Vessel Safety Checks

Have your vessel inspected for safety equipment.

A vessel safety check is a courtesy examination of a boat to verify the presence and operable condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. The vessel examiner (VE) is a trained specialist and is a member of United States Power Squadrons or US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The VE will also make certain recommendations and discuss safety related issues that will make boat owners safer boaters.

* It is important that you have a yearly vessel safety check.


VSC 2019 decal

The decal is recognized by the US Coast Guard.

What we look for:

  • Proper display of numbers

  • Registration/documentation

  • Personal flotation devices

  • Visual distress signals

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Ventilation

  • Backfire flame control (gas engines)

  • Sound producing devices

  • Navigation lights

  • Pollution placard

  • MARPOL trash placard

  • Marine sanitation devices

  • Navigation rules (39.4 feet and over)

  • State and local requirements

  • Overall vessel condition: Deck free of hazards; clean bilge; safe electrical and fuel systems; safe galley and heating systems

More Information

For VSC information or request, Contact:

D/Lt/C James E. Mason, SN or P/R/C Elliott L. Manke, JN