Although it's not a legal requirement, and I'm not the "boat police", we all know it's a good idea to file a float plan whenever we go out in our boats. But how many of you actually do file a float plan?
The reason I ask this is because if I go out fishing in Port Valdez (the bay area not including the Valdez Narrows) I don't see anyone filing a float plan for that area. But if I went out to Orca Bay or someplace further out, filing a float plan would be a good thing. Problem is that if I get caught in the weather and have to hole up in a sheltered cove someplace, my float plan may cause an unnecessary search by the Coast Guard.
How long should I put down to wait before a search is begun so I don't cause the CG undo alarm? What do you guys/gals do?