York Sail and Power Squadron
A Unit of United States Power Squadrons®

 

Vessel Safety Check Program




 

 

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  A Vessel Safety Check May Help:
  • Prevent citations by ensuring your vessel meets federal, state, and local safety equipment requirements.
  • Identify possible equipment defects and costly breakdowns.
  • Increase safe boating practices to help you avoid accidents and injuries.
  • Provide a better understanding, use, and care of your marine safety equipment.

What is a Vessel Safety Check?
A Vessel Safety Check ensures that the vessel and its equipment comply with federal, state, and local safety requirements.
Some of the inspected items include:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Backfire flame control
  • Sound producing devices
  • Visual distress signals
  • Life jackets
  • Registration/documentation
  • State and local requirements
  • Navigation lights
  • Proper display of numbers
  • Ventilation

 Boating Safety Education:
During the Vessel Safety Check, the examiner discusses the purpose of the marine safety equipment and how it applies to federal, state, and local regulations. The examiner also reviews local boating conditions, answers any boating related safety questions, and encourages additional boater education. 
Educational topics include:

  • Accident reporting
  • Charts and aids
  • Survival tips
  • Fueling/fuel management
  • Float plan
  • Weather and water conditions
  • Safe boating classes.

 What Does It Cost?
There is no cost to you. The Vessel Safety Check is a free service provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons, and many state boating safety agencies.

How Do I Schedule a Vessel Safety Check for My Boat?
Please fill out the form below and click submit.