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Highlights on Two of our Speakers ! by Sam Stone 04/02/18 9:21 am
In case you didn't get the email, we wanted to let you know the schedule for the 2018 Panntoa Rendezvous is posted on our site and we wanted to highlight just two of our key speakers!

Our opening speaker is Marlene Kleven, RN, MN who will be discussing accidents and medical emergencies, both in and outside of US waters. Marlene and our Commodore have first hand knowledge in this area. Fortunately for Greg, Marlene is a nurse!

Also the 2018 Rendezvous Chair and 2018 Commodore, Greg Kleven wanted to share more information about Mike Beemer, who is another key speaker at the vous.

Michael is a Marine Technology instructor at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Anacortes, WA. He has been instrumental in developing the marine programs for the Academy that bridge both the high school/college programs with the industry needs. In the cruising community, Michael is well known as “The Boat Doctor” who can diagnose and fix almost anything on a vessel. Michael is the lead instructor for Skagit Valley College in the marine systems program, including ABYC certification courses. He grew up as the son of a master mechanic. This experience included learning all things mechanical including motorcycles, automobiles, and boats.
He has operated his own successful boat repair businesses, lead flotillas to Alaska and Desolation Sound, and presents at many venues included the inside passage seminar and the Seattle Boat Show. Michael has presented programs such as Keeping Your Diesel Alive and maintenance courses covering water-making systems, gensets, steering and control systems, marine electrical systems, boat freshwater and gray water plumbing, and freshwater pump systems. Mike’s specialty is the new technology systems now coming on-line for boats in batteries, solar, power generation, water systems and propulsion. When not teaching, in the summers, you can find he, and his wife, cruising the inside passage on their beautiful motor-sailor S/V Black Pearl.

Mike will talk about some new technologies and changes in that are happening. Highlighting some of the opportunities boat owners have. He also will talk about must haves and a few simple things you can do to make your experience on the water safer, more relaxing, and enjoyable. A tour will be given at the Marine Technology Center, followed by a Q & A session.

Here's what Passage Maker says about Mike:
“Mike has developed, and runs, some of the very best marine systems courses available anywhere in the country,” “He is also a long-time boat owner with a great deal of hands-on experience, and as such brings a strong practical element to the academic courses."


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2018 PaNNTOA Rendezvous by Sam Stone 03/04/18 11:57 am
It’s that time again! This year we are past both the Vancouver and Seattle Boat Shows, and it’s time to start planning for summer cruising. And that means our minds go to the 2018 PaNNTOA Rendezvous. The Vous will be held in Anacortes, at Cap Sante Marina again this year, starting the afternoon of Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June3rd.

We’ve already have secured a couple of speakers, and some of our favorites are coming back!

If you haven’t met or heard of him, Mike Beemer, from the Marine Maintenance Technology facility of Skagit Valley College will be with us Friday afternoon. We will be going to his facility, right next to the SeaFarer’s Building and have an opportunity to talk, touch & feel engines. To read more about Mike http://www.mountvernonchamber.com/news/ ... y-program/

Jeff Gleckler is also coming back to share his thoughts on “Anchoring Unraveled”. And as always, Nordic Yachts NW will provide first mate training, including docking, rope typing, etc.

Another favorite from a couple of years ago is Captain Linda Lewis, who will be offering BOTH a lecture on “Man Overboard” as well as actual training with a person in the water for recovery on Saturday. I wonder who will volunteer for that position?

We’ll keep you updated with the agenda and other details on the Panntoa website, so keep looking, as we get closer to the date!

Registration officially starts and will be available on (or before) Saturday, April 15th. Remember you have to be a PANNTOA member to attend, so renew your membership now or signup again or even for the 1st time. It’s only $30 a year.

Want to attend, but can’t bring your NT? No problem, we’ve got you covered! Just make sure to make hotel/motel reservations asap as this is the same weekend as the Anacortes Waterfront Festival and the town will be busy!


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2018 PaNNTOA Rendezvous by Sam Stone 12/13/17 4:02 pm
It’s that time again, when the Vancouver and Seattle Boat Shows are in sight, that our minds go to the PANNTOA Rendezvous. The Vous will be held in Anacortes, at Cap Sante Marina starting the afternoon of Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June3rd.

