Friday, November 15, 2013

Summer Expedition 2014 to the Broughton's

Explore the Broughton Islands: June 28th through July 14th, 2014

Cruise with friends in the Broughton Island Archipelago.  A loose itinerary allowing lay days, time to explore alone or as a group, to fish, relax and enjoy your tug.

Port Harvey
Port Harvey Marine Resort was new on the scenes a few years ago.  George & Gail Cambridge are now known for a friendly reception, pizza at the Red Shoe Restaurant and fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning.  This will be our first stop and meeting point on June 28th, located just off Johnstone Strait.
Can Am holidays at Sullivan Bay
Sullivan  Bay, BC in the Broughton Islands for Canada Day and/or the 4th of July.  Watch the parade and hit the driving range.  July 1-5, 2014.  This is a fun place to hang out amongst gorgeous scenery and new friends.

Turnbull Cove

Turnbull Cove is an ideal spot for building a “star raft” or “wagonwheel” on July 7th.  A large protected moorage just outside the entrance to Kenneth Passage, one of the prettiest places I have ever been!
Nimmo Bay fire
Nimmo Bay Resort in Mackenzie Sound has extended an invitation to our tug owners for a private fully inclusive dinner on July 8th.  They will send their boat over to Turnbull Cove to pick up those guests that wish a fantastic dining experience in a pristine wilderness.

Jennis buildings

Let’s visit Jennis Bay Marina and  Drury Inlet on July 10th.  Drury offers wonderful crabbing and kayaking on protected waters.  Jennis Bay Marina is a fun stop with a pot luck led by your host Kim.  A good walk to Huaskin Lake is always a fun adventure.

Pierres aerial

A trip to the Broughton’s would not be complete without meeting Pierre!  Pierre’s at Echo Bay has invited our group for July 13-14th, with a private Prime Rib dinner on July 14th for our expedition finale and wrap up.


The American Tug Summer Expedition is open to any and all of those in the American Tug family, come and join us.  Call Steve Scruggs at the American Tug factory to sign up.  Join the fun by calling 360-466-2961 or email

New Publication: The 2014 Waggoner Guide

Fine Edge is now accepting orders for 2014 Waggoner Guide

Last summer Mark Bunzel and Sam Landsman cruised to Alaska and around Vancouver Island to update the Waggoner Guide. Now, after countless hours of work, they are about to send the files off to the printer.
2014 Waggoner
In addition to the multitude of changes to report on, they've improved the guide in several ways:
  • Improved marina diagrams, including additional information on dock numbering/lettering
  • Additional area diagrams clarifying where specific marinas are in certain harbors
  • Basic distance tables included on many area diagrams
  • Several new marinas, anchorages, and attractions are now covered
  • More weather tips are included to make cruising safer and more comfortable
The 2014 Waggoner Cruising Guide is available for pre-order now. They will be be shipping by mid-December. Your credit card will not be charged until your order ships

Fine Edge & Waggoner give all my American Tug clients a nice discount on all their fine publications.  Go to:

Thanks Mark!

Friday, November 8, 2013

American Tug Spotters Guide
 Download the American Tug Spotters Guide as a handy reference for your boats pilothouse, identify these great boats at a distance while cruising.  Great boats build in La Conner, WA.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sold Boat: 2008 American Tug 34

2008 American Tug 34  #119     Calumet        Now SOLD!

This is a very pretty boat!  Flag blue hull with a neutral "papyrus" colored interior.  Powered with the Cummins electronic QSB-380 engine she is a capable semi-displacement hull that is perfect for cruising the northwest waters and Inside Passage to Alaska.

Calumet has all the best factory options including the Buell double trumpet air horns, bow & stern thrusters, full-height glass doors, entertainment package, Magnum Energy 2kw inverter & charger, stainless line and fender racks, line shaft cutter, wood paneling at helm, washer-dryer, and a bunch more.

Fitted with the very nice Steelhead Marine WD-600 hydraulic crane, she carries her Apex A-9 rigid hull inflatable and Tohatsu outboard on the boat deck.

Full details and over 60-photos are here.

