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12-15-2006, 06:39 PM
does the name of the boat go? does it matter? Thanks
12-15-2006, 07:07 PM
S/V Laura Ellen
12-15-2006, 07:18 PM
I wish I had of said that! :D :D :D
12-15-2006, 07:51 PM
that way you know your in the right boat...
what do you care if others know the name?
12-15-2006, 08:52 PM
From what I've seen, on the outside of larger boats that live in the water. But on small trailered boats, I've seen it go either way. It's your boat, which do you like best?
12-15-2006, 09:08 PM
If it's in English it goes on the right. If in Hebrew, the left. ;)
For a pleasure vessel, half on one side, and half on the other. Odd number of letters same except center letter on end of tiller. Inside or outside optional.
Racing boats, port outside so that the opposing boat can't see who to protest once you've covered, or inside.
12-16-2006, 08:14 AM
Interesting question.. If there is an engine.. in the middle.. I can understand splitting the name.. However, if the name is short enough.. I would say the right side. I think that is only because I have seen more names on the right than on the left....
12-16-2006, 10:04 AM
What's the name? If it's long, like "Dominant Mistress XVII" split it in the middle, if it's short, like "GalPal", put it to starboard.
12-16-2006, 11:55 AM
I see there's lots of unemployed comedians building boats:D Anyway, I guess "Nancy" will go on the Starboard--outside. . .
12-16-2006, 12:08 PM
If you think you might use an outboard at some point I'd put the name on the Starboard side , because the outboard is slightly better placed to Port , where its' position will tend to counteract the gradual turn to Port initiated by the prop walk when motoring straight ahead (right hand screw).
12-16-2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks, Bill....I was about to ask if he had an outboard on her....:D
12-16-2006, 12:52 PM
You do not need to name an "Un - Documented" Vessel...but the name "Nancy" on the starboard (Outboard) side makes perfect sense to me.
12-16-2006, 12:57 PM
Actually, and on second thought..check the USCG Regs,
Documented vessels may only need the Home Port shown on the transom (Outboard of course).
12-16-2006, 04:37 PM
Wherever you put it , "Nancy" is a great name for a boat. Much better than the cutesy names you see on so many boats these days.
12-17-2006, 01:23 AM
Sorry - a straight line is a terrible thing to waste...
Seriously, it sounds like the question was answered.
As far as I know the only boats with the name on the inside of the transom are usually tenders, and the yacht/mothership name is painted or carved into the backrest or inside of the transom -- so in effect the tender doesn't have its own name. And I *think* these names were sometimes written down as "TT Shadowfax", meaning "Tender To Shadowfax"...
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12-19-2006, 10:10 PM
I don't know how universal the custom was, but it was certainly quite common to see "Tender to Shadowfax" or similar on a dinghy that was a tender and didn't have her own name. (And it could be on the outside of the transom too.)
The starboard side of the transom is usually marginally better than port, as Bill says.
Even in the absence of an outboard I myself don't like splitting up a long name so that it spans across the rudder. And it's surprising just how many letters you can fit on only one side of even a narrow transom --
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