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Napa Area Vessel Safety Check Schedule

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       Even Experienced Boaters need a Safety Check!

 Vessel Safety Check

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.

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 take 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.

What's In it For Me?

Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol, and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws. Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely.

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 chandlery is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection. And, if you show your examiner-signed VSC report you may receive a discount on your missing or discrepant items.

Why Do This?

In a word - safety. You are left with the piece of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in any emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Finally, your insurance rates might be lowered - check with your insurance agent.

Where Can I Get More Information?

You're here; this is the website that will tell you what you need. While here, you may take a Virtual Vessel Safety Check, find an examiner near your boat, and learn why boats fail. And if you'd really like a comprehensive understanding of the Vessel Safety Check, and how it relates to your boat you are welcome to download the 52-page Vessel Safety Check Manual that is our examiner's "bible". But don't delay! Schedule your free vessel safety check as early in the year as you can, and set an example as a safe recreational boater. Simply call the phone number below to contact and find a volunteer close to your ZIP code. And remember, no vessel is too large or too small to be safe - and in compliance. Your family, friends, and fellow boaters will thank you!


TO SCHEDULE your own safety check in the Napa area please contact: Erik Paananen, Flotilla Staff Officer Vessel Examination, by email: