Vessel Safety Checks

2013 VSC Decal

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat conducted by certified members of the Houston Sail and Power Squadron, confirming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety.

No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency, but a decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination.

Some of the items checked include:

  • Life Jackets
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery cover and connections

All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard.

The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later.

Vessel Safety Checks occur monthly at marinas and boating centers all over Houston and the surrounding area.

Individual Vessel Safety Checks at your boat can be arranged.

The 2013 schedule of Vessel Safety checks is on the HSPS Calendar 2013-2014 Rev 9.

For more information or to arrange a VSC please use the form below. If you cannot use the form, please contact .


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