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Vessel Safety Check

A major component of a safe, responsible & fun filled outing is a boat which has all the necessary safety equipment operating properly. A free voluntary vessel safety check is the answer and our trained members will be happy to perform the check.

Vessels that successfully complete the safety check may qualify for a discount on rates with many major insurance companies. West Marine offers a 10% discount on safety equipment needed to pass the safety check.

While maximizing the safe use and enjoyment of U.S. waterways by recreational boaters, the Vessel Safety Check process is one of prevention through education, outreach and volunteer compliance with federal and state recreational boating safety laws, particularly with regard to the carriage of safety equipment while raising boater awareness about safety and environmental issues through voluntary contact by a vessel examiner.

Through discussions with recreational boaters, this program is designed to motivate boaters in maintaining and operating their boats in a safe manner, taking boating safety courses to increase their knowledge and skills in boating, and promote safe boating.

There is no downside to having your vessel checked. Details of the inspection, pass or fail, are not shared with any agency. If your vessel does not pass, the examiner will give you specifics as to what needs to be corrected and will make arrangements to re-examine your vessel at a convenient time. A distinctive decal is awarded for display on your vessel upon successful completion. This decal advises marine law enforcement that your vessel was inspected and found to comply with all safety equipment requirements. A new decal is available each year, and we highly recommend renewing your safety check annually. The inspection typically takes about 20 minutes to complete.

You can view the complete Vessel Safety Checklists for power craft, sail craft, and PWCs, and for paddle craft.

Request a safety check