What is a FLOAT PLAN
If you are going for just a few hours on your boat, let someone know where you expect to be and when you expect to return. If you plan a longer cruise, leave a copy of a written float plan with your marina, yacht club, or friend. A float plan includes a description of your boat, who is on board, a description of the safety equipment you are carrying, where you expect to be, and when you expect to be there. Instruct the person holding the float plan to notify the Coast Guard or other appropriate agency if you do not return within a reasonable time after your scheduled arrival (taking into account weather, etc.). When you arrive at your destination, or if your plans change, notify the person holding your float plan to avoid unnecessary worry and possible waste of search and rescue resources. There is no special or offical form that you must use for a float plan, though you may find convenient pre-printed ones available in boating supply stores and catalogs, or you can generate a customized form using our Float Plan template. Do not attempt to file the form with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will not accept float plans.
The USPS template is a flexible tool for helping you generate a customized float plan. You may use it in several different ways.
Naval Research Lab Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System, NOGAPS. Excellent site for very detailed weather charts with 144 hour long range forecasting, surface pressure, sea temperature, wind velocity etc..
National Data Buoy Center Provides information regarding buoys.
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Other weather with good information
www.tides.com/cgi-bin/tcweb.exe This is the only site we have found that will give you the forecast free of charge and without having to download a program to run it.
Complete this form before boating and leave it with a reliable person who can be depended upon to notify the Coast Guard or other rescue organization in case you do not return as scheduled. Do not try to file this form with the Coast Guard, they do not accept float plans. A word of caution: In case you are delayed, and it is not an emergency, inform those with your float plan, the police and/or Coast Guard of your delay in order to avoid an unnecessary search!
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This page was last updated on 29July02