2018 Ranger Tugs & Cutwater Boats Factory Rendezvous - Fabulous 50's!

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Roche Harbor Resort

248 Reuben Memorial Drive

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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The 2018 Ranger Tugs & Cutwater Boats Factory Rendezvous at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina is almost sold out! Post Labor Day is a wonderful time to be in the San Juan Islands, and we're pleased to once again schedule the event in early September.

Dust off your poodle skirts and leather jackets because this year's theme is Fabulous 50’s. Think Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, James Dean, even The Fonz!

This year’s theme has some important history behind it; The Ranger Boat Company was founded in 1958 which makes 2018 our 60th Anniversary! We are so proud to still be manufacturing quality boats in the same factory that opened its doors 60 years ago.

There will be several new additions to the schedule this year. We’ve added a women’s boating seminar to the schedule. We have also worked with Roche Harbor to secure a new location for our engine seminars. Garmin will be on-site again to provide service and support and host another informative Garmin electronics seminar. USCG Aux will be on-site to provide vessel exams again. We will have our Parts and Customer Service Desks set up and our customer service team will be on hand as always.

Roche Harbor’s Head Chef, Bill Shaw, is working harder than ever to serve up world-class meals. We received a lot of positive feedback about the meals Chef Bill served last year so we’ve asked him to keep his foot on the gas! Bill has some spectacular menus picked out for this year’s party.

We’ll be hosting both of our dinners and the Saturday night party in the covered comfort of the spacious event tent on the Seaside Lawn. Roche Harbor even ordered an additional tent for this year’s event to ensure an abundance of seating and plenty of room for your dining pleasure!

Expect all of the usual fun and games this year including the always popular blindfolded dinghy race, Roche Harbor scavenger hunt, the competitive cornhole tournament, thousands of dollars worth of prizes and giveaways, and much more! We’re on the hunt for a “Cruise Director” or “Chief Morale Officer” for this year. If you have a lot of energy and are passionate about connecting people and having fun please email sambisset@rangertugs.com.

As you complete your registration you will be asked for your Tshirt size. Here is the link to a size chart for the shirt that we will be using: size chart.

The President’s Club is back! Ranger Tugs & Cutwater Boats President, John Livingston and Vice President, Jeff Messmer are inviting anyone who is attending to join them by Med-mooring in the President’s Club. 2017 was the inaugural year for the President’s Club which wraps along the main promenade to linear side of C-dock. So, if you want to be in the mix with the top brass, this is the spot to be. If that’s not enough incentive, anyone that stays in the President’s Club will receive priority customer service and technical assistance. There will be a dedicated customer service station and technician available for anyone docked in the President’s Club. You will also get an extra surprise gift and be eligible for daily drawings for free moorage!

Med-mooring (or tying) is common practice in much of the world outside of the Pacific NW. It’s not difficult and does not require the use of an anchor. Roche Harbor will have dock staff available to help you in and out of your spot, get you tied up, and will move your dinghy to the nearby dinghy dock for you when you arrive. There will be plenty of power and water for everyone. We only have 35 spots available in the President’s Club this year. Last year this was a fun, new dimension to the rendezvous! You’ll have the option to reserve your spot in the President’s Club during check-out. The President's Club is ideal for folks who plan on being moored through the event. If you intend to come and go (fishing, crabbing, etc.) may prefer moorage on the main guest dock.


Roche Harbor Marina has offered free moorage on Wednesday, Sept 5th for boats paying for moorage Thursday through Saturday evenings. During registration please indicate your arrival day. Just as last year, the guest dock is reserved exclusively for us. And the marina docking crew will be on hand to assist. There will be plenty of power, and plenty of room.

You will pay all moorage fees directly to the marina upon your arrival. The dock crew will collect moorage on the docks. Standard moorage fees will apply, and will be based on length overall (LOA). We'll provide the marina with standard LOA figures for our boats. Register and report in with your boat model.

As you arrive, call Roche Harbor Marina on VHF channel 78A. Give them your boat name and model. The marina dockhands will guide you to your assigned slip and will assist you with docking, if desired. Once docked, marina dockhands will come to your boat to get you registered and collect payment.

PLEASE NOTE: As always, Roche Harbor will do their best to accommodate as many special docking requests as possible. Due to the size of our group, special requests must be fulfilled by order of arrival. Please mention your request to the harbormaster when you radio in. If you have a health or mobility issue please let us know when you register.


The early registration fee is $100.00 per adult and will increase to $125.00 per adult on August 1. Children under 5 are free but need to be registered. Children 5-12 years old are $50.00 each and need to be registered. The fee for 5-12 year old children will not go up August 1.

Even we were surprised at the amazing turnout last year. We had just under 200 boats and almost 500 people in attendance. Due to the size of this event and the joint desire of Roche Harbor Resort and ourselves to deliver the best experience possible for everyone joining us, we have set a maximum attendance of 500 people for this year’s rendezvous. This ensures there is plenty of food, drink, fun, and furniture for us all.

