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Vessel Safety Check

Get a free vessel safety check by one of our Vessel Examiners, call 808-499-5944

What is a Vessel Safety check?
A vessel safety check is a free check of your boat's safety equipment for compliance with local, state and federal requirements.

What will be checked on my boat?
  • Proper Display of Numbers
  • Registration/Documentation
  • Life Jackets
  • Visual Distress Signals (flares)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Ventilation (blower)
  • Backfire Flame Control
  • Sound Producing Devices
  • Navigation Lights
  • State and Local Requirements
  • Overall Vessel Condition
  • and more

During the Vessel Safety Check, you can talk with the vessel examiner about the use of marine safety equipment, get information on various federal, state, and local regulations, review local boating conditions, and ask boating-related safety questions.  The vessel examiner will encourage you to take advanced boating courses and will tell you about the USPS® boater education program. Some of the topics you can discuss with the vessel examiner include:
  • Accident Reporting
  • Charts and Aids
  • Service Tips
  • Fueling and Fuel Management
  • Float Plans
  • Weather and Sea Conditions
  • Safe Boating Classes

You will receive an evaluation form showing missing equipment and safety problems. Your copy is also a "shopping list." Show it to the cashier at BOAT/US or West Marine stores and get a discount on safety-related items.

Boats that meet safety requirements will be awarded the 2021 VSC sticker to display on their port side. Busy U.S. Coast Guard patrols save time and effort by looking for VSC stickers while doing routine safety stops. If they spot one on your boat, they'll know you are very likely to be in compliance with the regulations they enforce, and will look elsewhere.

If your boat is at a marina, you can get a Vessel Safety Check from roving USPS® vessel examiners, or you can make an appointment for a time convenient to you by calling our vessel safety check phone number at 808-499-5944.
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