"Scout": the Name is Official
Since the sea trials back in late September and early October, Scout has been hauled-out by Garcia and winterized for the season. While she has been sat on the hard in the French shipyard, one of the final tasks before we set sail in the Spring has been to confirm her name and port of registry - and then have it all marked on her transom.
We opted to go with the Guernsey registry and fly the Guernsey flag. Being non-resident British citizens, we are permitted to do so - plus we liked the idea of being a part of the red ensign group. The ‘undefaced’ Guernsey flag is the same as the British red ensign, so nothing too unusual there!
The Guernsey registry has very specific requirements for text sizing and positioning on the transom: the letters have to be 10 centimeters high, for example. We’ve been using a web font called Red Rose which didn’t fit the dimensions at first! Fortunately, with some raw SVG editing and a few tweaks to kerning, we managed to make it fit. There was also room to fit the Scout logo on the mooring line panel!
For more info on boat registration, check out the OceanSkies website which offers the registry service we used.
Why the name “Scout”? We were seeking a name that sounded both explorative and loyal. We also wanted a name that could be quickly and easily communicated over the radio. The concept of Scout was a reality even back when the idea of one day having our own boat was nothing more than a dream. Now starts the reality of owning (and maintaining!) her…
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