Re: VHF Protocol
"Saying "Charlie Foxtrot "
Was it PC Barnum who said something about overestimating the average....ahem. I have a friend who swears "Cierra" is spelled with a C, like the car. And any cop will tell you R is for ROBERT not ROMEO. The average civilian has no concept of the international phonetic alphabet, and if you have to stop to think, wait, is it Kweebec, or Kaybeck, or maybe Q is Queen?
Using phonetics outside of trained and practice radio operators is a fast way to create a dog's dinner. Now, the boat name, that they usually know by heart. Not always, but usually. So it is faster and more effective. It really is that simple.