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Vessel Examinations Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Why should I have a Vessel Exam performed on my boat or PWC?

A:

Yes, for safety reasons.

Q:

How do I receive a free Vessel Exam?

A:

View our schedule of location for vessel exams and choose one that is convenient for you or contact our Vessel Examination Officer listed on our Vessel Examination Page.

Q:

How do I schedule a Vessel Examination Booth at my business?

A:

Contact our Vessel Examination Officer listed on our Vessel Examination Page to discuss the details.

Q:

What are the requirements for a Vessel Examination decal?

A:

Your vessel must meet the federal and state requirements.

Q:

Can I receive a law enforcement citation during my Vessel Examination?

A:

No, A vessel exam is a courtesy inspection of your vessel that determines if you meet the minimum requirements.

Q:

If I have a decal will I be exempt from boarding by law enforcement?

A:

No, you could still be boarded or fined by County, State or Florida Fish & Wildlife.

Q:

Can I get a Vessel Examination on a Kayak, Rowboat, Canoe, Paddle Boat, or other non-powered vessel?

A:

Yes, ask us about our Paddleboat Program. 

(We added a separate section to address paddlecraft specifically on the Virtual Vessel Safety Check website - see link below.)


Staying safe on the water starts with education and proper equipment. Come and see if your vessel is safe. Prepare by visiting the Virtual Vessel Safety Check website. Then contact us for a free vessel safety check in your area.
To schedule a complimentary vessel safety check by Flotilla 070-11-03 at your boat, contact: Carlene C. Thompson , FSO-VE

Cell: (727) 515-6842

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 Email: viacarly@hotmail.com

 or contact our Division Vessel Exam Officer: , SO-VE at  Email:  or Find an Examiner in your Area at the National Website.