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Vessel Safety Check
A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat to verify the
presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the
Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member
of the United States Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will
also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will
make you a safer boater.
This is not boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a
result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that
you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to
display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement
boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter. You can find
more information about Vessel Safety Checks and a list of what is checked at
the VSC Web site.
If you would like to have your vessel checked, call us at (239) 466-4040 or
request a vessel safety check on line.
A major service of USPS and its members is Cooperative Charting; the
contribution of correction data for nautical and aeronautical charts, reports on
marine facilities and the condition and status of geodetic survey markers (bench
marks) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and
National Ocean Service (NOS).
Members without boats can contribute to the program by reporting on the
geodetic survey markers positioned in locations all over local areas. The marks
are used in surveying and map making.
Members with or without boats can be involved by submitting facility reports on
marinas. Small craft charts contain data about marina facilities, which change
often and are in constant need of regular updating. San Carlos Bay Sail and
Power Squadron has modern state of the art equipment for measuring water
depths cooridinated with GPS positions.
There is a real competition among squadrons and districts to see who has the
highest number of reports and involved members. Recognition of achievement in
Cooperative Charting is given at District and National meetings. For more
information about our Cooperative Charting program, contact us at (239)
466-4040 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Power Squadrons®
San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron