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Leave Your Boat Name Here

I just read a blog post from a cruiser who describes a magical place where boaters leave signs with their boat names written on them - as a mark to let future cruisers know they were there. The place they are referring to is on an uninhabited island in the Abacos region of the Bahamas.

There are many wonderful boating blogs like this one from Lynn and Peter Forgosh -- a retired banker and lawyer, respectively -- who, this past June (2007) became liveaboard full time cruisers. This one just happened to catch our attention because it mentions boat names.

Small Change

When I saw the boat name Petty Cash in an old forum during a recent google search, I thought it looked pretty good, but that it was also sort of a pompous choice as far as boat names go. But, hey, if you can afford a boat that nice and it's not breaking your bank, more power to you.

Petty Cash
Small Change
Play Money
In other words, they might as well named the boat "I earned more before 9 am than you do in 5 years"

Finally Got The Boat

David Edens writes:

I am a 47 year old who has wanted my own fishing boat all my life. I finally just purchased a 23 foot Proline with center console. Now I don't have to wait to go offshore fishing with my friend on his boat when it is convenient for him to go. I can go when I feel like it. I am also a fan of Dale Earnhart Jr. and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Well, David, first of all - congratulations on the new boat - finally!!!

Secondly, I only publish people's names when they open up interesting boat name possibilities as yours does.

Any big Bucs or racing fans out there? I definitely am looking for comments from visitors to the site - please click comments below to post your boat name ideas for David. Here are mine:

Garden of Edens
Worth the Wait
Number 8
Finally Hooked
My Time
Fishing Time

Captain Kidd's Boat Name

Daily Boater just told me that they found the wreckage of a ship abandoned by Captain Kidd off the coast of the Dominican Republic hundreds of years ago.

After reading the full article, I noticed the name of the boat once sailed by the pirate was Quedagh Merchant.

Not sure if I would name my express cruiser, but it's a cool name for a pirate ship.

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Name it after a Fish

I like the idea of naming your boat after a fish or other sea creature. What could be more appropriate for the thing that is going to carry you through the waves, darting about the water like a dolphin.

Victor Mallet of FT.com today posted a great story about boat names, particularly focusing on a boat called Arapaima. The Arapaima, which also goes by the name of pirarucu, is a freshwater fish found in the Amazon that can be as large as 10 feet long.

Mr. Mallet's advice on naming a boat involves something about underwear, so the article is well worth a quick browse if your trying to come up with a new boat name.

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A Boat in the Desert


I just received the following message from James and Kathleen Long, land-locked desert-dwellers looking for help with a boat name. (Note: I normally don't publish names, but I thought it might be useful in this case - especially if anyone can think of a good 2-word boat name that means "LONG trip to the water"). Here's their email to me:

Hi, we have been happily married for the last 23 years, have 3 sons, 2 in college and 1 in high school. We live in the desert i.e. Albuquerque N.M., my wife is a stay at home mom and we have a small car lot. I race late model stock cars on the weekends and my wife loves to go RVing, camping, and reads a lot.

How about:

Truckin (The word makes many people think, "Long Strange Trip")
Reel Race (not sure if you fish)
Car Knot
Sand Crawler or Land Speeder (star wars)

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