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 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. He or she will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.
This is not a 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.
If you would like to arrange for a free Vessel Safety Check, anywhere in the harbors near
Darien, contact our Vessel Safety Chairman Jim Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's What's Needed To Pass A Vessel Safety Check In Connecticut
1. Current Registration/Documentation Papers
2. CT Safe Boating Certificate (CT requirement)
- Registered boat: state-issued numbers and current decal permanently affixed to forward half of vessel
- Documented boat: current state decal permanently affixed to forward half of vessel & documentation numbers permanently affixed to interior
4. Visual Distress Signals (flares)
- One USCG-approved life jacket appropriately sized for each person on board plus one throwable. PFDs must be readily accessible.
5. Fire Extinguishers
- Minimum of 3 unexpired day/night flares
Fire Extinguishers must be readily accessible and verified as servicible.
- Less than 26' - 1 B-1
- 26' - 40' - 2 B-1 or 1 B-2
- 40' - 65' - 3 B-1 or 1 B-2 & 1 B-1
6. Gas Powered Inboard/IO Vessels only
7. Sound-Producing Device
- Blower & ducts
- Backfire flame control
8. Navigation Lights & Anchor Light
- Bell if over 40' and less than 65'
9. Pollution Placard (over 26') (we have copies if you need one)
- Red/green lights forward
- White light visible 360° (combo or all-around)
- 360° all-around anchor light
10. Marpol Trash Placard (over 26') (we have copies if you need one)
11. Trash-Management Plan (over 40')
12. Marine Sanitation Device (head)
13. Navigation Rules
- Any installed toilet must be a Coast Guard approved device. Overboard discharge outlets must be capable of being sealed (locked).
14. Good over-all condition of vessel as applies to safety
- A current and complete copy of the Navigation Rules are required onboard vessels over 39.4'