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Old 12-15-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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How do you identify yourself when hailing...

Back in our sailboat days, when hailing another boat we would start with "This is the sailing vessel Escapades". Now with a power boat what description do you generally use? "Motor Vessel...", "Pleasure Craft...."?

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Old 12-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #2
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"This is trawler Honey Badger hailing on one-six.."
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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Since this group can't agree on the definition of trawler, best to stick with MV or SV. You don't want to use "trawler" and be confused with a commercial fishing boat.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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I could give a rip what the website agrees to call a trawler. My vessel type is a Sedan Trawler. I don't need to justify that by consensus of a web forum do I?

If I were a fishing vessel, I would hail as "Commercial Fishing Vessel Honey Badger hailing on one-six..."
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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Usually just "Gray Hawk", occasionally "MV Gray Hawk". I dunno about where the rest of you boat but where I boat the only guys who ever use SV or MV are the recreational boaters. The commercial guys just use their vessel name so I figure if that's good enough for them its good enough for me too.

And if they ask what kind of vessel we are I say we are a toy trawler. They seem to know what that means.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:51 AM   #6
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"My vessel type is a Sedan Trawler." No, it is a Europa


"If I were a fishing vessel, I would hail as "Commercial Fishing Vessel Honey Badger hailing on one-six..." You might but they don't
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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To eliminate any confusion between private and commercial vessels, I will identify my boat as motor yacht.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:13 AM   #8
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Usually pleasure craft, around here trawlers sport booms and nets.
Tell someone you own a trawler they'll probably ask something like "how's the shrimp running"
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:16 AM   #9
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I just say "Ketchikan Harbormaster this is the Willy over". I can't believe all the people say'in "on channel 16". WHAT FOR!
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:20 AM   #10
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I just say Hey it me
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:21 AM   #11
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I simply use the name of the vessel I'm calling (repeated three times) followed by my boat name.....

"Hey Jude, Hey Jude, Hey Jude, this is Beachcomber."

No need to identify the type of vessel you're on or the one you're calling. But that's just my humble opinion.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:27 AM   #12
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"My vessel type is a Sedan Trawler." No, it is a Europa
No. My documentation carries my vessel as a Sedan Trawler.

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You might but they don't
Sure they do. We have both Native American and Commercial Fishing Vessels here in the NW. They often differentiate. I am neither and have never been confused with one.

The reason they ask that you notify your hailing channel is that they and many others are monitoring MANY channels. By declaring your channel, they will know how to respond and switch you to a working channel.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:30 AM   #13
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Motor Vessel would probably be the most appropriate (and generic), but we have so many trawlers around here you're painting a clearer picture of what sort of Motor Vessel you are.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #14
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right on, bobofthenorth. Keep it simple. The rest of the MV/SV/Motor Yacht/etc descriptors just clog up the freqency. Does anyone really say, "Hailing?" And Steve, how are the shrimp running?
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:51 AM   #15
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If describing the type of boat seems necessary, I use power boat or pleasure craft. In most cases, such as hailing for a pass, we just give the name of the boat. Motor Vessel has its own definition, technically speaking, being a power boat greater than 65 feet in length. A Motor Boat is a power boat less than 65 feet. Not that anyone's policing that out on the water. As discussed in another thread, we have been doing our boating for several years now in areas where there are a lot of "real" trawlers, so whenever someone goes out of their way to describe their "trawler style" pleasure boat as a "trawler" , it is a bit confusing. When we were frequent charterers of various Grand Banks and Mainship models, we never used the term "trawler" in describing them on the radio for the same reasons.
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When we hail someone we say or answer after being hailed, "This is the motor vessel HOBO, Hotel, Oscar, Bravo, Oscar". Hobo doesn't translate well so using the ICAO phonic alphabet helps particularly with Navy, CG or port officials.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:05 PM   #17
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Unless it's obvious why a person would need to identify their type of boat I view this extra chatter and clutter on Ch 16 as counter productive. So I keep my air time to an absolute minimum.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:27 PM   #18
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Lets not let this get personal. The acceptable responses are SV, MV, MY, Trawler, FV, anything that correctly identifies your vessel. There is no rule.

If someone wants to call their vessel a Pleasure Yacht and another one wants to call the exact same vessel a Motor Vessel they are both correct.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:32 PM   #19
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I simply use the name of the vessel I'm calling (repeated three times) followed by my boat name.....

"Hey Jude, Hey Jude, Hey Jude, this is Beachcomber."

No need to identify the type of vessel you're on or the one you're calling. But that's just my humble opinion.

This is the same for us- state the name of the vessel I am calling 3 times, following by name of my vessel once at end and that is it. If I am hailing the lockmaster for a lock through I just say "This is pleasure craft Watermark hailing XYZ Lockmaster." I am sure there is no need to state pleasure craft for them either though as all the tug/barge captains and their vessels are well known to the lockmasters.
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Since my boat has a persons name in it I use "MV Lisas Way"
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