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Why File a Float Plan?

Several times each season, BoatUS Marine Insurance 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.

To view the Float Plan in Word Doc Click Here.

To view the Float Plan in Adobe PDF Click Here.
The PDF can be filled out, printed and/or saved to your computer. PC USERS: To save the PDF version to your computer, use the SAVE icon found on the PDF toolbar.
ALL USERS: If you are not able to save the filled out PDF, please use the Word Doc version.

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