Miranda and the South Sound

It all started on May 28th. That’s when Miranda started her most recent trip to the South Sound at Port Townsend, just off of Admiralty Inlet. Miranda had never been to Port Hudson before and was excited to explore the waterfront and the town!

At that point however, she was still needing to wear her mask around others.

Port Ludlow followed, and was she excited to get outside and enjoy the scenery and short walks, a selfie with the totem pole and glance back toward July on the dock.

Things got more exciting as we moved on again to Kingston. Miranda spotted this lonely heron keeping an eye on his territory and the ferry as it came in…

Hard to believe the heron followed us to Poulsbo, but Miranda was convinced when she saw a relative of the previous heron. There was no talking her out of it.

As it turned out, she was in Poulsbo for National Donut Day, Friday June 4th, and what a great place to be when the infamous Poulsbo bakery is just up the street! She even shared her special “find” with Jeri & Dave Starrett on Orca Star seen behind her. But then she got restless, which is a problem for Miranda….


She tried to hook up with this sailor in Bremerton. Tried to sneak into his bag for the trip, but alas he sent her back to us on July. You see he was shipping out later that day on the submarine in the background…no mermaids allowed.

If you aren’t familiar with Miranda, she has quite a colorful past. You should look at her portfolio. She’s been to Alaska, the Broughton’s, the Intercoastal Waterway and all the way to Cuba. There have been a number of road trips too; places like Florida, California, Arizona and parts beyond. There are stories of police reports regarding disruption of the peace and other scandalous behavior.

Well, as the South Sound trip progressed, Miranda’s next destination was Dock Street Marina where she went frolicking at the Glass Museum with her previous caretakers, our PANNTOA Vice-Commodore & his wife,

Lindsey and Doug Ford – What a sweet reunion!


They warned us Miranda had a taste for excitement. That played out as we went to Bell Harbor Marina, downtown Seattle. Miranda just HAD to go for a ride on the “Great Wheel”. Since Neither Bill nor I had been before either, we figured that would be a nice option for the afternoon with Miranda.



One of the last stops before heading back home was Everett. Miranda got so excited when she saw the kites, some even looking like her sea creature friends. She spent most of the afternoon watching.

So, what is next for Miranda? Well while she did spend July 4th at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes watching the fireworks, Miranda is looking for new hosts that will take her places she wants to revisit and new locations also.

If you are interested in hosting Miranda until the next Nordic Tug Rendezvous, please contact either Commodore Gary White at commodore@panntoa.com or Vice Commodore Doug Ford at vicecommodore@panntoa.com and they will connect you. If we don’t hear from willing candidates, it’s possible she may just hit the road and surprise you at your front door. Hard to say.

Wishing you all safe boating and a great summer!

Bill & Sam Stone
July, NT 42110

Factory Update In Photos by Commodore Gary White

I recently had a conversation with Dave Allen at the Nordic factory and he sent me pictures of the factory floor in full production. They are adding employees and are very busy. It’s nice to see the boats lining the production line.

There is a 44 that is just about complete and 3 40’s currently under construction. They have several others in queue.

2021 Annual Meeting Report

We just completed PaNNTOA’s 2021 Annual Meeting, enabling us to fulfill our few official responsibilities as members. Via our remote voting, we:

  • Re-elected our intrepid PaNNTOA officers for 2021-2022:
    • Gary White, Commodore
    • Doug Ford, Vice Commodore/Secretary
    • Mike Russell, Rear Commodore/Treasurer
  • Approved the 2021 Financial Reports and the Minutes of our 2020 (Virtual) Annual Meeting. (But you know, we’ll have to stop meeting like this!)

38 PaNNTOA members and joint memberships participated – nearly a third of our membership and almost as many as have sometimes voted in our Vous-style in-person annual meetings. The voting was unanimous in favor of the three propositions, so we averted a mutiny again this year. Thanks to all who weighed in.

Now it’s time for some great cruising, while we “will” the Canada-US border to reopen for the boating we all feel is essential – see you on the water!

Get Out the Vote! And other cool stuff not to be missed…

Please read the following article regarding the PaNNTOA annual meeting and vote. If you don’t receive an email from PaNNTOA regarding the vote by June 10th, please send a note to vicecommodore@panntoa.com or communications@panntoa.com and we’ll get it sorted out. Voting is done via “reply” to the official email.


Last year’s photo contest was such a great success we’ll be doing another one this fall. Keep clicking away, contest details will be out after Labor Day (‘cause who has time to fiddle with contests in the middle of boating season).


