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PA Boating Handbook
CHAPTER 5 - SAFETY & RESCUE
Courtesy Vessel Safety Checks
A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a free courtesy examination of private recreational boats to verify the presence and condition of safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. The vessel examiner is a trained member of the U.S. Power Squadrons or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Persons whose boats fail the examination are informed of all shortcomings, so they may correct them and be given a chance for re-examination and the awarding of the decal. Vessels that pass may display the distinctive VSC decal, which entitles the boat owner to discounts at some marine dealers (see website for details). Learn more about Vessel Safety Checks or arrange for a free VSC by visiting www.vesselsafetycheck.org.
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