Aug 8, 2019

VictoriaParticipate in this year’s National Conference from October 17-19, 2019. Volunteers and boaters from across North America will congregate in Victoria, British Columbia to exchange ideas, have their say in the business of CPS-ECP, attend workshops, network with old friends and meet new ones. It will be a working conference with plenty of time for fun and relaxation.

Victoria is situated at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It is surrounded by the Salish Sea, which comprises the entire network of coastal waterways, inlets and harbours of southwestern British Columbia and northwestern Washington from Campbell River in the north to Olympia in the south. Long viewed by many in the region as one body of water, notably by the Coast Salish people, it is one of the most biologically rich inland seas in the world. In 2010, these waters – including the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound – were by international agreement given the name “Salish Sea”. For boaters, it is one of the best cruising destinations in North America.

Our conference theme is “Cruise Ship Travel”
Victoria is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in Canada. This season alone, the city is expecting 267 cruise ship visits at the Ogden Point terminal. Join us on Friday night for a “sunset dinner cruise”. So, pack light, come in cruise casual attire, tacky tourist attire or formal cruise ship officer attire.

To make your room reservations:
Fairmont Empress Hotel
712 Government St., Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Reservations: 1-866-540-4429
Discount Code: CPS_1019
Online: https://book.passkey.com/go/cpsecpagm2019

We are pleased to announce that, for CPS-ECP members travelling to Victoria for the 2019 conference and AGM, a special room rate of $199 a night has been secured.

This rate can be booked up to September 6, 2019, for any length of stay between October 11 and 23, subject to availability. Whether you come before the Conference or stay on afterwards, Victoria is a beautiful city to explore.

Our Tours:
Tuesday night (October 15): Join us for a tour of Victoria’s Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communication and Traffic Services (MCTS) centre. Across the country, these centres coordinate responses to distress calls, broadcast maritime safety information (weather and navigational warnings), screen vessels entering Canadian waters, deliver information and advice to regulate marine traffic movement, and take appropriate action to ensure the safe and efficient movement of vessels in Canadian waters. Cost of the tour is $25 and includes dinner prior to the event.

Wednesday night (October 16): Join us for a haunted 90 minute “Ghost Walk”, featuring murder, hangings, romance and hauntings. After a day of meetings, this is just what you need to clear your head. Cost of this tour is $20.

Thursday afternoon (October 17): Whale and wildlife watching! A 3-hour tour – Orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, and much more. We will be heading out in a comfortable, covered boat, with a certified marine naturalist on board. Cost of this wildlife experience is $125.

Friday morning/ early afternoon (October 18):
The world-famous Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens are a must-see oasis, one hundred years in the making. Tour includes transportation to and from the Gardens and three hours on site to explore. Cost of this adventure is $75.

Click here to register and book tours.

Diesel Fuel MaintenanceSince the late 19th century, a debate has raged on the relative merits of diesel fuel over gasoline. In more recent decades, that argument has included boat manufacturers, and increasingly, individual boaters. As I pass through boat yards in the spring or fall, I’m sure to hear a comment or two (sometimes ruefully, other times with great joy) of the merit of a particular engine or fuel source.

Increasingly, diesel engines are praised for their long-life, ease of maintenance, compact design, reliability and safety, and rate of combustion. As well as cruisers and trawlers, many sailboat manufacturers in particular have chosen to install diesel engines. 

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Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 

 

 

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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Belize: Sailing SolitudeBy Mark Stevens

We’ve just weighed anchor off Thatch Caye, a tiny island nuzzled by Caribbean waters flowing between the world’s second longest barrier reef and the mountainous coast of Belize to our west, and now we’re navigating a serpentine course through a crowded congregation of coral heads.

Once safely in deep water we raise sail. I spin the wheel of “Kavok” (a Lagoon 421 catamaran we’ve booked for our weeklong Belize bareboat adventure from Dream Yacht Charter) until we’re pointed south – steady on a lazy beam reach.

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