And speaking of contests, our first recipe contest resulted in some absolutely delicious entries (and entrées). Though the contest is over, consider adding your favorite recipe, or a new one you develop this year, to the contest forum. And don’t be shy about adding positive feedback to the recipes submitted. In the category of living vicariously or perhaps planning for the future, be sure to follow our contest judge, Laura Domela, on Slowboat.com as she leads an Alaska-bound flotilla (in progress).

PaNNTOA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Greetings Tuggers!


Sitting by the dock in your boat,

Waitin for your chance to vote.

PANNTOA really needs you now

Read on and let me tell you how.

(with sincere apologies to Otis Redding)

Commodore’s Annual Statement

Here we are again, unfortunately having to do a General Meeting by absent proxy voting. As you can see, the three elected officials have agreed to stay on for one more year. It is our great hope that during the coming year, we will find willing and able volunteers to assume responsibility for those positions. Mark Malnes has agreed to step into the Membership Director position. Thank you Mark! Our Communications Director Mike Young, is looking to retire after serving for 2 years in the position. We are still looking for his replacement. If you are interested, please contact me at commodore@panntoa.com

Jeff Brein and Sandra Piotrowski will continue to serve the organization in their respective positions. A healthy organization cannot exist without volunteers to step into the various leadership roles. Thanks to all the existing board members who have served this year.


How To Vote

Voting by proxy is now open for two items. To maintain our tax and non-profit status, the voting members of PaNNTOA must approve the 2021 financial report. In addition, membership must elect new/re-elect existing executive positions to the board. Details of each item are below followed by voting instructions.

Approval of 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes:
There are no minutes to approve because instead of a meeting, we had COVID.

Approval of 2020-2021 Financial Reports:
Our finances are in good order and available for your review in the attached file.

Election of Board Officers:
All the current executive board members (Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore) have agreed to extend their commitment for one more year. You can review profiles of current

board members and job descriptions on the PaNNTOA website.

Voting is simple! Simply reply to this email with your two votes by midnight June 20th:
1.    Approve or Reject the 2020-2021 Financial Report.
2.    Approve or Reject the Re-Election of:

Gary White, Commodore

Doug Ford, Vice Commodore/Secretary

Mike Russell, Rear Commodore/Treasurer

As always, questions can be addressed by contacting any board member, or reply to me and I will route them accordingly. Your continued engagement is important to our organization, and we appreciate your support and understanding as we all keep a healthy distance this cruising season.

Doug Ford
Vice Commodore / Secretary

Your Executive Board (Elected):
Gary White, Commodore

Doug Ford, Vice Commodore / Secretary

Mike Russell, Rear Commodore / Treasurer

Your Appointed Directors (Non-elected Board):
Jeff Brein, Rendezvous Director

Mike Young, Communications

Mark Malnes, Membership

Sandra Piotrowski, Web


We now have the winners of Panntoa’s Galley Chef Recipe Contest!

From the recipes submitted by Panntoa members, our celebrity judge – Panntoa member Laura Domela – has selected these winners . . . [drum roll, please] . . .


Flank Steak Marinade

Joni Hardcastle & Dave Leon


Welsh Biscuits

Brian Helminen (aka Captain BRH)


Marinated Barbequed Salmon

Roger Hind

Judge Laura was looking for these qualities:

  1. Something I hadn’t seen (much) before.
  2. Something with easy-to-find ingredients or that one already has onboard. (Traveling by boat in remote areas means you can’t always find the ingredients needed for recipes).
  3. Something easy enough (and delicious enough) to become a staple for a boat chef. Having a good base of recreatable recipes that you can keep ingredients on hand for is so helpful. At home I’m fine having a dozen (or two!) jars of ingredients I bought and used once for a random recipe I wanted to try, but that’s definitely not an efficient use of space on a boat.
  4. Versatility!

Here are Laura’s comments on the winning recipes:

Flank Steak Marinade: I’m always on the lookout for a good marinade for proteins to throw on the grill, and this one is solid. I can see why it’s been a hit for decades. Tasty, with no hard-to-find ingredients (definitely stuff I already have on board, but maybe not the same for everyone). Followed the recipe exactly as written, and made awesome roast beef sandwiches with the leftovers the next two days. Super good!

Welsh Biscuits: Common ingredients found in a galley of a boater who bakes … and all easy-to-find if you don’t already have them. Versatile (good with coffee, or as a base for other desserts). I like the idea of experimenting with other spices in the roll-up version, too, like nutmeg or cardamom. We had these with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh blueberries. Delicious!

Marinated Barbecued Salmon: I appreciate the looseness of this recipe (no amounts!) … but that’s how I cook most of the time anyway … a bit of this, dash of that. Marinated for four hours, grilled, served with sauteéd broccolini and rice. Really nice flavor, but I think I could have marinated it longer, and maybe used scotch instead of bourbon for a slightly punchier flavor. Will try again with revisions!

You can find these recipes on the Panntoa website (in the Members Forum): https://panntoa.com/forums/topic/panntoas-first-galley-chef-recipe-contest/

All the recipes submitted for the contest by other Panntoa members are there as well. Judge Laura noted that they all “looked great.” Check them out and give them a try for yourself!

Among those recipes, you’ll find one for Skillet Hashbrown Surprise, submitted by Doug Ford, our Panntoa Vice Commodore. To avoid any possible appearance of unfairness, Doug specified that he wanted to share his recipe, but didn’t want it considered for the prizes. In her comments, Judge Laura said:

“If Doug hadn’t been ineligible, his recipe “Skillet Hashbrown Surprise” would have been a strong contender. This recipe has so many of the qualities I love: versatility, using up leftovers, breakfast!!, and endlessly customizable to suit individual likes/dislikes. All components of a good boat galley recipe!”


Keep a sharp lookout for our winners as you cruise the Salish Sea in the months ahead. They will be enjoying one of these prizes Panntoa provided for this Galley Chef contest [Commodore not included]:











If you’re wondering why we describe Laura Domela as our “Celebrity Judge,” just check out the website slowboat.com. Laura, her husband Kevin Morris, and Sam Landsman – all Panntoa members – lead small flotillas to Alaska and elsewhere, as well as offering cruising consultation and other services described on the website. They share these adventures more widely via the blogs they post, including many examples of Laura’s stunning professional photography. They’re just now departing on their latest cruise, so you can anticipate fresh blogs soon!

Laura’s Dungeness Crab Enchiladas 


A couple large handfuls of fresh crab (about a pound)
Cream Cheese (6-8 oz)
Shredded Mexican cheese blend, or jack cheese and/or cheddar cheese, your choice
Chopped garlic (I use 4-5 cloves)
Shallots (1-2 medium/large, diced)
Fresh jalapeños (1-2 Tbsp or so chopped, and more sliced thin for garnish)
Fresh spinach
Tortillas, corn or flour
Green enchilada sauce or salsa verde
Tomatoes, sliced thin to garnish (optional)
Olive oil for sauteéing
Sour cream (optional)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Chopped green onions (optional)


Preheat oven to 350-375.

Heat about a Tbsp or so of olive oil in a large, non stick frying pan over medium heat (this frying pan will hold all of your filling, including crab, in the end, to pick a big enough pan). When oil is hot, add diced shallots, chopped garlic, and chopped jalapeño. Sauté until translucent but not brown. Add a couple handfuls of fresh spinach until wilted. Add cream cheese and lower heat, stirring until it’s all melty. Then add crab and a handful or so of grated Mexican cheese. Stir to blend.

Spray a glass or metal 9×13 pan with olive oil or other nonstick spray, and lay/arrange the tortillas in the pan like taco shells with the open side up. I usually end up using flour tortillas, because they’re the right size to fit across the width of the pan I normally use.  If you prefer corn tortillas, just layer them so the edges of the outermost tortillas are touching either side of the pan, width-wise.

Start portioning out the crab/cheese/spinach filling into the tortillas until you’re satisfied they’re all filled somewhat equally. If you need more filling, add some fresh spinach before rolling up. I usually start at one end of the pan and roll the enchiladas so the opening of the tortilla lengthwise is on the bottom of the pan. Once you’re finished rolling, top with green enchilada sauce (jarred tomatillo salsa works fine too…but I find that red sauce a bit strong for the crab). I like to have enough sauce so that there’s sauce along the edges and in the cracks between the enchiladas, but it doesn’t have to totally cover the enchiladas. I use my spatula along the edges of the pan to sort of pull away so sauce gets down in there a little more. Top with a bit more grated cheese, and then add thin sliced tomatoes and thin sliced jalapeños for color/design. Bake at about 350-375 until the cheese is bubbly. Let rest a couple minutes, then serve. Top with sour cream and chopped cilantro and or sliced green onions.


This recipe is forgiving and endlessly customizable. Omit jalapeños if you want it less spicy. Use cilantro in the filling AND as a garnish. Add shrimp if you don’t have enough crab. Cut back on the cheese and add more seafood. Tomatoes in the filling instead of on top. I’ve used the jars of Frontera Tomatillo Salsa instead of enchilada sauce and it works just as well.

I came up with an earlier version of this recipe on our first trip to Alaska in 2015 when we were catching more crab than we knew what to do with. It’s been revised and improved over the years, and as you can tell, I still haven’t worked out the amounts, but like I said earlier, it’s fairly forgiving.

