Using a Float Plan - Free
Float Plan Download
adapted from US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Boating Skills & Seamanship, pg 3-16.
What is a Float Plan, and Why Use It
Before setting out with your boat, file a FLOAT PLAN. You
will find a copy of a suggested Float Plan included here on
the website. You can download it and fill in the descriptive
facts about you and your boat. Make photocopies, saving for
later printing, and then all you have to do is fill out the
rest of the information each time you take a trip.
File your float plan with a friend, relative or neighbor.
The plan tells them where you are going and the route you
will take. It also tells them when you will be back and whom
to call if you don't return on time. Most often you will ask
that the Coast Guard be notified if you are overdue. The
Coast Guard does not accept Float Plans, but will mount a
search as soon as you are reported overdue.
When you are trailering and you can't find someone to
accept your Float Plan, leave a copy under your windshield
wiper. Some police authority will find it, probably soon
after dark. Cancel your Float Plan when you return! The
person with whom you left it may not know you have returned
and a needless search may be started.