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November Names of Note

There were dozens and dozens of boat names flying across our busy servers over the past couple of months - not only from the usual vinyl lettering orders, but also from the newly launched Boat Name Gear on which we sell custom stitched shirts and hats with your boat name on them.

There were a lot of interesting and unique boat names, some of which I still don't understand! Here are a few of the standouts that I liked - whether I understood them or not:

Serenity Now!
Total Kaos Too
Ca Sea Ta
Swiss Miss
Take a Hike

Cuddy Shark

Sometimes I feel like Simon Cowell.

For example, I received the following message from somebody named Duane today:

I just upgraded from a 19' to a 22' cuddy. It's an Imperial black and gray in color. Any ideas?

Well, my first instinct was to tell Duano that I'm not a mind reader; me and the folks who post to this blog can help, but you need to bring SOMETHING to the table besides the color and length of your new boat. The Paula Abdul in me wants me to wish you the best with your new boat, Duane, but let's get back to Simon...

Here's what you need to do Duane. Ask yourself, or tell us, the following:

What do you do for a living?

What are your partner's, wife's, kids' names?

Where do you boat?

What are your OTHER hobbies (we already know you boat)?

We're just trying to help... Throw me a frickin' bone here!

Alright, Simon has left my head. Besides, maybe I can read minds. In fact, the following boat names just appeared in my head where Simon was standing:

Down the Duano

Cuddy Shark

Cayuga Cuddy (in case you take courses at Cayuga Community College)

If anybody else is feeling extra sensory tonight, please post your comments to help out Duane with his boat name.

Change the Name

Did you buy a pre-owned (and pre-named) boat and start wondering, "Is it okay to change your boat name?"

The answer is a re-sounding YES.

Changing your boat name is not going to make you wreck into rocks on your first voyage, and you need a name that fits YOU - not the previous owner. I've never seen any research to back up the superstition - has anybody ever done a study on boat crashes and whether the boats involved had been renamed?

Meps 'n' Barry found away around the superstition, and are now struggling with ideas for their new boat name. One of their criteria for a new boat name (especially if the superstition actually IS true) is that the name has to pass the MayDay Test, as described by Meps 'n' Barry on their blog.

How clear does your boat name sound over the radio?

Not so girly boat name please

Just got this message in my inbox from Vera. Can you please help her out, as all I can think of are girly names with all those girls on the boat....

Hi my husband and I just sold our fountain race boat and purchased a 45 silverton. we have two girls nicole and danielle and can not think of a cool name that is also not girly.


The Silverton is beautiful (photo courtesy of and certainly more practical (as far as boats go) given that you have a family. However, there is probably an opportunity here for a boat name that describes your before-and-after experience, which is very dramatic -- going from such a performance-oriented boat to the motor yacht. Must feel like your lumbering along in that big ol' thing. Maybe something like, Tortoise and Hare, or Knot So Fast.

If you plan to fish off the Silverton, how about "The Reel Race"?

Irish Boat Names

I've had a couple of requests for folks looking for suggestions or ideas for Irish boat names, but since I'm only part-Irish by marriage, I am having trouble coming up with anything other than Irish Ayes.

Got any better Irish boat name suggestions? Please comment here and I'll post the best ones... Heck, there won't be many, so I'll post ALL of them. Please comment.

Dawn and Eric - 38 foot Sea Ray

I received this message from Dawn today after enjoying an extra hour of sleep last night due to DST, but I still can't think of the perfect boat name to help out her family. Maybe you can read the following note and comment below with your suggestions for Dawn:

After lots of searching and research my boyfriend and I have finally found the perfect boat... a beautiful 38 foot searay sundancer. We are both 42 years old and met on We live one hour apart and each have two children ( a 14yr old girl, two 12yr old boys and an 8yr old boy) from previous marriages. We both live near the water... Eric in Mystic, CT and myself in Bristol, RI... we both grew up boating and although we purchased a powerboat, we have raced together on a sailboat for the past two summers. We are very much in love and are looking forward to spending time with our families on this new dream boat. We really want to find the perfect name for our very special boat. Also, we are both half Italian and love to cook and to entertain family and friends. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dawn
Maybe Dawn is a really clever spammer working for and just trying to get me to link to their site, but I don't care because it's a good story. Also, I can't get the word "match" out of my head for their boat name suggestions. Perhaps Perfect Match or Match Made is the perfect boat name for Dawn and Eric. I also suspect they do much of their boating between Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound, so maybe something with the word "Sound" - but I don't know their professions so I'm running into a road Block. I could smell the Italian spices bellowing out of the galley in this boat of theirs, so maybe something like Perfect Scents or Sweet Scents.

Please comment and come up with something else for Dawn and Eric...

Suggest some boat names and WIN!

How to help: Read the boat name stories on this site, then suggest boat names by adding a comment after any post.

How to win: Non-anonymous users who suggest boat names will be eligible for a random drawing of a personalized boat name t-shirt from each month.

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