Float Plan – Why Should You Take The Time To Prepare
Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan? The answer is simple… there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation. Without a float plan you are counting on someone else, a friend, neighbor, or family member to remember detailed information that rescue personnel need in order to find you. Information that can make a difference in the outcome.
Who should prepare a float plan?
Don’t think for a minute that this is a game plan only for those with big expensive boats. A Float Plan is equally effective for the owner of a 10 foot kayak or flat-bottom skiff as it is for a 48-foot express cruiser, or a 90 foot sport-fishing vessel or luxury yacht. So, what kind of boaters prepare float plans?
- Sport fisherman
- Jet Skiers
- Water skiers
- Family day cruisers
- Private charter boat services
- Sail boaters
- Power boaters
- Stand up paddlers
Typically, the Boat Operator of the vessel is the individual who prepares the Float Plan. However, all persons onboard should be aware of the importance of letting someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Don’t be afraid to ask the operator if they have left a float plan with a reliable person. It is recommended that you include a photo of your vessel with you float plan.