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 commodore@panntoa.com 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 commodore@panntoa.com  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.

Commodore’s Corner – March 2022

Greetings PaNNTOA Members!

The time for our Rendezvous and General Meeting is rapidly approaching. This required annual meeting is where we install new officers and board members for PaNNTOA. The majority of our board members will be leaving this year and will need to be replaced. During Covid, it has been difficult to meet most of you in person, so I am writing with this request for your support and would ask you to volunteer for one of these positions.

I will be leaving as Commodore after serving three years. The Commodore position will be vacant and available effective June 3.

Doug Ford will be vacating the Vice Commodore position after serving 2 1/2 years. This position will also be available effective June 3.

Mike Russell will be vacating the Rear Commodore position after serving two years. Stu Clark, a new member who recently joined PaNNTOA after purchasing a Nordic Tug 39, has volunteered to assume the Rear Commodore position effective June 3. Thank you Stu!

Mark Malnes has offered to stay another year as Membership Director and Denise Nichols has offered to stay as Communications Director. Thank you Mark and Denise!

Sandra Piotrowski will be leaving the Web Director position after serving 2 years. That will need to be filled in June as well.

Jeff Brein, Rendezvous Director, will finish planning, organizing and executing our rendezvous and his time after three years on the Board will be ending at the conclusion of the rendezvous.

These are all key positions that are necessary for the successful continuation of the PaNNTOA organization. I sincerely thank those who have volunteered both current and past, and encourage you to consider one of these positions. The Job Descriptions are available for your review on the website under About Us/Job Descriptions.

To recap – Positions being vacated
Vice Commodore
Web Director
Rendezvous Director

If you have questions regarding these positions or are ready to volunteer now, you can contact any one of these officers including myself, by email or phone to discuss details.  Contact information is available on the website under About Us/Current PaNNTOA Officers.

I look forward to your support and the continuation of a great organization!  To ensure a smooth transition, it would be ideal to have new volunteers identified well before the vote at the General Meeting.

Gary White<br>
PaNNTOA Commodore

Seattle Yachts Service PANNTOA Member Discount

Seattle Yachts is pleased to announce that the discounts previously offered by Cap Sante Marine to all active PANNTOA members will continue under Seattle Yachts Service. As many of you are aware, Cap Sante Marine was recently added the Seattle Yachts family and is operating under new management as Seattle Yachts Service’s south yard or SYS South.

The PANNTOA Discount is 8% on labor for all active PANNTOA Members. 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. Owners will benefit from his experience and familiarity with electrical, mechanical, plumbing, paint and fiberglass projects. Whether it’s routine maintenance, upgrades or repairs, his good communication and personal attention when managing projects will be much appreciated by owners.

Feel free to contact Nathan to get acquainted and talk through any projects you have in mind at nathan@seattleyachts.com or 360 208 8539

Sign Up for Zoom Call with Dave Allen from Nordic Tugs

As promised by the Commodore, Dave Allen will be making a presentation via Zoom on March 2nd at 7:00 pm. Dave will do a virtual tour, share some interesting information, and answer questions.

PaNNTOA members have early access for signing up for this interesting talk; sign up soon because the presentation will be opened to the boating community via the Nordic Tug Facebook page next week and there are a limited number of spaces.

To sign up, send an email to web@panntoa.com for meeting access.

Commodore’s Corner – February 2022

The holidays are behind us and I for one am ready for good weather and a new boating season!  What do you all have planned for this year‘s season? Carole and I will sneak out in good weather windows as they allow but May really starts the beginning of our cruising. We’ll spend several weeks in the San Juan‘s fishing and shrimping and then head north later in the summer.  Share your thoughts and plans for your summer cruising in Trip Reports in the Forum section of our website. I look forward to hearing from you about your boating plans.

Your Board Members held a meeting on January 26th to discuss the 2022 budget and, more importantly, our plans for the 2022 Rendezvous. As you know, we have had to cancel the past two years rendezvous in Sidney due to Covid restrictions, and border closures, etc. The uncertainty of border closures and entry requirements into Canada (and returning to the US) are still difficult to assess, and not stable.  We worked through the logistics of US members having to test within 72 hours before entering Canada to comply with the current regulations. Given the distance, lack of testing sites reasonably close to the border and the potential for weather delays that many of us may experience, we unanimously agreed that Sidney is not a viable location for this year.  The good news in all this is that we will hold a rendezvous in 2022 at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes June 2 – 4. I know that many of you were looking forward to going to Sidney as we were. The amount of planning necessary to put on a Vous like this requires that we start planning now and there are still too many variables and unknowns for us to feel that it would be successful in Sidney.
News and information regarding the events will be forthcoming as our planning moves forward. Stay tuned for news!

Because of the success of last year’s Mini-Vous, we have decided to sponsor up to three events over the 2022 year. We still want to hold one in Canada and the other two to be determined somewhere in Puget Sound.  If you are interested in helping to organize and plan one of these, please contact me or one of the board members, and we can help get it started. To further encourage Mini-Vous, we have dedicated PANNTOA funds from this year‘s budget to support them.

Member Angelo Muzzin has organized a ZOOM meeting with Dave Allen of the Nordic Tug factory on March 2 at 7:00 pm.  Dave will discuss the goings-on in the very busy factory, provide a virtual tour, and answer questions.  After several quiet years, the factory is buzzing with boat building activity, so this should be an interesting presentation.  Details on connecting to the ZOOM meeting to follow.

Carole and I look forward to seeing you out on the water this year.   Safe and happy boating!

Gary White
Commodore Panntoa

Announcing Seattle Yachts Service

News from PaNNTOA Sponsor, Seattle Yachts

Hot off the press …

“We are proud to announce that as of January 1st, 2022, Cap Sante Marine and Northwest Marine Center have now combined to be Seattle Yachts Service! Seattle Yachts Service brings you a national network and a wider range of service connections now including Raymarine, Simrad, B&G, SeaKeeper, Webasto, Achilles, Mercury, Volvo, Cummins, and Yanmar, among other quality brands.

With the knowledgeable, friendly staff and quality service you have come to expect, Seattle Yachts Service will continue to give you all the continued reliability and support you know and deserve.

Thank you for being a loyal customer of Seattle Yachts Service. We would not be here without your support!”

Brent Moore   |  Service Director