Finally decided on boat name...

jbl_91762

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So my sons and I finally agreed on a boat name 3 years later....but with hundreds of boats on the water in Socal. How would I know if that name is taken? I see boats with Tight line I or II or III etc. Do I just roll with it and have a discussion with another boat if its the same name?? What are the rules if any?
 
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LTBOLTMAN

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I've seen a Tight Line LVII, so that is pretty used up and believe it or not I saw a Heinz LVII too.
 
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MYNomad

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You could call your boat anything you want even if you see other boats with same name. it’s not not auto lic. plate.
Duplicates are only a problem for documented vessels, but as long as they have different hailing ports no problem. There just can't be two boats named Tight Line with Los Angeles as their hailing port. And since the hailing port need not be where the boat is located, it is pretty easy to avoid any problem at all.

My advice: avoid cutesy names or anything that is a play on words, particularly involving words like Reel and Knot. You may think its clever, but most of the rest of the boating community thinks otherwise.
 
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DennisV

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A good boat name should be unique and easily understood by the Coast Guard while your vhf is partly submerged.

Foxtrot Uniform is never a good choice.
 
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HookEmDanO

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    go with "the dip ship"

    there are probably a million boats named aquaholic
     
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    jondavies

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    Somebody once told me about a guy who named his boat the May Day. They said after his first broadcast, the CG hailed him and told him to pick another name. Total hearsay and quite possibly BS.
     
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    jbl_91762

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    Thanks for replies my sons are in their early 20's and think a name would be "sick". I didnt really care if named or not but happy crew happy life.
     
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    watersdeep

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    You never said what name you are going with?
     
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