A float plan is a written record indicating the planned destination and approximate length of time for the outing. 

Sample forms are available at the Coast Guard's website here:

One should be completed and left with a relative or friend prior to each trip. In case of an emergency or failure to return within a reasonable period of time, pertinent information will be available to assist local marine police or the Coast Guard in determining whether a search should be performed. 

Be sure to notify the float plan holder upon return.

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