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Old 04-21-2008, 08:44 PM   #15
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I've been practicing saying them both and here's what I've found about myself.

When we sailed, we referred to ourselves on the radio as "yacht Watermelon", not "sailing yacht Watermelon". We now have a power boat, and I find we refer to ourselves as "motor vessel Watermelon" or "yacht Watermelon". For me, at least, it's what rolls off the tongue, and what I believe is most easily understandable to the receiving party.

Our cards, on the other hand, were "S/Y Watermelon" and now, "M/V Watermelon".

Whenever we are discussing our boats, though, I refer to them as boats. Or sailboats and powerboats.

Hailing a boat I don't know the name of, then it's important to make sure that they know who we're calling - Sailing vessel, motor vessel, or ship (when trying to get that behemoth to notice we are there and that we are turning hard to starboard, or whatever).

Seems to me that it's just whatever gets their attention and is understood.

In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

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Old 05-07-2008, 04:18 AM   #16
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We tend to use S/V (vessel not yacht) for our sloop but, I must admit that as soon as we finish the rebuild and re-launch our other boat, I'm really looking forward to identifying us as the "Schooner Mahdee" since that just sounds so totally nautical and, well, right.

Fair winds

"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

What we're doing - The sailing life aboard and the Schooner Chandlery.

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