Transport Canada Naming a Boat -Rules For Before You Give Your Boat a Name

naming a boat rules

The naming a boat rules of the Transport Canada boat registry are pretty straightforward, but a lot of people would like it to be somewhat easier to navigate. Here’s what you need to consider.

Naming a Boat Rules in Canada

Giving a boat a name is a time-honoured tradition, which is why, even though it might sometimes feel trivial or silly, we still proudly name our boats and call them by such a name accordingly. So, what are the rules for naming boats with Transport Canada? Let’s go over these so that you know what you need to consider when you pick the name of your boat.

How to Set the Name of Your Boat

When you are registering your boat for the first time, you will notice that you have to pick out a name for it. While the concept of naming your boat might sound a bit silly for many, boat owners know that the name of a boat can be a very personal thing, and a key component of the relationship with a vessel. With this in mind, we want to make sure that you know how to best name your boat at the time of its registration. As part of this process, you will have to submit a few different ranked options in case that one of the names you choose has already been taken. Once you get the registration back, you will learn what name has been given to your vessel and be able to act accordingly on it.

Rules For Changing the Name of Your Boat

Of course, just because the name of your boat is painted on its hull doesn’t mean that it’s etched in stone. Any boat owner in Canada can file for a boat name change whenever they feel like it. Now, for this process, the same naming a boat rules apply. You can’t give the boat a name that has already been taken on the Transport Canada registry, plus you will have to submit three ranked choices for potential names for the vessel. You will have to do this by filing the change of name form, which will officially update the corresponding information on the registry once it’s been submitted and processed. You will find the form right here on our site so that you can file it without any issue.

naming a boat rules

File Forms to Transport Canada

Documenting your vessel will always be an important component of your boat ownership here in Canada, which is why we don’t want you to have to go through this process alone. At the National Vessel Registry Center, we have everything that you might need in order to take care of these processes. Whether you are getting your boat registration or your pleasure craft licence with Transport Canada, you will find all the tools that you might need right here on our website. And, should you need any more information or assistance with the application process or by filling out the forms, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help. You will get your documentation processed in no time