2015 New York Safe Boating - 30
Planning your trip...
Your time on the water will be much more enjoyable if you
spend some time planning before you launch. First, think
about your boat and how you want to spend your day. If you
plan to water ski, you'll need a place that offers enough space
to ski safely without any hazards that might endanger the
skier. If you're a sailor, you'll need a waterway with enough
distance between opposite shores for you to sail comfortably.
1. Name of person making this plan
2. Description of boat.
Once you've determined which waterway you'll be cruising,
you will need to get familiar with the local rules and hazards.
So how do you get that information? Other boaters who use
the waterway and the staff at the marina are great sources of
information. And you'll find a lot of the information you need
on a nautical map, which is commonly called a chart. Even if
you are familiar with a waterway, it's a good practice to carry a
chart of the waterway you're using.
3. Engine type______________H.P.____________
No. of engines_________Fuel capacity__________
4. Survival equipment: (Check as appropriate)
___Smoke Signals ___Flashlight
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) or National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) have surveyed
most larger bodies of water in the United States. USGS or
NOAA charts can tell you about the shoreline and the depths.
Areas of different water depth (contours) are marked on these
charts, as are dangers such as submerged rocks, sunken boats,
dams, overhead and underwater cables, bridges and other
___Raft or Dinghy
5. Radio ___yes ___no Type______Freqs.____
6. Automobile license Plate_________________
Smaller waterways also have hazards, but USGS and NOAA
charts aren't always available for smaller bodies of water.
However, many have unofficial charts or navigation guides.
Purchase a guide to the waterway you will be boating on if
one is available. Many smaller canals, rivers and lakes have
organizations devoted to their proper use and preservation.
Many of these organizations have pamphlets or books about the
waterway, its navigation and points of interest along the way.
Color____________and make of auto_________
7. Persons aboard__________________________
Address & Telephone No.
CONSIDER YOUR SKILL LEVEL AND BOAT'S
RANGE WHEN PLANNING A TRIP ESPECIALLY
IN ROUGH WEATHER OR CONDITIONS.
8. Do any of these persons aboard have a
What hazards might you encounter on the water? Hazards
to boaters appear in many forms: dams, waves, submerged
objects, sand bars, strong or swirling currents, cold water, and
fast-changing weather. These hazards aren't always obvious.
Boaters need to recognize these dangers and be prepared to
avoid them at all times. Talking with people at the bait shop,
the launch ramp, or the marina will help you find out the
information that you won't get on a chart. Information such
as how the current is running after a rainstorm, whether the
water level is unusually low because of drought, or areas with
unusual or strong currents, etc.
___yes ___no If yes, what?____________________
9. Trip Expectations: Leave at________________
Expect to return by____________(Time) and not
10. Any other pertinent Info.__________________
11. If not returned by ______________(Time) call
the US COAST GUARD, or (Local authority)________
On almost every waterway, water levels vary with the season
and the weather. A few inches difference in depth can make
the difference between "smooth sailing" and an abrupt end
12. Telephone numbers ______________________