The courtesy Vessel Safety Examination (VSE) is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified Vessel Examiner, at a mutually convenient time. It usually takes about 20 minutes, depending on the size of your boat.
Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSE 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. Most often, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely.
If your boat does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, you are provided a written report that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine supply store is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection. And if you show your examiner-signed VSE report, you may receive a discount on your missing or discrepant items.
Why do this? In a word – safety. You will have the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Finally, your insurance rates may be lowered – check with your agent.
Fill in your contact information and click on the "SUBMIT" button We will arrange for a local volunteer to perform a FREE VSE on your boat at a mutually convenient time.