Having grown up aboard boats bearing the sticker, I never question the need for a VSC. And, like most boaters, at least part of my motivation for participating is the belief that displaying the sticker one is awarded for having passed the inspection makes it less likely that my boat will be boarded for routine inspection by the Coast Guard, harbormaster, marine patrol or other law enforcement entity. Feel free to substitute, "hope," for, "belief," since a VSC sticker is no guarantee against being boarded. A vessel that has a vessel safety check
decal is not exempt from enforcement actions for obvious violations, the observance of unsafe practices, and boardings for random law enforcement purpose.