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Lake Norman, NC Flotilla 26-01-5SR

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26-01-5SR 

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An Example of Some of the Items Checked Include:


  • Proper display of numbers
  • ​Registration/Documentation
  • Personal Flotation Devices
  • Life Jackets
  • Visual Distress Signals
  • ​Fire extinguishers
  • Ventilation
  • Backfire flame control
  • Sound producing devices
  • Navigation lights
  • State requirements
  • Overall vessel condition


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 or local Lake Patrol Officers.

​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.



What is the benefit of a Vessel Safety Check?

​Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife, and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws. Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely.

What if I do not pass the safety inspection?

​If your boat does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, you are provided a written report that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine chandlery is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection. If you show your examiner-signed VSC report, you may receive a discount on your missing or discrepant items.

Why Do This?

You are left with the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Additionally, you will avoid substantial fines should you ever be boarded by law enforcement and found to be in violation. Finally, your insurance rates may be lowered – check with your agent.

Vessel Safety Check

Even Experienced Boaters Need a Vessel Safety Check


Have you been wondering if you have the proper safety equipment aboard your boat? Getting a late start on the season, or did you just acquire a new vessel and want to make sure you're ready to get out on the water for the first time? 

Vessel Safety Checks are FREE and take only about 10 minutes, depending on vessel size. They are performed by qualified US Coast Guard vessel examiners. There are no negative consequences if you do not pass and solely serve as an educational opportunity to help you, family and guests on your vessel be safer on the water. Vessels that pass will receive a sticker on the spot indicating to other boaters that the vessel passed a Vessel Safety Check this season, but we can come back again for free if there is anything your vessel is missing the first time! 


Complete and submit the form below to schedule a FREE  Vessel Safety Check (VSC) or call Flotilla 26-01 (704) 663-3333