Passage plan planning

A detailed plan can now be prepared using fullest possible appraisal of intended passage considering all available information.
We call this stage the planning stage.
The plan should embrace the whole passage – from beath to beath
In a planning stage you should complete the following tasks: plot the intended passage on the largest scale chart applicable.
The planed track should be clear of hazards and at a safe distance from them.
A longer distance is preferable to a shorter more hazardous one.
On a chart mark conspicuous objects, such as lighthouses, transit marks, as well as danger areas and marks.
Take into the account the clearance which is required under the keel – allowing for the height of tide.
Have a contingency plan ready for alternative actions like in anchoring area.