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Boat names - what are yours, why?

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Kestrel, Jan 22, 2012. Add this thread to a FAQ

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  1. Kestrel


    Joined Nov 21, 2010
    18 posts, 0 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 First 260
    US Bayfield, WI
    "I have always thought that sailboats’ names should evoke the elemental
    beauties of stately motion on the water rather than the Freudian
    fantasies, puerile puns, asinine anagrams, or infantile inanities of
    their name-givers. " A good friend of mine said during a boat naming discussion

    We like to name our boats after birds:
    Jackdaw Beneteau First 235
    Kestrel Beneteau First 36.7
    Blue J Beneteau First 260 (it is her original name and suits us just fine)

    How about everybody else?

  2. DannyS


    Joined May 27, 2004
    889 posts, 26 likes
    Oday 35
    US Bayfield, Wi
    Our boat's name is Olo 2. We asked our son who was 5 or 6 at the time what we should name our previous boat and without hesitation, he said "Olo o'course". We didn't think much about that name so we asked him what we should name the new home built dinghy, he again, without hesitation, says "Antsy o'course". We're not quite sure what Olo means but think about the name Antsy for a dinghy and it makes perfect sense. Just for that, we went with Olo as well, we didn't have anything better anyway.
    My first boat was named Tiller I'll be late.

    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  3. BillyK


    Joined Jan 24, 2010
    334 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina 30MKII
    US Ocean City, NJ
    I just recently named our boat after struggling with names for all of last season.. I toyed with everything from 'breaking wind' to 'simplicity' but wound up going with "Chase'n Liam"

    We just had our second child this fall and we named him Chase, and our first child is Liam.. Since we find ourselves chasing Liam everywhere we go at some point the name seemed appropriate.. It's a sentimental name for the admiral and I despite it sounding like a powerboaters name.. So we named our boat after our two kids.

    My father played a different twist on our boys names.. He named his trawler ILLIAM and the dink is Chaser.

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  4. cb32863


    Joined Jun 29, 2010
    833 posts, 89 likes
    Beneteau First 235
    US Lake Minnetonka, MN
    My boat's name is Papillon, French for butterfly. Was the name of her when I bought her in November. Figured I would keep it as this is my first boat. Later on when I have another new to me boat, hoping it is something bigger and not on an inland lake, I will name or renamed the boat "Pacis Mens". It is Latin for "Peace of Mind", or "Peaceful Mind", depending on the translator you use. It is what sailing does for me, brings me peace of mind and just makes everything better and OK. I am sure you all know what I mean.......

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  5. arknoah


    Joined May 12, 2010
    237 posts, 6 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Southern Maryland
    Our boat is Ilya, the name of a manatee we "adopted" through the Save the Manatee Club. My daughter is really into manatees, and after kayaking among them in Florida, we are too.

    It's kinda nice that the name is only 4 letters -- definitely less expensive for purchasing letters than longer, more complicated names, and the kind of name folks don't see everyday.

    It does seem kind of strange though, to refer to the boat as "she" when Ilya is a male manatee. We usually just refer to "the boat," rather than "she.";)

  6. gpdno


    Joined May 16, 2011
    144 posts, 0 likes
    Watkins 27
    US Venice
    Family Time

    My 6-yr-old son said we bought the boat was so we could have family time. Seemed like a good name, so "Family Time" she is ;)

  7. woodster


    Joined Sep 15, 2009
    6,240 posts, 262 likes
    S2 9.2a
    US Fairhope Al
    i named mine after my dearly departed mother "Evelyn Lee".....i must tell you that it is not because i was a mama's boy.... but rather because she was my best friend after i grew up and we then became buddys and didnt dwell on the mother son thing the last 20 years of her life and i feel blessed to have been able to do that as most only get to know there mother as there mother.......



  8. patrickfarley


    Joined Jan 10, 2011
    250 posts, 1 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Lake Lanier
    We named the Macgregor "Sailing with Porpoise" and the Snark "Porpoise"
    We think it is fun on a couple of levels.

    We really like dolphins but could not think of a good dolphin name.

