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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.
After fueling, sniff the engine compartment for any evidence of gas fumes.
Sample float plan