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Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)

Regulations are current to 2021-04-05 and last amended on 2020-12-23. Previous Versions

PART 2Safety Equipment for Pleasure Craft (continued)

SUBPART 1Pleasure Craft Other than Human-Powered Pleasure Craft (continued)

Navigation Equipment

 A pleasure craft of a length set out in column 1 of the table to this section shall carry on board the navigation equipment set out in column 2 as indicated in that column.

table

Column 1Column 2
ItemLengthNavigation Equipment
1not more than 9 m
  • (a) a sound-signalling appliance that meets the requirements of the Collision Regulations, or a sound-signalling device;

  • (b) if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility, navigation lights that meet the requirements of the Collision Regulations; and

  • (c) a magnetic compass

2more than 9 m but not more than 12 m
3more than 12 m
  • SOR/2020-216, s. 418

Firefighting Equipment

 A pleasure craft of a length set out in column 1 of the table to this section shall carry on board the firefighting equipment set out in column 2 as indicated in that column.

table

Column 1Column 2
ItemLengthFirefighting Equipment
1not more than 6 ma 5B:C portable fire extinguisher, if the pleasure craft is equipped with an inboard engine, a fixed fuel tank of any size, or a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigerating appliance
2more than 6 m but not more than 9 m
  • (a) a 5B:C portable fire extinguisher, if the pleasure craft is a power-driven vessel; and

  • (b) a 5B:C portable fire extinguisher, if the pleasure craft is equipped with a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigerating appliance

3more than 9 m but not more than 12 m
  • (a) a 10B:C portable fire extinguisher, if the pleasure craft is a power-driven vessel; and

  • (b) a 10B:C portable fire extinguisher, if the pleasure craft is equipped with a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigerating appliance

4more than 12 m but less than 24 m
  • (a) a 10B:C portable fire extinguisher at the following locations:

    • (i) at each access to a space fitted with a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigerating appliance,

    • (ii) at the entrance to any accommodation space, and

    • (iii) at the entrance to the machinery space;

  • (b) an axe; and

  • (c) two buckets

524 m or more
  • (a) the equipment set out in item 4(a);

  • (b) a power-driven fire pump, located outside the engine space, fitted with a fire hose and a nozzle from which a jet of water can be directed into any part of the pleasure craft;

  • (c) two axes; and

  • (d) four buckets

SUBPART 2Human-Powered Pleasure Craft

Life-Saving Appliances — Personal Life-Saving Appliances and Visual Signals

  •  (1) A human-powered pleasure craft shall carry on board a personal flotation device or lifejacket that is of an appropriate size for each person on board.

  • (2) A personal flotation device or lifejacket that is carried on board a human-powered pleasure craft operated in whitewater shall be inherently buoyant.

 A human-powered pleasure craft shall carry on board, for the category of life-saving appliance set out in column 1 of the table to this section, the life-saving appliance set out in column 2 as indicated in that column.

table

Column 1Column 2
ItemCategory of Life-Saving ApplianceLife-Saving Appliance
1personal life-saving appliances
  • (a) a reboarding device, unless the vertical height that must be climbed in order to reboard the pleasure craft is less than 0.5 m; and

  • (b) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length

2visual signalsif the human-powered pleasure craft is more than 6 m in length, a watertight flashlight and six pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than two of which are smoke signals
  • SOR/2018-102, s. 3

Vessel Safety Equipment and Navigation Equipment

 A human-powered pleasure craft shall carry on board, for the category of equipment set out in column 1 of the table to this section, the equipment set out in column 2 as indicated in that column.

table

Column 1Column 2
ItemCategory of EquipmentEquipment
1vessel safety equipment
  • (a) a bailer;

  • (b) a manual bilge pump; or

  • (c) bilge-pumping arrangements

2navigation equipment
  • (a) a sound-signalling appliance that meets the requirements of the Collision Regulations, or a sound-signalling device;

  • (b) if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility, navigation lights that meet the requirements of the Collision Regulations; and

  • (c) a magnetic compass

SUBPART 3General Exceptions for Pleasure Craft

Personal Flotation Devices and Lifejackets

 If a person who is a resident of a country other than Canada brings on board a pleasure craft a personal flotation device or lifejacket for their personal use that conforms to the laws of that country and that is of an appropriate size and in good condition, the pleasure craft is not required to carry on board a personal flotation device or lifejacket for that person that meets the requirements of these Regulations.

 
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