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Old February 9th, 2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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I will be certified to perform Vessel Safety Checks by next week.

Let me know if you would like an inspection.

VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS
The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat conducted by members of the Auxiliary, 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.

An example of some of the items checked include:

Personal Flotation Devices (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.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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I have a question.
The book states vessels over a certain length must have a fire extinguisher on board.
I have no motor nor anything electrical, do I need one?
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Therevare no federal requirements if you meet the following conitions. I'm looking for the state/local reqs now...

Fire Extinguishers are required on boats when any of the following conditions exist:
Inboard engines are installed.
There are closed compartments and compartments under seats where portable fuel tanks may be stored.
There are double bottoms not sealed to the hull or which are not completely filled with flotation materials.
There are closed living spaces.
There are closed stowage compartments in which combustible or flammable materials are stored.
There are permanently installed fuel tanks. (Fuel tanks secured so they cannot be moved in case of fire or other emergency are considered permanently installed. There are no gallon capacity limits to determine if a fuel tank is portable. If the weight of a fuel tank is such that persons on board cannot move it, the Coast Guard considers it permanently installed.)
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Here are the michigan reqs...Does ur boat have enclosed living areas or storage for combustable materials?

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All vessels, including PWCs, are required to have a Type B fire extinguisher(s) on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:
Closed compartments under seats where portable fuel tanks may be stored
Closed storage compartments in which flammable or combustible materials may be stored
Closed living spaces
Permanently installed fuel tanks
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Technically I have areas I COULD put fuel tanks.
But I found they are better for storing coolers in!
Although I need two hands at all time on her so drinking had been limited to Gatorade in those suckie top sport bottles!
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I understand. I do suggest that you find room for a B1 fire extinguisher. You never know when that stink boater will catch on fire next to you...who knows if he has one? :)
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Curious about the wording of the VDS requirements. Are they required on inland lakes?
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Curious about the wording of the VDS requirements. Are they required on inland lakes?
All boaters should be able to signal for help. For the CME, boaters must have current dated U.S.C.G. Approved day and night signals for all boats operating on coastal and open bodies of water. It also requires some method of emergency signals for inland water. This may be a signal flag for day and a flashlight for night.
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