Commodore’s Corner – January 2023

Welcome to the 2023 boating season … okay, the very early, armchair cruising part of the season. It’s the ideal time to start knocking documentation and planning items off the checklist. For example, now is the perfect time to check your passport/Nexus card/other trusted traveler program expiration dates. Crossing the border is pretty much back to normal but there is a bit of a back log if you’re applying for any of these programs. Fortunately, there’s still time to get a passport before our 2023 Rendezvous in Sidney, BC, June 1-3. Waggoner Cruising has a great post related to border crossings (both directions).

And speaking of Waggoner, be sure to check out an exclusive PaNNTOA webinar being hosted via Zoom on February 15th. Experienced mariner and author of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, Mark Bunzel, will be giving a seminar on longer cruises in Canadian waters. Whether it’s your first trip or your fifteenth, you’re sure to learn something useful.

Before the bright work needs to be polished and the oil changed, while the weather is less than conducive to relaxed boating, visit the PaNNTOA forum topics. Add a question, answer a question, or just share your $.02. You may have already solved a problem someone else has, or maybe you know the perfect destination for an April shakedown cruise. If you have a question, chances are so does someone else. Please share. Your knowledge and thoughts are valuable and valued.

Stay warm, stay healthy, and we’ll see you on the water soon.

Sandra P., PaNNTOA Commodore (in case you were confusing me with some other commodore)

PaNNTOA Exclusive Waggoner Webinar – Extended Cruising in Canadian Waters

Using the June 2023 PaNNTOA Rendezvous as a jump off to a longer cruise up north? Or just looking for tips on longer cruises? Join us via Zoom on February 15 at 6:30 p.m. PST for a presentation by Mark Bunzel, Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide. In addition, there will be Q&A at the end of the presentation. Zoom information will be found on the PaNNTOA Events tab.

Do you have specific questions? Want to know about marinas, water, fuel, logistics, spares, etc.? Please post your questions on our corresponding PaNNTOA General Chat forum topic. And if you have responses to other member’s questions, please post them too! Mark may adjust his presentation based on the questions posted.

Mark is also co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands, nautical publisher and distributor at the Waggoner Store, and a long time cruiser and leader of umpty-ump flotillas in the Pacific Northwest and points south. You know the guide is great; be sure to check out the super helpful Waggoner Guide website.

Looking for guides and nautical books? Waggoner is generously extending a *20% discount to Panntoa members. Mention you’re with Panntoa when placing your order to receive discount. (*Note: discount does not apply to bundles as they’ve already been discounted.)

This one hour seminar is a great resource and if you want more, Mark will be teaching a full day seminar, “Cruise to Desolation Sound and Broughtons,” on April 22 at Cruisers College. Mark will also be presenting several seminars at this year’s Seattle Boat Show.

Seattle Yachts Service – 2023

Seattle Yachts is a proud sponsor of PaNNTOA and its Members. We offer all active PaNNTOA members 8% Off Labor at Seattle Yachts Service – a subsidiary of the Seattle Yachts family located in Anacortes, Washington. As many of you Nordic Tug owners are already aware, Cap Sante Marine was recently added to the Seattle Yachts family and is operating under new management as Seattle Yachts Service’s south yard or SYS South.

With our experienced team, equipment, and Travel lift, we are your one stop Nordic Tug service shop. With two service teams, one focusing on commissioning new boats and one specifically for customer boat service, we can assist everyone through every step of their boating life. 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. Nordic Tug owners will benefit from his experience and familiarity with electrical, mechanical, plumbing, paint, and fiberglass projects. Whether it’s routine Tug maintenance, upgrades or repairs, his good communication and personal attention when managing projects, will be much appreciated by owners.

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

Our Services:

Seattle Yachts Sales

  • Nordic Tugs Dealership and Yacht Brokerage Services

Seattle Yachts Service

  • 2 Full-Service Boatyards – Your Pacific Northwest Nordic Tugs Authorized Service Center
  • Fuel Dock and Travel Lift Services
  • Fully Stocked Marine Parts Store, Outboard and Tender Sales
  • Custom Boat Projects

South Yard
Marine Parts / Service Center

2915 W Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221

North Yard
Service Center


2417 T Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221

Sales Office
New and Brokerage


1019 Q Ave Suite A and B
Anacortes, WA 98221





2022 Photo Contest Winners!

Of course, in our eyes, all submitted photos were winners but like so many things in life, we had to narrow prize winners down to three. Our Judges, Doug Ford, Amy Jamison of Seattle Yachts, and Angelo Muzzin have completed their work and the results follow:

First Prize

John Hall, 37’ Flying Tiger, submitted, “Like father, like son…   Our oldest son and his family enjoying their ‘new to them’ Nordic Tug 32, “Intugsicated” in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It’s great fun to share adventures with them!”

Second Prize

Gary White, former PaNNTOA Commodore and skipper of 37’ Last Splash, “This photo of Last Splash was taken in June 2022 at Stuart Island.  A brief rain shower followed by a lovely rainbow.” We tried to convince Gary the prize was another year of being commodore, but he wasn’t buying it.

Third Prize

Mark Leopold, 37’ First Tracks and winner of the 2021 Photo Contest, “…in May when we were fortunate to have this lovely cove all to ourselves…  looking South with the tip of Orcas Island in the far background.  Beautiful scenery in every direction!”

We would like to acknowledge the time provided by Doug, Amy and Angelo for judging this year’s photo contest. We would also like to thank Seattle Yachts for the generous donation of one of our photo contest prizes; a round trip haul out at their facility in Anacortes.

Thanks to all for participating.


Coming Events – 2023

February 1-5, 2023, Vancouver B.C. International Boat Show at BC Place & Granville Island

February 3-11, 2023, Seattle Boat Show. Includes a 2-for-1 Tuesday, $5 parking at Bell Street Pier Garage, Women’s Day (free admission with advance ticket), over 285 exhibitors, over 75 free seminars.

February 15, 2023, Waggoners Zoom Webinar: Extended Cruising in Canadian Waters

January 22 – February 5, 2023, Chinese New Year–This is Year of the Rabbit

February 2023, Cruisers College
D.I.Y. Diesel Engine Maintenance & Troubleshooting with Matt Mardesich
NMEA 2000 Networks: What’s Available & D.I.Y. by Jennifer King & Monica Riess
Marine Diesel Engines for Women w/Margaret Pommert, includes hands-on

If you know of a class or event that other members might be interested in, please send an email to any PaNNTOA board member and we’ll get it posted on the PaNNTOA Events calendar (accessed via tab at top of PaNNTOA web page).