As a public service, the Kalamazoo Sail & Power
Squadron provides boaters with a free vessel safety
check. Our safety check is provided by a volunteer that
has been trained in Federal and Michigan Boating law.
Using a USCG approved check list, the examiner will look
for potential problems and help you find solutions. You
receive a copy of the checklist.
No report is sent any federal or state agency.
It's up to you to make any recommended changes.
The vessel examiners are out on the docks most
weekends and some are able to do VSC evenings or
To schedule your safety check, or if you would like
further information, please call (269) 731-5601 or
visit www.USPS.org for a VE anywhere in the US.
KSPS also plans to examine boats during our
annual Boats & Brats event in South Haven
usually the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in June. Dates
Other USPS squadrons conduct Vessel Safety Checks
throughout Michigan and the United States.
or Call any of the
Vessel Examiners below
Gary and Lyn Bleyer
Gull Lake area
As well as Barry, Calhoun and
Harold Hladky (269) 274-1995
Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo
E-J Ohler (269) 760-5862 / Mattawan,
western Kalamazoo Co and So. Haven
Bill Soule / So. Haven and
SWMI Lakeshore (269) 370-2795
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|Under a 2012 Michigan law, a peace officer may only
stop and inspect a vessel which bears a Vessel Safety
Decal upon a reasonable suspicion that the vessel or its
operator is in violation of a boating law, operating under
the influence or is otherwise engaged in criminal activity.
So get a Free Vessel Safety Check from your local
squadron or Auxiliary member. If you have a VSC Safety
Decal on your boat, you are free from random
inspections. The new law became effective on
November 1, 2012.
|Actual decal will have the
current year on it.