Some of the information you have been given about licensing and registration
is not quite accurate. I am a Transport Canada
Appointed Tonnage Surveyor
and deal in this all the time.
Whether licensed or registered it is a Federal matter and has nothing to do with the provincial Goverment. Your province of residence is simply indicated in the first two characters of the license
number i.e. ON for Ontario
. This is an aid to SAR and police only.
If you are going to travel the Caribbean
or further you will want to register your boat not license
it. Most Caribbean
countries will not recognise a license. Bahamas
is an exception as they are used to dealing with US licensed boats.
You will have to pay tax on the boat as soon as it it is Canadian waters and not untill then. If you buy a boat that was built in France
you will also have to pay 9.6% duty but again not until you bring it into Canadian Waters. There is no duty payable on boats built in NAFTA countries.
If you buy a boat of less than 15 metres LOA
you can do the tonnage measurement required for registration
yourself (Search Tabular Method on Transport Canada
website) If you buy a multi-hull or a vessel of more than 15 metres LOA
, you will have to hire me
I have an article on my website Licensed or Registered
, it may help.