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06-27-1999, 02:22 AM
Although I get as sick as a dog on a boat, and don't have a boat of my own yet, have always been very interested in boat names and the story behind them.

Would love you hear about your boat name & story...

P.S. Even if you don't have a boat, what would you name it and why? From one future boat owner to another....

Terry Richardson
06-27-1999, 05:53 AM
I built a 36" sailing model of the 26' Gaff sloop by Bill Harris, and when I was finishing it, worked into the wee hours (of my wife's birthday, which I forgot)to put on the final touches.Therefore, the name of my new boat is 'AUGUST XXX', carved VERY neatly across the transom!

Bob Cleek
06-27-1999, 03:50 PM
Ah, another topic dear to my heart! My Vertue sloop is named "Patience" because "Patience is a Vertue!" I can't claim to be clever, though, as that was her name when I got her and changing a boat's name is bad luck. As for names, though, I think proper yachts ought to have dignified names. Look to the English, stuffy farts that they are, for the best boat names. "Courageous" "Dauntless" "Dreadnaught" "Surprize" "Indegafatible" and so on. Virtues like "Faith" "Hope" "Pride" are good too. Or, if you have a workboat, the traditional "Annie M." or "Mary B.," after a loved one, is proper, as are particular dates like "Fourth of July," etc. I've always liked the classic schooner names like "Rights of Man." I may be an old fuddy duddy, but nothing tags a boat's owner as a jackass faster than a name like "Nocturnal Emission" or "Pay Day" or other cutsie names.

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06-27-1999, 06:10 PM
Another objectionable name here in the Puget Sound area is a J-30 named "Love Mussel." There are numerous boatnames that brand the owner of a boat as less than sensitive to the history, traditions and artistry of the sea, and the first is any name that begins with "C" or "Sea," such as "C-Spot," (a gynocologist) "C-Quester, (a lawyer,) or "C-Scape, (a painter.)
Our boat is named "Quarlo," after a local legend about a Chimakum Indian warrior by that name who befriended a dragon, and brought peace to his people.
Our other, smaller boat (24', 1935 racer) is named "Frolic," an apropriate name, considering her sailing abilities. We named our 7'7" Nutshell Pram "Gambol" because we like to frolic and gambol on the water. Our 10' Zodiac with the outboard is called "Noquiklos", named after the fire breathing dragon that Quarlo befriended. Have fun with your boatname, but avoid being too cute. Classic literature is a good source for boat names, as is local legend.

06-28-1999, 01:42 AM
Obviously, you guys are a great thinking bunch - gifted with both imagination and originality!

It's scary how way too easy it is to get too "cutsie" with boat names. Really does take away from the overall dignity of the boat, its owners, the sport...

Love how you arrived at "Patience" - Vertue boat, etc. - brillant (!!). I very much like the idea of naming a boat after some virtue...I believe former President Bush's boat name is "Fidelity II" - I think that he must have been in synch with your (Bob)line of thought on the matter...

The personal touch is great too - something that makes a passerby ask: "Hmmm, I wonder what that means???" Adds a bit of mystery to it.

And yes, classic literature is a great place to go to. Has some substance to it - and it's great when you don't have to explain it to someone - but the other person knows the story behind the name...

A jillion thanks...

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Ian McColgin
06-28-1999, 08:36 AM
When I bought my present schooner, she was named 'Neries' - presumably meaning Neria, who was daughter to Nerius and sister to all the various Neriads. A sea goddes of sorts. But near my mooring is Mya, named after a native American sea goddess. Unfortunatly, mya is also part of the scientific name for a clam and neries is part of the name of a clam worm. It was all too intense and I'm not prejudiced about changing names. Decided to name her after the Irish sea queen Granuaile, or Grace O'Malley. Originally settled on Grace O'Malley as the easier name to say on the radio and easier for people to read, but had already cut the wood for trailboards before figuring that the name would not fit in 5' high letters, so went with Granuaile. When I told my mother of this, she betrayed her Boston upbringing by snorting, "Good. I always thought Grace O'Malley sounded like the name of someone's maid." I named the dink 'Tibbots' after Granuaile's son, who became one of Britain's great fighting admirals.

I named my dory 'Leeward' as a pun on my ex-wife's name and because when I was long-lining by hand off the Oregon coast heading 'Leeward' to leeward was getting me home.

Fred Bilton
06-28-1999, 09:02 AM
"Chiabber" was my Folkboat's name when I got her, and I've left it as is. It may have a meaning in Danish, but I've never (yet) bothered to research it. Any translation would be appreciated.

I remember reading a magazine article years ago about boat names, of which one of the strangest was "Poodle With A Mohawk". The name was part of a larger graphic that went on at some length about what people said about poodles - "cute", "high-strung", "French" - and finished, as best I can recall, "He's back, he's bad and he's mad as hell {heck - if that gets censored}. He's 'Poodle With A Mohawk'. You'll never call him Fifi again."

One of my favourites is "Querencia", found and defined in Bill Buckley's book "Racing through Paradise".

06-28-1999, 12:19 PM
Interesting topic.

When I was casting about for a name someone suggested trying out potential names by standing in the marina and calling out as loudly as possible the name under consideration. If you or someone else is not embarassed by the name it could remain under consideration.

Interesting that one of the most helpful persons on this forum has a boat called Patience and another person on another forum that gives great traditional, i.e. gaff rig, help also has a boat called Patience. Perhaps name selection also reflects upon the owner.

Anyway, I'm building Iain Oughtred's Farne Islander design. I wanted to retain some relationship to the boat design and UK origin as well as connect to my mid contintent location. The Farne Islands are the eastern most outcrop of the Great Whin Sill, an important geologic formation across England so I thougth perhaps "Prairie Whin'd". Rejected because, I'm told, puns are the worst form of humor and perhaps it might be bad luck to name a boat after a rock. It'd be worse to have a rock named for a boat, I'm told. In any case....

I have settled, for the moment on "Prairie Islander." I've not started carving nor ordered gold leaf (ya sure) so what do you all think?


06-28-1999, 01:56 PM
Hey Norm, care to share the address of that other forum? Thanks

John Weigandt
06-28-1999, 05:37 PM
When I was building mine, I considered several names, but settled on Herriot, after the British Veterinarian, as that is my occupation as well.

I have no need for a dinghy, but may have to build one, so I can paint Trikki Woo on it's transom (if you don't know the stories, Trikki was a spoiled little peke belonging to a doting old lady)

Don Z.
06-28-1999, 11:31 PM
My last boat was named Fortitudine. Not only was that the motto of the Marine Corps during the 1812 Era, it means "with Fortitude". Fortitude, of course being something an owner of a bright finished 33 footer needs in great quantitiy. All my Jarhead friends thougth it was perfect, but, alas, I had to explain what latin was to the surfer who asked me how to get to "Fort Dude".

My next boat will be named "Raider", in honor of the Raider Battalions on Guadalcanal. I just need to get around to building it.

Paul Frederiksen
06-29-1999, 12:16 AM
My boat under construction will be christened "Valhalla" after Odin's great hall where fallen warriors go to feast away the nights and battle during the days (I must be true to my Danish heritage).

Without question the tender will then have to be named "Valkyrie" after the warrior maiden-goddesses whose job was to escort those fallen warriors from the Earth up to Vahalla when they died in battle.

Art Read
06-29-1999, 01:40 AM
The current issue of Cruising World has a little article on boat naming, changing names and the hazards there of. My old man once bought a boat called "Absaroke" We all kind of went "huh"? (Seems it's Irocrois (sp?) Indian for crow... The family that owned it before us was named Crowe... They had one of those little brass plaques that read "Crow's Nest" over the door to the master stateroom... cute, huh?) We probably would have changed it etcept there was a beautiful, tooled leather nameplate mounted in the main saloon. Found out fifteen years later when we sold the boat that we'd been pronouncing it wrong the whole time! My current project will be named after the "smarter half"... (My way of "bribing" her into displacing her Miata from the garage for the duration of the construction process...)

06-29-1999, 02:08 AM
Don't think that "Chiabber" is any Danish word, but I can ask one of my friends there to see is he has any idea what this means. Intriguing. What exactly is a folkboat?

Prairie Islander. That's a v. cool name -calm, sedate, but w/a carefree feel to it - and ties in well with your own history.

"Fort Dude." Being from Southern California - I can imagine how that would have come about. Didn't know that Fortitude was the Marine Corp's motto during the 1800s. When did they change it and why?

Was in Aarhus, Denmark a few years back. Great port town - v. pretty. The Danes really seem to have a great tradition of sailing and battles of course. Where is Odin's great hall? Copenhagen?

Was at the Reagan Presidential Library a while back and saw the Reagans'canoe. It was very Reaganesque - witty, funny, simple - just great - the canoe was named "Truluv."

It's true, what they say. The name of one's boat is as much an extension and reflection of the owner's personality, character and history as well as anything else.


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Gresham CA
06-29-1999, 06:35 AM
Named my boat CALGON. SWMBO questioned away from what as we are both old enough to remember the TV ads. The youngsters at the club just questioned why I named it after a soap.

06-29-1999, 12:57 PM
My boat was named "Searcher" by her original. It wasn't a bad name but I never liked it all that much. After the dockmaster at Friday Harbor, WA replied back to me over the VHF, "Did you say "Suture"?" I decided it was time to rename her.

I went through a very nice ritual for renaming that I obtained through 48 Degree North (the local sailing rag) and even managed to find a maiden (no small feat these days) to invoke the blessings and pour the bubbly.

I renamed her "Kestrel". It's short, easy to pronounce and has a certain poetic ring. Kestrel falcons (Sparrow Hawks) are fast, fearless and agile flyers. They will often hover silently over their prey before striking. Kestrel is also the name of company that built a carbon fiber road bike I bought after finishing residency. I've put some 5000 miles and a couple of 11,000 ft. passes on that bike and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Some other great boat names I've seen:

"Plan B"
"Never Again II" (A wooden boat perhaps?!)
"Sailbad The Sinner"
"Hot Ruddered Bum"

Bud Ingraham
06-29-1999, 03:40 PM
My wife and I used to wander down to WoodenBoat a couple times each summer, stand out on the end of their dock and gaze out over that very fine fleet of small boats. We would dream about having our own wooden boat and sailing there. Last summer it was a pleasure to sail into the WoodenBoat waterfront in our Biscayne Bay 14. We spent a couple of days camping there with our little boat "Vison", named in honor of all those boat dreams that came true. We named our dingy 20/20. Building a Haven 12 1/2 now and already thinking about boat #3. Lots more visions to go.

Fred Bilton
06-30-1999, 10:20 AM
Bluesloop, I'd be happy to find out just what people have actually been calling me when they hail Chiabber. "Mom's Mink" would be disappointing, I could live with "Little Bird" or something of that ilk. I just hope it's not Danish for "Silly Son-of-a Gun" or worse.

Re: Folkboats, see WoodenBoat #146. I've babbled about my affection for the class in this Forum at too great length in the past to unthinkingly inflict my half-baked prose on the world again.

Serendipitously (Sp.?), Chiabber was built and launched in Aarhus with sail number D16 before being shipped to the Great Lakes as deck cargo.

06-30-1999, 11:08 AM
Speaking of Serendipity. Sinbads's boat, the Serendip was the origin of the word serendipity - to come across something good unexpectedly. I wonder what Serendip meant originally (in Arabic I presume).

Scott D. Rosen
06-30-1999, 11:59 AM
My boat's name is Patience. My father chose the name and I chose to keep it. As a child, I spent my summers with my dad on our Seasailer named Protea (named by the former owner after a flower that grew in his native South Africa). Protea was like a member of the family--wooden boats can get like that. When I was 13, some serious misfortunes befell the family and we had to sell Protea. Twenty-five years later, my dad found another Seasailer, a sister ship, and restored her. He hadn't forgotten how important Protea was to us, and he knew that just any old boat wouldn't be the same. It was like a homecoming for us. When he became unable to maintain her, the task fell on me. Well worth waiting for. Hence, the name Patience.

06-30-1999, 01:17 PM
winslow asked me to reveal the name of "that other forum." Stand by. Here goes...

It the Compuserve sailing forum. Sorry internet rabble ya gotta have a subscription to Compuserve some call it CI$ for short. Internet rabble, did I say? None on this forum that I have seen nor in CI$ Sailing. I'd flounder without the help I get here and there. One can get on a CI$ forum via the Internet, unlimited time, for $9.95 a month if one wishes.


Dale Harvey
06-30-1999, 10:14 PM
My little workboat had an old Greymarine with a cracked block in it when it was given to me to get it out of the previous owner's yard. I found an old continental out of a Bantam dragline and used it to reblock the Grey. It had a neat little brass plate with a rooster on it, and it is a tough little boat, but there was another vessel in the area already useing Bantam. The boat's bow looks a lot like a Laffite skiff, so I cajunized it to Bantam Bon-Temp.

Cape Hatteras
07-01-1999, 08:31 AM
The name of my 13ft Penn Yan Swift is "Turtle Pond". I live beside a large pond named Turtle Pond. Back in the 50's there was a boat in the water always. THen it dissappeared for 45 years. I found it in a shead, in mint condition. Only needing paint and varnish. So i named it Turtle Pond. Its almost ready for the water. I'm only 13 too.

Corey http://media4.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

Bob Cleek
07-02-1999, 12:29 AM
Way to go, Corey! If more kids your age got into boats, they'd end up like all us old guys. Seems skateboards are more the thing these days, but remember, as you get a bit older... there's nothing like a boat to attract the girls... and once you have the boat, it's a cheap date! (They bring lunch!) Anyhow, saw your post looking for a boat. Hope you have some luck. When I was your age and a bit older, I hung around the boat yards and tried to learn all I could. Eventually, somebody says, "Make yourself useful!" and gives you something to do. After a while, you end up knowing a whole bunch. Your little Penn Yann will be looking good soon and you will be on your way to being a wooden boat expert!

07-02-1999, 11:14 PM
Fred B. - Just wanted to let you know, I asked my Danish friend, who's actually in the shipping business about "Chiabber" - and it remains an enigma. However, he assures me that he will do a bit of research on it and get back to me soon. Just wanted to keep you posted on it.

It's funny how names can get easily muddled up often - guess the "Suture" incident made you search for another name, huh? (Couldn't resist...) Kestrel - fast, fearless, agile - that's a very witty one - and classic too.
To: Bud & Wife - Great story - and good luck on your boat #3 et al. - It's great hearing these encouraging stories. Wish they had a little news segment on such stories - versus the latest live car pursuits, etc. Aghhhh...


