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2023 Rendezvous – Save The Date!

May 10-14, 2023 – Roche Harbor

We have started to plan the 2023 PSGBOA Rendezvous and we know you won’t want to miss it. Mark your Calendars!

Simple Fun! Simple Friendships! Simple Solutions! Simply beautiful Roche Harbor!

K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Sailor!

Your committee is busy setting things in motion for a simple yet fantastic few days of camaraderie with owners of All forms of Grand Banks boats!

Mark your calendars to make plans to join us in beautiful Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. Details will be coming soon on what to expect.

Make your slip reservations starting mid February through the Dockwa App. Event registration opens mid March.

Questions : contact Patt or Janice at rendezvous@psgbowners.org

As always, if you are interested in volunteering with the Committee to help us come up with fun and interesting ideas for our members, please let us know and we can include you in our Zoom meetings!

2022 Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2022 PSGBOA Rendezvous! We are returning to our traditional form Rendezvous since before pandemic restrictions and we are expecting a great turn out. Click the link below to fill out the form and for more details about the event. Early bird registration will be until April 4th. Payments are made online via PayPal only, however a PayPal account is not required.

Let’s get ready to Pawty! 
https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2022-grand-banks-rendezvous-registration/

Winter Battery Tips

Hello all Grand Banks Owners,

Thank you for inviting me to speak at your Rendezvous this past September.  If you missed it, I’m happy to send the notes from my presentation.  With winter near, I thought I’d give a few quick tips to help those of you who have either wet, lead-acid batteries or Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.  So please put on your safety glasses and a pair of nitrile gloves and let’s get to it.  This should only take about 20-30 minutes and a few basic tools.

Tools: Combination (or adjustable) wrench for loosening the nuts on the cable terminal bolts, wire brush and a wire terminal cleaner (one that cleans inside the cable end and fits over the battery terminal), Digital Volt Meter (DVM), electrolyte hydrometer; a gallon of distilled water and a damp yellow microfiber rag for cleanup. 

  1. Loosen and remove cable ends to check for and remove any corrosion on your battery terminals.  Even AGM batteries can develop corrosion because acid may wick from the battery up through the POS terminal to settle between your battery post and cable terminal.  If you discover even a small bit of blue-green or white corrosion, remove the cable end from the battery and clean it away with a wire brush.
  2. If you have terminal protection goop, check to see if it’s “di-electric” type.  This type is NOT good to have between the terminal and the cable end as it is mostly silicone which acts as an insulator.  Best practice is to clean your battery and cable terminals so they are CLEAN.  Reassemble them, metal to metal, tighten everything. THEN you can smear a light coating of battery protection goop.    Other spray-on types of battery protectant material, or smear-on types, are fine when applied sparingly and after everything is tight and done.  Keep in mind that you are only trying to keep the hydrogen gas off the metal, not decorate a cake! 😉
  3. Check your electrolyte levels with a hydrometer (clearly, not possible with AGM models).  If you have enough fluid to suck up into the hydrometer, then you probably have enough fluid in the cell that is above the plates.  You should have about 3/8” to ½” deep electrolyte above the plates in your battery.
    Batteries are low on Charge?  Add just enough to cover the plates before you charge them.  The level will rise when you charge them so be sparing.  When they are fully charged, add just enough more distilled water to get that 3/8” to ½” of electrolyte above the plates.
    Batteries fully charged?  You only need to add enough distilled water to get that 3/8” to ½” level.
  4. Your fully charged batteries at rest (not influenced by your charger having been ON for at least 6 hours) should indicate about 12.6-12.7 volts on your digital volt meter or 1.265 to 1.275 specific gravity reading on your hydrometer.  AGM batteries’ voltage should be slightly higher at 12.7 to 12.8v.
  5. If all is clean and protected, and your batteries are being charged at 13.2v DC (for wet, lead-acid) and 13.4v DC for AGM batteries, then you are all set for the winter PROVIDED you either set your charger (or inverter) to periodically discharge your batteries (say, 2x per month) down to 12.1 volts, or you make a promise to yourself to go boating and accomplish the same thing.  Enjoy the winter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,
Steve Ahmann, President
Pacific Power Batteries
https://www.pacificpowerbatteries.com/

2021 Rendezvous Recap

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a safe trip back home after our 2021 Rendezvous.

