Vessel Safety Checks

Auxiliary members are conducting FREE Vessel Safety Checks now. For Information about having Auxiliarists coming to visit your marina, yacht club, boat ramp, etc.


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 Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater. The items checked by the examiner include:

  • Proper Display of State Registration Numbers
  • State Registration Information on the boat
  • Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) on the boat
  • Visual Distress Signals (flares)
  • Ventilation of enclosed areas where the engine is located
  • Backfire Flame Control (if required)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Sound Producing Devices
  • Navigation Lights
  • Pollution or Trash Placards (if required)
  • Marine Sanitation Devices (if required)
  • Navigation Rules
  • Specific NYS requirements, including Anchor and sufficient Anchor Line.
  • Overall Vessel Condition

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.