[alberg30] hailing port

Tom Sutherland sutherlandt at prodigy.net
Fri Dec 10 06:59:00 PST 1999

From: Tom Sutherland <sutherlandt at prodigy.net>

Thanks Gordon ... This kind of confirms what I suspected. With a small transom like the
A30 a port of call in 4" letters could actually be a bit much. I have thought about
calling the Coasties and just asking them but then again I hate to bring something to
their attention which they may  be letting slide.... Maybe I am being paranoid.

Tom S
A30  #412

PS ... I always think you are referring to me when you talk about "boat names" ... I told
you I was Paranoid !

Gordon White wrote:

> From: Gordon White <gewhite at crosslink.net>
>    The lady who did a new hailing port on peel-off lettering for me when I moved down
> here told me I needed 4" BLOCK letters, but putting "Deltaville, Virginia" that big
> really crowded my transom, so I told her to use smaller letters, which I had used when
> putting "Annapolis, Maryland" on before. So I used about 3" letters with serifs. That
> got me to looking at other boats' names. There is no certainty/uniformity to them, at
> least around here. I have been boarded several times and the USCG has never brought up
> my non-standard lettering. Not that some Coastie won't some day, but not so far.
>     By the way, I think anyone contemplating a boat name ought to try calling it over
> vhf in a simulated distress situation (not over the air, of course) and seeing if it
> sounds really silly or worse, impossible to understand. There are some weird names on
> boats.

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