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Naming a boat

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by teaser452, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. SpaceCritter

    SpaceCritter NES Member

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    Question: what are the regs regarding foreign language names, especially those that may sound a bit untoward in English?

    Something like, say, the Irish word: foclóir

    It means: dictionary

    It's pronounced, more or less, like f***-lore, i.e. like one's college tales (though most of ours I suspect are more "lore" than "f***").
     
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  2. Dadstoys

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    I don't think there are any regs about languages .
     
  3. George D

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    My 18' Sea Ray bowrider was named "Sunnyside" so no issues with naming smaller boats. My current 30' Chaparral is named Sue-Nami after my wife.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. mwalsh9152

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    I thought of naming mine "The Home Office"
     
  5. Asaltweapon

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    This is my understanding. Documented Vessels have rules and the name should b clear for radio communications. Pleasure craft don’t matter to the point of master baiter. I can’t imagine calling a pan pan or May Day to anything other crystal clear names. No need for silly shit OTW well off shore.
     
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  6. AHM

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    I'm sure the pom-pom fringe on the awning
    was the perfect domestic touch.

    As @Cap'n Mike informs us above,
    What is a Documented Vessel?

    A documented vessel is one that is registered by the Federal Government through the U. S. Coast Guard, rather than titled and numbered by a state.
    ...
    Federally Documented Vessel Requirements
    Character Requirements:
    ...
    • The application for documentation must include a name for the vessel composed of letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals and may not exceed 33 characters. The name may not be identical, actually or phonetically, to any word or words used to solicit assistance at sea; may not contain or be phonetically identical to obscene, indecent, or profane language, or to racial or ethnic epithets.
    So diacritics like "ó" may be debatable;
    and no "Erin Go Braless".

    State registration; well, you probably get bureaucrats eyeballing the application
    who would fit right in at the Registry. So ask yourself if you feel lucky when you submit the application...
     
  7. AHM

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    And OBTW, I know one guy who named his boat after his mother-in-law,
    and two guys who named their boats after their mother plus their mother-in-law.

    Never heard any of them say it paid off.
    But they really liked their boats, and would do anything to keep them.
     
  8. Sauer Grapes

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    IMG_0297.JPG Any of you guys remember the Barnicle from Summer Rental?
     
  9. mwalsh9152

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    The Barnicle owned the Excelsor!
     
  10. Sauer Grapes

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    Incisor
    One of my favorite movies!
     
  11. garandman

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    We bought a 21’ Robalo in Freeport ME named “Bite Me” painted about two feet high on the sides. I’m convinced it cost him about $1,000 because most people don’t like tacky names.

    We renamed it after a famous Maine Privateer and Ghost Ship.”

    [​IMG]
     
  12. 1776

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    All the USCG documented boats I checked all their names changed with new ownership, which is recommended or forced by the previous owner.
    If an incident occurs, such as a fuel spill or accident with the new owner, and the name on file is tied to the last owner, the USCG will come looking for the last owner. So when you sell your boat, take the name off and notify the USCG of the sale, don't just let the registration expire.
    An exchange will have the "Previous Name" filled out by the seller so it cannot be reused on that boat. A documented boat does not need to display registration numbers and may not need to be registered in the state it's kept in. By Federal Law, it does not need to be registered in a state, but a state may still make you pay and put on the 3x3 sticker.

    National Vessel Documentation Center

    EXCHANGE, RETURN TO DOC, REINSTATEMENT, REPLACEMENT

    There are a few sites to check the use of a name, here's one
    USCG VESSELS:::
     
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    My wifes grandmother has been hounding about what we are naming the pontoon boat. I have no plan to do so as of now. She asked us again today so I told her its gonna be "Nana Said So"
     
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    Last bought we boat had a previous Bill of Sale with legal language (in Canada) requiring a name change.
     
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  16. AHM

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    Or what - the contract is voidable and the seller can get the boat back?

