For anyone who is interested, these are scheduled for May 14 and 15 in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Eagle River. In my opinion, these free vessel safety checks are a good idea for many reasons. The Coast Guard Auxilliary (CGA) does not charge for this service. Just drag your boat to them and they will check the same things that the Coast Guard would check if you were to be boarded. So better to find out now what you're missing (flares in date? The correct kind and number of PFDs? etc.) than when you get boarded and it becomes a problem. If you do not pass the CGA inspection, you are not reported to the CG. And you can fix whatever the problem is and then get reinspected until you pass. When you pass, you will get a sticker that you put on your boat. More often than not, if the CG is coming over to check you out on the water and they see the sticker they will just pass you on by. I've been boarded 3 times, and each of those times I did not have the sticker. Every other year that I had the sticker I was not boarded.