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View Poll Results: How is your boat named?
My principal vessel is not named, I use a call sign. 0 0%
My boat is registered w/ FCC or documented with a name or 15 75.00%
My boat is named on my state registration 0 0%
My boat name is just paint on the transom, or other. 5 25.00%
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:33   #1
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Boat Names and Big Brother

No, this isn't about risqué innuendo.
Boats with names registered thru Coast Guard Documentation or FCC Ship's Radio Licenses will be able to encode their name in their AIS B data stream. Others will use a state registration number, and called "US#md8181nt" for example, when contacted about a problem by another vessel. If they dial your MMSI number, your VHF will ring like a telephone, and the radio will switch to channel 70. But if they call you on channel 16, you will have to be paying attention. This survey is asking for a count of boats in the US who may not have a registered name.
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Old 13-10-2008, 07:33   #2
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So this is for US boats only, right?
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Ran into a boat in St. Maarten named "I Don't Recall". Owned by someone from Washinton - Ollie North? Can you imagine the VHF conversations with the Coast Guard?
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In UK you get the MMSI number for your VHF from OFCOM. being able to find the MMSI number of a big merch bearing down on you, and then able to call directly to their bridge does speed up the potential for inter boat dialogue. Thus AIS Rx is a great bonus. I remain to be convinced by the Tx capability, believing that this will swamp the system in busy areas such as the channel and around the solent.
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That was the reason for reducing the AIS B radios to 2 watts. With a low mounted antenna we can expect to be seen for around 14 miles. AIS B has been available in Europe for several years, and has not become a problem yet.
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