Boats are like members of the family; we love them and care for them. No matter what make or model, we endear ourselves to them and know all their characteristics – how they handle under different sea conditions, what they need to perform at their best, and the joys they bring, as well as the challenges. When we meet other boaters with the same boat brand, we can’t help but compare notes and share stories of encouragement and insight – hence the creation of the boat-brand rendezvous. Most of these rendezvous in the Pacific Northwest take place in the spring or fall, so boaters can make full use of the summer cruising season. Here are a few examples of recent rendezvous that took place at popular area destinations.

Sea Sport boats lined up in their rendezvous slips at Friday Harbor

2021 Sea Sport Rendezvous. Owners and enthusiasts of Sea Sports held their annual rendezvous at Friday Harbor over the September 10 weekend. After cancelling last year’s event due to Covid, the group felt fortunate to meet with friends and celebrate the joy of being out on the water. Canadian friends to the north were not able to join the event by boat due to the U.S. border closure; nevertheless, 25 boats and 70 people arrived to enjoy the festivities, including catered meals, presentations, and drawings for prizes provided by various vendors and the makers of Sea Sport.

2021 Grand Banks Rendezvous. Approximately 100 boats were in attendance for the annual Grand Banks rendezvous at Roche Harbor over the September 17 weekend, where folks gathered for potluck events and programs. Planned presentations included guest Mark Bunzel, Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, who shared what boaters might expect for the coming 2022 boating season in the Pacific Northwest.

DeFever boats and party barge at Cap Sante Marina

2021 DeFever Rendezvous. The Pacific Northwest DeFever Cruisers Rendezvous was held at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, which brought a fleet of 25 DeFever boats ranging from 41 feet to 60 feet. Ninety participants over the September 17 weekend enjoyed seminars, great food, and camaraderie. Presentations included technical maintenance and an overview of various cruising destinations. Like other DeFever boat owners, Lorena and Leonard Landon, Managing Editors of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, love their coastal cruiser DeFever and enjoy sharing their experiences.

Rows of Norhavn boats at Poulsbo Marina, a meet up rendezvous

2021 NAPS Nordhavn Rendezvous. Nordhavn owners in the Pacific Northwest got together earlier in the year at Poulsbo Marina in May of 2021, giving owners a chance to meet in person and make life-long friends. Several boats spent the year sidelined in Canada not able to cross the border due to Covid. As it turned out, 150 owners, guests, and sponsors were in attendance, including 13 boats that joined the rendezvous virtually. Nordhavn owners are known for their high level of engagement and support through chat groups and owner-driven events. NAPS (Nordhavns Across Puget Sound) began in 2018 and have been going strong ever since.