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Vessel Safety Checks

The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) gives you a risk-free way to check to make sure you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later.  The VSC 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.  A decal is awarded to display if the vessel passes the VSC.

An example of some of the items checked include:

  • Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets)
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Ventilation
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery covers and connections
    (in WI both terminals must be covered)
VSC decal

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 U.S. Coast Guard on federal waters or by local law enforcement agencies (Sheriff Depts, Police Depts, DNR).

UPCOMING 2016 AREA VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS:
      May 22: ~8 am-1 pm at Skipper Buds, Mazanet, Mariner's Cove, and
                       Mariner's Inn marinas

      June 4:  ~8 am-1 pm at Governor Nelson State Park boat ramp.  June 4-5 is
                      our Wisconsin State Park Open House Weekend.  Entrance fees 
                      to parks are waived so come on out for some fun! 

Please periodically check out our Calendar (menu item on left) for specific dates and places.

FOR MORE INFORMATON on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Vessel Safety Check Program, please visit our national website.

TO SCHEDULE A PERSONAL VESSEL SAFETY CHECK, please submit this form.