ExamAll multiple choice examinations at CPS-ECP are currently open book examinations with the exception of the PCOC Examination and the Maritime Radio Examination.

VolunteerWe are all volunteers in CPS-ECP but some of our volunteers go far beyond what is taken for normal. These people often become an integral part of the Squadron or District and contribute a great deal to the well-being of CPS-ECP.

Ed DeptAll multiple choice exams in CPS-ECP are now open book exams with a 1 hour 30 minutes time limit. Marking keys are normally distributed with the exams when the Squadron Educational Officer orders the course material. 

Volunteer AssistanceThe 2016-2020 CPS-ECP Strategic Plan was approved a year ago by the Board of Directors at their meeting in Vancouver, BC. This Plan belongs to all Members of CPS-ECP…. Squadrons, Districts and National.

ITFollowing the Conference in Vancouver last fall, the Executive Committee made a commitment to the members of CPS-ECP to make much needed improvements to our Information Technology Platform. 

VHFThe first two order periods for the ICOM VHF DSC Simulator were a huge success. Not only were there 40 units ordered across the country, there were several enquiries after the last order period closed. 

Safety DaysFor 2017 there were a total of 31 events planned, 2 were cancelled and three more added for a total of 32 events. All of the events but one have taken place. The earliest was on April 1st and the last on October 14th.

RadarRadar for Boaters has been developed to use The Radar Book, by Vancouver Island author Kevin Monahan, in conjunction with CPS-ECP developed slides and materials. A comprehensive Addendum to the book is provided covering the newly available technologies.

CasbaThe Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is committed to recognizing individuals and groups who strive to make Canada’s waterways a safer place for everyone to enjoy, live, work and play.  The Canadian Safe Boating Awards, “CASBA’s”, are presented annually with the dinner gala considered a flagship event of the council.

Fly The Flag WinnerThis summer we ran our annual Fly the CPS-ECP Flag and Win photo contest and received many entries. Participants submitted selfies while proudly flying the CPS-ECP Flag and wearing their lifejackets.

 

 

 

Thornbury on Georgian BayJennifer Harker

To borrow a line from Monty Python, “and now, for something completely different”.

Normally, our boating adventures are spent weaving our way amongst the picturesque backdrop of the 30,000 Islands of eastern Georgian Bay aboard our Sea Ray Sundancer 268. This time we’ve traded power for sail as friends welcome us aboard their 38-foot Irwin for the Canada Day long weekend.

We’ve set our sights on a decidedly different destination for this journey, charting a course for Thornbury. This small town, located in the southern reaches of Nottawasaga Bay, is an oft-overlooked area of Georgian Bay - but it shouldn’t be. Although we’ve explored this shoreline on countless road trips, this will be our first visit from the waterside.

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Cruisers Yachts Cantius 46The Cantius 46 is the latest evolution of Cruisers Yachts’ Cantius line – now there are five models from 42 to 60 feet. The new Cantius 46 is a great example of “easy boating” the way Volvo Penta imagined it and how Cruisers Yachts has executed it. The idea is that you just come on board, unlock the glass doors, fire it up, cast off, and enjoy - alone, with a spouse, or with a huge group.

Since the first Cantius model was introduced, Cruisers Yachts has continued to refine the concept for ever-greater convenience, more clever and innovative features, and also greater performance.

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Sun Odyssey 410By, Zuzana Prochazka

The revolution continues – with a twist

The Jeanneau 410 is the eighth generation of the Sun Odyssey line, but even with that long history and umpteen years of tweaks and iterations, what the French builder has done in the latest revamp will make you say, “Wait, what?”

 Last year, Jeanneau turned the sailboat deck layout on its ear with the introduction of their Sun Odyssey 490 and 440, and the concept of the ‘walk-around deck’.

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Ask AndrewAndrew McDonald

Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods needed to make connections between components and wiring.

When planning out electrical work, one of the more common questions that I address is on the set-up, installation and sizing of breakers and fuses.

Fuses and breakers are collectively called ‘overcurrent protection’ – and these come in many different shapes, styles and sizes. Their purpose is the same: to prevent a situation where a larger than intended electrical current is running through the circuit, which puts the circuit at risk of overheating, fire and damage to equipment. 

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