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FREE Vessel Safety Checks

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 Are you ready to get started on your path to safer boating? Click the link below, then fill out the short request form and click the submit button. We will locate the closest volunteer vessel examiners within 30 miles of your location and request that they contact you and set up a Vessel Safety Check for your boat.

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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.

The courtesy Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified Vessel Examiner, at a mutually-convenient time, and usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.

The most cautious boaters can sometimes experience unexpected problems on the water. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport users, take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Check program every year.

What's In It For Me? 

 Vessels that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that informs the following agencies that your boat was in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws during a safety check for that year.

  • Coast Guard / Auxiliary
  • Harbor Patrol
  • Sheriff's & Police other boating law-enforcement & safety agencies 

Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely. 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 report is filed. Instead, you are provided a written report that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine store is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection.

What Type of Items Are Checked?

  • Life Jackets 
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • 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.