Vessel Safety Checks

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat conducted by members of the Auxiliary, confirming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety.
No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency, but a decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination.
An example of some of the items checked include:
  •    Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets)
  •    Registration and numbering
  •    Navigation lights
  •    Ventilation
  •    Fire extinguishers
  •    Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  •    Battery cover and connections
All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard.

Attention Boaters:  

Does your boat meet all of the US Coast Guard and Massachusetts safety requirements? Find out!
The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 013-11-01 Vessel Examiners will make appointments with you to inspect your boat at your storage location, or on its trailer.

Scheduled Vessel Safety Checks:

  • Ryder's Cove June 23 and 24 
  • Outermost Harbor Marina June 30

Requirements for the Exam:

  • Have your boat equipped with all of its safety equipment.
  • Be present for the exam.
  • Have your boat registration available

To arrange for an appointment contact Harry M. Cutts,Flotilla Staff Officer -Vessel Exams (FSO-VE), at email: and provide your contact information and the location of your boat.


Visit - A website devoted exclusively to the Vessel Safety Check program co-sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons.