Vessel Exams

A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary who will make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

Courtesy Vessel Examination - For information on courtesy vessel examinations and finding a local vessel examiner in your area.  Once on the Vessel Safety Check website, please click on  "I want a VSC."
An example of some of the items checked include:
·Life Jackets
·Registration and numbering
·Navigation lights
·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.
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.

Flotilla 79 will be holding open houses at the following marinas in 2018:
·Sat Jun 2 – Ocean Beach (Lanoka Harbor)
.Sun Jun 10 - Silver Cloud
.Sat Jun 16 - Ted and Sons, Ocean Beach
.Sat Jun 23 - South Winds
.Sat Jun 30 - Key Harbor
·Sat Jul 7 - Long Key
·Sun Jul 8 - Holiday Harbor

Commercial Fishing Vessel Examination - Contact  the Coast Guard at Sector Delaware-Bay at  215-271-4880. Ask for Bob Heffner and specify if your a commercial fishing, carrying passengers, or towing vessel. He will provide you a person to call to set up an appointment.