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Originally Posted by svhydra
hello; my first sail boat was a 7m. luger which i named BLOW ME.
Generally I feel obligated to read the entire thread before commenting but two pages of this was more than I could bear. No doubt Mr. Hydra thinks himself clever, but I find him both dull and vulgar. How coarse we have become over my 68 years, and boat names
is just one of the many places coarseness shows its ugly face. "Popular" music
is another. There is a lot of rap music
in my neighborhood and it's "******" this, "******" that, "******, ******, ******" all day long. And yet there are those who take seriously University of Missouri black students' claim that they are traumatized hearing this word from white lips. And just when, I wonder, did '****' become socially acceptable for use in general conversation? Profanity, vulgarity, and coarseness were once the signs of a gutter dweller, but apparently no longer.
Getting back to boat names
, one has only to compare race
results from fifty or seventy five years ago to those of today to see how far we have fallen. Legendary names like Finisterre, Running Tide, and Windward Passage
have given way to Blow Me and its ilk. Years ago there was an R boat in Chicago named Ardelle; I have always thought that a very beautiful name for a woman or a boat.
But there is room for creativity or humor
. This seems to work well on race
boats. The most beautiful Lightning
I've ever seen (and I've seen a thousand of them) had an International orange hull
with the nonskid painted fly yellow. Of course it was Shazam!, owned by Fisk Hayden, one of the two best sailors in the Central New York
district. The name perfectly fit her appearance and her performance on the race course under Fisk's command. And there is an Olson 30 here in Seattle
named Aliens Ate My Buick which even after 20 years still brings a smile to my face whenever I come across it in the race results. (Oddly, Aliens Ate My Car is not funny
while Aliens Ate My Buick is very funny).
On naming your boat, please avoid puns, double entendres, or any allusions to anything remotely sexual. Naming her after your wife or daughter is usually a safe bet. My great grandfather named his yawl Winnifred after his only daughter, my grandmother. My great uncle who along with my father raced Starboat #45 when she was still fairly new and competitive (although the gaff rig had been discarded) named her Polaris, a good name for a Star, I think. And immeasurably better than Blow Me.
Paul J. Nolan