Dec 17, 2020

Take Online CoursesBoating is just like any other skill that requires enough experience to feel confident on the water. The more knowledge you acquire, the more enjoyable it is for you and everyone else. Here at Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) we are passionate about boating which is why we offer fifteen of them: from the basic courses required by law to what you’d want to know to cross the ocean.

While the pandemic has affected all of us in our daily activities, CPS-ECP was able to adjust and serve boaters accordingly.

CPS-ECP has been offering most of its courses online which is convenient because it allows students take courses whenever they can and at their own pace.

The Pleasure Craft Operator course gives you basic knowledge you need to drive a boat. Whereas Boating 2- Beyond Boating Basics and Boating 3 – Introduction to Marine Navigation gives an in-depth knowledge to feel confident while driving a boat.

Navigating courses online can be difficult but CPS-ECP has made it easy for members to study virtually. One of our members Frank Tremblay says he enjoyed taking the Maritime Radio virtually and he says it was almost as if it was in person.

Here’s what he says: “The learning experience is great for 95% of the material. The way the courses were structured (Maritime Radio and Sailing) were almost perfect for online delivery. Both courses featured material that needed to be reviewed prior to the actual class and except for two small parts (scenario practice for Maritime Radio and knots for Sailing) all the material was sufficiently reviewed in the end of lesson questions to determine if more clarification was required during class presentations.”

Sharon Boone says: “I finished my Boating 4 course online... awesome online instruction and a great, experienced local mentor for the practical component. Great experience!”

Want to learn more about our online courses? Watch this YouTube demo from Alderney Squadron tutor George LeBlanc. The demo starts at the 15 minute mark. 

Register today for our courses to enhance your knowledge on boating. The more knowledge you have, the more enjoyable boating becomes.

For more information on our courses, please visit our website

By – Leslie-Bénie Ishimwe (Membership Officer at National Office)


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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WinterizationBy Andrew McDonald, Lakeside Marine Services

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to”, is a phrase that many of us are familiar with. Most of the time it is in reference to a bygone era of better, and it’s used to lament the sorry state of what we have today. It is a phrase that can be applied to many areas of our lives: architecture, art, furniture, tools. Boats? I would argue that they don’t make them like they used to. But, is that lamentable, or is it progress?

Progress, I think. With this concept in mind, as we enter another season of putting boats to bed for the winter, why do we winterize as we always have?

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