Aug 22, 2019

2016-2020 Strategic PlanCommunication is a Strategic Priority, identified in our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Its dictionary definition is “transmitting, a giving or exchanging of information, messages, letter, etc. a means of communicating”. Sounds really simple when written out in plain language, but in fact is an aspect of CPS-ECP life that we seem to struggle with.

The ways of communicating are many and varied, and are employed by all life forms on our planet. Some communicate by sounds like the music of the whales and dolphins, and the songs of the birds. Visible communication has been employed through the ages – smoke signals by the First Nations, semaphore and flag signals by mariners. Telegraphy, Morse code, and the code speakers at time of war – all are methods that have been and are still used to transmit messages between senders and receivers.

Why then does it seem difficult to accomplish, difficult to be sure we are reaching whom we wish to reach, difficult to receive feedback to our enquiries?

One of the answers to these questions may be that we as an organization have not embraced sufficiently the contemporary methods of communication that are available to us. Have we stressed to our Squadrons and Districts, the importance of the various social media forms that are available to us? Have we provided some assistance to those who are not up-to-date and lack firm understanding of these methods?

We have long been aware that any group needs to feel that they ‘know what is going on’, that they feel disrespected when the only time they hear from us is when we are asking for their membership dues. The importance of newsletters whether digital or printed has been documented, and the age-old method of picking up the phone and calling someone is also tried and true. These communicating methods between ourselves must not be undervalued or downplayed.

However, the bigger picture of communicating our messages to the general public is of prime importance. We believe that our National Committees are working hard on this subject and together with the advent of our new IT system, will give us the tools we need to work with this most important of our Strategic Priorities – Communication.

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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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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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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