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Mooresville, North Carolina
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Cruising Fleet Safety Program

Annual Spring Shake-Down

Safety Inspection

The Keelboat Fleet hosts a complimentary safety inspection offered by our friends in the Coast Guard Axillary:  Flotilla 26-01-5SR Lake Norman , North Carolina. 

Date:  March 28, 2015
Time:  Inspections will begin at 1300 h
Location:  On the docks

Please e-mail Mark Hamilton if you are interested in an inspection.

How does it work?
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 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 event. 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.

An example of some of the items checked include:
  • Proper display of numbers
  • Registration/Documentation
  • Personal Flotation Devices; Life Jackets
  • Visual Distress Signals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ventilation
  • Backfire flame control
  • Sound producing devices
  • Navigation lights
  • State requirements
  • Overall vessel condition


All of these items are currently required by State and Federal laws and if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard or local Lake Patrol Officers.  The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later. 

Do you have all the gear that your required to have on your boat?  Do you know what gear is not required but will safe your life?


Useful links:
Virtual Safety Check
Coast Guard Auxiliary - Lake Norman Flotilla
West Marine