Vessel Safety Checks

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 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. 

Auxiliary member conducting Vessel Exam 

An example of some of the items checked include:

  • Life Jackets
  • Registration and Numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Distress Signals
  • 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.

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 Squadron.

You can also request a safety check by contacting our Flotilla Staff Officer for Vessel Exams (FSO-VE) - John Lenhard.  John can be contacted either via email at or via cell at (847) 867-3837.