forwarded by Walter Kowalchuk, Executive Director, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) is celebrating their 75th Anniversary in 2013. Since 1938 CPS has been Canada’s premier recreational boating educator and, as part of their celebration activities, a series of articles on boating and boating safety are being published in our newsletter. These articles have been written by John Gullick, CPS Manager, Government and Special Programs. John took his first CPS course 25 years ago and is now a Life Member. He is a Past Commodore of the Peterborough Sailing Club and has been Chairman or President of many recreational Boating organizations. He is a well-recognized Boating Safety Specialist and freelance writer.
Vessel LicensesThese are not to be confused with a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) which is an operator competency certificate required to operate any powered vessel. The Pleasure Craft License contains the ID numbers that you must purchase and attach to each side of the bow on your boat. They are accompanied by a Pleasure Craft License document, a copy of which must be kept on the boat at all times. A Vessel License is required for any powered vessel that has one or more motors that add up to 7.5 kW (10hp) or greater unless the boat is registered (see below). Tenders or dinghies that are carried on board or towed behind a licensed boat must also be licensed. This document is similar to a motor vehicle ownership certificate in that it contains information about the boat and its owner and also contains a section that must be completed and submitted by the new owner when the boat is sold. Application forms are available on line from Transport Canada at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca or for pick up at your local Service Canada Centre. Applications for pleasure craft license along with supporting documentation must be mailed-in for processing to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre:
Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre P.O. Box 2006 Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5G4Allow at least ten (10) business days plus mailing time to process your application. Applications cannot be processed unless you provide complete information and include all required documents. You need a bill of sale. If the vessel has already been licensed you will also need the vessel license signed off by the original owner. To transfer a license to your name, submit the following documents:
- a completed Form 84-0172E, Application for Pleasure Craft License;
- proof of ownership of the pleasure craft; and
- a signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification.
Boat RegistrationIt is no longer required to register a pleasure craft that is over 15 gross tons but you can still choose to do so. There are costs to registering a boat but there are also a number of benefits which include:
- A unique name and official number.
- Proof of ownership – legal title.
- The right to fly the Canadian flag.
- The ability to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage.