Getting Ready To Get Your Decal
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a free service to boat owners to help them be best prepared out on the water. You can get an inspection from the USCG Auxiliary, called a Vessel Safety Check, to ensure that your boat is meeting all of the national and local regulations.
The benefits of these inspections is twofold. First, ensuring that you comply with these guidelines during an inspection can help you avoid a citation. The Coast Guard regularly boards vessels to ensure that the boat itself and all of its equipment are in compliance with all of the current laws. If they discover you are not up-to-date, you could face a fine. If, however, the Auxiliary performs a free inspection and finds that you are in violation, they will help you comply without repercussions.
Secondly, the Vessel Safety Check ensures that you and the others on your boat will be prepared for any emergency. By thoroughly checking your boat, the USCG Auxiliary will double check that you have any lifesaving equipment necessary to avoid a fatality in the event your boat encounters trouble.
After you pass inspection, you will get a decal to put on your boat to identify it as a USCG Auxiliary Inspected Vessel.
If you would like to have a Vessel Safety Check performed on your boat, you can submit a request here. Generally, the inspector will come to wherever your boat is located.
Another crucial component of protecting your boat and yourself out on the water is carrying boat insurance. To get covered while docked, on the lake, in a river, or on the ocean, contact Fuller Insurance. Serving Chino Hills, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Los Angeles, and all of California, we are here to ensure you have the insurance you need to be anchored no matter how the waves of life buffet you.