Free Vessel Safety ChecksFree Vessel Safety Checks http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/other-vehicles/free-vessel-safety-checks/ bb3 Mar 1, 2011
By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee
The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a boat safety evaluation for America's recreational boaters. Itís free, itís fast (the check takes only 30 minutes to complete), and itís a great way to check your compliance with state and federal boating laws.
Here's how it works: A vessel examiner meets you at your boat at your scheduled time or during a VSC event at a marina or boat ramp. The examiner will then check your boat for over 15 items required by state and federal regulations, including:
- Proper display of registration number
- Registration/documentation papers
- Personal flotation devices
- Visual and aural distress signals
- Fire extinguishers
- Proper ventilation
- Backfire flame control
- Navigation lights
No penalties are assessed based on the VSC, but the examiner will make recommendations and discuss safety issues. If your boat successfully meets all the requirements, a Safety Seal decal will be presented for you to display on your boat.
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