Before the pandemic, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons performed more than 150,000 vessel-safety inspections each year at launch ramps, boat clubs and marinas. This year, both groups are mobilizing personnel following requests for safety checks, or boaters can do it themselves, BoatUS said in a statement.
Boaters who choose to conduct their own safety checks can use an online guide and a downloadable checklist that’s identical to those used by volunteer vessel examiners. However, a vessel safety check decal to display on board can only be earned through an in-person check.
Click here for information about getting a vessel safety check.