How to Register a SeaDoo in Alberta (and Other Qs Answered)

Have you been wondering just how to register a SeaDoo in Alberta (or a personal watercraft anywhere else in Canada?) Does it feel like there are some rules to Canadian vessel documentation that seem odd or even downright confusing? Before you go out on the water, you make sure that everything is taken care of…

Canadian Vessel Registration: Do You Need a Provisional Certificate?

When you sit down to complete your Canadian vessel registration, does it seem like it’s more difficult to do than it should be? Have you been unsure whether your vessel should be registered, licensed, on the Small Vessel Register, with a Certificate of Registry, a Provisional Certificate, or anything else? Here at the National Vessel…

Canada Vessel Registry Safety Tips: What to Carry With You

Have you been looking forward to going out on the water with your friends and family in the late summer? As the leaves start to turn colors and the temperatures stay warm, isn’t it the absolute best time of the year to take your boat out for a spin? Here at the National Vessel Registry…

A Quick Introduction to the Canadian Ship Registry

If you’re looking into buying a vessel, then you’ve probably heard of the Canadian ship registry. This is the database kept by Transport Canada with all the registered and licensed vessels that operate in Canadian waters. A lot of people have questions about how this works and how they are supposed to register their specific…

Conveniently Join or Consult the Canadian Ship Registry

If you’ve previously interacted with Transport Canada and their registration systems, you might have heard about the Canadian ship registry. This is where all the information related to registered vessels is stored for reference. It is organized in such a way that the information transcends different owners, making it easy to access information about one…

Keep This in Mind When You’re Buying a Used Boat in Ontario

Like with any big purchase, buying a used boat in Ontario will require caution, prudence, and thought. Let’s go over everything you should keep in mind when going through this.  Buying a Used Boat in Ontario The first thing you want to keep in mind when buying a used boat is to make sure that…

Explaining the Process of a Transport Canada Change of Address

Your vessel’s registration is very important for a variety of reasons. It is the document that, after all, grants your vessel permission to operate in Canadian waters. This means that it needs to be kept up to date throughout your ownership over it. That is why a Transport Canada change of address can be so…

What Is (and Isn’t) in a Name: Naming Your Canadian Ship

Have you been trying to figure out the perfect name for your Canadian ship? Are you almost done with the registration process and are determining what’s just right for your vessel? The name of your boat is more important than you might realize for any number of reasons. It’s fun to think about and, if…

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…

Learning about Boat Registration Numbers in Canada

Once you purchase a boat, whether it is new from the manufacturer or used from a previous owner or broker, you will have to follow some steps to make sure it is appropriately licensed or registered. When you reside in Canada, the government agency that handles this process is Transport Canada. There is a difference…