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

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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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.

Old Forum Archives Now Available

New: Access to Old Forum Posts

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Welcome to the New PaNNTOA Website

Dear PaNNTOA Members,

Welcome to the new PaNNTOA website. We believe you will find it easier to use, far more comprehensive in capability and provide you with new tools and accessories similar to what you find on other popular websites. Please surf around and give us your feedback.

Cheers,

Greg Kleven
PaNNTOA Commodore
206.779.9741

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