Alice HintonAlice Hinton has informed CPS-ECP that she will be retiring on August 31, 2017 after more than 17 years of service.

Charlottetown ConferenceIt’s that time again and a FINAL reminder that if you have not registered for the National Conference and AGM in Charlottetown, PEI the COST will be INCREASING from $230 to $260 AFTER September 11 so please be sure to register TODAY!

FlyflagShare a picture of yourself hoisting the CPS-ECP flag (regular member or life member flag) on Twitter or Facebook and be entered to win Kanto Living YU2 Desktop Speakers!

 

 

 

West ONThe Western Ontario District held its annual Rendezvous this year at Belle River Marina on beautiful Lake St. Clair in the heart of the Great Lakes. Since it was June 23-25, the theme was Canada 150.

 

 

 

InsureCPS-ECP has partnered with Cowan Insurance Group to provide insurance products to its members. Cowan’s comprehensive coverage and discounts are available exclusively to you as a CPS-ECP member.

 

 

 

Online CoursesTwenty students from across Canada, Halifax to Vancouver, studied Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1, Seamanship, from the comfort of their own home or office during the spring term of 2017.

 

 

 

LyndaLynda Green - Orders, Ship’s Store, Student Services and New Members

 

 

 

ConferenceA summer reminder to everyone that the October Charlottetown 2017 National Conference is coming sooner than we think!

 

 

 

seminarsIt seems we have been complaining forever about declining student intake for our courses, but complaining isn’t going to change a thing; positive action will.

 

 

 

Flag We had so much fun last year that we decided to bring the contest back for the 2017 boating season.

 

 

 

An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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