May 2008

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 
NO INFLATION HERE -- Although Vessel Safety Checks are still free, the value of the life that may be saved by having one is priceless.

Vessel Safety Checks Not Affected By Inflation – They Are Still Free

 In 1947 when the Vessel Safety Check program began, $10.00 had about the same buying power that $92.81 has today.  And, while the cost of everything has gone up, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary can proudly proclaim one thing definitely has not — our free Vessel Safety Checks. Although free, the value of the life that may be saved by taking advantage of a Vessel Check Safety is priceless.

     With the Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, now is a great time for all boaters  (from kayakers and jet skiers to year-round recreational boaters) to take advantage of a free Vessel Safety Check.  Now is also a great time to take advantage of one of the many boating-safety courses offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and become acquainted or even re-acquainted with basic boating skills, seamanship and the most current rules and regulations that may also save a live or prevent and accident.

 Vessel Safety Checks are conducted by qualified members of the U.S.Coast Guard Auxiliary and are the best way of learning about problems that might be a violation of state or federal laws and provide the boating public with additional safety tips that could possibly mitigate or eliminate preventable danger on the water. 

To find a Vessel Examiner go to and click on "I Want a VSC" to find a Vessel Examiner near you.