Passenger Capacities

     There are 2 magic numbers for passenger capacity on Charter boats in Canada. 6 and 12.  As we discussed in another video, any commercial vessel, including passenger, will have registration numbers starting with C.  Easy breezy. 


     After that the vessel has 3 other requirements for the crew.  1. At least 1 crew member on board needs to have a valid First Aid/CPR certificate.  2. All crew members must have a Marine Emergency Duties Certificate, and 3. A vessel operating licence of some sort.  For 6 passengers or less, your Captain can make due with Canada’s good ol’ Pleasure Craft operating Card, or PCOC for short…very easy to get.  Anyone over the age 13 on the water probably already has one.


     For 6 to 12 passengers, your Captain needs a Small Vessel Operator Proficiency certificate or SVOP for short.  This is a much more involved license to get over the PCOC.  Now…if you see a Charter Boat listing a Capacity of over 12 passengers in Canada…you need to go full stop for 2 reasons.  First, the Captain will need a Limited 60 tonne license or higher…not easy to get and not too many people have this…but also, any boat originally built for pleasure use, like the yacht or boat you probably want to charter, is extremely difficult or impossible to certify for use over 12 passengers…so ask if they have the nessecary registration and certification…and check them closely!

3 to 8 hours
Group Size
Up to 12

Luxury Private Boat Charter

Departures From - Barrie, Friday Harbour, Orillia, Severn, and Muskoka
Your perfect day for up to 12 passengers aboard this modern 25ft bowrider!

DocksNLocks invites you to enjoy an upscale voyage to see Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching, The Muskoka Lakes or the Severn Waterway.

There are so many amazing destinations in the area that are only accessible by boat, so why not experience the luxury of cruising on a private sport boat with an experienced and certified Captain.

After you book we will contact you to learn more about your preferences on what to do, and what activities you would like to have for a perfect day.

Some ideas for the activities
* See amazing homes and cottages from the water
* Anchor and swim in the most exclusive spots
* Have your very own "boat party"
* Evening and sunset cruises
* Historic Severn River cruise with locks and the
* Marine railway
* Celebrate Milestones
* Bachelor/ette Parties
* Corporate events

Set a course for a day on the water aboard our Luxurious and Modern 2018 Sea Ray SDX 250 Sport Deck Boat. We offer impressive seating capacity and a convertible layout that encourages socialization and relaxation. We will bring our huge 3m by 4m inflatable dock that gives you even more space when anchored and provides an amazing space to launch our also included SUP and floatie collection! Onboard washroom, integrated coolers, Bluetooth stereo system, and USB chargers throughout, are just some of the amenities you will enjoy.

Ask about Private Dock pickup and drop off!

3 to 6 hours
Group Size
Up to 12

Luxury Private Yacht Charter

Departures From Downtown Barrie and Friday Harbour
The Ultimate in Luxury For up to 12 Guests, This 35ft Bowrider has it all! This massive and modern Four Winns H350 has
everything you'd expect for a perfect day charter experience including:

* Expansive seating with 3 exterior "zones" for conversation.
* A wet bar with solid surface counters and SSfridge
* Hard top with huge sunroof and power rear shade
* Full stand up 2pc Washroom with porcelain flush toilet
* Crazy loud 18 speaker stereo system with BT
* LED interior lighting system including underwater lights
* SUP and floaties for in-water fun and relaxing

Let us take you out onto Lake Simcoe and Kempenfelt Bay for some sightseeing and find an exclusive spot to drop anchor and set up the ultimate yacht party made just for you. Perfect for any celebration including bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, corporate events, team building, customer appreciation, and more!