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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11SR-1-4

Vessel Safety Checks

 A FREE Service of the Coast Guard Auxiliary



MARINE SAFETY ALERT --- MARINER’S SAFETY ENDANGERED WHEN VHF RADIO DISTRESS ALERTS BY DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING (DSC) LACK LOCATION AND IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION. CLICK HERE for more information!

Click Here to Find an Examiner close to you

The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers no obligation free safety checks on vessels of all types. If your vessel possesses all required safety items and they are in good condition, then a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check (VSC) decal will be affixed to your boat. This decal represents many things to many people:

  • You, the boat owner, will have peace of mind and satisfaction knowing that your boat meets safety standards.

  • Your passengers will be confident in you, knowing your boat passed all the safety checks.

  • Other boaters will respect you for caring about safe boating.

  • Coast Guard and Marine Police will recognize your vessel has met national safety standards.

  • Your insurance company may offer discounts to boaters and boats with a current "Vessel Safety Check" decal.

  • Commercial discounts are available from marine suppliers for safety items.

As you have probably guessed, this is all about boating safety. The Coast Guard Auxiliary promotes safe recreational boating through education. If your boat does not possess all the requirements to receive a decal, you will not be "red tagged, recorded, or reported" to any Federal or State agency. Items failing to meet the State and Federal requirements are brought to the attention of the boat owner for remedy. By design, this is between the boat owner and the Vessel Examiner. Your boat can be re-examined at any time by any qualified Vessel Examiner. And we love to re-examine boats to keep you safe!

 

Click Here to Find an Examiner

  • Click Here is search the On-Line Lookup Vessel Safety Check Examiners Database

  • Click Here to Experience a Virtual Vessel Safety Check

Things which will be checked for compliance:

State Registration Numbers
Backfire Flame Arrester
Dewatering Device / Bailer
Hull Identification Number
Sound Producing Devices
Electrical Installation
Navigation Rule Booklets
Navigation Lights
Galley Installation

PFDs (Life Jackets)
Fuel / Heating System
Marine Sanitation Device
Fire Extinguishers
Anchor and Line
Pollution / Trash Placards
Ventilation
Secondary Method of Propulsion
Visual Distress Signals

Any other special State or Federal requirements due to the length of the boat or use of the vessel may also be checked. Your Vessel Examiner will be happy to explain these items at the time of the examination. It's better to get a cheerful explanation from an Auxiliary Vessel Examiner than a costly citation or embarrassing escort from the U.S.Coast Guard or San Diego Police.


VESSEL SAFETY CHECK LOCATIONS
Laurel Street (619)231-1300.........Every Saturday from 9 AM-2 PM.
Southwestern Yacht Club (619)222-0438.......By Appointment.
Mission Bay Yacht Club (858)488-0501........By Appointment.
Half Moon Anchorage (619)224-3411.........By Appointment.
Sun Harbor Marina (619)222-1167..........By Appointment.

Please call the Dockmaster to set up an appointment.
 

 
The Auxiliary does CHECKS
The U.S. Coast Guard does INSPECTIONS
Be safe, not sorry!


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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 11S-1-4 San Diego, California