UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
FLOTILLA 10-02, 1st Southern Region
Serving the Hackensack, Passaic and Hudson Rivers
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AMERICA'S WATERWAY WATCH
VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS
A "Vessel Safety Check" is a FREE courtesy check of your boat (vessel) to verify the presence and condition of specific safety equipment required by Federal, state and local regulations. A Vessel Examiner is a certified member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary who is trained to conduct a VSC. He or she will perform the VSC on your boat (in or out of the water), discuss the purpose and volue of required and optional One a vessel passes the safety check, a decal is issued for that year, which is to be displayed on the vessel. 
VESSEL SAFETY CHECK DECAL REQUIREMENTS




  • Registration/Documentation - original papers
  • Display of Boat Registration Numbers - permanently attached to both forward sides of boat
  • Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices - one for every person on board
  • Visual Distress Signals - flares, orange smoke, and others, non-expired
  • Fire Extinguishers - fully charged and sufficient for the size and type of boat (USCG approved)
  • Ventilation Systems - if powerboat with inboard or inboard/outboard engine; if built after 09/01/78, must display proper Certificate of Compliance
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor Control Device - if inboard or inboard/outboard gasoline engine
  • Sound Producing Devices - horn and/or bell, depending on size and type of boat
  • Navigation Lights - properly functioning
  • Oil Discharge Pollution and Marine Poolution (MARPOL) placards - boats 26 feet and over
  • Marine Sanitation Devices (MSD) - must be USCG approved and outlets must be capable of being sealed
  • Navigation Rules - vessels over 39.4 feet must carry a copy (COLREGs)
  • State Boating Regulations - read local regulations to ensure you're in compliance
  • Overall vessel condition, as applicable
RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION WITH YOUR EXAMINER
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Vessle Safety Check Video