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Marlin Magazine Fishing Boat Names

We just checked out the Marlin Magazine photo shoot of boat names, which mostly features big fishing boats, and we found a nice combination of witty plays on words and familiar favorites.

If you are looking for a boat name that incorporates the word "REEL" - you know, because you like to fish - then you will find plenty of options in these pictures.

In addition to boat name ideas, you also may get some ideas for what color and style lettering to choose for your own boat name if you buy it at one of those design your own boat name sites like CustomBoatNames (our personal favorite, of course).

Anyway, here's the spread from Marlin. What's your favorite?

Four Boat Names and a Funeral

We received this message recently and have been trying to think of a boat name that's not too morbid, and maybe a little funny. Any suggestions?
Funeral business, we like to run, black and white boat, 3 kids

Green Boat Names from New Zealand

We received this email a few weeks ago from a man in New Zealand who needs help naming his boat:
6 metre power boat used by family for fishing and lake activities.

Ex farmer and currently operations manager.

enjoy travel and gardening.

favourite colour green

Top 9 Boat Name Gift Ideas and Cyber Monday Savings

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Or, read on to view the Top 9 Boat Name Gifts...

Top 3 Gifts for Yacht Owners from Boat Name Gear

Gifts for yacht owners from

You always have someone on your holiday shopping list who is hard to buy for - a spouse or co-worker, family member or friend. If that person has a yacht, or any boat big enough to sleep comfortably in overnight, then BoatNameGear has the solution for you!

BoatNameGear's concentration on the nautical lifestyle makes them different from other generic companies that sell personalized stuff. All these guys do is products for boat owners. They also offer fast shipping, and there's no minimum order size requirement or set-up fees at BoatNameGear.

Top 3 Gifts for a Yacht Owner
A personalized bath robe is perfect for chillin' on the boat
1. For the people you know who have everything – including a really big boat, BoatNameGear has large all-weather welcome mats embroidered with the boat’s name. These mats are made of the plushest marine grade carpeting, have a non-slip rubber back, and come in a variety of colors and fancy font styles. View the yacht-sized welcome mat.

2. Speaking of big boats, any vessel big enough to have a guest room is not complete without personalized bath robes onboard for the guests. BoatNameGear has soft, heavyweight robes, embroidered with the boat’s name on the left chest. Unisex and one-size-fits-all, these white robes are easy to buy for anybody.

Extra thick boat name towels
3. Towels are a must-have for you and your guests if you use your boat as a floating vacation home. BoatNameGear's thick oversized bath towels or bath sheets, with the boat’s name embroidered in thick block lettering, are perfect for after a shower or for taking to the beach or pool.  These Turkish combed cotton towels are sold in a set of two, and include embroidery, for one reasonable price. Check them out:

The Bottom Line
If you have any boating enthusiasts on your shopping list this year, BoatNameGear can help you give the perfect gift with a personal touch. Give them a call, toll-free, at 1-800-306-8708, or visit them online at

Other Options
Why limit your enjoyment of superyachts to harbor visits or looking at the pages of a magazine or website when you can enjoy the view all year long? Check out this calendar, designed by Megayacht News, a leading superyacht publication:
Spectacular Superyachts Oversized Wall Calendar

Top 3 Gifts for Anglers from Boat Name Gear

The Top 3 Gift Ideas for People Who Like to Fish from

You always have someone on your holiday shopping list who is hard to buy for - a spouse or co-worker, family member or friend. If that person likes to fish, then BoatNameGear has the solution for you!

BoatNameGear's concentration on the nautical lifestyle makes them different from other generic companies that sell personalized stuff. All these guys do is products for boaters. They also offer fast shipping, and there's no minimum order size requirement or set-up fees at BoatNameGear.

Top 3 Gifts for Anglers
1. For the fisherman on your list, BoatNameGear has short and long-sleeved, functional fishing shirts, professionally embroidered with whatever text you want to add – the gift recipient’s name, their boat name, or the name of their favorite fishing spot.  Check out the boat name fishing shirts.

2. Anglers with fishing boats can never have enough hand towels, embroidered with their boat’s name, to keep handy on the deck.  A set of two boat name hand towels is under $40, including embroidered personalization.

3. When the fish are biting the best, the bugs often are as well. That’s why BoatNameGear’s personalized long-sleeve t-shirts are so popular with fishermen.

The Bottom Line
If you have any fishing enthusiasts on your shopping list this year, BoatNameGear can help you give the perfect gift with a personal touch. Give them a call, toll-free, at 1-800-306-8708, or visit them online at

Other Options for Anglers
Sometimes the local watering hole won't do for your favorite fisherman or woman. And how would you give that as a gift anyway?. For them, a gift such as a shark fishing trip off the Florida Keys will rock their world and give them memories to last a lifetime. Check out SeaSquared Charters for a gift like this today.

Top 3 Gifts for Boaters from Boat Name Gear

The top 3 gift ideas for boaters from

You always have someone on your holiday shopping list who is hard to buy for - a spouse or co-worker, family member or friend. If that person has a boat, then BoatNameGear can help!

BoatNameGear's concentration on nautical lifestyle gear makes them different from other generic companies that sell personalized stuff. All these guys do is personalized products for boaters. They also offer fast shipping, and there's no minimum order size requirement or set-up fees.

Top 3 Gifts for Boaters

1.  Nothing beats BoatNameGear’s personalized polo shirts, embroidered with a boat name on the left chest, and your choice of an image such as a boat, lighthouse or ship’s wheel.  Available in both mens' and ladies' sizes.

2.  Jackets and sweatshirts are handy to stow on board for those cool evenings on the boat, but with your boat name embroidered on the left chest they make great conversation pieces when you wear them into town. 

3.  Don’t know your gift recipient's boat name? No problem! You don't have to completely personalize a gift to make it personal. A welcome mat for a boat with the text “Welcome Aboard” still shows a personal touch that any boater would appreciate, as does a tote bag with the family name or simply the word “Captain” embroidered on it.
The Bottom Line
If you have any boating or fishing enthusiasts on your shopping list this year, BoatNameGear can help you give the perfect gift with a personal touch. Give them a call, toll-free, at 1-800-306-8708, or visit them online at

Other Options
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Autotether™ Wireless Lanyard System

Switching from Sail to Tug

Received this message a few weeks ago and need some boat name ideas:
My husband is a retiring Dr and we are changing from sail to a tug boat. We are having difficulty in deciding on a name.
Photo courtesy American Tug

Extended Family Enjoys Their Boat

When we received this message and picture a couple of weeks ago, we were sure we'd think of a boat name quickly, but have not yet. Please read the message and add your boat name suggestions below:
We received this pic along with the following boat name request.
Two couples own this boat.

My son (we are a second marriage so it's not my husband's son), Ryan, and his wife, Tara, and my husband, Wayne and I.

We mostly boat together on the St. Croix River near Prescott WI.

I know this makes it more difficult with so many people. It probably won't be helpful to know our jobs, etc.

When we boat we enjoy relaxing, talking and laughing, and some "refreshing beverages" (the guys have mixed drinks and the girls like wine mostly), the guys like to smoke their cigars on the boat, Tara and I like to chill in our floaties.

We all live in the vicinity of the Twin Cities in MN.

Mother and Daughter Boat Names

Received this message in October and can't think of an appropriate boat name. Please post your ideas for boat names below and help these ladies out. No pics of the boat or additional information other than it's a sailboat. Here is the full message we received:
I've been a stay at home mother for 10 years with my daughter Emma.

She was diagnosed with special needs when she was young. She has 2 years of bad health but is better now.

I'm asking her father to buy the boat for us before he moves out. We have not been a couple for a very long time but have stayed together this long to help care for our daughter. We are very good friends and I hope we can always be that way.

Right now the boat is called freedom for 2. Mostly it will just be myself and my daughter.

This will be my very first boat and I'm very excited about it and would love a perfect name

Just Say No to Bad Boat Names

Received this message a few weeks ago from this couple and have yet to name the boat. No picture, just a check box next to 'powerboat'. Any boat name ideas or suggestions? Please add comments below...
* Work - substance abuse counselor / VP insurance company
* love golden retriever dogs - have one named Skylee
* love exercising, especially running
* love football - Baltimore Ravens
* love to have fun!!

Diesel Diesel Duck

Received this 'to-the-point' boat name request a few weeks ago. Let me know via your comments if you have any boat name suggestions besides "disco duck" which I can't get out of my mind after reading this message. Here is what we received unedited in its entirety:

Personal relavancies: Canada; native; Physicians; retirees; world bound; type of troller yacht is "Diesel Duck";
Photo sent along with boat name request

Six Matching Boat Names

This is an interesting one. Can you think of a theme here? Maybe something like the 7 Dwarfs? We received the following message recently and inserted our own picture of a six-pack, because that's the first thing we thought of when we read this boat name request...
I have 6 laser picos that all need names. They are just little sailing boats, but I really want to give them all matching names, but am completely stuck for ideas.

I could really use some help thinking up 6 matching names for them.
Thanks for your help.

