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

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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Nordic Tug Owners Support Marine Trade Training at Skagit Valley College

Nordic Tug Owners Support Marine Trade Training at Skagit Valley College

Published November 4, 2019

Capping off our annual rendezvous in May, PaNNTOA members held a charitable auction to benefit students in the Marine Maintenance Technology program at Skagit Valley College (SVC) Generous participants raised nearly $5000 to help fund scholarship and tuition assistance for students preparing for careers in marine trades.

A natural choice for PaNNTOA members

Choosing the SVC program was a natural choice for our auction proceeds. What better way to support the Nordic Tug community than help train the next generation of experts to help us maintain our beloved boats? The Northwest’s strong marine maintenance, repair, and manufacturing industries fuel a high demand for skilled marine technicians. The SVC Marine Maintenance Technology program prepares students for employment in marine propulsion, vessel systems, and marine composites.

The Skagit Valley program has close partnerships with marine manufacturers and service companies. Students train with a faculty of experienced industry experts, led by Department Chair Mike Beemer, pictured here accepting PaNNTOA’s gift check from Commodore Gary White. Students work and learn in the well-equipped lab of the Marine Technology Center – a modern, purpose-built facility near Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes. They can work toward a one-year certificate, a two-year AAS degree, and credentials from American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), and American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

At this summer’s rendezvous, 85 members enjoyed not only the charity auction and lots of fun and camaraderie, but also exceptional boating-related information and training presentations, first mate training, excellent meals (provided by Gere-a-Deli in Anacortes), and onboard consultations with Nordic Tug factory representatives and LaConner Maritime technicians.

The broader maritime community joined in the giving. In addition to the Nordic Tug owners, many generous maritime businesses contributed to the success of the PaNNTOA auction and rendezvous: Nordic Tugs, which builds their vessels in Burlington; Cap Sante Marina (host of PaNNTOA’s rendezvous); Gateway Yachts; LaConner Maritime; Alt Insurance Group; Garmin; Rainman Watermaker; SeaKeeper; Yacht Controller; Marine Detail Specialists; Fisheries Supply; and over a dozen Salish Sea marinas stretching from Arabella’s in Gig Harbor and Dock Street in Tacoma all the way north to Heriot Bay, Blind Channel, and Dent Island.

To learn more about SVC’s Marine Maintenance Technology program, go to https://www.skagit.edu/academics/areas-of-study/industrial-technology-transportation/#marine-maintenance-technology-degrees-and-courses

To learn more about Nordic Tugs, go to https://www.nordictugs.com/

To learn more about PaNNTOA, go to https://panntoa.com/

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