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Motor and Sail boats Up to 6 Meters
Safety Equipment Requirements

Sail and Power Boats up to 6 meters (19 feet 8 inches) in length


Note:  please see the definitions for each of these safety devices


1.     One approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for everyone on board

2.     One buoyant heaving line

3.     One re-boarding device

a.     Not required for vessels with freeboard less than .5 meters (20 inches)

4.     One paddle, oar or other manual propelling device or one anchor with at least 15 meters (50 feet) of cable, rope or chain.

5.     One bailer, manual bilge pump with enough hose to pump water from the bilge over the side of the vessel

6.     If boat is equipped with a motor: one watertight flashlight or three flares, type A, B or C

a.     Not required on boats less than 6 meters (20 feet) in length

b.     Or are in waterways less than two nautical miles (3.9 kilometers) wide

7.     One sound signaling device

8.     Navigation lights

a.     Not required when boat is operated in daylight and clear visibility

9.     Magnetic compass

a.     Not required where navigation marks are in sight

10. Radar Reflector

a.     Not required in limited traffic conditions, daylight and favourable weather where it is not essential to the boat’s safety

b.     Or when the small size of the boat or its operation away from navigation makes the reflector impractical

11. One 5BC fire extinguisher, if boat has an inboard engine, fixed fuel tank or fuel burning appliance such as a stove, heater or refrigerator


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