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Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

The other day I thought it would be a good idea to print boat cards to hand out when we meet people at anchorages etc.

My wife thought the idea was pompous and, although she denies saying it, I know she thinks it: symptomatic of my anal-retention.

In Bonaire a couple of years ago I dove with a couple from Holland who had a similar card for diving. I thought it was a great idea.

I thought that a card printed with our boat name, our names, our home port and an e-mail address would be a good idea - saves scrambling for pen and paper.

Does anyone else do this?

What info do you include on your card?
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Very common for cruisers to exchange 'boat cards'. I've four or five in my pocket right now. Last time I exchanged was in Key West two days ago, with a couple from Minnesota. May never see them again but if I do, I can check for their names as I file boat cards by boat name. Since October I've exchanged dozens...some have become friends and others we will hail, or they us, when in the same anchorage.

Not pompous at all.
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Oh, suggest you make note on the back of cards you receive recording date and location of meeting.
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Boat cards are pretty common among the ICW snowbird set. You meet so many people and then you find a familiar boat again in some other anchorange and know you met them before but don't remember their names, etc.

Our has our names, boat name, email, and cellphone. We've seen some that also have pix of the owners faces, again to help you remember when you meet them again. We tend to write helpful notes on the back of cards we're given, such as where/when we met the people, or similar.
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Why not? we have cards for everything else. I think it is a great idea and much better than something scribbled on a napkin
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Oh, the way to not make them pompous: don't make them double-sided with full-color photos of your boat at sunset, curlicue illegible lettering, and something self-important like "circumnavigator" or "liveaboard since 1925" under your name. Just the info that someone would really use. The rest of your expertise should speak for itself.
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

I agree... Boat's Name, Your name, Home Port, and contact info are all you really need to have on there.
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Yep, they are worth having.

You can either print them yourself or have them printed for you. If you elect to go the latter route, it's hard to go wrong with Vista Print.
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Re: Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

Another 'yes'... it's been suggested that in addition to your boat, you have a shot of yourselves too - to help someone remember who it was they met.... However our cards are just a boat pic, name, our names and some contact info.
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Boat Cards: Pompous & Anal or A Good Idea?

I really like the idea. When I'm away from work, I often feel I would rather have a personal rather than a business card to exchange with vacation acquaintances. For cruising, I think this is great and plan to follow suit before the sailing season starts up again this spring.
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