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Old 04-10-2012, 19:08   #16
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Re: Displaying the Boat's Name

I had huge lettering on the last boat. Over the years, it meant that more scratches would show up.

Went to small lettering on the current boat. Less paint = fewer scratches to worry about.
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I guess it's one of those " Bigger is better things Huh?" Ours has always been in at least 8in letters, and Ive been told they were not large enough to see at 75 yrds ?? ya can only put them so big ! They sorta have to fit the area they are going on !!
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I guess it's one of those " Bigger is better things Huh?"
Yep. But I'll admit, about a month ago my former boat, the one with the huge letters, sailed by while I was sea kayaking. Hadn't seen the boat in years. Recognized it immediately. I chased it for a couple miles until it turned into a marina, and we had a lovely reunion. The couple sailing the boat had bought it from the fellow who had bought it from me, and they had a zillion questions, such as where was the switch for the washdown pump I'd installed.

Sometimes big letters pay off.
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Old 04-10-2012, 19:38   #19
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Our name is as big as will fit on the transom. We figure that way the competition will still be able to read it from a mile or so behind us.
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46 CFR 67.123 covers the display of names for documented boats.

it basically says that recreational vessel's name and hailing port must be marked together and clearly displayed in a minimum of 4" letters.

Thats were it is open to interpretation...

Something else many of us do, which is also a violation of the CFR, is placing the name on the bow or quarter and the hailing port on the transom.

He wasn't talking about the rules for documented boats, though. He was talking about trying to be a good mariner and warn others of hazards they were approaching.

My boat's name is in very large letters across its large stern, but still, many can't pronounce it, and I always have to spell it for bridge tenders. I'm going to change the name of the boat. I don't like having a name I have to explain (the boat came to me already burdened with the name).
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Our name is as big as will fit on the transom. We figure that way the competition will still be able to read it from a mile or so behind us.
Funny.

For a cruiser, however, it seems crazy to put the name right where the dink will block it when it's on the davits.
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Agree, easily readable is good. Much more effective to be able to call "BOATNAME.... there's an obstacle ahead..." than it is to say something like "northbound white boat approaching coord/coord..."

And I also want boats to be able to call me easily with any warning info available.

Location is an issue, as is size and color... but so is type style. Flowing cursives are decorative, but hard to make out from any distance at all (with unstablized binocs).

The name on our stern is clearly visible, easily legible... except when obscured by the dinghy. Hmph. I've been considering adding the name in other places, including on the always visible throw ring, and including both sides of the hull at the bow.

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Funny.

For a cruiser, however, it seems crazy to put the name right where the dink will block it when it's on the davits.
For us davits were never a thought. But I did drill a 2.5" hole smack dab in the middle of the name for the windvane.
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Re: Displaying the Boat's Name

mine is prominently displayed in 4 inch lettering on bow, and on transom, where it is blocked by stowage of fenders....no davits.

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Funny.

For a cruiser, however, it seems crazy to put the name right where the dink will block it when it's on the davits.

If you have davits.
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Re: Displaying the Boat's Name

most boats cruising under sail have davits or a wind vane to block the names....is a norm. you will see many of these boats will use the quarters, to place names, so as not to become blocked by the dinghy on the davits.
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most boats cruising under sail have davits or a wind vane to block the names....is a norm. you will see many of these boats will use the quarters, to place names, so as not to become blocked by the dinghy on the davits.

Many boats here keep their dinghies on the foredeck. That is much more typical here than davits. Obviously if one uses davits, then there's not much point to having one's name on the stern.

Again around here, if the name is on the side of the boat, it's almost always near the stern, not the bow.

I know of only one boat in our club, which does include long-distance sailors (but no circumnavigators that I'm aware of), that has a wind vane. He only has it on when on a long cruise.
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there is also a difference between gom sailors and ocean sailors, i have noticed.....
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I understand that for a USCG rgistered boat that all letters in the name and hailing port should be 4 inches high. If this doesn't really fit where I want it, am I crazy to go a little shorter? My capital letters would be 4 inches tall but not my lowercase letters. Am I asking for a big fine?
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Yes.
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