|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 boarding or a law
enforcement issue. 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 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
from our National website or contact
us directly to arrange for your Vessel Safety Check.