Scott, sounds like serendipity & destiny really knocked on your door - and patience actually did prove to be a virtue - good things come to those who wait, etc. I'm a bit on the impatient side - as much as I wish I could be otherwise - especially, when waiting in line. Guess, the thing about sailing is that it teaches you to develop these great traits - along the way. I think that when I eventually to have my own family & children, I'd like to teach them to sail. Of course, I'll have to learn first. I'm really glad that you and your family got a second chance with Patience. Good luck on taking care of "her?"/"him."

By the way: Why is it that boats are usually referred to as she instead of he? Hmmmm....

Corey, when do you think Turtle Pond will set sail? Although, I'm not old nor a man,I have to say that Bob's probably right - about the boat being a babe-magnet - comparable to cool cars here in L.A. - same scenario minus the smog and congestion. Anyway, have a great time on your boat!

Cape Hatteras
07-04-1999, 03:24 PM
I hope to have Turtle Pond in the water in a few weeks. All i have to do now is to varnish the top. If you want me to i'll send you a picture of my boat, through email.

hope you are having a great 4th


Mike Hofgren
07-04-1999, 09:26 PM
Cute/smart names are unimpressive to yachtspeople. Other yacht types are impressed by yachtspeoples' thoughfullness.

As a boy, our recuperated old Comet sloop Dad named FROLIC, on a lovely breezy summer day, FROLIC took water faster than we bailed, comming up on Tianna Bay mooring, we beached on Shinnecock Bay's North Shore, emptied and continued to the mooring .. Dad, Mom, 2 brothers, 2 sisters. No quetion, that's part of marine frolicking,(scary, then) . . but a great, simple name choice. . Later, Dad gave us Sea Ranger after the smaller one was recuperated by Uncle Joe to JosArk; to us little ones, an impressive, new, offshore capable 30 foot sea skiff. On a grey day 30 miles out with Sea Ranger doing it's thing, dad's neccessity to economize on a used engine gave me one of my first 'in a pinch' jobs (after dad, older brothers rigged a jury sail) to get us all back to and through Shinnecock inlet when the fuel pump operating arm retired on the well experienced Nordberg Knight .. right, 5 gal. on deck above engine, gravity feed (don't do that if you'r not real careful) . . Dad didn't name a Sea Ranger I or II. The first Sea Ranger became uncle Joe's lovely JosArk after uncle Joe's well done cabin addition to our former open 24 foot Jersey skiff, Uncle Joe had to completely recuperate. I guess it's a guy thing, the first Sea Ranger didn't have the name on it, maybe Dad wasn;t telling us another would come he'd be that proud of to put Sea Ranger on the transom. With the first one, the on-oing jibe was "What's her name, George?" to which dad quickly replied Sea Ranger. The conversation never got to "why don't you put it on her tail, then?" I remember how dad strudggled so during the beautiful Hampton Bays spring weekends to caulk her for another season. Then there was the cylinder head and the dual ignition for the Gray lugger, endless work for dad. Her name didn't make it to the transom.

My first after we'd married with two boys lesss than 5, was a (well) used Concordia Beetle Cat the former owner I never met, named Vasco Da Gama. I just think about that name. Awesome. Especially about 30 years later when PBS ran a story about the remarkable navigator. . . Our family's first big boat was 30 foot yawl Priness We No Nah, spelled phonetically; you know, about the indian maiden that jumped off Lake Peppin's Point No Point trather than submit to an arranged marriage to a brave she didn't love. (Was probably a tiff about native American after shave she didn't like, that never made it into the oral history.) There are several Winonas in America, including in Mel Torme's lovely Route 66 song. Ours was bright red hull, blue antifouling. You understand the term Mediterranean Blue with a red hull . . and, oh did I tell you about the day the Princess touched bottom in Byblos harbor, Lebanaon (world's oldest)? . . another boat names tale.

This shoud be an on-going Wooden Boat column. Everyman is Thomas Lipton. A baseline of yacht.

I look foreward to learn your perceptive choice.

Cheers, iron Mike

07-05-1999, 05:03 PM
Would love a picture of your boat!

Yes, had a great Fourth - just drove out to the beach and watched the fireworks. I noticed last night, however, that the waves out here are pretty calm - compared to what I remember of the waves on the East Coast - the Atlantic seems a bit harsher at night, especially. Don't know maybe it was just my imagination because the waters out there were not as familiar to me. I wonder which is the more difficult to sail and maneuver in. The funny thing is that no matter which coast I'm on, having grown up on the West Coast, I always have the perception that I'm facing west each time I look out towards the ocean. It's strange.

Thoroughly enjoyed your stories! Thank you for sharing them. It's like reading one of Arthur Ramsome's tales.

In fact, the most interesting aspect of hearing about people's boat names and their stories - is the interweaving of both personal and other historical tidbits that you learn along the way. It's an education in and of itself - a great way to learn about history, geography, not to mention boats and sailing.

The other interesing aspect of hearing about people's boat names and their stories - is learning about the people, their character and sense of values. I am impressed by the genuine and deep sense of values - such as workmanship, patience, and a no-nonesense kind of basic outlook on life - that I find common among people who sail/yacht. Don't know if it's something that you develop along the way as you go about learning how to sail, etc. as Bob alluded to, but I believe that it is.

In today's world of instant gratification and greater access, there are fewer opportunities to develop such traits as patience, etc. Therefore, many of us grow up without as strong a reserve of such qualities. We lose sight of the long-term benefits of such traits. One thing I found among wooden boat enthusiasts - they have a better reserve of many of these wonderful traits - which makes them better strategists and tacticians in business as well as in life in general. They know how to tack from one situation to another - knowing that it's not always the shortest or most direct route that best leads you to your goals/ destination.

I guess these are the things that I have learned and observed so far about sailing, people, boats and their names.

I've been contemplating on writing a little book about this topic, which interests me so much. One of the reasons why I posed this topic, was to find out if there really was much to this topic - beyond my own interests - to hear from real boat owners - their thoughts, experiences, etc. There's so much more than I expected. I wonder how all of you will feel or would have any objections to my including some of your wonderful stories in this "book." Please let me know if you do. I'll keep everyone informed if it does materialize - perhaps it would be possible to get pictures or sketches of your boats, etc. It's still very much in its infant stages - but I will keep everyone posted.

That's all for now. Hope you all had a pleasant Fourth of July.


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Eric Hado
07-07-1999, 09:51 AM
I named my 15' skiff Kelly, which was the name I picked for my 3rd child if he had been a girl.

I feel that a boat's name should reflect the owner and his/her feelings toward their boat, so I don't have a problem with some party boat names like FUN TIME or the like. There is such a thing as too cute however. I also think that the name should not be so obscure that the average person can't pronounce it and requires a lecture to grasp its significance. Boating, boat building and yachting are activities that are to be enjoyed, not used to elevate society and civilization to higher levels, so I see nothing wrong with a name that can have severl meanings (thus a pun).

Bill Berrisford
07-07-1999, 11:04 AM
My boat's name is "Shirley's Furniture"... she wanted new furniture- I wanded a new boat. I made what I thought was a reasonable compromise.

Fred Bilton
07-07-1999, 02:14 PM
Reminds me of the woman who bought a new Ferrari and said it saved her marriage. She told her husband she'd leave him if she couldn't have it.

Scott D. Rosen
07-09-1999, 12:35 PM
Hey, bluesloop, just a guess, but is your email address taken from the book "First You Have To Row a Little Boat"?

07-09-1999, 11:08 PM
Very Good!!! Yes!!

Told myself that whoever first guessed it right would certainly be a very special individual (brilliant, good taste, etc.).

Congratulations! You're the first one to guess it correctly.

I bought the book on Amazon.com after I saw the cover - then, when I actually read the book, fell in love with the little story.

And there you have my little boat name & story.

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Mike Hofgren
07-10-1999, 02:54 PM
1. you have my permission use anything i sent with my strong encouragement . . mid America's newneness to boats unfortunately smoetimes shows in names . .

2. Luckas family central Europe spelling with k as opposed to Lucas, was Lady Luck in four edtions; classy Nass family had 22 foot Chris*Craft Sportsman SNASSY

3. so, yours will be bluesloop. eh ? (lowercase, you could put several dots, maybe only two dots would really send the mind turning, but maybe too focused, too cute)

Sincerely iron Mike

Ed Harrow
07-10-1999, 05:06 PM
First You Have to Row a Little Boat is a really wonderful book. Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore (yes Amazon too) to get a copy if you don't have one now. Sheryl, my wife, gave it to me some years ago. I've given copies to a number of friends who were undergoing "transition". I can't speak highly enough to the book, the author, or the philosophy he esposes (sp?).

Our boat's name is Defiance. She came by the name by number, so to speak. Several years ago we started a one-design fleet on our lake and, by luck of the draw, we were fleet 66. With such a cosmic opportunity as that, a lot of names (Amarillo, San Bernadino too) came to mine. Anyway, Fort Defiance was on the original route of the mother road (its claim to fame is that F Troop was filmed there). We have another named Twin Arrows (it was a wide spot on the road with a filling station), the owner has a home heating oil business called Arrow Fuel. I've tried to convince one of the other "hot" boats to name their's Two Guns (yes, another town on the road) but so far they've demured.

07-11-1999, 11:40 AM
A friend in Wales just purchased a sailboat named "Laloessa". Neither he nor the former owners have been able to track down the derivation. Any ideas?


07-12-1999, 01:32 AM
The same author also wrote a book called "Blue Sloop At Dawn." Highly recommended, as a good sea story brimming with romance (in the classical sense)

07-12-1999, 04:02 AM

I've been searching all over for that book. The book seems as elusive as the boat itself. I've asked a friend of mine to look into it for me, but if you know of a place where I can find a copy, would very much appreciate it.

As initially noted, don't have a boat yet, and depending on the type of boat that I'll eventually get, I'll have to see if the name fits. For now, I'm just sort of basking in my little discovery of the name and story. Like it very much because of its simplicity, beauty, anonymity,and in a certain ironic way, the uniqueness brought on by its anonymity. (It's funny and cool how the author never refers to his little boat by any other name. It's like naming a dog, "Dog.")

Anyway, spent a bit too much time collecting degrees - only got out of school a few years ago and am now trying to get my own business off the ground. So, it may be a little while before I finally get the boat that I want. That'll be my next little "project."

Mike, thanks for your note & info. Didn't think that I'd come across such great stories!

Norm, will look into that boat name - "Laloessa." Do you think it could be someone's name?

Fred, still haven't forgotten about "Chiabber" - my friend's still looking into it. It's not something very obvious, which is good - it makes it that much more intriguing.

It's like going on a little treasure hunt - hope to get you some answers soon!

By the way, love the spirit and sense of exhuberance of the name "Defiance" -


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Ed Harrow
07-12-1999, 11:52 AM
Trust me, it (Defiance) fits. She's tossed me out, tossed a friend out, and it kind of describes our relationship with the town and state too! Looks great in the fourth-of-July parade with the Herreshoff saluting cannon peering defiantly over the fore deck.


PS: I forgot, I taught sailing on the lake a few years ago (until I ran out of time) and the book (FYHTRALB) was one of our two texts.

Scott D. Rosen
07-12-1999, 02:15 PM
Like most of you, I really enjoyed FYHTRALB too. Read it at least five times. Untill I read that book, I thought that most of my time spent sailing, especially as a kid, was just "wasted" time. Since reading the book, I have convinced myself (deceived myself?) that all of that time was well spent and that any small bit of wisdom and maturity that I now have is a result of the subliminal lessons taken on the water. When I lack wisdom and maturity (fairly often), I blame it on not spending enough time sailing.

Ed, I love the name Defiance, but I'm especially interested in the F Troop thing. Rarely a day goes by (especially in baseball season) that the theme song from the show doesn't go through my head. Whenever I'm watching baseball and the organist plays the bugle charge, I can't help myself from humming the F Troop theme, which, if you remember, started with the bugle charge. "Where Indian fights are colorful sights and nobody takes a lickin'; where Redskin and Paleface both turn chicken." They surely don't wrtite 'em like that any more.

Ed Harrow
07-12-1999, 04:21 PM
I've got to tell you that I don't think that I ever watched F Troop, I certainly don't remember the theme song, but, and this is the best part, the Mass State Police are broken down into troops, and they go by letter. Yes, there is an F Troop.

Oh, and there is not a whole lot to Ft Defiance, I wouldn't go to far out of your way to visit it. However, should you find your way to the NM/Arizona area there are two things worth taking in. The Tinkertown Museum, east of Albuquerque is pretty neat. It even features a wooden sailboat that was sailed around the world by the museum owner's brother (or similar relation). His motto is great: "I built all of this while you were watching TV." (I guess I won't tell you what I was doing rather than watching F-troop.).

The other item is Canyon de Chelly. It's in NE Arizona and is definately worth the trip. Stay at the "hotel" and have the blue corn pancakes for breakfast. I first read about it in two different books. Can't remember the authors, but the title of a book written by one of them was High tide in Tucson. Good book.

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Charlie Santi
07-15-1999, 03:11 PM
Our Penn Yan Commander is named "Please dont sink". It was named this after my husband launched it without the drain plug and then took off with the truck and trailer, leaving me with the boat. Debbie

Harold Swweeny
07-15-1999, 03:41 PM
My 20' restored Simmons Sea skiff is named "...the Best Revenge" after the saying " Li ving well is the best revenge'
Our dinghy is simply; "messing around...
After quintuple by-pass heart surgery & surviving Lung cancer the name is rather ironic.

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Charlie Santi
07-15-1999, 08:40 PM
I see my wife posted about launching her with the drain plug in my pocket. The worse part of that was yelling at her for beaching the boat alongside the launch not realizing she was trying to keep it from sinking. All the rest of our boats are named with the theme of Camalot in mine, eg. Lady of the Lake, Lancelot, and Merlin. With 12 boats now we are running out of the legend. Charlie

07-16-1999, 01:58 AM
Love it! "Please don't sink..." and it didn't. It's just great and sounds like a very memorable experience for the both of you. The Camelot theme is really golden! Sounds like you guys have a fleet there - how do you manage taking care of all of these? Sounds like you and your wife make a pretty good team. It's a tricky thing to find the right sailing partner - from what I am told. At times, there's more danger of the relationships than the boats sinking. But, once you do find the right sailing partner, it's really one of the best things in the world.

