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1 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
VE BOOT CAMP A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW Prepared by the NATIONAL DIRECTORATE FOR VESSEL EXAMINATION AND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY VISITATION

2 VE Workshop 2013 Goal Simplify VE Issues.
Answer Long Standing VE Questions. Keep VE Knowledge Current.

3 VSC Decals and Proper Placement
Only One Decal Per Vessel. New Decal May be Placed Over Previous. Place on Port Side Window or Superstructure. Vessel owner May Apply Sticker Under Your Supervision.

4 Vessel Information Documented Vessels:
In addition to documentation no. most states require the boat be registered. Match structural HIN to current registration. Note placement of registration decal based on state requirements.

5 Documented Vessel No. Clearly visible permanently affixed on interior structural part. Proceeded by No. in block type Arabic numerals 3 inches in height. Permanently etched in wood or fiber glassed using epoxy on the hull.

6 Documented Vessel Hull Display
Name and hailing port together on the hull, usually on the stern. Often the name also appears on both sides of the bow. 4 inches in height. Contrasting color. Clearly readable.

7 Vessel Information

8 Vessel Information Undocumented Vessels
Match HIN to Current Registration (Transom). Numbers and State Decals: Forward of Midship Not Less Than 3” Block Letters of Contrasting Color

9 Vessel Information NJ-1234-AB or NJ 1234 AB
Permanently Affixed Decals or Painted. State Decals Affixed as Required by Individual State. NJ-1234-AB or NJ AB

10 High Focus Vessels Definition: Vessels Less Than 16’.
Vessels Powered By: “Other”. All PWCs . Non Powered High Focus Vessels use New Form 7012A.

11 Life Jackets Coast Guard Approved Label. Speed Rating. Type.
Condition.

12 Life Jackets Speed Rating Check Label Standard Jackets <= 35 kph
Must => Vessel Speed Speed rating is not intended to mean bodily protection, just strength of jacket.

13 Life Jackets Type Type V Not Acceptable for PWC. Children’s Jackets:
Sized to Any Child on Board and Meet Size/Weight Requirements. Leg Strap, Head Support / Lift Handle.

14 Life Jackets Condition Squeeze Test Straps and Buckles
Fabric Condition

15 Visual Distress Signals
< 42 Months Operating in coastal waters as defined in 33 CFR (refer to Boaters Guide to Federal Regulations). Some Means of Signaling. Proper Color. Condition (moisture damaged). State Regulations May Differ.

16 Visual Distress Signals

17 Visual Distress Signals

18 Visual Distress Signals
Discuss Proper Disposal: Save Dated Flares in Good Condition. Contact Local Fire, Police or Town. Arrange a Date to Demonstrate Proper Use: Notify Authorities First. Do Not Collect Outdated Flares. Do Not Submerge in Water.

19 Fire Extinquishers BUT, VSC Does Not Require Mounting ;
A Lost or Misplaced Extinguisher Has Zero Value! Once a Fire is Going, it is Not the Time to Look for an Extinguisher.

20 Fire Extinguishers Discussion With Boat Owner
The Best Place for a Fire Extinguisher Is Between You and the Fire. Think Out Fire Safety Before the Fire Occurs.

21 Fire Extinguishers Replace Dry Chemical Extinguishers: Every 12 Years.
When Gage Reads Recharge. Turning Up Side Down is Not Recommended (may cause more harm than good).

22 What Does The Gauge Tell You?
Insufficient propellant to expel agent .

23 Discharge Tube Tube which conducts agent to the nozzle and out to fire.

24 Fire Extinguishers HELP!
Examiner: When Checking Fire Safety Equipment, If You Are Not Sure, Get HELP!

25 Fire Extinguishers Recognize Types of Extinguishers:
Dry Chemical, Type A,B,C. CO-2 Foam Halogenated (Halon and Related) FM200 Agent Pyrogen

26 Fire Extinguishers FM200 Agent New Safe Replacement for Halogens.
Pyrogen: New Non Pressurized Marine Extinguishers.

27 Ventilation Test for Actual Air Leaving Blower Discharge.
Observe Pickup Is Above Normal Bilge Water Level. Pickup Pipe Is Attached to the Blower .

