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Old 20-09-2006, 07:22   #1
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A new name needed

OK, I need some ideas for a new name for my boat!~ lol It's in Tampa Bay, a Catalina 27. What's the best names you guys have heard?
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Old 20-09-2006, 08:18   #2
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"Monolina" ?
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Old 20-09-2006, 08:51   #3
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"Quack", try that on the vhf.
"Deranged" , a stretch on the exranger thing.
or you can take your hailing port and add an "x" for "exranger".
But seriously, only you can come up with the name for your boat. It's so personal. With our first boat "La Belle Aurore" we spent months, even looking in "name the baby" books, before we decided on a name. Went through the same process with the second boat, ended up calling it "La Belle Aurore" again. When we got the third boat I was getting tired of having to spell "La Belle Aurore" to bridge tenders on the ICW so we gave it a simple name.
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Old 20-09-2006, 14:02   #4
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A lot of folks gave me a lot of advice before naming my boat but the best was imaginie what it will sound like over the VHF. Simply being practical coming up with a name in a foreign language may confuse communications with the tows in the ICW, etc.

Finally if you search the Coast Guard Document name query website you can find out what other boats may be named similarly in the waters you sail. You may not want to be one of sixteen boats named "Second Wind" or 'Knot Working' sailing Tampa Bay.
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Old 20-09-2006, 14:04   #5
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I ditto Vasco. It is personal, emotional, and sometimes impulsive. On the serious side, the name should be easy to understand on the radio. I read somewhere that seven letters and two or three syllables are best, something like “Horizon”. Obviously we didn't follow those guidelines, I only offer them for what they are worth.

We see a lot of cute names, but wonder how many attempts it takes to get it understood. Sloop to Nuts is a favorite.

I also wonder about how it will sound when I am calling for emergency assistance. I can imagine the Coasties talking off the air about boats named “On the Rocks” “Wet Dream”, “Dark and Stormy”, “Fugawi”, or even “Sunspot Baby”. I probably should have just used “Sunspot”

You can learn how we named ours at www.stateham.com/sunspotbaby/Name.htm

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Old 20-09-2006, 15:50   #7
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OK, I need some ideas for a new name for my boat!~ lol It's in Tampa Bay, a Catalina 27. What's the best names you guys have heard?
If swmbo's attitude is negative how about 'The Other Woman' or as I saw in Ramsgate 'L'Autre Femme'
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Old 20-09-2006, 23:28   #8
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You can't have em, cause I got em, but here are a few I like:
Kai Nui-Big Water
Sundari-beautiful girl
Petrel- a sea bird usually in the gull family (OK, I don't own this one anymore)
Kittiwake- a small petrel found primarily in the north east US and Canada

A few more I have seen:
C'Quest
Total Loss
Seranita (sp?) Spanish for "Little Mermaid"
Dragle (She wanted Eagle, He wanted Dragon)
Touche'
Liquid Asset
Settlement
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Old 21-09-2006, 04:26   #9
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There was a large power boat here named "Linda's Choice". After the divorce (over the boat as I understand it) it simple became "Choices"
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The VHF test is clearly the first rule and maybe the only serious one. You'll make an impression when people hear it. There really are some stupid boat names out there. If all your fishing friends have silly names it can become a contest you don't want to win.

Never pick a name while intoxcated. Wait until after you pick the name.

It should be something that isn't hard to pronounce when written or spell.

They don't have to mean anything to any one else but you.

Try not to use a name other boats in the area have. I was once out on a Memorial Day cruise and there were 3 of us with the same name. I even sailed past one of them. It has not happened since. The VHF test failed for two days for all of us. Some good names van be too good.

Names made up of from parts of the family's first names are very common. Using several letters from each of three daughters is exceptionally common with mega yachts. The names sound strange but mostly can pass the basic rules above.

Lawyers, doctors, and accountants like puns or silly names more than most other people. Silly names are best for sport fishing boats. Adding art work that goes on the top sides with the silly name is appropraite too. I like art work added to the boat name a lot.

After three boat names ours were related to departed pet names that could pass the VHF test. I name hard dinghys but not soft ones.

I like the name the baby book idea. You just have to avoid names like "Bob". The VHF rule helps with weed these poor names out.

"May Day" would be a bad boat name.

We have a couple in our club that had their grandchildren pick the name. They all wanted various Winnie the Pooh characters with the favorite being:

Heffalump

Given grand pa had opened the door on this whole thing a quick compromise resulted in:

Tigger

Some times how you come up with the name helps get the best name. As above the first ideea isn't always the best one.
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Hello Exranger. My first ex-boat stayed with my first ex-wife. I am sure she hated the name of it, (little daysailor, who cares?) and will have smashed it off the transom by now with something. But I havent seen the name elsewhere if you want it.

It was called "Bloguehob"
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I agree - it's a personal choice thing. Something will feel right to you when you hear. You have to know the boat to name her. I saw a cute name the other day: Oh Bu Dah (the counter part to Oh Bu Dee - as in "hey, hey yeah, la-life goes on..."). A lot of names are too cutesy for my taste - then again there are no other LaLeLu's out there, so, hmmmm...
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If you are going to document in the U.S. you can see if your boat name is already used, or look for ideas at http://www.st.nmfs.gov/st1/commercial/landings/cg_vessel2.html

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Cool George! I just did a search on the name we have picked out for the Gemini we are going to buy (as soon as we find it), and the name we want is not in that database. I like it.
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Hey - friend of mine has a Gemini for sale. He has it listed in the Latts and atts Classifieds http://72.32.109.245/forum/. It's at Harbor Town Marina in Merritt Island. (florida that is)
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