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Vessel Safety Checks

Some Coast Guard Auxiliary members receive special training to conduct Free Vessel Safety Checks.  A Vessel Safety Check, VSC, 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.  They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

This is not like a boarding or a law enforcement inspection. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass a VSC will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal, like the one shown on the right. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.

The photos below show one of our Vessel Examiners conducting a VSC on a boat in the Connecticut River.  If you want to see how your boat stacks up try a Virtual VSC from our National website or contact us directly to arrange for your Vessel Safety Check. 

     Examiner checks vessel numbers and registration documents

    Examiner checks fire extinguisher

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                                Last Updated 04 Jun 2019