Albacore Measurement and Certification

About the Certificate How to Get a Card/Measurement CAA Measurers Policy and Fees

About the Certificate

What is a CAA Measurement Certificate?

Your CAA Measurement Certificate card is a record of your ownership of a specific hull.

The data documentation is from the full hull measurement record that the CAA maintains as part of the measurement records for all hulls that have been measured in Canada, since 1961.

One side of the blue card shows the Measurement Record. It consists of:

CAA Measurement Certificate
CAA Measurement Certificate
  • Owner’s name
  • Owner's Sailing Club
  • Sail/Hull Number
  • Name of the Original Hull Measurer
  • Builder of the hull
  • Date the hull was built
  • Weight: The last weight of the hull as recorded by a CAA Measurer and filed with the CAA Measurement files.
  • Weight of Correctors
    The amount of Corrector Weight required to bring your bare hull in dry condition up to the minimum weight (240 lb. or 109 kg).
  • Exceptions
    Any exceptions to the class rules noted when the hull was measured. These usually refer to accepted Exceptions by the CAA Chief Measurer and CAA Chief of Specifications in consultation with the International Chief of Specifications of the Class. Unacceptable exceptions must be corrected to ensure compliance within the Class Rules before any Measurement Certificate will be issued.
  • Date the Certificate was issued
  • Chief Measurer's Signature
  • Sail Endorsements
    This is a record of the suits of sails you may actively use for racing events, subject to class rules. The data will be a record of what the measurer has noted on the jib and mainsail tacks: Sailmaker, Serial No., Date, and Measurer’s signature.

The second side of the blue card shows the Bouyancy Declaration. It consists of:

  • The declaration-required signature, by the boat owner, that the hull has a fully installed buoyancy apparatus complying with the current requirements of the International Class Rules.
  • The dates of the testing of the buoyancy apparatus competed as required within the Class Rules.

Bouyancy testing is the responsibility of the Albacore owner. It can be done independently and the results recorded on your card. CAA Measurers are not required to participate or sign-off on bouyancy testing.

How to Get a Card/Measurement

Your CAA Measurement Certificate is required to participate in championship regattas such as the Ontario Championship or Canadian Albacore Championship, as well as various other regattas and race events.

Local events are often more relaxed in their requirements, but may or may not require presentation of a CAA Measurement Certificate. Check the Notice of Race (NOR) for the regattas or race series that you want to join. The NOR will tell you the local rules.

CAA has official measurers who can measure your boat and sails, and then provide the signed card to you. There is a nominal fee for this.

Bouyancy Testing and Insurance

At some events, you also need an up-to-date boat buoyancy certificate. CAA will not check the buoyancy - you are responsible for doing it yourself. Regularly checking the buoyancy is a good idea for safety, even if you don't race. The Class Rules tell you how to check the buoyancy. CAA measurers can provide the blank buoyancy card for you to fill out and keep.

Many regattas, race series and boat clubs need the boat owner to carry insurance. Usually, this is liability insurance.

Arranging Measurement Inspections

To obtain a first measurement or re-measurement of an Albacore contact the CAA Chief Measurer or the Chief of Specifications and request a list of CAA Measurers. Contact a Measurer and arrange a mutually convenient time to have the boat measured.

The Measurer will need to arrange to borrow the CAA Measurement scales to weigh your boat and this may dictate where the measurement activity will take place. The hull needs to be properly hung and secured safely to record the dry hull bare weight. Once the hull has been fully measured, the Measurer will advise you of the outcome and suggest corrective steps if any are required.

Once corrective steps have been completed to the Measurer's satisfaction or if none are required, he will forward the completed and signed International Class Measurement Form to the Chief Measurer. The Chief Measurer will issue to the owner the new Measurement Certificate.

Certification of New Albacores

When you buy a new boat from a builder you should arrange to have the Albacore Association Measurer of the country where the hull is built measure your boat before you accept any final delivery and make any final payment. This is your confirmation that you are getting a “bona fide” certified Albacore.

The most recent production run of new Albacore hulls was by the UK manufacturer Ovington, delivered to Canada in 2015. Hapco, located in North America, also produces Albacore hulls in smaller volumes.

It may be in your interest to try to be present when the Measurement is performed. It will be the first step in a major education about the nature of the boat you are buying. It is your “due diligence” step to protect yourself in the “Caveat Emptor” (Buyer Beware) acceptance of new hull ownership. Builders are more than happy to comply with this requirement because they know once your boat has passed measurement you will be a happy customer. If any minor or major corrections are to be made it is best they and you know about them at this stage and take the appropriate steps to ensure the boat passes measurement.