"Messin'about..." Loved the Wind in the Willows book and did, on occasion, read bits and pieces of the newsletter - Messin' About in Boats - as well as the little book of the same title. It has a great beat/funky sound to it - a bit mischievous and adventuresome!

It's just the most interesting thing - hearing about people's boat names and stories - there's just so much to it...sort of like a rich textured collage/montage of personal, historical, literary, and of course, boat/sailing memorabilia, etc.


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Jacqui & Stuart
07-16-1999, 03:07 AM
Heard a funny story about a boat's name once. Someone we knew had a racing yacht and desperately tried hard to please all the toffy noses at a particular yacht club in everything he did, but didn't matter what he did - never quite fit in - they always managed to find something wrong with his boat - it was too heavy etc etc. Anyway, he was at his wits end one day when he had tried all winter to get his boat ready for the sailing season - the toffy noses - for some reason unknown to us tried every trick in the book to try to keep him out of the race. Kept finding things wrong with his boat. Anyway, on the day of the race, he was ready to launch it into the water and was launching away when one of the old fuddy duddies piped up - "she hasn't got a name - can't race her without a name - it's not allowed." They thought they'd finally got him. In his rush to get her ready for the race he had forgotten to name her. He only had a few seconds left, as she entered the water on the slipway, so he grabbed a paintbrush and paint can and quickly painted "UPSTART" on the side of her hull - that shut them up! He sailed all through that season and many to come with the name painted on her side - paint dripping everywhere - but the best part is - she won all the races and stuck it to the old fuddy duddies at the yacht club. That's what I call poetic justice.

07-17-1999, 02:11 PM
Good for them!

Just heard not too long ago about J.F.K. Jr. Can't believe it. I hope that they're alright, although it doesn't seem likely. I hope that the family is doing alright as well - they've been through a lot.

Jim LaPrade
07-17-1999, 02:57 PM
Our 50' Schooner is named "Child of the Mist", a traditional term used to describe a Scottish highlander.

She was built in Nova Scotia in 1925, and was pressed into service as a rum-runner during the US prohibition. A common tactic was to sail in fog and mist to avoid detection...kinda makes the name appropriate.

Scott D. Rosen
07-19-1999, 09:20 AM

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Mike Jones
07-24-1999, 08:26 PM
I am still looking for the perfect name to go on my "perfect boat" but I have found neither .At this time I have a 21'Thompson and am restoring a 26' Lyman offshore, of which I have not named either but I lovingly refer to them as "My last boat ll and My last boat 3 to my wife. (She seems to think I'll have a " My Last boat 20" and I'm inclined to believe her although I plan on keeping the Lyman too). Although I have gotten some ideas though from this thread as to where to look to look to find a name.

07-24-1999, 11:55 PM
Do any of you have pictures of your boats that you can post on here? Just saw Corey's boat - absolutely beautiful. I was really impressed at how resourceful Corey seems to be - and at such a young age too!

Charlie Santi
07-25-1999, 05:43 PM
OK I will try a photo if someone explains in simple terms how to do it. It is scanned into my temp file what do I do from there. I am a woodworker not a computer person. I have a comp. genius who works for me but it seems I am always having him do it for me which does't teach me how to do it. Charlie

Cape Hatteras
07-26-1999, 06:24 AM
i'll try my best to explain how to put a picture on here...
1.first you must have a webpage, [or go to tripod.com and sign up for a free one]

2.Upload your picture [know your address]
(ex: http://members.tripod.com/outerbanks/PYSWIFT1.JPG)

3.Put this "code" on your post, but put your site on there.


I have some space left on my site, and i could do it for some of you. Just email me the picture: capehatteras@usa.net

Cape Hatteras
07-26-1999, 06:31 AM

i messed up http://media4.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

07-26-1999, 02:56 PM
Thanks a jillion, Corey!!!


Charlie Santi
07-26-1999, 05:10 PM
Ok Corey I sent you four photos. I will send one of my k-boat when I get them developed. Charlie

07-27-1999, 09:42 PM
I love the various ways people here have "created" names for thier boat. I named my kayak designed to carry into a local lake to fly fish for trout after a very close friend. Last winter i was building my second kayak, a 16 footer with 2 hatches. One for me and one for my miniature doberman named "peewee". He was adopted from the shelter and a constant companion when we went to the local lake to fly fish for trout. The fore hatch was designed especially for Peewee who only weighed 10 lbs. Unfortunately Peewee passed away before the new boat was completed. So you can probably guess what i named it.

07-28-1999, 07:28 AM
I am going to name my boat 'Yancey's Tiller'. She's a Haven 121/2 and I just put the first coat of paint on her bottom and topsides and will be turning her soon. The story behind the name.......my wife's Great, Great, Grand Father, put up an old barn many years ago, that has since gone the way of most old structures. I did find an old white oak beam that I salvaged and made the traditional Herreshoff egg shaped tiller called for in Joel White's plans. It was one of the first things I made.

Ralph Llama
07-30-1999, 10:40 AM
Just sold an avocado green Larson named Guacamole. Have a '41 16' Chris-Craft called "Special Moose Effects" Looking for the right racing sailboat to call "Ralph the Wonder Llama."

Scott D. Rosen
07-30-1999, 11:19 AM
Boat names are fun. A couple of weeks ago, my youngest daughter and I took a dinghy ride and saw something that nearly made us both fall out of the boat. We saw a green sailboat with the same name as my daughter. Now, that might not have been noteworthy if my daughter had a common name, but her name is Aviana (which is Hebrew for "my father answers"). We've never met anyone else with the name, so when we saw it on the boat we were shocked.

I once saw a sailboat named Aneyah, which is Hebrew for "boat." Unusual sounding, but not real creative. A few weeks after that I saw a different boat named Aneyah. I haven't met the owners, so I don't know why they picked the name, or even whether they know what the name means or just like the sound. That's a name that works much better if you don't know what it means, since the sound is exotic. But I suspect if they traveled to, say, Israel, the natives there would wonder what kind of simpleton would name their boat "boat."

And last week I saw a shiny 'glass speedboat named "Wet Dream." I'd have been embarassed to be on that one. It would be fun to peel off the name when no one was looking and replace it with "Incontinence", that being the name of another involuntary bodily emission that better describes the owner.

Art Read
07-30-1999, 01:11 PM
Marinas full of "Wet Dreams", "The Office" Happy Hookers", etc... usually don't inspire more than an inward grimace in me. But I had to grin just a little bit at a big plastic cruiser called "Victoria's 'Other' Secret" with a whaler on the aft deck called "shhhsh..."

Ed Harrow
08-01-1999, 12:54 PM
I was with my mother and sister these last few days helping my sister move. As happens at such get togethers there is always a bit of time for reminiscing. My mother reminded me of the boat my father and I built when I was about 12. Ted Hood was having his 12-meter Nefertini built at Graves in Mhead, and we were very busy building Nefertiny in our basement.

Nefertiny, designed by John Burroughs, was all of 5' long, built of a single sheet of 3/4" plywood, spars and all (oops, I just looked at the plans, turns out 1/4" was used too, my memory fails me, again). We planned to bring her up to Mhead, but that never came to pass.

The boat I grew up with was named Consolation; I think that's pretty self explanatory.

08-03-1999, 07:08 PM
Boat name quiz:

My Shields 30 is named 'Rosalita', and the Trinka 8 rowboat I use to get to her mooring is called 'Jump'... Hint- a bucket of sand from Southside Johnny for anyone who guesses the connection between the two names.

08-03-1999, 07:32 PM
My dad built a pram one winter and said it was for me to learn how to row in. He painted the hull baby blue and the name 'Knucklehead's' on the transom, a nickname he had for me that I hated with a passion. I barely used the boat (probably out of spite), so he repainted and renamed it for use as the dinghy for his boat.

The next winter he built a dark blue (much better) Optimist pram for a winter project so I could learn to sail. When we launched her, she leaked pretty badly and never really stopped. He said I could name the boat this time.... so I named it 'The Teabag' which I don't think he appreciated much.

08-04-1999, 06:22 AM
For those of you who are looking for copies of the book "Blue Sloop at Dawn", here's the sources for a number of copies:

WITH 1 THRU 10. DJ. Book# 068246 US$30.00 Please contact Webster Village Used Book Store for more information about purchasing this book.

2. Richard Bode Blue Sloop at Dawn Dodd, Mead & Company, 1979 HB. VG/None. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. 8vo. VG/-; HB; 8vo; 1st Edition, 1st
Printing; Spine rubbed a bit. Sticker remains on front board. Interior near fine. Book# 000041 20.00 ( approximately 0.00 American Dollars ) Please contact
Squirrel Away Books for more information about purchasing this book.

3. Bode, Richard BLUE SLOOP AT DAWN New York City, NY Dodd, Mead C. 1979. vg/g dj, lt wear/soil, pic eps, DJ-lt wear/soil, lt rubbing. DJ-lt
chipping at top of spine, slt chipping on top edge. Book Club Ed. Binding is Binding-Tight. Book# 015347 US$38.50 Please contact T. R. McTEER BOOKS for
more information about purchasing this book.

4. Bode, Richard Blue Sloop at Dawn Dodd, Mead 1979; FIRST PRINTING edition; ex-lib with usual (discard) markings and pocket; o/w near fine
hardcover in near fine DJ protected by mylar, w/ scuffed head of spine. Book# 01506 US$27.50 Please contact ReBook Sonja Buhlman for more information
about purchasing this book.

5. BODE,RICHARD BLUE SLOOP AT DAWN NY http://media4.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gifodd,Mead & Co. 1979, h.b.,1st.ed.,BCE. One tiny closed tear to top of d.j., cover of d.j. rubbed.
fine/vg+.#5910 Book# Bib96-112 US$40.00 Please contact Emely Perales for more information about purchasing this book.

08-04-1999, 06:24 AM
Oops, forgot the URL to get the addresses. Here it is:


Steve L.
08-04-1999, 10:15 PM
Hey rbgarr
A Bruce Springsteen song?

Jacqui & Stuart
08-05-1999, 03:12 AM
I was just reading through the Latitude 38 website (very interesting site!) and saw the boat name "Break 'N Wind" which I thought was rather good.

My favourite name for a liveaboard cruising yacht so far has been "Sea shell" - says it all really!!

08-06-1999, 05:08 PM

A useless piece of ornamentation, which is wholely unfair, but be careful how and wehn you ask the Admiral for her opinion!
It does tend to keep a perspective, however!

The dinghy is called PaddyWhack, of course.

Actually the original owner of the boat, was a Mr Nick!

08-10-1999, 08:31 AM
I wanted to give my thoughts on names for a boat. I have been planning and getting prepped for building a boat this late winter that will be a 12 foot dory for rowing and sailing. I plan to involve my 9 year old son in the process of building in the garage. I have mentally built it in my head from stem to stern several times over. I have the colors narrowed down and was told that I needed to have a name for 'her' as much as anything else. So I started writing names down on a pad of paper and found that I had a strong grouping of aviary names (i.e, the swan; the albatros; the swallow; etc.,...). Then I decided that ones like albatros conjured up a dismal thought with the biblical reference of albatros' and stones around their neck. So in the end I have decided to go with "'The Tern'", due to their ability to go long distances and their acrobatic flight on the water. I grew up as a child in the marshes of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay with my father who duck hunted. I have a fascination with waterfowl and the out-of-doors. So I feel that there is no better way to combine the two but by having a boat named for a bird that lives on the water.
Stephen R. Jenkins

Charlie Santi
08-29-1999, 08:10 PM
Corey just did a webpage about Turtle Pond where he lives. It includes several photos of his nearly completed swift. I can't find the address after my computer guy installed some new stuff for me, but maybe he will read this and post it for everyone to see.

08-30-1999, 02:02 AM
dngoodchild - thank you for the info on the book. Didn't know that they'd be so expensive, but given that the book's no longer in print, they may actually be competitive prices.

Had to go to France for about a month and took my laptop, but had some problems with the connection, so I have been out of the loop for a while. Was really great to get back and to read all the new stories.

I kept my eyes and ears open for interesting French boat names - and realized that the French are as much lovers of history as boating/sailing - so many of the boats I noticed had historical names. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, but I think that the boat names mentioned here are some of the most memorable ones I've come across.

Stephen, interesting you mentioning birds in connection with boats. There are these set of drawings that have come out - whose theme is the metamorphosis of birds into boats/ships. It's done by a guy names Jean Olivier Heron. I wish I had a scanner, so I can scan it for you. Anyway, I think that you'd really get a kick out of these series of etchings. I only got one of them - that appears on a postcard. Will try to find out who the artist is. But, your idea of The Tern seems perfect.

Like Sea Shell very much. It's very simple and fitting.

Nefertiny and Aviana are very interesting and unusual names - the kind that makes you think twice about the name.

'Yancey's Tiller' has a real sweet ring to her name and homey too. It reminds me of the country calm. It's very sweet.


Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-31-1999, 04:06 AM
"MIRELLE". What does that mean? She has always had that name. So, when I bought her, I burrowed through dictionaries. No joy. The closest I got was "mereau" - an obscure French term for a gaming chip. Then I met her first owner, Philip Allen. When he ordered her built he was the sales director of a company which made stockings - which at the time (1937) were just starting to be made with synthetics. He had ordered the boat but had no name for her when his name fell upon a list of trade names which they had registered but not used.

So, I have a 37ft gaff cutter named after ladies stockings!

If, which is very unlikely, we ever build a boat she will be named MOCHINA. Because traditionally a yacht's name should end in
"-a" (Britannia, Sybarita, Satanita, Columbia, Astra, Velsheda, etc etc) and its a very rough translation of the Hong Kong Cantonese expression for "no more money!"

09-02-1999, 02:16 AM

You've won the prize for the most engaging and entertaining of all boat name stories thus far!

You have to admit, though, that the invention of nylon - synthetic fibers - was one of the most revolutionary of our times, until velcro. It's one of those small unnoticed inventions that we use everyday, that no one really bothers paying attention to, until they need it.

Thanks for sharing your story!


P.S. I'm no expert on French names, but I believe that Mirelle is a somewhat common name for girls/women. Who knows, maybe the guy who had her built, actually was in love with a gal named Mirelle, but by the time the boat was finished, she was gone...You never know...Maybe that's why he decided to sell the boat - so as not to have any lingering reminders.


Just read about another great boat name: "Stolen Moments" - the builder, Phil, built his boat during "stolen moments" - some time here, some time there, etc.


