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Old 08-02-2015, 09:01   #1
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Salon or Saloon??

Contentious and vigorous debate currently underway between the Admiral and I. Is it a salon or a saloon? In my opinion, a salon (while also somewhere you can go to get a haircut) is the cabin of your boat. A saloon is where Yosemite Sam might go raise hell, or sit at a bar to drink moonshine. Thoughts?
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:08   #2
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It's Saloon. Break out your Nigel Calder books.

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Re: Salon or Saloon??

+1 on Saloon! Heard somewhere from someone that it originated with the old sailing ships as the place men would go to drink smoke and contemplate conquering the universe. Not sure when salon started being used to describe the main cabin on a boat but a friend who runs a boatyard in JAX definitely refers to it as the saloon.

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Re: Salon or Saloon??

Your sex matters.

If you are male, it more likely called a saloon.

If you are female, it is more likely called a salon.

If you are marketing a boat to new buyers, such as the typical couple, your brochure is likely to call it a salon.

If the boat is a recent wide bodied, no handholds, open plan, floating condo, you might call it a skating rink or climbing wall, when the boat is under way in ocean swells heeled 30 degrees.

If you have had some rum or grog, you are likely to call it the Sssslllooon.
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Re: Salon or Saloon??

Main cabin, or better, main hold if it actually is in the main hold.
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Re: Salon or Saloon??

Main cabin unless there's a Brit in earshot, then it's a saloon.
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USA salon. Rest of the world Saloooon.
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Re: Salon or Saloon??


Salon


Saloon


I think it's pretty obvious...
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Re: Salon or Saloon??

OK, searched out on line. I find no use or definition of Salon in nautical terms in three dictionaries including Oxford. Anyone got Oxford companion to ships and the sea?
However, the word saloon is derived from the French:
"from French salon"

Saloon:
The officers' mess on a merchant vessel
A large public room for use as a lounge on a ship.


So evidently you have to own a French built Beneteau or Dufour to use the term Salon! If a boatbuilder is trying to sell you (actually your wife) a boat with a Salon, then you better run! He doesn't even know what it means....
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Saloon
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Re: Salon or Saloon??

Ach, could be lots of things:

a simple misspelling (their, they're, there; weree, where; your, you're - you know, the Usual Suspects)

the dreaded automatic spell checker on newfangled technological devices

living room - to go along with toilet, bathroom, bedroom and windows


I'm from the USA and even I say saloon
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OK, searched out on line. I find no use or definition of Salon in nautical terms in three dictionaries including Oxford. Anyone got Oxford companion to ships and the sea?
The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea doesn't mention either salon or saloon; HOWEVER the OED defines them both! Saloon would be the correct term to use aboard a ship.
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It's a salon, and that word is pronounced saloon.
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