America's Boating Club

America's Boating Club

Vessel Safety Check

What is a Vessel Safety Check?

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/or federal regulations. The vessel examiner is a trained specialist and is a member of the US Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They may also make recommendations and discuss safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

This is not boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.

Image of the decal for boats which have passed the 2018 Vessel Safety Check

America's Boating Channel Video on Vessel Safety Checks (5:16)