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Before you head out onto the water, take some time to make sure you have the skills and the equipment to keep all of your boating activites safe as well as fun. Just because you have been driving an automobile for years, you really are not quailified to be the Captain of a pleasurecraft vessel. Owning a boat is a bit more like owning a small airplane than an automobile. Some additional skills and preparation before departing are rerquired and the consequences of being unskilled and/or ill prepared for your boating adventure can be nasty. Spend some time learning and refreshing your boating skills for the sale of the fun and safety of your guests an crew. Check out the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide here for some valuable information.
Safe Boating Guide Canada
Your new or used boat is required to be registered as required under the Small Vessel Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. If you purchase a new boat from Hyperactive, we will be able to have the Licence Number issued on your behalf and we can install custom-cut numbers on the boat. For boats purchased elsewhere, to have the Licence number issued boaters must mail a completed application form, along with proof of vessel ownership and a signed copy of a valid piece of government-issued identification, to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre Pre-owned boats should already have these numbers installed and the licence number will be transfered to your name.
As of September 2009 an operators licence is required for most pleasure craft. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is sometimes referred to as a licence, but the two are not the same. The Pleasure Craft Licence provides each vessel with a licence number. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is a form of proof that pleasure craft operators must carry to demonstrate their competency to operate a boat. This licence/card can be obtained in a number of places inlcluding many motor vehicle Registry locations. Information on this process is found here
Don’t head out on the lake without it. Most boating infractions are not simple fines like traffic violations, but require a court appearance which can be costly and time consuming. Play safe and follow the rules.
Make sure your summer toy is covered in the event of something unexpected going wrong.
Ron Jacobs is a State Farm Agent located in Northwest Calgary: In 1992 the owner of Hyperactive was towing a brand new ski boat behind a Houseboat in the Shuswap and it was hit by another boat. The service Ron and his staff provided then and since has been consistently excellent. Ron’s Website here
Boat Insurance Information from State Farm here
Here in landlocked Alberta most Insurance agents do not understand Boat Insurance. There are significant differences in coverages and costs. The following companies understand boat insurance and have been very helpful to Alberta boaters: