Frequently Asked Question Friday – Why Receive a Vessel Safety Check?

Friday, April 24, 2015

 Regardless of your budget there are many gifts available for the boater in your family.  Photo by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson.

Remember all the safety gear you got last year? Get a free Vessel Safety Check from the USCG Auxiliary to find out if it is enough to keep you safe. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Brad Simpson.

Safety! The peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help in an emergency.

In many cases, boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. All decals and safety checks are void December 31st of year they are inspected. They are also void should the operator /owner fail to maintain the vessel’s equipment or the vessel itself to the standard at the time of the safety check.

Type of items checked…

  • Life Jackets
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery cover and connections

All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard.

 


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