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Boating Basics

Filing a Float Plan

Before going out on a vessel, it is always a good idea to leave a float plan with a relative or friend, or at least with a local marina.

A float plan should:

  • Describe the vessel, including its registration number, length, make, horsepower, and engine type.
  • State where you are going, the detailed route, your planned departure time, and your expected return time.
  • Give the name, address, and telephone number of each person on board and an emergency contact.
  • Include the description and license plate of the tow vehicle and trailer, and tell where they will be located.

Notify the person who has your float plan when you return or if you decide to extend your time on the water.

Float plan
Sample float plan