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Amendments to the Small Vessel Regulations 

  Effective May 16 2018

Regarding Pleasure Craft Licenses:

  • A Pleasure Craft license is valid for a period of ten {10) years beginning on the day on which it is issued, transferred or renewed.

Regarding Safety Equipment Carriage, Lifesaving Appliances:

  • Paddleboats, Watercycles, Stand-Up Paddleboards and Sealed-Hull, Sit-On-Top Kayaks. If every person on board a paddleboat, a watercycle, a stand-up paddleboard or a sealed-hull, sit-on-top kayak is wearing a personal flotation device{PFD} or , lifejacket appropriate size, the paddleboat, watercycle, stand-up paddleboard or sealed-hull, sit-on-top kayak is required to carry on board only the following safety equipment:
  • a) a sound signaling device: and
  • b) a  watertight flashlight, if the paddleboat, watercyle, standup paddleboard Or sealed-hull, sit-on-top kayak is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.
  • c) If the human powered pleasure craft is more than six (6) meters in length a watertight flashlight and six{6) pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than two (2) of which are smoke signals are required.

Visual Signals:

For Sail and Power boats up to six. (6} meters in length, if the boat is equipped with a motor:

  • a watertight flashlight OR three (3) pyrotechnic: distress signals, not more than one (1) of which  is a smoke signal.
  • for a pleasure craft more than six (S) meters in length and up to twelve (12) meters in length, the number of pyrotechnic distress signals referred to below may be reduced to a maximum of 50%, provided the number of smoke signals does not exceed 50% of the permitted number of smoke signals, if the pleasure craft is equipped with:
    • a) A means of two way radio communication which can include a cell phone. If a VHF marine band radio then the operator requires a Restricted Operator Certificate {Maritme) {ROC(M); OR
    • b) A 406 MHz personal locator beacon, that is the subject to the technical acceptance certificate, worn by the pleasure craft operator OR
    • c) A 406 MHz emergency position-indicating beacon.
  • For Sail and Power boats over six (6) meters in length and up to nine (9) in length: three (3) pyrotechnic distress signals; not more than one (1) of which is a smoke signal.
  • For Sail and Power boats over nine (9) meters in length and up to twelve (12) meters in length: six (6) pyrotechnic distress signals not more than two (2) of which are smoke signal.