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What is a Vessel Safety Check?

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will perform a complimentary examination of your boat, confirming that you meet both Federal and state requirements for safety. Purely advisory, the Auxiliary issues no citations, but will award a decal to display that your vessel has passed the examination. This was formerly referred to as a Courtesy Marine Examination.

The Vessel Safety Check gives you a quick and easy way to check that you are ready for the coming season. The items that are checked include:

  • Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets)
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers)
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery cover and connections

Note that these same items are required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard. The Vessel Safety Check offered here gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimums. Simply fill out the form below to schedule a free vessel safety check. Not from this area? Click HERE to get a free vessel safety check near you.

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