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

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

Commodore’s Corner – March 2020

Greetings Fellow Tuggers!

Your Board held a meeting on March 10th to discuss the upcoming Rendezvous as well as the Corona Virus outbreak and its potential impacts. We held very long and thoughtful discussions and had hoped to continue planning for the rendezvous. However, over the past week, due to the rapid and dramatic changes in the growth of the outbreak, it became obvious that we needed to cancel to protect your health, well-being, and safety. Most of you have probably already seen my statement on the web site addressing this. The plan for the 2021 rendezvous is to continue at the Sydney location, if available, using the plans already completed.

We also discussed the upcoming officer lineup for the 2020-2021 slate of officers. The following have all agreed to continue in our respective positions: Myself (Commodore), Doug Ford (Vice Commodore/Secretary), Chris Sodeman (Membership Director), and Mike Young (Communications Director). These are pending approval by the membership at our General Meeting (time and place TBD).

Jeff Brein has agreed to continue in a position of Rendezvous Co-Director, with the understanding that we will recruit an additional Rendezvous Co-Director to assist with the 2021 rendezvous planning, then transition to full Rendezvous Director the following year. This approach provides the opportunity for a new candidate to work closely with Jeff, who has ample experience with rendezvous planning.

The following board member changes are upcoming:
• Carter Barnes (Rear Commodore/Treasurer) has asked to be replaced and will resign at the end of his term.
• Robbin Young (Web Director) has asked to be replaced and will resign at the end of her term.

I strongly believe that having board members identified and in place prior to the General Meeting is important for the effectiveness of the position and for the benefit of the membership. I am asking you to consider filling one of these positions:
• Rear Commodore/Treasurer
• Rendezvous Co-Director
• Web Director (discussions are underway with a possible candidate)

If you have an interest in one of these positions, and/or especially if you have some skill associated with them, please contact me or one of the other Board members. You can read the respective job descriptions by going to the PaNNTOA web site; click on Officers/Job Descriptions.
Spring is upon us and so begins another cruising season. This winter’s weather made it challenging for most of us to get out but I’m sure we’re all looking forward to getting some fresh air and salt water in our faces! And a respite from our chaotic world right now will certainly be welcome.

Spring is a good time to check and update your safety equipment including:
• Expiration dates on flares
• EPIRB batteries and registration renewal
• Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries
• Auto-inflate mechanisms on inflatable life jackets

Safe Cruising!

Gary White
PaNNTOA Commodore

Welcome to Fall Tuggers!

Welcome to Fall, Tuggers!  [updated November 6, 2019]

Well, the summer cruising season is behind us and you know what that means. Fall cruising season begins with fewer crowds and good weather to enjoy our boats! I hope you were all able to get out this summer and have a wonderful cruising experience.

What we’re working on

Although most of your board members have been on extended cruises, they also have been busy working behind the scenes to make the PaNNTOA organization more fun and useful to its members. A major part of the effort is going toward making this web site more dynamic.

Here are some of the things we’ve done lately, and what you can expect next.

  • For starters, as you can see above, we’ve added a report on the mini-vous at Port Browning. It sounds like they had a great time and turn out. A big shout out and thanks to the Ericksons and the Easterbrooks for organizing a great event!
  • The 2019 rendezvous pictures and presentations are now posted under the Events tab.
  • The May general meeting minutes and financial report are under the Resources tab.
  • Under the Officers tab we have added biographies and pictures of board members so you can more easily recognize who you’re communicating with.
  • To make it easy to contact the current board member for each position, we’ve created standard emails and put them at the end of the board member’s bio. For example, to contact me just address your mail to commodore@panntoa.org. When someone else becomes commodore next year, you can just use the same address.

What’s next

To improve the usefulness of the website and make it fresh and relevant we’re gearing up to regularly add new articles and information. It’s simple, the site won’t be useful until people find a reason to use it. So, we’re priming the pump by sharing stories you might enjoy and info you can use.

 As you know, one of the biggest membership benefits of our organization is having a place to share our adventures and expertise. Here’s where you can help.

  • If you can, take a few minutes to report back about where you’ve gone, what you saw, and anything you learned that the rest of us can use.
  • If you find a great (or awful) anchorage (or provisioning stop, restaurant or fuel dock) just put up a quick forum post.
  • Looking for someone to cruise with? Post a note telling where you’re headed and when. Need help with a tech problem? You guessed it, ask in the forum.
  • While you’re there, see if there’s something you can help with.

People at the mini-vous in Port Browning were excited about the prospect of a revitalized site. Now let’s work together to make it happen.

This work on the web site picks up where Sam Stone left off. She did an exemplary job of past Vous director and IT web director, which took an enormous amount of work. Sam has stepped down as IT web director to focus on family and personal projects. New member Robbin Young has stepped in to manage the web site and work on the improvements described above. Learn more about Robbin in her bio.

Happy cruising!

Gary White - PaNNTOA Commodore