Drumroll please! The polls are closed and the votes are tabulated. We have no hanging chads and no evidence of foreign mischief with the results!
Due to the Covid-caused cancellation of our annual Rendezvous and Annual Meeting, an online election was held for active members to satisfy state and federal requirements to maintain our non-profit status. An email was distributed via our official PANNTOA account on June 8 with voting information. Forty-six active members responded with unanimous approval of the following items:
- Minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting were approved.
- Financial report for 2019 (with April 2020 update) was approved.
- Mike Russell was elected to the Executive Board as Rear Commodore / Treasurer.
Within the 46 voting emails were many expressions of appreciation to the board for their work and concurrent disappointment for missing the Vous this year. One astute member corrected my misstatement in the June 8 email. To clarify, we elect members to the Executive Board (Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore) but the other directors (i.e. Vous, Communications, Web, and Membership) are all appointed to the Board by the Exec Board.
Thanks for your participation and response! Our business is done and meeting adjourned. The bar is open.
Doug Ford, Vice Commodore
Welcome to Summer Tuggers!
Carole and I are sitting here on Last Splash (in the rain!) reflecting on the past few days that would’ve been our 2020 Rendezvous in Sydney B.C. Although we certainly missed seeing all of our fellow Tuggers, the weather in Sydney last weekend would have made for a very wet experience! We look forward to making a great rendezvous for next year and are counting on the weather gods to cooperate.
I would like to give a big shout out and thanks to our two outgoing board members, Carter Barnes and Robbin Young. Carter has done a good job keeping track of all your money and managing the financial requirements of the organization. Robbin has been influential in implementing change and development in the website, identifying problems and documenting processes that were difficult to track down. Her efforts show in the increased activity and functionality in the website. Thanks to both of you for volunteering your time and efforts to make PANNTOA a better organization.
I would like to thank all who participated in the Proxy Vote for 2020. This virtual voting is now closed and you can find a recap of the results in Doug Ford’s 2020 General Meeting Minutes.
Please give a hearty welcome aboard to our two new incoming board members. Mike Russell has been voted in as our new Rear Commodore/Treasurer. Although with his boat named MT Pockets, we may have to keep a close eye on the bank account (JUST KIDDING Mike). Sandra Piotrowski is assuming the Web Director position and has already been hard at work identifying additional processes and possibilities for continued improvement of the website. I look forward to working with them as well as our continuing board members; Doug Ford, Mike Young, Chris Sodeman and Jeff Brein. Mike’s and Sandra’s Bios can be found on the website under the About Us/Current PaNNTOA Officers menu.
As I sit here composing this, we are seeing boating opportunities opening again for us to get out and enjoy our boats. The one question still to be answered is whether the US/Canada border will open in time for summer cruising, although at this point in time, it looks unlikely. Carole and I are usually gone all of July/August cruising and fishing in the Broughtons. This year we had planned to cover some new territory, going as far north as Rivers Inlet, Shearwater and Ocean Falls. We have begun talking about how we can enjoy summer cruising closer to home. We are going to take a positive approach and use it as an opportunity to seek out those smaller places, out-of-the-way spots or anchorages we’ve never visited in the San Juans. There is also a lot of great cruising in the Sound Sound area as well that present many opportunities that we haven’t explored for years. I hope we will see you out on the water as well!
And finally, some great news from the Nordic Tug factory. I had a conversation with Dave Allen last Friday. They expect to reopen at full workforce this week and they have a bunch of new boat orders! He told me they have six IMC boats in the queue and one new 40 foot Nordic Tug as well. This is in addition to the four Nordic Tugs they were working on prior to COVID-19 shutdown. It seems that people may be trading their luxury vacation or international destinations for local boating opportunities. That, of course, is excellent news for the factory and for us as well as we continue to support the NT brand.
I hope this finds you all well and healthy! As you know the annual rendezvous has been canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This presents us with a unique challenge in holding our General Meeting, including voting for our board and approving meeting minutes and financial reports. Because we can’t do this in person this year, the Board has decided to hold a proxy vote.
On June 8, 2020 our Vice Commodore Doug Ford will send you an email ballot. It will include the candidates for the Executive Board and Directors for the 2020/2021 year for you to vote on, as well as website links to this year’s financial reports and last year’s general meeting minutes for you to review and approve. You must be a current Nordic Tug owner and a PaNNTOA member in good standing for your vote to count. You have until the end of June 15, 2020 to reply, at which time we will declare the General Meeting closed. We’ll post results on the website after June 15.
