The Marine Education & Research Society has uploaded a new & improved version of the “Boat Blue” guide to Marine Mammal & Boater Safety. It now includes links to videos!

AquamapAqua Map is a mobile app available for iOS and Android developed by GEC srl for GPS boating navigation. This application provides the user with an amazingly clear Nautical Chart with lightning fast scrolling and realistic symbols and colors. Aqua Map makes available its functionalities in a very simple and intuitive way.

AGM 2020As you probably know by now, the Windsor Annual Conference and AGM are gone ‘’Virtual’’. The squadrons of the Western Ontario District welcome you to the greatest opportunity ever afforded every member of CPS-ECP...

Dual Colour LightsTo minimize the number of fixtures needed onboard, as well as their accompanying wiring runs, some lights have transitioned to dual color output models. Hella marine offers such a solution with its durable yet elegant round EuroLED 75 Dual Color Down Lights.

Just Ask JohnIs it mandatory that people wear their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) or lifejackets while on board their vessels and underway?

Submission CallThe Port Hole has been, and remains, very effective in getting the word out nationally on CPS-ECP programs and, by extension, members’ involvement in those initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity that relatively few organizations can boast of.

Free WebinarAIS or Automatic Identification System, is a wonderful collision avoidance aid for those who do their boating in areas with a moderate to high volume of heavy shipping traffic. The intent of the webinar is to help the prospective buyer decide which is the best unit for his/her needs.

Photo ContestDo you want to see your work featured on The Port Hole’s cover? Do you want your images to become part of the CPS-ECP image bank for future covers and social media posts while having the chance to win some prizes?

Bert terHartThere really is no place like home. Bert terHart certainly knows that, having returned July 18 to Victoria, BC to a rousing welcome following his historic solo voyage around the world – the first North American to sail the route using only celestial navigation.

CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.


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Axopar 37 XCWhole new ball game…


Set aside your assumptions and expectations for a few minutes while we try to describe the new Axopar 37 XC that made its American debut at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show. This boat represents a whole new ball game in terms of design, performance, seakeeping and functionality. In fact, I’d say it takes a ‘clean sheet of paper’ approach to boating – it’s that different.

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Exiting Hogs BackBy John Morris

History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ministers by date and looking out the window. Who knew it was actually interesting.

And in some ways it hardly matters because the Rideau Waterway is just so amazingly beautiful. Driving your boat through the locks is wonderful fun for kids of all ages (adult kids, too) and the scenery is sensational. The history is a huge bonus however, and worth understanding from both as a political lesson and from an engineering perspective.

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The BucketI was cleaning up my workbench the other day. My eyes then scanned across my workbench and fell on ‘the bucket’. Everyone has a one. On a boat, it’s usually in a cockpit lazarette. It’s full of old paint cans and half-used tubes of caulking. There might be some white grease, painters tape or epoxy in there, too. I take my bucket everywhere and it’s full of all sorts of tubes of grease and sealants and adhesives.

I thought to myself that I should probably sort through the bucket and get rid of the stuff that isn’t useful. I quickly realized, though, that each of the items in my bucket (except that had gone bad) were useful, and each is used for a particular job.

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