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View Poll Results: If you are overdue on a float plan,how long should your friends wait to call for help
within 10 minutes
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Question about float plans and timing

Old 04-05-2012, 07:42 AM
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I've really enjoyed reading the THT and gotten a lot out of it over the years. So THANKS! I am doing some research on behavior of boaters in regard to filing a "float plan" and risk behavior.



So here is my question... If you filed a float plan and indicated you would be back at a certain time. When would you expect your wife / girlfriend / friends to call the Coast Guard?
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We go out boating in time not measured in hours, so none of your questions actually apply.

Based on your poll, I'd suggest taking a boating safety course as it appears you do not have much time on the water (I'm not being negative, it's just on observation - your first 5 answers are in MINUTES).
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by two-rocks View Post
We go out boating in time not measured in hours, so none of your questions actually apply.

Based on your poll, I'd suggest taking a boating safety course as it appears you do not have much time on the water (I'm not being negative, it's just on observation - your first 5 answers are in MINUTES).

Two-rocks.. been boating all my life, I was looking to get feedback from others... I know plans change, tides, weather conditions, epic fishing etc...

The question is not how long the boat/fishing trip was.... It has to do with what you expect of others...

Ex. you have told others you will be back by 4:00pm. If you are not back by 4:00pm (and they cannot get in touch with you) , when do you expect them to call the authorities?? 4:10pm, 4:30pm, 6pm etc...
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Originally Posted by BlindSpot View Post
Two-rocks.. been boating all my life, I was looking to get feedback from others... I know plans change, tides, weather conditions, epic fishing etc...

The question is not how long the boat/fishing trip was.... It has to do with what you expect of others...

Ex. you have told others you will be back by 4:00pm. If you are not back by 4:00pm (and they cannot get in touch with you) , when do you expect them to call the authorities?? 4:10pm, 4:30pm, 6pm etc...
A lot would depend on distance off shore, weather conditions, and when the sun sets......
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I think this is a good topic. I voted 50-60 minutes. If the water turns on you when you are 50 miles off shore it can slow you down. My cell usually starts working when I'm 10-15 miles off shore. You can always hail the coast guard on 16 and have them make a call for you. We did that when we broke down once about 40 miles out in bad seas.
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Who do you file float plans with?
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Buy a spot. My wife called the Coast Guard twice to check on me before I got one. The Coast Guard called via VHF on both occasions. They informed wife all was well. She had waited a few hours passed estimated time of return. Now if I am late I send her a message all is well no worries.
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Originally Posted by Edstillfishing View Post
Buy a spot. My wife called the Coast Guard twice to check on me before I got one. The Coast Guard called via VHF on both occasions. They informed wife all was well. She had waited a few hours passed estimated time of return. Now if I am late I send her a message all is well no worries.
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Buy a spot? Pleas elaborate.
http://www.findmespot.com/en/whouses...d=42&Itemid=31
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Originally Posted by MAXIMUM B View Post
Who do you file float plans with?
anyone you trust... you can find the forms on the coast guard website...

Spot is good to let folks know you are running late or need help immediately...
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148 views only 13 votes... come on tell me what you think!
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:20 PM
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It depends on how you file the float plan. For example I did an offshore trip this last weekend and my general instructions to my wife were that we planned to be back by 6:00, but if I didn't contact her by 9:00 she was to contact the Coast Guard.

With those instructions I would hope she was calling at 9 something if we had not contacted her by then, but if I left off that last clarification I would hope she would wait at least a couple of hours.

So would I say less than an hour or more than 2 hours?

This is a good subject.
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I think if the coast guard got a call every time someone was two hours late getting in their phone lines would be tied up. I know stuff happens, but I rely on myself to notify the CG if needed. With two VHF's (1 handheld) and an EPIRB, that should address 99% of the scenarios which would require CG knowledge or intervention. The last thing I want is my friends calling the CG because I was slaying the fish.
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Poll is useless. Totally depends on situation. If you're going a mile across the river in a powerboat that cruises at 30mph, sure, 10-20 min late may be indicative of a problem, but if you're traveling 100 miles, do you want someone raising alarms because you hit a headwind and are running a little behind schedule?
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Originally Posted by LMychajluk View Post
Poll is useless. Totally depends on situation. If you're going a mile across the river in a powerboat that cruises at 30mph, sure, 10-20 min late may be indicative of a problem, but if you're traveling 100 miles, do you want someone raising alarms because you hit a headwind and are running a little behind schedule?
Your point is it depends on the trip... Wouldn't you know the type of trip you are taking into account when you tell someone this is the latest time you'll be back?

Again the question is about how you expect your wife/friends to react when you are overdue...

Oh yeah and thanks for all the feedback it is all helpful!
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I don't file a float plan. If I am fishing or diving that is pretty much my plan for the day but things change. Depending on weather and what the fish are doing we may come in early or stay past dark. If I am not in by a couple of hours past dark it may be worth checking up but to say I will be home at 3:00, 5:00, or 7:00 just doesn't work for me.
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