Environment UpdateReminder from the National Environmental Committee: Before you sail, know the rules about whales! Make sure you have a pleasant and safe boating season this year by reviewing your knowledge of safe boating practices around large whales.

ANEO Course ProductionThe Education department is continually working on its courses, and during the pandemic is no different. The focus changed to providing courses online, and many were converted to the Moodle platform.

Dues Increase CommentsAs one would expect, the proposed increase in the annual dues paid by CPS-ECP members has drawn a fair number of comments, both for and against the increase. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve heard from CPS-ECP members regarding the proposed increase that will be voted upon at this October’s national convention and AGM.

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

Aqua Map Live SharingLive Sharing is the brand-new functionality that allows every user to share his/her Boat and Navigation info with the entire Aqua Map Community. Enabling this function, you will be able to display on your nautical charts all currently active Aqua Map users and easily find boating/sailing friends in your area. But that’s not all…!

Weather to Boat AppThe Weather to Boat app is now available to download for FREE in the app stores. Dynamic, Powerful, FREE…. and most important… it could save YOUR LIFE!

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

Calling for Award NominationsAttention all District Commanders, Squadron Commanders and Officers – this has been another Covid year, however, it is time to send in your CPS-ECP Award Nominations for the following awards...

Educational Officer's MessageI'm going to share with you what the French call a "secret de Polichinelle." This expression refers to something that everyone knows even if it is passed on as a secret. You call it an "open secret."

COWANYou could win one of 36 $5,000 cash prizes just for getting a quote on car or home insurance or telling us your policy renewal date. The sooner you enter, the better! Not only will you have more chances to win, but you could also start saving on insurance sooner.

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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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Boston Whaler 230 VantageBy Andy Adams

The famous Boston Whaler slogan, “the unsinkable legend” has always expressed a safety promise that from their very beginning, set a Boston Whaler apart from other boats, and it’s clear to me that the designers take this heritage seriously.

The Boston Whaler 230 Vantage maintains the virtues that have made Whalers such an enduring success and now the designers have skillfully captured those virtues in a handsome and somewhat more traditional dual console design.

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Brackley Beach PEI National ParkOver the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) gathered in Charlottetown to discuss the idea of bringing these diverse colonies together and forming a country. These discussions laid the foundation for what ultimately led to the Confederation of Canada in July, 1867.

Today, PEI continues to influence the rest of Canada as a vacation playground, known for its laid-back attitude, carefree pace, remarkable food scene and tremendous recreation opportunities. That’s especially true if you choose to explore the island the old-fashioned way – by boat.

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2002 Doral 330Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ofCOVID19. People hauled boats to the end of their driveways with “For Sale” signs. Sailboats and cabin cruisers appeared in Kijiji and Craigs List and it sounds like most were sold to new boaters. But, are they happy owners now?

Last fall we interviewed Rob Hopkins, General Manager at Bayshore Yacht Sales. Bayshore operates at six Georgian Bay marinas and are partnered with Maple Leaf Marinas LP. Rob was quick to agree that web sites like Kijiji can work for boat buyers, especially at the lower price levels for private sellers and buyers looking for a deal.

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Boat FirePhoto Courtesy of Leslie Harper

Boats aren’t inherently combustible. They aren’t firetraps, and they aren’t any more or less dangerous with respect to fire breaking out than an RV, trailer, car or airplane.

But there are certain ingredients that make fires a potential hazard. And because of this, boaters should be aware of that potential, and take steps to minimize the chances of fire breaking out.



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Cast OffOn Saturday, my boat finally splashed. You could tell it was happy and I was too.  This has been painful. Nonetheless, I have not yet left the dock nor had a social moment aboard.  My excitement has been limited to standing and admiring the scene while thanking the boat gods for vaccines and declining case numbers.

You are likely experiencing something similar as marinas and boat clubs gingerly step forward amid caution and distancing signs.  There is a collective sigh of relief heard across the land because the timing of the delayed launch appears to coincide with a national heat wave. It would have been infuriating to sizzle on the hard with the escape boat stuck in its cradle. I’m grateful for getting this far.

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