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


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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

PANNTOA Annual Board Virtual Meeting Minutes – June 15, 2020

Covid Version

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:

  1. Minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting were approved.
  2. Financial report for 2019 (with April 2020 update) was approved.
  3. 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

Commodore’s Corner – June 16, 2020

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.

Safe Cruising!

Gary White
PaNNTOA Commodore

Notice of Annual Meeting Proxy Vote

Greetings Tuggers!

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.

Thanks,

Gary White, Commodore

Stay up to Date on COVID-19 Closures

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.

Check out updated helpful links

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.