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What is a Vessel safety check?


Vessel Safety Inspections

By Kevin Jones


Even if you pay careful attention to safety, dangerous mechanical problems can crop up on the best-maintained boat. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters (including personal watercraft users and paddle craft such as canoes and kayaks) take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Inspection every year.

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 of the America's Boating Club. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.


The following will be covered when our Inspectors conduct your Vessel Safety Check utilizing the United States Power Squadrons® VSC
Pre-Check List:

· Required Boating and Safety Equipment

· Display of required numbers

· Registration and Documentation

· Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s)

· Visual Distress Signals (VDS or flares)

· Fire Extinguishers

· Ventilation

· Backfire Flame Control

· Sound Producing Devices

· Navigation Lights

· Pollution Placard (vessels of 26+ feet)

· Marpol Trash Placard (vessels of 26+ feet)

· Marine Sanitation Device (head)

· State Regulations

· Navigation Rules

· Overall Vessel Condition (Deck free of Hazzards, Electrical/Fuel Systems, Galley/Heating Systems

To Learn More about the America's Boating Club's
Vessel Safety Check Program go to:

To schedule a Vessel Safety Check and get a current Vessel Safety Check decal for your boat, contact one of the following certified examiners:


Kevin Jones  910-391-7578
Harold M Sykes 910-253-7998

Check our calendar for the next scheduled inspection date and location.