I have been told not to go into another Flotilla's AOR for Vessel Safety Checks, Marine Dealer visits or any other activity. I am aware of COMDTINST M16796.3B, 8 APR 1998, Chapter 2, page 2-2, Paragraph 2. b. "No marine dealer is "owned" by any visitor." And COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION M16796.2E, Chapter 1, Paragraph H, Examinations Performed Outside of The Home District, says, "Vessel Examiners (VEs) may examine boats anywhere in the 50 states and territories." Is there any thing that a Flotilla Commander can do to prohibit me from going into another AOR? Is there any other documentation in support or prohibiting working in other AORs?
On 13 February 2007, on the V Department 's Q&A page said this about VE Jurisdiction:
Question: In past years the VSC manual contained the unique Legal Requirements for each State. Since this is no longer provided, it would seem prudent to limit the jurisdiction of an Examiner to his/her own State. I understand that this limit(control) of where we do a VSC has already been Nationally approved, though I have yet to see any official publication of the requirement. Did our Flotilla receive the wrong information or just premature?
Answer: Vessel examiners are not restricted from performing a VSC in any state, but are expected to know the pertinent state requirements for the state in which the VSC is conducted. If state requirements exceed applicable federal requirements, they are examined under Item 14, and should be explained to the boater during the VSC. There are no plans in the VE program to change the policy currently in effect.
Jim Lubner, Chief, Technical Division