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Vessel Safety Checks


Vessel Safety Checks

What Is A Vessel Safety Check?

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat conducted by members of the 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, but a decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination.

The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later.

What Type of Items Are Checked?

  • Life JacketsVessel Safety Check Seal
  • 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.

Find an Examiner

To organize a Vessel Safety Check with a member of the Base Galveston Coast Guard Auxiliary, please send an email to:

You can also find a Vessel Examiner close to your location by visiting: