Vessel Safety Checks

Have your vessel inspected for safety equipment.

* It is important that you have a yearly vessel safety check.

A vessel safety check is a courtesy examination of a boat to verify the presence and operable condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. The vessel examiner (VE) is a trained specialist and is a member of United States Power Squadrons or US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The VE will also make certain recommendations and discuss safety related issues that will make boat owners safer boaters.

Stark County has qualified Vessel Examiners to serve you. Our Vessel Examiners are in the Ohio areas of: Canton, Sandusky, Marblehead, Catawba, Salt Fork, and Stark County.

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The decal is recognized by the US Coast Guard.

What we look for

  • Proper display of numbers

  • Registration/documentation

  • Personal flotation devices

  • Visual distress signals

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Ventilation

  • Backfire flame control (gas engines)

  • Sound producing devices

  • Navigation lights

  • Pollution placard

  • MARPOL trash placard

  • Marine sanitation devices

  • Navigation rules (39.4 feet and over)

  • State and local requirements

  • Overall vessel condition: Deck free of hazards; clean bilge; safe electrical and fuel systems; safe galley and heating systems

    Boating Safety Check List

For further details or to request a Vessel Safety Check, send email to webmaster.

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