Dec 20, 2018

Holiday MessIt's that time of year again. Lights, decorations, music, wrapping paper, cards, planning get togethers with family and friends, and a "to do" list that looks (and feels) way too long. It's also the season of volunteers. There are food drives, toy drives, Holiday baskets, carolers visiting seniors' homes, all driven by a recognition that by doing things like that, we can make a difference, and even a little difference counts. No act of kindness or generosity is too small. Those of us facing life altering challenges may find this Season anything but festive. Who wouldn't want to bring some cheer, a warm moment or even just respite?

CPS-ECP is built and supported by volunteers. All of us are Members by choice and as such we are supporting volunteering which makes all of us volunteers.

This is the season of gift-giving. We give gifts to family, friends, charities, and sometimes for business reasons. Any volunteer is giving a gift each and every time they volunteer. It is the most precious gift they have – their time. In fact it is not just their time, it is their discretionary time (I was going to write "free time" but who has that anymore?). But it makes such a difference.

Volunteering is paying back into the community. A friend of mine described volunteering as the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth. As the Holiday Season morphs into New Year's celebrations, give some thought to volunteering more. We can always use the help.

In early 2019, we are going to launch a new program called Operation Lifejacket. We will collect lifejackets (in good condition) that you don't need anymore. They are the ones that are choking your dockside storage or a locker on your boat. The plan is to send them to Northern Communities where lifejackets are expensive and in short supply. This is to support the Canadian Ranger Program already doing this. We are working out the details with them and the Canadian Safe Boating Council. We will need volunteers to go down to the docks and talk with boaters, explain the program and collect lots of lifejackets to be re-used where they are really needed. Watch for more details early in the New Year.

As I write this, we have made excellent progress on our new IT system. Our goal is to have a reliable, user-friendly system available to use as support for what we do. We are spending time now to find as many bugs as we can before we launch.

However, you spend this Holiday Season, may this year will be a good one. I also hope that 2019 will be a year of Peace, Love and Laughter in your life.

Chuck Beall, AP
Chief Commander

Thornbury on Georgian BayJennifer Harker

To borrow a line from Monty Python, “and now, for something completely different”.

Normally, our boating adventures are spent weaving our way amongst the picturesque backdrop of the 30,000 Islands of eastern Georgian Bay aboard our Sea Ray Sundancer 268. This time we’ve traded power for sail as friends welcome us aboard their 38-foot Irwin for the Canada Day long weekend.

We’ve set our sights on a decidedly different destination for this journey, charting a course for Thornbury. This small town, located in the southern reaches of Nottawasaga Bay, is an oft-overlooked area of Georgian Bay - but it shouldn’t be. Although we’ve explored this shoreline on countless road trips, this will be our first visit from the waterside.

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Cruisers Yachts Cantius 46The Cantius 46 is the latest evolution of Cruisers Yachts’ Cantius line – now there are five models from 42 to 60 feet. The new Cantius 46 is a great example of “easy boating” the way Volvo Penta imagined it and how Cruisers Yachts has executed it. The idea is that you just come on board, unlock the glass doors, fire it up, cast off, and enjoy - alone, with a spouse, or with a huge group.

Since the first Cantius model was introduced, Cruisers Yachts has continued to refine the concept for ever-greater convenience, more clever and innovative features, and also greater performance.

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Sun Odyssey 410By, Zuzana Prochazka

The revolution continues – with a twist

The Jeanneau 410 is the eighth generation of the Sun Odyssey line, but even with that long history and umpteen years of tweaks and iterations, what the French builder has done in the latest revamp will make you say, “Wait, what?”

 Last year, Jeanneau turned the sailboat deck layout on its ear with the introduction of their Sun Odyssey 490 and 440, and the concept of the ‘walk-around deck’.

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Ask AndrewAndrew McDonald

Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods needed to make connections between components and wiring.

When planning out electrical work, one of the more common questions that I address is on the set-up, installation and sizing of breakers and fuses.

Fuses and breakers are collectively called ‘overcurrent protection’ – and these come in many different shapes, styles and sizes. Their purpose is the same: to prevent a situation where a larger than intended electrical current is running through the circuit, which puts the circuit at risk of overheating, fire and damage to equipment. 

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