Saturday, April 12, 2014

Notice to Mariners: Submerged Tree at Swinomish

I have heard that several boats have sustained damage by hitting a submerged log at the south entrance to the Swinomish.  If you are bringing your boat to the American Tug facility in La Conner this is on the route.  The USCG recently published this in the District 13 Notice to Mariners.  These submerged items can be particularly dangerous to twin-screw or inboard/outboard configurations where the prop is exposed.

The USCG has verified a submerged tree is in the Swinomish Channel South Entrance in the vicinity of the northeast side of Swinomish Channel
South Entrance Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 18790). The tree was photographed at a +0.4 foot tide at approximately 48-21.6676N, 122-33.2537W.
The USACE is working on removing the tree. If the tree can be removed from the channel, a BNM will be released informing mariners of the
channel status. Mariners transit at the slowest safe speed, and use extreme caution.

Chart 18427 LNM: 13/14
via USCG Local Notice to Mariners

Thanks to Bitterend Blog for the graphic, I just want to get the message out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Listing: 2008 American Tug 41

2008 American Tug 41      Journey        $624,500

Gorgeous teak interior joinery, Raymarine G-Series 15-inch displays, Village Marine watermaker, Volvo D9 500-hp diesel engine, many custom factory details.

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Carefully built for experienced American Tug owners. She is well equipped and very meticulously maintained. Powered by a Volvo 500hp common rail engine with twin alternators, bow and stern thrusters, Tanner mast, factory interior joinery in teak, Stidd helm chair, Village Marine 600-gpd watermaker, Steelhead marine crane, Espar forced-air diesel furnace.

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Raymarine G-Series glass cockpit displays. Gorgeous dual Raymarine 15-inch monitors, GPS & chartplotter, 4kw open-array HD radar, high-power fish finder, AIS, cameras, ST-8000 autopilot, dual VHF radios. A really nice electronics suite.

This is one of the cleanest and best kept yachts this broker has ever seen. Journey has received the very best professional care and looks as new. Truly impressive and maintenance.

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Journey is ready for your family’s next Expedition; to the Broughton’s, Alaska or Mexico!

Click here for full details on Journey.

New survey just conducted in March 2014.

Call Steve Scruggs at 360-466-2961 or for high resolution photos. She is clean, well maintained and well prepared.

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.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Price Reduction: 2003 American Tug 34

2003 American Tug 34          Sinoma           Reduced  $234,500

AT 34 #39  Sinomoa  2003

2003 American Tug 34 w/ Cummins 370 engine - Majestic Blue hull

Update:  Just serviced and ready for 2014!  The engine and genset were serviced this spring (3/2014) and included a new heat exchanger on the main, the aftercooler and turbocharger were sent out for service and reinstalled, new thermostat.  Full inspection of engine and its cooling system.  Full oil and filter service on both the main and genset.

Equipped with the most popular factory options including: Majestic blue hull with recent 2009 LPG hull paint.  Light SeaShell Ultraleather interior. Cummins 370HP engine w/ Cummins spares kit,  6kw Northern Lights genset w/ spares kit, full height windows in pilothouse doors, bow & stern thrusters, dual Racor filters front deck storage box.  Heated with a Hurricane II hydronic furnace.
She has an AB 9VL Rib dinghy with Weaver snap davits and a Yamaha 8hp outboard.

Sinoma Salon

Her Raymarine navigation suite includes:  Dual Raymarine SL-70 series displays, Ray GPS, 2kw radar, Raymarine ST-5000 series autopilot, ST-60 Tridata & ST-60 Wind instruments.  She has dual Icom VHF radios with both an M602 an a M502 and includes AIS.  Also equipped with a Panasonic Toughbook computer and full size Big Bay display running Nobeltec VNS Max Pro 10 software.  That is a very thorough set of electronics!

Full details and over 60 photos of Sinoma are here.

Sinoma has been well kept and upgraded by an experienced yachtsman.  She is ready for your family’s next cruise.

