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Vessel Safety Checks

  Home   To encourage safe boating, the Auxiliary conducts courtesy Vessel Safety Checks. A qualified Auxiliary volunteer will examine your boat to verify that it is being operated in accordance with required state and federal regulations. The Vessel Safety Check is not a law enforcement action. No fines or citations are issued. Rather, it is performed only with the cooperation of the owner and designed to educate the boating public. 

Boat owners are provided with a copy of the evaluation and are encouraged to implement any suggestions given. Vessels that pass the check are permitted to display the VSC Decal (below).

To get an idea of what is examined, visit the Virtual Safety Check Website

To schedule a Vessel Safety Check,  click the image below:

Click for National Department of Vessel Examination

The following are some of the items that will be examined during the Vessel Safety Check:

1. Display of Vessel Registration Numbers
2. Registration/Documentation
3. Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets)
4. Visual Distress Signals
5. Fire Extinguishers
6. Ventilation
7. Back Fire Flame Arresters
8. Sound Producing Device
9. Navigation Lights
10. Pollution Placard
11. MARPOL Trash Placard
12. Marine Sanitation Device
13. Copy of Navigation Rules
14. State / Local Requirements
15. Overall Vessel Condition

Want to know the most common reasons boat owners fail a Vessel Safety Check?  Read the data!

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