What is a Vessel Safety Check? Do you know if your vessel will pass an on the water inspection by Law Enforcement Authorities?
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 the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member or the US 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.
Some of the items we check are;
- Proper display of numbers
- Personal Flotation Devices; Life Jackets
- Visual Distress Signals
- Fire extinguishers
- Backfire flame control
- Sound producing devices
- Navigation lights
- State requirements
- Overall vessel condition
The Examiner will discuss items as the check progresses and will provide a thorough review of the results once the check is complete. The idea behind the safety check is to help the boater become aware of both Federal and State Requirements. 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 our distinctive Vessel Safety Check decal.
If I don’t pass, do you notify the authorities?
Answer: No, the results of your examination are only known to you and the Examiner.
If my vessel does not pass the exam, can I schedule a re-check?
Answer: Yes, in many cases the discrepancies found are minor and can be remedied quickly. If the re-check is conducted within 24 hours, the Examiner is only required to check that the deficient items have been corrected. If the re-check occurs outside the 24 hour window, the Examiner is required to do a complete examination.