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Vessel Safety Checks

 

 

The most cautious boaters can sometimes experience unexpected problems on the water. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport users, take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Check program every year. The courtesy Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified Vessel Examiner.

What's In it For Me?

Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol, and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws. Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely.

What If I Don't Pass?

If your boat does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, you are provided a written report that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine chandlery is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection. And if you show your examiner-signed VSC report, you may receive a discount on your missing or discrepant items.

Why Do This?

In a word – safety. You are left with the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Finally, your insurance rates may be lowered – check with your agent.

Where Can I Get Started?

You're here; that's the first step.
1) You can take a Virtual Vessel Safety Check.
2) Email us for a FREE Vessel Safety Check in your area.

But don't delay! Schedule your free vessel safety check as early in the year as you can, and set an example as a safe recreational boater. 

And remember, no vessel is too large or too small to be safe – and in compliance. Your family, friends, and fellow boaters will thank you!


EVEN EXPERIENCED BOATERS NEED A VESSEL SAFETY CHECK

SAFETY ON THE WATER IS UP TO YOU!