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.

Leasing a YachtBy Andy Adams

When I first saw the display at the Toronto International Boat Show saying that you could lease a new yacht, it stopped me dead in my tracks. While I had never considered leasing boats, we are certainly seeing growth in boat rental organizations, so leasing didn’t seem out of line. In fact, I wondered why it had taken this long to see boat leasing come to the market.

However, I have a reasonable understanding of how leasing works compared to financing a purchase and I wondered how the numbers could work for something like a yacht. The sign was in front of a 60 foot Princess Express Cruiser – about $3,000,000 

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Beneteau Oceanis 30.1The Oceanis official US debut will be at the upcoming Newport International Boat Show in September and will be featured at the United States Sailboat show in Annapolis in October.

With an overall size under 30 feet and a light displacement of less than 8,805 lbs., the Oceanis is easily trailerable without a wide load permit. If you prefer to access your sailing grounds by canals and rivers, the lifting keel and rotating mast open a world of endless possibilities. Perfect for sailing on lakes or for coastal hopping, this new Oceanis is, nevertheless, a robust category B sailing yacht, fitted for offshore sailing. The smallest of the range offers the biggest choice of programs! 

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Grady White Freedom 235 Dual ConsoleBy Jill Snider

Once again, I had the pleasure of joining CY’s test guru Andy Adams on a boat review. This time, out on Georgian Bay, we put the Grady White Freedom 235 Dual Console to the test. There are so many great things to tell you about this classic beauty.

Andy
If I were required to compare Grady White’s Freedom 235 Dual Console to an animal, I would tell you that she has the character of a Labrador Retriever. Here are a few reasons why...

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Port Severn's Lock 45Blake Marchand


As the final link between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, Port Severn’s Lock 45 is the gateway to the beautiful Trent-Severn Waterway. The first and smallest lock to be constructed on the Severn portion, Lock 45 is entrenched in Canadian History and is worth the trip in itself. However, it is the waterway and its idyllic surroundings that will keep you coming back.

The canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Huron with an eastern terminus in Trenton and a western terminus in Port Severn. Its amazing natural waterways include the Trent River, Otonabee River, The Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Severn River.

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