What’s Blue and White and Awe’d All Over?

Luna, a brand spanking new Nordic Tug 44 all set to explore the Pacific Northwest!

Dave Allen from the Nordic factory is pleased to announce delivery of 44-127 to PaNNTOA members Nelson and Jane Bright of Bellingham, WA. Nelson and Jane saw 44-125 at the Seattle Boat Show in 2019. In August they placed a deposit on a build slot for a shiny new “Factory Direct” order.

Despite the challenges for manufacturers during the Pandemic and the domino impact it has had on suppliers, the factory made it happen and delivered a beautiful boat to the Bright’s a few weeks ago. As with all things nautical, there are a few things to be completed pending the arrival of spring but nothing that will impede planning for what will surely be a wonderful maiden boating season.

 

 

 

 

Maintaining Your Dock Lines

With spring just around the corner, our friends at Seattle Yachts remind us it’s the perfect time to inspect and maintain dock lines

By Bill Parlatore of Seattle Yachts

During the off season, it is a good time to really inspect your dock lines. We use them regularly throughout the season, but most of us don’t pay much attention to them. Spend a couple of days at an old crusty marina, for example, and do not be surprised to find wood splinters buried in the strands of the lines, often weeks later. We get under way, lines are coiled and placed out of sight in a locker, and we don’t think about them until the next time they are needed.
So, it is a good idea at this time of year to put on a pair of mechanic’s gloves, uncoil each dock line in turn, and carefully run them through your fingers to find and remove any foreign matter than inevitably works into the braided or three-strand nylon. Your crew’s hands will thank you for it.
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Once three-strand nylon line begins to unravel, it is essential to take action to stop it as you lose inches then feet off the dock line, and it is all but impossible to fix that. Whip or seal the line and cut off the loose strands.
As dock lines weather, they become stiff from exposure and salt crystals. Once a season, soak them overnight in a bucket of water mixed with fabric softener, such as Downy. This does wonders to clean them of dirt and restore the flexibility and feel of the nylon.
I do suggest that you rinse and dry the lines before recoiling them and putting them away. Unless you don’t mind that your lazarette smells like a laundry room.
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Additional helpful links on lines:
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Samsonrope.com In business since the 1880’s, these folks know their ropes!
Check out their Resources pages … the following is just one of their helpful pdfs.
Samson Technical Bulletin: Inspection & Retirement Pocket Guide https://www.samsonrope.com/docs/default-source/technical-bulletins/tb_inspection-retirement-pocket-guide_aug2013_web.pdf?sfvrsn=c3d63bbd_2
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West Marine on the subject of dock lines:
https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Dock-Lines
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… and while you’re looking at info about lines, you might want to read an article or two on spring lines!

Save the Date!

  Saturday, March 20, 6pm

The First Ever PANNTOA Online Island Tour!

Join us for some fun on the virtual waters of your computer screen as we explore nooks and crannies of the Canadian Gulf Islands! Our own Roger Hind (NT42 “Nordic Mist”) will take us on a lively tour of some of his favorite boating hangouts right there in his home waters.

This will be a Zoom meeting for PANNTOA members. Roger’s presentation will take about two hours to round the circuit of his “don’t miss” marinas and bays as well as some “be sure to miss” rocks and hazards. For those who wish to stay, we will continue with some Q&A afterwards. So, put on that old PANNTOA t-shirt and get comfortable with your computer. There is no need to register, just follow the link below to the meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/92356088044?pwd=K2lDQmVPUHhYajM2b09aNVNxZDR3dz09

Meeting ID: 923 5608 8044

Passcode: 234777

See ya dockside!

-Your PANNTOA Board

PS Doug Ford will host the meeting. Should there be any technical difficulty, please give him a call at 360 789 7861.

Commodore’s Corner – February 2021

Well, here we are in 2021 already. I hope your holidays were filled with joy and good health. It’s been a tough past 12 months, but I know that we’re working toward a brighter future this year!
A Board Meeting was held on February 3rd to discuss the Rendezvous, budgeting for the coming year, and to develop new ideas for interactive activities on the website.

Rendezvous News

After much discussion and research into what is occurring with the Covid pandemic and vaccinations, the Board made the tough decision to push the Rendezvous from June 2021 until possibly September of this year (if that becomes feasible). This allows us to take another look at the developments in the pandemic situation and re-assess timing as needed. If September becomes viable, the 2021 Vous will likely be held in US waters due to the continued closure of the US/Canadian border. That said, holding a Vous will still be dependent on our ability to gather, finding a location that can be scheduled with short notice, and everyone’s willingness to get together. It’s not looking promising that the border will be open to get to Sydney this year, so we have pushed the Sydney location forward to June of 2022. We know that you are looking forward to the Rendezvous as are we. It’s always a highlight of our year and we hope to be able to give you a successful and safe Rendezvous when the time is right.

