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Coast Guard Float Plan Information

Apr 19, 2018 01:55PM ● By Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux
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Because Lake Superior is technically a navigable waterway and because there are international waters involved, the US Coast Guard requires boaters to fill out and file a Float Plan before setting out on a voyage, no matter how short. 

Take a look at this official Coast Guard form to make your Float Plan for your next adventure on the Big Lake!

If you are going for just a few hours on your boat, let someone know where you expect to be and when you expect to return. If you plan a longer cruise, leave a copy of a written float plan with your marina or friend. A float plan includes a description of your boat, who is on board, a description of the safety equipment you are carrying, where you expect to be, and when you expect to be there. 
1. Instruct the person holding the float plan to notify the Coast Guard or other appropriate agency if you do not return within a reasonable time after your scheduled arrival (taking into account weather, etc.). 
2. When you arrive at your destination, or if your plans change, notify the person holding your float plan to avoid unnecessary worry and possible waste of search and rescue resources.
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