Even if you pay careful attention to safety, dangerous mechanical problems can crop up on the best-maintained boat. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters (including personal watercraft users and paddle craft such as canoes and kayaks) take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program every year.
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 our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.
VSC's are performed free by qualified vessel safety examiners of the Catawba Sail & Power Squadron. A VSC is your best way of learning about problems that might put you in violation of state or federal laws or, worse, create danger for you or your passengers on the water.
To schedule a Vessel Safety Check and get a current Vessel Safety Check decal for your boat, contact one of the following certified examiners:
Bill Beers, 803-327-4991
Joe Fazzari, 704-341-0502
To do a preliminary
self-test on your boat, download this
Boating Safety Checklist
To Request a Free Vessel Safety Check
Complete the form below.
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