By the way, for those interested, I believe that Corey's web site address is:



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Andrew Craig-Bennett
09-02-1999, 05:40 AM
Actually, the story gets better. No, there was not a girl of that name in this story. I have a photo of Mrs Allen smashing the champagne bottle at the launch (August 8th 1937!) and she was certainly the same lady that I met 50 years later. They owned her for 12 years, including sailing her over a minefield at low water in 1946 (mines were set at 6ft below LWS, draft is 5ft....Then they built a bigger gaff cutter named CORISTA (Philip's stocking company was Aristoc) and sold Mirelle to Francis and Grace Manfield, who sold her to me 34 years later.

After many years Philip felt CORISTA's gear was getting too heavy for him, so he designed his ultimate dream ship, the Bermuda yawl TALLULAH, aboard which they retired and cruised everywhere (he was rather a distinguished yachtsman by this time - 27 Atlantic crossings).

Yes, you're right - as a young man he dated Tallulah Bankhead!

09-02-1999, 12:03 PM
Re: your entry of 8/30
Years ago there was an artist famous for his mindboggling etchings of schools of identical fish evolving into flocks of identical birds and many other such evolutions. Mostly done in black and white. His name was M. C. Escher. Could this be your guy?

Cape Hatteras
09-02-1999, 07:23 PM
Yes Bluesloop thats it, thanks forputting it on here!!! here is a link, http://freeyellow.com/members8/turtlepond

go check it out!!! if you have herd of the Neuse River, it is original heading.

sign the guestbook!!!!

Thank you very much!!!


09-03-1999, 02:19 AM

Yes, these pictures are very Escher-esque, but are in color, whose central theme is the metamorphosis of birds (and other objects) into boats/ships - entitled "How is a boat born?"/"Comment naissent les bateaux?"). I came across these in the South of France last month. They were all over the place and caught my eye because they were beautiful and imaginative pieces - that in five or so horizontal frames "play out" the metamorphosis of birds etc. into boats/ships. Really neat. Was only able to get that one artist's name, but I believe there may have been others. They must have been greatly influenced and inspired by Escher, though - which show through in their work.

You were right, Andrew. The story just gets better and better - leftover WWII minefields et al. It's a boat(s)/owner/boat name(s) - with many hidden layers of interesting stories embedded within. It's really extraordinary. What's even more remarkable about Mirelle, is her longevity. And Philip sounds like a real character - true to form of any great sailor/yachtsman.



Thanks again for your tips on putting together webpages. You really did a great job on your site - really enjoyed visiting it!


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Cape Hatteras
09-03-1999, 09:27 PM
I will have to say that this is my favorite Topic to read on this forum.

Cape Hatteras
09-03-1999, 09:27 PM
I will have to say that this is my favorite Topic to read on this forum.



charles harvey
09-05-1999, 10:56 AM
I will apologize in advance for this one, but paging through the Glen-L plans book, picking out my cruiser, I noticed the name on a sample photo of a smallish speed boat - "Hand Job"

Charlie Santi
09-05-1999, 07:12 PM
ACBS members get a directory every year this year they index all the members boat names and put them in the back. About 60 pages of some very interesting names. Anyone reading this forum must have an interest in classic boats and therefore should consider joining the ACBS. They put out a very good magazine 4 times a year that is worth the price of the dues in its self. I you want membership info. email me and I will make sure you get it. Charlie

09-09-1999, 12:42 AM

Could you post the information on the ACBS here? It really sounds interesting - would like to find out more about it.

Mary Alexandra

Charlie Santi
09-09-1999, 05:39 AM
The website for the ACBS is www.acbs.org

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09-12-1999, 12:48 PM
re: boat quiz.
Could this"Rosita/Jump" thing be a throwback to the El Paso ballad I hear now and then? If so, what's the connection? Did you whack some "handsome young cowboy",sometime, somewhere?
When you send the sand, see if you can arrange to have a bottle with a Genie inside

09-12-1999, 12:52 PM
Sorry! Meant to say "Rosalita"!

09-15-1999, 01:20 AM

thanks for the info.

It's really neat trying to figure out the "puzzle" behind the names of many of these great boat names. Hope someone figures out the "Rosalita" one. Sad to say that for the moment, still have not discovered the roots of the names "Chiabber" and "Laloessa." But, still searching - I don't give up easily - a bit slow, but persistent - so please bear with me....

By the way, hope all you guys on the South-Eastern coast are alright - w/the huge storm about to hit shore. Sounds pretty scarry - 4 a near 5 level hurricane. Good luck!


09-22-1999, 07:48 PM
I have to say I'm a little tired of some of the cutesy I-know-how-to-talk-dirty-on-my-transom names. And if I see one more dory named Hunky...! That said, I have an inventory that my wife would like to see thinned a bit, only three of which are named. One is a Gull design (12' constant camber design) which came named Adept. No need to change that one. Also have a 16' White Bear Skiff we call Ratty because of its being perfect for simply messing about. Still building Joel White's Marsh Cat design. No name had emerged until I was reading yet another version of Shackelton's great ice adventure. My favorite character in the tale is the ship's carpenter Chippy McNish. Chippy, a common name for ship's carpenters, I'm told, would make a decent name. But, as a recovering carpenter, I chose the name of the carpenter's cat--Mrs. McNish. Connection's too obvious, huh. Worst I think I ever saw was a jetski named Blowjob. Couldn't load the swivel fast enough for that one, but if I ever see it again...

09-25-1999, 03:18 AM
"Ratty" and all the other characters - Toad, etc. they're all just the niftiest names around.

Yes, I agree w/you in regards to the "cutsey/low-end" names. It's witty, yes, but not terribly intriguing or interesting - like the names that make you want to hear and find out more about the boat/name. Goes to show that even among sailing/boat enthusiasts - there are as many different strokes are there are different folks.

Talking about Shakelton, have you seen the exhibit? Do you know if it's ever going to come around to the L.A. area? It's just an incredible story - better than this whole Titanic craze that's been sweeping the nation/world. It's a bit tiring seeing so many books on that as well as that song, etc.


Scott D. Rosen
09-25-1999, 07:38 PM
A few weeks ago, I saw a 'glass sailboat named "Boat."

What does that say about the owner? Is he (giving the benefit of the doubt to the other gender) merely a simpleton? Or is he lazy? Or, worse, is he showing his contempt for those of us who feel some kind of connection with our boats and put some thought and care into their naming?

Charlie Santi
09-26-1999, 10:20 AM
Ok guys (and girls) my K-boat is almost done I will take a couple photos and have Corey post them. Now the reason for my post, all of my boats, but one, are named after camelot. Who from the story would be closest to a sailboat?

K.E. Baisch
09-26-1999, 01:34 PM
A long time ago, I had a teacher who came up with this name---I think I will use it here.
This year I will build the smallest boat I have ever built in my life. She will be less then eight feet long. I think she should have a name befitting some mammoth ocean voyaging vessel...I think I'll call her


In a few years, I will set to building the largest boat I am likely ever to build in my life. Maybe I'll call that boat

little winkie.

Bob Cleek
09-26-1999, 05:28 PM
Little Winkie?...mmmm... reminds me of the gay bar where they wouldn't serve you unless you had a pet name for your privates. Straight guy walked in by mistake and was introduced to "Timex," (Takes a lickin and keeps on ticken), "Chevy" (Like a rock), and "Nike" (Just do it!). It was a hot day and he really needed a beer, so he introduced himself as "Ice Blue Secret." Stong enough for a man, but made for a woman!

Ed Harrow
09-26-1999, 08:19 PM
Can the gelding knife be far away...

09-26-1999, 10:59 PM
Charlie, there's a few that come to mind:

- The obvious one is Nimue or Vivienne also know as "The Lady of the Lake". No explaination necessary I trust.

- The Isle of Avalon or sometimes called Glastonbury. The place where Excalibur was forged.

- Elaine of Astolat also known as "The Lady of Shalott". Elaine is the maiden who dies of unrequited love (hear that Bob?) for Lancelot and floats in a barge to Camelot with a letter for Lancelot clutched in her lifeless hand.

That's about all I can find. Good luck.

10-05-1999, 02:01 AM
Ran across a boat named - "Dot Calm" - over the weekend. Thought it was pretty witty.
The Camelot theme is a great one - very noble, valiant, etc. Let us know what you finally decide on.


Bernadette & David Hedger
10-05-1999, 05:13 AM
There are a lot of replies to this topic and it's hard to get through them all (we didn't)!!! Anyhow our William Atkin gaffer is named PEQUOT. The boat was designed by Atkin in 1925 whilst he was in Connecticut. So we wan't to give our boat an American name and as you may know..the Pequot indians are native to this area. We like a lot of American names because they exude a just right amount of seriousness and a feeling of proper boat sense. We are building an Alden schooner now and she will also have an American name. Our present dinghy (a nutshell pram) is named Poi-Poi (maori origin). And....our cat is called Vasco after the famous man of the same name!!!

Cape Hatteras
10-08-1999, 07:18 PM
Ahoy everyone! I need a name for my sailboat. I want something to do with swans, decoys, or anything. I can't think of something good to name her. This crossed my mind, "eBoat"
I am open to any sujjestions, please!!

I have moved my website to http://turtle-pond.8m.com

thanks, Corey->

10-08-1999, 10:43 PM
When our granddaughter (age 14) visited from Oregon last month, she and I built a six-hour canoe. She named it *~SkAnKiN' aWaY~*.
The placement of the astrisk, tilde and capitalization was critical. Seems skank is some sort of a dance inspried by ska music but I have no comprehension of what she was talking about. I sorta like the name though.

I'm not suggesting plageration but maybe the idea will put you on the track of something for your boat.


10-09-1999, 04:24 AM
I have a International 6 meter build in 1946. She was launched "Venger" and after a four year rebuild she get wet in 21 days and her tender will be called "Vengence". What other way to is there to be the "Avenger" then with getting to "Venger" with "Vengence"..
Mark Coburn
Sydney, Australian.

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Cape Hatteras
10-09-1999, 09:48 AM
Someone really needs to make a "Boat Names Book", like the baby names book!!!


I think I have the 100th post on this one!!

Scott D. Rosen
10-10-1999, 07:17 AM
Corey, that's a great idea. But until someone writes the book, I suggest you use the Register of Wooden Boats, published by none other than WoodenBoat. It's a good source for names, but you won't find any history or explanation.

Cape Hatteras
10-10-1999, 09:19 AM
That sounds interesting, where would I find it at?


10-10-1999, 02:29 PM
There's a fairly comprehensive list of boat names at this web site: http://www.boatus.com/names/


Peter Kalshoven
10-11-1999, 12:51 PM
Believe it or not, I just saw a Boat Names book at the Barnes & Noble in Myrtle Beach last Friday. Go to your local bookstore, Corey, and see if they can locate it for you.
Good Luck, Pete

10-11-1999, 10:03 PM
What about CYGNET (def. - a young swan)

10-12-1999, 03:10 AM
Yes, indeed. I noticed that this page was taking a bit long to download.

FYI, I got myself a "bluesloop.com" site - just because I liked the sound of it. Didn't really know what I would do with it. Then,I thought that I'd like to share it with all of you - open it up for everyone to use as a community web-site of sorts. Would therefore like your suggestions, etc. for the type of layout, format type, contents, etc. that you would all like. Hope to have it up and running soon - maybe by month's end. (You can write me directly or just post it here - whichever you prefer.)

Will start working on the book soon - just a simple little book - like "First You Have to Row A Little Boat" - but about boats & their boat names - w/pictures. Hope to draw from this treasure-trove of stories - first and foremost. Also contacting some others - like former Presidents Bush (boat name: "Fidelity II") and Reagan (canoe: "Truluv" - at the Reagan Presidential Library). Will see where it all goes. If there are any Democrats out there who feel that there should be more equal representation - just let me know.

Any & all thoughts, contributions are most welcome. It should be a nice simple book - something very pleasant to browse and read through every once in a while.


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Ed Harrow
10-12-1999, 11:56 AM

In reference to your boat being a sailboat, not in reference to your skippering skills, how about DUCK! When I was a kid there was a boat near ours called Curlew. Also, and I'm drawing a blank here, there are several constellations with bird names - possibility? Lastly, why not Pelican? She's scooped you up and off you go...

10-23-1999, 03:13 AM
My other boat is a Herrershoff Mobjack. We never met the old owner (died)so there has been a big gap in the infomation line. Any way a liveaboard sailer named Jon Tucker walked in my shed the other day and looked at the name board hanging on the wall and said "Ngatahi"(nar tar he) "Nga means many or some and Tahi means one" so my Mobjack is called "Someone" a New Zealand Maori name.
Mark Coburn
Sydney, Australia

10-23-1999, 03:26 AM
At the Sydney wooden & Classic boat festival I met Jon & Barabra Tucker and their Gaff ketch called "New Zealand Maid" the Tucker's has been sailing with their 5-Five yes 5-five boys for 10 years yes 10-ten years!!!
Any way Jon and Barbara started building New Zealand Maid when he was only 21 and lunched her 4 years later. Twenty years later they have two sons left on board. and sons doing the boat thing all over the world.
Mark Coburn

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Andrew Craig-Bennett
10-24-1999, 11:49 PM
Another Camelot lady with a sailing connection would be Isolde, although Nimue is better. A Greek friend who is a shipowner
named his first ships Faith, Hope and Charity (she was a little larger!)

10-28-1999, 12:30 AM

How large was this boat that housed the Tuckers? That's just an amazing story!


Can you tell us a bit about the characters Isolde and Nimue?


J. Dillon
11-01-1999, 10:43 AM
Sometimes you have to be carefull what you name a boat. The pranksters on the water can have quite a lot of fun with it. I go to U.S.Navy ship reunions. One of the stories that goes around is the time the USS
CORAL SEA , had a mis adventure while anchored out in some foreign port. As the yarn goes some jokers managed to get to the stern of the ship and with a little gray paint over one of the letters and with a little black paint over one of the other letters, significantly changed the name of the ship. I'll let the reader figure it out. It made a laughing stock of the ship. When the Captain found out you can bet the sentry on the fan tail sure had a deck court martial.

I often thought of "Senta" as a name for a boat as she was the lady that gave un dieing love to the "Flying Dutchman" redeeming him from endless tacks.

Art Read
11-01-1999, 01:13 PM
Just a guess, but would that be the first and last letters that were changed?

