OttawaVolunteers and boaters from across North America will congregate in Ottawa to exchange ideas, have their say in the business of their national organization, attend workshops, network with old friends and meet new ones. It will be a working conference with time for a little fun and relaxation. 

80thIn the spring edition of the 1998 Port Hole, Brentwood Bay Squadron Commander Len Fallon proclaimed, “CPS will be there to meet the challenge of change!” Thanks Len.

BenefitsDo you know that the savings from some of the Member Benefits more than pay for your yearly CPS-ECP membership? Savings from Cowan, C-Tow can pay for your membership in just one purchase.

SquadronsBarrie Power and Sail Squadron was featured on CTV news during their Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Day.

CardsNow is the time of year when many members need to replace a lost Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), an ROC(M) card or a membership card.

OttawaBoard a luxury motor coach to start your tour with a stop at the Parliament Buildings, Canada’s seat of government. Your guide will explain the history of these magnificent buildings. 

SkipperThe skipper is responsible not only for the safety of the boat and those on board, but also for their behaviour.

8th AnniversaryOoh what a decade! In1986 Midland Squadron elected its first 'lady commander' as the rest of our organization watched with much interest and considerable wariness.

VesselPaddleboats, Watercycles, Stand-Up Paddleboards and Sealed-Hull, Sit-On-Top Kayaks. If every person on board a paddleboat, a watercycle, a stand-up paddle board...

ReadThe CPS-ECP Educational Department is looking for volunteers with editorial and proof reading skills to join our publishing team. 

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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