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

Valvetech Bridgewater MarinaFor many years now, we have used gasoline in our cars and trucks that contains some amount of ethanol, a form of alcohol, and just as a few drops of water combine almost instantly in your Scotch, moisture from the atmosphere can combine with the ethanol in the gasoline that is in your boat’s fuel tank.

Your motor vehicle has a sealed fuel system to control evaporative losses that are a source of air pollution. Fuel is moved into the engine under pressure and any drips that might escape, drop onto the pavement. The engine is open to the pavement below. In an inboard boat, the hull is below the engine and any drips will collect in the bilge with potentially explosive consequences. 

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Four WInns HD 180By Andy Adams

The Four Winns HD 180 is the kind of family boat I love to drive and enjoy. It’s very approachable, even for less experienced drivers and the accommodations and scale are like a comfortable family car or SUV. It all feels familiar and part of that is the Volvo Penta V6 200 SX stern drive. The engine is inboard; built into the boat and unobtrusive in use.

That is unless you shove the throttles open. Then the performance side of the Volvo Penta V6 200 appears with instant throttle response, partly a result of the variable valve timing and partly because of the direct injection system. 

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ILCA DinghyAustin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class sanctioned events.


“It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50- year history,” said Class President Tracy Usher.

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The DocksBy Katherine Stone

Docks are well-lit and wide to accommodate dock carts.

Steeped in tradition that goes back to one of the oldest towns in Canada west of Quebec City, is Penetanguishene. This bilingual community of 9,000 is located in the middle of Huronia on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay in Simcoe Country, Ontario. The name is believed to have been derived from Algonquin (also believed to have come from the Wendat, Abenaki and Ojibwe tribes) meaning “place of the white rolling sands”. 

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