Watercraft Safety Check Decals
Saturday, June 1st
By Reservation Only
The Michigan Legislature passed a law (Public Act 62 of 2012) which states "If a watercraft bears a safety check decal from the US Coast Guard, a peace officer may only stop the vessel if there is suspicion that the boat or operator is in violation of marine law or engaged in criminal activity." This law is designed to minimize so-called "bikini stops" of vessels displaying a current Inspection Sticker.
For the second year, the White Lake Citizens League has arranged for members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to be at several locations on White Lake on Saturday, June 1, 2013 to inspect boats and affix safety check decals to boats which pass the safety inspection.
Inspections will be provided BY RESERVATION ONLY to 2013 members of the WLCL. To arrange for an inspection appointment, send an e-mail to DNRliaison@wlcl.org. Please provide your name, address, phone number, type and size of boat. You will receive an appointment at a location convenient to your home.
An inspection is free and takes about 15 minutes. Make sure that you bring your registration, and documentation if you have taken a boating safety class. Click here to view sample of the form used by the inspectors. Details about the inspections are at safetyseal.net, and more information about the items checked during the inspection can be viewed at safetyseal.net/what_is_vsc.asp
There are different inspection items for pontoon boats, I/O boats, jet skis, etc., so be sure to carefully read the information at the sites above. There are also additional items required if you trailer your boat to the Great Lakes or larger inland lakes and rivers.
At last year's inspections, one of the more common problems found with local boats was improper boat "MC" number decals. Numbers must be BLOCK letters (not italic, script, etc.), and SOLID COLOR contrasting to the background (not shadowed, multi-colored, etc.). Ironically, not all of the numbers sold by local boat dealers are legal. Click here to view the Michigan standards.
This service was well received last year, and will hopefully become another annual benefit for WLCL members on White Lake.