CommunicationAn ongoing flow of information between our three levels, Squadron, District and National, is the prime target of the Communications Priority. At times action is requested and required, and at other times important messages need to be shared.

Natural MarineIn the late 1970's myself and a lady friend decided leave our corporate positions to spend 3 years backpacking around the globe.

RVCCIt’s time again for me to talk about why Squadrons should offer Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks (RVCCs). Many Squadron Officers continue to talk about how their Squadron’s course participation, and hence membership, is down and continuing to drop.

WhalesBC Ferries and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have launched a tutorial for mariners to build awareness of local whale species and how to identify them, and provide navigational strategies to reduce potential interactions between ships and whales in B.C. waters.

PlanThere are 4 Goals in this section of the Plan, each dealing with a different aspect of how to ensure the long-term survival and relevance of CPS-ECP to our Members and the boating community.

Boating and CannabisHow will the new regulations regarding the possession and use of cannabis affect the operation of vessels?

DirectionCanadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) is accepting applications for Director positions from you the members of CPS-ECP, both men and woman.

SeminarNo matter whether you’re middle-aged, an older person, or someone just fresh out of school and heading into a career, life seems to be a non-stop frantic rush from dawn to dusk.

DirectionCanadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) is accepting applications for Director positions from you the members of CPS-ECP, both men and woman.

Safe AnchoringYears ago anchor weight was the only criteria. In today's world anchor design and construction metals is important and  allow for lighter, stronger anchors with, in some cases, even greater key holding power, as found in US Navy testing.


Mackinaw IslandA favourite destination for many boaters and tourists alike is the lovely Mackinaw Island. Sitting in Lake Huron on the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac in the state of Michigan, it covers almost ten kilometres, of which 80% is park land. It was a sacred place of the Anishinaabe and home of the Gitche Manitou (Great Spirit) some 700 years prior to the arrival of the first Europeans.

According to legend, the Island was created by the Great Hare, Michabou, and was the first land to appear after the recession of the Great Flood.

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Jeanneau NC 1095Andy Adams

The reinvention of the family cabin cruiser

We will probably look back on 2018 and 2019 as the years when power boats were reinvented by the combined forces of a booming U.S. economy and the wide-spread development and introduction of so many amazing new outboard engines. The result has been the development of many remarkable new designs!

One of the most inventive designers and builders is Jeanneau, and the NC 1095 is their new flagship outboard cruiser by Centkowski & Denert Design.

 

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Lagoon 46Lagoon has been building catamarans for too long to make a false move. That’s why when the management felt that their tried-and-true 450 model, long a cruising favourite and winner of transatlantic events such as the ARC, was getting near retirement age, they went back to a team that has designed many successful models for them: Nauta Design for interiors and VPLP design with Patrick le Quément for naval architecture and exteriors.

We spoke with Nauta Design’s Massimo Gino about his work with Lagoon.

“Along with the many custom superyacht projects we do, we have been collaborating with Lagoon since 2009.

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Ground Bus BarGrounding is always an interesting idea when on a boat. Can a boat be ‘grounded’ when it’s in the water?


Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from which voltage is measured, a common return path for electric current, or a direct physical connection to the earth.

Connection to ground is also important in order to trigger protective mechanisms in the event of failure of internal insulation, and also limits the build-up of static electricity.

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