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The requirements for buoyant heaving lines and lifebuoys depend on the length and type of pleasure craft you are operating.

  • Sailboats and powerboats 6 metres (19.7 feet) or less in length must have a buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length. This includes PWCs.
  • Sailboats and powerboats over 6 metres and up to 9 metres (19.7 feet to 29.5 feet) in length must have:
    • A buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length or…
    • A lifebuoy attached to a buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length.
  • Sailboats and powerboats over 9 metres and up to 12 metres (29.5 feet to 39.4 feet) in length must have:
    • A buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length and…
    • A lifebuoy attached to a buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length.
  • Sailboats and powerboats over 12 metres and up to 24 metres (39.4 feet to 78.7 feet) in length must have:
    • A buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length and…
    • A lifebuoy equipped with a self-igniting light or attached to a buoyant heaving line that is at least 15 metres (49.2 feet) in length.