Vessel Safety Checks

Vessel Safety Check Information

As one of our boating safety missions, we conduct complimentary Vessel Safety Checks of recreational watercraft (boats, personal watercraft, etc.).

An example of some of the items examined during a Vessel Safety Check:

  • Life jackets

  • Navigation lights

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Battery cover and connections

  • Backfire flame control

  • State & local requirements

  • Registration and numbering

  • Ventilation

  • Visual distress signals

  • Proper display of numbers

  • Sound producing devices

  • Overall vessel condition

A Vessel Safety Check can:

  • Identify SAFETY and money saving opportunities.

  • Prevent citations by meeting federal, state and local safety equipment requirements.

  • Identify educational and equipment-related possible boating insurance discounts.

  • Increase awareness of safety practices to avoid accidents and costly breakdowns.

You can find more information on Vessel Safety Checks here:

You can find information on Federal and State Regulations here:

You may arrange for a Vessel Safety Check by:

During the Vessel Safety Check, the vessel examiner has an opportunity to discuss with a fellow boater the purpose of the marine safety equipment, to clarify various federal, state, and local regula-tions, to review local boating conditions, to answer any boating-related safety ques-tions and to encourage additional boater education. Some of the topics are:

  • Accident Reporting.

  • Charts and Aids.

  • Survival tips.

  • Fueling/Fuel Management.

  • Float Plan.

  • Weather and Sea Conditions.

  • Safe Boating Classes.