No longer a Ronin
For the past few weeks our boat has been a bit of a Ronin, a masterless Samurai. I say that because shortly after the purchase, we had the boat de-flagged from France, but had not yet had our Canadian registration approved. Happily, all that has just been rectified.
While it used to be that all of the registration paperwork needed to be submitted to Transport Canada by mail, they have recently (?) started allowing you to send in the forms electronically. Note that when I say forms, I mean forms in PLURAL. Yes, there’s a bit of stuff to fill out!
The biggest hurdle in supplying the required info to Transport Canada is that we didn’t understand a couple of questions on the tonnage forms. I suspect the same forms are used for both small pleasure craft and large ships, adding to the complexity of the process. After a few attempts though, we finally got it all right.
I have to give a huge thank you to the people at Transport Canada, and especially Christiane. She was extremely helpful, and we are very grateful to her! Now all we need to do is have the official renaming ceremony, like this one…