Carpenter, Firefighter, Insurance Boat Names

Read the message, name the boat:
I purchased this 28' Bayliner Trophy this year and I am having a hard time deciding on a name. My wife and I have been married for 29 years and this is our first boat.

I am a carpenter and volunteer firefighter and she is an insurance agent. We enjoy pleasure boating together and I also fish off the Jersey shore. I would appreciate any input.

Effin Boat Names

Thinking of naming your boat something ambiguous or using a bad pun?

No problem, but you better be a better sailor than this guy before you settle on the final boat name. The blogger from EVK4 has a very strong opinion on the subject, best expressed in this excerpt from the author:
Sheesh, I hate ambiguous boat names worse than boat name puns.
Read his full blog post here and let me know if you feel the same way about ambiguity and puns in boat names, or, if you think those types of names the most fun...

A View from Boston

We went to the Boston Boat Show at the beginning of this month to talk boat names with New England boaters. We were exhibiting products from and meeting hundreds of great people. We even got interviewed by Captain Lou of Nautical Talk Radio!

Here are a few pics from the show...

This is the first view most folks saw when approaching the boat show.

See more pictures from the Boston Fall Boat Show:

Anniversary Boat Name

What a great anniversary present to themselves! Received this message (below the picture, courtesy of Lund Boats) from a Maine family that needs a small metal boat named. What would you suggest?
First boat. Lund SSV 18. Living on the Maine coast. Will use in the ocean, bays, landing on islands. Island camping. Some fishing. Bought on our 16th wedding anniversary. We have one daughter.

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

Recevied this message a few weeks ago and have yet to come up with any good boat name ideas. The family sent in this picture of their newly purchased Crownline 225, a 22 foot bow rider they bought in Austin, Texas. Please post your boat name suggestions as comments below:
Me, my wife, and daughter Olivia (Libby) and our dog Lou are now enjoying our first boat. Me and my wife sell ads for the Yellow Pages. We enjoy socializing with other boaters. Our friends boat name is Miss Behavin, so were looking for something kinda cool. Favorite show is True Blood.

September Winner Announced, October Contest Is On

The winner of our September contest for helping boaters name their boats is Gary from Indiana, who wins a personalized t-shirt embroidered with his boat's name on it.  Congratulations Gary!

We're already a week into the October contest - post your boat name suggestions as comments this month, make sure you don't post as anonymous so we can let you know if you won, and please keep it clean!

We've got a bunch of boat name stories in our queue that we're almost ready to post. In the meantime, feel free to add boat name suggestions to any of the existing stories, no matter when they were posted, to be eligible for the current contest.

Good luck!

Dysfunctional Boat Names

We'll just go ahead and let this email and picture speak for themselves. Submit your boat name ideas below:

I work at a naval recreation facility where I do boat repair, launch etc. My family is beyond dysfunctional I live with them until I move onto my new boat but we don't speak. I love music, huge fan. My girlfriend's name is Emilie and I love the name but don't want to screw myself over by naming the boat after her - you all know what I'm talking about haha.

I have had a few names in mind such as Ariel, Miss 'Em, Knotty (this seems to common)

I am just stuck I can't seem to figure out one that really fits. This will be my home for the next few years as I finish up my degree in philosophy and psychology and may even live on her through grad school. So some help to at least get some creative juices would be great.
Okay, folks, let's get this guy's new home named for him. Suggestions please!

Silverton Boat Names

Received this message a few weeks ago, and figured they've waited three years to name their boat, they can wait three more weeks. Now, it's time to help them... please read this story and suggest boat names below:
My husband Tom and two sons, Tom (age 22) and Tim (age 19) and I love to travel and see new things. We have traveled to all of the U.S. states except Calif in a motor home and have seen many things. We then began to explore the Caribbean (St. Lucia which we really loved, Tortola which was great (Long Bay Beach particularly), the Bahamas, etc.

We love boats and the outdoors (fishing, camping, snow and water skiing, hiking, and especially boating). We had a 20foot Sea Ray since 1976 and would trailer it to nearby lakes to ski and boat.

After 30 years, we finally made the decision (which we had been discussing forever) to buy a boat and dock it on Lake Erie near the Islands in western Ohio. We bought a 45 foot Silverton at a great price three years ago and we love it and going up there every weekend to boat. We like to go to the islands (put-in-bay, kelley's), and cruise to new places (which we haven't done too much of yet).

We have had the boat for three years (this is the third season) and haven't been able to come up with a name that we all like. Any ideas?
A swatch we embroidered
Boat names and comments below please... By the way, BoatNameGear has the ability to do custom embroidery on shirts, sweats and jackets with the Silverton logo. Inquire at

Also, while we're on the subject, please check out our friends at, a free forum for Silverton owners.