    We like manatees also but I sail slowly enough that I don't need to name my boat after a manatee and bring more attention to how slow I am.

  9. FourPoints


    Joined Apr 8, 2010
    1,600 posts, 5 likes
    Frers 33
    41426 US Westport, CT

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  10. Cool Beans

    Cool Beans

    Joined Mar 8, 2011
    296 posts, 1 likes
    Ranger 33
    US Norfolk

    I dunno, it's my catch phrase I guess. . .been saying it for years and years. . .

    . . .and well, it's just cool beans :D

  11. arknoah


    Joined May 12, 2010
    237 posts, 6 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Southern Maryland
    Yeah, I'll tell you what -- I'm not passing any manatees the way I sail either!

  12. Vic H.

    Vic H.

    Joined Jan 15, 2012
    87 posts, 0 likes
    Hinterholler Shark 24
    US Greenhaven, CT
    "Elyse", from Elysian (of Bliss & Pleasure), Elesyum, Elysian fields, etc, next boat; "Elysian Dream"

  13. Squidd


    Joined Sep 26, 2011
    890 posts, 20 likes
    AMF Alcort Paceship PY26
    US Washburn Wi. Apostle Islands
    "Lazy Lady" was the name she came with and still fits on many levels...

    Older displacement hull with a HS of 6.5 knots, she's no racer and her movement is gracefull and with purpose...

    Coming off a hull flying Venture Cat I bought her to kick back and relax (and stay dry) with leisurly crusies rather than hectic adventures...

    Told my wife I named it after her (joking)...but she's so laid back anyway, that she's cool with it...

    So we're keeping the name.

  14. RAD


    Joined Jun 3, 2004
    2,329 posts, 1 likes
    ODay 32 centercockpit
    US Bay Shore, N.Y.
    Free Spirit
    After letting go of my classic 1961 Chris Craft Constellation and giving up drinking I took up sailing and my first sail boat a Bristol 24 needed a name and at first I came up with Free of Spirits and then Free Spirit had a better meaning "One who is not restrained, as by convention or obligation; a nonconformist"
    Then after the first season the name went on the boat and its previous owner my business neighbor handed me some paperwork he had found in a folder and low and behold there was a survey from a long time ago and the name of the boat was Free Spirit so that name was meant to be
    Then when I bought my current Oday it had the name Vinifera which is the name of a grape used in making wine and I'm still not an alcohol drinker so that had to go and I renamed it Free Spirit

  15. Ross


    Joined Jun 15, 2004
    14,693 posts, 11 likes
    Islander/Wayfairer 30 sail number 25
    US Perryville,Md.
    Bietzpadlin because my first sail boat was a 15 foot grumman canoe with outriggers and a homemade sprit sail.

  16. Vic H.

    Vic H.

    Joined Jan 15, 2012
    87 posts, 0 likes
    Hinterholler Shark 24
    US Greenhaven, CT

    Very Nice!

  17. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,847 posts, 531 likes
    Catalina 34
    224 CA Maple Bay, BC, Canada
    One to NOT use:

    Passing Wind

    Some do, but I think it's rude.

  18. Time Out

    Time Out

    Joined Jul 28, 2009
    38 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Lake George NY
    My Catalina 27 was named Time Out by the original owner. I like the name so I didn’t change it. To me the name Time Out represents what a boat is. Being on the boat is literally a time out from everyday life. It’s a chance to relax, forget about life’s problems for a while, have fun, focus on sailing and just enjoy yourself.

    -Eric Altman

  19. Vic H.

    Vic H.

    Joined Jan 15, 2012
    87 posts, 0 likes
    Hinterholler Shark 24
    US Greenhaven, CT

    Yes, a friend named his Passing Wind, it was not always well rec'd even by those w/good sense of humor



    Joined Sep 28, 2008
    34 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter H260
    CA Shoal Lake
    My Way...Eh It took me a long time to get to this point in my life so I decided to call our Hunter 45CC My Way. My Way was taken so being the true Canadian that I am we added the Eh.

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