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This tool is designed to assist commercial fishing vessel owners/operators prepare their fishing vessel prior to examination by the Coast Guard.

Using your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone simply answer the questions on the following pages and this tool will generate a custom checklist of items required for your particular fishing vessel.

Once you have finished using the checklist ensuring you have all of the items listed, then it is time to schedule your exam with the Coast Guard see list. You can also contact a 3rd party surveyor to conduct your exam, there is normally a charge for this service by 3rd parties.

NOTICE: This tool is designed to help you prepare for your dockside exam. No information herein, or checklist generated by this web tool, is intended to supersede or conflict with current law or regulation or the directives of the United States, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the U.S. Coast Guard. If information provided by the “Checklist Generator” is inconsistent with law or regulation, then that information is invalid. Please contact your nearest Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator or Examiner for any questions.



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