Shes My Pride and Joy

We can all relate to how this guy feels about his boat, can't we? Now let's help him name her. Here's his message and a photo of his actual boat; please post your boat name ideas below:
I recently purchased a 2010 186 cc key west and have since been taking it out fishing, joy riding, and to hang out with other boaters.

I have fell in love with the water and the atmosphere. When I am not on the water I think about getting on the water and when is the next day I can get on the water even if its only for a couple hours. My boat is my pride and joy.

Any ideas would be much appreciated. Also, if you need to know more about me let me know. Thanks

Eliminator Boat Names

If you've ever seen an Eliminator, you know they are rockets on the water. A bold choice for one's first boat. But hey, we're not here to judge... we're just here to name some boats. We got this message about two weeks ago and need help with boat name suggestions. Post em if you got em, below the photo.
It is an eliminator and it goes about 90 plus but its only 25 ft long. Its our first boat. Its red white and blue. We are the youngest couple of our powerboat crew.
Similar boat courtesy

Our Ohio River Boat Name

Received this message a couple of weeks ago and could use your help with a boat name idea or two:
My husband and I love boating on the Ohio River.

We would like a name like "Adventure-us" Or Happy "OURS" something of that nature...

Any suggestions?

Three Brothers Boat Name Ideas

Read this message and suggest some boat names for these 3 brothers:
I raced sailboats for about 20 years. I just switched to a Chaparral Signature 290, which has no name. My sailboat names were Asylum (Choat 37) and Expresso (Express 37), but Asylum is still being used.
3 brothers boat names
3 partners all brothers... we don't want the 3 in the name.

We all grew up in Puget Sound, Seattle. One of my brothers is now in New Mexico until he retires in a couple years...Intel. 2 are programmers, one builds chips...vp intel.

Trying to get a name outside of work that is fun and unique (Yeah I know...). We do just about anything you can imagine..., snowmobile, 4-wheelers, sail, power boat, jet ski, fish, NASCAR, F1, concerts...

It is a fast cruiser, and we have another fishing boat (Chromatoas)(Chrome stealheads), so I want to stay away from fish names.

P.S. Some wives may need to agree to it.
Please help...

Wolverine Boat Names

We got this message last week and would love to see some boat name ideas from other Michigan fans:
We just bought our first boat after 5 summers of owning a lake house. We have a 2005 25 ft Bennington pontoon. It has blue detail coloring on the side, which is perfect b/c we are Michigan Wolverine fans. Was hoping to get the big M symbol with a Michigan saying of some sort?
Note: this picture is not the actual boat described, but a random pontoon boat we've used for other posts.

Another Boat Name for a Pontoon Boat, Eh?

Ok, nothing much to go on here, but maybe the Havasu - Canada connection will mean something to someone who will come up with a brilliant boat name idea. Here's the original message I got from a man who also indicated he likes to fish, water ski and socialize on his boat:
25 foot pontoon boat bought it in lake havasu. now in canada

Help Name This Robalo

Finally, a comprehensive boat name request and a picture of the actual boat! Read on, and post your boat name ideas below:
I am a mechanic. I have a girlfriend of 7 years, and we love to travel and love to fish. We love anything about the ocean and every animal in it. I have been fishing since I was 5 years old. I got this 1995 Robalo 24 foot walkaround for a great deal.

It was a one owner boat, and even came with the owner's manual! Right now it is called AM and FM, for the previous owner and his wife's initials, so I have to rename it. It was really dirty because it sat around for a year, so I have been cleaning it every day. I am finally ready to go out on it, but I need a name! My girlfriend has been trying for weeks to think of one and nothing seems right. Please help!

20/20 Boat Names

We just received this message for help naming a power boat and the number "20" keeps jumping out at us for some reason. Got any boat name ideas? Please add them below the message:
This is our first boat, purchased for our 20th wedding anniversary. We are hoping after 20 years of raising kids (still working on that) and making a living we could have something to do fun together. Share great times with family and friends that we will all remember.

