FugawiAs of Friday, November 30, 2018 Fugawi.com will no longer sell downloadable charts and content for use on navigation software and apps.

BSVTThe Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) allows boaters to practice the basics of recreational small boat handling.

DirectorsAt the recent Ottawa Annual General Meeting six new Directors were acclaimed to the CPS-ECP Board, together with Bob Parke and Nancy Richards returning to the Board for a new term. They join the other Directors of the Board completing their term of Office.

SunsailBoating associations like Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons are the lifeblood of our sport and Sunsail has established a partnership with CPS-ECP that will now give its members 15% off their next vacation. 

Conference 3If you’re looking for the 2018 Conference photos you can find them here...

Fall BoatingThose who have boated after Labour Day can attest to just what a beautiful experience it can be. The colours are spectacular in their shimmering reflections.

WelcomeDock Links is a boater’s membership card that offers perks to boaters including top rated insurance discounts, exclusive access to discounted docking at marinas and discounts on fuel purchases. 

WinterizationIf the vessel is going to be out of the water during the winter months, ensuring it's in a climate-controlled storage area or shrink-wrapped are the two best options.

BT2The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should know when you get on a boat. 

EllaElla is the newest member of the National Office Staff. Her responsibilities cover providing service to everyone in our organization when it comes to membership.

An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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