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  "Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
                                      -- Alan Lakein


Rescue is faster when you use the USCG Float Plan.

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Whether you are a power boater or kayaker, the USCG Float Plan works for you.  Set up a basic plan ahead of time and save it on you computer. Update it when you decide where and when you're going to go. Then, e-mail your completed plan to whoever you choose to follow up should you not return or check-in as planned.

Features and capabilities you’ll find in this version of the float plan:

  • Save and send using any device with Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
  • Can be used with any size or type of recreational vessel.
  • Accomodates up to 13 canoers/kayakers/paddle boarders that want to paddle together as a group.
  • User defined fields provide increased flexibility.
  • The ability to enter the unique identification numbers for the vessel's EPIRB and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) attached to individual PFDs.
  • Drop down lists that let you easily see all of your choices.
  • Accommodates up to 12 passengers.
  • Identify up to 21 waypoints.
  • Exclusive Boating Emergency Guide™ assists the person holding your plan with starting the Search And Rescue process.
  • 100% digital means it's easy on the environment.
  • The float plan and the data you enter is stored on your computer or mobile device under your control.
  • It's FREE.  From the experts in boating safety, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Saving lives is what the float plan is all about. Create a float plan before your next voyage.


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