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Tips for Naming Your Boat

If you are the new owner of a boat or yacht, there are a few things that are likely on your list of things to do. For instance, you’ll need to obtain affordable San Diego boat insurance, your Certificate of Number and Certificate of Ownership and you’ll need to register your stickers. After you take care of all the legalities, you can move on to the fun stuff – picking a great time for your boat!

Picking a name for your new boat or yacht is an important decision, not only because it’s a fun way to finalize ownership, but also because if there’s ever an emergency, it’s helpful to have your boat’s name printed one the outside of the vessel so that you can pass it along to the Coast Guard. Here are some tips if you find yourself stuck on finding the name that best reflects you:

Short and Sweet

It is important that you keep the name short and sweet so that it’s easy to read and easy to pronounce. If you are ever in an emergency situation and will have to spell the name of your vessel over VHF radio, the last thing you want is to constantly repeat yourself or your boat’s name because Coast Guard can’t understand what you’re saying.

Keep it Clean

While you may have a sense of humor and want to reflect that in the naming of your new boat, keep in mind that you are not allowed to legally name your boat anything that is obscene, indecent or profane. Not only do inappropriate names and clichés attract more attention from authorities but they also tend to be less respected in the boating community.

Express Your Individuality

As someone who loves being on the water, your boat reflects a lot about who you are and what you enjoy. Therefore, you should settle on a name that expresses your individuality. Make a list of things that are important to you, and use these ideas to come up with a name that is unique and fun. And if you can’t decide, use a loved one’s name. Picking a spouse or child’s name is a no-fail way to name your boat something special

There’s also nothing wrong with taking your time with the naming of your boat. And when you do pick the perfect name, be sure to have it beautifully inscribed on the side before having your christening celebration. Crack that bottle of champagne on the bow and enjoy your first trip out into the open waters.

For information on buying, selling and maintaining boats and yachts in San Diego, turn to the experts at Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. Our boating professionals can handle everything from boat brokering and maintenance to yacht insurance and boat transport. Call (619) 222-3620 to discuss your individual boating needs.