District 12, covering the Greater Boston Area


A Vessel Safety Check is a free examination of a vessel's compliance with required Federal and State safety equipment. A vessel examiner (VE) will board your vessel, with your prior consent and written permission, and examine such things as life jackets, visual distress signals, audible signals, boat registration/ documentation, overall condition, and so forth. A typical examination takes about 30 minutes. If your vessel passes, you will get a VSC decal which you should affix to the port side of your vessel. If it fails, take the exam form (ANSC 7012) to any Boat US or West Marine store and receive a 10% discount on required safety equipment. Then make an appointment to get your vessel re-examined. Take a look at the attached form so you can become familiar with the items the VE will be examining. Remember, VEs have no law enforcement authority. Whether you boat passes or fails is of no concern to anyone else. Unlike a car inspection, the VE does not affix a REJECTED sticker. He or she simply goes away leaving you a copy of the form. VEs are not allowed to sell you anything. This is not a revenue making venture.

National Vessel Safety Check Web Site

Vessel Examiners

Gerald L. Clarke    
Carole Falcone Norwood 781 752-9752
Jeff Gardiner Needham 617 416-2388
Thomas Gonsiorowski Newton 617-877-3276
Barbara Hermann Newton 781-741-0838
David S. Jones Kingston 781 585-8121
William F. Morley Braintree 781 843-2996
William J. Mortimer Jr. Brockton 508 584-1084
John F. Reed    
Walter Riley Beverly 978 927-5189
Richard H. Salter
Michael M. Sullivan South Natick 508 655-3496
Skip Whitaker Marblehead

Click here to see the Vessel Safety Check Form (ANSC 7012).