How to be a responsible boat owner – stages of responsible boat ownership

From Transport Canada

How to be a responsible boat owner


Plan to become a boat owner
Find out what you will need:

  • Required documents
  • Insurance
  • Training
  • Safety equipment

License or register your boat

  • You must register any commercial boat
  • You must license or register a pleasure craft powered by an engine or 10hp or more
  • You must keep your licence or registration information up to date

Meet all safety requirements

  • Keep your boat in good condition
  • Have proof of competency or certification
  • Follow safe boating practices
  • Respect the environment

Dispose of your boat

  • When you sell your boat, ensure that ownership documentation is transferred properly
  • Don’t abandon your boat. Recycle or dispose of it responsibly
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