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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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Call for 2017 Dues and Volunteer Opportunities by Randy Wickers 01/26/17 6:18 pm
Ahoy Tuggers!

PaNNTOA Board wishes you a Happy New Year as you start another cruising season! This message is to announce the call for Annual Dues of $30 payable via PayPal on our http://www.panntoa.org website. Please submit dues payment no later than May 1st .
Our dues pay for postage, website maintenance, financial administration (burgees and gear), and help to jumpstart our Annual Rendezvous.

We have a lot of energy this year, with proposals for two mini-rendezvous PLUS the Annual PaNNTOA Rendezvous.

It’s also a good time to take a look at your membership information. Sent me any changes updates. ADD MEMBERSHIP to the subject of your email to board@panntoa.org . If you don’t have a photo of your Tug, please send one to me and I’ll see that it gets posted.

Here’s a list of just a few opportunities to help the Association:

1. We need volunteers to staff a PaNNTOA chair for 3-hour shifts at the Seattle Boat Show. Send your email to Bill Stone bill@sdajnw.com. We’ll have a PaNNTOA brochure available for handout.
2. The board is seeking interested Tuggers to serve during the 2018 boating year.
3. You are welcome to send any one of us ways you would like to contribute your talent, or to offer feedback and suggestions. That’s how we make our Association better.

Here’s to a great season ahead! Don’t forget to take advantage of the discounts offered to PaNNTOA Members. It doesn’t take long before those cover our dues!

Sincerely,

Randy Wickers, Membership Chairman, PaNNTOA
Time for Two, NT 42-036
PaNNTOA@gmail.com ATTN: MEMBERSHIP


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Tacoma mini vous by Dave Starrett 01/22/17 3:57 pm
The Tacoma mini-vous scheduled for March 9 through 12th has been postponed until next fall sometime. Dock Street Marina is a great destination, so we look forward to seeing everyone there when the time comes!


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Call for 2017 Dues and Volunteer Opportunities by Randy Wickers 01/13/17 11:45 am
Ahoy Tuggers!

PaNNTOA Board wishes you a Happy New Year as you start another cruising season! This message is to announce the call for Annual Dues of $30 payable via PayPal on our http://www.panntoa.org website. Please submit dues payment no later than May 1st .
Our dues pay for postage, website maintenance, financial administration (burgees and gear), and help to jumpstart our Annual Rendezvous.

We have a lot of energy this year, with proposals for two mini-rendezvous PLUS the Annual PaNNTOA Rendezvous.

It’s also a good time to take a look at your membership information. Sent me any changes updates. ADD MEMBERSHIP to the subject of your email to board@panntoa.org . If you don’t have a photo of your Tug, please send one to me and I’ll see that it gets posted.

Here’s a list of just a few opportunities to help the Association:

1. We need volunteers to staff a PaNNTOA chair for 3-hour shifts at the Seattle Boat Show. Send your email to Bill Stone bill@sdajnw.com. We’ll have a PaNNTOA brochure available for handout.
2. The board is seeking interested Tuggers to serve during the 2018 boating year.
3. You are welcome to send any one of us ways you would like to contribute your talent, or to offer feedback and suggestions. That’s how we make our Association better.

Here’s to a great season ahead! Don’t forget to take advantage of the discounts offered to PaNNTOA Members. It doesn’t take long before those cover our dues!

Sincerely,

Randy Wickers, Membership Chairman, PaNNTOA
Time for Two, NT 42-036
board@panntoa.org ATTN: MEMBERSHIP


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Mini Vous by Dave Starrett 01/10/17 11:46 am
After the Seattle Boat Show there will be a mini vous with Sam Landsman, I copied his post from his web site here.
Attention Nordic Tug owners in the PNW! Interested in an After-Boat-Show Mini Cruise?
Sam, Kevin, and Laura will be leading a short, informal Nordic Tug mini-cruise right after the Seattle Boat Show. We’ll meet Sunday, February 5th at Blake Island, then head to Poulsbo the following day, and wrap up Tuesday, February 7th at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. Weather permitting, of course. If you’re interested in joining, send an email to sam@slowboat.com with your name, boat name, and LOA so we can make marina reservations.


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Nordic Tug Fleet List Announcement by Sharon Robertson 12/05/16 3:43 pm
The announcement below was posted on the Sentoa listserver related to the ownership of the owners fleet list. If you are a Nordic Tug owner you should be listed on the fleet list. Please confirm the accuracy of your information.

Dear SENTOA Listserver Subscribers,

As many of you know, Charlie Billings, owner of NOBSKA (32-057) was the Editor of the Nordic Tug Newsletter from 2006 until the final issue in 2012. The newsletter was continuously published from 1981 until 2012 and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to subscribers. It ceased publication because of the multiple Nordic Tug owners association websites that fulfilled the same purpose. All of the back issue are available to read or download on nordictugowners.com if you are interested.

The Newsletter also included a Fleet List of the Nordic Tug owners. Charlie has continued to maintain the Fleet List which is also published on the nordictugowners.com website. It is no easy task, believe me, to try to keep up with all of the transfers of ownership of used Nordic Tugs and to ferret out the owners of new tugs. Charlie has done a terrific job for the past 10 years and deserves a big round of applause. If you run into him, be sure to give him your thanks.

Time has come for the torch to be passed to a new keeper of the Fleet List. Ron Matuska, owner of ADAGIO (34-318), graciously volunteered to take over the maintenance of the owner database; clearly he didn’t know what he was getting into. Thinking quickly, Charlie accepted Ron’s proposal and then weighed anchor in NOBSKA for parts unknown.

Ron has been diligently trying to confirm and update much of the information in the database, comparing it to Coast Guard registrations, factory records and Charlie’s and my fading memories. The latest version of the Fleet List is posted on nordictugowners.com. There are three versions: sorted by hull number, sorted by tug name, and sorted by location. Ron has requested SENTOA Listserver subscribers to take a few minutes and look closely at the Fleet List.

1. If you are a current owner, please confirm that the information about the Nordic Tug you own is correct.

2. If you are a former owner, please check to see if the tug you previously owned is listed with the new owner.

3. If you are a Nordic Tug dealer or broker, check to see if you can fill in any of the unknown owners.

4. Everyone, look up all of your Nordic Tug owning friends and see if their information is correct.

If you have any corrections to the Fleet List, send them to Ron at ramatuska@gmail.com. Ron is also interested in rumors like, “Oh, I think that tug was confiscated by the IRS” or “I’m pretty sure they got divorced but I don’t know who has custody of the tug”. Send these comments also to Ron. He enjoys playing detective.

Thanks for your help, thanks again to Charlie (I think he snuck back to the dock) and thanks to Ron!


Herb Nickles

SENTOA List Server Administrator


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