Other News

As you know, we held a photo contest this last November which was very successful! There were a lot of great photos entered and we thank all those that did enter, and those who took the time to view the photos submitted. I would like to again thank Seattle Yachts for their support and prize contributions. We are working to develop additional ideas for online activities to keep you clicking on the website and getting the value from your association that you expect. We are always looking for content to add to the website so if you have an idea and/or a story that you think would be useful or entertaining for our members, please feel free to forward it to one of the Board members.

I had a brief conversation with Dave Allen at the factory recently and he told me they have an additional 44 and two more 40’s about to be built, so the factory is busy cranking away at boat building! There are lots of smiles and happy workers. Seattle Yachts Manager Cory Gracey also informed me that they’ve sold several used NT’s and have a couple of stock boats coming up in case you’re interested in moving up to a 40 or 44. He also told me they are providing one year’s PaNNTOA membership dues to anyone who buys a new or used Nordic Tug through the Seattle Yachts dealership. So, if you’re looking for a move up (or down!) it might be a good time to give them a call.

The Board reviewed the budget for 2021 and has agreed that we will increase the support for the website as we feel it is an especially important communication tool and an asset to our membership. We are doing a review of the website and related services to determine how it can better serve you. If you have comments, ideas, or suggestions, please forward those to one of the Board members. We would certainly appreciate the input!

The PaNNTOA family has now grown to 169 active memberships. That’s up from 125 a year and a half ago! Kudos and many thanks to Chris Sodeman for a job well done! Chris is resigning from the position of Membership Director due to selling his boat and other pressing family commitments. If you are interested in taking on the role, please contact me directly. It’s a fun position if you are a people-oriented person as it entails reaching out to new members with a Welcome and resolving any problems with membership renewals. The Job Description can be found on the website under About Us/Job Descriptions. We encourage your participation in your organization.

In closing, I know that even as we look out the window and see the monsoon-like rains day after day, better boating weather is approaching! I hope you can get out and enjoy your tug, share some camaraderie, and take advantage of the beautiful Northwest waters that most of us are fortunate to call our home!

Happy Tugging!

Gary White
PaNNTOA Commodore

PANNTOA Covid Cruze Photo Contest Winners!

Wow! We got a boatload of photos from all over Puget Sound, the Gulf Islands and beyond! It was a treat to see all the places our members cruised this summer in spite of the Covid restrictions. We are all winners to live in such a spectacular part of the world!

It was a great pleasure to sort through all the entries and review some familiar places and preview some new. But due to the quantity and quality of the photos, it was hard to choose just three! If you have not done so already, please log in and take a look at all the great photos.

Seattle Yachts sponsored this contest and generously provided the prizes for first and second place winners. The third-place winner gets to choose from some priceless PANNTOA swag!

FIRST PLACE!
Julie Irwin took this photo of their kids while cruising for a week in the San Juan Islands! What a memorable sunset to enjoy as a family on the stern of High Drama II! Seattle Yachts will be sending them an Impulse A-33 In-Sight Auto Inflatable LIfe Jacket valued at $225!

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND PRIZE!
Second prize goes to Mark Leopold for submitting this photo taken at Matia Island this past summer. Here we see First Tracks stern tied in a small cove just SW of Rolfe Cove where they found three days of quiet. An HX40 6W Ultra Compact Marine Handheld VHF Radio valued at $125 will be shipped to them by our friends at Seattle Yachts!

 

 

 

 

THIRD PRIZE!
Dave Rankin submitted this beautiful photo of Princess Louisa Inlet with Formilo (NT37) in the foreground. For his efforts, he gets a selection of PANNTOA SWAG! Check out his new sportswear at the next Vous!

Thanks to everyone who participated and to those of you who logged in to enjoy the views.

And a special thanks goes out to our sponsor, Seattle Yachts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving! And a belated Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian members!

While 2020 was rife with stormy weather of one sort and another, we hope you also had many moments to appreciate. While contemplating your blessings, scan through your photos and see if there’s something you’d like to enter into PaNNTOA’s photo contest—the fast approaching deadline is November 30th.

Stay safe, stay warm, and in the great words of UNKNOWN, “There’s always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Even if it’s just not being a turkey.”

Cruising with Miranda: Summer 2020

Editor’s note: If you’ve been following the adventures of Miranda, you’ll know that she tours the seas aboard PaNNTOA members’ boats. Her adventures have been chronicled in a lovely album, updated for member’s enjoyment for each annual rendezvous. This year, we’re posting Miranda’s story on the web site for all to enjoy. Miranda recently returned to port following her journeys this year with Bill and Sam Stone aboard the good ship, July. Here’s Sam’s report:

Miranda arrived at our home in Anacortes on Monday, June 29th. I was out walking with the neighbors. She just made herself at home, insisting that she sit in Bill’s favorite chair until he returned. Kind of reminds me of our cat.

