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Old 20-05-2013, 09:19   #1
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S/V ?

Grrr this is hard....


1. Chapa'ai (it is from the book/movie/tv series Stargate)
2. Mostly Harmless (seems like a fitting description)
3. 42 (no matter what the question a boat is a good answer)
4. Heart of Gold (I am feeling rather Douglas Adams today apparently)
5. Dont Panic (imagine that on the radio 3x's hah)
6. BoatAway (worked at a company called HomeAway... where i got most of the money for this adventure)
7. ????
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:21   #2
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I vote for "Mostly Harmless," although I'd prefer just plain "Harmless" even more.
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:29   #3
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Here is a guide, when requesting rescue what do you want to broadcast as. Hard to spell or pronounce names should be avoided, could be life or death situation and you don't want confusion.
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:31   #4
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Sorry, I say go back to the drawing board.
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:35   #5
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Here is a guide, when requesting rescue what do you want to broadcast as. Hard to spell or pronounce names should be avoided, could be life or death situation and you don't want confusion.
Take heed of this sound advice. Absolutely, unequivocally.
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:40   #6
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a. It's your boat.
b. Shouldn't be confusing, too long, or just stupid on the radio. Plain English.
c. I saw a boat with sail number "42" named Deep Thought.
d. I once contempalted Sorry for the Inconvieniece. Sailing is like that sometimes.
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:47   #7
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Re: S/V ???

I would tend to avoid "joke" names or pop culture references as much as I would avoid nautical puns (think "Blown Offshore" or "Weather or Knot"...etc.)

And I like nautical or indeed most puns.

But made-up words, coinages or wordplay is going to sound pretty stupid when calling in a securite, a pan-pan or, Neptune forfend, a MAYDAY.

Something short, pithy, easily sounded out and spelled correctly so you aren't yelling WILCO-TANGO-FOXTROT into the mic when there's a gale beyond the bimini trying to spell out your "fun" name is desirable.

That's why so many boats have seabird or marine animal names, mythological names or political names (like "Liberte" or "Freedom"). They are easy to say, easy to spell and easy to remember.

A final consideration is if you wish to register your boat name federally. Here in Canada, only one boat can have a particular name, and until you personally "retire" it, you are the only boat from your country with that name. Strangely, I know via forums the American with our boat's name, but he's sloop-rigged, I believe!
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Old 20-05-2013, 09:48   #8
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Re: S/V ???

If it's a boat with lots of varnish work always waiting for you, call it SISYPHYS in honor of the poor devil doomed to eternity to roll large rocks uphill.

Or, my other favorite, CALLIPYGIOUS, meaning it has a lovely bottom.
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I wouldn't choose 7.) ????

But you can have my former boat's name that I didn't change from the PO.


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If it's a boat with lots of varnish work always waiting for you, call it SISYPHYS in honor of the poor devil doomed to eternity to roll large rocks uphill.

Or, my other favorite, CALLIPYGIOUS, meaning it has a lovely bottom.

So you've seen her?!?! waaaay too much brightwork...
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b. Shouldn't be confusing, too long, or just stupid on the radio. Plain English.
I saw a yacht named "Vainqueur des Jaloux" (Vanquisher of the Jealous) and another "Henri de la Rochejacquelein" (famous leader during the French Revolution). A bit difficult on the VHF.

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Say your boat name three times, fast. Now think of broadcasting on the radio....
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Why not just walk the docks and look at the powerboat names? They're the ones who have all the "good ones."
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Old 20-05-2013, 10:44   #14
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As posted in your previous thread by myself and Kettlewell, your name should be short, easily pronounced and aurally recognized for safety sake when needed to be transmitted via radio. Two syllables tops is recommended for aural recognition and ease of memory. Therefore I do not think any of your choices are acceptable. But that is just my opinion.
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Re: S/V ???

Xeon...

1- Chapa'ai is easy to get mixed up with cha'apa'i, so maybe folks might have trouble with it, although, I'd think after hearing you say it many times, might get the hang of it--and it has meaning for you (it's "pop culture" roots will be unknown to many)

2- If you're still looking for possibilities, see if you can get hold of the registry of names for British yachts and Canadian yachts. Then you can see either something to avoid, copy, or get a feel for the kinds of names people choose.

3- Common themes include navigational stars, and a few of them have relatively few letters, hence easy for radio transmission.


Here's one to NOT name yours: "Upyurs". Jim once had to handle emergency radio traffic for a boat with that name, but the shoreside hams thought it was a hoax. As it was a medical emergency, aid to the stricken seaman was delayed. So as one poster above suggested, PLEASE avoid smart aleck names.

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