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New sponsor for Vessel Safety Check program

The Coast Guard and U.S. Power Squadrons expect to complete more than 200,000 voluntary vessel safety checks this year. The no-cost, no-risk courtesy inspections, done at boat ramps, marinas and boat clubs, have ensured the safety of thousands of lives.

Now, BoatUS has stepped in to sponsor this important boating safety program for the next three years.

"A vessel safety check is done as a courtesy and with no risk to the boater — you won't be in trouble if discrepancies are found," said BoatUS Foundation assistant director of boating safety Ted Sensenbrenner. "What it will do is point out, in a very friendly manner, where you can improve your boat's safety and help educate you on the value of recreational boating safety.

Simply put, having a vessel safety check done on your boat at the beginning of the boating season will help prevent bad things from happening and ensures that if something does occur, you're prepared."

Click here to find a Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron Vessel Safety Check examiner near you.

Click here for a "virtual" Vessel Safety Inspection that boaters can use to self-inspect their boat.

Click here for a look at some of the top reasons why a boat may fail a courtesy Vessel Safety Inspection.