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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.

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.
Sample float plan