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Sail and powered pleasure craft up to 6 m (19'8")

Powered pleasure craft up to 6 m

One Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or Lifejacket

of appropriate size for each person on board

A Buoyant heaving line

at least than 15 m (49’3”) long

A reboarding device

Note: Only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to reboard the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”). 

If boat is equipped with a motor

A watertight flashlight


Three pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than one of which is a smoke signal

Note: Flares are not required for a pleasure craft that:

  • Is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can never be more than one (1) nautical mile (1.852 km) from shore; or
  • Has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition.

A manual propelling device


An anchor

and at least 15 m (49’3”) of cable, rope or chain in any combination

A bailer or a manual water pump

Note: A bailer or manual bilge pump is not required for a pleasure craft that cannot hold enough water to make it capsize or a pleasure craft that has watertight compartments that are sealed and not readily accessible.

A sound-signalling appliance or a sound-signalling device

that meets the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations

Navigation lights

meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations


  1. Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).
  2. Sailing vessels less than 7 m in length can meet this requirement with a watertight flashlight.

A magnetic compass

Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of sea marks (navigation marks).

A fire extinguisher (5 BC)

if the pleasure craft is equipped with an inboard engine, a fixed fuel tank of any size, or a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration appliance

A radar reflector 

is required under certain conditions

What exactly must be carried depends on the type and size of boat

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