Between the legislation, superstitions and your desire, what to start with when choosing the name of your motor boat?
You are buying a new or used motor boat and you find yourself at that moment during which you wonder what name to give your boat. It is necessary to name your motor boat for several reasons: for administrative reasons, to distinguish it from others on the high seas, and finally to personalize it.
It is ancestral. Sailors have always talked about the soul of each ship, the memories on board, those unforgettable moments. Thus, it is impossible not to give your boat a name. Also, imagine the pleasure of your surroundings if the ship bears their names 😉
The name of my motor boat - the legislation
The name of a motor boat is mandatory internationally, mainly to be able to recognize the boat, in front of the administration as well as in front of any other institution: calling a port via radio to request a mooring at night, to ask for help in high sea …
Each country has its own specificities.
In Spain, the law requires all boats to have a name in the context of indicating it together with the registration number and the owner's data. We will find these data in the Spanish Maritime Registry, the entry sheet, the Certificate of Navigability, the Navigation Permit and many other documents.
In France, any boat of more than 22 horsepower or more, as well as those whose hull is greater than or equal to 7 meters in length, must have a name.
On the other hand, far from being mandatory but very practical wherever you go, we like to label life jackets and other accessories in this range.
Going back to the details of each country regarding the name of your motor boat, don't forget to check if there are any grammatical or syntactic details to follow. For example, in Spain it is not possible to give a name of more than three words. In France, it is not advisable to insert a determiner such as Le or La in front of a noun; in front of an adjective, without any problem.
The name of my motor boat - superstitions
A while back, we had fun listing some of the most common superstitions in the marine world. To (re) read the article, Click here.
One of these superstitions had to do with the name given to a used motor boat. In fact, legend has it that it is best not to change the name of a ship. What if the current name does not correspond to you at all or if you simply want to personalize the name of your ship? There is a solution: when you leave the port for the first time, it is enough to cut the wake of your ship. It sounds easy right? There are several schools, we went into detail in one of them, with the Macoui and Neptune to be exact. To go back there, Click here.
As in any field, there are lessons to be learned and anecdotes to put aside in legends. That is why some sailors keep traditions alive, better safe than sorry.
The name of my motor boat - your personality
Among the names that evoke the sea and the divinities (Tramuntana, Zeus,…), freedom (Enjoy, Dream, Feel the sea…), names and a mixture of names, distant and exotic destinations (Rio, Maya,…)… The The choice is wide and being original becomes almost difficult. Choosing the name of your boat is something personal, it depends on you and those around you.
Credits: Denis Zavialov, Miguel Amutio, Ahmed Zayan