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Welcome to the Flotilla 3-6, District 8CR Web Site



 Welcome to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-6, District Eight, Coastal Region,  “The Guardians of the Gulf”.   Officialy, named the Eastern Shores we are AKA The Fairhope Flotilla.


The legal authority for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary can be found at Title 14, USC § 822 which authorizes: “The purpose of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard as authorized by the Commandant, in performing any Coast Guard function, power, duty, role, mission, or operation authorized by law”. As an integral component of the US Coast Guard, we operate under the US Department of Homeland Security.
Flotilla 3-6 supports Station Dauphin Island and Sector Mobile activities. We are also called to support other areas as circumstances necessitate. Our area of responsibility is in the eastern shore of Mobile bay.  Many patrols focus on the Tensaw river south to Fairhope to Weeks Bay.  You may have seen us patrolling the area waters, conducting vessel examinations or teaching boating safety classes.
Our primary mission is promoting and supporting recreational boating safety. We provide Public Boating Safety Education, Vessel Safety Examinations, Dealer Visitations, Standing Watch at USCG Sector Mobile, Maritime Domain Awareness, Surface Operations, Air Operations ODO ATC Mobile, Marine Safety, Pollution Investigation, Aids to Navigation inspections, Marine animal rescue. Our Flotilla members have trained in specialty skills including boat crew, captains (Coxswains), hazardous materials experts, communications operators, IT specialists, aircraft observers, aircraft pilots, retail dealer visitor specialists, boating safety instructors, construction project management.
Our monthly Flotilla meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Daphne.  Please contact our Flotilla commander Mike Palmer (757) 344-9646, (251) 580-3340 for more information about becoming an active volunteer contributor to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the “Volunteer Reserves” of the U.S. Coast Guard.
We are Semper Paratus, always ready!


 Attention Boaters!

Does your boat meet US Coast Guard safety requirements? Find out!
The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimum requirements and can help avoid a citation while on the water. Fairhope Flotilla 36 Vessel Examiners can make appointments with you to inspect your boat at your storage location or trailered prior to launch.


There is no charge, and no consequences if you don't pass. Our goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education. Personal pleasure craft, only 

Requirements for the Vessel Examination:

  • Have your boat equipped with all of its safety equipment
  • Be present for the exam.
  • Have your boat registration available
To arrange for a Vessel Safety Check visit the District 8CR webpage and click on I want a VSC



 Enjoy the water

We’ve got your back

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