Boat Name Astrology

Last week we got this message from a young woman who got us thinking about the use of astrology in boat names when she told us her sign. Speaking of "What's your sign?", does this woman's email sort of read like a personals ad? Anyway, here's her message, post your boat name ideas below:
Me: software technical writer, beach bum (ocean), Leo, love to cook and create.
Husband: commercial fisherman (scallops), skiing, airplanes.
Kids: Tory, Luke

Name a Houseboat

We received this simple message last week and need help coming up with a boat name for this houseboat:
We need a name for our houseboat. We want something that describes how peaceful and relaxing our time is on the lake.
(The following picture is not their actual boat.)
(Photo courtesy of

Boat Name for a Retired Baseballer

We received this message last week from another retired baseball professional (over 45 yrs he probably played, coached, managed, etc). Got any ideas for him?
Ended a 45 year baseball career to buy a 27' Searay Weekender and finally get out on the water......pondering a boat name that combines fishing/boating/baseball.....I welcome your suggestions....thanks

Help Name Ginny's First Boat

Virginia Bailey sent us a boat name request for her first boat, and she was nice enough to let us include her name on this post. That is good, because "Bailey" is one of those names that lends itself well to boats (especially if you drink). All she told us about the boat is that it is a powerboat.

Anyway, here's her message.
Please post boat name ideas below: I am 52 years old, An x-ray technologist specializing in CAT (CT) Scan. I am called Ginny or Virginia. This is my first boat.

An Alarming Boat Name

Donna sent in a very detailed boat name request last week... There is a lot to work with here, so have a read and suggest some boat names!

Here is her message:
My family purchasing a 32 ft Yellowfin today. We lost our last boat, a Grady White, to Hurricane Ike. We live on Galveston Island, TX. We own a burglar and fire alarm company, Alert Alarms. My dad, the boat's legal owner, is Rip. We love to fish! We are trying to think of a boat name that includes our security company and fishing somehow.

This is not the exact boat, but another 32' Yellowfin we found for sale on Scroll down to suggest a boat name for this family.

Funny Gold Boat Names

Not much at all to go on here, but at least he sent an actual photo of his boat with his brief message. I swear, all his email said was this one line:
"I am looking for a funny boat name."

Okay, that's it... nothing else to see here. If you have any good, funny boat name ideas from looking at this guy's picture of his gold boat, please post them below.

American Dream Boat Names

Gotta love this story. We received this message a couple of weeks ago and need some suggestions for this hard-working business owner:
Lost my business 10 years ago and finally re-built it through hard work and many sleepless nights. Just bought 37' powerboat. Trying to think of a unique name. Thought about "wasn't easy". But not sure, can you help?

A Very Special Boat Name

A young woman named Amber sent us this brief email last week to get our input on a boat name for her first boat. Got any ideas? Comment below.
Here's her message and a picture of a similar boat we found on
I love to fish and want to incorporate the word "special" if possible.
15 ft mckee craft - my 1st boat

Animalistic Boat Names

We received this message with pictures last week from a Vet in Illinois. Check it out and post some safe-for-work boat name suggestions below:
I am a Veterinarian with a mixed animal practice in IL. I own my own clinic and am the only Dr. there. I am on call 24/7. This is my first boat purchase and I am excited about spending time with family and friends out on the water and away from the clinic.

Dirty Martini Boat Names

We received this message recently from a pontoon boat owner looking for a boat name suggestion or two. Got one?
Just bought a Bennington Pontoon boat. We use it up at our cottage in Redfield , NY . We love to drink dirty martinis and call them "Camptinis".
My kids call me Papa Bear or Pepere
 Similar boat, photo courtesy of

Pipefitting Boat Names

We recently received the following message. If you have any boat name ideas, please post them below:
We have a 24' 2001 Searay Sundeck blue and white. My husband (Cary) is a pipefitter and I am an accounts administrator. We have no children and are in our late 30's. We love being out on the water and socializing with other boaters. Please give us some ideas.

Here's a pic of a similar boat. Photo courtesy

Florida Boat Name Contest

If you're on this site to help people name their boats, here's a contest that's right up your alley... especially if you're in Florida.

A radio station in Orlando is holding a contest to name the boat belonging to their morning show host, Scott McKenzie. The winner gets 4 tickets to the 2010 Hot Summer Boat Show at the Orange County Convention Center August 6th – 8th. There's not much about him or the boat on the contest page, but if you're a listener of his show you can probably come up with something witty.

The contest ends August 5, so enter today.

For more information about the Orlando Hot Summer Boat Show, and other boating events, visit the FirstBoat boat show calendar.

Boat Name for a Skiff, Part 2

We received this message a few weeks ago, our second boat name request for a skiff in a month. These folks like to fish and socialize on their boat. Anyway, here's the message:
17' Carolina Skiff. Our names start with K P and B. Our last name starts with a J. Wanted something incorporated with our initials. We were also thinking bout Time's A Reelin'.
 Picture courtesy

Lock Up the Boat Name

We received this boat name request last week, and also found out that this couple likes to fish, water ski and socialize on their new boat. Please read their story and post your ideas below.

