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Old 11-26-2022, 06:40 AM   #1
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Another scam, now for boat name "registration"

Here's a new scam, sadly promoted by BoatUS.


boatnameregistry.com


You can "register" your boat name with them for $35/year and "protect" the name from use by anyone else. As most people in the US know, boat naming in the US is not unique, and there is no restriction on duplicate boat names. All this site does is allow only one boat name to be registered with them, with no enforcement of anything. It's like me telling you that if you tell me your name, I won't listen to anyone else who tell me they have the same name. Ok, great. So what?

They don't protect your name in any way. They only allow one name to be registered with them, a random web database of no significance to anyone.


I think the only thing sadder than people who fall for this, is that I learned about this "service" in a promotional email from BoatUS.
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Old 11-26-2022, 07:38 AM   #2
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So if I want to officially rename to "The Office" or 'Wet Dream," I have to wait for a numbskull to lapse payment and I can swoop it? And if I want a star named after me I have to pay extra?

Jeez.....thanks for the notice.

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Just another company trying to sell stuff nobody needs. A unique name/home port combo is required for commercial vessels in the US, but nobody cares about pleasure craft.
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Just another company trying to sell stuff nobody needs. A unique name/home port combo is required for commercial vessels in the US, but nobody cares about pleasure craft.

It's not required in the US for any vessels, commercial or not.
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Old 11-26-2022, 09:18 AM   #5
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So if I want to officially rename to "The Office" or 'Wet Dream," I have to wait for a numbskull to lapse payment and I can swoop it? And if I want a star named after me I have to pay extra?

Jeez.....thanks for the notice.

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Simple, you just rename the boat via whatever registration/documentation authority you use, and ignore this website because it means nothing. You don't need their approval to do anything, and you don't need to register your boat with them and give them money in exchange for doing nothing for you. And registering with them doesn't prevent anyone anywhere from naming their boat the same as yours.
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Old 11-26-2022, 09:19 AM   #6
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Reminds me of the official star registry, where the book containing your star and name is donated to the library of congress.
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Old 11-26-2022, 09:19 AM   #7
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So if I want to officially rename to "The Office" or 'Wet Dream," I have to wait for a numbskull to lapse payment and I can swoop it? And if I want a star named after me I have to pay extra?

Jeez.....thanks for the notice.

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Be careful, you just devised a new revenue stream for them. A paid wait-list for the name of your choice.
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I don’t want to disappoint anyone and I know I’m going way out on a limb to suggest that “Carpe Diem” is probably already taken. ��
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Greetings,
I guess this name is taken, as well...


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Old 11-26-2022, 09:35 AM   #10
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I donít want to disappoint anyone and I know Iím going way out on a limb to suggest that ďCarpe DiemĒ is probably already taken. ��

Now that you mention it, I don't recall seeing a search function. I wonder if they just accept all registrations, even if duplicate. I'd name that boat Gorilla Balls.
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If you are not sure what name you want for your boat just go to the site and have your pick. (I won't tell anyone)

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Greetings,
I guess this name is taken, as well...


Race horse names can be reused after 10-years, though there is a censorship function. Apparently, Hoof Hearted slipped through (try repeating that 3x over a VHF).

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Simple, you just rename the boat via whatever registration/documentation authority you use, and ignore this website because it means nothing. You don't need their approval to do anything, and you don't need to register your boat with them and give them money in exchange for doing nothing for you. And registering with them doesn't prevent anyone anywhere from naming their boat the same as yours.
My comment was tongue in cheek. To be honest, I still lament the days when USCG documentation required a hailing port with a USCG office. I am just now about to afix "Weebles" name on her stern (do double enders have a transom???) and will keep "San Francisco" as her hailing port even though she is unlikely to return, at least under my watch

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Absolutely a brilliant idea. I wish I'd thought of it first. Actually, I can set up a competing list!
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Absolutely a brilliant idea. I wish I'd thought of it first. Actually, I can set up a competing list!
Too late. Iím setting one up where you get a certificate of naming for your vessel, a free star named after your loved one, a Scottish Title so you can call yourself Laird DDW and an exclusive coin. ,All for just $400 payable in 4 equal instalments. Order today and Iíll send you not one but 2 eagle headed coins and a certificate of authenticity issued by the B.S. Mint. Donít miss out for the holidays.
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My comment was tongue in cheek. To be honest, I still lament the days when USCG documentation required a hailing port with a USCG office. I am just now about to afix "Weebles" name on her stern (do double enders have a transom???) and will keep "San Francisco" as her hailing port even though she is unlikely to return, at least under my watch

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You have a stern but not a transom, since yours' is a double-ender.
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I solved this problem by picking a boat name that nobody else will ever want. Actually, there are two other vessels in the world with the same name, but I think both are commercial barges without AIS, so a VesselFinder search only shows me.

Now everybody will want to change to CHiTON. Not.
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Just another $$$ suck

Typical of an organization that's lost its way. They're in too deep with Geico for insurance, and running any idea that seems likely to generate revenue regardless of how much damage it does to their reputation. The real tragedy is the people who'll register then see another boat with the same name, and try to use it as the foundation for a lawsuit.
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