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Vessel Safety Check

Free Vessel Safety Check

TThe U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary have certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel Safety Check ("VSC") at your boat, at a time of mutual convenience. 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.

Even Experienced Boaters Need A Vessel Safety Check !!

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

What's in it for Me?

Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol, State Park Ranger, 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.

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.

Where is the Vessel Safety Check Performed?

The courtesy Vessel Safety Check 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-time that's convenient for you.The vessel exam usually takes 30 to 45 minutes,depending upon the size of your boat.

What if I Don't Pass?

If your boat does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, a copy the examination report is provided to you that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine store is all that is necessary to either obtain missing safety items or parts to easily pass a re-inspection.

Why Do This?

In a word safety. You are left with the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help.Finally, your insurance rates may be lowered. So check with your insurance agent for more information.

How Do I Get A Vessel Safety Check?

Simply click on the "I Want a VSC" menu item to the left to contact a volunteer close to your ZIP Code to perform a VSC on your boat.