Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is comprised of volunteers only across the entire United States? This organization puts in huge numbers of hours saving you the tax payers thousands if not millions of dollars. Not only that they offer free services to you the boater that can save you money! The most used service is that of the Vessel Safety Check. An Auxiliary member will board your boat and go through a lengthy check that depending on boat size can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes or 45 minutes to an hour for larger boats. They will provide you with the results and if you pass many insurance companies will use the certificate you receive to REDUCE the cost of your insurance. That’s free money! Requests can be done by going to http://www.cgaux.org/vsc/
Don’t worry about not passing the safety check. You will be provided with a list of what should be done to bring your boat up to current safety standards. The Auxiliary does not perform law enforcement, you will not receive a ticket, only friendly advice on what to fix. Once you’ve completed the list call them back and have it done again.
Another benefit of receiving the certificate, you get a current year sticker to place on your boat. While this doesn’t prevent local authorities from boarding your boat it does show you have had a safety check, and may prevent them from stopping you while out enjoying the day. So what are you waiting for? Contact the Auxiliary and get that safety check, free money, what more can you ask?
If you are interested in joining the American Volunteer Life Savers in the Coast Guard Auxiliary or just want to find out more go here: http://join.cgaux.org/index.php. You will see many opportunities to help, you don’t even have to own a boat!