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RTA Fall Rendezvous

Thursday, September 15th, 2016


photo by Linda Evans


The 7th annual RTA Fall Rendezvous at Dockton State Park in Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon.
is scheduled for  the weekend of Oct. 7th, 8th and 9th,  Moorage is $25 to $30 a night depending on boat length.

This is one of our favorite gatherings, laid back and relaxing, an opportunity to hang out with your fellow RTA members and talk tug.  The location is beautiful and the weather, while a bit unpredictable, has been kind to us in the past.  There will be a potluck on Saturday night in the park’s picnic area, please bring something to share and beverage of choice.

Even if you don’t have a tug, come on down on Saturday to walk the docks and check out the boats.

A big thank you to Skip and Marty Suttmeier  for stepping up to organize this years fall rendezvous!

Any questions email Skip –


Tacoma Maritime Festival – July 15, 16, and 17, 2016

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Invitation to a summer gathering

Please join us at the Tacoma Maritime Festival – July 15, 16, and 17, 2016

This event is open to the public and includes the following:

  • Three nights free moorage for tugs and work boats (Friday thru Sunday)
  • Wine tasting on Saturday evening aboard the Confer
  • Free breakfast Sunday at Rock the Dock
  • A chance to have great RTA conversations
  • Tours of the Thea Foss Waterway Museum

Contact:  Vern Moore, Dockmaster ( or 253 905-3349).  Boat length is needed for dock assignment.

If you can’t bring your boat, feel free to stop in and say hello.  And, pass along this information to other tug and work boat owners who may be interested in joining our group. 

Other questions?  Contact Rex Hasart at 253 495-0879 or


An invitation from Port of South Whidbey’s Harbor at Langley Wa.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Port of South Whidbey Harbormaster Duncan McPhee has extended an invitation to members of the Retired Tugboat Association to attend the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly finished harbor expansion project geared towards larger vessels.  There will be entertainment and refreshments along with speeches and the ribbon cutting.  The date is April 25th and they would love to have some cool looking larger vessels docked on their new dock for the grand opening (and what’s cooler than a vintage tugboat, right?) .  The folks at Langley are very accommodating and friendly and it’s exciting that this area will  now be accessible by larger boats.  Sounds like a perfect impromptu spring rendezvous.

For more information and to reserve a slip, contact the Harbormaster:

Duncan McPhee
Harbor at Langley
228 Wharf st.
Langley Wa. 98260
V.H.F. 66a
Port of South Whidbey
P.O. Box 872
Freeland Wa. 98249


An invitation from Tug Galene

Monday, March 10th, 2014


Retired Tugboat Association

It is not WINTER but it is SPRING!!

It is time for us to get together to get this Retired Tugboat season started

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Please come and join Skip and Marty on Tug Galene for friendship and a Potluck

The time is 2:00PM   Please check out the parking situations available.

We are moored at 1301 N Northlake Way   Seattle, WA 98103 behind the Lake Deli. 

Parking:  There is a pay parking lot west of the dock    there is free limited parking along the streets and in front of the Dry Wall Company across the street.

Please RSVP:  Email:  Marty 206 795 6223

Galene will supply Coffee, Water and Lemonade. 

 Come by boat, tie up alongside, Overnight is OK.  You would need to let us know. Call Skip 206 459 7521

Spring Rendezvous anyone???

Saturday, March 9th, 2013


Otto Loggers at the Northwest Seaport has been helping me work with the folks at the Center for Wooden Boats to reserve dock space for an RTA Spring Rendezvous.  The docks  are available the last weekend in April. ( April 26th -28th.)   The park has a visiting vessel program that gives  a discount on moorage if the  boat is open for public tours, the discounted fee is $25 a day.  The catch is that the City of Seattle and the Center for Wooden Boats require any vessel that participates in this program to have  liability insurance.   A lot of liability insurance.   Otherwise  moorage is around $1.20 a ft.  I’ve been trying to organize a rendezvous here for a couple of years, it’s a great location right in the city and right next to the new MOHAI building.  I’m not sure what kind of insurance folks have on their tugs, the amount of insurance seems to be geared more towards commercial charter vessels.  I’m guessing that’s why you don’t see many boats on those “public” dock walls other than commercial charter boats or boats hosted by the Center for Wooden Boats.  But after all the work and planning done by Otto and me, I figured I’d throw it out there and see if anyone wanted to give it a go.

If anyone is interested in doing this event, please let me know by emailing Juli Tallino (Tug Iver)  If we have at least two boats I will reserve the space.   If anyone else has an idea for a spring or summer rendezvous location, please let us know.  Anyone can organize a rendezvous.  It could even be a raft up in a nice bay.



