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San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron

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.
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Cooperative Charting

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: info@scbps.com