Get checked for Coast Guard and State Compliance

The United States Power Squadrons and Coast Guard Auxiliary have teamed up to provide a shared program of no cost, no risk, vessel safety inspections. You arrange for an examiner to visit your boat. They will take about a half-hour to review the required and recommended safety equipment, and verify compliance with rules about notices and documents.


Safety checks are a public service of the Power Squadrons. We are happy to provide an inspection whether or not you are a member.


If your boat is in spec, which 75% are on the National average, the examiner will apply the distinctive VSC decal indicating approval. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but your being prepared can make this a more positive encounter.


There are no negative consequences from this inspection -- no citations, no fines -- just a report to you if anything needs to be corrected. Of course if the problem were found during a Coast Guard boarding instead, the consequences would be different.


Passing the inspection is easy. It requires complying with a short list of requirements which are clearly documented at, a great web site with a virtual inspection and tips on which items usually cause problems. Download the one-page checklist (requires Acrobat Reader), check it yourself, and then arrange for the examiner to confirm it.


Contact our chief examiner in the Poulsbo area to arrange an inspection:


P/C John Chen, AP |


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