Both the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons have certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel       Safety Check (“VSC”) at your boat, at a time of mutual convenience. There is no charge, and no consequences if you don’t pass. Our goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education. 

 To request a VSC, please call 631-533-2628 or e-mail

What is checked in a Vessel Safety Check?

Item 1 – Display of Numbers:

Item 2 – Registration / Documentation:

Item 3 – Personal Flotation Devices (PFD):

Item 4 – Visual Distress Signals (VDS):

Item 5 – Fire Extinguishers:

Item 6 – Ventilation:

Item 7 – Backfire Flame Control:

Item 8 – Sound Producing Devices / Bell:

Item 9 – Navigation Lights:

Item 10 – Pollution Placard:

Item 11 – MARPOL Trash Placard:

Item 12 – Marine Sanitation Devices:

Item 13 – Navigation Rules:

Item 14 – State and/ or Local Requirements:

Item 15 – Overall Vessel condition:

a. Deck free of hazards and clean bilge:

b. Safe Electrical and Fuel Systems:

c. Safe Galley and Heating Systems: