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
by someone who had requested my boat name became embarrassing. One can only say so many times, “Don’t 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 boat’s 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 dzì-nyálà (nyala buck).