Moored in La Conner, WA at the American Tug Factory.  Come and see Sinoma on Trawler Row.  Call Steve at 206-321-2164.

Dredging Funded for the South End of Swinomish Channel

La Conner – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan for fiscal year 2014 includes $920,000 to dredge the south end of the Swinomish Channel, federal officials announced this week.

Corps officials are working on environmental documentation for the project and hope to start work in fall 2014, said John Hicks, chief of the Navigation Section at the Seattle District, Army Corps of Engineers.  “We are now in high gear to get this done,” Hicks added.

A survey of sedimentation in the Swinomish Channel, completed in December 2013, found that shoaling has occurred in several spots at the south end of the channel since the last round of dredging was completed the previous January. The channel remains in good condition north of Hole-in-the-Wall, the survey found.

The channel, first dredged more than a century ago, extends through former sloughs and portions of the Skagit and Samish River delta deposits. Due to heavy sedimentation, the channel must be dredged at least every three years to maintain navigable depths for commercial and recreational vessels. It is authorized to a depth of minus 12 feet MLLW.

The Port of Skagit, which owns and operates the La Conner Marina, is an active participant in the ongoing effort to ensure the channel remains a navigable waterway. Other partners include the Town of La Conner, the Port of Anacortes, Skagit County, the Shelter Bay Community, Dunlap Towing, and the Swinomish and Upper Skagit tribes.

“I want to thank you for the effective efforts by all of you, but especially the Upper Skagit Nation, in helping to get funding for the dredging of the Federal Channel at La Conner,” Hicks said in an email message to the partners. “This funding could not have been accomplished without all of your hard and persistent work.”

Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit, also acknowledged the efforts of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. “Great thanks to the Upper Skagit tribe for their diligent efforts to explain the importance of the channel to both tribes’ fishing interests, along with the needs of commercial and pleasure boaters for a safe passage through this area,” she said.

From the Port Of Skagit.  Reposted from:

Great Upgrade: DMK Electronics

Thinking of upgrading your electronics on your earlier American Tug 34?  DMK Yacht Instruments has a couple of enhancements to consider:  The WiFi Bridge and the Analog Engine Gateway.

The DMK 11A WiFi Bridge will wire to Raymarine Seatalk instruments as well as other protocols and send the data to an iPad, Windows tablet or PC.  The data can then be displayed on software like Coastal Explorer, or iNavX.

The Bridge has inputs for Raymarine Seatalk, NMEA 0183 (2 ports), and NMEA 2000.  It can wire to any or all of these input ports and will send the data out in a WiFi stream to multiple devices.  It can be a great way to add an AIS display or backup chartplotter.

The DMK AEM14 is an Analog Engine to NMEA 2000 gateway.  In short, the box will wire to your pre-electronic Cummins engine and send out its data to a NMEA 2000 network.  The AEM14’s engine data can be seen on any wired NMEA 2000 devices or on wireless devices when paired with the DMK 11A.

Currently one of our northwest American Tug 41's is adding the Engine Gateway allowing full engine data to be displayed on an IPad.  Several of our local boats have been enjoying the WiFi Bridge.

Contact Kevin Dolan of DMK at 206-450-5037 or

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

American Tug Factory Open House

Factory Tours & Open Docks

Saturday - March 22nd
From 10am until 4pm

Come to the American Tug factory and see how our boats
are built, ask questions, see our quality inside & out.

When: This Saturday - March 22nd - from 10am till 4pm

Where:  At American Tugs - 800 S Pearle Jensen Way, La Conner, WA  98257
At the north basin of the La Conner, Marina

What:  Factory tours, Open house, Q&A, Open boats, See the build process.

See:  On the shop floor we have an AT-395 in mechanical assembly, an AT-435 in the lamination shop and three of our new American Tug 485's in all stages of construction.  See how we laminate the hulls, install mechanical components & wiring, build out the interiors, see the fine finish joinery and add the highest quality hardware.

