Vessel Safety Checks


A critical activity of the United States Power Squadrons is conducting Vessel Safety Checks. 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 the 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. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

      This is not 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.

2015 Vessel Safety Check Sticker

The Berea Power Squadron will periodically visit local marinas and ask boat owners to volunteer for a Vessel Safety check.  Here are the marina's that we are scheduled to visit:

  • Huron Lagoons Marina (Huron, OH)
  • Battery Park Marina (Sandusky, OH)
  • Bay Point Marina (Marblehead, OH)
If you own or manage a marina and would like us to visit your marina, please contact us and let us know!  We are happy to come to you.  There is no cost to the Marina, and there is no cost to your customers.  It strengthens the relationship between you and your customer as they know you are looking out for their safety!  All vessel safety checks are voluntary.

If you can not be at one of these Marina's, we would be happy to come visit you at your convenience! Please contact:

Joe Jonhenry @ (440) 864-3366

to schedule a Vessel Safety Check of your vessel, or to set up a day for us to come out and offer to check many boats at your marina!

vessel.examiners@bereapowersquadron.org