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Float Plan Template

This float plan template can be used by boaters to summarize their boat trip and describe vital details that can help the Coast Guard save lives in case of an emergency. Boat companies (e.g. yacht charter, fishing boat rentals, canal boat hire, pontoon boat rentals, kayak rentals) can benefit in particular from this digital float plan template and enable their skippers to make their outings more efficient and their trips safer.

This checklist by the Lumiform app was not meant to replace a boater’s marine VHF radio and other communication equipment. You should still always have a charged VHF Radio and Cell Phone with you when out on the water. Always have a backup plan. This Lumiform checklist was designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.

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Vessel Information
Instructions: Complete this plan before any boating activity, and share it with trusted people whom you can depend on to alert the Coast Guard and other rescue agencies should you not return or check-in as scheduled. You should notify (e.g. send a notification using this digital checklist or call them via phone) the people holding your float plan in case of changes or delays. If you return safely, notify the people who have your float plan.
Identification
Take a photo of your boat from the docking area
Vessel's Name
Hailing Port
Document/Registration Number
Hull Identification Number
Year, Make & Model
Length
Type
Draft
Hull Material
Hull and Trim Colors
Prominent Features
Propulsion
Input the 1) Type, 2) Engine, and 3) Fuel Capacity
Primary
Auxiliary
Communication
Email Address
Cell/Satellite
Radio Call Sign/Number
DSC MMSI No.
Type
Channel/Frequency Monitored
Navigation
Do you have a working compass?
Do you have charts?
Do you have a radar?
Do you have a clear map?
Do you have a working GPS/DGPS?
Do you have a depth sounder?
Other items available
Trip Details
You can attach an image (in .jpg or .png) of the map of your itinerary for visual reference
Attach image here
Departure
Departure Date and Time
Location/Waypoint
Have you checked-in?
If you chose 'Yes' for the question above, you may a) click on the paper clip icon and b) choose 'Add Action' to send a check-in notification email to the person/s you shared your float plan with. You may also opt to attach a selfie of you which recipients can access when they open the email notification.
Stopover Points
If there stopovers in your itinerary, click "Add Stopover Point"
Reason for stop
Arrival at Stopover Point
Departure from Stopover Point
Location/Waypoint
Arrival
Arrival Date and Time
Location/Waypoint
Have you checked-in?
If you chose 'Yes' for the question above, you may a) click on the paper clip icon and b) choose 'Add Action' to send a check-in notification email to the person/s you shared your float plan with. You may also opt to attach a selfie of you which recipients can access when they open the email notification.
Safety and Survival Equipment On Board
For a more thorough check of safety equipment, you can use the Boat Safety Equipment Checklist as appendage to this Float Plan. OPEN LINK below to access the checklist. https://public-library.Lumiform.io/products/boat-safety-equipment-checklist
Visual Distress Signals
Do you have an electric distress light (for night use)?
Do you have a flag (for day use)?
Do you have aerial flares (for day and night)?
Do you have handheld flares (for day and night)?
Do you have a signal mirror (for day use)?
Do you have smoke signal (for day use)?
Audible Distress Signals
Do you have bells?
A horn?
A whistle?
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
Unique Identity Number (UIN)
Additional Equipment/Tools
Do you have an anchor?
Anchor's line length
Do you have charts/maps?
Do you have a dewatering device?
Do you have a compass?
Do you have paddles?
Do you have fire extinguishers?
No. of Fire Extinguishers Available
Do you have flashlights/searchlight?
Do you have raft/dinghy?
Do you have flashlights/searchlights?
Do you have sufficient food and water per person onboard the vessel?
How much food and water are available?
Persons Onboard
Operator
Full Name
Complete Address (e.g. House/Building No., Street, City, State, Zip Code)
Age
Gender
Home Phone Number
Mobile Phone Number
Radio Channel (HF):
Radio Channel (VHF):
Radio Channel (MF):
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) UIN
Do you have your Personal Flotation Device (PFD)?
Did you have experience with this vessel?
Are you familiar with the boating area?
Did you bring a vehicle (e.g. tow vehicle or trailer) to the port?
Vehicle (Year, Make, Model, and Color)
Vehicle License No.
Vehicle's Parking Location
Passengers/Crew
Identify all on board. EPIRB and PLB registration required by Federal regulations.
Name
Address
Age
Gender
Emergency Contact Information
PFD
Passenger PLB UIN
Additional Note
Contact List
Contact Person's Name
E-Mail
Mobile Number
Home Number
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Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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