Originally Posted by JimMcGee
Definitely worth doing, and I've ben told if you have the sticker on your mast the Coast Guard will bypass you for on-water inspections. Not sure if this is true...
Not true. It only says that at the time that you had the courtesy inspection done, you had all of the required legal equipment. At the very least it tells LE that you were informed of the requirements.
There's nothing stopping you from removing any of the safety equipment once we leave your boat, which is why a boater should not count on not being boarded.