Patch Pitch: Boat Names
Have you come across any clever boat names recently?
Beyond possessing a couple of jaunty, blue-and-white striped nautical T-shirts and having an affinity for saltwater taffy, I am not much of a seafarer. Even so, who doesn’t relish the idea of one day owning his or her own boat? For now though, I am perfectly content just having FWBs (friends with boats).
And whenever one of my FWBs graciously extends a coveted cruising invitation, I eagerly accept the offer, if only to check out all of the ingenious and clever names of the docked boats at the marina.
Per the Frugal Mariner, “The name you select for your boat may not seem like an important thing. But, considering the strong feelings many of us have for our boats; the fact that we put so much work, and 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 fact that sometimes our very lives are in the safekeeping of our boat; most of us feel that selecting the right name for our boat is important.”
The site further states, “The name you pick for your boat will reflect to others a little about you – about your intellect (or lack thereof) and your worldliness (or lack thereof) or your sense of humor. If you are a cruiser, many fellow cruisers will only remember you by your boat name, or your first name and your boat name – ‘Hey, there's Jim from Moondance! Hey, Moondance!’”
So, select your boat name carefully. Because, “Hey, there’s Jim from Tremendous Woody! Hey, Tremendous Woody!” could get a little awkward. (For the record, Tremendous Woody really exists. This huge wooden boat was spotted this past weekend by my husband and son while they were driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.)
“Bear in mind when you name your boat, that someday, you may be calling Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. ‘This is the Lalea Pitanya Prokenza.’ ‘Um, could you spell that please?’ ” Frugal Mariner goes on to state.
The site also quotes a retired U.S. Coast Guard member with 25 years of service who offers, “Boats with names like ‘Drunk Again’, ‘Party Hardy’ and ‘One Last Round’ are asking to be boarded by the local authorities or the Coast Guard. The name always made me look hard when on patrol. Behavior and open drinking will always draw attention, as will excessive speed, over loading [sic], etc. But a dumb drinking name rings the dinner bell."
Patch would love to hear about your boat name and the story behind it. Even if you don’t have a boat, we’d like to hear what you would name yours if you did, and why. Or, just share with us a good boat name that you have spotted.
What is your boat’s name and the story behind it? Or, what is a clever boat name that you have come across?