Bill was surprised and somewhat hesitant when he returned home, indicating face mask or not, there’s really no social distancing on the boat.

Personally, I like her. Miranda has many more social skills than our cat, she’s quiet, doesn’t eat a lot, doesn’t weigh a lot and seems more interested in life than Bandit (the cat). Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we go to Cap Sante Marina for the 4th of July weekend.

Well it was true. Miranda was much better behaved than the cat! Thus, Bill had a decision to make…would it be Bandit or Miranda and me on his future voyage(s)…Stay tuned to see what happened this summer.

CHAPTER 2. Miranda & Me

It probably wasn’t fair that I didn’t tell you that the cat (Bandit) gets seasick, was it? As one can imagine, after multiple vet visits, multiple drugs, puncture wounds from trying to give those drugs, it was an easy decision for Bill to select Miranda and me as his crew.

Because this has been the summer of “The Backyard,” Miranda hasn’t been out on the boat much yet. She has had time to settle into Anacortes though, and get comfortable at home.

Next scheduled voyage for the Captain and crew was mid-September to Rosario and Deer Harbor. Let’s see, how did that go??? Well, really well, except for a bit of smoke and a lot of fog and the very first scratches on July (NT 42-110).

While moored in Deer Harbor, our slip mates came over a little too far when trying to dock, catching July’s starboard rear corner and removing the gelcoat down to the fiberglass. Miranda got a little excited about that…but Bill was able to get it fixed! Can’t even tell there was a problem.

Miranda did, however, make friends with another dock neighbor on the opposite side of us in his 62’ wooden boat, Orina. Turns out this neighbor is a published author of several books. One in particular he shared with Miranda and her crew, is titled Inside the Inside Passage – True Stories From the Land of the Spirit Bear, by Captain Joseph P. Bettis.

If you haven’t read the book, it is available on Amazon, and is a series of chapters not necessarily in date order, but all discussing Joseph’s adventures over thirty years with the magic and mystery of the Inside Passage. He takes you on a journey, all the way to Bartlett Cove & Reid Inlet, 1,272 miles from Seattle. Our own Vice-Commodore, Doug Ford said “…it is the best of the many cruising narratives I’ve read. Bettis did an excellent job of balancing people, places, history and a culture in a well-written narrative.”

Miranda’s next trip was to Rosario, where Miranda got some experience on the journey watching the radar with about a 1/8-mile visibility. The same foggy/smoky weather was repeated again 3 days later when we were moving on to Deer Harbor. We needed to go back so Miranda could wish her friend Joseph well, as he was moving his boat permanently to Friday Harbor.

Things have been pretty quiet at home since then. Miranda helped can or freeze tomato and apple sauce(s), dry a few herbs, and generally start preparing the gardens for cooler days ahead. Miranda’s next couple trips will likely be Airbnb or VRBO related. We’ll keep you informed as to how and where she spends her holidays.

Until then…Miranda and Bandit (the seasick cat) play next to the fireplace on a cooler day.

THE (HOPEFULLY) FIRST AND LAST EVER COVID CRUZE PHOTO CONTEST

THE (HOPEFULLY) FIRST AND LAST EVER COVID CRUZE PHOTO CONTEST

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!

Rules:

  • 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

FIRST PRIZE

FROM SEATTLE YACHTS  An Impulse A-33 In-Sight Auto Inflatable Life Jacket ~$225


https://www.fisheriessupply.com/onyx-impulse-a-33-in-sight-automatic-inflatable-life-jacket133900-700-004-19

SECOND PRIZE

FROM SEATTLE YACHTS HX40 6W Ultra Compact Marine Handheld VHF Radio ~$125


https://www.fisheriessupply.com/standard-horizon-6w-ultra-compact-marine-handheld-vhftransceiver-hx40

THIRD PRIZE FROM PANNTOA

PANNTOA SWAG! Pick two items from the following:

  • Women’s white long sleeve T’s: 1 small, 1 medium, or 1 large
  • Women’s black fleece full-zip hoodies: 1 small, 5 medium, or 5 large
  • Men’s white short sleeve T’s: 2 medium, 2 large, 1 XL, or 1 2XL
  • Men’s white long sleeve T: 1 large
  • Men’s black short sleeve T: 1 large
  • PANNTOA Burgee (Priceless)

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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Gary White
Panntoa Commodore

Seattle Yachts is the NEW Nordic Tug Dealer & Service Center!

Seattle Yachts has been chosen as a Nordic tug dealer by the factory. This is both exciting for the factory as well as our Panntoa Members. They look forward to building a strong relationship and support with us. Cory Gracey, the general manager for Seattle Yachts, who some of you may remember from his past employment at the Nordic Tug factory as sales and relationships manager, is very excited to begin working again with Nordic Tug. I will keep you informed of Seattle Yachts commitment to Panntoa as more information becomes available.

Gary White

Commodore