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Grand Banks Floor Mats Available for Pre-Order

You asked and we answered! PSGBOA Rendezvous Committee member J.J. Jones has been diligently working on getting the popular Grand Banks floor mats back available again!

We are thrilled to announce that you can now place a pre-order for Grand Banks floor mats!

We will collect orders for the mats and then submit them as a group order. Here are the basic details:

Size Options:
Large size = 24″ x 36″
Small size = 18″ x 24″

Color Options: Tan, Navy Blue

Pricing:
Small Mats= $75
Large Mats= $125

Prices are INCLUSIVE of 8.7% sales tax.  If we get a large enough order, the price of the mats will be slightly less than indicated here and you’ll see it reflected in your invoice.

How will you get the mats from PSGBOA?
We currently plan to have these available for pick up at the Rendezvous, so these prices do NOT include shipping. If you are not attending the Rendezvous, we can arrange shipping and bill you for the shipping.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE ORDER FORM*
 
* Payment will  not be collected via this form, this is simply to place your order. We will be in touch with an invoice.

Questions? Please contact J.J. Jones by email

 

Grand Banks Floor Mats: Small and Large

Grand Banks Floor Mat – Large

 

Save the Date: 2019 Grand Banks Rendezvous

PSGBOA Grand Banks owners, it’s time to mark your calendars and save the date for the 2019 Grand Banks Rendezvous!

This year’s event will be May 8-12 at Roche Harbor, Washington. We will have more details later in the Fall of 2018!

-Your PSGBOA Rendezvous Committee

Brian Pemberton at the PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

Past PSGBOA President and Founder of NW Explorations Brian Pemberton Retires

Past President of PSGBOA, Brian Pemberton, is retiring from NW Explorations after 14 years of ownership. Brian is a foundational member of the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association and provided his services as both President and Rendezvous Chair over the years. We thank Brian for his years of invaluable service to the organization and the Grand Banks cruising community at large!

From NW Explorations:

Yachting legend retires from the Pacific Northwest Cruising scene  

Brian Pemberton, founder of NW Explorations and 74 year-old legend in the yachting community, is retiring.  

Pemberton’s iconic status comes from many things: 50 years of maritime experience with an accident free record, pushing boundaries including voyaging along the outer rim of Vancouver Island, exploring further north than Dutch Harbor, and never missing a guest pick up. It is this kind of infallible reputation that has helped continued to propel NW Explorations’ reputation forward.  And, perhaps one of his most famous initiatives was creating a way for boaters of all ages and abilities to explore the Pacific Northwest by flotilla.  

Pemberton purchased the company (then called Grand Yachts Northwest) in 2004 and created the concept of offering charters to sail as a flotilla in “Mother Goose” style, to destinations like Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and other coastal destinations. And although Pemberton passed the helm over to new owners Ross and Evelyn Tennant in October 2017, the company remains the Pacific Northwest’s only full-service, premier yachting company leading adventuresome mariners through relatively untouched BC and Alaska coastline.  

Pemberton describes the experience of witnessing huge calving glaciers creating cannon-like blasts when the whole face fell off an iceberg in Prince William Sound. The waves caused the boat to rock. “We couldn’t believe we had just witnessed something so monumental it was the experience of a lifetime for all of us.”  

Voyages undertaken by NW Explorations range from Ketchikan to the Gulf of Alaska, San Juan Islands, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Victoria and Pemberton’s favorite trip: “Voyaging up along the outside of Vancouver Island. There are very few boats there and it’s more remote, more adventuresome and very welcoming when we pull into small marinas,” he says. “We’ve made friends over the years – marina owners, first nations villagers along the way, and it’s always good to reconnect. It’s all about the people.” 

In NW Explorations’ early days, the lead boat, a 49-foot Grand Banks yacht called Deception, had less than 2,000 hours cruising time on it. Now there are 16,000 additional hours logged on the vessel. “My blood runs through that boat,” laughs Pemberton.  

Over the years, under Pemberton’s passionate leadership, NW Explorations has grown by providing yacht brokerage, private charters, servicing and maintenance, as well as a variety of powerboat training courses, including women-only courses.  An original team of six who started out with the company has expanded to 30 full-time employees and swells up to 50 for the busy summer months.  Specializing in high-quality Grand Banks boats has honed the team’s talent and expertise in maintaining NW Explorations’ fleet to the highest standards.  
 
Pemberton also explains how he has worked diligently to keep the company on course to its original 3-pillar philosophy:  having respect for the individual (clients, employees, fellow mariners); maintaining the pursuit of excellence; and doing the right thing by obeying all laws and regulations. New owner, Tennant embodies those same characteristics and it’s why Pemberton agreed to sell the company. 
 
Now, with the Tennant’s at the helm, Pemberton has more occasion and time to ride his Harley, hit the gym and live life as he always has: with his vision turned toward the horizon. 
 
“I am a fan of the Great Wizard Gandolph,” says Pemberton. “He had a great piece of advice: ‘The only thing we have to do in life is decide what to do with the time we’re given.’ Those who choose to cruise with us – we have a special obligation to make their time worthwhile. I want them to say at the end of it:  I chose well.” 

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA.

2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous – One for the Ages!

This year’s Rendezvous went off without a hitch – glorious weather, 72 boats and almost 200 WONDERFUL Grand Banks owners, guests and sponsors attended this year’s “Back to the Island” Jimmy Buffett-themed event!

A steady stream of Grand Banks of all shapes and sizes arrived at Roche Harbor on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the main festivities kicking off on Thursday. We started the day bright and early, with some famous Lime Kiln donuts and coffee and an excellent series of seminars. Thursday was a packed day, with afternoon events including the Cooking Demo at McMillin’s Dining Room and a trip to Westcott Bay Shellfish Co. We finished off the evening with our ever-popular potluck and wine tasting, sponsored by NW Explorations. This year we also did a blind wine tasting, with attendees bringing colorfully decorated wine bottles to taste and vote on their favorites (there are quite a few artists in the group!).

Friday kicked off with a little bit of “BOGA” (boat yoga) and then our seminars resumed with Art Hebert’s presentation “Creative Solutions for a Bad Day at Sea.” Attendees also enjoyed a presentation on GB windows and frames replacement from Seaview Boatyard – a common maintenance item on GBs! The afternoon concluded with a Cheeseburger in Paradise lunch, sponsored by Seaview Boatyard, and our Sponsor Appreciation event, where our owners visited with all of our GREAT sponsors (we can’t do it without them!). A scavenger hunt encouraged some additional participation! Thursday night wound up (definitely not down) with the opening of the “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere PSGBOA Bar” – where we served margaritas and tequila shots and danced the evening away to live tunes!

We still had plenty in store for our last day, Saturday. George Sass, Global Director of Marketing for our presenting sponsor, Grand Banks Yachts, joined us for a company update. S3 Maritime shared what’s new in marine electronics, and then it was off to the Friday Harbor Farmer’s Market for many of our guests (while some chose to just hang out on their boats – after all, it was a BEAUTIFUL day!).  On Saturday afternoon, the group welcomed Steve Scalzo, former President of Foss Maritime, who shared insights into the tugs of Puget Sound.

Saturday also presented the opportunity for PSGBOA to present a special award to Brian Pemberton, former President of PSGBOA, former Rendezvous Chair and a PILLAR of the Grand Banks community here in the Pacific Northwest.  As he moves on from PSGBOA, our entire organization will miss him dearly.

Our Saturday night dinner was held at the Pavilion this year, with guests enjoying the amazing sunny courtyard and indoor-outdoor ambiance of Roche Harbor’s fabulous grounds. An Italian “festa spiaggaia” greeted us and it was delicious, as usual! We got through our business of electing the new Board, handed out a few prizes, and had a fantastic time! A sweet send-off for all!

Check out photos of the event on Facebook!

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA.

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA.

Rendezvous Registration Closed

Our 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration is now closed. At this point, we can only take registrations if we have cancellations. To inquire about space, please email rendezvous at psgbowners dot org.   Or click here to email!

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous - Register Now!

Register Now for the 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!

REGISTRATION CLOSES on APRIL 25th!

*** Register online: https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2018-psgboa-grand-banks-rendezvous/ ***

We’re headed BACK TO THE ISLAND for a Jimmy Buffet-esque celebration of spring! Join us at the 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous, May 9-13 at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina.

Boy, do we have a great Rendezvous planned for you this year! We are busy preparing to welcome you “Back to the Island” (Jimmy Buffet-style!). Break out all your “ParrotHead” gear, Key West style island clothing and join us at the 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous! You’ll enjoy great friends, great food and fun! We will be ready and waiting on the docks to greet you whether you are a First Timer or a Rendezvous Regular!

Registration:
Registration fees are $250 per boat with up to two people onboard (additional fees apply for extra people and kids – see the Registration form for details). Look at all of what the Captain and First Mate get, as part of that reasonable registration fee!

  • 8 to 10 educational speakers over three days, discussing various topics on boating, safety, history, maintenance, and much more!
  • Sponsor Appreciation Event & “Cheeseburger in Paradise” lunch on Friday
  • Coffee and donuts delivered to the dock tents on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (yum!)
  • Welcome Drink on Wed. Evening
  • Wine Tasting and Appetizer Party on Thurs. Evening
  • Tequila Tasting Party/Dance at “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” PSGBOA Bar On the Docks including LIVE MUSIC from The Chameleons!
  • Boat Inspections
  • Bus to Friday Harbor Farmers Market/ Shopping
  • Goodie Bag and Swag
  • Saturday Night Dinner in the Pavilion with apps, dinner, dessert and drinks!
  • …and more!

So what are you waiting for??? Sign up today! Just fill out our online registration and then pay via check or credit card / PayPal.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE BEST RATES!
CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM!

After you register, you’ll receive a copy of your registration form, as well as additional details regarding payment.

You Rendezvous Committee can’t wait to make new friends and say hello to old friends!

Your Margaritaville Mama,
Patt Aiello
PSGBOA President
2018 Rendezvous Chairman

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

Back to the Island: 2018 PSGBOA Rendezvous

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Registration will open in Late February, 2018

Mark your calendars!  Tune up your ukulele!  Set your Jimmy Buffett playlist to “repeat”! We’re proud to present to you the 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous:

“Back to the Island”
2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous
May 9th-13th
Roche Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island

We can’t wait to see old friends and new, as we celebrate boating in the Pacific Northwest (with a bit of a tropical vibe this year). So mark your calendars and keep an eye out for future communications and registration announcements. Registration typically opens up in late February, with special Early Bird rates!

Rendezvous Highlights:
– Educational and fun seminars from a variety of experts!
– Delicious food and drinks!
– Camaraderie with fellow Grand Banks owners (who are all full of ideas for all of those projects you have in mind!)
– Activities at Roche Harbor and around the island

We hope to see you at the 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous! Registration will open in Late February, 2018 – Stay Tuned!