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Small Human/Wind Powered Vessel Safety Equipment
A list of the safety equipment required for kayaks, sailboards, canoes.
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Paddleboats and Water-Cycles, Sealed-hull and Sit-on Kayaks

 

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

 

Note: Items 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are not mandatory if all persons on board are wearing approved PFDs or lifejackets.

 

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 bailer, manual bilge pump or other bilge pumping equipment

a.     Not required on vessels that cannot hold enough water to capsize

b.     Or which have sealed watertight compartments sufficient to keep vessel afloat

5.     One watertight flashlight

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

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

6.     Six type A, B or C flares

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

b.     Or are operating 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

b.     Or if the vessel is less than 8 meters (26 feet, 3 inches) in length

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

 

 

Canoes, Kayaks Rowboats, Rowing Shells and other Human-powered boats not more than 6 meters (20 feet) in length

 

 

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 bailer, manual bilge pump or other bilge pumping equipment

a.     Not required on vessels that cannot hold enough water to capsize

b.     Or which have sealed watertight compartments

5.     One watertight flashlight

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

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

6.     Six type A, B or C flares

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

b.     Or are operating 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

b.     Or if the vessel is less than 8 meters (26 feet, 3 inches) in length

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

 

Sailboards and Kiteboards:

 

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 or other bilge pumping equipment

a.     Not required on vessels that cannot hold enough water to capsize

b.     Or which have sealed watertight compartments sufficient to keep the vessel afloat

6.     One watertight flashlight

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

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

7.     Six type A, B or C flares

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

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

8.     One sound signaling device

9.     Navigation lights

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

10. Magnetic compass

a.     Not required where navigation marks are in sight

11. 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

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