PaNNTOA Rendezvous 2024!

Thanks for Registering

Cap Sante’s “C” dock will be full with Nortic Tugs for our annual Rendezvous with 50 boats moored for a weekend of fun-filled activities. Here is what you need to know now that you have registered:

  • PaNNTOA staff will assign your slip.  That is for arrival on Thursday, June 6 and leaving on Sunday, June 8.  If you plan on arriving early or staying late, you need to call the marina and reserve the additional days. When the marina assigns you a slip number for additional days on the dock, please email Jeff Redmond, Commodore and he will try to honor your slip assignment so as to not have you move your boat a second time.  You will pay for your moorage when you arrive at the Cap Sante Marina office.  Check in time is 1:00 or later.  As you arrive, you will need to call in on radio channel 66 for docking/slip instructions.  We will have volunteers on the dock to help you with your lines
  • We are arranging a tour of the Nordic Tug factory for Thursday afternoon starting at 3:00 pm. Transportation will be provided from the dock. Please answer the following survey so that we know how many are interested in the tour. Space is limited. You can sign up right here or in the Survey link below
  • Seattle Yachts and the Nordic Tug Factory will again be hosting our opening reception on Thursday evening starting at 6:00 pm at the dock tents. Hosted bar and appetizers will be featured.
  • Gere-a-Deli will provide meals for the weekend.  Included with your registration are breakfast Friday and Saturday; and dinners Friday and Saturday evenings.  In addition, Mary Lafleur will  be offering her homemade clam chowder for Saturday’s lunch.
  • But that’s not all: Gerry and Barb Guertin, Vous Chairpersons plan to offer a Pop Up Breakfast on Sunday morning featuring Blueberry pancakes to send you fully on your way home.
  • Most activities will take place on the “C” dock tents so dress for the weather. Catered dinners will be held at Depot, a short walk from the marina.
  • You will notice that this years Vous will center around interaction with other Nordic owners. “Dock Talks” include topics on Solar, cleaning and maintenance, docking, mooring, batteries and windows. There will be plenty of time to interact. Fun activities will include Cookies and Coloring of the Salish Sea, Nordic Poker Run, and Nordic Tug trivia.
  • We still have a few spots left for the post-training sponsored by Cruisers Collage.  This is a DIY Diesel class specific for Nordic Tugs.  Registration fee is $200.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Please respond to the following survey so that we can finalize our Rendezvous plans.


Thank you and see you in June.


Webinar Alert, Wednesday, March 27 at 1900!

We are excited to be offering another informative webinar, exclusive to PaNNTOA members! Jeffrey Ferguson from the NOAA Office of Ocean Survey will be taking time from his busy schedule as CA, OR and WA Navigation Manager to guide us through the use of the NOAA Custom Chart Maker. With this web-based application, users can create custom charts of any area they wish and print it at home or at one of the available printing companies in a larger format. As you may know, NOAA is phasing out the supply of paper charts so don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the new ENC format!

The link to the zoom meeting can be found here, and there is a link available on the “Events” page of the PaNNTOA website. The video will also be available after on the PaNNTOA YouTube channel.

Mark your calendar and plan to Zoom!

Dock Talks

Who is the smartest person you know? Another Nordic Tug owner? You? Of course we are smart, we bought the best boats around. So, when it comes to learning about these boats or cruising in general, we believe some of the best people to learn from are other owners. That is why the PaNNTOA Rendezvous this year will include “Dock Talks”, an opportunity to get detailed information about a particular topic from another owner. And this is where you come in. We are looking for suggestions for topics you are interested in as well as volunteers to speak to a smallish group. So, if you have something nifty you would like to share or something you would like to learn about, please send an email to Paul at

Save the Date
June 6-8, 2024
2024 Nordic Tug Rendezvous
Cap Sante Marina
Anacortes, WA

Be prepared to get to know your fellow Nordic Tug owners like never before! Learn how to upgrade and care for your beloved tug from your fellow PaNNTOA members and industry experts.

Socialize at meals each morning and evening with plenty of fun and frivolity in between. All of our boats will be moored together to create a true “Nordic Village “ on the docks during this 3-day event.

More details and information to follow when we open the event registration on March 15th for current PaNNTOA members. We look forward to seeing you in June.

Gerry Guertin
Rendezvous Chair


JUST A REMINDER…..We have contacted Mike Beemer from Skagit Valley Community College and plan on offering our members an opportunity to attend a private 10 hour seminar for PaNNTOA members only. This will take place at the Marine Center in Anacortes. Class will be Sunday, June 9 for 6 hours and Monday June 10 for 4 hours. Exact schedule to be determined. There will be a tuition cost for this class. Please email to let us know you are interested. Class space will be limited, don’t delay.

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Honoring Ray Carpenter

Dear PaNNTOA Members,

We have been asked to share with you the sad news of the passing of Ray Carpenter, long-time Harbormaster at Kingston Marina. Some of you enjoyed the Mini-Vous at Kingston that Gerry & Barb (Spree) hosted at Kingston a little over a year ago. Ray not only ran the marina but he was always a welcoming host for us Puget Sound boaters – matching his welcoming words with hands-on help for visiting boaters. That was certainly true of our PaNNTOA Mini-Vous.

