Before going out on a vessel, it is always a good idea to leave a float plan with a relative or friend, or at least with a local marina.
• A float plan should —
o Describe the vessel, including its registration number, length, make, horsepower, and engine type.
o State where you are going, the detailed route, your planned departure time, and your expected return time.
o Give the name, address, and telephone number of each person on board and an emergency contact.
o Include the description and license plate of the tow vehicle and trailer, and tell where they will be located.
• Notify the person who has your float plan when you return or if you decide to extend your time on the water.
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