    Second prize is the seller gets two boats back?
     
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    Is it fast? I like SUDDENLY.
     
  18. jaymce

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    Nest door neighbor fixes big trucks so he named his boat "Road Call" this way he could tell customers he wouldn't be at the shop he was on a road call.

    My Dad's 2nd boat (36' Hinkley pilot) he named "Fantasy" with the dingy (a Dyer Dow) namer "Reality".
     
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  19. AHM

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    Probably the most awesomely subtle one I know is a J105 out of Corinthian YC in Marblehead.
    It's named "Knotless".
    Here's the symbol used for the first letter:
    [​IMG]
     
  20. garandman

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    That’s Ken Bowden. He’s owned a series of boats named Knotless, going back to the 80’s.

    We’ve had inflatables named Gollum, Mermaid, and Gizmo. Had a small SeaWay we named Leeway....

    We named our first racing sailboat Dervish, which was the name of a famous Marblehead racing schooner. Second one was also Dervish. Third was named Interceptor, because the kids liked Pirates of the Caribbean, and “The fastest ship in the Caribbean is the HMS Interceptor.” However there wasn’t ever a real HMS Interceptor.
    [​IMG]

    We bought a used powerboat in Freeport, ME so we named it Dash, after the War of 1812 Privateer and ghost ship. LL Bean has a model in their lobby. We had a small inflatable dinghy we named Splash.
    [​IMG]
     
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    (Didn't know about the series of boats).
    Got the deets from Mass Bay PHRF, heh.
     
  22. 1776

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    Weather Sucks
     
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    Just for the love of G-d don't name it 'Wet Dream'
     
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    Or Master Baiter.
     
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    Years ago a friend of mine found out his fiance was cheating. He confronted her and she casually said if you don't trust me you can have the ring back.

    He snatched the ring back, without hesitation. According to him, she stood there in disbelief. Mind you this was a expensive engagement ring a little over 10 grand;

    nearly 2 decades ago, when this happened. He took the ring back to the family jeweler, who surprisingly gave him a full refund.

    Shortly there after he bought a boat with the money; and named it "Her Ring"
     
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    I don't know that I'd want a boat or a wife. They both strike me as awfully expensive.
     
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    Name it Danger Boat.

    (It is a Tick reference.)

    Knight Boat also works (Simpsons parody of Knight Rider reference).
     
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    Years ago I knew an ortho doc who named his sailboat PATIENCE [smile]
     
  29. AntiHippie

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    This is all good information. Couple other points - if it’s documented, you can NOT display state numbers, just the validation sticker. Some people think they’ll avoid L/E attention this way, when in fact it’s a writeable violation. Also, if it is currently documented, you’ll need (and very much WANT, for the reasons 1776 posted) a Letter of Deletion from USCG NMC. That is a very real thing for the owner per a current COD to be presumed the responsible party for pollution incidents. It takes a lot more than “oh, some dude named Bob gave me $1,000 for it, it’s his boat now.”

    Those numbers assigned on a state Certificate of Numbers? Required to be in 3” block Arabic font in a contrasting color affixed to forward half of vessel, where they are plainly visible, and the prefix and suffix spaced one character width not including “1” or “I”. I would guesstimate 50% of small recreational vessels (especially PWC’s) are non compliant. I think I’ve only seen that violation written once or twice in almost twenty years, but it is a violation.

    As far as the name of the boat, for a Certificate of Numbers (aka state registration), there is very little federal interest. The name does not appear on any state’s CON (informally: registration) that I’ve ever seen, and the Coast Guard uses (supposed to use) the state number as the vessel name in it’s own computer systems.

    And for the love of all things holy, keep the original registration onboard! It’s a regulatory requirement, and can be a hassle to verify - it takes much less work to write the violation then to warn it and deal with chasing it down in two different systems.
     
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    out on the west coast there was one named "In a Meeting" ;)
     

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