What is a Vessel Safety Check?
The Vessel Safety Check is a FREE bow-to-stern
inspection of your boat by a local and qualified member of the Rochester's U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 42. It’s your best way to learn about potential problems that might put you in violation of state
or federal laws, or — worse — create danger for you or your passengers on the water.
Things can go wrong on the water, with dangerous — even fatal — results.
That’s why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that you get a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) every year.
Schedule a Vessel Safety Check
Schedule a Vessel Safety Check as soon as you are ready to launch your boat this season by contacting the VSC officer
Have Your Boat Inspected - Do it NOW!
Provided by Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 42 Rochester, New York
Qualified Vessel Examiners of Rochester's
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 42 offer free safety checks to boaters who wish to be sure that their boats
met all federal and state requirements.
These local Vessel Examiners who perform these checks are specially trained Auxiliarists who are kept informed on the latest legal requirements for boaters.
Vessel Examiners have no legal authority - their goal is to prevent boaters from getting equipment-related citations and to prevent safety-related accidents. These safety checks are meant to be an educational experience.
The Vessel Examiners of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 42 will check for all required items on board your boat and if everything is present and in good working order, they will award a decal to affix to your boat. If you wish, they will also gladly explain the reason for the various safety equipment requirement and explain how safety equipment works
Your Only Risk is Not Having One
Vessel Examiners issue no citations. There are no penalties
for not successfully completing a Vessel Safety Check. The Vessel Examiners have absolutely NO Law
Enforcement authority. Their job is to help the boater have a safe voyage.
Vessel Examiners provide you with a copy of the vessel safety check form, allowing you to make the recommended safety improvements at your own discretion.
And while the VSC decal won’t necessarily preclude random inspections by law enforcement authorities, it can give you confidence that such encounters are as positive as possible.
Need another reason? A large number of major insurance providers offer discounts for boats that successfully pass a Vessel Safety Check!
How It Works!
Vessel A Vessel Examiner will meet
you at your boat at a prearranged time or during a VSC event at a marina, boat ramp, etc.
The Examiner will check the presence and condition of approximately fifteen items required by state and federal regulations. Additionally, they will discuss items that are recommended but not required ... and answer your questions on boating safety.
A typical Vessel Safety Check takes approximately twenty minutes. At the conclusion of the check, you’ll receive a copy of the Vessel Safety Check form and — if your vessel successfully meets all the requirements — a VSC decal will be presented on the spot.
What Does a Vessel Safety Check Cover and how can I prepare?
Vessel Safety Checks are customized for various size powerboats,
personal watercraft (PWCs), sailboats, and even kayaks, canoes, or rowboats.
You can go to "Online Vessel Examiner" and check to see if you are ready to have your vessel examined. To get to that page, Click Here.
Read the instructions on that web page to do your own self test. There is also a tool that you can step through on-line to check to see if your vessel is compliant. The tool is called "The Virtual Examiner". Click Here to use this tool.
When you are ready to have your vessel examined, contact the the VSC officer. By using this link, you can greatly expedite your inspection since it will go directly to the FSO-VE officer of Flotilla 42.
By using the "Online Vessel Examiner", you can download the Vessel Examination form. Also there are extensive explanations of the all requirements.