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The Winnipeg Police Service River Patrol Unit | Alcohol and Boating |
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Required Boating Equipment

Vessels over 6 metres but not over 8 metres

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  • one Government of Canada (Department of Transport) approved personal flotation device (PFD) or a life jacket for small vessels of appropriate size for each person on board
  • one buoyant heaving line of not less than 15m in length or one approved life buoys with an outside diameter of 610 mm or 762 mm that is attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15m in length
  • a re-boarding device if the freeboard of the vessel is greater than 0.5 m
  • one manual propelling device (paddle or oars) OR an anchor with not less than 15m of cable, rope or chain in any combination
  • one bailer or manual water pump fitted with or accompanied by sufficient hose to enable a person using the pump to pump water from the bilge of the vessel over the side of the vessel
  • one Class 5BC fire extinguisher, if the pleasure craft is a power driven vessel, plus another class 5BC fire extinguisher if the pleasure craft is equipped with a fuel burning cooking, heating or refrigerating appliance
  • a watertight flashlight
  • 6 Canadian approved flares of Type A, B, or C

    You are exempt from carrying pyrotechnic distress signals if:

    • operating in a river, canal or lake in which it can at no time be more than one mile from shore

    • engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition and has no sleeping arrangements.
  • a sound signaling device or a sound signaling appliance
  • navigation lights that meet the applicable standards set out in the Collision Regulations if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset and before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility
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