Vessel Safety Check Events

Flotilla 6-12 Ramp Days

Flotilla 6-12 holds monthly ramp days to make it easy to get a Vessel Safety Check done.  Normally we hold them on the 2nd Saturday of the summer months (March thru October). We also have a "rain date" each month of the last Saturday of the month.

Two of our favorite places for providing Safety Checks are

1) The boat ramp at Clear Lake Park on NASA Parkway. <map>

2) the Kemah Bridge boat ramp under the bridge. <map>

An auxiliary member is often (not always) there on the weekends.  

Other locations and dates vary so check here for current information.  


Vessel Safety Check Program

USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check Program.

The primary mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is Recreational Boating Safety

15 minutes could save your life and the life of your family

A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat − ranging in locations from boat to your driveway. A vessel safety check usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat

What's In it For Me?

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

• Coast Guard / Auxiliary

• Harbor Patrol

• Sheriff's & Police

• other boating law-enforcement & safety agency's

that your boat was in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws during a safety check for 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 at that time. Instead, you are provided a written report in how to correct any discrepancies.

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, you will avoid substantial fines should you ever be boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard or other law enforcement and found to be in violation.

In many cases boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year.

All decals and safety checks are void December 31st of year they are inspected, they are also void should the operator /owner fail to maintain the vessels equipment or the vessel itself to the standard at the time of the safety check.