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08-12-2013 02:14 AM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

Hi Brian,
I shot you a PM over on CruisersForum as you posted a similar request there. Did you get it? :-).
Importing is usually fairly straightforward, provided you have all of your paperwork in order. You do need the standard paperwork such as bill of sale, and documentation for the people on board.
As the boat is(I believe) built in North America, it would be subject to a PST rate of 12% as the sole tax for the import. It used to be 7% I think, but due to some not very nice political decisions, they increased PST for vehicles to be comparable to full HST then only adjusted it back down for passenger vehicles under a certain value, provided they were purchased after HST was repealed(Boats and planes are excluded entirely regardless of value unless purchased from dealership).
You'll need a receipt for paying this, if you pay customs, or you'll need to cut a cheque for this amount attached to the bill of sale, and a copy of the updated form for Casual Remittance Return (FIN 405, the old one is FIN 315).
Not filing this form won't cause any trouble straight away, but they'll catch up if the boat is registered later.

Link to FIN 405 as a .PDF
08-11-2013 10:08 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

Originally Posted by Brian_vancouver View Post

I spoke with Customs today (Sunday) -- they kept telling me to call one of the ports of call. unfortunately, all of the phone numbers for the ports of call are the same as the general number I was speaking with??
It is one general number. Coming back from Maui last year I cleared at the Victoria customs dock just after midnight.. I was asked where I was calling from; I said the Johnstone Street docks, they wanted to know what city. Now I know.
08-11-2013 09:44 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)


I bought a 27 Catalina in Washington State this past Feb. As far as Canadian Customs goes , my experience was- We sailed into Vancouver Harbour and tied up at the Customs dock in False Creek at the end of Fishermen's Wharf. I then had to call the toll free number posted at the dock. The Customs Agent on the other end of the line will ask you the standard questions and how much you paid for the boat. At that point, then will likely send an agent to you OR they will simply give you a clearance number. Make sure you have all your documentation for the ownership, cost and passports for the crew. The agents at the dock do not collect duties, but refer you to the Downtown Vancouver Customs Office- (Located at the BC Hydro Building on Dunsmuir Street) There you will bring your paperwork and pay the duties and or taxes.
To register the boat, you need to go to Services Canada to get the Application form- That office is located in the 800 block of Burrard Street.

Good luck and best wishes on your new Boat. Many happy hours on the water once she's here.
08-11-2013 09:24 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

Thanks Jack,

These were very helpful.

I spoke with Customs today (Sunday) -- they kept telling me to call one of the ports of call. unfortunately, all of the phone numbers for the ports of call are the same as the general number I was speaking with??

Someone also suggested that I go to the airport and see if I can get paperwork and payments settled there. I guess that will be my next step -- unless someone can suggest otherwise,

Again, Thanks,

08-11-2013 07:52 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)


- a couple of sites.

Pat's Boating in Canada: Boat Naming (Pat is pretty credible)

Buying a Boat - Transport Canada

Importing marine pleasure craft
08-11-2013 07:38 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

Thanks Mitch, also you Jack.

You just flagged an issue I've just posted on another issue -- transfer of the US to a new Canadian registration. I had this done years ago on a much more expensive US boat, but had a broker and don't recall any of the details. No broker this time.

I am wondering what the process is (where do I go, what departments), and what taxes and fees are due?

The boat will be going to the Gulf Islands and later permanently to Vancouver.

Any idea?

08-11-2013 07:27 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

Hi Brian.

I did that trip a few years ago.

Is the Canadian duty / GST / PST paid? You will have to arrange that.

We cleared customs/immigration at Steveston and did the paper work at the Vancouver Airport.

You might be able to clear at Sidney and do the paper work at Victoria Airport.

Our route

Saratoga Passage
Swinomish Channel
Rosario Strait
Georgia Strait
South Arm of the Fraser.

If going to Sidney/Victoria, I would go through the San Juan Islands via Thatcher Pass.
08-11-2013 04:47 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)


I have a USCG 50 ton masters license with sailing and towing endorsements and would love to help you bring your boat up to the gulf islands, however I don't really have any time available till next month . I have sailed in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands for the past 10 years.

It's a pretty easy trip, around 100 miles, and you should be able to do it in 2 long days. Be sure to plan for the tidal currents as they can be pretty fast this time of year.

The last time I did that trip we stayed at Port Townsend and crossed the Straight the next morning and entered the San Juan's through Cattle Pass.

For Peace of mind you could get Sea Tow insurance so if any thing goes wrong you can get help without to much expense Cost is around 125 dollars per year.

If you have any questions about sailing this area feel free to ask

08-11-2013 03:09 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

yeah, send your contact info, email would be easiest
08-11-2013 02:58 PM
Re: Wanted - boat delivery (Seattle to Vancouver, BC)

Hello Jeff,

Thank you a LOT for your reply. I have never navigated the route from Seattle to the Straight of Georgia. Somehow makes me very nervous. Also, should I not hire a skipper, that I'll be doing it alone in a newly purchased boat -- granted, she's been afloat since 1949.

After some reflection, I'm now thinking of bringing her into Ganges, Saltspring Island. This because I can get a safe moorage there for her while I shop (more like scour!) around for a 32' slip close-in to Vancouver.

Any advise you can provide, most protected route, fuel stops (gasoline), basically anything, would be very appreciated. I can pm you my contact info if that makes it easier for you,

Again, many thanks,

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