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What is a Vessel Safety Check?

  • A specially trained member of our squadron will visit your boat (vessel) to examine the presence and condition of safety equipment required by State and Federal Regulations.  This is a public service by a volunteer.  There is no charge.
  • Vessel Safety Checks cover all sorts of recreational boats from kayaks, canoes, and personal watercraft, to ocean going sail and power vessels.
  • Depending on the size and type of boat, the examiner will look at such things as personal flotation devices, emergency signals, fire extinguishers, navigation lights, horns, and the like.
  • The visit is relatively short, friendly and designed to be helpful.  You will enjoy and learn from it.

What a Vessel Safety Check is not?

  • A Vessel Safety Check is not a boarding by a law enforcement person.  In fact, it has nothing to do with law enforcement.
  • Rather, the examiner is someone just like you,  a recreational boater, but with one difference.  The examiner has been certified as knowledgeable about the types of equipment you are required to have onboard.
  • Results of an inspection are never given to any law enforcement person or agency

Why should I have one?

  • You will be given a copy of the results so that you may follow up on any suggestions the examiner makes.
  • If your boat passes the inspection, you will be given a distinctive VSC decal like the one here.  The decal says to the world that your boat has been inspected and found to comply with safety equipment requirements.
  • While the decal will not exempt you from a possible future boarding by the U.S. Coast Guard or other enforcement agencies, you will be prepared to make it a positive one.
  • If for some reason your boat does not pass, the examiner will be pleased to come again after you have had time to correct the deficiency.

What equipment will be checked?

  • The size and type of boat mandates federal and state equipment requirements.  Kayaks, Canoes, Row, Powered and Sail  boats and personal watercraft all can be checked. Click here for a copy of the form we use to check your boat.

How do I sign up for a Vessel Safety Check?

Contact Dave Van Wye at 774-408-6212
email dvanwye@comcast.net