Commodore’s Corner – March 2022

Greetings PaNNTOA Members!

The time for our Rendezvous and General Meeting is rapidly approaching. This required annual meeting is where we install new officers and board members for PaNNTOA. The majority of our board members will be leaving this year and will need to be replaced. During Covid, it has been difficult to meet most of you in person, so I am writing with this request for your support and would ask you to volunteer for one of these positions.

I will be leaving as Commodore after serving three years. The Commodore position will be vacant and available effective June 3.

Doug Ford will be vacating the Vice Commodore position after serving 2 1/2 years. This position will also be available effective June 3.

Mike Russell will be vacating the Rear Commodore position after serving two years. Stu Clark, a new member who recently joined PaNNTOA after purchasing a Nordic Tug 39, has volunteered to assume the Rear Commodore position effective June 3. Thank you Stu!

Mark Malnes has offered to stay another year as Membership Director and Denise Nichols has offered to stay as Communications Director. Thank you Mark and Denise!

Sandra Piotrowski will be leaving the Web Director position after serving 2 years. That will need to be filled in June as well.

Jeff Brein, Rendezvous Director, will finish planning, organizing and executing our rendezvous and his time after three years on the Board will be ending at the conclusion of the rendezvous.

These are all key positions that are necessary for the successful continuation of the PaNNTOA organization. I sincerely thank those who have volunteered both current and past, and encourage you to consider one of these positions. The Job Descriptions are available for your review on the website under About Us/Job Descriptions.

To recap – Positions being vacated
Vice Commodore
Web Director
Rendezvous Director

If you have questions regarding these positions or are ready to volunteer now, you can contact any one of these officers including myself, by email or phone to discuss details.  Contact information is available on the website under About Us/Current PaNNTOA Officers.

I look forward to your support and the continuation of a great organization!  To ensure a smooth transition, it would be ideal to have new volunteers identified well before the vote at the General Meeting.

Gary White<br>
PaNNTOA Commodore

Save the Date!

PaNNTOA 2022 Rendezvous is scheduled for June 2-4 in Sidney, British Columbia–fingers crossed, border-permitting. The board continues to make rum offerings to Neptune in every attempt to make our much anticipated event occur. Stay tuned for more information after the beginning of the year (about the ‘vous, not the rum).

Still Room at the Voux …

Our September Southsound Mini Rendezvous is quickly approaching. Please reserve your slip at Swantown Marina in Olympia and join us (or don’t) in assorted fun activities (‘cause there’s nothing like a bunch of introverts and a couple of token extroverts getting social). You surely don’t want to miss our biggest (and only) event of the season/year/two years!

Last Call: Galley Chef Recipe Contest

It’s a “piece of cake,” folks!

You still have a week to enter your recipe before the April 30 deadline.


Just post a recipe you like here on the PANNTOA website –

  • It’s easy. The link above takes you to the instructions – there aren’t many. And if you have any questions, Sandra Piotrowski, our Web Director, will be happy to coach you –

Why enter?

  • For the joy of sharing with other Nordic Tuggers – your emotional reward.
  • For one of these great prizes – your tangible reward.
  • Your odds of winning are way higher than most contests you’ll ever have a chance to enter – at the moment, only 6 recipes vying for these 3 prizes:


Commodore-crafted custom cutting board + PANNTOA chef’s apron


1-volume Galley Library >>800+ recipes ingredient substitutions, fresh seafood tips


PaNNTOA Tote Bag embroidered logo


Dear RBAW Affiliated Yacht Clubs,


On Monday afternoon, we learned that the State Senate Transportation Committee would be proposing to double the Watercraft Excise Tax paid by boaters, as one revenue source among many to pay for a new transportation revenue package.


While we understand the need for the state to invest in transportation infrastructure, it is extremely unfair to double the Watercraft Excise Tax. We boaters are already the only users of the state’s roadways, waterways, and air space to pay a percentage-based excise tax to the state. Cars don’t pay that to the state anymore, and neither do motor homes, planes, or helicopters. Doubling a tax on the one group paying a percentage tax to the state that no one else is, is completely wrong.


Northwest Marine Trade Association CEO George Harris and I strongly objected to this proposal at a Senate Transportation hearing this morning – where we only had 30 seconds to testify.  Click below to view our testimony:


Bob Wise, RBAW President Testimony


George Harris, NMTA President Testimony


RBAW and the NMTA are teaming up on an Action Alert to all boaters this evening. The legislative session ends on April 25 which is in just 19 days, so we need you to act now and use your voice to object.  We urge you to contact your lawmakers right away and tell them that you do not support this tax increase – to do this you can click on the link below to access the VoterVoice system.  It will prompt you to enter your name and address and will send your Senator and State Representatives a message that you do not support this tax increase.


Click HERE to Object to this Increase


If you have questions please contact Andrea Pierantozzi, RBAW VP Administration or Doug Levy, RBAW Lobbyist.


Thank you, and please act now.

Bob Wise

RBAW President

Check out updated helpful links

Look over in the right-hand column on this page. (If you’re using a tablet or phone, look towards the bottom of the page.) See the list of helpful links? Based on the pages you visit the most on the site we tracked down sites you may not have heard about. Boats for sale and maintenance topics are particularly popular. Some of the content isn’t directly Nordic Tug related, and some is newer than others. But we found value in each of the sites and hope you do too. Drop us a note in the forum with feedback on these links and suggestions for more we should add.

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.

Read more

2020 Rendezvous Update

The 2020 Rendezvous will be held in Sidney, BC, June 11-14, 2020. Check back – more will be shared over time.

2019 Rendezvous Agenda Update

2019 Rendezvous Agenda Update

The 2019 Rendezvous Agenda is established, and we are going to spend quality time on fire prevention, maintenance procedures & items to stock on your boat. We’ll even handle how to go back and forth with Customs between Canada and the U.S efficiently on your tug. Three evening meals, two breakfasts and one lunch are being provided along with an opportunity to have a Coast Guard Auxiliary safety check, marine technician appointment specific to your interests/concern and first mate training to improve our skills. All available as part of your registration fee.

We’ll have our usual auction, this year to support needy students wishing to go to the Skagit Valley College, Marine Technician Program. Auction items will include free 2-night moorage gift certificates for marinas from the South Sound (Tacoma/Gig Harbor) to the north in BC (Blind Channel, Dent Island and Heriot Bay) plus other surprise items.

Our vendors will offer multiple discounts and offers, some new products such as the Rainman, water-maker, 31 GPH portable or installed and other deals worth considering. If you visit all our vendors, you will be entered into a special drawing, held at the end of the evening.

Whoever answers the most trivia questions correctly over the course of the rendezvous will also win a surprise. Hint: Better bone up on authors writing about adventure on the high seas and other Nordic Tug Facts.

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