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




Mini ‘Voux Reminder – September 2022

Your very amiable “cruise” captain, Gerry Guertin, reminds us the fall mini rendezvous will be held in Kingston on September 23rd and 24th. This is a purely social gathering with PaNNTOA springing for BBQ fixings and attendees potlucking (we don’t care that grammar checking objects, potlucking should be a word) salads and whatnot.

Gerry says there’s room for 10 to 15 boats, or so, and we currently have six boats and a couple of innocent bystanders signed up. Please make your reservations directly with the Kingston Marina and be sure to mention you’re there with the Nordic Tug group.

Please RSVP Gerry at or call him at 360-908-5656 by September 10th.

Now Hear This…

This is my inaugural message as your new Commodore. I want to express my gratitude to Gary White for his dedication and leadership over the past three years he served PaNNTOA as Commodore. I also want to thank those individuals – his Board, and those that volunteered – in helping with the numerous logistics that keep PaNNTOA afloat.

I plan to email the entire PaNNTOA membership once a month. It won’t be a lengthy email, but one that calls your attention to various things happening within the organization. It will basically be an invitation to go to our website ( for more details on those updates if you are interested.

In order to serve our organization, I would like to ask you some questions and when you have some time, to answer those questions with as much detail as you would like. Email them to me at Your responses will stay anonymous.

Here are my questions to the membership:

  1. What do you want from PaNNTOA? In other words, what do you want our organization to fulfill?
  2.  Before moving to Anacortes from Northern California, Sue (your Rear Commodore) and I belonged to an Airstream RV group. They would periodically have “Flash Rallies” These rallies would be spontaneous and non-sponsored. The intent of a “Flash Rally” was to let the group know that a particular RVer was going to such-and-such a place in the following days and if anyone wanted to join them, for the company, just show up. There were no reservations, no hosting implied, but just a general announcement that “I’ll be there and join me if you want.” Not to be confused with a Mini-Rendezvous or the annual Rendezvous, would this be something you think has merit?
  3.  More than half of all boaters have a pet (or pets) on board. The majority are dogs, but there are some boat cats, too. We’ve created a forum topic on our website that deals with traveling with pets. Hopefully folks will post information and questions about which marine parks are pet friendly or unfriendly. Same with marinas. Also tips for training and coping with travel challenges specific to pets. I think a forum supporting this interchange would be helpful.
  4.  One of my hobbies has been amateur radio. I’ve been licensed for 64 years. Amateur, or “ham” radio is not CB radio and it doesn’t replace a cell phone. What it does do is provide communication capabilities – both for enjoyment, and to serve in an emergency. The number of boaters with ham radio equipment on board is very slim. A boater wanting to get licensed and then solve the challenges of putting workable equipment on board is challenging. But it can be done and I would like to create a forum on our website that deals with not only ham radio, but with radio communication in general. Would you be interested in getting your ham radio license? Would you be interested in knowing more about your boat’s radio or radios?
  5. Would you be interested in setting up a Mini-Rendezvous that would be south of Seattle, or north of La Conner? PaNNTOA will allocate $500 to cover a BBQ and a deposit to reserve slips.
  6.  This coming September, a Mini-Rendezvous is being set up by Gerry Guertin. It will be held in Kingston. More details are available on the PaNNTOA website home page. If you would like to help Gerry, please email him at
  7.  The last question deals with next year’s Rendezvous. It is slated to be in Sidney, BC. Based on this year’s survey results (thank you to those that submitted), there were comments/requests/suggestions involving dates, workshops, etc. So, please take some time and let your new Board of Directors know what you think. When would you like it? What speakers would you like to have? What subjects would you like to cover? There are no guarantees but we will do our best to consider your thoughts.

Don’t forget to be taking pictures of your Nordic Tug exploits this Summer and Fall to enter in the PaNNTOA Photo Contest later this year.

Stay safe and see you on the water!

Stu Clark

Mid-Sound Mini ‘Voux – September 2022

After a cool, damp spring, and a slow-to-start summer, we’re sacrificing a few chickens (or what we like to call, “making dinner”) to Neptune and Mother Nature, hoping for beautiful fall cruising. Gerry Guertin has volunteered to be our Cruise Captain for a mini rendezvous to be held in Kingston on September 23rd and 24th.

Gerry says there’s room for 10 to 15 boats, or so, and he might have a surprise or three up his sleeve. Please make your reservations directly with the Kingston Marina and be sure to mention you’re there with the Nordic Tug group (otherwise we’ll mock you when you get placed in the middle of the Rangers and Bayliners—just kidding. Not.)

RSVP Gerry at or call him at 360-908-5656. Gerry is breathlessly awaiting any questions you might have so don’t be shy about contacting him.

And if anyone wants to volunteer to captain a south sound, north sound, or Canadian mini rendezvous, please contact your friendly PaNNTOA Commodore.

2022 Rendezvous A Rousing Success

Cliff notes version: We bid a fond, and appreciative, farewell to COVID Commodore Gary White and his merry band of pirates, Vice Commodore Doug Ford and Rear Commodore/Treasurer Mike Russell, and welcomed our shiny new commodore, Stu Clark, Vice Commodore Jeff Redmond, and Rear Commodore Sue Clark.

