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What’s in a Name? The Tradition of Naming Boats

It's been a while since we posted any requests for boat naming assistance or other tidbits about boat names. So, when freelance writer Tom Rokins offered to contribute a piece about the history of naming boats, we thought this would be a great opportunity to jump start our activity again and hopefully continue our regular posts.

What’s in a Name? The Tradition of Naming Boats
Guest post by Tom Rokins

As boating enthusiasts, we share a lot of things, but the one thing we will always have in common is the naming ritual. It’s one of the first things we do when we finally get our hands on that shiny new boat – thinking up a suitable name, getting out the paints and inscribing the chosen moniker on the bow (or getting a professional to do it, either way!).

Some of us put a lot of thought into what name we give our boats; well, she’s going to be a new addition to the family, is she not? And, if you’re lucky, she’s going to be with you for many years, so you don’t want to give her a name you might end up disliking; you want something perfect.

But have you ever thought about why we do this? Apart from “it’s nice”, I mean. Let’s take a look!

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