About the Study Guide

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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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.

Measuring outboard and inboard length

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