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Old 07-05-2019, 07:26 PM   #1
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So we are buying our boat, and I wanted to rename it. After thinking about it a while, I came up with "boku". It is the phonetic spelling of the french word "beaucoup", which means many, alot, or in large quanities. I chose this because we were financially blessed recently with the means to buy our boat outright, and we have a lot of very suupportive friends and family, and we've also had a lot of adventures over the last 17 years and are looking forward to more. I also chose it because it's 4 letters and is easy to transmit over VHF, and there isn't another "boku" registered with the coast guard.

So what do you think about the new graphics to go on the transom? 1, 2, or 3?
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:32 PM   #2
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Do we have any more options?
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:37 PM   #3
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Do we have any more options?
That is a very kind way of expressing opinion. (ME TOO! ME TOO!)

Check and fulfill the USCG regulations. Dont give the USCG an easy ticketable opportunity.
Plus, feel sorry for the bridge operators. They have to write the name of your boat in their log.
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:38 PM   #4
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Do we have any more options?

What would your suggestion be? If you're going to poo poo it, at least follow it up with a suggestion for improvement.
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As long as it's readable and meets the height & placement requirements.
I was a commercial fisherman and am very superstitious about name changes. Unless the old name was awful, I'd keep it. I never have changed a name.
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Dear God this is going to be one of those threads where everyone has something to say, but nothing is in relation to the original question isn't it?
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:41 PM   #7
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I love that your last boat's name was "final choice"
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:52 PM   #8
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I love that your last boat's name was "final choice"
The owner I am buying it from named it that because she got it in a divorce. Living on it after her divorce was the "final choice". LOLO
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I just think names should be as legible as possible. Art is ok but could backfire when identification is needed in poor conditions
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I like #1 but would go with a darker and more contrasting color for the name and hailing port.
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My 2 cents is the name will give rise to lots of misunderstandings on the VHF. In an emergency that's the last thing you would want. In a non-emergency such as calling a marina or another boat you will be spelling it constantly. The thought behind the name is great; the execution might not work as well. Good luck with the new boat.


I once bought a boat that came with the name Bolongo. It's a bay in St. Thomas. It was constantly being called Baloney by others and not as a joke.
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Old 07-05-2019, 09:23 PM   #12
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My 2 cents is the name will give rise to lots of misunderstandings on the VHF.

I dont understand your statement here. Whats hard to understand about "Bravo-Oscar-Kilo-Uniform"?

Its much easier than the current name "Foxtrot-India-November-Alpha-Lima, Charlie-Hotel-Oscar-India-Charlie-Echo."
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I dont understand your statement here. Whats hard to understand about "Bravo-Oscar-Kilo-Uniform"?

Its much easier than the current name "Foxtrot-India-November-Alpha-Lima, Charlie-Hotel-Oscar-India-Charlie-Echo."

Hey, your choice--my opinion. That's what you asked for. An easily understandable name works best for me. No need to spell it out.
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Hey, your choice--my opinion. That's what you asked for. An easily understandable name works best for me. No need to spell it out.
I know, but I'm trying to understand why you state it would lead to misunderstandings over VHF transmissions. I'm trying to figure out what would be not easy to understand, or which part would lead to misunderstandings. Can you explain your thought in better detail?
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Beaucoup"is usually linked with "Merci"(thanks) in French, ie "Merci beaucoup",meaning "Many thanks". Not sure that helps. "Boku" is no sillier than many names, the calling alphabet will soon tell people how it is spelt. If you like it, go with it, its origins have no connection with a palm fringed tropical island,but it sure sounds like one.
But,you might want to google the name,it`s used by a payments system headquartered in SF which uses mobile phone numbers as identifiers.
FWIW, option 1, minus the accent marks.
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I know, but I'm trying to understand why you state it would lead to misunderstandings over VHF transmissions. I'm trying to figure out what would be not easy to understand, or which part would lead to misunderstandings. Can you explain your thought in better detail?

I think saying your boat name over the radio will create a situation where the listener will ask you to spell it to be sure they understood the name. If they don't ask you will find it spelled beaucoup, bow coo, boo coo, but rarely if ever Boku. Don't get me wrong, I really like the name I just think it will cause confusion for you. Could I be wrong, sure. Again it's just my opinion. As for the graphics I like them. I would use darker colors and stay away from the accent marks.

FYI, Boku is a mobile payment platform headquartered in CA.
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I think saying your boat name over the radio will create a situation where the listener will ask you to spell it to be sure they understood the name. If they don't ask you will find it spelled beaucoup, bow coo, boo coo, but rarely if ever Boku. Don't get me wrong, I really like the name I just think it will cause confusion for you. Could I be wrong, sure. Again it's just my opinion. As for the graphics I like them. I would use darker colors and stay away from the accent marks.

FYI, Boku is a mobile payment platform headquartered in CA.

Ah... all good points! Thanks for the explanation.
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But,you might want to google the name,it`s used by a payments system headquartered in SF which uses mobile phone numbers as identifiers.

...whose CEO is french, and I bet you he used the same logic to name his business as I did. dammit. Wonder if I should go back to the drawing board.
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...whose CEO is french, and I bet you he used the same logic to name his business as I did. dammit. Wonder if I should go back to the drawing board.
Why? It's a great original unique name. I second the idea of a darker shade to make it easier to read from a distance.
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...whose CEO is french, and I bet you he used the same logic to name his business as I did. dammit. Wonder if I should go back to the drawing board.
You live in the US, I think you only heard of the business using the name by others searching. If it`s not well known, why worry? Payment businesses come and go, "Afterpay" is big here now but Visa is bringing out a similar system which won`t help Afterpay`s business.
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