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

CompassBy Katherine Stone

Not a hard re-installation - just line up the holes and replace the screws.

I remember vividly my first experience using a chart plotter and navigation system. Deciding that we should try the cruising lifestyle, we purchased an older boat and set out from Hindson’s Marina in Penetanguishene at dawn to sail across Nottawasaga Bay to Thornbury, Ontario for the Canada Day long weekend. It was a beautiful start to the day when we left and motored out of Penetanguishene Bay and rounded the corner, heading toward Christian Island, right into pitch black clouds. 

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J99By Katherine Stone

All set to pull out the Code 0 before dousing the jib.

It was a very cold and wet beginning to the summer and we never thought it would arrive in Southern Ontario. Doing a 100 miler race on Lake Ontario (billed as the COOLEST race on the lake) with my 8 layers of thermal clothing, woolen ski toque and ski mittens, along with a neck warmer kept me on the edge all night, just out of frostbite reach. I shouldn’t have complained, as we also had wind!

July and August arrived, and it has certainly warmed up, in fact, its too warm, AND we don’t have wind. We are now counting 5 Wednesday nights in a row without wind to race. 

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Wellcraft 242 FishermanBy Andy Adams

Boat buyers are gravitating to the latest centre console boats for a wide range of reasons but for the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman, you can sum it up by saying it’s about features, style and value.

This great-looking boat is just as capable on a family picnic cruise as it is doing serious blue water fishing. A wide range of options let the buyer tailor the boat for their specific interests, but it’s all there to choose from. Our test boat was well-equipped for that comfortable cruise with easy access via the swim platform and through the transom gate into the cockpit.

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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