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Ontario boat regs...

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Hey canada guys,

I was looking all around the net for some guidance on Ontario boat regs. I ran into a dead-end. I do think that this topic has been discussed before - and there may even be a link to the information?

the reason i ask is that a friend of mine had his relative just come back from their Canadien island. He was checked and was fined 50.00 each for not having a flashlight, not having a 50 foot section of rope that was NOT attached to an anchor, and no air horn.

I would like to have a definitive answer as to what exactly is required ( for example with regards to the rope question...does it also have to be a "floating" rope??).

Any help or link to the regs would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks-

Hoffer

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The regulations are set by the ministry of transporation. The rope must be floating rope. You also need a bailing device, a signaling device (mirror or flashlight), whistle or horn, and other items.

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From a government HSOforum

Foreign pleasure craft (pleasure craft that are licensed or registered in a country other than Canada) need to comply with equipment requirements of the country in which the vessel is usually kept.

If you are not a resident of Canada and are using a pleasure craft licensed or registered in Canada, all of the required safety equipment must meet Canadian safety requirements. However, you may opt to bring your own PFD for your own personal use.

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Hoffer - If you are using your own boat, it must comply with your regs from the states. If you want the kit to be on the safe side. They sell them at Wal Mart & Canadian Tire with everything in an orange container for around $10.

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Superbee.

Thanks - and thats why I thought it was weird he was fined. This guys happened to be from Sout Dakota. I know they dont make you have rope and an airhorn or flashlight there for the SD boats regs.

I also know he wasnt renting a boat or wasnt in a canadien owned boat...

So, that was weird - and just makes me wonder. I am going to pick up that kit when I come up in September - for 10 bucks at least I know there wont be a hassle..

Hows the fishing been?

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If the boat stays in canada for something like 45 days straight he would need the safety stuff.....

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nope - he was in his boat brought up from SD. They were just there for a week. These are guys that have gone up to the same place for years. Thats what is a little concerning. I dont want any surprises when I head up later in Sept.

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Hey Mark,

Just pick up the little orange container at walmart on your way through fort, just like superbee mentioned. It's a simple kit and we use the same ones.

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I think dirtking is correct if the boat is left in Canada for 45 consecutive days. The operator safety certificate requirement also applies. Better safe than sorry.

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That is right if left in for more than 45 days, most guys are not lucky enough to have that problem though.

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My friend talked to his cousin again regarding this. The story he told him he was that he was stopped on the lake by some kind of "special police". They were on the lake enforcing some kind of "national safety week". They demanded payment on the spot. we both thought this was about the goofiest thing we have heard...but he swears this is what happened. My buddy and I wondered if the cousin lost 150.00 at the casino on the way up...or maybe he spent it on "tips" at one of the clubs in FF - and didnt want to tell the Mrs. Anyway, we are heading up in a few weeks and will pick up our little orange pack at the walmart and be on the safe side!! grin

PS As mentioned in a prior post - he was in his own boat from SD...brought up that week - they were only up for a week. So, it wasnt the issue of the 45 day rule etc...

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