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Old 02-01-2018, 06:54 PM   #21
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Yeah. I am a bit confused about whether a US boat needs to be equipped with things required in Canada but not in US. Like the axe. It looks like you need to have a Canadian operator's license if you are operating in Canadian waters for more than 45 days (which we plan to). I went ahead and did it just in case. Not very onerous.
No axe. If you pass a USCG Vessel Safety Exam, you'll be fine. We've been to Canada a number of times, we did the trip you're describing last summer, it was terrific! Allow plenty of time, it goes by very quickly!

For the Trent-Severn, buy a mooring pass, well worth the cost. Even if you don't, you can accumulate your receipts for credit toward the pass. You can pick one up at the 1st lock on the Trent-Severn. Be aware the controlling depth is 6ft on the T-S, we draw 5, we touched bottom a few times- and the water levels were abnormally high! If you're under 5 ft draft, you should have absolutely no depth issues if you stay in the marked channels. All well-marked, and charts are quite accurate.

Don't forget, you'll need a Customs decal for re-entry into the US, and you'll have to check in with customs when you return to the US.

Enjoy the trip!
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:35 PM   #22
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As I understand it, there are certain requirements regarding porta-potties (if you have one). In Ontario, basically they must be fixed in place (not removable) and have pump out fittings. You are better off not to have a porta-pottie but a bucket instead. Go figure.

Some of the porta-pottie manufacturers make securing and pump out kits that allow you to secure your porta-pottie in place.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:21 PM   #23
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That’s the typical “Point-Oh-Eight” (0.08). It can be measured by a breathalyzer, and also by analysis of a blood sample. Uncertain if this is routinely done on the water. But then I never drink while operating a vessel.

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I just listened to a webinar by Great Lakes Cruising club on cruising Georgian Bay and the presenter said the Canadian authorities are strict about enforcing it.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:17 AM   #24
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In some places where I boat, the LEO will set up DUI checkpoints at the ramps and will check you when you return to take your boat out. Actually they will board your boat when you reach the dock.

While I have been stopped when on the water, I've never had a sobriety check when that occurs, but I suppose they could do that if they suspect something.

I know of one situation where someone was stopped on the water and made to do the sobriety drill. Since this person had a hard time standing they charged them with DUI. In court it came out that the test was done on a boat floating on a busy lake and no wonder the person could not stand sufficiently. Case dismissed.
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My advice is to get up there as early as you can and stay as late as you can. It is some of the finest cruising in the world!
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:33 AM   #26
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I would guess that the axe regulation was put in place back when the vast majority of boats were entirely made of wood.
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If you are going to cruise the north shore of Lake Ontario near Toronto I would be happy to offer you up to three free nights at www.fairportyachtclub.ca just email me at dockmaster@fairportyachtclub.ca
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Probably goes without saying but i don't think anyone mentioned to bring your passports...
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Mr. 1947. Mr. L_t brings up a valid point. Used to be that ONLY official charts were acceptable. Chart books or electronic charts were not recognized. It may have changed.
You are correct, times have changed. Paper Charts are no longer needed IF you have back ups, such as another MFD with Canadian charts. I was told this by Canadian officials at the Seattle Boat Show.

As far as an FCC license, well its up to you. Most folks that I know don't bother with one and I have never been asked for one.
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Probably goes without saying but i don't think anyone mentioned to bring your passports...
Good point/ NEXUS too.....
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If you have Nexus then you don’t need a passport.
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