What a memorable event, from the absolutely superb seminars, to the live demonstration of a rescue at sea, the incredible food at the pot luck, the perfect afternoon at the winery, the superior ship handling demonstrated by our members when the dock came apart, and finally Stan Campbell’s risqué potato shoot. Captain Charlie presented the perfect nautical evening of entertainment to wrap up the event. It was great to see twenty new owners represented and I think every one of them were at the roundtable boat discussion that went on for hours.

These events cannot take place without the tireless dedication of the PSGBOA Rendezvous Committee.  A special thanks to Byron Richards and Sue Hunt, Greg and Janice McLaughlin, Patt and Mike Aiello, Ken and Cheri Bowles, Marty and Mary Ann Savinsky, Ross Tennent , Stan and Kay Campbell, and Morrie Trautman. A special thanks to our outgoing president Carol Tabor and Bill Read. Although they could not be with us, their presence was felt at each event.

Our presenters were amazing, Jim Marcotte, Dr. Chris Roberts, Steve Ahmann, Ann Eidenboden, Greg Allen, Mark Bunzell and our dear friends Arnold Hofmann and Marty Savinsky.

We were truly grateful to be supported by Grand Banks Yachts who graciously sent Mike Hickey and Jeff Fischer to give a presentation. Their presence was very valuable and it was great to meet them.

Finally, I am grateful to Emma and Don Doody who have volunteered to Chair next year’s Rendezvous. Additionally, we have had more new volunteers for next year’s Committee. (And we can always use more hands, so please feel free to get in touch if you are interested)

It has been a pleasure to coordinate two events this year – I needed something to keep me out of Kathy’s hair.  We have learned much from this year’s event that will make our 2022 Rendezvous in May the best ever.

Thanks for all your support!
J.J.Jones
Intruder
GB 42-529

Important Announcement about the 2021 Grand Banks Rendezvous!

Our big event is just three weeks away and we are looking forward to seeing you all at Roche Harbor.  We would have never expected that we would still be dealing with the effects of the pandemic. However, the reality is we still need to be careful, responsible and provide safe activities for all of our attendees. To that end we have made a change to the program that will allow us to meet more safely, comply with all the state mandated safety protocols, and still make this a memorable Grand Banks event.

The only change is that we are canceling our catered dinner in the big tent on the lawn on Friday. We do this reluctantly, but we felt, and Roche Harbor concurs, that this might not be the best time to serve a buffet dinner to 200 people in a confined space.  This is the only event we had to cancel and an appropriate refund will be provided to all already registered attendees.

We are still excited about all the seminars and discussions we have planned. Our Women on the Water training will happen as planned.  Our trip to the winery is an event not to be missed.  Our nightly receptions will go on as planned and even our Saturday entertainment will still take place as planned, only it will happen on the docks.

Our pot luck reception will be on Thursday and we ask that everyone bring heavy appetizers, enough to feed 10-15 people. As an added bonus, Roche Harbor has offered free moorage on both Wednesday and Thursday for our attendees.

I am sure you all understand why we took this action but we are confident that this year’s event will be memorable without a catered dinner.

f you have not yet registered, please join us! You can register here:
https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-grand-banks-rendezvous-registration/

See you soon at Roche!

Registration is now open for the 2021 Grand Banks Rendezvous!!!

The Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association is proud to announce registration is open for our annual Rendezvous to be held at the Roche Harbor Resort 15 thru 19 September 2021.

Our rendezvous committee has been working feverishly to ensure that our 2021 rendezvous will feature new fun activities, and will be the largest collection of Grand Banks boats in our history.  Our no host Shakedown Cruise in May was a tremendous success with over 70 boats attending, so we are planning to use every slip that Roche Harbor has made available to us for the rendezvous.  So please register early to take advantage of the early bird rate, and we cannot wait to see all those beautiful boats all lined up in one place.

Click the link below to fill out the registration form. Payment (via credit card) will be due when you register.
https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-grand-banks-rendezvous-registration/

See you in September!