Vessel Safety Check (VSC)
An important factor for a safe and fun filled day on the water is a boat which has the necessary safety equipment and its operating properly. Our trained and certified examiners will give you the confidence that you and your family have the necessary safety equipment onboard – and we do this FREE.
The courtesy Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat’s location – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified Vessel Examiner, at a mutually-convenient time. It usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of your boat. Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol, and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws. Most often, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely. If your boat does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, you are provided a written report that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine supply store is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection. And if you show your examiner-signed VSC report, you may receive a discount on your missing or discrepant items.
Why do this? In a word – safety! You will have the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help.
Finally, your boat's insurance rates may be lowered – check with your Agent.
Areas covered by the safety check include: registration/documentation and proper display of registration numbers, adequate personal flotation devices (life jackets), current visual distress signals (flares) for the boating area, number of operating fire extinguishers for the size of boat, engine compartment ventilation, backfire flame control, operating sound producing devices, properly installed & operating navigation lights and marine sanitation devices, display of required pollution and trash placards, navigation rules, and compliance with state requirements.
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