J. Dillon
11-02-1999, 07:15 PM
Yes Art, you guessed right.

11-02-1999, 07:43 PM
my recent acquisition of 38' alden has led me to looking into the history of said boat and pondering name changes. her name was originally hi ho, then changed by next owner to pelican. feeling pelican is hardly original i considered changing it back to hi ho but don't really like that either. not being the superstitous type i have decided on naming her "ROAMER" as that is what my wife and i plan on doing with her. i have been roaming my whole life it seems so it is fitting. and yes, we performed the ceremony needed in renaming a boat. i said i was not suspcious but my lady is.

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Ross Miller
11-03-1999, 03:58 PM
Way back on August 4th Steve L. guessed that "Rosalita" was a Springsteen song. He was right. It's called "Rosalita" and the chorus goes "Rosalita, jump a little higher," hence the connection between the boat and tender. Just send money.

Mark Jenson
11-04-1999, 04:42 PM
I wasn't going to post on this thread, but seeing the post on a small boat I thought I'd go ahead - I built a 9 foot stitch-n-glue tugboat last summer for my daughter (who is only 2 and half and still too young to name the boat herself). It's a Glen-L design and looks great, but it's pretty obvious (at least to me) that the boat is for kids, not adults. On launch day, the guys at the marina kept on asking me why I built this boat for myself and what I expected to do with it. I got so tired of explaining that it was a kid's boat for my daughter that I named it "Kid Stuff!"

Roger J Bowin
11-05-1999, 10:52 AM
Having spent the last 9 yrs. building this boat I have got to the point where everybody asks what are you going to name it. Beats me, I dont even understand why a boat has to have a name. After reading many of the above, and observing some very stupid examples I tentively settled on the Mary J, my wife's name. Didn't go so far as to paint it on, then my son comes home and tells me to expect a thumbs up sign from those that Mary J has a completely different meaning to. Back to square one. I also considered the Nan Shan from Conrad's Typhoon, in chineese characters of course. Nobody thought that was a good idea. Help!! detais; boat: wooden dory 24' will be used mostly for fishing. me: 62 yr old high school science teacher ready to retire.

Scott D. Rosen
11-05-1999, 12:04 PM


No Name

Tongue Tied


School's Out

Art Read
11-05-1999, 02:35 PM
Roger.... How about just plain "Mary"? Simple, straightforward and very appropriate for a dory. (Besides, it will "partly" compensate your poor wife for putting up with 9 years of the dust, space, time and expense that a 24' boat entails!) ;-} If she "goes" by the full Mary J, just go ahead and name her that! Who cares what the "organically oriented" set thinks? Just be prepared for "special" attention from the coasties! lol!

Art Read
11-05-1999, 02:49 PM
Speaking of names with "double" meanings... While explaining the proper use of VHFs, I once had a student ask me, "What would happen if somebody named their boat "Mayday"?" I didn't have a real good answer for that etcept, "I don't recomend it!"

Ed Harrow
11-05-1999, 10:36 PM
Hard as it may be to believe, but I do know of a watercraft named Mayday. This is a barge/ferry that a friend of mine owns.

Steve Souther
11-06-1999, 09:04 PM
Named mine just now. No, didn't use Mayday, nor Sink Me, either. But this conversation
has inspired this newcomer to choose the name, Charity for my H16. It was on it's way to the landfill last spring when I entered the conversation at coffee on Sunday Morning. My friend was going to clean up his back yard (wife nagging him, you see)and I offered to buy it. Nope. Will give it to you if you take it off my hands. So, it's got to be "Charity" don't you think?

Next boat's name will have lot's of raw material in which to draw from. It will be planked from stock sawn by a portable saw mill during last year's Gas and Steam Engine show. It will be constructed in an old warehouse nearby. And it will be rigged as a schooner. Any ideas?

11-07-1999, 05:04 AM
The Boat is a Herrshoff Mobjack and that means 45' on deck 13'6" beam and she is New Zealand Maid or Maid for short and a appropriate that five boys hang out with a Gorgeous Maid.
Regards Mark Coburn
P.s the Tuckers will read this so no smart stuff.

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11-16-1999, 02:35 AM

Great name/theme - five boys and the gorgeous Maid --- lovely theme and so fitting...Even on a 45' boat - bet it got pretty cramped at times...

By the way, do you know of any good books on wooden boats/classic designs for a novice boat enthusiast like myself??? I'm all ears, let me know where I should start...



Very much like the name "Roamer" - know what you mean about roaming a good deal of one's life...the name has a good sound to it - mellow, etc...


Bob Cleek
11-16-1999, 03:09 AM
This thread is turning into a rope! Still, I couldn't resist throwing in my suggestion for a dory name: "Hunky," as in "Hunkey Dory." Dumb, I know, but most boat names are....

Scott D. Rosen
11-16-1999, 09:32 AM
I suggest we start a new topic to address Blue Sloop's book query. This one is taking too long to load.

11-17-1999, 05:34 AM
But is it a rope or is it still a cord? It would unkind to cut a cord in it's prime. But as for a rope that is a different matter as it has lived a life of hitches and coils.....

Take it away.......

Allen Foote
11-17-1999, 12:12 PM
My 1953 40' Chris-Craft is "Bacca By0n" Because she came back from the beyond. My big Egg Harbor is the "Le Mort Petite"

Peter Kalshoven
11-17-1999, 09:23 PM
"Boat Names Part Deux"

12-02-1999, 02:14 AM
Why Not?
or to put it another way
Who said?

12-07-1999, 06:20 PM

sharp name idea - "Hunky" as in "hunkey dory" - especially for a dory. But, then, if the owner was a gal, "hunky" might sound as if she's referring to a cool, good-looking fellow (although sounds a bit cheasy...). But, the dory thing works pretty well.

Yes, this thread had indeed turned into a rope...but, it sort of has an endearing character about it - just in terms of its consistency. Two options:
1.)continue "threading" along...
2.)start off on BoatNames! starting in the new year 2000 - January 1st. (P.S. You guys on the east coast will have a three hour lead on us.)

Let me know. Will put up a "BoatNames!" posting before year's end. Let me know which you prefer.


12-07-1999, 06:35 PM

sharp thought on name "hunky" as in "hunkey dory" - esp. for a dory. Although if the owner is a gal, may not go for it, since 'hunky' can also mean a cool, good-looking fellow (sounds a bit cheesy, though...). But the pun on "dory" is really great.

True, this little thread has really grown much longer than ever anticipated. Sort of endearing because of it. But, totally understand what you mean. Two options:
1.) continue on as is...
2.) start a new one starting the 1st of January next year/2000. Can call it Boat Names!: what's yours & story behind it. (You guys on the east coast will have a three hour lead on us out here).

Up to you. Let me know.

Kevin Lynch
12-07-1999, 11:01 PM
I say carry on!

My wife and I bought a holder 14 a year ago (I know it's fiberglass, but I'm going to build a wooden boat this winter). Any way, it was nameless when we bought it ( even thought it's now 16 years old). It had a big crack on the deck ( got it cheap) so I patched it with some fiberglass. Hence the name "PATCHES". I know it's cutsie, but sometimes a name just fits, dambit!

12-10-1999, 05:10 AM
PRESTO is the name of our Wayfarer. Both my kids are into music, and my son was practically "fired" by his piano teacher, as he could only play FAST. Just like he likes to sail,hence the name.

Bo Curtis
12-10-1999, 07:43 PM
Year 2000 is a good place to start part II. Meanwhile... I have had two boats with bird-related names, the first was my little 20' power boat named Dixie Chicken, kind of a crass name that ended up being shortened to merely "the chicken." Crass because a Dixie Chicken was apparently a high-price southern lady of the night. My current sailboat is Waxwing, a more dignified name that reflects the fact that she's planked in red cedar, and the local cedar waxwing is a handsome and well-mannered bird. Both names came with the boat, and I've never changed a boat name. I'm not superstitious, but I hear it's bad luck even if you aren't.

One of my favorite triple-entendre names was that of a Bounty class sloop on Long Island Sound named Tonic. Not only did the owner use the boat to soothe the soul, but also to wet the whistle at raft-up time. And the third meaning?... he was a composer, and musicians will recognize the name of the root, or home note.

12-18-1999, 03:33 AM
here are a couple of neat boat name stories that came my way...thought you may want to hear...

Hi - I'm Charlie. I'm not yet registered on the wooden boat board, as I just found it.
Here are our boat names:
I built a Cross 35 trimaran in coldmolded cedar - I believe completely in Thoreau's quote about lettin a man march to the music he hears, however measured or far away, so the boat had to be named "Different Drummer".
I took a little 21 plastic sloop as part trade when the Drummer was sold. She sat in a barn in east Texas for twelve years, until I just had to get back on the water - my wife called me outside one day, and had written in pencil on the transom "Necessity".
We have a Prindle 18 catamaran, and after several years, we named it "Barefootin".
Later, she acquired a Sunfish which she raced, and did well, but after the cat, the poor Sunfish got named "Essie" - short for Escargot, or SLOW.
I race a Dolphin SR, which was given to me as a total wreck. I took it completely apart, rebuilt it, and naturally it is named "Phoenix"
The Cedar strip canoe, which is the only wooden boat we own at the moment (this will undoubtedly change), unfortunately has no name!!
really enjoyed the thread you started----------
Charlie Jones
Pt Lavaca, Tx

Don't know if you are still taking replies.
My 1966 -20' restored Simmons seaskiff complete with
original ' 66 - 70 hp. evinrude/Johnson hood is named
...the Best Revenge, done in carved gold letters on a
mahogany plank salvaged from the renovation of the Queen
Mary in Ca. The Simmons is a well boat so a classy gold
banner sits proudly on the transom.
The name come from the saying " Living well is ... the
Best Revenge . I have been asked what the three gold dots
are for. They are an ellipsis in printers talk.

Harold Sweeny
Do or do not, there is no try !
Live as if today was the last day of your life because, so
far it is.

(Part II)
When the Queen Mary was being altered for hotel/dining orwhatever the outside benches of 12"x2x14' or 16' wereremoved . My friend "acquired several pieces & cut themdown to 8' to fit his truck. He brought them home to me &they have been used judiciously since. You can feel free topost my story of boat name if you wish. Thanks for yourinterest.

12-23-1999, 03:25 AM
Norm (M.),

Asked two Welshmen if they know what "Laloessa" meant - that it was the name of a boat purchased in Wales, and that we were interested in finding out about the meaning of the name - if any. They suspect that it's the name of a gal if anything, although they weren't sure. But, it's not a readily identifiable word in Welsh.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know.

Take care & Merry Christmas to you all!

bluesloop/mary alexandra

12-23-1999, 10:09 AM
Thanks for remembering "Laloessa". Turns out the boat was missnamed and my friends in Wales have found its proper name.


Alfred Marshall
03-14-2000, 09:48 AM
When I was 22, I drew and built my first boat. It took much longer than I expected to build, four months. When my brothers would ask when I would finish, my response was,"About two weeks."
Eventually one brother bought the boat from me and has kept "Two Weeks" for the past 23 years.

Jack Logan
03-14-2000, 12:12 PM
Naming - obviously a very fertile field. Don't complicate it to the point its unintelligible to the Coasties when you are stressed

Steve Lansdowne
03-14-2000, 07:41 PM
Hadn't intended to name my Whisp, but then I realized how proud I was of my first boatbuilding efforts and so reconsidered. I thought about calling her Humdinger, in honor of a dog my father had as a boy. I thought that was a swell name for a dog and, heck, why not for a boat. Anyway, when I mentioned that as a possible name to my wife, she suggested Humdinghy, which I thought was even better. Humdinghy it is.

Kurt M
03-15-2000, 03:00 AM
Possibly the longest. Its not "my boat" per se.. but dammit, I seem to be responsible for everything on it. It belongs to a museum and is named.. get ready.. "Präsident Freiherr von Maltzahn".

It is a Hamburg-Finkenwerder "Fischkutter" (actually shes a ketch). The onetime fishing town of Finkenwerder had a tradition of naming vessels after people that made sacrifices to the German fishing industry and the President Freiherr (or Lord) Maltzahn was the president of the Fishing association of Rugen (an island in the Baltic). In 1927 or so, he was killed in an airplane of all things while on some sort of recon for herring. His death coincided conveniently with a group of shipbuilders in Finkenwerder who were trying to think up a name for a boat.

Art Read
03-15-2000, 05:07 AM
Does that fit on the life ring?

Kurt M
03-15-2000, 06:27 AM
Ha ha.. no. "Präs. Fr. v. Maltzahn" is more like it, and thats a squeeze.

Bear's Oil
03-15-2000, 07:54 AM
The pile of wood, behind the garage, isn't sure if it's going to be a sailing scow or a sharpie. Even in this pre-embryonic stage, it is quite certain to be named "Tashtego" after one of Ahab's harpooneers.

03-15-2000, 11:24 AM
Against my mother's objections (she thinks boats are waste of money) I went ahead and bought my first boat. To make sure I didn't have to lie to her, I chose the name carefully. I could still tell her "I was putting my money into SAVINGS".

Ed Harrow
03-15-2000, 01:31 PM
LOL, I love it. I think I'm going right out an open a "Savings" account of my own.

Matt J.
03-15-2000, 01:55 PM
Partly because I don't want to be left out and partly because I think we have decided on the name for the-boat-we-don't-even-have-yet (possession is 9/10 of the law and all that) I'll finally post to this rope.

We've just about decided on Saga for the name, in fact, my fiancee is in love with the name and has, in that wonderful way of hers, basically abandoned the search for a name. We were in St. Michael's, MD and saw a boat under cover named Pagan, except we could only see "aga" due to the cover, and thought that the boat (pretty, though plastic) had a neat name - we thought it said "Saga." When we pulled the cover a bit to get a better look, we realized it was actually "Pagan"... but now here we are and we've basically got a name that we love by accident. The boat was on the dock of an inn we had stayed at last year where I popped the question... it just seemed right.

Besides, Saga is such an appropriate name for a woody. If you see a Hinckley 34 in a few years named Saga, say hello, it'll hopefully be us.

