Free Vessel Safety Checks

The Williamsburg Flotilla 67 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel Safety Check of your boat. There is no charge and no consequences if you don't pass. Our goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education.

A Vessel Safety Check is a voluntary examination of the safety equipment carried or installed on your boat. This free service ensures that your vessel complies with federal and state laws. Life jackets, navigation lights, visual distress signals, horns, and fire extinguishers are some of the items that are checked. If a deficiency is found, you will have the chance to correct it assuring your boating experience will be as safe as possible.

Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC decal that alerts the Coast Guard and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws. Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely.

Watch the community calendar in this newspaper for dates when Vessel Safety Checks will be available at local marinas. Or you may schedule an appointment for a free Vessel Safety Check at a time of mutual convenience: please email

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