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2019
Two CPS-ECP Members Win Safe Boating Awards | Safe Anchoring Basics – Selecting your Anchor Size | Board of Directors Applications Due March 1 February 14, 2019
What Plan? Your Plan.....Strategic Priority #3 – Volunteers | Happy 100th Birthday - P/C/C Doug Comber, JN January 24, 2019
Check out the latest Member Benefits and CPS-ECP Course Offerings | What Plan? Your Plan.....Strategic Priority #2 – Membership January 10, 2019
2018 
Holiday Message | National Office Closure December 20, 2018
Instructor-Facilitated Online Classes | Join the CPS-ECP Board of Directors | 50th Merit Mark Celebration! December 6, 2018
What Plan? Your Plan | Meet the National Office Crew | Swimming with Whales November 22, 2018
Let's Take the Helm Together | Meet the New Board Members | Fugawi Charts Sale November 8, 2018
Welcome Aboard to 3 New Sponsors | Fall Boating Preparation | Ottawa Conference Photos October 25, 2018
Register for Boating Basics 2 | Nominate Your Boating Heroes | Winterization 411 October 11, 2018
Last Day to Save | Educational Department has Been Busy | Meet the Office Crew September 27, 2018
Exclusive Limited Offer for CPS-ECP Members | National Conference Details | Nominate Your Boating Heroes September 13, 2018
Register Today for Online Boating Courses | 2018 Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons' 80th Anniversary | Welcome Back Alice! August 23, 2018
Early Bird Conference Rates End Soon | Why Should I Take a Boating Course? | VHF DSC Simulator Announcement August 9, 2018
Have you checked out the Member Benefits program lately? | CPS – ECP History 1998 – 2008 July 26, 2018
Join us in Ottawa and Enjoy the Sights | Replacement Card Information | Squadrons Making Waves July 12, 2018
Amendments to the Small Vessel Regulations | A Skipper's Responsibilities | CPS - ECP History 1988 - 1998 June 28, 2018
Join Us in Ottawa in October | Windsor Squadron and CPS - ECP Turn 80 | Call for Experienced Editors and Proofreaders June 14, 2018
Changes to the Small Vessel Regulations | Your Summer Boating Fun Starts Here | CPS - ECP Online Education May 24, 2018
CPS-ECP Membership Announcement | Last Chance for Nominations | Lets Get on the Water - Carefully! May 10, 2018
Vessel Preparedness and Free Courtesy Checks |Two New Awards | CPS-ECP Years 1958-1968 April 26, 2018
National Volunteer Week | Safety Equipment and Flare Disposal Days | Safe Boating Awareness Week April 12, 2018
To Renew or Not to Renew? | 2018 Flare Disposal Days | Meet the Crew March 22, 2018
History of CPS-ECP | Nominations for the National Volunteer Awards | Join Us in Ottawa March 8, 2018
Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks | National Volunteer Awards | The Cowan Connection February 22, 2018
Final Call For Nominations | Educational Department News | CPS - ECP History: 1938 - 1948 February 8, 2018
CPS-ECP Members Win Safe Boating Awards | New National Office Crew Member | New Member Benefit January 25, 2018
Happy 80th Anniversary, CPS-ECP! January 11, 2018
2017
Happy Holidays from CPS - ECP December 21, 2017
Call for Nominations | Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recall | Virtual Trainers at the 2018 Boat Shows December 14, 2017
Chief Commander's Summary from Charlottetown | CPS Foundation Donation | Exclusive Members' Discount November 23, 2017
Volunteer of the Year Award | Exclusive Members' Discount | 2018 Boating Calendar November 9, 2017
Volunteer Assistance Needed | Website Project Update | Educational Department Reminder October 26, 2017
Nominate Your Local Boating Heroes | New Radar Course | Safety and Flare Return Days Results October 12, 2017
Fall/Winter Boating Courses | Stretching the Season | Fly the Flag Winner September 28, 2017
Icom VHF DSC Simulator | 2017 Director Nominations Announced | A New Addition to the Crew September 14, 2017
Learn To Predict the Weather | Cold Water Immersion Workshops | Desolation Sound in September August 24, 2017