On Trawler-row:  We have great brokerage boats.  See our pre-owned tugs & trawlers

See all these boats on our new dock "trawler row".  Take a factory tour. - At The Factory!
Currently on Trawler Row:

Journey - 2008 American Tug 41
Sinoma - 2003 American Tug 34
Ashika - 2007 American Tug 34
Murphy's Law - 1999 Camano Troll 31

Pinnacle - Grand Banks 42

We have room for your boat, let us sell her for you.

All of our listings can be found on

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spy Photos - Sea trials of the American Tug 485

The new American Tug 485 sea trialing in La Conner this week.

For full information on the new American Tug 485 call Steve Scruggs
at 360-466-2961 or

We would love to build a new boat for you!

Monday, March 10, 2014

American Tug 485 Launch - Time Lapse Video

Today we rolled out and launched the new American Tug 485 for sea trial and delivery to her lucky new owners. This is a short time lapse video of the process.

If you look closely you can spot Kurt directing traffic, Eric on the forklift and Mike and Steve walking very very fast...

For more information on the American Tug 485 please contact Steve Scruggs at 360-466-2961 or

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inside Passage Seminar by Fine Edge

Special Program for Inside Passage and Alaska Bound Cruisers
SEMINAR FULL: March 20 (optional), 21, 22, 23 • Anacortes
NEW, SECOND SESSION: April 25, 26, 27 • Anacortes
Join us for a comprehensive cruising seminar program designed for those planning to cruise to British Columbia and up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska. Cruising experts will present strategies and practical tips for preparing to go, preparing your boat, planning for weather and suggested itineraries. The sessions will discuss the best places to go as well as where to find shrimp, crab, salmon, halibut - and the best restaurants and shopping. Our experts have current information and local knowledge from cruising last season. Slips are available through the Cap Sante Marina harbor office (360-293-0694). For those driving, we have several recommended hotels in Anacortes with discount rates.
Call 360-299-8500, or email today to reserve your seats for this event.
Call 360-299-8500 to Register

Program Cost: $395 per couple, $225 for individuals

Thursday, March 20, 2014 (optional, March only)
• Diesel engine troubleshooting
• Common diesel engine problems
• Keeping your diesel healthy
Friday, March 21, 2014 | Friday, April 25, 2014
• Registration and Introductions
• Preparing to Cruise North through Southern British Columbia to Johnstone Strait with an understanding of the weather and tidal current gateways and rapids
• Using iPads, tablets and new technology for navigation and weather planning
• Lunch Break
• Johnstone Strait through the Broughton Islands, crossing Queen Charlotte Sound including weather strategies and the best routes.
Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Saturday, April 26, 2014
• Cruising Northern British Columbia - Shearwater to crossing Dixon Entrance
• Entering SE Alaska and on to Ketchikan including Customs information
• Strategies for selecting the best routes for your trip through SE Alaska
• Lunch Break
• Preparing Your boat and crew to cruise the Inside Passage and SE Alaska
• Cruising to Red Bluff Bay, Baranof Warm Springs, Tenakee, Hoonah, and up to Glacier Bay National Park, includes the permitting process and cruising tips for Glacier Bay
• First You Have to Catch It: Fishing, Crabbing & Shrimping along the Inside Passage and in SE Alaska
Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Sunday, April 27, 2014
• More SE Alaska cruising with stops along the west side including: Sitka, Elfin Cove, Pelican Harbor, Hoonah, and outside Chichagof and Baranof Islands
• Alaska passage making south and along the east side including Skagway, Juneau, Sawyer Glacier, Fords Terror, Dawes Glacier and Pybus Cove
• More Cruising in SE Alaska - Southbound through Keku Strait, Petersburg, Wrangell, Anan Bear Observatory, and Misty Fiords
• Lunch Break
• A special guest presentation
• Provisioning Tips for Inside Passage Cruising
• Keys to coming home - Optional Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlottes and return routing and strategies

Call 360-299-8500, or email today to reserve your seats for this event.