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Free Vessel Safety Check

Conducted by the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron
(See schedule of dates and places below)

What is a Vessel Safety Check? (VSC)

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
Life Jackets (Not in a wrapper !)
(Old term was "Personal Flotation Device" or PFD)
Visual Distress Signals (VDS or flares)
Fire Extinguishers
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 events to be performed by LNSPS examiners for year 2017 is posted below.
Please contact one of the examiners below to schedule an individual appointment.
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 2017 VSC examination.

All events will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

April 22: Holiday Harbor Marina
20139 Henderson Road, Cornelius, NC

May 20: Peninsula Yacht Club
Harbor Light Blvd, Cornelius, NC

June 24:  Morningstar (Kings Point) Marina
18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius, NC

July 8:  Lake Norman Marina
6065 NC Hwy 150 E Sherrills Ford, NC

You are encouraged to have a VSC done early in 2017 !!!  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
Alexander Cooper, Chair Catawba 336 403-1108
James T. Carver Mooresville 704 663-6791
Russell W. Klein Denver 704 489-0175
John T. Middleton Denver 704 483-4408
Alan J. Savage Denver 704 608-1954
Louis E. Schwartz Cornelius 704 737-8742
Richard Todd Mooresville 704 662-3647

Click Here to open the USPS Vessel Safety Check web 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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