How long is your boat? A consideration may be that, for Transport Canada registration, there's a 'quirky' tonnage survey
requirement on boats over 12m. Between 12 and 15 m there's a simplified calculation that I don't believe requires an approved 'Tonnage Surveyor', but over 15m you need to have a physical survey
From Transport Canada's website:
Have the vessel measured for tonnage under Canadian rules by one of the following methods:
-Non-Calculated Tonnage (Assigned Formal Tonnage)
- Less than 8.5 m = gross tonnage of 4.99
- 8.5m or more but less than 10 m = gross tonnage of 9.99
- 10 m or more but less than 12m = gross tonnage of 14.99
-Calculated Tonnage Measurement
For the simplified method complete one of the following forms:
- Simplified Method of Tonnage Measurement for monohull
vessels of not more than 15 metres in length, having not more than a single
tier of deckhouses and/or superstructures whose total combined length does not exceed 70% of the length;
- Tonnage Measurement of a Simple Multihull
Vessel for simple multihull
vessels of not more than 15 metres in length, consisting of a flat platform installed on two or more pontoon hulls and having no other spaces that could contribute to the volume of the vessel except the pontoons.
- Have the vessel measured for tonnage by a duly appointed Tonnage Measurer.
Surveyors for this are on an approved list with Transport Canada. Inside Canada, it's pretty straightforward, but gets harder the further afield you get. The previous owners of our Amel did the Canadian Registration with the boat in the Caribbean
, but they had to fly an approved surveyor
from another island to do it.