Vessel inspections

Purpose & Process

The United States Power Squadron vessel Safety Check is a free courtesy check of a vessel's safety equipment for compliancewith federal, state, and local safety requirements. This is the same examination as that given by the Coast Guard Auxillary. The results are not reported to any law enforcement agency.

Our Basic Safe Boating Course fulfills North Carolina boat licensing law and is taught by many experienced volunteers who have a tremendous amount of on the water personal experience.

We check items such as:


An opportunity to discuss:

Boaters passing the Safety Check are issued a decal to display on their boat showing that they have met all safety requirements. Should your vessel not meet all requirements you will know what is needed to obtain the decal.

Additional USPS Information

VSC Chairman

Larry Lovvorn - 252-672-5200

Vessel Examiners

For more information, dates of scheduled inspection events, or to request an inspection, contact any of the volunteer examiners listed below.

  • Neal Byrne (Fairfield Harbour)
    413-283-9554  
  • Jim Dugan (Taberna/Oriental)
    252-637-5314  
  • Bill Gewain (New Bern)
    252-288-5444  
  • Larry Lovvorn (New Bern)
    252-672-5200  
  • Lloyd Moore (Fairfield Harbor)
    252-637-5547  
  • Owen Smith (Havelock)
    252-444-5420  
  • Rob Thompson (New Bern)
    252-638-2565