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Old 08-05-2019, 03:11 PM   #1
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We just put our new name on the transom. the boat is named M/V Windward. my question is where does the M/V go?
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:16 PM   #2
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IMO most people do not put the M/V on their transom. I may be speaking out of turn here, but I think it seems a bit pretentious.


Anyone can see it's not a sailboat so the M/V isn't really necessary.
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IMO most people do not put the M/V on their transom. I may be speaking out of turn here, but I think it seems a bit pretentious.


Anyone can see it's not a sailboat so the M/V isn't really necessary.

What he said.
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Yeah. Agreed. Most don’t put MV or SV on the transom.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:24 PM   #5
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It being a documented vessel with the name M/V Windward i was under the impression the full name was required. M/V (motor vessel) S/V (sailing vessel) and no its not a sailing vessel.
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If you documented it with M/V as a part of the name, then you do need to put it on the transom. Although I have never seen it on a boat. I also think it is a bit pretentious. When I hear Motor Vessel I think of a mega yacht.
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I agree with the others on the thread. M/V isn't normally part of the name of the vessel and isn't, for example, found on the COD. But, if it is in this case -- then the same rules apply to it as any other portion of the name.
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IMO most people do not put the M/V on their transom. I may be speaking out of turn here, but I think it seems a bit pretentious.


Anyone can see it's not a sailboat so the M/V isn't really necessary.
And all this time I thought it stood for Mighty Valuable! LOL
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And all this time I thought it stood for Mighty Valuable! LOL
Mega Voluptuous?
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Is there a size of vessel that is required for? Because every time a large yacht comes to my marina as a transient or just to get fuel they'll always say "this is motor vesssel" whatever.

Im talking like 70 and 80 footers and above. Just curious
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I don't believe the "/" can be used as part of a documented vessels name. As I read the regulations, the name can only include letters, not punctuation marks or numbers.
"The application for documentation must include a name for the vessel composed of letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals and may not exceed 33 characters."

So the M/V would not be a legal marking anyway. Beyond that, I agree with the other that it is unnecessary on the boat itself.
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Is there a size of vessel that is required for? Because every time a large yacht comes to my marina as a transient or just to get fuel they'll always say "this is motor vesssel" whatever.

Im talking like 70 and 80 footers and above. Just curious

The MV in that case is a description instead of part of the name.
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It is just a form of address, nothing to do with vessel size. Like putting Mr. or Ms. before a person's name.

I keep waiting to hear a Steam Ship (S.S.) addressed over the radio.
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It will depend on what comes on the Certificate of Documentation from the CG. Whatever is listed as the name is supposed to be on the boat along with the hailing port. If the application was filled out as M/V they may put that as part of the name. They may understand that it is a motor vessel and omit the M/V. Time will tell. Hopefully the OP will let us know how it turns out.
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i think my pretentious ass is going to put it on. Thanks for all the imput. M/V Windward out.
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I don’t think of M/V as pretentious just descriptive while calling it M/Y might be both!
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Is there a size of vessel that is required for? Because every time a large yacht comes to my marina as a transient or just to get fuel they'll always say "this is motor vesssel" whatever.

Im talking like 70 and 80 footers and above. Just curious
I don't know about the fuel dock, but when calling in on VHF for transient moorage we always add motorvessel to the name of the boat. The initial questions from the marina personnel on VHF are always length of boat and power or sail? so might as well give it to them at the onset.

If we are hailing another boat, we use motor or sail vessel before their vessel name for crossing or passing arrangements so they know we are calling them. We will use the motorvessel before our vessel name in the same crossing arrangement transmissions in order for the other boat to be able to identify us easier.

For hailing another boat by name, we omit motorvessel.

There are other situations where motorvessel can be used such as securite and mayday calls.

Putting M/V on your transom is superfluous and will identify you as a novice
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Windward is the name and M/V is the description when the boat can’t be seen, such as on the radio. Put Windward on there; I guarantee no one, including the CG, will complain that MV isn’t on the transom, even if you made it part of the name on the doc.
Make sure the MV is removable if you do put it on; you will want it gone after you spend more time in the boat world.
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I would never address a vessel as an M/V or S/V. If need to differentiate, I'd say "motor vessel" or "sailing vessel."
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Is there a size of vessel that is required for? Because every time a large yacht comes to my marina as a transient or just to get fuel they'll always say "this is motor vesssel" whatever.

Im talking like 70 and 80 footers and above. Just curious
I don't think so. I think any power driven vessel that uses an internal combustion engine, or I guess an electric motor for propulsion could be called a motor vessel.

I actually always thought of it as one of the less pretentious identifiers. Motor Yacht sounds more stuffy to me. Pleasure Craft is another one I don't like saying. Power Boat maybe?

To the OP: I'd leave the M/V off myself, but whatever makes you happy!
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