Measuring Length Overall
When boating, the length overall dictates the equipment the pleasure craft must carry to comply with Canadian law. Length overall is measured from the tip of the bow in a straight line to the stern of the pleasure craft, including any rear deck extensions (platforms). Bow sprits; rudders; outboard motors and motor brackets; handles; and other fittings and attachments are not included in the measurement.
Because length overall dictates the required equipment, vessels are grouped in the following way:
- Pleasure Craft 6 metres or less in length
- Pleasure Craft more than 6 metres in length
- Non-Pleasure Craft 6 metres or less in length
- Non-Pleasure Craft more than 6 metres in length