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02-14-2011 05:25 PM
LarryandSusanMacDonald Being that we live on our boat, giving out our address is not so much trouble- nobody's going to rob our box number or our mail forwarder when we're not there. We're never there.

If it's a concern, get a P.O. Box or a mail forwarder. Easy and relatively inexpensive solution.
02-14-2011 02:28 PM
rikhall Here are questions I might ask:
  • for whom is the card?
  • what information does that person probably want or need?
  • is there anything you really want to make sure they know?

We use ours as a general "business" card as well.

Rik
02-14-2011 11:07 AM
hurricanehole Yes, thanks for the responses. I know what's going on the card now and also what to do about call signs and the MMSI. I'm not going to put a home address on for security reasons, if someone would like to check in with us they could call or email. The boat card is such a great thing to have on a trip, Larry and Susan have given the reason I was thinking of one for our boat.

Name of boat
type of boat with length beam and draft info
home port
crew names
email addresses
cell phones
MMSI, call sign
boat logo
02-14-2011 10:36 AM
rikhall Ours is like this:
Mystery
Irwin Citation 34
Rik & Linda and Captain Hook

home address
Canadian cell phone
US cell phone
web site
MMSI
Hope that helps. Put as much or as little as you like.

Rik
02-14-2011 06:00 AM
sailingdog This is why I don't suggest putting a home address on a boat card.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mccary View Post
I am a professional photographer and have several friends who are also photographers. Everyone had business cards with name, address, phone number and cell number, email address, etc. One friend had is home ripped off by someone who he passed a card to. They called his cell and learned he was away from home and did the deed.

So, since then I am very leery of giving too much info. I put my name and cell number and email address and in this case the boat name. Don't provide too much info, you have no idea where those cards can end up.

Just my opinion, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
02-13-2011 10:20 PM
ShockValue How does your friend know who ripped him off? Did they catch them or get some other clues?
02-13-2011 09:32 PM
mccary I am a professional photographer and have several friends who are also photographers. Everyone had business cards with name, address, phone number and cell number, email address, etc. One friend had is home ripped off by someone who he passed a card to. They called his cell and learned he was away from home and did the deed.

So, since then I am very leery of giving too much info. I put my name and cell number and email address and in this case the boat name. Don't provide too much info, you have no idea where those cards can end up.

Just my opinion, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
02-13-2011 09:25 PM
catamount Get your MMSI from the FCC when you get your Ship's Station license, rather than from Boat/US.
02-13-2011 08:06 PM
LarryandSusanMacDonald When we trade cards with another boater, we always write on the back where we met them, and then store it alphabetically in a business card folder. The next time we see the boat - sometimes years later - it will look familiar to us - we look up the names of the folks and call them on the VHF. Then we get together for sundowners or dinner, and the conversation seems to pick up where it left off last time we saw them.

We have hundreds of cards in our collection.
02-13-2011 08:02 PM
hurricanehole After some searches about this I see I need a couple of FCC licenses.
Thanks Sailingdog.
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