Vessel Safety Exams

Vessel Safety Exams
The Vessel Safety Exam 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:

  • PFD's (Life Jackets)
  • State registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery cover and connections
  • Pollution / Trash Placards
  • Marine Sanitation Device
  • Fuel / Heating System
  • Dewatering Device / Bailer
All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation and possible fines if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard. The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimum requirements and to potentially avoid a citation later.

  • 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.
  • Click here to see 15 reasons your vessl might not pass a Vessel Safety Check.
  • Contact a member of the Auxiliary at your local Marina.
  • When you do go boating, don't forget to file a Float Plan!
  • Contact us for a FreeVessel Exam at 914-760-5780 or email - Vessel Safety Exam