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.
- You can fill in all the information needed, "Generate" the plan and
print the results.
- You can fill in only the information which will not be changing, "Generate"
the plan, and print the results. You can then fill in information on your
customized paper forms as needed.
- You can generate a customized form as above and then SAVE the generated
template as a local file on your machine. You can then open your local
template in your browser any time you need a plan, type in the missing
information and print your plan. Or, if you want to generate a new local
template, you can open your local template in your browser, add or change the
"fixed" information, "Generate" a new plan, and SAVE the new template in your
local machine. Note: The default save name will be "fplan.cgi", however,
you should change it to "fplan.htm" so it will be easier to recall.
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Revised 4 June 1997
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