Vessel Examinations

Vessel Safety Checks

 The Vessel Safety Check is a free and complimentary inspection of your boat.

In approximately 30 minutes, a Vessel Examiner will thoroughly check your boat and help you avoid conditions that might put you in violation of state or federal laws or endanger yourself or others while on the water.

Vessel Examiner Bill Tower affixes the Safety Check sticker to a boat which just passed inspection.

 An example of some of the items checked include:

  • Life jackets (PFD)
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Proper engine ventilation
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Backfire flame control
  • 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 stopped and inspected by the Coast Guard or state marine enforcement facility.

 After your boat has been checked, you may receive recommendations about safety issues. But no penalties will be assessed.

 If your boat successfully meets all requirements, you will be presented with an official Vessel Safety Check decal that shows your commitment to safety.

Vessel Examiner Bill Tower and friend at Masseys Landing between the Indian River and Rehoboth inland bays.

 The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to ensure that you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation.

Find an Examiner

To locate an available Vessel Examiners from Flotilla 12-09, email William (Bill) Tower at or call him at 302 945-3423.



Click the link below, then fill out the short request form and click the submit button. We will locate the closest volunteer vessel examiners within 30 miles of your location and request that they contact you and set up a Vessel Safety Check for your boat.

For more Information 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. Contact a member of the Auxiliary at your local marina.

Date last updated 13MAR 2015
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