Re: VHF Protocol
Zeke, from your original message it was totally unclear what you were talking about, in terms of names/vs/numbers or both on boats.
I don't think I know anyone who has ever known the "numbers" of the boat they were on, but I sure know the name of every boat I've been sailing on. And it is the names that go in my log--not the numbers.
Numbers? The human mind typically holds a max of four of those, even if we sometimes do better with phone numbers. Names? Way more likely to come to mind. If I have to grab a mic and call a Mayday, the last thing I will do is rummage around to find out the registration numbers of a boat, and then spend extra time citing a long string of them versus two or three syllables in a name.
Now, as to clueless rubes using names that don't work well over the radio...So what? Crabs gotta eat too. Drownings improve the species. Both human and crab.