Boating Safety

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 12: Recommendations – Part 3

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. The list of equipment required by federal law is very minimal; however, the Coast Guard has several recommendations

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 11: Recommendations – Part 2

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. The list of equipment required by federal law is very minimal; however, the Coast Guard has several recommendations

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 11: Recommendations – Radios

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. Up until now, the discussion has been about items required by federal law. The required items are only half of the VSC, though,

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 10: Overall Vessel Condition

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC)By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the requirements for overall vessel

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 9: Water Pollution Requirements

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the requirements for prevention of

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 8: Navigation Lights

USCG-1017-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the requirements for navigation lights. Recreational

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 7: Sound Producing Devices and Their Use

Boating-1010-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the requirements for sound producing devices and

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 6: Backfire Flame Control

USCG-1003By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the requirements for backfire flame control.

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 6: Ventilation

USCG-0926-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the various requirements for ventilation.

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 5: Fire Extinguishers

USCG-0919-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the various requirements for fire extinguishers.

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 4: Visual Distress Signals

VDS-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss the various visual distress signals. U.S. Coast

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 3: Numbers

USCG-0905-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss registration numbers and documented vessels. All

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 2: The PFD

USCG-0829-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. In this discussion of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), we will discuss Personal Flotation Devices (PFD). Acceptable PFDs must

Recreational Boating Safety – The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Part 1

USCG-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The Auxiliary’s vessel examiners perform safety checks on all types of recreational boats. Boats for hire fall under a different set of regulations and have more extensive requirements and inspections than

Recreational Boating Safety – The Float Plan: Gone Fishin’

USCG-floatplan-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. Preparation is one of the main keys to boating safety, and when things do go wrong on the water, filing a float plan with one or more people can mean the difference between being rescued and being lost

Recreational Boating Safety-Cell phones vs VHF Marine Radios

marineradioBy Paul Brown, Vice Flotilla Commander
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
This is a topic I hear a lot from boaters. “I don’t need a radio, I have a cell phone!” While cellular phones have come a long way these days, they just don’t compare to a VHF Marine radio while going out on the water. Cell phones generally cannot provide bridge to bridge communications with

Recreational Boating Safety-Free Smartphone App

USCG-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. Preparation is one of the main keys to boating safety, and the Coast Guard has a free smart phone app to help with that preparation. If you don’t have a smart phone, this app alone could be reason enough

Recreational Boating Safety

USCG-0By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 06-08 is based at Coast Guard Station Galveston. The USCG Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939. Our motto is Semper Paratus (Always Ready). We have units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and

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