Vessel Safety Checks

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A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat — whether afloat or trailered. The inspection usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the size of the boat.

What's in it for me?

Vessels passing safety checks are awarded a U.S. Coast Guard / Auxiliary Decal that informs:

  • Coast Guard
  • Harbor Patrol
  • Sheriffs & Police

and other law-enforcement and safety agencies that your boat was in full compliance with all federal and state boating laws during a safety check that year. Best of all, every Vessel Safety Check is 100% free of charge!

What if I don't pass?

If your boat does not pass, no citation is issued. Instead, you are provided a written report that describes the discrepancies and outlines how to correct them.

Why receive a Vessel Safety Check?

Safety! The peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Additionally, because your boat is in compliance you will avoid substantial fines should you be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard or another law enforcement agency.

In many cases, maritime insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels that undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. All annual decals and safety checks are void after December 31st; they are also void should the operator/owner fail to maintain the vessel or its equipment to the standard at the time of the safety check.

What items are checked?

  • Life Jackets
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery cover and connections

All of these items are 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.