Vessel Safety Checks
As a public service, the Kalamazoo Sail & Power
Squadron provides boaters with a
free vessel safety
.  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
week days.  

To schedule your safety check, or if you would like
further information, please call (269) 731-5601 or
visit 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.  

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  
(269) 731-5601
Gull Lake area
As well as Barry, Calhoun and
Kalamazoo Counties

Harold Hladky  (269) 274-1995
Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo
Van Buren State Park

E-J Ohler (269) 760-5862 / Mattawan,
western Kalamazoo Co and So. Haven

Shirley and Gene Van Rhee
Gull Lake and White Lake
(231) 499-5976
Photos of Boats and Brats - Safety Checks
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What you need to pass
Coast Guard, DNR or Sheriff Inspection
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 may be free from random
inspections, if there are no visible safety violations.
Actual decal will have the
current year on it.
Find a Vessel Examiner nearest
the zipcode to your boat's location