CHOOSING AN AWESOME NAME FOR YOUR BOAT
Some people know exactly what to call their boat, even before they buy it. One of my friends recently spent a large chunk of his savings on a boat, savings that his girlfriend had been hoping he would spend on an engagement ring for her. As soon as he got the boat, he gleefully told me what he was going to name it: “Jennifer’s Diamond” (Jennifer was the name of his girlfriend).
But not everyone can be so lucky as to have an awesome name for their vessel in mind before they buy it, and we can’t all be sailing around in boats named The Codfather. But it is important to give your boat a good name. Like a tattoo, your boat’s name will stay with it for life and you want to get it right.
You can’t call it anything you like. There are unwritten rules. Here is how to choose a practical and cool name for your boat.
KEEP IT SHORT
One or two words make the best boat names. If you travel long distances in it, you will have to spell the boat’s name out phonetically over a radio. More than one or two-word names will become an endless chore. If you only make local trips, call it whatever you want. But for practicality, keep things short and simple if you are going further afield.
Stay away from Carpe Diem, Seas the Day, or Reel Deal. They are all clichés. Everyone has seen them before, several times. Personalise your name, and avoid run-of-the-mill names that are no longer fun and witty but boring and unimaginative.
FIND A NAME WITH AN OPEN DOMAIN
This is more for fun than anything else. If you are going to set up a fishing charter in the future, or just blog about chasing fish offshore, having a domain associated with your boat will let you have some online fun with your aquatic pursuits.
IF YOU’RE IN DOUBT, GO WITH A FEMALE NAME
Remember the core principle of boating, that every boat is a female at heart. If you are in doubt, go with a female name. It will also save you money in the long-run. Experts discovered that those that give human names and traits to inanimate objects are more responsible owners. It could save you a buck or two in repairs down the line.
TIPS FOR THINKING UP A NAME
Find a feature which is unique about your boat. It could be the colour or the speed (or lack thereof). A name which reflects the boat is always a good choice.
• It could be a couple of words from your favourite song.
• A location or person that means a lot to you.
• A classical Greek or Roman God’s name.
• A pun (Loon-a-sea, Going Seanile, and What’s Up Dock are personal favourites).
Whatever you choose to name your boat, make it unique. Your boat is special to you, so you want to give it a personalised name that you won’t find all over the harbour.
How did you choose a name for your boat? We want to know about it. Let us know in the comments section below.