Vessel Safety Checks (VSC)
A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) 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. The examiner will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater. This is not a boarding or law enforcement inspection. No citations will be given as a result of this voluntary inspection. The examiner will supply you with a copy of his evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display the distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be better prepared in the event you are later boarded by a law enforcement officer.
If you wish to schedule a VSC, Larry Cole who is a Monroe Boat Club member and the District 9 Education Officer of the U.S. Power Squadrons, will be glad to perform a Vessel Safety Check of your boat. Please click on the following link to schedule your inspection with Larry. As an alternative, you can give him a call at (734) 755-7252 to schedule an inspection.
Remember, Monroe Boat Club requires new dock holders and existing dock holders who have purchased a different boat, to have a VSC by July 30th of the year in which your boat is first docked at MBC. Dock holders and/or renters failing to comply with this rule will be fined one dollar ($1) each day they are not in compliance after July 30th until October 31st (the official end of the boating season).