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Old 05-12-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Identifying your boat on the radio

Back when we were cruising on our sailboat we would hail using "Sailing Vessel Escapades". No question about the type of boat. Now with a power boat how do you identify your vessel? "Motor Yacht" seems a little pretentious for a 38' boat. "Motor Boat" seems a little ambiguous since that covers a wide range of power driven boats. I thought "Pleasure Craft" might bean alternative but it too sounds kind of strange.

So what do the majority of you Trawler drivers use when you hail on the radio?

I would post this as a survey but don't know how to do that.

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Old 05-12-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:41 PM   #3
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:41 PM   #4
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Back when we were cruising on our sailboat we would hail using "Sailing Vessel Escapades". No question about the type of boat. Now with a power boat how do you identify your vessel? "Motor Yacht" seems a little pretentious for a 38' boat. "Motor Boat" seems a little ambiguous since that covers a wide range of power driven boats. I thought "Pleasure Craft" might bean alternative but it too sounds kind of strange.

So what do the majority of you Trawler drivers use when you hail on the radio?

I would post this as a survey but don't know how to do that.

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I don't yet have a boat, but my vote's for pleasure craft, said with emphasis on "pleasure" in a deep, smooth, funky voice.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:08 PM   #5
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Usually just the name of the vessel or name and location (Passing: Slow Hand off your stern).

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Old 05-12-2016, 01:12 PM   #6
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Motor Yacht (M/Y) does seem a little pretentious to me as well however it may be more accurate as it is clear that it is a non-commercial vessel.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:31 PM   #7
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German inland water ways: "Sportboot", which is close to pleasure craft. The big ones are addressing us with the same wording.
International / sea: Motor Yacht.


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Old 05-12-2016, 01:32 PM   #8
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M/V and the vessel name is proper. Only if you want to be proper and we do.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:33 PM   #9
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Motor Vessel, but only when I feel I need to be a bit more professional about it.

Just Sonas when hailing another recreational vessel or marina etc.

Motor Vessel Sonas when hailing the coast guard, FWC, or when I hailed Invictus last weekend regarding her intentions as she was spinning to her starboard.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:56 PM   #10
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Might be I'm wrong (not native English) but I would expect that from a big ones perspective "Motor Vessel" sounds more pretentious than "Motor Yacht" if a +/- 40' comes around...


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Old 05-12-2016, 02:02 PM   #11
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Here is a list of the official 'Ship Prefixes':

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_prefix

Motor Vessel would be appropriate for all the vessels on this forum. Let's be good an honest with ourselves about the wording. If you're a Motor Yacht, you know it. You also know when you're NOT a Motor Yacht. I think common sense can prevail over marketing hype.

Announcing the type of vessel is helpful in a congested area where someone needs to identify you. If there is a Sailing Vessel in the same area, it is helpful to specify that you are the Motor Vessel. If you say Motor Yacht, many will be looking for a much different vessel than what you're operating.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:04 PM   #12
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I just use the name of the boat. If someone wanted further clarification, I used "60 foot cream colored power boat" and where I was. Worked fine on hundreds of calls in a wide variety of situations.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:08 PM   #13
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I thought that using Yacht instead of Vessel would express the recreational character of my cruise...


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To clarify. I don't announce a vessel type either, just vessel name. Just pointing out why it might be handy and taking a dig at the pretentious 'Motor Yacht' crowd.

We did hear a guy a few years ago calling for a pumpout at Block Island, RI. He did refer to his vessel as a 32 foot motor yacht. We couldnt' stop laughing.
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Identifying your boat on the radio

I checked against the rules published in Germany and what I was asked for the VHF certificate: There is stated "S/Y" and "M/Y" if cruising as a recreational.
Seems there are different interpretations about the words.
I never experienced here in Scandinavia that someone would take my call "here is M/Y.." not serious


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Old 05-12-2016, 02:35 PM   #17
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...Motor Yacht (M/Y) does seem a little pretentious to me as well however it may be more accurate as it is clear that it is a non-commercial vessel.
Mainship specifically named our boat model the "37 Motoryacht" but that always sounds pretentious to me too. I usually just give the name instead, unless identifying the boat specifically is important for some reason. Even then, I'll usually say something like "This is Xanadu, white motor vessel with a green canvas top" which is much more helpful I think.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:41 PM   #18
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"Pleasure boat" is what I use, down here "trawler" means just one thing, a shrimp boat.
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As an ID on an initial radio call, I say "FlyWright". On the next transmission with my request or message, I typically say I'm a Pleasure Trawler or a Recreational Trawler, burgundy on white.

I've never had someone ask me for clarification, so it must be sufficient for the purposes.
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We use "MV Lisas Way"

The reason we use MV is because our boats name doesnt sound like a boat name.
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