Vessel Safety Checks

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 - FREE!

 Phillip Horlings

Take advantage of this free service! A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. In addition to inspections, Vessel Examiners also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.  If you have any questions regarding your vessel Exam or would like to schedule one. Please contact me at or call me at 661-771-6747.


What Type of Items Are Checked?
•Life Jackets
•Registration and numbering
•Navigation lights
•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 Coast Guard.

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.

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.