Play it safe, keep a stack of float plan forms on hand before heading out on the water. Leave a copy with a friend, relative or local marina. In case of an emergency, they'll have pertinent information, allowing them to contact the local marine police or Coast Guard with necessary details. A word of caution - if you're delayed, and it's not an emergency, inform those who have your float plan, and be sure to notify them when you return so the float plan can be closed out and an unnecessary and costly search avoided. A float plan can include the following information: name, address and phone number of trip leader; name and number of all passengers; boat type and registration information; trip itinerary; types of communication and signal equipment onboard.
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Filing a Float Plan
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