Boat names may not seem like an important thing. And in the greater scheme of things, it probably isn’t. But, considering the strong feelings many of us have for our boats; the fact that we put so much work, sweat and money into them; the fact they are a big part of our memories of so many good times, with family, with friends; the most of us feel that selecting the right name for our boat is important. So why do so many people get it wrong?
If like us you are a MOBO many fellow cruisers will only remember you by your boat name, or your first name and your boat name -” Hey, there’s Roger from Jessica! Oi, Jessica!”
The name you pick for your boat will reflect to others a little about you – about your intellect (or serious lack of it) and your worldliness (size of bank balance) or your sense of humour (warped or just infantile)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
One word works best. Easy and simple over the radio but can be a bit boring. So keep it snappy and use your imagination. You can still have fun with just one word.
Aquaholic, Seaduction, Dunworkin
Two is where the imagination can run riot. And we MOBO’s are a past master of it. It’s because we have a sense of humour. In most cases a warped sense of humour, granted
Nauti Buoy, Frayed Knot, Sea-Nile, Knot working, Spent It, Kids Inheritence,
I could go on ad infinitum
Three or more words are a no no. Unless of course your rear end is big enough to take all the plastic graphics, you enjoy being the butt of all jokes or you are a complete knob. Seriously there is a boat in Gosport marina named “Dont tell the wife”
MAYDAY ,MAYDAY ,MAYDAY – Don’t tell the wife, Don’t tell the wife, Don’t tell the wife. I rest my case
If you are a catamaran owner please do everybody a big favour and avoid the use of any of these: Cat, Kat, Two, Dual, Meow, Purr. We get it, it’s a cat, and it has two hulls instead of one. Yes, yes, we know that. Move on. You are not being witty in any way shape or form by pointing this out. This would be like naming your baby girl, Gurl.
Yotties – Please for the love of all things holy, forgo the word WIND. Yes, you are a sailboat and we know the wind propels you. so please be more original than Wind Dreamer, Wind Catcher, Wind Song, Wind Ketcher.
Passing Wind more like it, you are so are full of hot air.
Yotties also have a love for Greek mythology, Poseidon, Hermes, Aphrodite and the such like. Or they go for something completely unpronounceable in Hawaiian such as Pilialoha [pee lee ah loh’ ha] or Hinuhinu [hee’ noo hee’ noo].
Please don’t. One day you may need assistance and whilst your Hawaiian may be fluent, mine is not. Get a life.
Avoid the use of your real names and naming a boat after your wife or child is so ….well naff. Never ever run your names through an anagram solver. Just in case you are interested, an anagram of our names (Roger-Susan) is ORGAN USERS – honestly. So very sad.
I have to admit we fall into this last category. Our boat JESSICA is named after our grand daughter. Then someone pointed out that as my husband is called Roger it was OK. Hence the Roger Rabbit and Jessica logo on our rear end.
Saved by a floozy in a red dress!