Wednesday, June 15, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

June 15, 2011
Contact: Bill Swank
Public Affairs Officer

News Release

Vessel Safety Check – The Only Cost is a Little of Your Time

WASHINGTON – With Memorial Day now behind us, the summer boating season is “officially” under way. If you haven’t already taken the time to have a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel safety examiner check out your boat, now is the time to do so.

Auxiliary flotillas around the country sponsor vessel safety examinations almost on a weekly or monthly basis at most local marinas and other outdoor marine events and venues. The safety check is free…your only investment is a little time.

A typical vessel safety check takes only about 30 minutes…and often can be done while you are waiting in line at the launch ramp. Or if you already are tied up at dockside, the safety check can be performed while you are making your last minute preparations and briefing your passengers on safety aspects of your boat.

Requirements for earning a Vessel Safety Check Decal to display on you boat include:

 proper display of registration numbers and appropriate registration documentation,;
 availability of personal flotation devices, visual distress signals, sound- producing devices and fire extinguishers;
 proper ventilation and backfire flame control for your engine;
 operable navigation lights and marine sanitation devices, if appropriate;
 pollution placards, copies of navigation rules and compliance with appropriate state local requirements,
 and overall condition of your vessel’s electrical and fuel systems, galley cooking systems and hazard-free deck and clean bilge.

While not a requirement to obtain a vessel safety check decal, the Coast Guard Auxiliary examiners recommend you have a marine radio, dewatering device, anchor and line suitable for the depths of water in which you will be operating, a first aid kit and other items that your examiner will review with you during the inspection.

So don’t put off a vessel safety check any longer…BOAT SMART FROM THE START!!!

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

Photos are available upon request.


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