FREE VESSEL SAFETY CHECK (VSC)
A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and Federal regulations. The Certified Vessel Examiner is a specially trained member of the United States Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.
This is not a boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display the distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you will be better prepared to make this a positive encounter.
The vessel examiners performing this service have been trained to look for the more common problems, which might occur in your boat or it’s safety equipment. Some of the items we check are:
Proper Display of Numbers Sound Producing Devices
Registration/Documentation Navigation Lights
Visual Distress Signals State Requirements
Fire Extinguishers Overall Vessel Condition
Ventilation Backfire Flame Arrestor
Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets)