I'm still building my first boat, a trimaran
. Looking at the aerial Plan View one day I was struck by how like a Water
Strider it appears - long 'legs' out to the side and wide flat 'feet'....and multis are fast and 'flit' across the water
, like a Strider.
Initially, being a Tolkien fan, I was tempted by Aragorn (aka Strider), or even Telcontar, his Numenorean family
name, but after the movies I figured people might expect the skipper
to be a handsome warrior.....Doh.
So I looked up water striders and discovered there are terrestrial and also pelagic species (marine) and their genus is Halobates....which didn't work
for me...but one of the species, which inhabits the coastal waters of Australia
and the South Pacific
where I'll be sailing was Halobates Sericeus
Sericeus comes from the Latin and means 'silky or satiny surface, soft and shiny, covered with glossy down' and refers to the fluffy hairs on its feet which spread its body mass and enable it to scuttle about on the meniscus, or skin, on the surface of the water.
If you look hard at the pic, you can (maybe) see the trimaran
I can see.