CPS-ECP Staff Retirement | Join Us In Charlottetown | Submit your Photo! August 10, 2017
CPS-ECP Online Course | Winning on Insurance | Fly the CPS-ECP Flag and Win! July 27, 2017
Safety and Flare Days Report | Join Us in Charlottetown | Meet the Office Crew July 13, 2017
New and Better Member Benefits | Just Ask John | Fly the Flag Contest is Back! June 22, 2017
Charlottetown 2017 National Conference | Making Waves | New Boating Safety App June 8, 2017
Last Chance to Submit Nominations | Ship's Store Feature | New CPS-ECP Promotional Tool May 25, 2017
Fly the CPS-ECP Flag Contest is Back! | Vessel Preparedness | Safe Boating Awareness Week May 11, 2017
CPS-ECP Chief Commander's Synopsis | Preventing Boat Propeller Accidents | Ship's Store Feature Product April 27, 2017
Smart Man Over Board Technology from Fugawi | National Volunteer Week | 2018 Melges 24 World Championships April 13, 2017
National Volunteer Awards Nominations | Flare Disposal Days | Meet the Office Crew March 23, 2017
Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks | Flare Disposal Days are Back | VHF DSC Simulator Order Deadline March 9, 2017
New On The Water Seminar | Meet the Office Crew | I Heart My Boat February 23, 2017
NEW Boating Safety App | VHF DSC Simulator a Huge Success | Call for Nominations February 9, 2017
Doreen Hinksman Receives Special Recognition Award | Meet the National Office Crew January 26, 2017
Virtual Trainer at the Boat Show | Call for Nominations | Updates to the Phone System January 12, 2017
2016
Happy Holidays from CPS-ECP December 22, 2016
Call For Applications | Online Course Schedule | VHF DSC Simulator December 8, 2016
VHF DSC Simulator | 2017 Boating Calendar | The CPS-ECP Crew November 24, 2016
Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks | Educational Department Updates | Webinars November 10, 2016
Fugawi Members Discount | Exclusive Steveston Marine Draw | Nominate Your Boating Hero October 27, 2016
Educational Department Update | Damaging Winds | Member Benefit News... October 13, 2016
Win an Oddessy 240 | Calling for Entries | Members Save with Fugawi | Classic Boats in Victoria and more… September 22, 2016
Enter to Win | National Conference | Beneteau New CEO | Heineken Regatta and more… September 8, 2016
National Office New Staff | Stormy Sky Tips |  Rio Wrap Up | Pig War and more… August 25, 2016
Thoughts from the Chief | Remembering Derek Hatfield | Team Canada at Rio | MJM 50Z Review and more… August 11, 2016
Fly the Flag Contest | Conference Fast Approaching | New Boats at M&P | Cruisers Sneak Peek and more… July 28, 2016
Courtesy Check Challenge | Thunderstorm Tips | Jeanneau Leader 40 Sea Trial | Towing Tips and more… July 14, 2016
7 Tips for Night Boating | CPS-ECP in the News | Cruisers Cantius 54 | Olympic Sailors and more… June 23, 2016
CPS-ECP Makes Waves | Father's Day Gift | Learn Locking Etiquette and more… June 9, 2016
Fly the Flag Contest | Boating Emergency | Entertaining Onboard | Olympic Sailors and more… May 26, 2016
Safe Boating Week | Crisis Response | CY June Issue | Cold Water Safety and more… May 12, 2016
Flare Disposal Days | Vancouver Conference | Keep Our Waters | Readers' Stories and more… April 28, 2016
What's in it for My Squadron? | 6 Ways Boat Fires Start | Azores Islands | Marine Careers and more… April 14, 2016
Flare Disposal Days | Mobile Service Identity | Win $100 Gift Cert | CY April Digital Issue | Galley Guys and more… March 24, 2016
Vessel Courtesy Checks | Wear It Campaign | April Sneak Peek |Race to Alaska | Waterways Updates and more… March 10, 2016
Why Take a Boating Course | GIN Race | Brentwood Bay Cruising | Signal Flags App and more… February 25, 2016
Prepare for Spring | CPS-ECP Apply for Director | Member Benefits with Steveston Marine and more.. February 11, 2016 
CPS-ECP at CASBAs | Member Benefits from Fugawi | Call for Nominations | New Launches & Products and much more… January 28, 2016
Welcome to the CPS-ECP Onboard e-Newsletter January 14, 2016

