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Old 06 February 2008, 06:29   #1
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Is there any good place to check out if a boat name is already used?

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Old 06 February 2008, 06:52   #2
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You could try the ITU maritime listings here-you can search by vessel name. http://www.itu.int/cgi-bin/htsh/mars/ship_search.sh
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You have to be pretty creative these days to find a name that hasn't already been used somewhere
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Old 06 February 2008, 12:42   #5
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You have to be pretty creative these days to find a name that hasn't already been used somewhere
yer sounds about right. i like the name preditor but hundreds of boats have that name.
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whats wrong with that ,you can still name it what you want
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yer sounds about right. i like the name preditor but hundreds of boats have that name.
I don't think it matters if you have a duplicate name unless you want to be listed in Lloyds Register. Our yacht had to have a unique name as we wanted it listed. This gives you certain safeguards (or it did) if something goes wrong in a foreign port.
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Old 06 February 2008, 13:36   #8
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who cares if othe people use it, its not like you shout the name out for it to come to you is it, if you like it go for it, but don't have cambrian explorer
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Short names = easier to spell out phonetically.
Stupid names = make you sound like a knb over the VHF.
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If your boat is not registered doesn't matter if the name has already been used. I guess though that most people want a unique name.
It is worth applying a 2nd form of ID(Home port, Call sign Etc) to the boat so that it is possible to narrow things down in the event of emergency.

If you want to register your boat (part one or two register)the shipping register will let you know if the name is already in use. One boat I was registering took 7 attempts to get a name that was free. Uk Register is held at Cardiff MCA office (register of seamen and Shipping).

It is also possible to hold names ( for a fee of course).
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