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Old 29-06-2015, 08:02   #1
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Buying a sailboat in Canada (Ontario/Quebec)

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I've been dreaming for the last decade of owning a sailboat, I'm making the move and I will take some cruising lessons this fall.
I'm looking into the costs of owning a 27/30 foot boat, but most of the info out there are about the US laws and currency. I live in the Ottawa area so Province wise it can go either Quebec or Ontario.

To start, I'm a typical worker class citizen, I will not spent more than 10k for a used boat and I am not afraid of doing maintenance myself.

1. I'd like to have a rough idea of the storage costs for winter and anchoring at a marina.

2. What taxes must I be aware of owning a boat other than the licenses?

3. What are the laws regarding on leaving a boat anchored outside a marina?

4. What should I expect from Transport Canada?

5. What logistics Will I need other than a truck and a trailer to move a 27/30 foot boat around ?

That's all I can think of for now, if there is anything else please let me know

thanks.
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Hi,

I've been dreaming for the last decade of owning a sailboat, I'm making the move and I will take some cruising lessons this fall.
I'm looking into the costs of owning a 27/30 foot boat, but most of the info out there are about the US laws and currency. I live in the Ottawa area so Province wise it can go either Quebec or Ontario.

To start, I'm a typical worker class citizen, I will not spent more than 10k for a used boat and I am not afraid of doing maintenance myself.

1. I'd like to have a rough idea of the storage costs for winter and anchoring at a marina.

2. What taxes must I be aware of owning a boat other than the licenses?

3. What are the laws regarding on leaving a boat anchored outside a marina?

4. What should I expect from Transport Canada?

5. What logistics Will I need other than a truck and a trailer to move a 27/30 foot boat around ?

That's all I can think of for now, if there is anything else please let me know

thanks.
Hi ps, I'm a boat owner currently in Ottawa and am well positioned to answer your questions.

1) Winter storage rates in the Ottawa area will run in the neighbourhood of $1000 for a boat that size. That will include haul out and launch and bottom clean but not shrink wrap (do it yourself). I think anchoring is a PITA because you can't get shore power on the hook. I would guess under $1000, but I would get a dock if you can afford it ($2000-2500 for the season).

2) Taxes are HST, so %13 of purchase price. This is the only tax, registration is free.

3) If you anchor at a marina with a designated anchorage- no laws. If you anchor the boat just randomly and leave it while you work for the week you are likely to lose it due to an act of god, theft or some kind of seizure. Don't plan on anchoring it in non designated anchorages.

4) Don't worry about TC. Register the boat when you buy it, they will mail you you're registration within 90 days, you're proof of sale (receipt) will be adequate for proof of registration until then. You will probably never hear from TC again.

5) Most 27/30 ft boats are inconvenient and expensive to move by truck and trailer, you're best off to transport on water under their own power.

6) you have over looked insurance. It's not expensive ($400-500/year) but requires a survey and you will regret it if you chose not to get insurance.

7) I recommend seriously considering a shallow draft vessel for Ottawa area. The shallower draft the better. You don't encounter any serious weather within 100 miles of Ottawa, so not hitting bottom constantly would be a top priority for me. I recently put my 4'8" draft a foot into the mud INSIDE the marked channel on the Murray Canal. Draft issues are ever present on the Rideau, Ottawa and St Lawrence- which pretty well covers everywhere.

8) You will have no trouble finding a boat the size you desire in your budget- so ignore the naysayers.

Good luck!

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