03-18-2000, 10:49 AM
My present boat, a 17 1/2 ft. spanish cedar Rdeau Lakes Guide Boat with 25 h.p. O.M.C. power, is named "TOSCA" because no one would want a boat called "BUTTERFLY" and she is as beautiful as the opera.
My last boat, a 23 ft. Chris Craft cuddy cabin run about with 225 H.P. Volvo power was named "BONAROBA" which is an italian idium litterally meaning "nice dress" but actually meaning what is in the dress. Another definition of "BONAROBA" is that it refers to the other woman that all wives hate.

michael clinton
03-18-2000, 11:41 AM
We named our boat MISTY MOORING because my
girlfriend and i were thinking about buying
this old boat we saw in a yard in ireland.
She was in a very bad state,but we took a chance on her.She is 37 foot long and 10 foot
beam.We were drinking a bottle of wine called
misty mooring and thats how it came about.The
boat turned out to be a great success,we have had two great years on the shannon in ireland,she is one hundred and thirty five years old and still a great head turner.She is getting a new keel at the moment and she will be as good as new (I HOPE). Best regards from IRELAND and wishes of fair and safe boating ,michael.

Don Southwick
03-22-2000, 01:47 AM
"cool Change" found it's way onto the transoms of three of my sailboats taken from a song by the Little River Band. The first few lines of the song are: If there's one thing in my lfe that's missing - it's the time that I spend alone - Sailing on the cool and bright clear water. And it's kind of a special feeling - when you're out on the sea alone - staring at the full moon - like a lover. Time for - a Cool Change!
That about says it all!

04-22-2000, 07:08 PM
Norm (M.),
what was the real name of Laloessa?

Can't help reading all the stories w/out a huge smile on my face...there's so much character & heart in the people/stories of these boat names..."Bonaroba" first and foremost among them! Humdinghy (v. witty!!)...Tashtego (unusual name... Ahab???)...

Misty Mooring, Saga...good luck to you guys..."Savings" - think that you made an excellent investment...monetary & otherwise...esp. in these turbulent times...

Kurt, which museum is the Präsident Freiherr von Maltzahn in? It's really un incredibly long name...probably the longest I've ever run across...

"Two Weeks"...great longevity...if only they made cars, computers, etc...w/so much staying power...

"African Queen" - is that old b&w vlick w/Humphrey Bogart? Interestingly enough, "Cool Runnings" was also the name of a movie - but about the first Jamaican bob sleding team to compete in the Olmpics...

Take care guys!

04-22-2000, 07:08 PM
Norm (M.),
what was the real name of Laloessa?

Can't help reading all the stories w/out a huge smile on my face...there's so much character & heart in the people/stories of these boat names..."Bonaroba" first and foremost among them! Humdinghy (v. witty!!)...Tashtego (unusual name... Ahab???)...

Misty Mooring, Saga...good luck to you guys..."Savings" - think that you made an excellent investment...monetary & otherwise...esp. in these turbulent times...

Kurt, which museum is the Präsident Freiherr von Maltzahn in? It's really un incredibly long name...probably the longest I've ever run across...

"Two Weeks"...great longevity...if only they made cars, computers, etc...w/so much staying power...

"African Queen" - is that the old b&w flick w/Humphrey Bogart? Interestingly enough, "Cool Runnings" was also the name of a movie - but about the first Jamaican bob sledding team to compete in the Olmpics...

Take care guys!

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04-23-2000, 11:13 AM
Laloessa, it turns out is properly named Ione.

She is getting a makeover, even as we speak (so to speak) and I'm looking forward to a report, and maybe pictures by and by, of her launch within the next few weeks, weather permitting.


Joe Morrison
05-05-2000, 08:19 AM
My boat's called "Sea Urchin" so we call the tender, a Shellback Dinghy, "Spike".

The best one I've heard is "Never Again II".

Our local Sharpies have names that include:

Screamin' Seamen
Salted Nuts
Nightmare on Helm Street

Ian McColgin
05-05-2000, 08:33 AM
The current Messing About in Boats has two great names for fast cats:

Il Sogno Bagnato e Veloce


Il Pipistrello Fuori di Inferno

Dave Hadfield
05-05-2000, 09:37 AM
My wife's name is Robin, and my children are Austin and Kelly. We've lived in the country with lots of animals for years, so for a boat name we came up with the first letter of each of own names:

D avid
R obin
A ustin
K elly
E t all

It seemed lucky too. Who ever heard of a drake that sank?


Dave Hadfield
05-05-2000, 09:38 AM
My wife's name is Robin, and my children are Austin and Kelly. We've lived in the country with lots of animals for years, so for a boat name we came up with the first letter of each of own names:

D avid
R obin
A ustin
K elly
E t all

It seemed lucky too. Who ever heard of a drake that sank?


03-08-2001, 02:18 PM
This is a fascinating thread. I once got interested in the names of trucks in Mexico. They go through the same vicissitudes as boat names, ranging from the pornographic to the sublime.

My Hinckley Sou'wester 34 (1947) is named "Ariel," after a participant in the great tea clipper race from Foochow to London in 1866.
I consider this the greatest sailing race in history, notwithstanding the modern "round the world" racing by sailing machines. The clippers raced to reach the London tea market first, to obtain the best seasonal price for their cargo. Ariel won the sailing part of the race, beating "Taiping" by just a few minutes before they picked up their tows. A few minutes apart after sailing all the way from the China coast! Taiping had a faster towboat, and docked first. Normally, the winner of the race, defined as the first vessel to dock, got a bonus from the tea merchants, but in this case the prize was split between the two vessels. There were gentlemen businessmen in those days.

I presume that the clipper Ariel was named after the character in Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The origin for Shakespeare was probably the ancient Hebrew water sprite Ariel.

ken mcclure
03-08-2001, 04:03 PM
Crap. I intended to do some work this afternoon, and got caught up in this thread. Good thing I read fast.

I'm pleased to see this one resurrected. Wonder if bluesloop is still reading?

I just did a post a couple of weeks ago about Boat Naming Etiquette and got about what I expected...conflicting opinions. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

I'm renaming my boat back to her original name which it appears that she had for around 58 years until her most recent owner took her into his care.

I'll post again here when I get all the paperwork...there seems to be a PILE of documentation with her and with luck I'll have some data on her original name.


Wups. Never mind. Wife changed her mind (again). Wants it named after her. More explanation in "Boat Naming Etiquette"

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John B
03-08-2001, 06:33 PM
"Cirrhosus of the River" . A launch based up the Tamaki Estuary in Auckland.
Doesn't actually conjure up the most elegant of images but I did laugh hard over that un.

"Petit Dejeuner". A half million dollar vessel called "breakfast "?

"Le Cure" a yacht we were racing alongside last weekend. My Belgian crew member thought it was curious to name a boat "priest". We were referring to it as the vicar by the end of the day. "oops, here comes the vicar..., better give way"

03-08-2001, 06:49 PM
Well, since I missed this thread the first time around...

The only boat I've got at the moment is tucked away within my dreams, but I have given some thought to naming her.

You see, my ancestors left Ireland for the States shortly after the Famine. There was no (to my knowledge) pestilence on board, but the ship was nearly wrecked midway to New York. Upon reaching Long Island Sound, however, she did open up, and my ancestors were washed to separate parts of the shore. My great-great-grandfather found my great-great-grandmother sitting on the steps of a building late that night. This is how we arrived in the US.

I've thought about naming my ship after the ship that carried my kin, but have a problem (her name has (thus far) been lost in the sands of time) and a concern (is it bad luck to name a ship after one that was sunk)?


jack grebe
03-08-2001, 07:11 PM
I had my name all picked out for my retirement home(sail boat).then last yr at a classic boat show in nj, I was walking the dock at the other end, and there, on a G.D.F#%@&^$ASS go fast bleach bottle was MY boats name......I was depressed for weeks. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/mad.gif

03-09-2001, 12:03 AM
I guess I don't have much imagination for names...My old Thunderbird was named Neper. While I was building her my mother said it looked like a nice small boat for a pond, but maybe it would fit in the lake. Somehow boats don't look very big when you are on the dock and my announcement about sailing to the islands did not go over very well. Before she was named my mother stood on the dock, looking down, and made a comment about a calculated risk of even getting the think out in the water, it would probably fall apart.....Welll.....Neper is a calculation...used in non-English speaking countries it is a unit of sound intensity like the decibel or dB......a series of calculations....a calculated risk.......
Boat number two was built in the Philippines while serving in the service and was named Amihan, pronounced uh me Hahn......for a cool wind...boat number three was named Sonsearey after my daughter. Sonsearey means Morning Star, or Brightest Star of the morning. After the Cochise stories and the name of the wife of Thomas Jeffords, their first Indian agent, a friend of my great grandfather and my grandfather. And the Apache language also gave me the name of my present boat Tana Mari, or Lonely Wind, which I sailed solo around twice over ten years.

03-09-2001, 12:22 AM
well...theree were also some strange names around Santa Cruz and Sausalito in the 60's...like Invocation to the Great Bear...and the one that I liked, a little sloop with a red hull and white decks and the name in gold letters on the transom "Chicken Noodle Sloop".

Ross Miller
03-09-2001, 12:24 AM
I can imagine how you must feel, Jack. That is why I will never tell you or anyone else the name of my retirement-home-to-be. I haven’t seen it yet (touch wood). Interesting that someone named Grebe should hail from Birdsboro.

John B: My guess is that the owner/namer of Le Cure has no idea what it means in French, can’t pronounce the language correctly, considers sailing curative, and maybe even fancies liqueur.

My boats that have names:

Counterpoint (was Sea Gypsy: sorry, no.)

Dandelion (was Buttercup: too cute)

Satori (came with it and I kept it; three coats of paint earlier it had been Bliss)

Koan (8' skin-on-frame kayak; Satori's tender)

Foosh (14’ Chris Craft Barracuda my dad built from a kit 40 years ago. It is named for my sister. As a colicky infant she was often varying shades of pink to deep purple from crying, so Dad called her Fuchsia Lucia, which devolved to Foosh, a name that has stuck to both sister and boat.

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Art Read
03-09-2001, 04:08 AM
Ah... "ARIEL! Up anchor... Up sails... We go!" Always wanted to name the Baltimore clipper I'm gonna build some day that...

03-09-2001, 07:07 AM
or in Deale, Md. a short stubby boat of indeterminate lineage named "Cochon Volante".

Bruce Taylor
03-09-2001, 08:10 AM
Damselfly. Small, light, flits around on the river.

03-09-2001, 09:15 AM
I've decieded to name my boat "Down-N-Dirty". This is reference to the type of construction (S&G). Someone on this forum called it down and dirty construction and I think that the name fits.

Scott had made refrence earilier in this post about a plastic boat named "Boat". This would proabably be a good name for a plain no nonsense workboat. The name brings forth images of John Wayne and his dog named "Dog" from the movie "Big Jake".

Chad Smith

03-09-2001, 11:22 AM
Remember the old cartoon "Gasoline Alley?"
Skeezix and his friend built a small sailboat and named it "WIMSI." They meant it to be
"I SWIM," but they painted it leaning over the transom so it came out upside down.

Then there's the story, possibly apocryphal, that kicked around southern California for years: Shortly after Bill Stewart's lovely big yawl CHUBASCO was launched, a really scrubby little powerboat appeared with CHUBASCO displayed prominently on her transom. This boat often accompanied the yawl in and out of the harbor, much to Bill's disgust, until he finally offered a certain sum to the owner if he would change the name. The owner refused, and Bill then offered to buy it.
The story ends there--I never did learn of the outcome.

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jack grebe
03-09-2001, 08:53 PM
Ross, where should I hail from http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/confused.gif

Ross Miller
03-09-2001, 10:26 PM
Jack, if you’re happy where you are now, that’s fine with me.

grebe n. Any of various swimming and diving birds of the family Podicipedidae, having a pointed bill and lobed, fleshy membranes along each toe. [French grèbe.]

Ross Faneuf
03-09-2001, 10:46 PM
Ceol Mor - Scottish Gaelic for 'Great Music'. The most ancient form of music played on the Great Highland Pipe (the Piob Mor). (Interesting there is more than one piper in this group).

Ceol Beag - the dinghy, means 'Little Music' or 'Light Music' - marches, strathspeys, reels, etc.

I originally intended to name her 'Occam's Razor', but I always had to explain that one to my wife. Then, at about year 15, 'Perseverance', but there are too many of those. To my surprise, the CG has 3 other Ceol Mors in their registry (all plastic).

03-10-2001, 09:27 AM
Serendip was the name of an ancient kingdom in what is now Cambodia, ruled by two brothers who had a number of fortunate happenings.

jack grebe
03-10-2001, 10:46 AM
ok ross, I get it now. never made that conection before

Ross Miller
03-10-2001, 11:57 AM
Check your toes.

jack grebe
03-10-2001, 01:08 PM
still got three on each foot http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

Tom Beecroft
03-10-2001, 05:36 PM
Legato, musical term meaning smoothly, with feeling.

Sometimes feels more like staccato, or adagissimo. Probably just the poor musician at the tiller.

David Tabor (sailordave)
03-11-2001, 11:04 AM
NEPENTHE was my first boat, an 18' racing dingy (wood of course), I've never named my LASER-it always seemed to be just a utilitarian boat. I'm currently restoring SOIREE, a Star class boat and that's the name it came w/; even on the original papers which I got a copy of from the Class office. APR 1961 no less! And if and when (hey that's a good name) I ever build/restore a powerboat it will be named after my wife who likes to push the throttle fwd and politely tolerates my blowboats. But don't tell her. D

03-11-2001, 02:15 PM
There was a guy on Cape Cod some years ago who had a shippy little launch/tug that he named the 'USS South Dakota", hoping that when he got on the VHF everyone else would clear the channel because some battleship was on the air.

My brother's Boston Whaler is called "Scrimshaw", and my other brother has had a series of small boats over the years, each rescued from near-death, that he painted black and called "The Ninja". He also has an aluminum skiff from the 60's with a dodgy outboard motor in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He and his wife have painted it a very bright blue with lots of flowers and named it the 'Blanche Dubois', because the rivets leak and they often "depend on the kindness of strangers" to get home.

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03-11-2001, 03:44 PM
Slipping into family; my history. My grandfather, against the advice of his "mum", because he was getting frail I guess, or maybe his dreams and hers met for once, bought a 26 ft. 1958 Chris Craft sea skiff, brand new. It had a semi-hard, fixed canvas top, v berths, and a single straight six hercules truck engine.

So the story goes. Open and vulnerable from the canopy back. Often wondered about the open design, especially the few times I took the boat out in rough water. It was before the CC designers had caught on to the use of some flair to the topsides forward, and this boat was WET in a chop. Wet with only a meager electric bilge pump. I guess, with evidence, it was a still fishing party boat. Large open cockpit to take all my grandparents friends for a trip. It was damn near perfect for that and still quite able.

Anyhoo. The name of the boat was BARJ, named after the grandchildren, in order, Bill, Ann, Randy, Jack.

I named the only-est boat I've ever built from total scratch, for that grandmother, the Lucy B.

Best, Jack

Mitchel Larsen
03-11-2001, 04:30 PM
Our first boat was STARWALKER after a Buffy St. Marie song.
The first home built clinker boat was called Mr. Bumpy after my boys and my favotite cartoon character at the time.
The new boat in the design stage has a name that I really like , but will not divulge at the present time, lest it be cursed.
Other boats have not had names but have been equally a part of our lives.
None have ever been called Babe Magnet.

03-11-2001, 10:36 PM
WoodButch, I believe Sinbads boat was also called the Serendip. No galvic problems, it was sown together.

Bryan Mehus
03-12-2001, 01:11 AM
We've been trying think of an appropriate name for our new(old) Chris Craft for over six months. Now I'm really intimidated. You all put a lot of thought into it. Our last boat we named Muñequita,Little Doll,I pilfered the name from John D. MacDonald's novels that I loved as a kid. Not literary classics, but I loved them. I was thinking Maggy May, cuz she really show's her age. Swmbo likes a certain virtue which I won't mention because we just may name her that, but I think it's a nice way to say we are both stubborn.

Ross, now I know what you meant by piper in another post, Duh! I thought you smoked a pipe.
Oh, oh, whared the spelchequer go, now evrieone will no I'm iliterate. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/redface.gif

Bruce Taylor
11-23-2003, 12:38 PM
It's been two boats since the last time this thread was disinterred. "Damselfly" didn't really stick...I usually call her "the Piccolo." Diablo never got a name.

"Blackfly" was named by Maggie, who could find nothing kind to say about her buxom rival. Since Blackfly was designed for camping on northern lakes, the name seemed right.

My in-laws recently bought a Bristol Channel Cutter name "Itchen." The tender will be named (bad-a-boom) "Itchen's Ferry."

Ken Hutchins
11-23-2003, 07:44 PM
TALLY HO II which is a replica of my great-grandfathers TALLY HO. I don't know the reason for the original boats name, that is one of those questions I hope to find answers for while researching the original boat.

Jack Heinlen
11-23-2003, 08:02 PM
The last boat I built, a Redmond 'Whisp', is named for my maternal grand mamma, Lucy B. I'm not sure why I named it so, but I like it. A dear lover painted the name twice, once on each quarter.

My Drascombe Lugger is unofficially 'Rachel' after the ship searching for her lost ones in Moby Dick , but I haven't taken the time to actually enshrine it.

Our last family boat, before my family broke up, a twenty six ft. Chris Sea Skiff, was 'BARJ'. Named by the same grand mamma, it is an acronym made of the first letters of her grand baby's names, at the time the boat was bought.

I like that too, and anyone who has news of 'BARJ'(northern Mich., Wisc.?) I'd be happy to hear from you. A long shot, but what the hell.

11-23-2003, 09:10 PM
The only boat with a name is my Macgreggor.
"Felicite" French for happiness, very appropriate, and my mother's name also.
She would have loved her. :cool:

11-23-2003, 10:25 PM

We used to live in Labrador Hollow, in Upstate New York. Around the turn of the century people on our farm and the next, tried to get rich growing ginsing, a Chinese herb of good health and good spirits. Their attempt failed, but the plants grow wild there now. We used to go hunting ginsing in the hills behind our house. The ol' time name for ginsing was a corruption of the Chinese word T'Chang, which came out "Shang."
Our boat and I bear the same nickname.

The port-of-call weirds out some people on the Lake of the Ozarks.

John B
11-23-2003, 10:40 PM
Funny how this thread should emerge again (Thanks Donn.). I was thinking today about how silly it must sound that we name our dinghies. The fact is that there's a good reason. We take 3 away with us because we can send the kids off to do their own thing... we cruise with 2 or 3 other boats usually and it's normal for 7 or 8 children to attack the beach between the 3 boats.

The dinghies need names to organise travel...LOL.

So it's a constant " I want to go to Ronaki", "take Blat", " I can't , A took K to the beach in it". " take Zip then "." Z wants Zip"( it's hers). "Take Scoot". " I want to pick up G and J". " well ,you're not having the Pig because K and I are going over there for a rum. Get in Scoot and scram"

and Scram is the new ones name. he should get the message.

martin schulz
11-24-2003, 07:03 AM
Ok now - since everybody proudly presents his boat name and the meaning behind it I will also do my share.


My boat build in the UK came with this gaelic name. And because changing the name of a boat is supposed to bring bad luck I didn't change it but instead tried to find out the meaning. With the help of a professor in Glasgow who published an english-gaelic dictionary this is what I came up with:

sionnach [shoonàch]
nm. g.v. -aich; pl. -aich, = fox

sionnach [shoonàch]
nf. g.d. -aich; pl. -aichean, = reed of bagpipe

sionnachan [shoonàchan]
nm. g.v. -ain, = glow

And since the boat is a little (24ft) Gaff cutter with a mahagony deckshouse and red sails "little fox" (sionach=fox, -an-minimisation) seems a proper translation.

11-24-2003, 08:31 AM
Only three of our fleet have names - I just can't imagine naming canoes, windurfers, rubber duckies, etc. I can't claim credit for any of these names, but am happy to continue their use:

GRANTALA - named after an 1890's Adelaide Steamship coastal vessel of about 3,000 tons that became a World War 1 hospital ship. We have an old photo of the original GRANTALA on board. The original survived a Cyclone off Townsville in the late 1890's that sank her sister ship (the Yongala) with all hands. Grantala was originally named Pollyanna when built in 1938. I'm rather glad someone changed the name.

FLAT'ED (as in Flat Head) - a 3.8m power cat, which is rather snub nosed - but absolutely the most useful boat you could imagine in something so short. I can't imagine too many other 12' boats carrying a 200 litre drum of diesel or a 13' x 4' scarfed up sheet of plywood so easily.

SHAFT - short for "Silly Having A F*&#ing Tornado" which is highly appropriate given what these things cost to race.


Dan McCosh
11-24-2003, 11:14 AM
Night Heron was unnamed in December, with the ice setting in. We were still talking about something suitable, and looked out at this dopey-looking bird sitting on the dock line. Out came the bird book.....

11-24-2003, 11:46 AM
When we bought our H-28 ketch it was named Taipan, a name we found singularly inapropriate for an American designed and built boat. At the risk of much ballyhooed bad luck we decided to rename her. Wifey won this one and we named her Hannah after her Grandmother. A sturdy, able, pleasant to be around woman. The boat fullfilled the promise of that name admirably.

When christening time came for my Shellback dinghy it was Fred, my Grandfather, whose memory was honored. My very earliest wooden boat memories involve going to Gramps' trailer on weekends to help him work on this or that old wooden powerboat with my Dad. That's where I learned to love the smell of damp wood.

My next boat, which I hope to start lofting soon, is a Handy Billy 21, which will be named Willin' after an old trucker's anthem. I believe the boat will prove to be worthy of the name when completed.

Ken Hall
11-25-2003, 01:06 PM
My International Fireball (US#3226) is going to be re-christened Sparrow, because I've always wanted a small boat named Sparrow.

I asked Ethan (now closing in on 5) last year what he wanted to call the future boat that would be for him and his brother.

His reply: "Chuckie." :D

11-25-2003, 01:43 PM
Hmm, a very interesting thread. A good one for a longtime lurker to pipe up in.
Torna was so named when we got 'er, and not wanting to offend King Neptune....
I did a web search for "Torna" and got many Italian sites: "torna alla pagina principale" (return to home page). From that we take that Torna is Italian for She Returns. Certainly a fine enough name for a boat - and reassuring to SWMBO.

But if anyone out there knows of other interpretations of Torna, I'd be most interested.


11-25-2003, 01:56 PM

Been MY LADY since 1964, and I love the name.

40 years of MY LADY.

As it turns out, my second daughter (deceased) loved 'riding' in the boat ... although she was never really on it other than in the womb ...

Emilia was always calm and quiet while on MY LADY, never wrestless.

The name fit perfectly. Any boat I have will be MY LADY, as I feel closer to her, after her death, when on the boat. A peaceful sort of melancholy.

She would have been three years old this coming Sunday- November 30th.

Great thread! Thanks for bringing it up Donn.


11-25-2003, 02:46 PM
I'll be damned if we're going to continue to call our new (15 year old and in need of overhaul) flat bottomed skiff "Lovely Little Leon Milky Lips", as did the former owners. I can't imagine what worse luck could befall it beyond that name and the treatment it's recieved in their hands.


11-25-2003, 06:21 PM
My trihull power boat is named "Emansea", M&C for Marg and Chris. The old clinker that I am slowly restoring is called "Violet" and she was thus named for the wife of the original builder, I have no desire to alter this. Our sons 145 is now named "Defiant", however when we bought her she was actually named "The Last Great Act of Defiance" and had a picture of a mouse giving the finger to an attacking eagle on her bow, as she needed a major birthday at that time she became "Defiant" due to signwriting costs .....

Hans Lassen
11-26-2003, 05:44 PM
CITO ("The Fast One")(and fast she is! tongue.gif ), my kayak, and SIXTUS both named after the brig, and barque respectively my grandfather skippered out of Fanoe island in Denmark.
Wonderful thread.

04-21-2004, 03:28 PM
Have two boats, one named Moonchild the other Bojangles. I did not name either of them as I wasn't the first owner.

Moonchild was named at the end of the 60's as you might have guessed, Bojangles named in the mid 70's after the song Mr. Bojangles. Although this song has been done by several artists.

I have thought hard and long about renaming both. Even looked up the sailors' superstition that renaming a ship would bring bad luck. As expected sources contradict each other on this, but in the best possible case it would be like this ...

You can rename your boat if you make a ceremony of it. Ask your boat (yes, that's right) if she will let you rename her. If she allows you to do so, perform any ceremony you feel is needed. Such as preparing the boat, polsih everything the best you can and when she's 'spic & span', going out for a last trip with the last name. Say grace and thank your boat for renaming her.

So far for the superstition.

Two possible names I have come up with to be used on my current (or future) boat(s) are XCentric (different spellings) and Xpencive (also some variations on a theme). Possible these could be used for a (future) master ship and accompanying dinghy.

Now for the explanation, first I worked at a company called P&C something, or just P-and-C for short. In Dutch the P&C can fonetically be quickly pronounced as Pay-an'-say, which I usually adapted to just "Pens". Since I no longer work at this company, the boat would be called expensive, X-pensive, X-P&cive or a variation upon the theme.

For the 2nd name (Excentric), the reason I quit at P&C as that it was acquired by a rather large organization called Centric. Since I was not happy with new mgmnt, I left .... and became ex-Centric. Hence the name X-centric, X&Tric (Exs-and-tric) or variations upon the theme.

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Paul Pless
04-21-2004, 03:52 PM
My canoes, named during my college days: The Alice Dee, and The Mary Jane; my current jet drive fishing boat is affectionately called The Bass Extractor. My next boat will be a traditionally built cruising sailboat built of oak, pine and cypress and will be named, appropriately I think Dixie.

Alan D. Hyde
04-21-2004, 04:19 PM
As a boy, I thought STAGHOUND was a good name for a clipper ship.

So now our Chris-Craft is Wolfhound.

A much smaller vessel, but equally admirable in her own way...


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04-21-2004, 04:51 PM
Well...Heck.....we izz steadily working on the blueprints and drawings for a larger scale 14 foot Benford tug we izz gonna make 25-28 feetz....paint her topsides green and the transom varnished and pale beige or grey cabin...gonna name her "Rribbit"....

Wild Dingo
04-22-2004, 05:48 AM
HOLEY ****E!!!!!!!!! :eek: Talk about bringing back the past! check out the numbers on this thread will yer??!!!!!!!! wwwhoooooooeeeeeee ****e!!

First post back in 06-27-1999 03:22 AM by Bluesloop.com Member #322

But lookit these fellas...

Fred Bilton
Member # 7

You still around Fred?

Member # 61

You still there mate?

Member # 12

Been awhile since weve heard from winslow

Don Z.
Member # 52

Don pops up now and again but sadly its rare

Paul Frederiksen
Member # 258

Pauls our fella who built the Eun Mara with his boys then went real quite

Member # 64

Charlie Santi
Member # 16
Charlie we havent heard from for a fair bit either

Member # 216

Member # 146
Where for art thou ol Kermit?

Member # 167
Sydney NSW fella where are you Mark?

damn some fine names of some foine people fer sure

But you gotta admit this is a ripper...

Scott D. Rosen

Unregistered are yer Scott me boyo? HA!!! :D surenuff new how to handle them lawyer fellas back then eh?! :D

Ohhh right Canoeythingy is the canoe cause shes a thingy... the new/old skiff will be YS for reasons that will be clear upon tryin to launch her the boat I build will be "ShaJoa" sounds kinda mystical and islander eh? :cool:

good to see you Chuck! ;)

Andrew Craig-Bennett
04-22-2004, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett:
"MIRELLE". What does that mean? She has always had that name. So, when I bought her, I burrowed through dictionaries. No joy. The closest I got was "mereau" - an obscure French term for a gaming chip. Then I met her first owner, Philip Allen. When he ordered her built he was the sales director of a company which made stockings - which at the time (1937) were just starting to be made with synthetics. He had ordered the boat but had no name for her when his name fell upon a list of trade names which they had registered but not used.

So, I have a 37ft gaff cutter named after ladies stockings!

If, which is very unlikely, we ever build a boat she will be named MOCHINA. Because traditionally a yacht's name should end in
"-a" (Britannia, Sybarita, Satanita, Columbia, Astra, Velsheda, etc etc) and its a very rough translation of the Hong Kong Cantonese expression for "no more money!"I've since discovered that the name actually means "beautiful", which is about right.

Captain Pre-Capsize
04-25-2004, 09:30 PM
Just got back from a trip to Mexico and saw a plastic boat down there named Senor Moment. :D

04-25-2004, 10:39 PM
Elisabeth Grace

Nothing really deep here. We just combined bits of the girl's names. The hard part was sorting it out and deciding how to do it. We had Catherine Grace, oldest granddaughter. The boat was originally going to be either Catherine Grace or Caty Grace, the better choice. Then Emma Elisabeth came along. We went through all manner of permutations of those four names. Nana is also Elisabeth and the girl's mother is Justine. Sounds complicated, but isn't. I think it was Justine who happened on Elisabeth Grace and remembered it long enough to tell me. That way we covered grandmother and both granddaughters.

Way too long winded.