Here's the message:
Hi, my name is Nathan. My wife's name is Samantha. We just recently purchased our first new (used) boat - 1984 Wellcraft 210 Elite.

I work for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer and Sam works at a hospital as a Registered Nurse. We both feel motivated to help those less fortunate or those who are in need.

We are very excited about finally owning a boat but we can't think of a good name for it. We thought about Carpe Diem but that is a little cliche for us. I do like the idea of using a phase in another language (i.e. latin).

Thank you for your time and energy.
You're welcome Nathan... now let's think of some boat name ideas!

Boat Names Save Lives

Okay, boat names don't save lives, but this couple does... and now they need YOUR help. Help these folks come up with a boat name so they can get back to saving peoples lives. Red Sox fans can sit out this post.
Here's their message:
We got our first boat it is a 22 foot bow rider, SeaRay. We have two daughters 6 and 9. I am an ER nurse he is a paramedic.

HUGE Yankees fans. Boating on the bay.


Blackbeard Boat Name

If you're a fan of Captain Jack Sparrow, you will soon learn that the name of Blackbeard's most famous ship was Queen Anne's Revenge (pictured, courtesy of when the 4th movie in the the Pirates of the Caribbean series is released.

On a related note, we got this boat name request from a sailor in North Carolina. Looks like he's a former pirate and has Carolina on his mind. Got any boat name ideas for him?

Here's his message:
From East Coast of NC - Went to School and support East Carolina University(pirate mascot) - Queen Anne's Revenge is a stones throw where we dive. Wife's name is Elizabeth. Jimmy B fans.

Top 10 Cape Cod Boat Names

Couldn't resist sharing this article from today's

For their regular "Cape Top 10" feature, the paper rounded up what they call the Cape's quirkiest boat names, all of which were submitted by their readers along with pictures. Looking at the pictures of these boats, some of them were very familiar and we're pretty sure at least a couple of them got their vinyl lettering from our sista-site CustomBoatNames.

By the way, when we checked their "top 10" list actually included 14 boat names.

Among our favorites from their top 14 were:
  • No Fly Zone (Keeping this in mind for the many airline professionals looking for boat name ideas)
  • In The Hole (Not just about golf... see "InTuition" above)
For all the pics and the rest of the top 14 list, visit

Boat Name for a Working Skiff

Got this message a while back, but still no boat name. What's your suggestion for this guy? No ideas here yet, but sounds like he'd be fun to fish with!

Divorced 33yr old aircraft manufacturing manager. Work takes 60hrs a week - very busy.

Buying a small boat to just get in and out of the water during the limited free time i have and enjoy the SC coast.

Main hobbies are golf and, booze-cruising, shrimping, and some red-fishing

"No Fish Today" Boat Names

Help us name a Sea Ray. This one would be funnier if we could use their name on the blog, but they didn't let us :-(. Anyway, we got this message a few weeks ago and are trying to come up with a boat name for them. They also indicated they like to socialize and have fun on their boat. Got any suggestions? Here's their story:
Our last name makes you think of 'fish', but we don't fish. I'd like something Literary. He wants something easy to say on the radio. Boat is a Sea Ray.

Hunter Boat Names

Another boat name request we got a few weeks ago. They still need help, but first a word of caution... Helping think of boat names for this one might make you thirsty. Oh hell, it's 5 O'Clock somewhere!

My husband and I just bought a Hunter 34 sailboat, and are trying to think of a name. We both like to drink Martinis and were thinking of naming it "Tee Martoonis".

We wanted something unique that would make people stop and think and laugh about it. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Naming a Jett Boat

Catching up on outstanding boat name requests, we received the following message a few weeks ago. Can you help her name the boat? In addition to her story, below, we know they like to fish, and that it's a powerboat.
I bought a used boat for my 15 yr old son named Jett and myself to be able to spend some quality time together as well as separately with our respective friends.

This is the 2nd boat I have owned ~ I love the water, it is mesmerizing and serene. I am a pet groomer by profession and have a lap dog named Chloee.

Boating is all about stress free relaxing and recharging. The boat is currently named "Storm Trooper" which I do not like at all.

I am in the process of opening my own grooming shop called 'Groomer Has It'

Boat Names from Winnipeg

Thought we'd share this short article about the many boat names spotted at a harbour, um harbor, in Canada. Just a warning: the author who wrote the article for the Winnipeg Free Press seems to really like boat name puns.

