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Do you want a FREE Vessel Safety Check?

Email us at vsc@d13cgaux.org and include the name of city where your boat is moored in the email.

Information regarding Vessel Safety Checks

The Vessel Safety Check is NOT an official Coast Guard boarding, and is made solely as a helpful safety service to the boating public.  The safety check results are ONLY reported to the boat owner.  The safety check looks at the following items: registration, lights, horn, lifejackets, fire extinguishers, distress signals, ventilation, fuel systems, anchor, alternate propulsion, dewatering device, electrical system, sewage system, and navigation rules.

To locate a Vessel Examiner use the I Want A VSC web page.

"What if my boat flunks the Vessel Safety Check?"

No problem, just schedule a second examination.  The VSC is not a law enforcement action. No one gets a copy of your failure to pass.  You get a check list of your needs and, often, help in obtaining them. Where to get another examination is not a dilemma either.  Usually, an Auxiliary Vessel Examiner will meet you at your boat - back at the ramp or marina or even your house.

"What equipment is checked during my FREE equipment safety check?"

The check lists used by the Vessel Examiner are available.  You do not need to print these, as the Examiner will bring them. 


Federal Requirements and Safety Tips for Recreational Boats

Federal Requirements: Check out information about Federal laws for safety tips, equipment requirements and safety recommendations for recreational vessels. 

Float Plans: Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan?  The answer is simple... there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation.  Without a float plan you are counting on someone else, a friend, neighbor, or family member to remember detailed information that rescue personnel need in order to find you.  Information that can make a difference in the outcome.

 Float Plan website

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