Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Fling at Deer Harbor - April 24-27th

The Deer Harbor Marina will again host the local American Tug Owners’ and their fleet of tugs for "Spring Fling".  This year a record 34 boats and 75 folks will be in attendance to celebrate the start of the season.

The American Tug Owners Association is a very active group with three events planned for 2014:  The season kick off “Spring Fling” at Deer Harbor, the Summer Expedition to the Broughton Island Group near the north end of Vancouver Island,  and the large annual Rendezvous which will be held in Anacortes this year.

American Tugs are a locally made expedition yacht, built in La Conner, WA. Since 2000 Tomco Marine Group has built over 218 of the Lynn Senour designed hulls.  Northwest vendors make or supply the bulk of parts used in the vessels, as Tomco puts a  large emphasis on utilizing the highest quality materials.  The Tugs are easy to spot on the water with their bluff bows and colored hulls.

Deer Harbor has proven to be very popular amongst the owners with comfortable docks and an accommodating staff.  The fleet is happy to see the marina repairs coming along smoothly and wish everyone at the facility a fast recovery. This will be the first large event on the docks since the recent fire.  This year the Deer Harbor Inn has invited the group for a Saturday night dinner. Other events include a golf tournament, Chicago style hot dogs on the new party dock, and a marine swap meet. Orcas locals Susan and Rex Chadwell, owners of the American Tug 41 "Flexible", have arranged the event for the past five years.

Additional information on the event or American Tugs is available from Steve Scruggs of Tomco Marine Group at 360-466-2961.