January 2024 Newsletter – PaNNTOA E’Blast

Happy New Year to Everyone!

Did you know our Board meets almost monthly to discuss the happenings of our organization? During these meetings we talk about what matters to all of us…CRUISING ON OUR NORDICS…..Everything from how to welcome new members to planning the annual Rendevous. We talk about how to keep up with technology on the website and forums to share information for “How To” projects.

I know we have members that live aboard year round and constantly think about boating while others are able to winterize their boats and go on to other hobbies over the winter. I think it would be safe to say that we are all looking forward to Spring and Summer so that we can get on the water and spend time on our Nordics. Over these winter months we encourage members to stay connected by going on the website and checking out Forums or seeing other events listed on the site. We have a few events in the works and I would ask you to read below for information about the up coming Seattle Boat Show as well as a “save the date” for the 2024 Rendezvous. I will be at the Boat Show helping with the Seattle Yachts on Saturday, February 3, 2024, on the water. Please come by and say hello if you are there. I look forward to seeing everyone during the 2024 cruising season.
Jeff Redmond, Commodore

A Working Board

His first year as Vice Commodore, Paul Bulk is excited to get to work with the team to bring members a packed PaNNTOA experience. The main highlight is of course the rendezvous which promises to be an interactive, informative and delicious event! We will be building on the successes of past ‘vous and making some additions thanks to the feedback from the last event’s survey. Other goals for the year are some changes to the website, a mini ‘vous or two and information webinars. Paul says that in addition to cruising our local Salish Sea waters, he looks forward to a family trip up the Sunshine Coast. He hopes to see you out there!

Membership Matters

Greetings from Debbie Kochel, PaNNTOA Membership Director. Currently there are 155 active members hailing from 20 states and provinces. The majority are from Washington and British Columbia. out of 155 members, 18 are associate members; those are folks who have either previously owned a Nordic Tug or are interested in purchasing one. The NT32 is the most popular model followed closely by the NT37. Our membership ebbs and flows as boats are sold and purchased; we have maintained roughly the same numbers over the years. Our goal is to increase our membership. In light of that goal, we have designed a card for members to hand out while cruising to personally invite NT owners to join PaNNTOA. These cards will be available at the Seattle Boat Show and at the 2024 Rendezvous in Anacortes. In case you are interested, here is a breakdown of Nordic Tug Models owned by our members:

NT32 – 49
NT37 – 40
NT42 – 25
NT26 – 14
NT40 – 5
NT39 – 5
NT34 – 4
NT54 – 2
NT50 – 1

PaNNTOA’s Finances

A big “thank you” to Angelo Muzzin who has served as Finance Director this past year. PaNNTOA sponsored a memorable Rendezvous in Sidney, BC and made significant improvements to the website. In addition, PaNNTOA received financial support from the NT Factory, Seattle Yachts and Philbrook’s. PaNNTOA’s bottom line decreased this past year due to higher expenses for the Rendezvous and website improvements. At the end of 2023, PaNNTOA’s reserve was approximately $13,000.

At the 2023 Annual meeting in Anacortes, members voted to increase yearly dues to $60. This is the first dues increase in many years. Also discussed and approved was increasing the registration fee for the 2024 Rendezvous to more accurately reflect actual costs for the event. These changes will help provide more stable finances to support PaNNTOA into the future. We welcome your thoughs on this matter.

Last But Certainly Not Least… Rendezvous 2024

Gerry Guertin, Rendezvous Director, has been working diligently to provide an outstanding event to PaNNTOA members. SAVE THE DATE and make your plans to attend the 2024 PaNNTOA Rendezvous at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes June 6, 7 and 8.

The goal this year will be to share information on the “Care and Feeding” of your beloved Nordic Tug. We hope you will share your favorite fixes and upgrades while you get to view and experience what others have done. Industry experts will also be available to help answer questions and give advice.

We will present opportunities to cruise with fellow Tuggers and increase your confidence level while exploring our US and BC cruising grounds. (Lots of us plan to head north after the rendezvous.)

Our fleet will all be moored in close proximity, so you can get to know other PaNNTOA members while socializing, playing games and sharing good meals!

In February, we will reach out to you with more details and the opportunity to register for the event. Watch for our February E’Blast.

Seattle International Boat Show

The Seattle International Boat Show will be happening on Friday February 2nd through Saturday February 10th. Seattle Yachts will be displaying a newly built Nordic Tug 40 at the “On the Water” show at Bell Harbor Marina. Come and See!

Also, Nordic Tugs will have a booth in the east hall of the Exhibition Center, with Dave Allen and crew introducing details about the factory’s new program to provide upgrade and repair services on existing yachts. Should be interesting!

See you at the Boat Show! (FYI, there will be a shuttle running between the Main Show in the exhibition center and the On the Water show.)