FAIL­URE ANAL­Y­SIS

Boating - - SEAMANSHIP -

Over 50 per­cent of boats don’t pass a VSC on the first try, says Harry Ja­cobs, long-stand­ing Coast Guard Aux­il­iary mem­ber and an ap­proved ves­sel ex­am­iner. Ja­cobs points to six of the most com­mon rea­sons for a boat not to pass the 15-point exam.

• No boat reg­is­tra­tion

• Dis­charged fire ex­tin­guisher

• Mal­func­tion­ing nav­i­ga­tion lights

• Lack of age-ap­pro­pri­ate life jack­ets (when chil­dren are aboard) • Im­proper let­ters/num­bers or spac­ing of the state reg­is­tra­tion

num­ber on the boat

• Ex­pired or in­suf­fi­cient num­ber of sig­nal flares

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