May 10, 2018

MembershipBy Bob Parke AP

Chair National Membership Committee

The Membership Committee submitted a proposal to Excom and the Board of Directors to clearly identify the Qualifications, and standardize First year Membership Fees in accordance to the Bylaws and Regulations of CPS-ECP. This was approved at the April meetings of Excom and the Board of Directors. These new standards come into effect May 1, 2018. This is to assure that, we as members can always answer the question the first time, “What are the benefits of Membership, How do I join, and How Much to Join?”

 

 

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
May 1, 2018

Qualifications for Membership in CPS-ECP
To qualify for membership the person has to:
1) Be nineteen years of age or older, and,
2) Have either a minimum of a PCOC from an accredited course provider in Canada, or
Have successfully completed a course as per the Competency Equivalence Table, or
Have successfully completed any CPS-ECP course, and
3) Pay the required dues.

Membership Dues for New Membership
If a person has never been a member of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons there are two ways to join and pay the required dues:

Option One:
A person successfully completing a CPS-ECP course may join for a special first year membership fee of $35.00. Renewal for the following years will be at the Membership dues schedule for the squadron which the person is a member of.

Option Two:
A person holding at minimum Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card, or certification of completion of a course on the Competency Equivalence Table, may join for a first year membership fee of $60.00. Renewal for the following years will be at the Membership dues schedule for the squadron which the person is a member of.

Membership Dues for Renewal (including rejoining after any lapse in membership)
If a person has been a member of CPS-ECP and wishes to renew or rejoin, the dues will be at the individual Squadron Membership dues schedule of the squadron the person is renewing in or rejoining.

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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