Issue: September 2000
Float Plan Ahead

Trust us: We aren’t looking to hit you over the head with boater-safety proselytizing. And, yes, we have already talked some about boating safety this year. But a float plan-something a lot of us Bay boaters never bother with-can save lives, money and the precious time of search-and-rescue crews.

     There are literally dozens of websites out there providing templates for the standard float plan, with places for you to fill in your boat’s name, a crew list, ETDs, ETAs, et cetera. Among the easiest and quickest to fill out and print are the U.S. Power Squadrons’ ( and the U.S. Coast Guard’s ( We also liked the template at (