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VSC for local government rescue boat?
Last Post 25 Oct 2013 11:01 AM by scoutdad25619. 1 Replies.
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24 Oct 2013 11:50 PM
    I am a new VE, I was just asked to do a VSC, on a civilian city government "rescue" boat. Is this boat exempt from any of the usual Coast Guard requirements for a VSC?

    As far as the Coast Guard (Auxiliary VE) is concerned:

    Should an inflatable "Rescue" boat, approximately 16' with a gas powered outboard, meet the same requirements as any other boat of similar characteristics for a Vessel Safety Check?

    Just from a brief glance, the first thing i can see is, even though the boat is new, there are not Any front lights (red/green) at all.

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    25 Oct 2013 11:01 AM
    Looking at the VSC Manual, it says some government vessels may be exempt. However, if a decal is to be awarded, ALL of the requirements of the manual are to be met. So in addition to any extra equipment the rescue boat has, it needs to carry the required equipment that you'd expect to find comparable civilian vessel.

    This is straight from the VSC Manual:

    Boats owned by federal, state, or local government agencies
    are public vessels and may be exempt from Coast Guard
    inspection requirements. Certain boats owned by these agencies
    may be examined and awarded the decal if all requirements
    of this manual are met.
    At the request of a representative of the government agency
    concerned, a VE may conduct a VSC on the following categories
    of vessels under 65 feet:
     Government owned recreational boats.
     Government owned non-recreational vessels or boats
    (such as patrol boats).
    Requests for examination of federal, state, or local government
    agency boats must be made by an agent of the government
    agency involved. An experienced VE should be assigned
    to perform the VSC.
     Boats eligible to receive a VSC must be of a design and
    construction similar to that commonly found in recreational boats.

    And for inflatables:

    To be eligible for a VSC, inflatable craft must meet the following
    requirements:
     Be fully inflated at the time of the check;
     Have a minimum of three separate air chambers that are
    not interconnected;
     Have an installed, rigid transom; a strap-on motor mount
    is not sufficient;
     Vessel registration numbers must be properly displayed
    and firmly attached; and
     All VSC requirements must be met, as applicable.

    They may be better off to forgo a formal inspection and get a copy of our recommended list of equipment IMO.
    DUTY IS DOING IT, PRIDE IS WEARING IT, TRADITION IS LIVING IT. “DUTY FIRST” – CHIEF EDMUND ENWRIGHT, CHICAGO F.D. (RETIRED)
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