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Old 11-01-2013, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Clever names for boats

I've been hearing some pretty funny names for boats on the radio lately. Examples are:

Seas The Day
Sure Party

What are your favourites?
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:57 AM   #2
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I'll have to add a not so funny name to this. In the Whitsundays last year we heard a Mayday called on the radio. The boats name: - "Just Joking".

He wasn't joking and lost the boat.

I like "Mind the Gap" - a cat. Needless to say, "Trim" is beyond perfect for an Australian cat.

We have friends with a cat called "Ohmless" for a number of reasons.
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The Brits are especially fond of puns - often excruciating. 'Adenuff' is one of the worst I've seen.

But Svhoneybee's posting illustrates how thoughtless some owners' choice of names can be. Maybe it's funny when exchanging boat details around a yacht club bar, but not so when trying to get your emergency situation taken seriously by a SAR radio station.

'MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY this is DOG'S BOLLOCKS, DOG'S BOLLOCKS, DOG'S BOLLOCKS' is not likely to see too many nearby yachts diverting to help you ...

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To add to this. There is a local boat here in Hobart called "42 South". Nice, after all that is where we are and sometimes we like to boast about where we sail, but, once again, imagine calling Mayday and explaining who and where you are.
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I think it's certainly much easier to list off names which are unsuitable for boat-naming, rather than the other way around.

If I see one more 'Carpe Diem' or 'Serenity', I might explode.

Naming a boat should be a distinctly personal endeavour. It should be a creative process, but not *too* creative.
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On the other hand, I suppose if your yacht was called 'Titanic' they would tend to take the call seriously.

Some names are just pretentious or overworked though. Local examples are 'Tabula Rasa' (latin for 'Blank Slate') and 'Sarah Dipity'.
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I don't prejudge people...unless they call their boat either WOFTAM, or SADARAR. You just know they're going to be wankers.
WOFTAM: Waste of f****** time and money.
SADARAR: Sex and drugs and rock and roll.

Although one acronym which made me laugh was a boat named by the young, venal wife of a very prosperous, older Asian gent. She asked him to call the boat LOMBARD which she assured me meant Lots Of Money, But A Real Dickh**d.

Then there is a large, very expensive motor cruiser in Nishinomiya Yotto Harbour in Japan. Knowing the Japanese proclivity for misunderstanding the letters 'r' and 'l', this million dollar floating palace is called Casabranca.
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Guy on VHF today giving his change of name to Marine Rescue. It took them three attempts. Why on earth would you call a yacht CLADDAGH (Irish: the shore) unless you were in a country that speaks Gaelic??
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We were anchored in Bums Bay on the Gold Coast last year. Weekend rolled around and a large motor cruiser called SUCCESS dropped in. Unfortunately there was another boat at least twice the size nearby. Rather spoiled the effect.
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Hahaha. I love it.
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There is a town by the name of Dover somewhat south of Hobart.
A friend sailed in there recently and was bemused by a boat that had the following on its stern:
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Is that the one owned by Phil McCracken? :-)
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We noticed last year, while cruising up the Australian East Coast, that there was very wide range of people cruising. Black Wattle Bay in Sydney had, at least temporarily, become a Gay enclave so obvious that I got that feeling you get when you discover you've gone into the wrong bar.

Further north we came across several boats where the crews had changed which toilet block they use in the marina.

Then we dropped anchor at GKI and nearby was "Lickety Split". Now, you can't really blame me if I got the wrong idea can you.
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Certainly wouldn't be ordering tossed salad at the local pub anyhow.

So, I thought of a couple of good names for ferros today, if I ever decide to change the name of one of them. "Stone Soup" would certainly suit Keppelena after all the additives I've had to supply. The other was "Hardship" which just reminds me of an old Neil Young song called "Tell Me Why".


"Sailin' hardships through broken harbours
Out on the waves in the night
Still the searcher must ride the dark horse,
Racing alone in his fright

Tell me why, tell me why
Is it hard to make arrangements for yourself
When you're old enough to repay
But young enough to sell"
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