Do you and your spouse have the confidence
that your boat complies with Federal and State regulations
intended for safe boating? The United States Power
Squadron has affiliated with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary to provide Vessel Safety Checks (VSCs) to
The VSC program helps to achieve voluntary compliance with
federal and state recreational boating safety laws, particularly
regarding the carriage of safety equipment. It also raises
boaters' awareness of safety issues through
one-on-one contact by volunteer vessel examiners.
The voluntary Vessel Safety Check includes
checking your registration and the display of your State
registration number, personal floatation devices, visual
distress signaling capability, fire extinguishers, ventilation
and backfire flame control for gasoline powered boats, sound
producing devices, navigation lights, and marine sanitation
devices. The examiner will also review other safety issues
that are not on the "required" list.
Successful passing of the VSC entitles you
to a US Coast Guard sticker to display on your boat and a copy
of the inspection form. While not official policy, it is
generally felt that display of the sticker eliminates most
on-water checks by the U.S. Coast Guard.
While we generally think of power boats as
needing many of the safety checks, we also check sail boats,
personal watercraft, canoes, and kayaks.
The inspection is often done "on the water",
but can be done on a boat ramp or in your back yard. The
inspection is free and don't be afraid to fail. We are
happy to re-inspect once you have taken care of any deficiencies
For more information and to sign up for a VSC,
please call P/D/C Pat Pabouet, P at 860-781-7106.
Interested in becoming a Vessel
Safety Examiner (VSE)?
Giving vessel safety checks is a great
activity for new members as well as retired members who would
like to get more active. If you have a boat in a marina,
it is particularly easy to become the "VSC person" for the
marina. You will get a lot of satisfaction in giving your
free exam while making your fellow boaters a little more