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:

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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).

There’s a New Commodore in Town…

Sandra Piotrowski and Angelo Muzzin are PaNNTOA’s new(est) Commodore and Rear Commodore, respectively, effective December 1, 2022. Sandra and Angelo will complete the terms of Stu and Sue Clark.


2022 PaNNTOA Photo Contest Update

The deadline for the 2022 Photo Contest has been extended to December 31.  Don’t delay, pick from your best tugging adventures showcasing the Pacific Northwest and your time on the water.


The rules are simple:

  • You may submit up to two photos per boat.
  • You must be a current member of PaNNTOA.
  • Photos must be taken in this calendar year.
  • Title your photo and include a brief story to share.
  • Must be a Nordic Tug, at least a partial view, somewhere in the picture.
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size.
  • Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2022.

Post your entry in the Trip Reports forum under topic “2022 PaNNTOA Photography Contest”.
Instructions for how to post a picture into a post are at the top of the PaNNTOA Member Forum page.  If you have any issues or questions related to posting, contact

Winners will be announced on the PaNNTOA website in mid-January.  Good luck and don’t delay.

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Now Hear This!

October 2022

We have announcements in all sizes this month, ranging from “that was nice” to “ouch.” We’ll make them in chronological order so please read through to the end.

Kingston September Mini Rendezvous

A stellar success captained by Gerry Guertin and Barb Harley from the good ship, Spree. A generous baker’s dozen (13—can bakers not count?) boats participated. A lot of good food, engaging conversations, and boat tours capped off with great weather made for a lovely fall gathering. The folks at the Kingston marina were welcoming and helpful. A big shout out and thank you to Gerry and Barb for the goodie bags, blueberry pancake breakfast, Saturday’s dinner, fun and games, and general wrangling. You made it look easy but the attendees know the effort you put in and really appreciated it.

2022 Photography Contest

Limber up those fingers and scroll back through all the great boating photos you took this year. In addition to nice prizes for our second and third place winners, this year’s grand prize is two tickets to the 2023 Rendezvous in Sidney, BC.

Pick from your best tugging adventures showcasing the Pacific Northwest and your time spent on the water. As you click through your photos, consider beauty, wildlife, hangouts, family fun, humor, Nordic Tugs or things nautical that show off the joy of tugging!

The rules are simple:

  • You may submit up to two photos per boat.
  • You must be a current member of PaNNTOA.
  • There must be a Nordic tug, at least a partial view, somewhere in the picture.
  • Photos must be taken in this calendar year.
  • Title your photo and, if so inclined, include a brief story to share.
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size.
  • Photos must be submitted by November 30, 2022.

Post your entry in the Trip Reports forum under topic “2022 PaNNTOA Photography Contest.” Instructions for how to post a picture into a post are at the top of the PaNNTOA Member Forum page. If you have any issues or questions related to posting, contact

Winners will be announced on the PaNNTOA website in mid-December. Good luck and don’t delay. If you have questions, please contact, or

The “Ouch” Announcement

Commodore Stu Clark and Rear Commodore (Treasurer) Sue Clark were involved in a serious vehicle accident in late September outside Bloomington, Illinois. Though they and their four dogs escaped catastrophic injury, their shiny new F-350 and Airstream collided with a car that pulled out in front of them at an intersection on a country road while moving at 35 mph. Their truck is now totaled and the Airstream sustained considerable damage. As a result of those injuries, they have decided to quit boating and their Nordic 39 is now for sale.*

Despite their immediate challenges, Stu will see the photography contest through and Sue will take care of end-of-the-year accounting items. They will step out of their current management roles as of December 31, 2022.

PaNNTOA needs a couple of volunteers to step into the Commodore and Treasurer roles from January 1, 2023, though the June rendezvous in Sidney. At the rendezvous we will vote in new Board members. Position descriptions are posted on the PaNNTOA website. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Stu at

*Emmy Lou III is a 2013 flybridge with 656 hours on the Cummins QSB 5.9.  The Onan generator has 116 hours. She has been fully serviced and there is nothing needing to be done.  Her hull has been ceramic coated and the inside is immaculate. Stu and Sue are leaving quite a few items on the vessel (new inflatable dinghy w/cover, Torqeedo electric outboard, BBQ, fluids & spares, etc.).

Now Hear This!

I hope everyone has had a great summer cruising season. Long term forecasts, worth every penny we pay for them, are promising a beautiful fall cruising season. And what better way to kick off fall, than to attend a Nordic Tug mini-Rendezvous. Gerry G. reports a dozen boats have already signed up for the fall mini-vous in Kingston and there’s still room for more. Be sure to check out the PaNNTOA website for the plans for this event being held September 23rd to 25th. Kindly RSVP Gerry by September 10th if you plan to attend.
Keep snapping away your amazing cruising pictures as the PaNNTOA photo contest is just around the corner with the submission period being November 1 through 30th. As long as there’s a Nordic Tug, or at least a piece of one, somewhere in the photo, you’re good to go. More details for the contest will be posted in the next month or so.
The newly elected PaNNTOA Board conducted its first meeting in August. The Board is firmly in cahoots, or rather deeply in agreement, about plans, priorities, and events. Jeff Redmond, our Vice-Commodore, has picked up the Web Director baton from Sandra Piotrowski. Jeff and I are working with the Board on significant updates to the PaNNTOA website.

A suggestion that came from my membership survey letter dealt with having “coffee klatches” at various marinas. These informal get-togethers could happen as often as those participating would like. The concept would be for a PaNNTOA member, at a particular marina, announce to the membership that a “coffee klatch” would be happening on, say, a Saturday at 10 a.m. on dock such-and-such on the host’s boat and all PaNNTOA members at that marina would be welcome to stop by and visit. It would be a “bring-your-own-cup” and whomever was hosting the klatch that time would provide the coffee and PaNNTOA would reimburse the host for the coffee and sundries.

Sue (your Rear Commodore/Treasurer) and I are in Buffalo, Wyoming tonight on an RV roadtrip to Madison, Wisconsin otherwise we would volunteer Emmy Lou III to be the host boat to get things started. Are any of you reading this interested and willing to be a host boat in the upcoming months? If you are, please let me know.
Stay safe and remember to take pictures!
Stu Clark
Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association

Now Hear This…

First, I want to thank those members of the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association who took the time to respond to my survey. As your new Commodore, I am interested in knowing what the membership wants and needs from PaNNTOA. The email went out to the “big list” of about 200 email addresses on July 14th. So far, I have received only seven responses to that survey. Interestingly, those responding had very similar comments to my questions.

All seven said that a forum that dealt with cruising with pets would be very helpful. Another survey question that garnered 100% support was having a place where members could post questions regarding their tugs in order to solicit helpful tips and help. I would encourage you to do that when there are times you would like input. A third response that drew 100% support was the desire to know where others are going on the water at particular times. We probably will call that listing “Flash Rallies.” Those get togethers would be impromptu, unsponsored, and simply a way of encouraging some socializing on a small scale.

Right now, we are working on ways to “refresh” the PaNNTOA website and, again, thank you to the seven members who replied. It’s not too late to send me your comments, or just to say hello. I’m always ready to consider member input.

Functioning between the “Flash Rallies” and the annual “Rendezvous” is the “Mini-Rendezvous.” This event was first mentioned at the June Rendezvous and then again last month in my Commodore’s Letter. Time is running out and I would encourage you to come to Kingston in September and have some fun. Gerry Guertin and Barb Hartley are hosting this event and the flyer is below.

Stay Safe!

Stu Clark
Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association