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Here are the equipment requirements for sailboats and powerboats over 12 metres and up to 24 metres (39ʹ4ʺ to 78ʹ9ʺ) in length.

  • Personal Lifesaving Appliances:
    • One lifejacket or PFD for each person on board
    • One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres (49ʹ3ʺ) long
    • One lifebuoy that is:
      • Equipped with a self-igniting light or…
      • Attached to a buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres (49ʹ3ʺ) long
    • One reboarding device if the freeboard distance is over 0.5 metres (1ʹ8ʺ)
  • Vessel Safety Equipment:
    • One anchor with at least 50 metres (164ʹ1ʺ) of cable, rope, or chain
    • A non-manual bilge pump and water level detection system
  • Fire-Fighting Equipment:
    • One 10B:C fire extinguisher at each entrance to:
      • Any area where a fuel-burning oven, heater, or refrigerator is located and…
      • Any sleeping area and…
      • The machinery space
    • One axe
    • Two fire buckets with a capacity of at least 10 litres each
  • Visual Signals:
    • One watertight flashlight
    • Twelve type A, B, C, or D flares (no more than six type D) unless the pleasure craft meets one of the exemptions listed in the Small Vessel Regulations, Part 2, #213–Visual Signals
  • Navigation Equipment:
    • One sound-signalling appliance as specified in the Collision Regulations, Schedule 1, Rule 33 (Equipment for Sound Signals–Canadian Modification)
    • Navigation lights
    • One magnetic compass as specified in the Navigation Safety Regulations
    • One radar reflector unless the pleasure craft meets one of the exemptions listed in the Collision Regulations, Schedule 1, Rule 40 (Radar Reflectors)