Preparing Your Trip

4.4 Trip Plan

Filing a Trip Plan before you head out is a recommended procedure. The Trip Plan should be left with a responsible person and updated as the trip progresses and plans change to avoid unnecessary search and rescue emergency calls. An up-to-date Trip Plan can aid in search and rescue efforts if they are needed.

The following information should be included in the Trip Plan:

  • The name and number of the pleasure craft
  • Type of vessel, sail or power
  • Name, address and telephone number of the owner
  • Number of people on board
  • Size, type and colour of pleasure craft
  • Type of engine
  • Distinguishing features of the pleasure craft
  • Type of radiotelephone, if any, and channel monitored
  • Safety equipment carried including flares, lifejackets and life rafts
  • Description of the trip, time of departure, estimated time of return, proposed route
  • Instructions in case of emergency
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