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A Vessel Safety Check is a free examination of a vessel's compliance with required Federal and State safety equipment. A vessel examiner (VE) will board your vessel, with your prior consent and written permission, and examine such things as life jackets, visual distress signals, audible signals, boat registration/ documentation, overall condition, and so forth. A typical examination takes about 30 minutes. If your vessel passes, you will get a VSC decal which you should affix to the port side of your vessel. If it fails, take the exam form (ANSC 7012) to any Boat US or West Marine store and receive a 10% discount on required safety equipment. Then make an appointment to get your vessel re-examined. Take a look at the attached form so you can become familiar with the items the VE will be examining. Remember, VEs have no law enforcement authority. Whether you boat passes or fails is of no concern to anyone else. Unlike a car inspection, the VE does not affix a REJECTED sticker. He or she simply goes away leaving you a copy of the form. VEs are not allowed to sell you anything. This is not a revenue making venture.

National Vessel Safety Check Web Site

Vessel Examiners

Frederick A. Costanza Natick 508 655-6503
John Earner Quincy 617 481-5771
Richard H. Eckhouse Scituate 781 545-2040
F. Joseph Grant Rockland 781 878-9176
John P. Grasso East Bridgewater 508 378-4822
Virginia B. Gray Hingham 781 749-4171
David S. Jones Kingston 781 585-8121
Robert E. LeBlanc East Bridgewater 508 378-4022
William F. Morley Braintree 781 843-2996
William J. Mortimer Jr. Brockton 508 584-1084
Richard F. Petersen Whitman 781 447-0193
Walter Riley Beverly 978 927-5189
Robert C. Struzziero Scituate 781 545-2748
Michael M. Sullivan South Natick 508 655-3496
Skip Whitaker Marblehead

Click here to see the Vessel Safety Check Form (ANSC 7012).