Feb 8, 2018

Educational DepartmentOnline JN

After advertising to members in OnBoard the latest online JN course under the tutorship of P/C/C Tony Gardiner is now full to bursting with 23 students. JN and N courses (now Boating 6 and 7) are difficult to get enrolled in many places locally and for sure going online sitting at your own desk or your couch is a lot better than commuting weekly to a nearby squadron that does run these courses.

The great thing about classroom instruction and the downside of online instruction is the difficulty of giving students practical experience in course material such as, in this case, “hands-on” sextants. As you will be aware an integral part of both JN and N is using the sextant and the Mark 1 Eyeball to establish one's position using the Sun (JN, B6) or the Sun, Moon and Stars (N, B7).

Tony Gardiner is interested in getting practical help from members with the SN or N grade across the country who would be prepared to give local, hands-on tuition to students from his class.

RI Refresher

At the Educational Department meeting, on December 6, 2017 a motion was passed with regards to the Recognized Instructor (RI) Refresher Course status.
In order to remain current with teaching techniques RIs are required to participate in the CPS-ECP

Refresher Course at least once every four years. The four-year period will coincide with the dates of the Recognized Examiner contracts. This seminar is available on our website under Instructor Services, or it may be given in a Squadron or District round table discussion format.

This motion applies to those RIs that teach either or both of our government courses – PCOC and
ROC(M).

Seminars

As stated at the last Educational Department virtual meeting we are in the final stages of producing the first of what we hope will be a library of CPS-ECP produced seminars. Two seminars are getting to the production and print stage; Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Collision Regulations (ColRegs) and a number of other seminars are being accepted from squadrons. The Educational Department is interested in receiving short presentations with text and graphics that are in seminar form or could be turned into a two hour seminar from squadrons or individuals. If you have anything to offer please contact ANEO Brian Reis – contact details in the National Directory or on CPS-ECP website.

Digital Library

As we are continuing to operating our suite of courses and updating them and now moving into offering short seminars a need is arising to improve our library of graphics and photographs. With the arrival of the New IT System we are intending to establish a library of digital images, diagrams and photographs. With this in mind the Educational Department is inviting members to contribute their photographs of boating subjects- boats both sail and power and all the things that make our boating lives - sails, lines, buoys, range markers, fixed makers etc. Please send your photos to Vanessa Schmidt at the National Office.

Photo: Penny Carpenter

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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