Skip Links

ATTENTION POLICYHOLDERS IN THE FORECASTED CONE OF IAN: Hurricane Preparation Coverage is in effect. Make preparations now to get your boat out of harms way. Learn More

Why File a Float Plan?

A float plan lets your family and friends know your whereabouts and, should a trip come to grief, the plan will give the searchers a head start locating your boat.

Several times each season, BoatUS gets a phone call from a distressed spouse--a boat is overdue. Maybe the missing skipper "is always home by a certain hour" or "has never been this late before." The overdue skipper almost always calls; everything is fine. But a lot of worry and frustration could have been prevented by taking a few minutes to file a float plan.

A float plan lets your family and friends know your whereabouts and, should a trip come to grief, the plan will give the searchers a valuable head start locating your boat.

Whether you are on the water for an afternoon or a month-long excursion, a float plan can be a lifesaver. Print out our easy to use form (below), fill it in and leave it with a spouse, other relative and/or a friend. You may even want to leave a copy with your marina manager.

The Float Plan starts with the basics: phone numbers to be called if the boat is overdue, a description of the boat, registration numbers, etc., that can be penciled in at the start of the season. Copies can then be made and details added before each trip.

Note: The Coast Guard does not accept float plans and should only be notified by your spouse or friend if there is a "deviation" (you are overdue) from the float plan.

Download the Float Plan in PDF Format

Download

Related Articles

Topics

Click to explore related articles

safety and prevention personal safety

Author

BoatUS Editors

Contributor, BoatUS Magazine

Award-winning BoatUS Magazine is the official publication of Boat Owners Association of The United States. The magazine provides boating skills, DIY maintenance, safety, news and more from top experts.