Beguiling boat names a catch at Northern Harbour

Patriotic Boat Names

Haute Living, a leading luxury lifestyle publication, had a very nice piece on patriotic boat names for this 4th of July weekend.
Yacht owners are arguably some of the most creative people around. Take a walk along the docks of your local marina and you’ll see names like Office Ours, Fantasea, Liquid Asset and Seas the Day.

Full article at

Comical Boat Names

Received the following email several weeks ago and thought I would share on the blog to see if anybody had any boat name ideas for this gentleman:

Here's the message we received in its entirety, and a picture of a similar boat we found on the web:
Boat is C&C 29 sailboat, used primarily for racing.

Current boat is called "Comic Relief", which I've had for over 25 years. Tend towards the more humorous side (Still Comic, Humor Check, Attitude Adjustment, etc).

Please add your boat name ideas below. Thanks!

Keep in mind that "Comic Relief II" is probably off the table, or he wouldn't have emailed us.

Generation-Y Boat Names

We recently received this message from a young couple in need of a boat name. Sorry they did not include their names, so not much help we can give with combining their names. I know you folks will have fun with this:

message: We have just been married about a year and are in our 20s. We just bought our first fishing boat ever and are having a blast. We are looking for a boat name that maybe combines our names some how or about fishing or just having fun. Not sure have been looking for a while and would love suggestions.

"Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" Boat Names

Received this message a few weeks ago and have been trying to come up with something, but have been seriously distracted wondering how big their boat must be to fit a family of eight, plus any guests! Any ideas for these new boat owners and their big family?

My Husband and I just purchased our first boat. We have six children and we are all trying to come up with something we all agree on. We kind of like Cra-sea Eight. Do you have any suggestions? Please help

Name of the Biggest Boat in the World

The largest ship in the world is a super tanker named the Knock Nevis of all things. Not sure we'd recommend that as a boat name, even if you have a really big boat.

Just how big is the Knock Nevis of Norway? Our friends in Canada put together the following graphic to show us just how big the biggest ship actually is...

Knock Nevis Super Tanker

Boat names can and will be used against you in a court of law

It's not very often that the subject of boat names is raised in a courtroom, but that's exactly what happened Monday in Chicago.

In the trial of a former police officer accused of perjury and obstruction of justice, the defendant was asked if he was proud of his reputation of taking the law into his own hands, and if that was why he chose "Vigilante" as a boat name. (Read the full story from Matthew Walberg in the Chicago Tribune.)

There's a lesson here for you folks trying to come up with the 'perfect' boat name. Sometimes, a boat name can be too perfect, and can come back to haunt you.

Has anyone ever heard of anything like this happening before?

Baseball Boat Names

This message speaks for itself, and I'm glad it came in the middle of baseball season. Got any boat name ideas for him? Comment below:
I'm a retired pro baseball player, now in technology sales. My wife does anesthesia...we love being out on our boat. it's a 260 sundancer.

An Explosive Boat Name

We just got this message from someone who needs help naming their boat, and we think it's the bomb! Lots to go with here... from the name of their business, to the rivers they boat on, to the industry they work in. Please post your boat name suggestions as comments below.
Our names are Wayne and Jackie, we have 2 kids (a boy and a girl). We import, wholesale, retail consumer fireworks, our brand of fireworks is called "Pyro King", our company name is Victory Fireworks, Inc.

We enjoy our boat on the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. We are only able to enjoy the boat from July 5th thru the summer---short season for us!

Please help us...Thanks, Jackie

Help Her Name a Seadoo Speedster

Here's another message we received a while ago that fell between the cracks. No name ideas yet for this woman's Seadoo, so please post your ideas at the bottom of our blog post.

Here's the original message:
I'm married with two kids. I've just purchased a 2008 Seadoo Speedster 150 jet boat. It's red, black and white with a wake board tower. It's my first boat.

I wanted something fun that I could drive alone and take the kids out tubing, skiing and wake boarding in the bay. I love being on the water, jet skiing or just floating and relaxing.

I'm a stay at home mom, I'm from the south, and I like country music. This will be my toy, not his. It's a hot boat, razor sharp, fast and turns on a dime. Any ideas for a name would be appreciated.


Mr. Boat Name

Received the following request for boat name help a while back and it slipped through the cracks, as did a few other's we're going to try to post today.

Got suggestions? Post them at the bottom of our blog post, and thanks for your assistance.

Here's the message:
I love salt water fishing, me and the guys go often.

All of my friends call me Mr."B" and say I should name my boat Mr. "B" but I have been told a boat cannot be a mans name?

I live in Southern California,in the mortgage financial industry. My boat is 21' center console,outboard...

Boat Name for JJ

Here's a post from someone looking for a boat name with their initials in it:

This is the message we received, along with a picture of a similar boat we found at 

I have a 25' Bluewater CC.

