What Is a Float Plan?

Before heading out on a boat trip, it’s always wise to leave a float plan with someone you trust to notify the proper authorities if you don’t return at the planned time. This is especially important for longer trips. A float plan, such as the…

What Is a Small Craft Advisory?

The Weather Radio broadcast is the best weather-related resource for boaters. NOAA is also a great resource, as they use a Coastal Warning Display Program. There are several types of flags and colored lights used to display warnings of incoming weather to boaters. The National…

Boat Capacity

The maximum number of people that can be on a boat at a given time and the total weight a boat can safely handle are both critically important to know. All vessels twenty feet in length or less are required to post this information on…