Dec 21, 2017

Holiday MessageFor many of us, winter's start is marked by the celebration of Christmas. For some, Christmas Eve is the important time, or it's Christmas Day, or Epiphany, or a Ukrainian Christmas. For others it's celebrating Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Regardless of the tradition, it is a time with family and friends.

When Handel wrote the Messiah in 1748, he wrote it for Easter. Christmas was not a public holiday in Britain until the middle of the 19th Century. Clement Clarke Moore's iconic poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was published in New York City in 1823. Charles Dickens gets credit for raising Christmas' popularity with his 1843 story "A Christmas Carol." Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" was written in 1942 (The Guinness Book of Records claims Bing Crosby's 1949 version is the biggest selling single of all time.) Robert L May's and Johnny Mark's "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949. This is a time of celebration, inclusion, and a time of hope and renewal for everyone. We may have changed how we acknowledge and participate in this Season, but the essence of its message remains the same.

As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country that is not ravaged by famine, pestilence or war. We are fortunate to live in a culture that recognizes some of us need help to meet the challenges of life, and that the responsibility to help is shared among all of us. We are fortunate to live in a society that respects diversity. We are fortunate to be part of an organization that has been giving back to our community for nearly 80 years, making our waterways safer and more enjoyable for all. We are fortunate to have an almost 80 year culture of committed volunteers. Their dedication and participation have given us a tradition that helps us remain grounded in our core values while we continue to evolve and adapt to successfully meet the challenges of today and build for the future.

You may be fortunate to be able share this Holiday Season with friends and family. However you participate, I wish everyone the Very Best of all this Holiday Season has to offer. I also extend Best Wishes to all for a successful and rewarding New Year. I am looking forward to helping make 2018 a banner year for CPS-ECP as we celebrate our 80th Year. We will continue to ensure that boaters all across this Country will be able to rely on CPS-ECP to provide another eight decades of bringing boaters home safely.

Chuck Beall, AP
Chief Commander
CPS-ECP

Mediterranean Shakedown: A Summer Cruise in Spain

Mediterranean ShakedownBy Sheryl and Paul Shard

This summer my husband, Paul, and I bought our fourth offshore cruising boat, a new Southerly 480 built by Discovery Yachts in the UK. It’s a unique boat with a retractable variable-draft swing keel giving you the option of sailing with a deep draft of 3.1 metres when the keel is down or just less than a metre with the keel fully retracted. Southerly Yachts are great for bluewater sailing and also for gunkholing in shallow creeks and inland waterways. You can even dry them out at low tide so they are is the perfect boat for the type of exploring we like to do. Our new boat, Distant Shores III, is the third Southerly Yacht that we’ve owned over 29 years of international cruising to destinations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, UK, Scandinavia and South America. This boat we plan to sail to the South Pacific.

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Beneteau Antares 27

Beneteau Antares 27By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You have to love it when something exceeds your expectations on so many levels; the new Antares 27 from Beneteau looks to me like that sort of all-around overachiever.

This is a brand new express cruiser design. With twin Mercury 200 V6 outboards, it delivers impressive performance, a reassuring and comfortable ride, and a level of versatility that will enable this boat to be your vacation partner for all sorts of adventures.

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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: Electrical Installations – Part 1: Electrical Connections - basics and how-to’s

Electrical InstallationsBy Andrew McDonald

Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is aboard, areas of improvement and ways to upgrade.

One of the most common jobs that I’m asked to look at are electrical installations and upgrades. Surprisingly, the majority of these types of jobs are to ‘clean up’ the wiring of years past – when electrical standards were more fluid, and jury-rigged upgrades have been added and adapted over multiple owners and contractors.

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