June 27, 2019

CPS-ECP PlanThe 2016-2020 Strategic Plan lists five key Priorities and Volunteers are one of the five. There are 3 Goals outlined in this section of the Plan. Even though coordinated efforts to further the priority have been slow, in particular on the 3rd goal of “enhancing the volunteer experience”, there is evidence this goal is being worked on.

Development of volunteers:

• Cross-country tour being developed to deliver in-person training for instructors using new instructor tool kit.

• A joint Education and Membership meeting was held in Toronto in March, so these key groups of volunteers could share information, discuss issues and develop better ways to work together.

Training of volunteers:

• Video clips are being developed to help volunteers understand how to use new IT system when it’s launched

Recognition & Reward of volunteers:

• At the 2019 National Conference, winners of National awards, along with a guest, will have their travel and accommodation paid for by National! It’s hoped that the volunteer’s Squadron and/or District will pay the registration cost to truly make this a special moment.

• At District AGMs, the Chief Commander recognized life members, that received merit marks for milestone years exceeding 20 years, with a pin and a thank you for continuing to dedicate their time and talent to CPS-ECP

• Squadrons and Districts are sharing their ideas – appreciation dinners and gift cards to say thank you, gas card draw or other prize to reward someone for attending a District meeting, reduced or no cost for courses/seminars and materials to thank volunteers and encourage them to take more boating education, anniversary events to celebrate the many years a Squadron has served their boating community, etc.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please contact the Planning Committee.

Diesel Fuel MaintenanceSince the late 19th century, a debate has raged on the relative merits of diesel fuel over gasoline. In more recent decades, that argument has included boat manufacturers, and increasingly, individual boaters. As I pass through boat yards in the spring or fall, I’m sure to hear a comment or two (sometimes ruefully, other times with great joy) of the merit of a particular engine or fuel source.

Increasingly, diesel engines are praised for their long-life, ease of maintenance, compact design, reliability and safety, and rate of combustion. As well as cruisers and trawlers, many sailboat manufacturers in particular have chosen to install diesel engines. 

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Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 

 

 

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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Belize: Sailing SolitudeBy Mark Stevens

We’ve just weighed anchor off Thatch Caye, a tiny island nuzzled by Caribbean waters flowing between the world’s second longest barrier reef and the mountainous coast of Belize to our west, and now we’re navigating a serpentine course through a crowded congregation of coral heads.

Once safely in deep water we raise sail. I spin the wheel of “Kavok” (a Lagoon 421 catamaran we’ve booked for our weeklong Belize bareboat adventure from Dream Yacht Charter) until we’re pointed south – steady on a lazy beam reach.

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