Extremely clean and well maintained, she shows a pride of ownership.  Call Steve at 206-930-6139 and arrange a private showing of Calumet.  Located on Trawler Row in La Conner, she is listed with American Tugs & Trawlers, the factory dealership.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Changes to the Buoys on the Swinomish Channel

The American Tugs are built in the small town of La Conner, Washington.  A rural farming and fishing community located along the banks of the Swinomish Channel. The Channel is a navigable waterway that links Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands area north of The Strait of Juan De Fuca. 

The significance of the Channel is that it is navigable year round, and in all weather.  When the Straits are really rough, the Channel is a safe alternative.

When heading towards port we all remember to use the "Red Right Returning" which means we keep the red buoys on your right hand side when returning to port... well the Swinomish has always had a bit of weirdness.  The Town of La Conner would be the Port, but there are harbor entrances to both the north and south.  The point of convergence (where the buoys changed from red on the right to green on the right) was actually a couple of miles north of town and not at the Port itself.

American Tug 41 - Intermezzo next to one of the culprit marks

The Coast Guard is now changing the convergence to the Town of La Conner.  I am very happy to see this change.  The old point of convergence was literally in my back yard as I live on the Channel, boaters would stop, circle around, try to pass between a green buoy and the very close shoreline.  It was very confusing to many boaters (those not using a chart...) as the color of buoys changed for no logical reason.

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing changes to the buoyage in Swinomish Channel. The following excerpt and graphic are from the Local Notice to Mariners 35/13:
The USCG is proposing to move the point at which the ATON in the Swinomish Channel change the general direction of marine traffic. In channels such as Swinomish, where vessels can enter the channel from two different directions, there must be a point where the colors and numbers on the ATON switch to conform to the rule of red ATON on the starboard side when returning from sea. 
The current ATON configuration changes direction at Swinomish Channel South Entrance Buoy 26 (LLNR 18875), approximately two miles north of La Conner. Multiple mariners have stated that this point of change is arbitrary and confusing. For this reason, the proposed new point for the change in direction is in the vicinity of the city of La Conner, the logical destination for vessels returning from sea. The following aids to navigation will remain in the same position, but will change their color and number: 
Swinomish Channel South Entrance Buoy 22 (LLNR 18860) to Swinomish Channel North Entrance Buoy 33; Swinomish Channel South Entrance Buoy 23 (LLNR 18865) to Swinomish Channel North Entrance Buoy 34; Swinomish Channel South Entrance Light 25 (LLNR 18870) to Swinomish Channel North Entrance Light 32; Swinomish Channel South Entrance Buoy 26 (LLNR 18875) to Swinomish Channel North Entrance Buoy 31.

Thanks to Mark Bunzel and the Waggoner Cruising Guide for bringing this to my attention.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The perfect boat hose

The Ames Reeleasy Hose Cassette         About $50

The Ames Reeleasy Hose Cassette

I have used this product for nearly ten-years and have been totally happy with it.  I think the Ames Reeleasy is the perfect hose for most boaters to keep aboard.

The Ames Reeleasy Hose Cassette comes with 60-feet of 1/2-inch hose.  The hose can be partially or fully extended when in use, is quick and easy to roll up, and best of all...mine has never kinked.

The hose has not left any marks on the gunwale when dragging the hose around the boat.  It has not left a taste in the water system.  Is easy to store in the lazarette.  The reel is all plastic and will not rust or corrode.   This is a product that I have thoroughly field tested!

They sell for about $50.  I bought mine at Home Depot.  Available from Amazon.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sold Boat: 2007 American Tug 41

2007 American Tug 41       Christmas Rose       Now Sold!

Fabulous Furuno navigation package, watermaker, hydronic heat, cockpit enclosure.
Carefully built for an experienced American Tug owner. She is well equipped and very meticulously maintained.  Powered by a Volvo 500hp common rail engine with dual controls & twin alternators, bow and stern thrusters, Tanner mast, factory custom cabinetry in teak,  Stidd helm chair, Village Marine 800-gpd watermaker, 12-foot Novurania inflatable with console and Honda 25 engine, Steelhead marine crane, Hurricane 2 hydronic heat system & Surecal water heater,  Sig Marine stainless diesel fireplace, custom maple burl tables, Buell triple air horns, and a fantastic Furuno navigation package including dual 17-inch panels and the super accurate Furuno GPS compass.  She even has a factory custom bath tub & shower.

