Free Vessel Safety Checks will be offered by U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 03-03 at three locations in the Chugiak-Eagle River area between May 4 and 19. Vessel safety examiners will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 33 on Saturday, May 4; at VFW Post 9785 on May 11; and at the Eagle River Fred Meyer store on May 18 and 19.
Any boater interested in knowing more about their vessel’s condition before launching can bring the boat by for a check of its systems and safety gear. These checks are completely voluntary and there is no penalty for not passing the check. Many insurance companies offer a discount for boats that earn the “Seal of Safety” from the Auxiliary. For additional information or to arrange for an examination on a different day, call Tom Suellentrop at 688-3906.
The Auxiliary is also accepting serviceable used adult and children’s flotation devices that will be donated to the Kids Don’t Float life jacket loaner program.
The vessel safety checks are part of kickoff events for the 2013 North American Safe Boating Campaign, May 18-24, being observed throughout Alaska, particularly in the 13 communities served by Auxiliary flotillas.
Flotilla 3-3, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.