We realize that this is not business as usual but feel a strong obligation to comply with our bylaws and meet our member’s expectations as best as we can. We look forward to the resumption of normal boating activities and seeing all of you at next year’s Rendezvous as this crisis passes.
Gary White, Commodore
The status of Salish Sea marinas, docks and marine parks in BC and Washington is in a state of flux as the worsening COVID-19 crisis changes conditions daily, sometimes hourly. Salish Sea Pilot has been contacting marinas from the Broughtons to Puget Sound to identify which are accepting transient visitors and, if they are, what services are available once those boaters tie up. Watch The Salish Sea Pilot Covid-19 page for updates. Additionally, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has updated their regulations.
Look over in the right-hand column on this page. (If you’re using a tablet or phone, look towards the bottom of the page.) See the list of helpful links? Based on the pages you visit the most on the site we tracked down sites you may not have heard about. Boats for sale and maintenance topics are particularly popular. Some of the content isn’t directly Nordic Tug related, and some is newer than others. But we found value in each of the sites and hope you do too. Drop us a note in the forum with feedback on these links and suggestions for more we should add.
Looking for clever ideas and experienced advice? Then download the tip sheets compiled by Wilde Yacht Sales and passed along by Dave Allen at the Nordic Tug factory. This collection of dozens of tips may include stuff you already know, but odds are you’ll find a few good ideas.
Along with specific advice for Nordic Tug owners, you’ll get a wide range of tips for safety, seamanship, and boat maintenance. For example:
- Verify proper parameters for running your engine and genset
- Get sound advice for navigating fuel docks and handling an oil change
- Simplify head maintenance with a couple basic steps
- Learn why red nail polish can help in an emergency (Hint: mark your horn button so you can find it fast)
- Find out why spiders can be bad news for your black water tank
Tip Sheet 1
Tip Sheet 2
Tip Sheet 3
Tip Sheet 4
Commodore – Gary White
Gary spent his 35 year career as a firefighter, retiring as Fire Chief in 2009.
Gary has been an active PaNNTOA member since 2016 and has been boating since the mid-70’s. He and his wife Carole Stewart, cruise in their NT-37 tug “Last Splash” hull # 102. They spend their summers cruising the Broughtons, towing a small fishing boat.
You can reach him at: Commodore@PaNNTOA.com
Vice Commodore – Doug Ford
Lindsey and Doug Ford have cruised Washington and BC waters on Nordic Tugs for many years. “Waterford”, NT 37-195, took them north of Cape Caution this past summer for a few weeks of remote, beautiful, quiet cruising.
Now retired, Doug enjoyed a career in higher education as a professor of computer science, college administrator and, finally, manager of judicial education for Washington state courts. He has served on many non-profit boards since 1989. Doug is pleased to see new energy and growth ahead for PANNTOA.
You can reach him at: vicecommodore@PaNNTOA.com
Rear Commodore/Treasurer – Mike Russell
Mike was a news photographer for 40 years before he retired and he and his wife, Connie, moved to Anacortes. The Russell’s first began boating after Mike graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism. He got a job in Pittsburg which sits on the Delta in central California. They decided that a boat was necessary so a used 16-foot Glastron bow rider soon made its way into their lives. The Glastron became the gateway to many adventures and of course more and larger boats. The little runabout soon gave way to a series of sailboats that they raced on San Francisco Bay the last being a Sabre 386. Once they had settled in Anacortes it was decided that a trawler would probably be the best way to go so a Nordic Tug 39, M.T. Pockets became their boat of choice.
Mike and Connie have been married for 54 years, Mike is a Vietnam vet and now does landscape photography, golf, and boating as hobbies. Connie has an MBA from Saint Mary’s and has worked in hi-tech and the airline industry before retiring. She now has started a new career in real estate with RE/MAX Gateway here in Anacortes.
You can reach him at: Treasurer@PaNNTOA.com
Membership Director – Chris Sodeman
Hi, my name is Chris Sodeman, I am the newly appointed director of membership for the Panntoa group.
What attracted me to the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association was the great people in the Nordic community. I have met so many great people. Being a member of Panntoa has opened the door for conversation about boating and has been a great ice breaker.
I have always been involved in boating going back to my childhood vacationing in Westport and Illwaco Washington salmon fishing with my dad and brother.
I’ve owned a number of boats in the past but never realized how enjoyable cruising could be until I purchased my first Nordic tug. I have not regretted my decision and encourage you to come join me, my wife Cindy, and all of us at Panntoa.
You can reach him at: Membership@PaNNTOA.com