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Old 20-04-2007, 19:27   #16
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Toastes to the sea gods and all and re-christened her "Feng Shui". The name has literal and personal meanings we thought more appropriate. First it is a literal Chinese translation of Wind Water (amazing for a sailboat) and it is mainly known as creating harmony in your surroundings so the good energy will flow. Again sounds like sailing to me.

Feng Shui was a great boat for the 7 years we owned her, we enjoyed her, traveled with her and I believe she was much happy with her new name.
Since water is such an important positive element in feng shui, you really couldn't have gone wrong!
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Old 20-04-2007, 19:51   #17
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I agree, the best you can do is avoid the really stupid or really popular names (probably in some cases one and the same) and find something with meaning that is easy to say over VHF.

On the latter, you're probably better off sticking to two syllables.
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Old 20-04-2007, 20:15   #18
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My present boat is probably on her third name, but she seems to like it, and I ain't changing anything....

The downside is that 37 boats have the same name:

(last time I checked, 3 or 4 years ago anyway: "Rhapsody")

Had one episode in the Bahamas where somebody hailed us on VHF, but wrong boat..Made for some heated discussion however.

Whatdoyamean wrong boat: This is S/V "Rhapsody"..
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Old 21-04-2007, 02:50   #19
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To research other boats with same possible name, hit the link http://www.st.nmfs.gov/st1/CoastGuard/index.html

I wonder at the fixation of catamaran owners who feel compelled to find a feline or other name with “cat” in it. It makes me catatonic. J

Same with all the sail boats wanting “wind” in the name.

These tendencies just make it harder to find a unique name.

My favorite catamaran name was Lickity Split. Wish I had thought of it first.

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Old 21-04-2007, 04:45   #20
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From a safety point of view... a short easily understandable over the radio and readable on the transon.. name makes the most sense. But I do enjoy some of the clever names people come up with.

I am still looking for a Mr. Riley to name hsi boat Wife of Riley. oops... I checked and there is one down in Florida. Hahahaa

I'm all for a thread of clever boat names.

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Old 21-04-2007, 18:58   #21
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Had a friend boat name Xanadu. Not entirely original, but I thought it would be cute to name his dinghy tender "Rosebud"
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When we were anchored in Staniel Cay, we heard there was another Gord & Maggie, aboard another s/v “Southbound”, just a few miles away in Pipe Creek. Word was, this other Gord was also an electrician from Winnipeg, Manitoba (my birthplace). We never met them. Whodathunk ...?
Neither have we ever met Herb Hillgenberg, of “Southbound Too” fame, though I’ve had to explain that we’ve no relationship with the weather guhru.
Although easy to enunciate & understand (on radio), “Southbound” resulted in some interesting conversations when talking to bridge-tenders on the AICW. - especially when we weren’t.
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Originality of the boat name wasn't very important, but we didn't want a name too common. A name that fit the boat was the main thing. Your question got me curious though and I went searching and the only boat we can find with our name is ours!
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Several years ago while cruising Mexico, we had friends with a boat called "Princess".

After awhile, along came another boat named "Princess". This boat became known as "Princess, New York".

Wouldn't you know but along came ANOTHER "Princess, New York"!
This one became known as "Princess, New York with the dog".

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If you called a boat "Princess" you could hardly be surprised to find another boat with the same name could you? I could point to two within sight in our marina.
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nmy potential cat name didnt come up, yay of course having said that im not yet telling you what it is
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Old 23-04-2007, 05:36   #27
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Originality of the boat name wasn't very important, but we didn't want a name too common. A name that fit the boat was the main thing.
Totaly agree
Only 4 Whimsicals on the coast guard thingy, pretty good I think.
The name fits my highly detailed cruising plan perfectly.

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Old 23-04-2007, 09:53   #28
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Totaly agree
Only 4 Whimsicals on the coast guard thingy, pretty good I think.
The name fits my highly detailed cruising plan perfectly.

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My last boat was named "No Rehersal" which perfectly fit with my cruising plans when I bought her!

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Old 23-04-2007, 10:43   #29
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Just asking . . .

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My last boat was named "No Rehersal" . . .
Ummm . . . just asking, Captain Mark, but is that the way ("No Rehersal") you spelled the word "rehearsal" on your boat?

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When we recently bought our 42-ft CC Beneteau, it was named 'Divine Wind.' Had to be changed. Wife, daughter, and I had a list of about 50 names. The two finalists were 'Windhover' (name of a bird, a great poem, and the literary magazine at NCSU) and 'Time Passages' (a great 70s song by Al Stewart). When we couldn't reach a decision, we left it up to daughter, who chose 'Ida Lou,' my mother's name. Short, easy to understand, and easy to spell. For the hailing port, we chose French Camp, MS, a little village in Mississippi with no navigable water where my mother grew up. A check on the USCG site shows no other documented boat with that name.
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