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Factory tour “sold out”

Thanks to a great response from PaNNTOA members, the “pop-up” December 11 tour of the Nordic Tug plant and new builds filled up overnight! Given the tremendous demand, we’re working with the plant to see if they can host another tour after the New Year.

Port Browning Mini-Vous Summary

Our Nordic Tug “mini-vous” – fun and relaxation at Port Browning!

Port Browning Marina on Pender Island was a great place for our “small” rendezvous. Well, the idea was that it'd be small, but in the end 20 boats showed up for a casual gathering on September 6-8, hosted by Tom and Terry Easterbrook on Pilitak and Blake and Rhonda Erickson on Sea Fury.

Blake and Rhonda spent Friday preparing a gourmet seafood chowder to anchor the Friday night potluck, which also included a great selection of entrée and dessert options. Barbara and Gerry from Spree polished off the evening with plenty of chocolate ice cream.

Just in case we were still hungry on Saturday morning, Blake broke out his chef ensemble, vintage Coleman stove, and antique waffle iron and made fresh waffles for each of us. Tom worked alongside him cooking up Canadian bacon. Terry made beautiful fruit kabobs for those who wanted to feel a bit healthy.

After breakfast people casually visited one another on the dock and on their boats. It was a great way to get to know each other and share ideas for outfitting and maintaining our Nordic Tugs.

Even better, the Easterbrooks posted a question sheet on the dock, where we could help each other with boat questions. For example, one person wanted to know how to maintain their black rubber rub rails, and someone else replied, "Vaseline!".

Barb on Spree gave demos of her favorite gadgets, including a high tech device for feeding line through a mooring buoy without killing yourself  (see West Marine: Robship Hook and Moor Telescoping Boat Hook) and the Docking Stick (see Amazon), which makes it much easier to grab a cleat from your boat in challenging docking conditions.

On Saturday night we gathered at the Bistro for a relaxed, mildly boisterous dinner. The gathering broke up Sunday morning, right on cue, just as the cold and breezy weather came in.

Credit and thanks for this mini-vous account goes to Robbin Young aboard Anita Marie. Also, go to the Members Forum on the PaNNTOA website, where
Robbin and others have posted more comments on their mini-vous experience. (It’s titled “Port Browning Mini-Vous” and you’ll find it posted in the “General
Chat” category.) Please add your comments as well!

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Mini-Vous at Port Browning Marina

A casual mini-vous is being planned at Port Browning Marina for Friday/Sat Sept.6-7. No set talks or courses, just a chance to get together, laugh, mingle and swap stories.

You must make your own marina reservations, and even though you may have missed the original Aug 1 deadline, the marina will do it’s best to put the group together, just let them know you are with the PaNNTOA group. The marina was only holding 15 slips, though they will hold more if reservations warrant. Marina reservations can be made via email to: Marina@portbrowning.ca or call 250-629-3493.

Plans for the weekend include:
* A potluck dinner Friday at 6pm under the rented tent that has picnic tables.
* A waffle Breakfast Sat. AM is hosted by Blake & Rhonda Erickson in the tent.
* Dinner Saturday is by reservation as a group, or on your own. If you wish to have dinner with the group, please RSVP to the Erickson’s who will work with the restaurant.

There will be a $10 CDN charge per boat to offset the cost of tent rental.

Port Browning Marina is now part of the Mill Bay Group, and the restaurant & pub have been renovated and look fantastic! A short walk away there is a small shopping area called Driftwood Centre, with grocery & liquor stores, bakery/cafe (for breakfast & lunch), and even a dog washing station! There are scooters for rent near the Centre, or there is a bus that goes around the island if you are into exploring beyond taking your dinghy between the two islands.

Please let the Ericksons and Easterbrooks know if you will be attending ASAP!

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Does your out-of-state Tug need an AIS Prevention Permit?

A few Tuggers operating in The Puget Sound and Salish Sea May need to obtain AIS Prevention permits.

New for 2018 – Washington State Aquatic Invasive Species Permit for Out-of-State Boaters–Who Needs the AIS Prevention Permit?

Operators of recreational vessels not registered in Washington, seaplane operators, and commercial transporters of watercraft are required to purchase an AIS Prevention Permit. Operators should carry the permit on the vessel at all times. Permits can be obtained online or at any Fish and Wildlife license dealer. Online purchased permits are mailed, and you can print a temporary permit which is good for 10 days. Permits are valid for one year from date of activation.

The following are exempt from the required permit:

•Operators of most out-of-state watercraft and floatplanes, as well as commercial transporters of watercraft, are now required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Permit from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). The $24 permit ($20 permit + $4 fee) can be purchased online or at any WDFW license sales location throughout the state. Watercraft registered in the State of Washington automatically pay an annual fee as part of their registration and therefore do not need to separately purchase a permit; a valid Washington State registration sticker is proof of payment.

•Vessels registered in Washington (recreational vessels with a valid WA State registration);
•Small watercraft (from Washington or out-of-state) that do not require state or country registration such as canoes and kayaks;
•Watercraft registered as “tenders” to larger boats;
•Vessels registered in Idaho or Oregon, when being used in shared state waters (private recreational unless otherwise registered);
•S. and foreign commercial vessels (with valid commercial marine documentation as a vessel of the U.S. or a foreign country);
•Private and commercial vessels being transported overland by a commercial transporter (a permit is required by the commercial transporter only);
•Military vessels owned by the U.S. government; and
•Vessels owned by any federal, tribal, state, or local government agency or other public entities, and used primarily for governmental purposes.

For more information and the complete article seethe following link:

https://waggonerguide.com/washington-state-aquatic-invasive-species-permit-out-of-state-boaters/?utm_source=Waggoner+News&utm_campaign=26bbda0322-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ef6b3dfd1a-26bbda0322-188300005 or

https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01134/

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