I love to fish. 

We want a boat name that have to JJ, either at front or at the end. 

Any suggestion will be appreciated. 


Pole Dancer Boat Names

Now that we've got your attention, please help this fishing family name their "pole" n line fishing boat.

Here's the message:
Im still finding names for one of our pole n line fishing boat. the name should start with solomon....

25 Top Boat Name Puns

Somebody put out a list of what they are calling the Top 25 Boat Name Puns, and we were lucky enough to get a preview of them.

Not sure how they determined they were the "top" puns... perhaps they were just the favorite boat names of the list's author, or maybe they were the only boat pictures they could find.

In any event, you've seen many of these names before, and some are not safe for work, but here are the first five:

1. Campbell's Sloop (written in font of the soup can)
2. Baits Motel
3. Aqua Holic
4. Eggs-ta-Sea (written in font of Egg Harbor)
5. My Dixie Wrecked

Some of these are pretty bad, but we must warn you. They get worse before they get better.

6. Master Baiter
7. Devocean
8. Sin or Swim
9. Cirhosis of the River
10. Shameless Hooker

If you're reading the list along with us, do any of these names sound like something you would actually put on your boat? Personally, only "DEVOCEAN" works for us so far. The next 5 are a little better as a group and 6 through 10... at least 13 (Marlin Monroe) and 15 are cute, and we've seen "Yeah Buoy" on several orders that have come through our boat name gear store and our vinyl lettering site.

11. Purrswaysion
12. Playbuoy
13. Marlin Monroe
14. Yeah Buoy
15. Rig-A-Tony

Of the next 5, I'd only recommend Vitamin Sea, though it is quite common, and About Time which is okay.

16. Taco the Town
17. Vitamin Sea
18. Amy's Wine House
19. Aboat Time
20. Lazy G-Diver

Of the final five, I like the two with the word "Ship" in them. In fact, 25 is probably my favorite in the entire list, though our favorite from among our BoatNameGear customers (pictured) wasn't on the list. What's yours?

21. Prawnto
22. Wasted Seamen
23. Piece of Ship
24. Row vs. Wade
25. Ship Happens

Boat Name for a Young Retiree

We recently received the following message (below pic) from someone trying to name their new yacht. Can you help?

Michigan state grad, both my wife and I.

Entrapaneuer and a hard worker.  Business is lending.

My wife and I just moved to st croix in the virgin islands and we are living our retirement dreams 30 years earlier than thought.

Buying a 50' cranchi mediterranee 2003
Feeling creative? Think you can help? Please post your boat name ideas below.

Boat Names in Afghanistan

There's a big story in this brief message. Now help summarize it in a boat name.
Here's the message:
went to afghanistan and made a ton of money as a paramedic and now i need a boat name that would reflect that journey. my boat is a four winns horizon 240

California Boat Name Dreamin

Not sure if this guy's sailboat is actually in California, so I'm thinking not, and also thinking "California Dreamin" is the obvious and probably best choice. Anywho, here's his message:
i would like help for a california inspired boat name, maybe "Francisco", "Venice" or "Malibu" ,got any ideas?

Need a Sleek Boat Name

Chris sent us the following message; can you help name his boat?

i own a 2007 30 ft. sleekcraft heritage..

im in my 20's i like to drink, party and have a good time...

just can't decide on a good boat name...

i would like something that is funny and stands out and makes people laugh even if it perverted...

got any ideas?

Documented Vessels

If your boat is federally documented, there are a few things you need to know about boat lettering requirements.

Here's the USCG page on the topic, but expect more info from us soon.

Welcome Back to Boating

Read this message, suggest a boat name or two:
First time in 10 years I have owned a boat, am buying a 27' Carver Santego...

Mainly getting it to socialize with others and just enjoy weekends on the water.

House Boat Name

Need help with a name for a houseboat. We received this email a few weeks ago:
just bought a gibson 44 standard houseboat and need a boat name.

thought about nameing it yachts of fun or maybe vize guys

any help would be , well helpful

(Photo courtesy of

Boat Name for the Church Lady

Just came across a very nice blog where a (self-admitted) 40+ year old wife, mother and church secretary from Pennsylvania is asking for help with a name for a new pontoon boat. Her family is picking up the boat this weekend in Michigan according to her post.

Her choices include:
  • CC Rider
  • The Mae-Lynn
  • Back In Black
  • Toon Time
  • It's About Time
Not only does she give a good background for each choice, but she's also got a voting box so you can let her know your favorite!

Let her know your favorite boat name choice at or post your other suggestions here.

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