I didn't think anyone actually had that written on the sides and stern of their boats but was just curious. The only time I see that is on commercial
vessels and never saw S/V. The common ones in the Gulf of Mex are M/V and R/V (Research Vessel).
protocol is entirely different. When on my sailboat, I always identified myself as "sailing Vessel XXX". This makes for a much easier recognition of who I am especially when in the middle of commercial
traffic in Coastal La.
Now that I am a power jockey, I am not sure what to call myself on the radio
. I don't like the word yacht even when used as 'motoryacht'. But I guess it is the most appropriate to use when mingled in with commercial traffic.
I have a 36' Mainship Aft Cabin