The Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority will be offering FREE U.S. Coast Guard Certified Vessel Inspections by active duty U.S. Coast Guard personnel. Join us at Thompson Lake from 9:00am-3:00pm for a Vessel Safety Check (VSC). A VSC is a courtesy check which is performed by a certified examiner. Why should you go through a check? Safety. You're left with the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that, in an emergency, you'll have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon for help.