"A 1 of a kind boat, in a 1 of a kind
What U.S.C.G. Certified means to you?
deceived by the term "Coast Guard inpected." Across
the United States thousands of charter boats operate on U.S.C.G.
designated "navigable waters" and may, or may not be annually inspected
by the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary.
Limited to carry
no more than six passengers, they are commonly referred to as "six
but the official designation is U.S.C.G.
"uninspected" vessel. Despite the missleading window
boats have only received "courtesy" inspections by C.G. Auxiliary
to check to see if the vessel has
the necessary number of life preservers (PFDs), operating lights,
anchor, etc. on board to satisfy the
legal Coast Guard and state requirements for personal pleasure
Auxiliary volunteers are neither
trained, qualified nor authorized to perform inspections on Certified
For starters, besides costing about
1/3rd more than uncertified models of the same boat, a Certified Small
Passenger Vessel, one that can
legally carry more than six passengers like A.B.'s Office, must be
built to satisfy stringent
U.S.C.G. requirements from the keel up. Coast Guard
inspections are conducted every week or two, depending on the stage of
beginning with the
laying of the keel, to assure
compliance with their rigid specifications.
Such specifications include
specially built heavy duty fiberglass entombed aluminun fuel tanks,
additional, larger fire extinguishers and under
deck fixed automatic fire surpression systems, special heavy duty
wiring and hoses,
commercial grade PFDs, electric and manual back-up bilge pumps in all
watertight compartments and most of all, a hull built with special fire
fiberglass, totally different than that used in pleasure boats.
Construction is followed by an extensive stability test
before Certification is issued.
Following passage of the final inspection
the vessel is declared officially "Certified" to perform its duties
authority of the Certification. Every year thereafter the vessel must
undergo a rigid and expensive inspection by the U.S.C.G. Marine Safety
Detachment (ours is located in Massena, NY near Seaway Control) to
assure passengers that the vessel is in compliance with those
standards and thus, Certified to perform its designated service.
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