Had just anchored off the ICW
south of the St. John's river in mid-December of last year. The FWC arrived a bit later and conducted a safety inspection
of my '81 Hunter
27. No issues and they were quite courteous. Was given a Safety Inspection
decal (to be placed on the starboard bow of the boat).
To be honest, the "Safety Inspection" became only cursory after they inspected my Type 2,3 and 4 PFD's and I volunteered showing them my Type I PFD
and they saw the Class B AIS
unit (who the heck has a Type I PFD
and Class B AIS
on a 27-ft sailboat? LOL..well I do).
Haven't been stopped since and may actually request a new inspection since the decal is a 2018 decal. Despite the inconvenience of being stopped, the FWC are doing an important job in trying to ensure that boats in Florida waters meet safety standards.
Edit and correction: The decal is to be placed on the port bow of the boat
, not starboard. Here is an interesting article from 2017 concerning the safety inspections. https://southwindsmagazine.com/boat-...tions-florida/