PaNNTOA Officers

Current PaNNTOA Officers


Commodore – Jeff Redmond

Jeff Redmond is a retired Police Officer from Nevada with over 20 years of service. In the summers, Jeff spent time fishing and sight-seeing in Alaska aboard a friend’s Nordic Tug 26. After spending years in the Alaskan waters on the Nordic 26 he knew that he wanted a Nordic Tug of his own.

Jeff retired in 2019 and his dreams brought him to the San Juan Islands where he found God’s Grace, a 1997 42 Nordic Tug. He spends his summers in the San Juan’s and winters in Nevada. He looks forward to meeting more Nordic owners and hopes to cruise to Alaska in the near future.

You can reach him at:

Vice Commodore


Vice Commodore – Paul Bulk

Paul grew up cruising in the Pacific Northwest aboard his parents’ sailboat but always admired Nordic Tugs and their ability to go like… one knot faster. For the last 20 years or so, he has been helping to run the family cut flower farm in Brentwood Bay, BC. At 41 years old, he is likely the youngest ever board member.

Living in the best cruising grounds in the world inspired Paul and his wife, Elaine, to come up with a 5 year plan to own a boat. 2 months later they bought Crown Prince, a 32 located in Ketchikan. A very complicated, lengthy and expensive process brought the boat to Rupert where his father and crew transported it to Vancouver Island.

Many memories have been made and more await as Paul and Elaine drag their 3 children all over the Gulf Islands and beyond his dream vessel.

You can reach him at:

Rear Commodore/Treasurer


Treasurer – Debbie Kochel

Debbie Kochel recently retired from the Boone and Crockett Club (accountant) in Missoula, MT. She and her husband Jim have been married for 39 years and are looking forward to the next 5-10 years living aboard their Nordic Tug 39, “Miss Marlie”. They will be in Washington waters until March and then off to Canada and Alaska.

How in the world did two landlubbers end up as liveaboards? They planned on buying some waterfront property in Montana after retirement. During covid home prices skyrocketed and they quickly realized that dream was no longer possible. Looking back, they are grateful as that led them to where they are now. If you see them out and about, stop by and say hello!

You can reach the PaNNTOA Treasurer at:

Membership Director

Membership Director – Christopher Kirk

Chris and his wife, Janet Stanford, started sailing in Seattle in the 1980s, and over several decades owned several sail and power boats.  The constraints of two professional careers and raising a family kept pushing boating into the background until Chris retired recently after almost 40 years operating a consulting business as an architect and construction project manager, and Janet retired from cancer research.

In 2018 they bought a Nordic Tug 32, “Neverland,” joined PaNNTOA, and attended several rendezvous.  Recently they traded up to an NT37, “Starfish,” and are looking forward to meeting other Nordic Tug lovers and discovering new cruising grounds.

You can reach the PaNNTOA Membership Director at:

Christopher Kirk





Communications Director

Communications Director – Denise Nichols

Denise Nichols and her husband Russ own a 1998 – 32 foot Nordic Tug “All R Nichols “.  We used to joke that we would buy a Nordic if we ever won the Lottery.  The problem was that we never bought any tickets.

However, after selling our house in Selah in 2016 and moving to Green Valley, AZ to retire, we needed a place to escape the hot summers.  A tug seemed like the perfect solution.  “All R Nichols” is our second home from May through September.  Our home port is Swantown in Olympia.  Russ likes to tell people that we like to stay “within the 60-80 degree comfort zone.”  When the weather gets cold at the end of September, we close up the boat and head down to Arizona.  When not out boating, we spend our time biking and visiting with family and friends.

On the docks, people are always saying how much they like the Nordics.  Some have told us that we were living their dream by spending the winters in the desert and summers boating Puget Sound.  Yes, we are living our dream.

You can reach her at:

Rendezvous Director

Rendezvous Director – Gerry Guertin

Gerry has been a PANNTOA Member since he purchased NT 37-036 in 2017.  Barb (his better half) and he have enjoyed cruising the Salish Sea and have traveled as far north as the Broughton Islands.   These trips have included visits to three Nordic Tug Rendezvous and several “mini-vous” as well.  Gerry says It is his  pleasure this year to be the Rendezvous Director for the 2024 Nordic Tug Rendezvous and he looks forward to planning it.  Please feel free to contact him with any questions or comments at

Website Director

Website Director – Michael Brown

Websites are only as good as the content and accessibility. If you have suggestions or questions about the PaNNTOA website, please send Jeff a note.

You can reach Jeff at: