Free Vessel Safety Checks

Free Vessel Safety Checks bb3 Mar 1, 2011

By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee

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The U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Safety Check Program, is administered by volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons.

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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