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2017-12-13 at 5:34:56 AM GMT
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Canadian vessel registration question

Curious if anyone has experience with this issue concerning vessel registration.

Recently myself and two partners purchased equal shares in a sailboat. One of the owners is Canadian and the other two are U.S. citizens. When changing the registration with Transport Canada we were told that the registered owner must be Canadian, there is no provision for owners of other nationalities. If this is the case and we only show the Canadian as the owner of the boat what would be the consequence if the two U.S. owners sail the boat into a foreign port such as Mexico or another country? Would there be an issue if the owner was not on board and the registration certificate did not list the sailors who were on board and in command of the vessel? 

If anyone has experience with this issue or advice in this regard, we would love to hear about it. Or, if you have a suggestion on who we might contact to get more information, that would be appreciated as well. 

Thanks very much!

Deb, Ken and Alan



2017-12-13 at 5:39:55 PM GMT
Posts: 37

I believe that a letter of permission, properly notarized should suffice, but there may be other issues as the registration is also a document of ownership AFAIK.

A good source of advice is Colette at
Marine Titles(Canada)
400 - 1681 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6J 4M6
Fax: (8 8 8) 352-2829
Tel: (604) 736-3377

I used Colette's services recently when buying a boat out of country.. She checks title, and does all the due diligence that is prudent when buying used.

Or, a marine lawyer could be consulted.  I doubt if there would be a charge for that information unless some actual legal work was undertaken.

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