Good speakers, great food, and plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Shortly we’ll be posting photos, resources, attendees, etc. Bear in mind, “shortly” was written by someone who drives a tug…

In the meantime, make sure you’re taking lots of photos on your cruises. Yes, PaNNTOA will be sponsoring another photo contest this fall. The theme is TBD but you’re pretty safe as long as there’s a Nordic Tug somewhere in the picture.

Absolutely Last Chance

While formal registration for the 2022 Rendezvous is now closed, club commodore, Gary White, has acquired a near mythical slip stretcher. If the stars and moon have realigned and you now realize, by gosh, you can attend, please send a note to and he’ll see what he can do. The ship carrying T-shirts has sailed, but there’s always room for moor more at our friendly banquet tables.

2022 Rendezvous Registration Update

Just a few weeks remain until registration closes for our 2022 Rendezvous and Reunion at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes from June 2-4.

We’re now lining up a variety of seminar speakers with appearances from the United States Coast Guard, experts on electronics, batteries, Cummins engines, updates from our own factory and more.

Seattle Yachts is sponsoring our opening night welcome reception followed by a private movie screening of “Tug Boat Annie” at Anacortes Cinemas.

Other planned activities include the Bilge Crawl where you can visit one-on-one with experienced mechanics, First Mate Training, our annual PaNNTOA meeting, Mary’s legendary clam chowder lunch and buffet dinners on Friday and Saturday night.

And the best news is that our registration fee hasn’t risen … it’s still a bargain at $125 per person plus moorage.

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival will be taking place this weekend as well with live music, food, crafts, arts and other booths just steps away from the C Dock where we’ll all be meeting and staying!

Reserve your slip and commemorative t-shirt by registering today while dock space is still available.

Our Rendezvous is a great way to see old friends, enjoy great food and drink and kick off summer and a return to boating!

Don’t miss out … register today!

Call for Volunteers

I recently put out a call for volunteers to fill vacating Panntoa Board positions. I have received two volunteers. Jeff Redmond has offered to assume Vice Commodore and Stu Clark is stepping into the Rear Commodore role. These, of course, will be dependent on the membership vote at our General Meeting on June 3.

We still need to fill the following positions:

Web Director
Rendezvous Director

These are key positions that are necessary for the successful and continued operation of the Panntoa organization. The incumbents have successfully met their obligations and are committed to resigning their positions at the end of our Rendezvous. Thanks to all for your service!

I know some of you may be hesitant to take on the responsibilities of these positions but I also know that many of you by the simple nature of your careers, are capable and qualified to assume these leadership positions. Please consider one of these posts and contact me with your interest or questions.

You can reach me by email at  Remember, a ship without a rudder cannot sail!

Gary White

PaNNTOA Commodore

2022 PaNNTOA Rendezvous Registration

Registration for our upcoming Rendezvous and Reunion Event set for Cap Santé Marina in Anacortes from June 2-4, 2022, is now open.

It’s been three years since we’ve all met as a group so plan on re-visiting old friends, making new ones, and catching up on what’s new at Nordic Tugs and the Pacific Northwest boating community!

While the schedule of events continues to evolve here are some highlights of what’s in store …

Thursday June 2

Arrivals start at 1:00 pm at Cap Santé with lots of help for bow or stern in docking. Contact PaNNTOA dock master via channel 66 for slip assignment. Please note boats arriving the prior day may be reassigned as needed in order to accommodate everyone.

Welcome reception on the docks to begin the festivities with a selection of hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and brief welcoming remarks.

Then … it’s off to the movies for a complimentary private screening at Anacortes Cinemas of the original 1933 version of Tugboat Annie starring Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young and Maureen O’Sullivan. The movie is based on the life of Thea Foss of Tacoma, Washington. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4

Look for an update on Nordic Tugs direct from the factory, our Commodore’s welcome, and informative presentations on Cummins engines and maintenance, marine electronics, area travel destinations, an “All you’ve wanted to ask … but may have been afraid…” session and, a Q&A session with the United States Coast Guard.

Speaking of the Coast Guard … the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand for Vessel Safety Checks. In addition, we’ll offer dock side visits from marine experts.

We’ll also host our annual PaNNTOA membership and business meeting offering our members valuable updates and opportunities to volunteer for positions on our board.

Nightly dinners will feature door prizes, delicious buffets, guest speakers, a wine tasting and more. And yes … Mary LaFleur’s clam chowder lunch is set for Friday afternoon.

Don’t forget that during our event the upper Marina parking lots will be filled with great food, artists, live music, a car show and more during the Anacortes Waterfront Festival.

Registration for the Vous and Reunion event is being held at our 2019 rate of $125 per person. This fee is in addition to discounted nightly moorage from Cap Sante Marina.

Slips are limited and registration closes on May 10th. To help us better plan our expenses we’re requesting that you register as soon as possible 2022 PaNNTOA Rendezvous Registration

We’re looking forward to bringing our Nordic Tug fleet back together again for three days of friendship, fellowship and enjoyable and educational presentations at Cap Sante Marina where (to quote Tug Boat Annie) … “The Tide Is Always High!”


**Please Note**
The PaNNTOA Rendezvous will comply with state and local COVID protocols as required.