PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration Coming Soon!

Stay tuned! We will soon be posting registration info for the upcoming 2017 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous! The event will take place Wednesday, May 10th to Sunday, May14th at beautiful Roche Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island!

American Diesel Founder Bob Smith Passes Away

The Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association joins the maritime community in mourning the passing of Bob Smith, founder of American Diesel Corp, and a truly legendary figure in the maritime community.  From Brian Pemberton, President of PSGBOA:

“Sad news at the passing of Bob Smith. Bob was the engineer who designed and oversaw the production of the Ford Lehman engines. For many years they were the standard for most Grand Banks. For many years Bob was a regular speaker at the PSGBOA Rendezvous bringing engines to run at the show and use as teaching aids. Bob was the unofficial historian of Grand Banks and more than once gave presentations on the history of Grand Banks. We will miss Bob.”

Bob Smith joined PSGBOA at many Grand Banks Rendezvous here in the Pacific Northwest over the years. Rendezvous attendees greatly enjoyed his incredible knowledge base and willingness to listen and answer questions.  We will miss Bob!

Save the Date for the 2017 PSGBOA Rendezvous

Save the date! The PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous is May 10th-14th at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. Join a bevy of Grand Banks owners at the biggest GB gathering in the U.S.!

The theme for this year’s Rendezvous is “Endless Summer” – it’s time to celebrate all of the wonderful things we love about Summer in the Northwest (especially boating!).

We hope you will join us at this year’s Rendezvous – from seminars, to hands-on activities, to social events with delicious food and drinks… there’s plenty to do at a PSGBOA Rendezvous! Of course the best part is catching up with old friends and making new ones – and checking out all the cool things people have done with THEIR Grand Banks!

Stay tuned for more information on the Rendezvous; we expect to have Registration up and running in mid-February. If you did not receive an email “save the date” in mid-December, please contact us to make sure you are on the Member registration list!

The ORIGINAL Endless Summer – we may not have a lot of surfing but we love our Summers in the Northwest!

Now Available – Grand Banks Logo Gear

Good news for those GB owners looking for Grand Banks-branded apparel and hats! PSGBOA Member J.J. Jones has worked with Bergen and Company to help put together a selection of GB-branded items. Getting an ‘official’ ship store in place is still in progress, but you can contact Bobbi at Bergen and Company and she will help you with currently available selections. Bobbi can be reached by phone at (360) 676-7503 or via email at bobbi@bergenandco.com

We’ll let you know when something formal is in place, but in the interim, give Bergen and Company a call to get your properly outfitted with your Grand Banks logo’d apparel needs!

2016 Rendezvous Recap

mv Archimedes Grand Banks rendezvous 2016 at Roche Harbor

We had a wonderful time at the 2016 PSGBOA “Grand Banks Round Up!” – aka the PSGBOA Rendezvous! This year we brought a touch of Western flair to the Rendezvous. Everyone got into the spirit – from cowboy hats and boots, to line dancing, it was a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time!

Most of the boats arrived on Wednesday and the party got started on Thursday. Morning donuts and a popular slate of seminars with Mark Bunzel got things started. Later in the day the US Coast Guard was kind enough to bring their 45′ patrol boat by for a Q&A session and boat tour. Then it was off on a dinghy ride to Westcott Bay Shellfish Co., where we snacked on delicious oysters! By evening it was time to take it up a notch with a country and western DJ and line dancing lesson. There was plenty of boot scootin’ to be had!

Friday started with another delicious batch of Roche Harbor’s famous Lime Kiln donuts and fresh brewed coffee. Our first seminar of the day was “Onboard Yoga” taught by PSGBOA’s very own Patt Aiello (who is also next year’s Rendezvous Chair!). After we were stretched and limber, the group enjoyed seminars from Bill Davis on “damage control” and Rick Laws, who shared his harrowing story of surviving a shipwreck in the Bering Sea. Friday afternoon our group said a hearty “Thank You” to PSGBOA’s sponsors during our annual Sponsor Appreciation Event! We can’t do it without our wonderful sponsors! The evening wrapped up with fantastic wine tasting hosted by Wells Fargo Insurance and our annual potluck.

Saturday was our final day of fun, with a last slate of seminars that included a presentation from Grand Banks Yachts, a fun historical overview of Smuggling in the San Juans (courtesy of PSGBOA member Greg Hertl), onboard provisioning tips from Lynette Brower and an excellent photography seminar from National Geographic photographer Phil Schofield (who is also a PSGBOA member!). The afternoon was topped off with the ALWAYS popular dog show where our canine friends showed off their best tricks! Everyone went home a winner! The grand event of the day was our annual Dinner on the Lawn, with fantastic food from Roche Harbor’s Executive Chef Bill Shaw. We all enjoyed one last fun evening together before it was time to head home (or to points beyond) Sunday morning!

Thank you again to all of our sponsors and presenters, especially to our wonderful PSGBOA member presenters!

See you next year!
– Leslie Simmons
PSGBOA Secretary

PS: Stay tuned for an “introduction” post from next year’s Rendezvous Chair, Patt Aiello!

Check out images from the Rendezvous below, captured by Rusty Lewis of ARCHIMEDES:

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Thank you for another great PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

Thank you for another wonderful Puget Sound Grand Banks Rendezvous! We had a blast! Stay tuned for photos and a recap of the event, and be sure to tell all your GB-owning friends (neighbors in your marina, people you see out cruising, etc…) about the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association!

Prospective members can easily join PSGBOA via our website, just click “Join Us!” in the navigation bar! (Or click here!)

Registration Now Open!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 2016 Grand Banks Rendezvous

2016 PSBGOA Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration Now Open

We are very excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the “GB Round Up” – this year’s annual PSGBOA Rendezvous!

Register Here at our Wufoo Online Registration Form: PSGBOA Online Registration

Grab your cowboy boots (or boat shoes), your ten gallon hat (or Grand Banks cap) and saddle up your GB for this year’s Rendezvous! Early Bird Rates if you Sign Up and Pay by March 20th!

We have exciting seminars and hands-on demos, delicious food and beverages, and many social events where you can meet up with old friends as well as make new friends…Plus, enjoy FREE MOORAGE on Wednesday, if you depart Sunday (or later).

Event Highlights:

  • Four fun days of socializing with Grand Banks owners (think of all the tips and tricks you can learn!)
  • Fun and educational seminars, including:
    • Survival at Sea – Stories from the Bering Sea Crab Fisheries
    • Damage Control – Emergency Kits for Your Vessel
    • Onboard Communications Equipment
    • Boat Yoga
    • Cruising the Broughtons, with Mark Bunzel of Waggoner Guides- JUST ADDED!
    • What to do if the Captain Drops Dead, with Mark Bunzel of Waggoner Guides – JUST ADDED!
    • And more!
  • Saloon Social – Thursday
  • Wine Reception with complimentary wine tasting – Friday
  • Potluck Dinner – Friday
  • Chef’s Cooking Demo (optional activity)
  • Saturday Night Dinner and Drinks
  • Women on the Water hands on training
  • Dog show!

Register Here at our Wufoo Online Registration Form: PSGBOA Online Registration

We look forward to seeing you at the Rendezvous!