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Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

Version of section 31 from 2006-03-22 to 2017-07-12:


 The number of persons that one lifeboat, boat, dory or skiff shall be deemed capable of carrying shall be determined

  • (a) in the case of an approved lifeboat or approved boat, in accordance with the Life Saving Equipment Regulations;

  • (b) in the case of a seine skiff of normal construction built in accordance with plans accepted by the Board and fitted with internal buoyancy appliances of 0.0283 m3 standard unit of capacity per person, in accordance with the following formula:

    N = (L x B x D) ÷ 0.566

    where

    N =
    number of persons,
    L =
    overall length in metres,
    B =
    maximum breadth in metres, at level of gunwale, to outside of plank, and
    D =
    the least vertical distance in metres measured from the top of the keel to the top of the gunwale or from the top of the keel to the lowest point of the transom, whichever is the smaller dimension;
  • (c) in the case of seine skiffs of heavy construction that are built in accordance with plans accepted by the Board and are not fitted with internal buoyancy appliances, by the Board;

  • (d) in the case of dories, in accordance with the following table:

    Overall length of dory in metresMaximum number of persons
    3.73
    4.34
    4.64
    4.95
    5.25
    5.56
    5.86; and
  • (e) in the case of boats or skiffs other than those described in paragraph (a), (b) or (c), in accordance with the following formula:

    N = (L × B × D) ÷ 0.75

    where

    N =
    number of persons,
    L =
    overall length in metres,
    B =
    maximum breadth in metres, at level of gunwale, to outside of plank, and
    D =
    the east vertical distance in metres measured from the top of the keel to the top of the gunwale or from the top of the keel to the lowest point of the transom, whichever is the smaller dimension.
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