Liveaboard Code of Ethics

Note: This is a living document and is open to change and interpretation. The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to provide a guideline/standard for liveaboards, to help create or improve a good working relationship with marinas and marine facilities and to create harmony between liveaboard communities and land-based communities.

Social Conduct


  • Be considerate regarding the concerns of your neighbours. The Golden Rule applies, both on land and sea!
  • Strive to resolve conflicts in a calm, responsible, and reasonable manner. ‘Don’t get furious ? be curious!’

Noise travels well on the water and our neighbors are close by. Please be aware of:

  •  Running generators or engines while moored or at a dock only during reasonable hours.
  • Festive gatherings and loud music.
  • Slapping halyards, flappy tarps, and other items in the wind/waves.
  • Heating systems such as Espar-type units (orient your boat so the sound is minimized).
  • Power tools and other repair equipment.


  •  Pet owners are responsible for controlling the behavior of their pet(s) and cleaning up after them in a timely way and manner.
  •  Pet owners are responsible for ensuring their pets are reasonably quiet.
  •  Rules and regulations specific to pets at a marina, private property, or parkland should be observed and adhered to.

 Safety and Security
Most sea-faring folk naturally look out for each other. Please consider the following:

  •  Keep an eye and ear out for odd things or anyone in distress.  Specifically, people in the water, fires, accidents, etc…
  • Observe unusual activity and engage those who don’t seem to belong in the neighborhood. We are a trusting kind and thieves know it.
  • Danger/Doubt. The horn signal is 5 short blasts. Call 911 in case of emergency and issue five (5) short blasts on your horn to notify your neighbours – keep your horns close at hand.

On The Water

  • Adhere to the boating safety rules set out by Transport Canada (

Environmental Responsibility
Some of this information is provided by the Georgia Strait Alliance. More information can be found at

  •  Manage Sewage Responsibility by using pump-out services. Where no pump-outs are available, only dump as permitted by regulation, and dump responsibly away from anchorages, sensitive areas, shellfish beds, and swimmers.
  • Reduce grey-water discharge and use only products with all natural ingredients whenever possible.
  • Take care when fuelling: avoid topping up your tank, and use oil absorbent rags and other devices to make sure no fuel goes into the water.
  • Use bilge filters or bilge pads to absorb oil and fuel so none gets pumped overboard accidentally.
  • Maintain your boat, using environmentally responsible products and/or alternatives.
  • Use ’hard‘ bottom paint or eco-friendly alternatives.
  • Haul out at responsible boat yards that have containment policies and equipment so sanding residue and scrapings don’t end up in the water.
  • Dispose of all garbage and organic waste properly.
  • Use environmentally friendly energy supplies when you can (wind, solar, human power).
  • Anchor responsibly and avoid sensitive environments if at all possible.
  • Help other boaters become aware by role-modeling and education.
  • Please report all spills to 1-800-OILS-911.

General Responsibility

  • Liveaboard vessels should be well-maintained and in a seaworthy condition, with a functioning engine, and capable of putting to sea at short notice at any time.
  • A reasonable amount of effort to keep the boat looking tidy and free of rubbish and debris.
  • When possible or applicable, vessels should be insured on a fully comprehensive basis.

Additions and Edits

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(version 5)