If you make the full version and have leftovers, wrap a couple leftover portions in foil. They reheat nicely in the oven. (Honestly, they’re even pretty great cold in the morning for breakfast.)

The photo above from our NT42 galley: a large pan of enchiladas for our flotilla group, plus two individual pans for the vegetarians on board (made with zucchini, spinach, and probably some beans). 🙂



Hundreds of boaters (American & Canadian), dozens of yacht clubs, and thousands of spectators celebrate Opening Day, the symbolic beginning of boating season each spring. Among the many Opening Day events and activities, the highlights for many participants are the yacht parade and crew races. The Seattle Yacht Club launched this annual Opening Day tradition over a century ago, on May 1, 1920.

Large gatherings were prohibited this year, so the 2021 Opening Day Parade was virtual – with yacht clubs submitting video entries for the judges. We Nordic Tug fans have a lot to cheer about! When the winners were announced a few days ago, first place in the premier class (for Dressed Power & Sailboats) went to Nordic Mist, owned by Panntoa members Roger & Shirley Hind. Roger, Shirley, daughter Liz, and Nordic Mist were representing Royal Victoria Yacht Club. (Roger is Past Commodore.)

Many of us recall the extensive local knowledge Roger shared when he led our Panntoa Zoom tour in March – highlighting the Gulf Islands and selected ports on southern Vancouver Island.

To see the video of the Opening Day Parade, just click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uQ8vnBOVX0

Nordic Mist appears at about 16:40 of the video, with its selection announced at about 25:40. (Fair disclosure: Nordic Mist and SYC’s reigning Wilson Seamanship Champions shared a virtual tie for virtual top honors in the virtual parade. Apologies for “Nortic Tug”: Many SYC members are skillful mariners, but some need to practice spelling along with their crew overboard drills! And this is the karmic point when some eagle-eyed proofreader will probably spot a misspelling in this post.)

The 2021 Windemere Cup crew races featured live rowers on May 1, but a (mostly) virtual audience – without the usual boats lining the racecourse and packed crowds cheering along the shoreline. This year’s races featured the University of Washington and the University of California (Berkeley). The UW Husky crews (both women and men) are ranked #1 in the US; the Cal Bears (men) are ranked #2 in the nation, with the Cal women ranked #7. The Dawgs swept this year’s top races.  https://www.seattletimes.com/sphorts/uw-huskies/washington-sweeps-the-top-races-at-windermere-cup-with-rowers-grateful-to-compete/

Watercraft Excise Tax UPDATE!

Breaking News: Last week, the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously voted to remove the 100% increase to the Watercraft Excise Tax. You made your voice heard and they listened!

To borrow from the update our friends at the Recreational Boating Association of Washington sent out:  “This is a tribute to all of YOU and the power of grass-roots advocacy and recreational boaters making their voice heard.  Using the Action Alert put together by the Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW) and the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), more than 5,000 of you sent over 17,000 messages to lawmakers throughout Washington State, urging removal of a doubling of this tax.”

If you have a moment, please send in an additional thank-you email to your state Senators. Like with the last alert, we have pre-written the message for you so all you have to is to hit “send”.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/BFEp9p_V6vkcRXutIUW1ag <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.votervoice.net%2FBroadcastLinks%2FBFEp9p_V6vkcRXutIUW1ag&data=04%7C01%7C%7C8b72e28fd8d84e204f9e08d9037dfd20%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637544661911737863%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=JFKOM1CBb2gWJJMnMORJS%2B2%2FHAQkOOb%2BymWrDY2Wjr4%3D&reserved=0>

Love Notes from the Coast Guard: Engine Cut-off Switch (ECOS)

Have a dingy? Have a motor on your dingy? While most of us would agree that an ECOS, along with a handy lanyard, is an excellent idea—generally only pirates and ne’er-do-wells might disagree—the U.S. Coast Guard reminds us that as of April 1, 2021, operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required, by law, to use an ECOS and associated ECOS link.

USCG press release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2c7a930

FAQs: https://uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/engine-cut-off-switch-faq.php

Zooming the Gulf Islands a Resounding Success!

44 Participants enjoyed vicariously exploring the Canadian Gulf Islands on a journey captained by Roger Hind and charted by Peter Edwards as a result of PaNNTOA’s Communications Director Mike Young’s suggestion and ably executed by Vice Commodore Doug Ford. A big shout out and thank you for making this happen!

The PaNNTOA board is actively soliciting suggestions for more Zoom calls. If you have any ideas, or even better, if you have something to present, please contact any member of the Board. Thanks.

Click here to see Zoom Call notes