Help Determine the Direction of CPS-ECPCanadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) is accepting applications for Director positions from you the members of CPS-ECP, both men and woman.

The Problem of PlasticsDr. Peter Ross and his colleagues published about microplastics in Nature Communications in January. The article, Pervasive distributions of polyester fibres in the Arctic Ocean is driven by Atlantic inputs, states that: "Particle abundance correlated with longitude, with almost three times more particles in the eastern Arctic compared to the west...

February Education FeatureBoat sales have exploded to the point where salespeople have to put customers on waiting lists. The 2021 boating season will see many new boaters on all waterways who are still unaware of all they do not know yet about safe boat operation.

Instagram Photo of the MonthCPS-ECP has been posting wonderful photos on Instagram during the last few months. During the month of January this was our top photo by Valentin Bacalu.

Submission CallThe Port Hole has been, and remains, very effective in getting the word out nationally on CPS-ECP programs and, by extension, members’ involvement in those initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity that relatively few organizations can boast of.

CHS Digital Transformation InitiativeThe Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) is transforming the way it delivers high-quality data and services to clients, in a timely manner. This means modernizing traditional CHS products and a transition to digital access and delivery for users.

CPS-ECP Membership InsuranceCowan Insurance is proud to be one of the most recognized marine pleasure craft insurance providers in Canada. We have partnered with CPS-ECP to provide exclusive coverage to its members.

VIBS BertOn July 18 2020 Bert terHart arrived back in Victoria after having spent 265 days at sea alone, becoming the first North American to sail solo, non-stop around the world using only traditional navigational tools.

Direction of CPS-ECPCanadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) is accepting applications for Director positions from you the members of CPS-ECP, both men and woman.

CSBC Cold Water WorkshopIf you’re a first responder, work or just spend time recreating on or near cold water, this workshop is for you. You will learn everything you need to know to survive an accidental cold-water immersion and also how to help others who may have become hypothermic. It is hosted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), delivered over “Zoom” and will cover...

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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Cruisers Yachts 42 GLSBy Andy Adams

Once again, Cruisers Yachts is leading the market for day boats with their new 42 GLS model that premiered at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October. The concept of a large day boat is now a very well-established trend made possible by the amazing new power and efficiency of the latest four stroke outboards.

Buyers are looking for a different boating experience and we think that the 42 GLS nails it. Fast, handsome and versatile, the 42 GLS is designed for fun and adventure.

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Bahamas - There and Back Again IIIn Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were once again joined by friends.

This time it was Noel and Tracey Dinan, whose new shallow-draft Allures 49.5 was in build at the time, we headed north from the Exumas across the expanse of the Great Bahama Bank, dodging coral patches as we sailed to Eleuthera then Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco. Another commercial centre in the islands, we cleared out of the Bahamas here after provisioning for our offshore passage up to the Chesapeake Bay on the US mainland and out of the Hurricane Zone until mid-November...

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So You Want to be a Better BoaterBy Amy Hogue

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected changes in our lives, impacting everything from boating to vacations and these trends look to continue into the future.

In summer 2020, those trends were seen in the unprecedented numbers of boaters flocking to marinas and boat launches seeking a COVID-friendly vacation on the water. While the waterways were more crowded than ever before, the boaters you were likely to encounter weren’t necessarily in the know for boating etiquette, or marine know-how.

 

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