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Naming Sailboat....

I've received two very different answers from men I thought knew a lot and searches I've made have left me with unclear answers, so I thought I'd throw it out to the masses and see if I can get a good answer.

My sailboat doesn't currently have a name. Neither of the two previous owners named her.

One person I've talked to says that any boat can have any name that conforms with the requirements of the USCG and that you can have the name and home port displayed on the stern. This, he says, is how most, non-documented boats are done.

The other guy told me that only USCG documented boats have the name and home port on the stern. This doesn't make sense to me, but in searching for an answer, I never saw anything that completely contradicted him.

Who's right? What are requirements and guildelines I'd have to follow?

Thanks.

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The first is kind of correct, the second is wrong.

Both documented and state-registered boats can have the name and hailing port on the boat. Documented boats are required to and there is a standard for the letter type and size for the location. State-registered boats are only required to display the state registration tags and alpha-numeric registration on the bow.

Some state documented boats in my marina have not the place where the boat is kept but the town/city in which the owner lives. Also, some names are along the side of the hull rather than the stern. It really doesn't matter for registered boats.

Keep in mind that there are FCC regulations against profanity on marine radios so I would suggest not naming your boat something that might be heard as one of those words when used over the VHF. Also, when naming, think how it sounds to the person on the receiving end: Can your boat name be clearly identified and understood when you're asking for assistance? That part is just food for thought.
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Name it Mayday.
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Name it Mayday.
.... and then be sure to follow proper radio protocol - ie repeating the name 3 times each time you call.

NOT!

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.... and then be sure to follow proper radio protocol - ie repeating the name 3 times each time you call.

NOT!
You mean I can't name my boat "Securite" or "Pan"?
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bought a boat named "OM", sounded like you couldn't remember the name over the radio, "this is SV UM, UM, UM, that's Oscar Mike, Oscar Mike, Oscar Mike".
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It's funny how misinformation gets passed around. This all came up because of a conversation I had with a long time live-a-board just down the gangway from my boat. In the past he has provided me with good information and has lent a hand a couple times while I worked on my boat in the slip.

He lives on an old Columbia that hasn't left the marina in years. He is always wearing the same white shorts and button up shirt. He doesn't take advantage of the complimentary showers often but like I said, he is personable, and turned me onto the shipyard that recently painted my boat and keeps an eye on the diver that cleans both of our boats (mine regularly, his about a week before the harbormaster will notify him of excessive growth).

Anyway, I had a painter that I was interested in using to paint my registration numbers on the hull and name on the stern, when he comes over and begins telling me how his boat doesn't have a name on it because it's non-documented and then gave me the explanation above. It didn't sound right, but when I got home and looked for clarification, nothing completely contradicted what he said. There's lot of information that define documented boats and a lot of information on names themselves, but nothing that directly links the two and nothing that says non-documented boats may or may not have displayed names, ports, etc.

These answers make sense and are in line with what I believed to be true. Thanks very much.
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Boat names - what are yours, why? - SailboatOwners.com

have a look at the various names and ways to come up with a name!
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I've looked through the sources and recommendations you've all sent and am currently trying to decide between:

Pam-Pam-Pam

Maedae

and

OhHelpMeCoastGuardGuyImSinking
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