Ray has just passed away after a tough battle with brain cancer. As you can imagine, his wife, Maria, is coping with a pile of medical expenses.

We are including a link to a GoFundMe page so that you all have an opportunity to help the family if you so wish. For the Kingston boaters, Ray will be greatly missed.
Use link below to donate to the family

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.)

September 2023 Newsletter

Happy Fall Everyone!

It’s that time of the year where PNW boaters are wrapping up the summer cruising season and digging into those big fall projects. If you find yourself crammed into an engine compartment or other tug tight spot, hopefully the memories of flat calm days and sun drenched bays will sustain you.
Usually after a few weeks of rain we start thinking and planning for next year’s adventures and the board of PaNNTOA are doing likewise. So here is what’s happened and happening with the association.

Mini Vous 2023: Friday Harbor

We had a fantastic and mostly dry mini rendezvous at Friday Harbor this past September 22-24th. Many thanks to Jeff Redmond for putting it together and to Gerry and Barb for cooking for all of us! Highlights of the weekend were the welcome BBQ, steak dinner and “square table” discussion, where Nordic owners shared their tips and questions with other boaters. This form of discussion was a popular request in the 2023 rendezvous survey so a more formalized version of this will likely be appearing in the 2024 rendezvous. Which brings us to…

PaNNTOA Rendezvous 2024: June 6-9

The date has been set for another exciting rendezvous this year at the lovely and central Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes Washington. This is the PaNNTOA event of the year with a ton of fun, food, learning and tug-ogling. Be sure to mark this on your calendar and spread the word! There will be much more information on this coming your way.

During the Friday Harbor Mini Vous Debbie Kochel volunteered to take over as Membership Director. We would like to thank Mark Malnes for his work as the Director over the last several years and we welcome Debbie to our organization.

Lastly, if you haven’t done so already, please take the time to log into the PaNNTOA website and ensure that your contact information, particularly email address, is up to date so we can keep in touch.

Thank you,




I hope everyone had a great July 1, for those who celebrated Canada Day and July 4th for our Independence Day. I can’t think of anything better than being with friends and family on a Nordic Tug on the water to celebrate both of our great Nations.

Its been just over a Month since our 2023 Rendevous in Sidney and if you ask me I would tell you it was a fantastic event, but we also asked members for your input and you most of you reported that it was a fantastic event. We appreciate the sincere feedback and we will be using the surveys as we plan Vous 2024. Congratulations to Paul Yancey for winning the Survey raffle prize. He will be receiving a gift card to West Marine.

I want to thank everyone that helped make this Rendevous so great. As I mentioned on Saturday night this last year would not have been possible without Sandra Piotrowski stepping up to the Role of Commodore. She was energetic and thorough in taking on the task and I can say she was the Anchor we all want in on our vessels in a storm and this Organization was blessed to have her in charge. I also want to remind everyone how much Jeff Brein contributed by staying in the role of Rendevous director for the last year. Jeff has coordinated several rendezvous and we are fortunate to have him planning such awesome events. Paul and Elaine Bulk as well as Gerry and Barb Guertin also contributed a great deal of time to make this event so successful. BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM.

For those of you that did not attend the Rendevous we missed you there and hope see you next year. At our general meeting we had Officer Elections. Sandra graciously nominated me for Commodore. I waited for someone else to be nominated and it didn’t happen. So I have taken on the job. I nominated Paul Bulk, our first Canadian board member, and he won without opposition. Congratulations Paul! We also discussed the financial state of the organization. The treasurers presentation was made to the membership regarding our annual dues and current reserves and an overwhelming majority voted to raise dues to $60.00 a year. This will go into effect January 2024. If your dues are renewed this year before January 2024 you will still pay the $30.00 for the upcoming year. We realize this is a large increase, but believe that the annual amount is still low when compared to other Boating organizations. I am working on contacting some marine vendors to try and secure more group discounts for members.

We heard from several members that they were not receiving our regular emails. We discovered this was due to the data link between mailchimp and member press (our website program). Our current system is only recognizing the first/main email address entered when signing up for PaNNTOA.

If you would like to have a spouse or other member of your family receive our emails please add their information with the link here. SIGN UP ADDITIONAL EMAIL

I thank you for taking the time to read our Newsletter and hope that you find the information important to you as a member of PaNNTOA. I am looking forward to being your new Commodore and hope that I can fill the big shoes left for me by my predecessor. Check out the links on this email for information about a Mini Vous in Friday Harbor and don’t forget to add photos of your fellow tuggers on our Friendships Forum. I hope to see you on the water.

Jeff Redmond
God’s Grace

Volunteer Opportunity: Membership Director (Avg. less than 1 hour/month)

Our all-volunteer organization is STILL looking for a new Membership Director.

This is a role easily performed by anyone with access to the website. Our staff wizard has created several automated tools and processes to make the job straightforward.

The membership director provides information to the PaNNTOA board related to membership statistics, reaches out to potential members referred by other members, sends membership lists to sponsors that offer discounts (sponsors must pinky swear they will not send spam based on our supplied list) quarterly, and, if so inclined, thinks about ways to increase membership.

The membership director also works with the Communications director to reconcile bounced emails (did the member forget to renew? Sell their boat? Find a cooler group to hang out with? (Can’t be that!))

If interested (even vaguely), please email the Commodore. Thanks!