Recent factory upgrades include a revised more open aft cockpit arrangement with teak sole, custom sunbrella & Lexan cockpit enclosure, and corner table.  Factory serviced since new, she is a very special boat.

Christmas Rose is ready for your family's next Expedition; to the Broughton's, Alaska or Mexico!

I have know Christmas Rose since first commissioned.  Her owners are experienced yachtsman and have always kept her with pride of ownership. This is a fantastic yacht.

Now moored on Trawler Row at the American Tug factory in La Conner, WA.

Represented by American Tugs & Trawlers, the factory direct dealership.  I have sold over 70 American Tugs new and used and know these boats best. or anytime at 360-466-2961.  Visit:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

American Tug Factory Open House - September 27 & 28

Come see the American Tug Factory & Trawler Row this weekend!

Trawler Row (Small)

Come on up to La Conner and visit the American Tug factory. Take a factory tour and learn how are boats are built.  We are happy to answer your questions and show the build process.
  • When:  Friday, September 27th & Saturday, September 28th - 10-5 daily
  • Where:  800 S Pearle Jensen Way, La Conner, WA  98257 (factory is at the north basin of the La Conner Marina)
  • Why:  The factory tour is interesting and will show you how well these boats are built.  Mike will be barbecuing hot dogs on Saturday at Noon. 
Take a walk down Trawler Row – our factory dock in the La Conner Marina.  We will have several late-model American Tugs on display including:
  • Morning Rose – 2001 American Tug 34
  • Sinoma – 2003 American Tug 34
  • Ashika – 2007 American Tug 34
  • Christmas Rose – 2007 American Tug 41
  • Endless Spirit – 2003 Nordic Tug 32
We have been very busy on our docks, and need new listings for

American Tug ad 10-2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

American Tug Fall Fling 2013

West Coast Fall Fling - La Conner, WA - September 12-15, 2013

Welcome home to La Conner!

American Tugs lining both sides of the La Conner guest docks
Thank you to the committee!  Great job.
The guest of honor at the pot luck. 
Dennis & Sam ready for action

Everyone had a good time.


the Sicklers
Thanks Marla for all your hard work!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

American Tugs visit Namu and Ocean Falls 2013

The American Tug Summer Expedition cruises to Namu & Ocean Falls. 

I last visited these two locations in June of 2011, boy...what a change.  Nature is taking these ghost towns back at a rapid rate.  With rainfall of approximately 170-inches the buildings begin to fail at a rapid rate once the roofs deteriorate.  Both closed over 30-years ago, and maintenance stopped.

These are still very interesting stops along the way, and shed much light on what life on the central BC coast was like in its commercial heyday.

See my photo galleries shot in 2011 here:  Namu   &  Ocean Falls.

The British Columbia central coast offers fantastic boating and endless fjords and anchorages to explore.  It is now as it was when explored by George Vancouver and Alexander Mackenzie.  Fitz Hugh Sound and its tributaries and Fjords is truly gorgeous and remains wild.

We had a great time!


Namu docks shot from the derelict cannery - party barge on the right

Dinner for some of the AT group

Ocean Falls:

Ocean Falls with the operating dam on the right

Link River after coming over the spillway, former town store on left now abandoned

Greeted by Porpoise in downtown Ocean Falls

The Museum with "nearly normal Norman" as tourguide - a slice of the mid-70's life
Town map - buildings & houses in red were bull dozed in the late 70's
Beautiful Link Lake above the dam

Pot Luck in the "Shack" at the town docks, a boater friendly place

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pruth Bay 2013

A big thanks to the Hakai Pass Institute for allowing the American Tug group to explore West Beach via there beautiful trails. 

We all had a smooth rounding of Cape Caution and enjoyed Fury Island Cove and Pruth Bay.

Looks like everyone had a great time.

Lucky Puppy at Fury Island Cove

Big Red anchored

American Tugs anchored at Pruth Bay

Ocean Mistress on the Pacific

Pruth Bay never looked better

Capt Rex making water!
White shell beaches of Fury Island Cove

Ocean Mistress catching!  Limited two days in a row.

Fresh bread and fresh salmon

Thanks to Shawn & Corinne for taking me fishing!

The Catcherman

Somebody has to do it...

The Lucky Puppies