Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-06-2014, 08:21   #1
Registered User
 
DennisM's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Paltz, NY
Boat: 1990 Ericson 32-200
Posts: 603
Images: 3
Send a message via Skype™ to DennisM
Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

When I bought my boat five years ago, I thought its name, Plan B was pretty cool, especially since, for me, Plan A was an airplane.

But with the increasing popularity of - and publicity about - the morning-after birth-control pill named Plan B, the name of my boat became more of a joke over the years. I grew tired of the lame attempts at humor from self-styled dockside comedians. And the pregnant pause on the other end of the phone or radio by someone who had requested my boat name became embarrassing. One can only say so many times, Dont look at me, it came with that name, before changing it becomes a very good idea, despite whatever subaqueous gods may disapprove.

Well, with Coast Guard approval, and after a formal renaming ceremony, my boat is now named after a beautiful and swift African antelope called a Nyala, which my wife and I fell in love with during our trips to southern Africa. Below is a picture of one. You may notice that the coloration is similar to my boats paint scheme of black, tan and white.

The name "nyala" is the Swahili name for this antelope, which itself comes from the Zulu "inyala". Its first known use was in 1899. The word has a Bantu origin, similar to the Venda word dz-nyl (nyala buck).
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20_nyala_bull.jpg
Views:	544
Size:	196.5 KB
ID:	82729   Click image for larger version

Name:	10339681_10203925405993872_8582958800385902841_n.jpg
Views:	452
Size:	74.4 KB
ID:	82730  

__________________

__________________
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
- Mark Twain
DennisM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 08:34   #2
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,203
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Excellent choice..
And the superstitions are BS.. had more problems on boats with no name change than on boats I did.. lol
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 09:25   #3
Registered User
 
oldragbaggers's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wherever the boat is
Boat: Cape Dory 33
Posts: 1,019
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

We have changed the name on every single boat we have ever owned, nine in all, and since we have never had a serious accident, never lost a boat, and never been seriously ill or injured aboard, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's just superstition and don't worry about it.

(I am, at this very moment looking for something wood to knock on.)

Beautiful name, by the way. It's always much nicer to have a boat name that means something to you personally than to just be stuck with "whatever it came with."
__________________
Southbound on the ICW

https://share.delorme.com/SVAnteris
oldragbaggers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 09:30   #4
cruiser

Join Date: May 2010
Location: SF Bay Area; Former Annapolis and MA Liveaboard.
Boat: Looking and saving for my next...mid-atlantic coast
Posts: 6,197
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

I was a bucket full of nautical superstitions but now look to break each and everyone of them for the purpose of ridding the seeds of fear.

Except when boaty is sailing.
__________________
SaltyMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 09:49   #5
Registered User
 
DennisM's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Paltz, NY
Boat: 1990 Ericson 32-200
Posts: 603
Images: 3
Send a message via Skype™ to DennisM
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Thanks for the encouragement and kind words, everyone.
__________________
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
- Mark Twain
DennisM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 10:22   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,440
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

I hear nyala is the nickname of the new ED treatment coming out from Pfizer.

Just kidding. It's a great name.

Fair winds and following seas.
__________________
letsgetsailing3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 10:25   #7
Registered User
 
DennisM's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Paltz, NY
Boat: 1990 Ericson 32-200
Posts: 603
Images: 3
Send a message via Skype™ to DennisM
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Quote:
Originally Posted by letsgetsailing3 View Post
I hear nyala is the nickname of the new ED treatment coming out from Pfizer.
LMAO!! My wife and I were joking about the same thing. It would be just my luck.

Thanks for the well wishes.
__________________
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
- Mark Twain
DennisM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 11:40   #8
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 17,045
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

I changed the name of mine back to it's original name.
PO had named it horse, well Eqqus actually, but my boat is not a horse
__________________
a64pilot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 17:14   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
StuM's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Port Moresby,Papua New Guinea
Boat: FP Belize Maestro 43
Posts: 6,712
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Should have used the correct font on the transom though

Nyala Font - FontZone.net
__________________
StuM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 18:03   #10
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Man... ALWAYS do the de-naming/re-naming ceremony!
I have to go toss salt over my shoulder, rub a penny, turn a horseshoe up, pick a clover, and knock wood every time I cast off

P.S. anyone interested in buying their own bridge over the intracoastal? I have one for sale.
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 00:15   #11
Registered User
 
clownfishsydney's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Sydney, Australia
Boat: Lightwave 38' Catamaran
Posts: 304
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

We have just taken ownership today of a new yacht called Pieces of Eight. However, we propose to change her name to something (which we have already worked out) to better reflect us and our plans for the future. We will have a renaming ceremony, does not hurt to do it and is a good excuse for a party.
__________________
Michael and Kelly
Catlypso - Web Site
Lightwave 38' cat
clownfishsydney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 01:54   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Australia
Boat: 21 ft sail boat
Posts: 347
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Some boat names:
Grim Reefer
Screw Loose
Passing Gas
Swamp Trash
Deck Head
Angler Dangler
Asylum
Aquaholic

Choose one...
__________________
Adventurebound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:11   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: North Carolina
Boat: Pearson 27
Posts: 47
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

The Admiral likes "Pour Decisions" for our next boat. However my superstitions tells me to think that one through.
__________________
Patman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:41   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,937
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

But do you leave port on Friday for a long passage???
__________________
robert sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 06:35   #15
Moderator
 
carstenb's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Copenhagen
Boat: Jeanneau Sun Fast 40.3
Posts: 4,937
Images: 1
Re: Why I Changed the Name of My Boat

Quote:
Originally Posted by Patman View Post
The Admiral likes "Pour Decisions" for our next boat. However my superstitions tells me to think that one through.
When you own a boat - "poor decisions" is more approriate
__________________

__________________
I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted - Elmore Leonard
carstenb is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Name of City and State, or Name of Country ? Tori Off Topic Forum 11 15-05-2011 14:44
Engine Bolted Straight to the Steel Hull ! Engine Name ? Windlass Name ? surfmachine Engines and Propulsion Systems 15 14-02-2011 17:08
Anchors - Brand Name vs Non-Brand Name outdoor Anchoring & Mooring 30 01-04-2010 08:41
ssullivan, What was her name? What is her name? Woodsy Multihull Sailboats 1 06-05-2008 19:50
I changed my mind irwinsailor Health, Safety & Related Gear 60 19-01-2006 12:55



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 16:24.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.