Originally Posted by Davb1947
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!