We just finished up exactly this process within the last week, coincidently coming from Seattle
to Sidney as well. The only substantive advice I can add to what has been said already is to get your ROC (personal radio
license) ahead of time. We didn't and we didn't get caught but we should have attended to that detail ahead of time. You can't get a station license
for the boat until you get it registered so we couldn't do anything about that but we could have been licensed to operate the radio
before we picked up the boat.
We used the simplified tonnage measurement - I had the form completed when I handed it to the woman at Ship's Registry in Victoria and I doubt anyone has looked at it again past the cursory examination she gave it. Most of that process is steeped in tradition and lacking in usefulness. We got our station license
last week - that is clearly just a tax grab - they have the process streamlined to the point that you print your license online and pay for the renewals online so it just becomes a revenue stream for Industry Canada.
We didn't have an original copy of the certificate of deletion from the US Registry when we showed up at Ship's Registry but we should have had it. The girls at Ship's Registry ultimately obtained a certified copy from the transfer agent in Anacortes but it would have been simpler if we had the original certificate with us.