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Scheduling a Free Vessel Safety Check?

Get a free Vessel Safety Check to ensure that you meet State and Federal Government requirements for documentation and safety equipment. America’s Boating Club® certified Vessel Safety Examiners can conduct the same safety check of your vessel that is performed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or state maritime police and will be happy to discuss additional safety considerations with you. Successful completion of the safety check gives you a report and a decal that shows you passed the safety check and are safety conscious. This is not a boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be or can be given as a result of this interaction between you and the Vessel Examiner. We will supply you with a copy of our vessel safety check so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display a distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from a law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter. During a vessel safety check the Vessel Examiner will look at:

  • Registration and vessel numbers
  • Navigation lights
  • Anchor & line
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Sound producing device
  • Flame arrestors and ventilation (if required)
  • No oil in bilge
  • General safe boat condition
  • And more.