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  1. Would it be appropriate for the USCG to provide the public with a basic inspection form for the purpose of vetting a vessel?

    An oil company I worked for required any vessel we used to be properly vetted – even for a party on a passenger vessel. That prompted our vetting group to issue a checklist, which included the USCG license requirements and simple checks for the proper safety equipment. Just having a checklist and asking a few questions will reveal “bad actors” fairly quickly.

  2. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for your question and comments. There isn’t currently a checklist designed for the public to use. However, I passed your suggestion along to our boating safety staff for consideration. The best bet is for prospective passengers to contact their local Coast Guard sector for help and/or they should be familiar with the safe boating guidelines published by the CG Auxiliary at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=V-DEPT&category=virtual-safety-check.

    Additionally, a sample of the two types of inspection stickers prospective passengers should ask to see are available here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/24ad594

    I hope this helps. I appreciate your thoughts on this and thank you for reading Maritime Commons!

    Best regards,
    LT Amy Midgett, Editor

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