28 Backfire Flame Arrestor
Clean Securely in Place No Holes or Other Damage USCG APPROVED

29 Sound Producing Devices
Navigation Rules require sound signals to be made under certain circumstances as well as during periods of reduced visibility and while at anchor. Sound producing devices required as follows: Vessel Length Whistle Bell Gong 39.4 ft or more X 65.6 ft or more 328.1 ft or more

30 Navigation Lights All Navigation Lights Must be Operational.
Proper Color. Appropriate for Vessel. Proper Arc of Visibility.

31 Pollution Placard Every Vessel => 26 Feet With a Machinery Compartment Must Display an Oily Waste “Pollution” Placard.

32 MARPOL Trash Placard Every Vessel =>26 Feet Must Display a MARPOL Trash Placard. Every Vessel => 40 Feet Must Have a Written Trash Disposal Plan.

33 Marine Sanitation Devices
US Coat Guard Approved. Sealed Against Overboard Discharge. Option – Locked Compartment Door.

34 Navigation Rules Required on All Vessel Over 39.4 Feet.
Recommend Quick Reference for Smaller Vessels. Lack of Knowledge Is No Excuse. Free download on the Internet !! Inland Rules Will Apply to Most.

35 State and or Local Requirements
Know Rules Where You Give VSCs. Boater Must Know Rules in Their Area. What Does State of Registry Require Above the Coast Guard Requirements ? See Rules Compilation for Our Area.

36 State and Local Requirements
Examiners Must Be Familiar With Their Own Area. Reference to Lifejackets, Anchors, Noise, age Requirements, Licensing. Examiner Should Carry State Pamphlet or Handbook Listing Local Regulations to Distribute.

37 State and Local Requirements
Know Local, State Safe Boating Offices and Websites. Know Local Police and Coast Guard: Location Phone Numbers (911 is not always a good solution) . Radio Frequencies

38 Overall Vessel Condition
Any Observable Impediment to Safety. Oil or Gas Contaminated Bilge. Oil Soaked or Loose Wiring. Cluttered Decks. Unsafe Mechanical Installations. Propane Fuel in Cabin Space.

39 Overall Vessel Condition
Things Often Overlooked: Deck Rails, Fittings Angle of Navigation Light Display Bilge Condition/cleanliness Portable Tank Tie Down Battery Tie Down

40 Overall Vessel Condition
Things often overlooked Continued: Wiring properly secured. Grease or oil on wires. Check fuel line type for E-10.

41 Electrical and Fuel Systems
Battery Terminals Covered. Battery Secured to Vessel. Wiring and Devices Protected From Water and Spray. Wiring Bundled and Free From Oil/dirt, other Contaminants.                                

42 Electrical and Fuel Systems
Fuel Systems Free of All Corrosion & Leaks. Fuel Lines and Tanks Compatible With Ethanol. All Installed Tanks Must Be Secured and Have a Vapor/leak Proof Cap. Portable Tanks Must Also Have Vapor Proof Vents.

43 Electrical and Fuel Systems
Fuel Systems Free of All Corrosion & Leaks. Fuel Lines and Tanks Compatible With Ethanol.

44 Galley and Heating Systems
Systems Secured. Proper Piping to Stove. Spill Ledge on Stove. Check that curtains and other flammable material near the stove are secure and recommend they be pushed aside or removed when in it is in use. Heating System Properly Vented.

45 Recommended and Discussion
At Least One Good Marine Radio on Board: Capable of All Main Channels. Decent Antenna Installation (height). MMSI Capable. Tested to Portable.

46 Recommended and Discussion
Dewatering Device and backup: Pump Pail Manual Pump Collision mat

47 Recommended and Discussion
Mounted Fire Extinguishers! This MUST be stressed. More than the minimum !! Highly Visible Locations. Frequently checked.

48 Recommended and Discussion
Anchor and line for Area What is depth of local waters Proper Size and Length of Rode What about a Spare? What type of bottom

49 Recommended and Discussion
First Aid Kit: Bandages Scissors Knife Sunburn Spray

50 Recommended and Discussion
First Aid Kit : Some Splinting Material Other Miscellaneous F/A Items Duct Tape

51 Recommended and Discussion
PIW Kit One wearable PFD for each boater One Throwable Line Attached to Throwable

52 Inland VDS Inland VDS Should Be: Mirror Dye Marker
Orange and Black Circle, Square Any Functional International Signaling Device.

