Boat safety is something you plan for before heading out on the water. There is no worse feeling than running into problems and not being prepared to deal with them. Use the information below to learn about boating laws, get your equipment in order, and prepared for the unexpected.
What is a float plan? A float plan is more or less all of the information of your trip, organized and left with someone that will notice if you aren’t back when you should be. The Walleye 101 Members Only group posts them in their forum so they can look out for each other.
What should my float plan contain?
- Departure time:
- Mobile #:
- Launch Location:
- Fishing Location:
- Boat Description:
- Boat Registration #:
- VHF Channel Monitored:
- Tow Vehicle:
- License Plate #
- Expected Return Time:
- Emergency Contact:
- Emergency Contact Mobile #:
Also, The Us Coast Guard has a comprehensive float plan available to download and print here:
Vessel Safety Checklists
- Michigan Vessel Safety Checklist
- Michigan Boater Safety Laws
- Michigan Boating Safety Handbook – Download PDF Here
- Ohio pre-launch checklist
- Ohio Boat Operators Guide
- Ohio Required Boating Safety Equipment
- How to contact the United States Coast Guard
Where should I start with safety equipment?
That is a great question! The answer depends on where you fish and how big your budget is. The most basic elements of boat safety are free or relatively inexpensive. Here are some basic safety items but there are lots more details, videos, and articles available throughout our website.
Basic Boat Safety:
Life Jackets – wear a good quality life jacket at ALL times on the water. A Coast Guard officer told me one time…. “we don’t pick up too many drowning victims that are wearing a life jacket”.
Vessel Safety Check – get one ASAP. They are free from the Coast Guard Auxillary and can help identify missing or outdated safety equipment. Safety checks are conducted at scheduled times and we often arrange for the Coast Guard to stop by our Walleye 101 Trophy Hunts.
Float Plan – file one with your family or firiends every time you hit the water. If you don’t get back at your expected time people know where to start looking for you. Might save some precious time.
DCS Marine Radio – get one and get it registered. DCS radios send a signal to the Coast Guard with the push of a button. Cell phones can be unreliable on the water.
This is just a sample of of the great information we have available for you. Learn more about boat safety….