Getting Started - The Gudie

Getting started

Floatplan is completely free to join, but you do need to sign up for an account before you can reply to other members and receive messages. We ask our members to create an account to keep their private information safe and so we can build trust by reputation. Sign up here.

How the site works:

The site has two sections:

Crew Wanted

This is where skippers submit their Crew Wanted items. If you are a crew member looking for a boat to join this is where you will find it.

Boat Wanted

This is where crew members submit their Boat Wanted items. If you are a skipper looking for a new crew member this is where you will find them.

Paid Vs Unpaid:

Unpaid Crew

Unpaid crew members that are looking to join a boat for a vacation, to gain experience, travel or just meet new people both locally and worldwide and do not expect to be paid. A skipper may ask for a small contribution towards costs, a set day rate, a set trip cost or be willing to trade crew members time on the water for their time and experience.

Paid Crew

Professional crew members that normally hold at least a STCW95 Basic Safety Training course. Skippers and agencies will submit Paid Crew Wanted items and professional boat crew will use this search tool to find their next job.

Now you know what you are looking for

head to the Forum and search through all the Wanted items by adjusting the filter on the right. Be careful not to restrict your search too much, by leave the Going To or Leaving From search field empty you may find a boat/crew member nearby. You can also use the Notice Board Map to see if their are any Wanted items along your intended route.

Don’t see what you are looking for:

No problem. Simply go to the Notice Board page and click Submit New Wanted/Forum Item, fill out the form and we will do our best to have your new item approved and on the Notice Board within 24 hours. Please don’t add any personal information to your Wanted item, it may not get approved if you do. Members will use the safe and trusty Floatplan message tool to get in touch with you.

Found what you are looking for:

Then great! Stay on the Wanted items page you like the look of and add a comment to say your are interested or request to become friends with the item creator and then exchange private messages.

We are all about sailing, so if you see something on Floatplan that is not sailing related we would love to know about it so we can send them a nasty email and send them packing.

If you do receive a message please remember that the person sending the message has used the Floatplan messaging tool and has never seen your personal information.

Please read the FAQs page if you have more questions or contact the Help Team if you have any safety concerns.

New Float Plan Website Launching on the 7th July

Thank you all for using the Float Plan Website. I am excited to announce that the new website is ready! There are many great features help you find a safe boat to sail on. I hope you join us again. I will be sending out an email on the 7th with a link to the new website. 

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