Food and drinks included with ticket purchase:

Thursday: Welcome Party with heavy appetizers and two drink tickets
Friday: Happy Hour with light appetizers and two drink tickets, Full dinner
Saturday: Happy Hour with light appetizers and margaritas, Full dinner

NOTE: Unfortunately, we will not be able to sell any tickets on-site this year. We are nearly sold out and at maximum capacity for the venue. Please make sure that each person attending the event (including children) are registered through this site. Thank you for your understanding!

2018 Ranger Tugs & Cutwater Boats Factory Rendezvous Daily Schedule *Tentative*

Thursday, September 6th

10:00-4:00 – Registration - Party Barge

10:00-3:00 – Boat Display - Promenade

10:00-4:00 – Customer Service Desk – Party Barge

11:00 am – Volvo D3 Seminar – Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

12:30 pm – Yamaha Outboard Seminar – Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

2:00 pm – Volvo D4/D6 Seminar – Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

3:15 pm - Anchoring seminar - Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

4:30-6:30 – Welcome Party – Bocce Ball Courts

7:24 pm – Roche Harbor Colors Ceremony – Enjoy from Anywhere

Friday, September 7th

9:00-10:00 – “Utilizing Active Captain by Garmin” Seminar – Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

10:00-4:00 – Registration - Party Barge

10:00-3:00 – Boat Display - Promenade

10:00-4:00 – Customer Service Desk - Party Barge

10:00-4:00 – Scavenger Hunt – Roche Harbor Grounds (info in welcome bag)

10:00-11:00 am– Crabbing Seminar – Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

11:00 am – Crabbing Derby Begins – Party Barge

11:00-12:00 - Women on the Water: Boating 101 for the ladies Seminar - Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

11:30-3:30 - Cornhole Tournament Bracket A - Party Barge

1:00-2:00 – Insurance Q & A – Party Barge

3:30 pm – Crabbing Derby day one final weigh-in - Party Barge

4:00-5:30 – Margarita Happy Hour - Main Guest Dock

5:30 - Dinner – Seaside Lawn Tent

7:22 pm - Roche Harbor Colors Ceremony – Enjoy from Anywhere

7:30-9:00 – Tugnuts jam session - Seaside Lawn Tent

Saturday, September 8th

9:00-9:30 – USCG Vessel Safety Overview- USCG Auxiliary – Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

9:00-1:00 – Artisan Fair – Party Barge

9:30-4:00 – USCG Vessel Safety Checks - Guest Dock, sign-up at registration desk

10:00-11:00 - Cruising to Alaska Slideshow with Glen Wagner - Learning Center (Seaside Lawn tent)

10:00-3:00 – Boat Display - Promenade

10:00-4:00 – Customer Service Desk - Party Barge

1:00-2:00 – Insurance Q & A – Party Barge

1:00-3:30 – Cornhole Tournament Bracket B - Party Barge

2:30 pm - Blindfolded Inflatable Dinghy Race - In-Water by Party Barge

3:30 pm – Crabbing/Fishing Derby final weigh-in - Party Barge

3:45 pm - Group Photo - Near Kayak Rental Dock

4:00-5:15 – Happy hour – Seaside Lawn Tent

4:30 pm - Cornhole Final Four - Seaside Lawn Tent

5:30 pm – Dinner – Seaside Lawn Tent

6:30 pm - Awards and prizes - – Seaside Lawn Tent

7:20 pm - Roche Harbor Colors Ceremony – Enjoy from Anywhere

7:30-10:00 - Live music and dancing with Wally and the Beaves! - Seaside Lawn Tent


Additional activities and accommodations which require reservations and payment should be handled directly. These links will help get you started.

McMillin’s Dining Room Reservations: If you intend to enjoy a dinner at Roche Harbor’s wonderful McMillin’s dining room please make sure that you make a reservation here ASAP: McMillin's Reservations can be made through OpenTable. The restaurant in extremely busy during the time of our event. Please keep in mind that Roche Harbor will be serving heavy appetizers at Thursday night’s Welcome Party and full dinners on Friday and Saturday night (included with ticket purchase).

Accommodations: For those arriving by ferry or float plane there is a wide variety of land accommodations available, from waterfront, to historic, and from boutique to family. http://www.rocheharbor.com/accommodations

Transportation: Transportation options include the WSF from Anacortes and Friday Harbor, Kenmore float planes directly from Seattle, and shuttles from Sea-Tac and downtown Seattle, and more.

Resort Amenities: There is a wonderful spa for those who want to indulge in a massage or other treatment , as well as a variety of dining and dessert options.

Whale watching and kayaking: San Juan Outfitters

Zip Lining: Zip San Juan

Parks: San Juan Island Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor Gardens, Swimming Pool, and Off-Leash Dog Park.

Hiking: San Juan Island offers an extensive trail network.

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Roche Harbor Resort

248 Reuben Memorial Drive

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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