Save the Date!

  Saturday, March 20, 6pm

The First Ever PANNTOA Online Island Tour!

Join us for some fun on the virtual waters of your computer screen as we explore nooks and crannies of the Canadian Gulf Islands! Our own Roger Hind (NT42 “Nordic Mist”) will take us on a lively tour of some of his favorite boating hangouts right there in his home waters.

This will be a Zoom meeting for PANNTOA members. Roger’s presentation will take about two hours to round the circuit of his “don’t miss” marinas and bays as well as some “be sure to miss” rocks and hazards. For those who wish to stay, we will continue with some Q&A afterwards. So, put on that old PANNTOA t-shirt and get comfortable with your computer. There is no need to register, just follow the link below to the meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/92356088044?pwd=K2lDQmVPUHhYajM2b09aNVNxZDR3dz09

Meeting ID: 923 5608 8044

Passcode: 234777

See ya dockside!

-Your PANNTOA Board

PS Doug Ford will host the meeting. Should there be any technical difficulty, please give him a call at 360 789 7861.

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.

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

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.

Get inside info: download Nordic Tug tip sheets

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

 

Rendezvous Cancellation Notice

I had hoped to be writing this notice to share with you the exciting plans that Jeff Brein has done for our Rendezvous in June. He was well on his way to creating a great event for us all. The Board has been monitoring the corona virus situation closely over the past several weeks. We initially thought that we could continue the planning process in hopes that the outbreak would subside before June. It has always been our priority to make a decision that would keep the membership safe and healthy.

With many discussions over the past several days, the Board unanimously agreed with my recommendation to cancel the event. This decision was affirmed with the announcement by Governor Inslee on Sunday night, that events with more than 50 people should be cancelled. Restaurants and other entertainment venues have been ordered closed. It seems very clear that cancelling our rendezvous was the only logical choice.

Jeff Brein has done an outstanding job in planning for our event in Sidney B. C., and has agreed to continue that process for the 2021 Rendezvous. We haven’t yet secured that venue for 2021, but that is the current plan. All of his planning will transition into next years event.

We know that some of you will be disappointed, but also anticipate that many of you will be expecting this news. I want to thank the Board members for all their insight and wise counsel in helping to make this decision.

If you have any comments or questions, please reach out to me at commodore@panntoa.com

PaNNTOA Commodore

Follow Gammel Dansk on the Great Loop

If you haven’t seen it, check out this Forum Post. Thanks to PaNNTOA member Dan Stroeing for sharing this amazing story about how he, his wife Mary, and Tori the Seeing Eye Dog joined the America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association (AGLCA) and tackled the Great Loop in a 25-foot Nordic Tug. Here’s how the story begins:

Start in August 2018 and follow us down the Mississippi, up the Ohio River, and on into the Tennessee Tombigbee waterway to Mobile Alabama. Then go across the Gulf of Mexico, down the Florida Gulf Coast, across Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic coast. Next, go marina hopping all the way to New York City and on up the Hudson River to the Erie Canal. From there, head on to Buffalo New York and over to Lake Erie then up the St. Claire River, to Detroit then on to Lake Huron to Cheboygan Michigan, where we put the boat into winter storage.

The Gammel Dansk blog gives you a great sense of what it’s like to cruise the loop in a Nordic Tug and the kinds of things you’ll see along the way. It’s fun, educational, and a quick read. Just click through the dates in the right column of the blog home page. Enjoy! Go to the blog

Plant Tour Reveals Build Process from Ground Up

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Ever wonder what went in to building your boat? How it looks under the skin? On December 11, Dave Allen and the Nordic Tug plant treated some lucky Panntoa members to a great tour of the plant and a look at the new boats being built right now.  (The tour came together quickly, more about that below.)

It was exciting to see four new Nordic Tugs at different stages of their builds. We got to see for ourselves and hear from Dave how Nordic produces such exceptional craft – incorporating improved new materials and continuing the design and building practices that set Nordic Tugs apart from other brands.

This tour also helped us appreciate a lot of specifics that aren’t visible or accessible at a boat show when the Nordic Tug is completely built and buttoned up. By the way, because of boat show timing, it won’t be possible to see these new Nordic Tugs at January’s Seattle Boat Show. The May show in Anacortes may be a possibility,

As mentioned above, we were able to put the tour together on short notice. Thanks to their immediate responses to the Panntoa website posting and email announcement, eighteen Panntoa members got to participate. Even more Panntoa members responded in less than a day. However, to provide the best tour experience, the Nordic plant asked us to limit the size of the tour group.

Given the demand, Dave and Nordic Tugs are offering another tour for Panntoa members on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 10 AM. To sign up for the tour, email communications@panntoa.com. It may not be risk-free, though – one of December’s tour group emailed “Now I want a new 44!”

--Mike Young, PaNNTOA Communications

What it’s like Traveling with Miranda

Cruising with Miranda: Summer 2019

Published November 6, 2019

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 a 2-month journey north this year with Doug and Lindsey Ford. Here’s Lindsey’s report:

Wind and seas were calm nearly every day, and Miranda claims she’s never slept so well. The days were particularly relaxing thanks to the extensive reading library we brought along. Miranda took advantage of it throughout the trip.

There were also new adventures on the way north. We saw more wildlife this summer than before. We encountered Orcas feeding and after crossing Cape Caution and observed a pair of loons doing their mating dance one early AM in a remote cove. Miranda didn’t say much, and we didn’t discuss details with her, but she seemed to think the birds looked a bit silly.

Late in June, we hiked to a lovely beach that felt like we were in the tropics. Miranda wanted to spend more time sunning herself than we were inclined to do, but she’d been such a good guest we indulged her for a couple of hours.

In search of fresh water, and curious to see the abandoned village, we eventually motored north to Ocean Falls (our northern-most destination). Disinterested in abandoned places, Miranda declined a tour ashore but agreed to pose with Ocean Falls behind her as we turned south.

On the return trip south, we crossed routes with Dave and Jeri Starrett and had a good dinner aboard in Sointula. Miranda was a delightful dinner guest, although a bit less talkative than usual.

And the next day, as we entered Johnstone Strait, we were accompanied by dolphins who swam at our bow for 20 minutes...simply magical! Miranda wanted to join them, but we were concerned she might not want to get back on the boat, so we talked her out of it.

Miranda was an easy guest to have aboard and she’s hoping to get back out on the water soon.

Lindsey

PS We loved our time with Miranda, but in fairness to her future hosts, we can’t recommend her as an extra hand on deck. It’s not her fault, and while we didn’t want to pry, it seems she’s unable to move her arms. It created an awkward situation when she volunteered to help with the lines at John Henry’s in Pender Harbor. Just wanted to let you know in advance….

 

For more photos of Miranda on the go, check out this scrapbook.

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