Changing the Name of a Boat the Right Way

Some things are meant to last forever. Some folks get tattoos, permanently changing their bodies. Some buy their dream homes, the place where they plan to spend the rest of their days. When folks get married, they do so for the rest of their lives. But, life can change things. Sometimes, what’s meant to last…

Bareboat Charters in Canada: Dipping Your Feet in the Market

There’s more to running a bareboat charter than simply being on the boat shoeless. If the term “bareboat” seems confusing, think of it more like “unfurnished.” If someone says “I’m buying the apartment unfurnished,” then you know that it means the apartment wouldn’t have furniture, and might not even have blinds or items like that.…

Import Boat from USA the Right Way

It’s an incredible feeling to be out on your favorite boat. To be clear, it’s great to be on any boat, but being on your favorite boat, possibly one that you’ve brought a long way to this body of water can be even sweeter. Finding the right boat isn’t easy, which anyone who’s looked for…

Registered Pleasure Craft Licenses in Canada Explained

Summer isn’t just around the corner – summer is just about here. That means it’s time to take out your pleasure craft and get on the water. A pleasure craft is exactly that: a craft that you can have a truly great time on the water. However, to enjoy it as much as possible, you…

Importing a Used Boat from USA to Canada

There’s nothing in the world quite like finding the boat that you want. When you’ve been searching for a boat, coming up short, and then finally find one that tickles your fancy… it’s the kind of thing that dreams are made of.  In today’s internet age, it’s easier than ever to find the boat you…

I am Starting a Boat Tour Business. What Documents Do I need?

A boat tour business will be deemed a commercial operation under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and therefore subject to different rules, unlike the transport Canada pleasure craft licence, which is quite easy to obtain. Any waterborne enterprise opened for the express purpose of making profit comes under the banner of commercial. The certification and…

Why You Need a Certificate of Registry in Canada

All vessels that are used and operated in Canadian waters are required to be registered or licensed. The Canada Shipping Act of 2001 calls for all waterborne craft to be registered by the Canadian Register of Vessels, an agency under the umbrella of Transport Canada. It is a legal obligation that enables the owner of…

Buying a Second-Hand Boat in Canada: What You Need to Know

Under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 all waterborne craft that use Canadian waters should be registered and licensed. The same rules apply as when buying a new build. The only difference is that as a second-hand vessel, your craft comes with a history and documentation. Mainly, it is just a question of transferring the title…