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!


No appointment is necessary, but you can conveniently pre-schedule a safety exam for your powerboat, sailboat, or paddle craft such as paddleboard, kayak, or personal watercraft (i.e. Jet Ski), by contacting Eric Gritzmacher (949-632-2378

About Vessel Safety Checks

A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a FREE inspection of your boat to verify the presence and condition of safety equipment that you are required to have on board your vessel by State and Federal regulations.

Our Vessel Examiner (VE) is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member and certified specialist. In addition to FREE inspections; VEs also make safety recommendations and discuss issues to assist you in safer boating.

What if you don't pass?

If your boat does not pass inspection -- no report is filed. Instead, you are provided with a confidential written report signed by the Vessel Examiner that helps you correct any deficiencies.

Best of all, if you take the signed report to your local, participating marine retailer you may receive a discount on your purchase -- but call first to verify dealer participation.

When you request and pass a re-inspection, contact your insurance agent to learn if you qualify for any discounts.

Schedule a Vessel Safety Check Today!

Please include in your subject line: "I WANT A FREE VESSEL SAFETY CHECK"

How to Prepare for Your FREE Vessel Safety Check

To prepare for your Vessel Safety Check, you can conduct a Virtual Do-It-Yourself preliminary check.


The Official VSC Manual

If you want to know more about Vessel Safety Checks -- the Auxiliary publishes an official manual.


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