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US Coast Guard Auxiliary "Free" Vessel Inspection

  • 3 Jun 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • LGYC vessles

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Two of our members are very active in the United State Coast Guard Auxiliary, Richard and Lynn Miles and have generously offered to conduct vessel safety inspections at the Yacht club this  weekend ..... June 3.  

Please RSVP if you would like to have an inspection or contact Lynn directly at 256-797-7613.  If you RSVP Lynn will get in touch to set up a time. 

If you have a specific time requirement, please email willscharles@gmail.com and he will work with Richard and Lynn on the schedule. 

See the description below for what is offered.


The most cautious boaters can sometimes experience unexpected problems on the water. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport users, take advantage of the “free” Vessel Safety Check program every year.

The courtesy Vessel Safety Check (VSC) 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, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.

What's in it For the Boater?

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. Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely.

What do the Vessel Examiners check?

Here is a list of some of the items we check:

Proper Display of numbers; Registration / Documentation; Personal Flotation Devices; Life Jackets; Visual Distress Signals; Fire Extinguishers; Ventilation; Backfire flame control; Sound producing devices; Navigation lights; State requirements; overall vessel condition.

Boat that requires the MSD inspection, must display a current sticker.

If a vessel meets all of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) requirements it is awarded a VSC decal.

What If I Don't Pass?

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 chandlery is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection. And if you show your examiner-signed VSC report, you may receive a discount on your missing or discrepant items.

If you have any questions, Lynn can be reached at 256-797-7613.

Lake Guntersville Yacht Club is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. 498 Yacht Club Drive, Guntersville, Alabama 35976

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