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Free Vessel Safety Check

Conducted by the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron

What is a Vessel Safety Check? (VSC)

Vessel Safety Check Decal
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 the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member of the United States Power Squadrons. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain 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 the distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter. Many insurance companies offer additional insurance discounts as a result of passing a Vessel Safety Check.
 
What is covered?
Required equipment:
 

Display of Numbers
Registration/Documentation
Life Jackets (Not in a wrapper !)
    
(Old term was "Personal Flotation Device" or PFD)
Visual Distress Signals (VDS or flares)
Fire Extinguishers
Ventilation
Backfire Flame Control
Sound Producing Devices
Navigation Lights
Pollution Placard (26 + ft)
Marpol Trash Placard (26 + ft)
Marine Sanitation Device (Head)
Navigation Rules (Hand out)
Federal, State and Local Regulations
Overall Vessel Condition
Answering Boaters' Questions

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Schedule for VSC exams by the LNSPS examiners for year 2014
Our squadron will be conducting VSC exams from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the following locations:
Notice:  If you cannot bring your boat to one of these events but still wish a vessel safety check, please contact one of the examiners listed below to schedule an individual exam. Be sure to contact us as soon as possible for your 2013 VSC examination.

Apr 5:  Peninsula Yacht Club - Cornelius, NC

Apr 26:  Westport Marina (note: 9 AM to 1 PM) - Denver, NC

May 10:  Holiday Harbor Marina - Cornelius, NC

May 18:  Morningstar (Kings Point) Marina - Cornelius, NC

June 7:  Boat Rack Marina - Sherrill's Ford, NC

June 14:  Morningstar (Kings Point) Marina - Cornelius, NC

You are encouraged to have a VSC done early in 2014 !!!  It's FREE !
Happy and Safe Boating.

 

"Come by water or trailer - but come !"

To set up an appointment or to learn more about scheduled vessel checks contact any of the following certified examiners:

Name Location Phone E-mail
Hal Bloom Charlotte 704 621-0292 htbloom@earthlink.net
Trent Burgess Mooresville 704 965-3760 thesnide1@hotmail.com
Larry Domonkos Cornelius 704 895-0405 ldomonkos@mindspring.com
Russ Klein Denver 704 489-0175 russklein45@charter.net
Patrick Phelan Denver 704 235-8139 PJFPhelan@msn.com
Ken Roberts Mooresville 704 230-0950 kennormaroberts@gmail.com
Lou Schwartz Cornelius 704 737-8742 lschwartz919@msn.com
Clyde Starr Cornelius 704 947-2729 clydenancy@aol.com
Wayne Thrailkill Cornelius 704-775-6318 wayne.thrailkill@gmail.com
Richard Todd Mooresville 704 662-3647 goneboatinto@roadrunner.com

Click Here to open the Vessel Safety Check Website Home Page
Click Here to read about doing a self-exam to check your own boat

Click Here to open the Vessel Safety Check Website Home Page
Click Here to read about doing a self-exam on your own boat


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