Here are the insurance requirements for South Lake Union:

Baseline Requirements for Participation in the Visiting Vessel Program

Boats participating in the Visiting Vessel Program at the Historic Ships Wharf will be required to meet the following baseline criteria to ensure the safety, upkeep and a quality experience for the public.


Vessel use that is non-transient moorage authorized by CWB to berth at a wharf shall be required to provide current evidence of insurance as follows:

For large vessels of 100 Gross Tonnage or higher, Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance and Bumbershoot insurance as necessary with a minimum limit of liability of $5,000,000.

For smaller vessels under 100 Gross Tonnage, P&I or Watercraft Liability insurance with a minimum limit of liability of $1,000,000. Insurance is not required for watercraft of less than 26 feet in length.

Such insurance shall include “the City of Seattle” and “the Center for Wooden Boats” as additional insureds for primary and non-contributory limits of liability.  Copies of certification shall be mailed to DPR.




Another great RTA rendezvous at Dockton State Park, Vashon

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Dockton RTA Rendezvous


The occasional shower (and one downpour) did nothing to dampen the Dockton RTA Rendezvous. It turned into a lovely weekend. 10 RTA member boats spent  Saturday showing off their boats and giving folks the opportunity to get on board a “real” tugboat. So many of our visitors thanked us for bringing the boats to Dockton.  This has become a popular fall weekend event on Vashon Island and we had lots of interested tug enthusiasts young and old walking the docks.




Brian Parke brought his new (to him) 1937 steel tug Patrón.   Brian delighted visitors by starting the tugs vintage washington engine several times during Saturdays open boat tours.


The rain stopped in time for the Saturday night potluck hosted by George Hill and Wende Johnson (Tug Parthia).  Plenty of good food shared with great friends.  Wende and George provided  several racks of delicious ribs as the main dish and everyone else brought a side dish or desert.  No one left hungry!

Sunday morning was calm and warm.  Bill Soderberg and Juli Tallino hosted the first annual Pancake Potluck on the dock.  It was truly a group effort with the Sea Scouts providing the cook stove, Tug Galene brought out a table and RTA members provided juice, sausage and more bacon to share with the group.  You can never have enough bacon!

A very special thank you to George and Wende for once again hosting a great rendezvous.  It’s one of our favorites and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the weekend.   We look forward to doing it again next year.

Thanks also to Tugs Thea Belle, Parthia, Galene, Patrón, Joe, Reliance, R.W. Confer and Thistle Dew, also M/V Costero and Sea Scout boat R.E. Gillespie.

Dockton Update

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Hi Folks,

George Hill (Tug Parthia) wanted  to remind all the tugs coming to Dockton this weekend that moorage is already paid for all boats attending.  George’s company is picking up the tab once again for all moorage for the entire weekend.

Dockton Rendezvous Flyer

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Summer Rendezvous at Longbranch…..Cancelled

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Well gang, it looks like the summer rendezvous @ Longbranch has been cancelled. We want to thank Kae for all her hard work putting together this event for the RTA , but it seems that weekend is a busy one and many had other plans. We decided to cancel the weekend and look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks @ Harbor Days.


RTA Summer Rendezvous

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012



July 27, 28 & 29
Filucy Bay/Longbranch

A special discounted rendezvous moorage fee for RTA members is 33 cents per foot.  Remember, you don’t have to own a tug to be an RTA member and attend a rendezvous.  We have many members who arrive by land.

Mike Wollaston (Tug Ruby XIV) has graciously donated his two houses near the top of the dock for our gathering.

Potluck brunch and meeting at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning.

Note 1: The Native American annual canoe journey will be hosted by the Squaxin Tribe this year. On Sunday, July 29, they will be traveling from Solo Point to Olympia. We can take boats out if we want to see them turning around Johnson Point. They expect 100 canoes. It’s quite a sight.

Note 2: The Underwater Music Festival is off Cutts Island (Dead Man’s Island), Gig Harbor, WA on Saturday afternoon, the 28th. You can ask Rydells about it if you are interested in doing this.

This just in…There is also a Bluegrass and BBQ festival in Longbranch that weekend!
Mark your calendars for the first annual Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival on Saturday, July 28th, from 2:00–6:00 pm at the Longbranch Improvement Club just across from the church. Admission to the festival is FREE, and everyone is invited to bring their acoustic instrument. There will be opportunities for bluegrass jamming, as well as performances by local talent. Food is available for purchase, including BBQ sandwich, cole slaw, and chips for $6. In addition, there will be a silent auction, with many items worth bidding for, along with quality lawn and patio furniture for sale. Kids activities will be available as well, so bring the whole family! All proceeds from the festival go to support the ministries of the Longbranch Community Church.

RSVP Robin or Kae Paterson 253-858-3147