53 Inland VDS Not required per Federal Regulation; however, check State regulations. May be a bad decision to risk not having. What is your life worth? As a VE, explain what is available.

54 Off Shore Defined for VDS

55 Recommendation & Discussion
Capacity and Certificate of Compliance An Opportunity to Make Client Aware of: Vessel Freeboard Capacity Limitations and Consequences Scientific Approach to Safety

56 Recommendation & Discussion
Accident Reporting Limits of Reporting Death or Missing (48 hours) Injury Requiring Medical Attention Beyond First Aid (48 hours) Damage of More Than $2,000 (10 days) Notification time and procedures may vary by State.

57 Recommendation & Discussion
Accident Reporting USCG Form Requirements: VE Manual: M Chapter 2, B, 9. Page 2-4

58 Recommendation & Discussion
Accident Reporting Continued Send Forms to Local or State Authorities as Appropriate

59 Recommendation & Discussion
Off Shore Operations Attention to Supplies Needed First Aid Enhancement Fuel 1/3 Rule Weather Briefing Weather Signs Forecast VS Sequence

60 Recommendation & Discussion
Offshore Operations: Mechanical Checks Communications Capability SSB Current Charts Float Plan

61 Recommendation & Discussion
Nautical Charts: Charts of Current Date Area Charts Local Charts Docking Info (harbor) Quality Issue LNM on Board

62 Recommendation & Discussion
Survival Tips: Hypothermia Discussion Help / Huddle Thermal Blankets Phone and Comms for Local Area Medical Knowledge of Passengers

63 Recommendation & Discussion
Survival Tips: EPIRBS VDS Adequate Supplies on Board

64 Recommendation & Discussion
Fuel Management: 1/3 Rule Stress Currents and wind Copy of Coast Pilot Check Weather Reserve to alternate Destination Fuel Consumption facts

65 Recommendation & Discussion
Float Plan: Who to Leave It With. Who to Call Advising Your Late Arrival. What to Do If You Change Your Plans. Cost in Lives and $$ for False Alarm. Inform of Any Changes .

66 Recommendation and Discussion
Weather Briefing Prior to Departure. Get a Sequence (current weather). Get a Forecast ( what’s coming for the duration). Set Your Limits (small craft, 2-4’ seas). Wind and Wave Action Expected. Night Temperatures (highs for day, cold for night).

67 Recommendation and Discussion
Process and Make Informed Decision Go or Not Go.                

68 Recommendation and Discussion
Insurance: Discuss Coverage for Liability(damage to others). Injury to Your Own Passengers. Hull Coverage. Replacement Cost. Towing and Temporary Accommodations. Cost of False Search & Rescue.

69 Recommendation and Discussion
Boating Checklist: All Needed for Basic Safety. Special Needs for Intended Purpose. Signaling Devices. Hot/cold Supplies . Adequate Water/Food.

70 Recommendation and Discussion
Boating Checklist: Fuel for the Intended Voyage. Fuel for the Return Trip. Fuel to Alternate Safe Harbor. Reserve.

71 Recommendation and Discussion
Stress the Link Between Safety and Increased Knowledge. Safe Boating Classes: Use the VSC to Promote Marine Education: ABS BS&S SS&S Weekend Navigator GPS

72 Recommendation and Discussion
Join the Auxiliary: Point Out the Benefits of Membership in the Auxiliary !! Education Fellowship Knowledge Base Giving Back

73 Marine Domain Awareness (MDA)
(MDA) is the effective understanding of anything associated with the global maritime environment that could affect the security, safety, economy, or environment. The Obligation to Be AWARE The Eyes of the Masses

74 Marine Domain Awareness
Persistently Monitor the Domain: Vessels and Craft Cargo Vessel Crews and Passengers All Identified Areas of Interest

75 Marine Domain Awareness
Reporting Method Call the National Response Center WATCH Explain the Importance to the Client

76 Final Thoughts: Be Well Versed in the Above.
Your VSC Will Be Worthwhile. Provide True Value to the Client. Enhance Boating Safety.

77 Final Thoughts: Fulfill the Goals of Our Program.
Gives You a Sense of Pride. Maybe Save a Life or Two. Do the Best Vessel Exam You Can !!


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