The British Navy
considered it unlucky to rename a ship so even when they captured a Franch Ship they kept the French Name. However, a boat should not have name that makes the Coast Guard laugh or cause confusion.
Our previous boat, when bought, was called 'Big Fat Fun" and my wife did not like hailing on 16 using that name for obvious reasons...she became "Shadowfax" since she was a white 18 knot
thoroughbred. The present boat was called "Upsidedown" when we bought her.
" Securite, securite, securite, sailboat Upsidedown"
gave the Coast Guard and Sea Tow the wrong impression.
So our lovely Tayana 55 on which we now live and plan to start the circumnavigation
next week is now called "Moondancer" to remind us of a fabulous night sail across the Little Bahama bank on our previous Corsair
31 doing 12 knots under a full moon. (dagger board up and rudder
in kickup mode)
So if you see a blue hulled Tayana 55 called Moondancer come on over for a cold beer
Phil & Nell