...and if there is ever a second boat, she will be named...

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Dale R. Hamilton
04-26-2004, 01:26 PM
The name of my Trawler- when I finally get her, will be a tribute to heroism- JERVIS BAY. And when somebody asks what it means I'm going to tell them this little story. September 1939- the Admiralty, desperate for convoy escorts, takes over the former Aberdeen and Commonwealth liner- Jervis Bay, equips her with 7 six-inch turn of the century cannons, 255 naval reservists- and one lantern-jawed fighting Irishman- Captain James Finnagen-Fegen. In November 1940, they found themselves sole escort for convoy HX84, 37 ships from the new world. They knew the German raider Admiral Scheer was reported in their area, and late one afternoon they spotted the fighting tops of a capitol ship. Finnagen-Fegen made smoke, ordered the convoy dispersed, and signaled the Admiralty "Enemy ship sighted, am attacking".
And attack he did- full bore with guns blazing. Admiral Scheer replied from miles out, bracketing Jervis Bay, and and then rapidly taking her apart. The bridge was hit- killing everybody at the helm and blowing the Captain's arm off. Finnagen-Fegen and a crew member crawled to an after steering station when they continued to steer for the enemy. She turnover and sank 24 minutes after the conflict began- carrying with her all but 65 men and her fighting Captain. And the convoy was saved- every ship and every man.

Scott Rosen
11-21-2004, 09:58 PM
I saw the other boat name thread and thought some of you might remember this Mother of all Boat Name threads.

Mike Field
11-21-2004, 10:29 PM
Boy, it sure is. Must be the first-ever thread to be started after The Great WBF Meltdown.

Edited to add: Oops, forgot something. smile.gif --

Aileen Louisa after my favourite aunt, Sanderling after that rather dumpy but lovable little sea-bird, Kareela being "East Wind" in an aboriginal dialect, and Serenity because that was what she was called when I bought her. (Oddly -- she was a noisy little putt-putt, and the only motor-boat in the lot of them. What's serene about a putt-putt?)

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Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-21-2004, 10:35 PM
Vanora... a gaelic name which means "White Wave"

I hate the plastic boat names like "Daddys lil booze can" and "Sir Rhosis of the River"

The previous name of my boat was Vera B ... for the previous owners wife.

11-22-2004, 04:03 AM
Can't remember if I've posted here before, probably. My Macgreggor is "Felicite'". Means happiness and was my mum's name. Painted bright yellow too and she is well named as I have a lot of fun in such a versatile boat.

11-22-2004, 07:25 AM
Thought someone had stolen my thread until I looked at the dates. :D As I have not posted on the mother of all lisings of baot names...

Uncas...depending on your interpretation was the Last of the Mohegans....Come from Cooperstown, NY, home of James Fenimore-Cooper...My family has named our boats after Cooper characters since I would guess 1900.
The entire star fleet in Cooperstown back in the '60's were all named after Cooper Characters.
By brother's Clorox bottle is Natty Bumppo...third generation with that name.

S/V Laura Ellen
03-18-2007, 07:19 PM
My plastic boat was named Mokum (I was told it is the old name for Amsterdam) by its previous owner. I kept the name.

The wood boat was named Laura Ellen by one of the previous owners. I was told it was named after the owner's wife and daughter. When I bought the boat I said that I would either keep the name or revert it back to the original name. Research has shown the boat to have two previous names: Glad Tidings and Henrietta. Since I didn't like either of the two other names, the name was left as it was.

03-18-2007, 08:05 PM
I was thinking of Jenny Kate after my daughters but I'm not sure. Figure I should sail it a bit before naming.

David G
03-18-2007, 08:27 PM
We named our Goat Island Skiff "Sisu". Why? Well, I grew up around boats - in a small town where the Might Columbia meets the Blue Pacific. This town was populated by a large percentage of Finnish folks. In Finnish, sisu is a unique quality that encompasses: strength of will, determination, perserverance, and stoic toughness. As we built, we hoped we were building this sort of character into her. After nearly two years on the water... so far, so good.

Lew Barrett
03-18-2007, 09:56 PM
"Rita" was originally christened "Marilyn III." The doc who had her built in 1938 named her after one of his three daughters. After having been comandeered by the USCG as a picket boat for the duration of WWII, she was bought back by a Bellingham, Washington gentleman and re-christened "Migrator III."

When we got the boat, it was pretty clear we weren't going to stay with "Migrator III." Nobody liked "Migrator" and it has nothing to do with a 1938 wooden boat, sounding like a duck or a headache. Now it happens that my mother-in-law's name is Marilyn, but she dislikes that name and doesn't use it, instead going by "Lynn." Hence, going back to "Marilyn III" was out. As my mother had passed the year before, it was a simple matter to decide that we should call the boat "Rita." We thought it was era appropriate, short and easy on the radio, and honored a great woman. As a result, this boat has carried the name of both of our family martriarchs.

03-18-2007, 10:21 PM
I named my Chamberlain dory skiff the "Lord Chamberlain" -- seemed appropriate as I do Renaissance, 17th C and 19th C reenactment. Also liked using a male name for a boat - very common in the past, quite rare now.

03-19-2007, 12:02 AM
My boat got its name when my wife found out I had bought one.
I bought the boat and kept it at a friends house for a couple of months and "forgot" to tell wife that she owned a boat.Of course friends at work stopped her at work one day and mentioned how much fun she was going to have on her new boat.I was toast.
Wife didnt speak to me for a solid, and very slow month, ( thats 30 days guys).ANd I mean not a word , not a grunt, I wasnt there as far as she was concerned.Her only comment being the statement she made to friends and me, " boat or not, I will NEVER set foot in that boat"
I got outa the dog house by taking the boat out with friends and shooting some video of it out on the water so you could read the boats name plainly.
I named the boat "Miss Cathy".Took the camcorder home and showed wife the footage,of her boat with it named after her.She cried,no more problem.

S.V. Airlie
03-19-2007, 04:35 AM
Well, you all know where Uncas came from.
Now there is Airlie.

As I understand it ( rumor ) the second son of the Earle of Airlie ( Scotland ) bought the boat in the 50's I think. Anyway, he bought the boat because he did not inherit the estate.. LOL... So, he bought a boat and named it after the fifdom...
Sounds good even if it may not be true.
I'm keeping the name though as Airlie is fairly well known in NS... and I sense a lot up there are a bit bothered by the fact that an American bought her. Appeasement of sorts.

David W Pratt
03-19-2007, 10:09 AM
About 10-15 years ago I was refinishing an Inter Club dinghy. It was hot molded of mahogany veneers and bright inside. It was hot and about half way through I promised myself that when I got a big boat she would be called Truth, as in the plain, unvarnished truth.
And she is. The teak is (like myself) going gracefully gray.
The spars are varnished but what can you do about something like that?
There is a picture of her in the My wooden boat section.

12-10-2012, 04:37 PM
My boat isn't wood, but since this is the bilge and Norman has revealed that he sails a *gasp*, Jeanneau, I'll share...

We found the boat in a Tucson back yard where it had been built starting in 1973 ....and was finally extracted from that back yard in 2007. Getting it out of the yard meant removing a carport and part of a tree as well as digging out the cradle as the ground had "grown" in the 35 years or so that she had been there.

Originally I was going to call her "Kibitka" which is Russian for a yurt... but we ended up calling her "Elizabeth Ann" after my mother and my wife's mother, both Elizabeth Ann...and my daughter who is "Faith Ann"

Our mothers are both deceased and never met...it fits well but is a bit long when using the radio.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2012, 04:44 PM
This is called Ogag the Unbearable:
http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee352/acraigbennett/DSCF1967_zpsb9e04513.jpg I do not know why, but it is quite appropriate.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2012, 04:49 PM
This is called Mirelle, and she is named after a name for nylon stockings which Aristoc thought of using, but did not use, in 1937.


12-10-2012, 04:52 PM
Lovely boat Andrew.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2012, 04:55 PM

And this (the last one, honest!) is Aquarius:


Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2012, 04:59 PM
Ogag the Unbearable is a brutal machine of a boat, which looks lovely and has basically two states - extremely fast and capsized.

Mirelle is a comfortable, gentle, docile boat; not fast, not good in confined spaces, but she looks after her crew at sea.

Aquarius loves tight spaces, she will roll tack on a sixpence, she loves the top end of rivers.

12-10-2012, 08:14 PM
My sailboat is called GEM, which are my daughter's initials.

12-10-2012, 08:44 PM
I named my sea hoss skiff after my wife...


She'd been pestering me for years to name a boat after her, however it seems that in virtually every cove and harbor in Maine there's already at least one Cheryl Ann, often more than one. So instead I used one of those endearing pet names every married couple has for each other.

My wife loves it but I take a bit of flack from some wimen for it.

The sailboat in the shed was named Drift by the previous owner. I liked it and will keep it, but my H-28 came with the hideous name Taipan, which I didn't hesitate to change to Hannah.


Concordia 33
12-11-2012, 09:55 AM
This is a name that I hate, but is also creative it is in Newport every summer....


With a name like this you would think that he is entertaining a lot of buxom bikini clad women, but the truth (as I am told) is far from that. He sits in the boat all summer watching TV and never leaves the dock.

ron ll
12-11-2012, 12:05 PM
"Snoose" is probably a name best understood in Ballard or Minnesota. Because Ballard was originally settled and still populated by a large number of Scandinavians, it was affectionately nicknamed Snoose Junction. Altho I'm not Scandinavian, I understand that Snoose is a slang term for chewing tobacco, maybe it was even a brand name, not sure. So many years ago we named a cat Snoose. The cat eventually died as all cats do and later when we bought this boat, Kathy wanted to name it after the cat. Unfortunately a lot of people who are not familiar with the term confuse it with snooze and ask us if we take a lot of naps on the boat.


(Oh, the name of the little skiff in my avatar was Bosendorfer, because the stemhead was shaped like a piano.)

Peerie Maa
12-11-2012, 02:32 PM
Named Peerie Maa before I started caring for her.
She is named after this "Little Gull"
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSR4LxQXWYP5Tg1WAJE6A_OWAnFGf_Xk sJ-BPHgxSpn1e9QzMIp
Hydrocoloeus minutus or Larus minutus

The OGA number is her registration on the Old Gaffers Association Boat Register.

10-19-2013, 06:23 PM
THE WASTED SEAMAN and I cant tell you the story.

Full Tilt
10-19-2013, 06:31 PM
THE WASTED SEAMAN and I cant tell you the story.

Are you a single-hander?

David G
10-19-2013, 06:58 PM
We named our Goat Island Skiff "Sisu". Why? Well, I grew up around boats - in a small town where the Might Columbia meets the Blue Pacific. This town was populated by a large percentage of Finnish folks. In Finnish, sisu is a unique quality that encompasses: strength of will, determination, perserverance, and stoic toughness. As we built, we hoped we were building this sort of character into her. After nearly two years on the water... so far, so good.

It occurs to me, that I own several more boats. Two more examples of names/origins --

"Shredder" - a Puddle Duck Racer, hull #77, that I build at the behest of my younger son. He wanted a boat he could sail alone, without much worry about bashing up something fancy. He named it (he was 11 at the time, iirc), and though it's not at all what I'd have chosen, and though he has since moved on and left the boat with me, I won't change it without his say so. It might just me named aptly anyway. The very first hour it was in the water, I sailed it (despite becoming badly tangled at the start line with a sailor even more inept than myself) to a 4th place finish in the World Championships. Once I got clear... it shredded the rest of the field. Only a very short course kept me from reeling in all the other boats.

"Spindrift" - a Jeff Spira designed 17' v-bottom dory. I adopted this boat half-finished from the woman whose husband had built it to that point. The husband chose the name, and terms of adoption included keeping the name for sentimental reasons. Happy to do so.

10-19-2013, 07:33 PM
I've owned from new and named Reel Fun and Summer Salt. I am second owner of Breakaway, which I did not name, and was previously owned by a hockey player.


10-19-2013, 08:03 PM
The sailing skiff is Scandal, for her condition when I bought her.

The big whitewater cat is Kura, which is Maori for Red Feather.

The sport cat is Porco Rosso, for the animated film.

wizbang 13
10-19-2013, 09:35 PM
My first boat , a Seabird yawl , was named Rocinante . Just like about a million other boats . I only had her a few years . smashed her on a reef in Antigua in 1976. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3772/10102051004_ca28bb6503_c_d.jpg
But!!! My new/old Bequia 2 bow boat , I named "Resinante" , a take on "rozinante" and the epoxy that saved her .
https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/6248_1078068158824_3545036_n.jpgthe things you "can't do " with epoxy .

wizbang 13
10-19-2013, 09:39 PM
I named Wizbang after a slang term that Heiny Dole used to call an earlier speedboat , which was actually called Mr Hyde
https://scontent-b-pao.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/313929_2051710019058_350051171_n.jpgthis is fun . Iv'e had a lotta boats , and all the names have a story.

wizbang 13
10-19-2013, 09:45 PM
"Bingo "was built to replace wizbang , after I smashed wizbang up . wizbang was a pronto type anyway , I felt with Bingo , I got what I was after.

10-19-2013, 11:48 PM
We had Boat 1 and 2, with the name.
The Confederate Railroad made a song for her.

10-20-2013, 12:09 AM
The week before my mother died I told her I was starting boat school soon and promised her I'd build a boat and name it after her. So that's what I am building, Carmela.

If I ever build a seond boat it will be named Onda, which is Italian for 'wave' and the name of a contrade in Siena, Ialy.

10-20-2013, 12:23 AM
Wooden boats have a soul.
You share LOVE, and they do back. Carmela will be very nice, and Good Luck for you and your lovies.

10-20-2013, 02:39 AM
Mine is called Tempus Fugit. Mainy because I have been building for 4 years now. And it is still not finished.

Full Tilt
10-20-2013, 02:47 AM
The week before my mother died I told her I was starting boat school soon and promised her I'd build a boat and name it after her. So that's what I am building, Carmela.

If I ever build a seond boat it will be named Onda, which is Italian for 'wave' and the name of a contrade in Siena, Ialy.

I read somewhere boat names should be 7 letters long and end in a vowel. Carmela ​qualifies.

wizbang 13
10-20-2013, 04:55 PM
Here is my newest boat and her dingy. She came with an unprounouncable Hawaiian word as a name , meaningless to me .
So I named the boat after my families old skating rink and park in Connecticut . The park has been gone for 40 years , Dad has been gone for 30 . the dingy is ACTUALLY from the old park.