Oct 24, 2019

Safe WaterwaysWe are so fortunate to live in Canada. With five main ocean watersheds (Canadian Geographic, 2019), over 8,500 named rivers (Statistics Canada, 2016) and home to the most lakes in the world (World Atlas, 2017) – Canada has more than enough opportunities to get on the water & plenty of space to share once out there. 
 
People across our country choose to engage and spend time on the water in many different ways – from power boating to sailing, paddling to swimming. Many different variables can dictate the way we engage with our waterways – location, leisure time, community and disposable income, to name a few. 
 
Not everyone is able to go “boating” in the more traditional sense – powerboat or sailboat. One of the most common reasons expressed, especially from youth, is that boating is inherently an expensive past time… the popular saying: “a boat is a hole in the water into which one pours money” exists for a reason. It’s clear that removing barriers to inclusion and recognizing the importance of other vessel options for accessing our waterways is very important.
 
As we begin to understand our waterways as both a shared backyard that we all enjoy, but as a collective must make joint efforts to protect; the more people who experience time on the water, sustainably and safely, the better. Not only does it lead to a stronger community of people passionate about our waterways for leisure – it can be integral in the vital protection of these waterways so that current and future generations can continue to live, work and play on them as we are fortunate enough to do.
 
However, as always – safety must be the top priority for all involved, including wildlife.
 
CPS-ECP can play a pivotal role in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for waterway users to spend time safely on the water – no matter their choice of vessel. Paddling is a wonderful activity and not only is it environmentally friendly, but it is deeply ingrained in Canadian heritage (Paddle Canada). As an organization that represents Canadians on the water – this is a very important community to welcome, support and make aware of opportunities for courses and seminars. 
 
Currently, although Transport Canada recognizes human-powered watercraft (sailboats, paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc.) as “pleasure craft” vessels, if they are not fitted with a motor - operators do not need proof of competency. They are required to have certain safety equipment on board (Small Vessel Regulations & Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide) and encouraged to take a Boating Safety Course.
 
Without undertaking an approved Boating Safety course, there can be significant risks to all waterways users. Until it is mandatory for all vessels to complete – as members of the CPS-ECP, we can do several things: (1) Review the “Rules of the Road” and Collision Regulations from Transport Canada to ensure our actions are in accordance and respectful to other waterway users; (2) Speak to our fellow Squadron Members, Yacht Clubs, and Community members to ensure communal actions are safe; (3) Speak to non-motorized Pleasure Craft Users that you meet on the water or in your community to make them aware of the value to themselves, their friends/families and other waterway users of undertaking a Boating Safety Course. Ideally, with encouragement, they will take their PCOC (register online at www.cps-ecp.ca/pcoc) through CPS-ECP and potentially become a member. It would be wonderful to diversify our membership to represent the range of waterway vessels.
 
However, the most important outcome is for them to complete a course or at least review the resources that are widely available for free. Let’s all continue working to ensure all waterway users are made aware of how to enjoy our shared backyard sustainably and safely – I encourage you to never underestimate the power of a friendly conversation. Let’s work towards reducing risks to one another, sharing our waterways and ensuring that when we meet out on the water, it is with nothing but a friendly wave of the hand. 

Explore all other courses that CPS-ECP has to offer here.

Jennifer Pate, BA, MSc.
Website: www.jenniferpate.com

CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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Beneteau Antares 11By Andy Adams

What perfect timing! Beneteau is has just announced their new Antares 11 model for North America and I think it will be exactly what many people are looking for.

The boat business has simply taken off during 2020, spurred on by the social distancing requirements of the global battle with COVID-19. In many regards, this situation has brought a lot of families closer because there are few options for travel and recreation. I suspect that many families have rediscovered the joys of being together, going places and doing things.

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ChemainusBy Marianne Scott

The approach to the Chemainus Municipal Dock from Stuart Channel is straightforward and is protected from all but strong northerly winds. The only obstacle may be some large log booms often anchored in the harbour. The Dock is immediately south of the B.C. ferry terminal; the ferry runs to Thetis- and Penelakut Islands.

Harbourmaster Harmen Bootsma, who has been the cheerful, welcoming presence here for a couple of decades, is ready to catch your lines. 

 

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(From left to right) Boating Ontario CEO Rick Layzell; Pollution Probe CEO Christopher Hilkene; NOVA Chemicals VP Rob Thompson; and Council of the Great Lakes Region  President and CEO Mark Fisher

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, recently announced the launch of the first phase of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative with founding partners Pollution Probe, the University of Toronto (U of T) Trash Team, Boating Ontario, PortsToronto, as well as collaborators EnviroPod, Water Products and Solutions-America, Poralu Marine and Georgian Bay Forever.

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WinterizationBy Andrew McDonald, Lakeside Marine Services

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to”, is a phrase that many of us are familiar with. Most of the time it is in reference to a bygone era of better, and it’s used to lament the sorry state of what we have today. It is a phrase that can be applied to many areas of our lives: architecture, art, furniture, tools. Boats? I would argue that they don’t make them like they used to. But, is that lamentable, or is it progress?

Progress, I think. With this concept in mind, as we enter another season of putting boats to bed for the winter, why do we winterize as we always have?

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