Originally Posted by neilda
Thanks Andy.... I'm getting quite excited and nervous in equal measure! Tides, charts, VHF.. there's a lot to learn.
No I haven't thought of a name yet - am I right in thinking that the name is an informal way of identifying a boat rather than something official?
One step at a time
Take her out with other RIB's and more experienced persons is my advice. This will give you all the confidence you need for the first trips.
PBII course is of course handy too, but not essential if you're very practical about everything.
Name....When you register your boat with the CG66 scheme Here
then obviously it's an easy way for the Coastguard to identify your RIB/Boat and to talk to you on the Radio using your boats name. So obviously you wouldn't want to call your boat "Gay Day" or anything like that
When you put out a verbal comunication/distress to the Coastguard, in all probability they will search your boat name on the data base, this will give them all sorts of information like a description of your boat (even a picture), your cruising distance, PAX onboard, safety equipement carried etc etc to include home address and next of kin. So it makes sence to have a name that is easy to hear, understand and spell.
But that said, you can call your boat anything.