We’ve already have secured a couple of speakers, and some of our favorites are coming back!

If you haven’t met or heard of him, Mike Beemer, from the Marine Maintenance Technology facility of Skagit Valley College will be with us Friday afternoon. We will be going to his facility, right next to the SeaFarer’s Building and have an opportunity to talk, touch & feel engines. To read more about Mike http://www.mountvernonchamber.com/news/ ... y-program/

A favorite coming back is Jeff Gleckler, to share his thoughts on “Anchoring Unraveled”. And as always, Yachts NW will provide first mate training, docking, rope typing, etc.

Another favorite from a couple of years ago is Captain Linda Lewis, who will be offering BOTH a lecture on “Man Overboard” as well as actual training with a person in the water for recovery on Saturday. I wonder who will volunteer for that position?

We will keep you updated here, so keep looking as we get closer to the date!


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Lighted Boat Parades and Giving Opportunities by Randy Wickers 11/28/17 9:13 am
LOCATION Date Time Contact/More Info
Anacortes No Data Available from my Google Search
Morro Bay Dec 2 6:00--7:00 Registration Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morro-bay- ... 9465095162

Gig Harbor: Dec 9 5:00 – 7:00 http://www.gigharborguide.com/event/lig ... at-parade/

La Conner: Dec 9 6:00--7:00 http://members.lovelaconner.com/events/ ... arade-4245

Lake Union: Dec 15 7:00—9:30 www.SeattleTimes.com/ffn $25 suggested donation for Seattle Times Fund for the Needy Registration: https://www.argosycruises.com/christmas ... ion_Nov_17)&mc_cid=a7cada5b06&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d

Bremerton: Dec 15-16 6:00—9:30 Two Nights: http://bremertonyachtclub.org/events/lightedships/17/

Poulsbo: Dec 17 5:00 – 7:00 http://www.visitpoulsbo.com/event/lighted-boat-para/

Tacoma: Dec 19 6:00—9:00 Registration required: http://www.tacomayachtclub.org/PublicEv ... vents.aspx


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Helping Hand in Juneau, Alaska by Randy Wickers 11/28/17 8:39 am
PaNNTOA received a kind offer of assistance from a tug owners planning a cruise to Juneau, Alaska: Call or text Chuck at Chucknot@yahoo.com or 907-957-9072. Chuck has a 26' Tug "Observer."


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Swinomish Channel RR bridge closures by Charlie Billings 08/20/17 12:47 pm
For those tuggers in the Pacific NW that use the Swinomish Channel to get from Skagit Bay to La Conner and Anacortes or vise verse, check the link below to determine the Burlington Northern RR bridge closure schedule for bridge maintenance through the end of October. Being unaware of the closure could ruin your day by having to await the reopening, sometimes for hours.
Charlie Billings
NOBSKA, 32-057

https://swinomishchannelclosures.net/


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Tacoma Mini-Vous UPDATE Sept 8-10, 2017 by Sam Stone 08/18/17 10:50 am
We now have 7 boats coming to Tacoma. Great, we have parties by ourselves so 14 +/- will be super. Remember you only have to own a Nordic Tug, don't have to be a PaNNTOA member.

If you are still thinking you might want to register, 253-572-2524, Delin Marina takes the reservation. We will be at the city dock same side as the Museum of Glass at the bottom of the stairs.

We will have a tent on the dock for morning treats and coffee on Saturday and Sunday then space reserved along the waterfront walk way for Saturday dinner together. Other than that you are on your own. Museum row. I hope you received the list. If not let me know.

After the 24th tell remaining spaces will be open to the public for reservation.

See ya'll then. Will have a couple munchkins with us.

Carter and Marcia
32-286 Redemption.


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Tacoma Mini-Vous Sept 8-10, 2017 by Sam Stone 06/21/17 1:05 pm
PaNNTOA MiniVous: Tacoma
“A Cultural Experience”

September 8-10, 2017

Moorage will be available through Delin Docks Marina but actually at the Dock Street Marina, 253-572- 2524 http://www.delindocksmarina.com . Let them know you are with the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association (PaNNTOA) and the dates. You do NOT have to be a PaNNTOA member to attend, and are welcome to come early and stay later if you wish and space is available.

