Coast Guard advises Vessel Safety Check

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard advises boaters to get a free Vessel Safety Check before embarking on a trip during this fifth day of National Safe Boating Week.

A courtesy VSC is performed at the location of your boat, whether in a slip, at the launch ramp or in your driveway – by a certified Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron Vessel Examiner, at a mutually-convenient time. The exam usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the size of the boat.

Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all federal and state boating laws.

If a boater’s vessel does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, owners are provided a written report that aids in correcting any discrepancies noted or specific information on required additional equipment. Often, a quick trip to the local marine chandlery is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection.

For more information on VSC and how to schedule an examinaiton, click here.

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