to have cruising weather most of the year, so as the weather windows present themselves over the next few months, I hope you will be able to get out and enjoy your Tug. Carole and I will be looking for those breaks as well and hope to see you on the water!

Gary White
Panntoa Commodore

Seattle Yachts

Seattle Yachts is a proud sponsor of PaNNTOA & its members. We offer PaNNTOA members an Annual 50% Haul-out Coupon redeemable at Northwest Marine Center - a subsidiary of Seattle Yachts located in Anacortes, Washington. Seattle Yachts is an ever-growing new boat dealership & used yacht brokerage. With our customers in mind & how to better serve their boating needs, we have expanded our services to also include: Seattle Yachts Transport, & Northwest Marine Center – a full-service boatyard in Anacortes, WA.

Seattle Yachts is pleased to announce that the discounts previously offered by Cap Sante Marine to all active PANNTOA members will continue under Seattle Yachts Service. As many of you are aware, Cap Sante Marine was recently added the Seattle Yachts family and is operating under new management as Seattle Yachts Service’s south yard or SYS South.

The PANNTOA Discount is 10% on labor for all active PANNTOA Members. If you’re thinking about bottom paint, stern thruster, water maker, solar panels, dinghy davits and more, now you’ll gain an 8% measure of relief on the bottom line.

Veteran yacht technician Nathan Kusler will be your point of contact at SYS South. Owners will benefit from his experience and familiarity with electrical, mechanical, plumbing, paint and fiberglass projects. Whether it’s routine maintenance, upgrades or repairs, his good communication and personal attention when managing projects will be much appreciated by owners.

Feel free to contact Nathan to get acquainted and talk through any projects you have in mind at or 360 208 8539

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Seattle Yachts Service


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Anacortes, WA 98221

Seattle Yachts Transport


719 28th Street

Anacortes, WA 98221