Destinations

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Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...
The New Glasgow marina is located about six miles up the East River of Pictou in the heart of the ...
The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the ...

Thornbury on Georgian BayJennifer Harker

To borrow a line from Monty Python, “and now, for something completely different”.

Normally, our boating adventures are spent weaving our way amongst the picturesque backdrop of the 30,000 Islands of eastern Georgian Bay aboard our Sea Ray Sundancer 268. This time we’ve traded power for sail as friends welcome us aboard their 38-foot Irwin for the Canada Day long weekend.

We’ve set our sights on a decidedly different destination for this journey, charting a course for Thornbury. This small town, located in the southern reaches of Nottawasaga Bay, is an oft-overlooked area of Georgian Bay - but it shouldn’t be. Although we’ve explored this shoreline on countless road trips, this will be our first visit from the waterside.

Read more about the Thornbury on Georgian Bay...

 

Lifestyle

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My husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray ...
After an autumn in Canada, we arrived back in northern Florida at Adamant 1 on January 3rd and with ...
This issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial ...
Readers give us a bit of feedback on the 60th anniversary of the Shark 24
We are home for Christmas this year. Soon we will be heading back to Adamant 1 for another winter ...
This past October we drove to Telegraph Cove with friends and spent a day of wonder cruising the ...
We have kept our subscription to Canadian Yacht Onboard as we have traveled the South Pacific over ...
Stuart Walker a legend in competitive sailing passed away on November 12, 2018 in Annapolis. Stuart ...
“In Grenada, we had about 80 cruiser kids visit our boat...by dinghy of course! Sometimes you ...
Austin Edwards told students and parents at the Saanich School’s “Parents as Informed Partners” ...

Boat Reviews

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I have heard a lot of talk lately about trends in yacht clubs where senior membership is getting ...
To get you in the mood for cruising the Boat Show then launching in spring, here’s a boat that ...
Quite simply, the styles of boats have changed. Where in past years a buyer might have been looking ...
At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives ...
Sometimes a great idea requires an encore, and French yacht builder Jeanneau got that with the ...
Tactical Custom Boats announces the sale to a North American client of a custom Tactical 77’ – Fast ...
Bruce Elliott is an inventor. And when he sold the technology he developed to build utility poles ...
One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done ...
The latest new model from Cruisers Yachts is the Cantius 42 and this yacht made its debut in the ...
The Sabre 45 Salon Express is new for 2017, making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International ...

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 46The Cantius 46 is the latest evolution of Cruisers Yachts’ Cantius line – now there are five models from 42 to 60 feet. The new Cantius 46 is a great example of “easy boating” the way Volvo Penta imagined it and how Cruisers Yachts has executed it. The idea is that you just come on board, unlock the glass doors, fire it up, cast off, and enjoy - alone, with a spouse, or with a huge group.

Since the first Cantius model was introduced, Cruisers Yachts has continued to refine the concept for ever-greater convenience, more clever and innovative features, and also greater performance.

Read more about the Cantius 46...

 

 

 

 

Sun Odyssey 410By, Zuzana Prochazka

The revolution continues – with a twist

The Jeanneau 410 is the eighth generation of the Sun Odyssey line, but even with that long history and umpteen years of tweaks and iterations, what the French builder has done in the latest revamp will make you say, “Wait, what?”

 Last year, Jeanneau turned the sailboat deck layout on its ear with the introduction of their Sun Odyssey 490 and 440, and the concept of the ‘walk-around deck’.

Read More about the Odyssey 410...

 

 

 

DIY & How to

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Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...
Most of us don’t give a second thought to our sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal ...

Ask AndrewAndrew McDonald

Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods needed to make connections between components and wiring.

When planning out electrical work, one of the more common questions that I address is on the set-up, installation and sizing of breakers and fuses.

Fuses and breakers are collectively called ‘overcurrent protection’ – and these come in many different shapes, styles and sizes. Their purpose is the same: to prevent a situation where a larger than intended electrical current is running through the circuit, which puts the circuit at risk of overheating, fire and damage to equipment. 

Read More about Electrical Installations Basics...

 

  

Marine Products

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You most likely operate your vessel with batteries that are rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries ...
This past decade has been a real up-and-down ride for the companies who make boating equipment. ...
Making it’s global debut at the Toronto International Boat Show the new Mercury 5hp Propane ...
Most of us have heard of fuel additives, whether it be for gasoline or diesel. But which one to ...
While the basics of boat hull design hasn’t changed that much over the years, the same cannot be ...
Yamaha targets the Canadian big-water market with its high-torque 425 horsepower V8 XTO outboard, ...
Looking for a great Christmas gift for the Offshore sailor on your list? This being a Marblehead to ...
Sail shape is long gone. They have stained, feels thin and you see broken threads everywhere. Your ...
Stripping the antifouling paint from the bottom of a boat is physically demanding and is one of the ...
The 2019 Ultimate Sailing Calendar highlights the drama and excitement of blue-water sailing, as ...