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Old 06-17-2010   #1
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boat names

another thread got me thinking...

what is your boat named and why?

mine is Loretta after a song about a whore by Townes Van Zandt

Well Loretta she's my barroom girl
Wears them sevens on her sleeves
Dances like a diamond shines
Tells me lies I love to believe

Her age is always twenty two
Her laughin' eyes a hazel hue
Spends my money like water falls
Loves me like I want her to

Well Loretta won't you say to me
Darlin' put your guitar on
Have a little shot of booze
Play a blue and wailin' song

My guitar rings a melody
My guitar sings "Loretta's fine"
Long and lazy, blond and free
I can have her any time

Sweetest at the break a day
Prettiest in the setting sun
She don't cry when I can't stay
'Least not 'til she's all alone

Loretta I won't be gone long
Keep your dancin' slippers on
Keep me on your mind a while
I'm comin' home, I'm comin' home.

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Old 06-17-2010   #2
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I actually went thru the re-christening ceremony once. I used to have several boats, one of which was a gray 14 footer named "Box of Rain" which I always liked. Box of Rain was usually driven by a friend who spent many hours in a dreamlike state as he rowed. He named her, unofficially, Happy Flower. I have no idea why. That name stuck, so after a few years, I thought what the heck, and did the whole ceremony. At that time, I was trying to extract a pound of flesh from then Sec'y of the Interior James Watt. Being slippery, I couldn't catch him, so I settled for a Feral Pig. That worked well, and as far as I know, Happy Flower is still plying the Rivers of the West under a new master. Here's to Flowing Waters and Sandy beaches, Happy Flower, I Miss Ye Still............... Clink!

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Old 06-17-2010   #3
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We've got 3 AIRE IK's... the Sunny Baudelaire, the Beatrice II (both in reference to the Tale of Unfortunate Events literary series, a favorite of my wife and daughters), and the Caliban (reference to one of the antagonists from the Shakespeare play The Tempest). I have painted each name on the boat with some special inflatable paint from Inland Marine, using an overhead projector to get the font and letter sizing just right.

Naming a boat is almost as much fun as paddling it the first time. It was a real family event for us - and I have a long list of others to choose from when we buy more boats in the future.
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Old 06-17-2010   #4
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Our 16' cat used to have old Argonaut double pontoons. That's how she got her name: Courtney Cox.
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Old 06-17-2010   #6
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My 16' battleship grey viking cat = "The Good ship Lollipop" please don't tell anyone
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Old 06-17-2010   #7
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I was rowing along with my 4 & 6 y/o daughters talking about a good name for our 13' yellow AIRE. without hesitation, my older daughter blurted out "S.S. Pumpernickel". Hate it, but it somehow stuck.
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Old 06-17-2010   #8
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My raft that is on its way to me will be "Harold of The Rocks." Huge Primus/Les Claypool fan, and I'm sure my raft will be very familiar with rocks as it will be my first time at the oars. When I decide to upgrade to a cat it will be names "Tommy The Cat," yet another Primus reference.

Maybe i think about it too much since i've named two vessels that aren't even in my possession yet.
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Old 06-17-2010   #9
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Originally Posted by nmalozzi View Post
Maybe i think about it too much since i've named two vessels that aren't even in my possession yet.

absolutely not, both great names. i think names for boats that come from music fit on many levels. its not just a name, it carries alot of feelings and ideas with it as well.

i do also think that you dont need to name it before the maiden voyage, sometimes the boat may name itself.
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Old 06-17-2010   #10
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My red 14' aire is named the "red rocket", and my yellow tandem ducky is called the banana boat. my four year old daughter named that one. none of my canoes have any names except for one. an old town 169 that i don't remember the name of, we christened her with jager and barely remember the event!

You deserve a good paddling!
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