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GET A FREE VESSEL SAFETY CHECK
proud to participate in the Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check program.
This program helps keep you and your passengers safe, and the waters of the
Hudson River safe for recreational boating.
Note: Sport and Utility Boats (SUB) such as Canoes
and Kayaks have special safety needs. Click on
Vessel Safety Checks for SUBs
to learn more about how to enjoy this fastest
growing area of recreational boating safely.
This program is
The results are not reported to any law enforcement or insurance agencies. You
can not receive any citations. The program is to assist you in determining if
your boat meets federal and state safety equipment requirements. Vessels that
pass are awarded a Vessel Safety Check decal, good for one year.
A certificate from a
Coast Guard Auxiliary safe boating class may decrease the cost of your boating
A Vessel Examiner
is an Auxiliarist who has be specially trained to check your boat for safety
equipment. The Vessel Examiner checks items in these categories:
Vessel registration numbering
2) Registration/documentation papers
3) Personal flotation devices
4) Visual distress signals
5) Fire extinguishers
7) Backfire flame arrestor
8) Sound producing devices
9) Navigation lights
10) Pollution placard
11) MARPOL trash placard
12) Marine sanitation device
13) Navigation rules
14) State and local requirements
15) Overall boat condition
In addition, the Vessel Examiner may review other
suggested, but not legally required improvements to enhance the safety
of your vessel. For example,
Federal Law does not require an anchor but NY State law does. Federal, State
and/or Local Requirements, which ever is the most stringent, must be met to
receive a VSC Decal. We
also share materials
assist you in having a
safe boating season.
Click the link below for a virtual VSC.
We Need You -- The Coast
Guard Auxiliary is called upon to provide essential services to the Coast
Guard as they focus more heavily on their military missions. We need all the
help we can get. You needn't own a boat or be an experienced boater, since
our missions are wide-ranging. For information about Auxiliary missions and
the Auxiliary in general, go to our
Join the Auxiliary
web page. You will find there a form through which you can ask that a
local Auxiliarist make contact with you to explore the ways in which you can
assist Team Coast Guard. To learn more go to
Charting Your Course in the USCG Auxiliary.
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