United States Power Squadrons®
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Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron
The Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary have teamed up to provide a shared program of no cost, no risk, vessel safety inspections. You arrange for an examiner to visit your boat. They will take about a half-hour to review the required and recommended safety equipment, and verify compliance of documents.
Safety Checks are a public service of the Power Squadrons. We are happy to provide an inspection whether or not you are a member.
If your boat is in spec, which most are, the examiner will apply the distinctive VSC decal indicating approval. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but your being prepared can make this a more positive encounter.
There are no negative consequences from this inspection, no citations, no fines, just a report to you if anything needs to be corrected. If the problem were found during a Coast Guard boarding instead the results would be different.
An inspection could cover any of the following items depending on the size of your boat and where it is used.
A vessel Examiner can perform a VSC on a variety of watercraft from a 65' sport boat, to a utility boat or PWC, even non motorized boats like kayaks and canoes. Chattanooga has three examiners to inspect a vessel for you.