Vessel Safety Checks:

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat conducted by members of Division 1 flotillas, confirming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety.


No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency, but a decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination.


An example of some of the items checked include:

  • Registration and numbering

  • Proper number and style of "Life Jackets"

  • Navigation lights

  • Ventilation

  • 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 Department of Natural Recourses, local Law Enforcement or 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.

You may arrange for a Vessel Safety Check by either:

  • Signing up for an appointment at your local Marina

  • Contacting a member of the Auxiliary at the Marina

  • Contact Us by e mail to arrange an appointment


 Updated 31 August 2018