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Old 05-12-2016, 03:22 PM   #21
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Usually just the name, but when the other party needs more information to get a visual on my boat I typically include 64' power boat. By the way, that worked the one time I had (got) to hail Invictus.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:31 PM   #22
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Usually just the name, but when the other party needs more information to get a visual on my boat I typically include 64' power boat. By the way, that worked the one time I had (got) to hail Invictus.
Where was she and why were you hailing her?

Mine was when she was just leaving dry dock on the St John's stopped in the middle of the river and started spinning to the east (to her port). I was planning passing her to port. So I hailed and asked her intentions as if she was moving I would pass to her starboard. He told me to proceed on the starboard.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:35 PM   #23
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Santa Monica Bay, leaving MdR en route to its mooring in Newport Beach (CA).
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Old 05-12-2016, 04:07 PM   #24
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Motor Vessel would be appropriate for all the vessels on this forum...

Actually. No. Motor Vessel is any vessel more than 65 feet in length, which is propelled by machinery other than steam. Often times this is implied as a commercial vessel.

In the US, Most of the vessels on this forum are class iii or class iv motorboats.

In Canada, pleasure craft or recreational vessel is the proper term.

Granted, terminology doesn't mean a heck of a when you're cruising around a bunch of other pleasure craft on weekends, sipping your martini and adjusting your cravat, while plowing through the local dinghy race. But once you encounter real shipping or in a traffic scheme, identifying yourself as a motor vessel is inappropriate, because the other party would be looking for something resembling a ship.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:48 PM   #25
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[QUOTE=Northern Spy;441729]
sipping your martini and adjusting your cravat, while plowing through the local dinghy race. QUOTE]


Now that's the kind of multi-tasking I'm talking about!
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:12 PM   #26
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I never experienced here in Scandinavia that someone would take my call "here is M/Y.." not serious

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Wadden,

I suspect that the pretentiousness of the word "yacht" is an American English/Culture issue. In the US, a "yacht" is often considered a rich man's boat.

I have always wondered why Lovey and Thurston Howell, with all of their money, would take a three hour tour on the SS Minnow. Of course, the SS Minnow really should be the M/V Minnow or the M/Y Minnow since she was not a Steam Ship but we can't expect a TV show to be perfect.

The Howells really would have owned the M/Y Minnow but the Gilligan, The Skipper, Mary Ann, and The Professor would have been on the M/V Minnow. Ginger really would have been a guest on the M/Y Minnow owned by the Howells, Ginger simply did not belong with the rest of the guest and the crew.

Hopefully the last two paragraphs made no sense to you because, if it did make sense, it would mean you watched too many episodes of a very silly US TV show.

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Old 05-12-2016, 06:22 PM   #27
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And then there's Judge Smails' yacht The Flying Wasp.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:24 PM   #28
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And then there's Judge Smails' yacht The Flying Wasp.

Hey! You scratched my anchor.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:52 PM   #29
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identifying yourself as a motor vessel is inappropriate, because the other party would be looking for something resembling a ship.
When I picked my boat up in Stuart I turned om the AIS as we went north. After the first day I checked how it showed on the MarineTraffic page. Boy was I surprised to see the PO had set her at 55 meters long by 15 meters on the beam. So meters instead of feet! Since I had to download software and hook up a laptop to the AIS to change it, I decided to leave it until I got home.

Since my family back in Ireland were monitoring our progress I left the AIS on anyway.

On the third day, somewhere between Daytona and Jax, I was hailed by a small trawler heading south. He asked me if I knew what my AIS was sending. I explained what was happening.

He said they saw us on their GPS from a mile back and thought there was a Carnival cruise liner coming up the ICW.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:58 PM   #30
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We use "this is the motor vessel Sandpiper."
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:26 PM   #31
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We typically say "motor vessel Traveler". But I may now change that to the more generically accurate (what?!?) "powerboat Traveler".
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:24 PM   #32
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Pleasure boat. But like many, I don't use it in the initial transmission. I do use it on the next one to clarify who I am...."I'm the pleasure boat coming up on your stern".

My boat, and my previous Mainship had a "Yacht Cerification" placard on it....I always got a kick out of it.

My definition of "yacht" is anything you can fly a helicopter on to. That probably starts around 150 feet.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:29 PM   #33
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So for those guys who bought a dozen live shrimp to fish off the bridge you are going under - how do you think they would define your vessel?

Yacht?
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:39 PM   #34
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Azzhole for running through their lines....
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:12 AM   #35
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Only the boat name.


It's interesting to hear some of the boaters call the locks when they want to pass through. It goes something like this....
"Ice Harbor Lock WUJ42, Ice Harbor Lock WUJ42, Ice Harbor Lock WUJ42, this is pleasure craft SusieQ calling on VHF Channel 14."
and then the lock responds.


When the tugs are calling the locks it goes something like this....
"Ice Harbor 42, Chief"
and then the lock responds.


I tend to follow the example the tugs use. It's always worked for me.


If I'm calling another boat I'll usually say the boat other boat's name twice followed by "Beachcomber".
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:04 AM   #36
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We only use the boats name "LUCY" .

The rest is air time clutter for no legal purpose.
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:38 AM   #37
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I always hail the other party using their name twice. I prefer people to hail me that way because if you are not expecting to be hailed, or haven't quite got your ears on, it is easy to mis-hear the first part of a call.

There's been many a time the missus has turned to me and said "were they calling us?"
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:47 AM   #38
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We used M/V until we hit the river systems (Mississippi, Ohio, Tenn-Tom). Then the terms Pleasure craft and recreational vessel seem to me the norm. We would hail the tows as M/Vs but they would never call us a M/V.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:29 AM   #39
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Here in South Florida we use "hey a$$hole" a lot.
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I use just my boat name unless someone asks for a description. In that case I give them a generic description such as 32' white powerboat with wooden cabin house.
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