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Old 03-08-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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Name Boards... Boat make or Boat Name

Kim and I are making Someday's Here more to our liking by changing the boat name and doing some upgrades. My first question is the name boards on the port and starboard side. We are thinking of putting jefferson 42 instead of Someday's Here. I believe Louisiana does not require to have the vessel name on these boards as I think other states may.

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Old 03-08-2018, 04:05 PM   #2
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It is a personal preference thing, but personally, I would not consider putting the manufacturer's name on my boat. But, I don't put the boat name anywhere it isn't required, either.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:14 PM   #3
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Wouldn't they be called "make boards" if they showed the boat make?

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Old 03-09-2018, 05:17 PM   #4
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We have a Jefferson 42 in our club and it already has the stainless nameplate on both sides aft on the flybridge. Maybe get yours replaced there and put your boat name on the boards.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:36 PM   #5
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States do not require names on boats. That is for federally documented boats.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:45 PM   #6
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Unless you get an endorsement fee from Jefferson, I vote for boat name.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:53 PM   #7
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boat name, comes in handy if you are bow in and someone is looking for your boat.

not sure I have ever seen the make on them and besides, not sure how many really care about make.

I purposefully took Albin off the sides of my boat as I thought it tacky advertising.
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Placing manufacturer or model name on the boards could confuse people as to the boat's name. ... USCG documentation rules do not require port/starboard name boards. ... Boards on small boat's like ours are so small they are not legible at any distance. ... The boards on my boat are blank and serve to minimize leakage of the navigation lights.
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Old 03-09-2018, 08:49 PM   #9
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Permit me to pose a "situation". When you need a bridge opened, the bridge operator might ask you for the name and hailing port of your state registered vessel, for his records. What will you tell him tell him?
My recommendation, just name the boat.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:42 PM   #10
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If I had a boat that was not documented and also didn’t have a name and was asked by a bridge tender for a name, I would just give the boat manufacturer and boat size as the name. Home port would be as easy as my residence. Or you could give them the state registration number. Although now most boats seem to have a name which would make this a moot point.
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If I had a boat that was not documented and also didnít have a name and was asked by a bridge tender for a name, I would just give the boat manufacturer and boat size as the name. Home port would be as easy as my residence. Or you could give them the state registration number. Although now most boats seem to have a name which would make this a moot point.
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There was a case about 20 years ago, the bridge operators track a stolen sail boat.
For some reason, the family on board thought if they complied with the bridge operators, no one would suspect the boat was stolen. I think the USCG arrested the boat and family as they tried to escape to Cuba.
The family were Cuban citizens, they were turned over to Cuban authorities and the boat brought back to the US. 20 years ago, the Cuban authorities did not treat their prisoners nice.
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The way my RIB hangs in the davits, the stern cannot be seen which means, the name and homeport cannot be seen. I guess I will have to put the name and home port on the aft 1/4 of the hull. MORE money. SHRUG.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:37 AM   #14
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Sounds like Kim is thinking the same as most of you here. Looks like Someday's Here will be on the Nameboards. Thanks for the comments
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As long as you don't name it, "Why Do You Ask?"
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Because boat owners come up with strange names, I feel sorry for the bridge operators. They keep a log when they raise the bridge and the name of the boat passing.
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