Moorage is $1.35 /ft., 30 Amp $3/day, 50 Amp $5/day. Dock is plumbed with sewer lines so they come to you and pump $10. Use the same phone to call for service. They also have cable TV connections. No WiFi. There will be a guest code for the gate and there are showers and rest rooms at the top of the ramp.

There are 21 spaces so first come first serve on a full service space. They did indicate we could get maybe as many as 28-30 if we secure stern in and raft together.
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We have a tent on the dock with canvas sides and will provide continental service on the 9th and 10th in the morning. See the second page for all the shops and eating establishments on Pacific Avenue. It is just a 100 yard walk up the ramp to the street level, gentle stairs or elevator then across the Museum of Glass Bridge to the street.

Local Attractions:
1. Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) left on Pacific Ave. on the east side. No special events that weekend. It will be open from Adults $15, seniors $13, 10AM – 5PM.
2. Washington History Museum. You will arrive at the museum when your get to Pacific Ave. Exhibits primarily history of Washington and some aspect that helped develop the state. They also have a permanent model train exhibit. Adults $12, seniors 60+ $8. Open 10AM – 5PM.

3. Museum of Glass. You will see it at the top of the ramp from the dock. The Chihuly Bridge is your access to Pacific Ave so you would walk by the glass wall that houses many of the pieces created by him and his students. It is outside the museum and you do not need to pay to see it. There is also a refection pool with rotating glass displays in it from different artists. If the Hot Shop or “Cone” is going that is fascinating to see them working the glass. Saturday 9/9, schedule:
a. Fusing Workshop, 11AM.
b. Family Day: Mystical Maquettes, 1PM.
c. Chihuly, Walking tour, 2PM.
Adults $15 seniors 62+ $12. 10AM – 5PM.

4. LeMay: Amercia’s Car Museum; follow Dock Street, in front of Glass Museum, to intersection with “D” Street then a comfortable walk up the hill towards the Tacoma Dome and it is on your right. Even though this is a “Car Museum” of interest to the guys I think the history of the vintage cars on the ramps will be interesting to all. Development of the Automobile and the people you could find driving the respective types and models. Interesting history in the pictorial narrations.
Adults $18, seniors $16. Open 10AM – 5PM.

Dock Street Restaurants
Social Bar and grill. The fish peddler. Both accessible from the walk way at the top of the ramp, turn right and they are on the left. That walkway by the way is a nice evening walk along the water. More detail on restaurants close-by on Pacific Avenue is available on the Delin Docks website.

Tram.
The tram that runs the center of Pacific Ave. is free in the city. If you want to venture beyond the Museum District, north to the right, on the tram is the center of the city. Primarily a financial district. There are some other restaurants and a few shops. South to the left you will find more industrial section other than Freigh House square and a couple of antique shops/auctions on Puyallup Ave.

I hope that is enough Data. We will have an evening reservation in one of these spots for Saturday night. I will pass it on when I have it set.

Anchorage on the way.
Marcia and I find Port Blakely at the south east end of Bainbridge is a great way spot to anchor out on our way home. It is about 3 hours to Tacoma from there, 7kn. You have the lights of Seattle in the evening and protection from the South West winds. It is about 4 hours from Edmonds and 4/5 from Port Tounsend.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tacoma.

Please call Carter Barnes 253-279-9179, if you have any questions or suggestions.

Carter Barnes
Redemption 32-286


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2016 annual meeting minuets by Dave Starrett 03/28/17 7:34 pm
To all Panntoa members ,
Please take a moment to review the minutes of our last annual meeting that was held at the 2016 Rendezvous. You will see them under members announcements in the forum.
We will be voting to approve the minutes at our next annual meeting at the 2017 Rendezvous.


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Beware of a Vessel Documentation Scam by Bill Stone 02/10/17 9:22 am
For any and all PaNNTOA members who have Documented vessels..... there is a very official looking mailing going out regarding your yearly documentation application with the Coast Guard. Appears totally legit until you go to the very well done website and on page 15 in very small print realize that they are not a Govt. agency but a private agency.
End result, USCG charges $26.00 yearly. Private service charges $75.00 with the option of paying in advance for three (3) years.
Don't get fooled.


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PaNNTOA Board Members for 2017-2018
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  • Rear Commodore - Doug Ford
  • Treasurer - Steve Pellegrin
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