Certification of Second-Hand Boats

If you bought a used boat that already has the measurement card, CAA measurers can prepare a new card in your name.

When examining a boat for purchase from an existing owner request to see the existing Measurement Certificate. If you buy the boat without reviewing its Certificate you accept the liability of not knowing whether the boat may “measure within the class rules” and you will have little or no recourse legally to demand “make good” or “compensation” from the previous owner.

If the owner does not have this document, has lost, or does not know if the boat has been measured, you have several courses of action before or after you buy the boat. You may wish to ask the owner to have a successful measurement performed on the hull as a condition of purchase. Who pays for the measurement expense is subject to negotiation of cost sharing between the buyer and seller.

To determine if the boat has been measured you may contact the CAA Chief Measurer and ask him to research the CAA files on this hull number. He will tell you the date and details of the last recorded and filed copy of the Measurement Form. If a previous measurement record exists, he may then issue a new Measurement Certificate to the new owner. Previous issued Certificates are invalid once a hull ownership is exchanged with a new owner.


When does my hull need to be measured?

Your hull should be measured:

  • When it is maufactured by the builder.

Your hull should be re-measured:

  • Any time major equipment changes are made to a boat or major repairs have been undertaken due to repair or betterment of the hull or rigging.
  • When you don't know the measurement status of the boat.
  • If you are concerned about minimum weight and wish to know if the natural weight increases due to rigging changes or years of sailing during which the hull could have gained weight through water absorption.

CAA Measurers

Our CAA measurers, in their obligation to ensure compliance with the Rules, must act as extensions of the Chief Measurer. They are members of a team who must work closely together with the Chief Measurer, have the same understanding of the Rules, and provide the same treatment for all.

If a question for clarification arises, then it is generally relayed to the Chief Measurer who works closely with the Chief of Specifications. If a question for interpretation arises, it must be conveyed through the Chief Measurer ultimately to the IRC which has exclusive jurisdiction to make 'official' interpretations of the Rules.

It should be noted that no measurer may make 'official' measurements on a boat or component of a boat in which he/she has a vested interest.

Please remember that your measurers are here to serve the Class and its sailors, and deserve your patience and understanding.

Current CAA Measurers

Ken Yamazaki (Chief Measurer)St. James Town Sailing
Jeff BeitzOuter Harbour Centreboard
Dave DunphyOuter Harbour Centreboard
Jefferson HallOuter Harbour Centreboard
Ted MallettOuter Harbour Centreboard
John MorganOuter Harbour Centreboard
George RothOuter Harbour Centreboard
Van SheppardNepean Sailing
Dave Weaver
Neil WilsonToronto Island Sailing
Henry PedroShelburne Harbour Yacht
Mary FreeWestwood Sailing
Jen Forkes St. James Town Sailing Club

To inquire about measurement, or if you are interested in becoming a measurer for your region of the country, please e-mail

Policy and Fees

Our CAA measurers volunteer their time to assist the Class in carrying out the measurement duties. It is essential that their time and efforts be recognized and respected.

While limited services may be made available with a measurer on an ad hoc basis, this is entirely by mutual consent with individual measurers. It is not reasonable that measurers be expected to carry out significant measurement duties without advance notice and/or at regattas where they have come to race.

In order to satisfy the needs of both sailors and measurers, a schedule for measurement days has been organized. These dates will be posted on the Class Events Calendar, published in Shackles, and posted on the Class website.


Since the measurement duties take significant time and usually involve out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, an 'honorarium' must be paid to the measurer for the services.

As has been our practice - the honorariums are as follows:

Suit of sails$20
Hull re-weigh$15
Replacement measurement certificate$10
Basic boat measurement$50

Full boat measurement (original or required repeats) must be recorded on the CAA measurement forms which, when completed, must be conveyed to the Chief Measurer who will issue a measurement certificate to the boat owner and enter the data into the Class records.

A measurer is obliged to endorse the sails and measurement certificate in the case of the addition of a suit of sails, and the measurement certificate in the case of a hull re-weigh. This information must then be conveyed to the Chief Measurer for entry into the Class records.

When a boat changes ownership, the rules require that the measurement certificate becomes void and it must be returned to the Chief Measurer who will issue a new certificate and enter the data into the Class records. Should a measurement certificate become lost, the boat owner must request a new certificate from the Chief Measurer who will issue a new certificate with data from the Class records regarding such things as corrector weights, sail endorsements, etc., entered. As noted above, the fee for replacement of measurement certificates is $10.