Learn How to Determine Your Transport Canada Boat Name and Hailing Port

Boat Name and Hailing Port

As a prospective boat owner, you should learn more about your boat name and hailing port so that you are better able to interact with your Transport Canada vessel documentation going forward.

A Guide to the Boat Name and Hailing Port

Although a lot of people might not think about it, your boat name and hailing port are very important parts of your boat ownership. Here, you can learn more about why that is the case and how you can interact with them going forward.

Your Boat’s Name

For some, naming a boat might seem like a trivial thing, while others place a lot of value and importance on choosing the right name. Regardless, naming your boat is a vital part of boat ownership. You have to pick out a name when filing for registration, and it can’t be the same name as any other vessel that has been registered with Transport Canada, which is why you have to submit different names for approval when applying for registration. If you’re not happy with the name you chose, or at some point change your mind, don’t worry. You can apply to change the name of the vessel at any point whatsoever.

Your Boat’s Hailing Port

The boat’s hailing port is, pretty self-explanatory, the port from which the vessel is hailing. Your vessel should have a main port where they will be docked and a homeport near which the vessel owner lives. However, it’s more important than just the convenient dock that’s closest to your residence. This dock’s name needs to be painted on the stern of all documented vessels by law, just like the vessel’s name itself. The hailing port is almost as important as the name of the vessel, which is why, when registering your vessel with Transport Canada, you have to establish the hailing port of your vessel and accordingly display it on the stern. 

Are You Changing Your Boat Name or Hailing Port?

So, what happens if you move? We’re not talking about moving neighborhoods or down the street, no, what happens if you move towns or states? Well, your boat is probably going to have to come with you, right? When this happens, you will need to change your registration to reflect the update in the vessel’s location. The same thing applies to your boat name. However, you don’t even need to have a good reason to make a change in your boat’s name. You can apply for both a change in your boat name and hailing port through the National Vessel Registry Center

Boat Name and Hailing Port
Filing Your Change Forms

Your boat ownership should be fun and exciting, which is why we don’t want you to have to worry too much about its more menial aspects, such as paperwork. Here at the National Vessel Registry Center, we can help you take care of all this quickly and efficiently so that you can focus on what matters most. Here, you will find every form, every application, and every guide related to your boating documentation, so go ahead and get started with whatever it is you have to do, be it your registration, your pleasure craft license, or your boat history transcript. Our platform will have everything you need and more.