I read somewhere that it is bad luck for a boat to not have a name. Also bad luck to change the name of a boat without some kind of ritual.
And really bad luck if the ritual involves a bottle of champagne broken over the bow...
Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
I've been a kayaker for many years and never named my boats. I bought a raft last year. It's a white NRS E-150 built in April 2000. Black on the bottom with a yellow seam. I asked the previous owner if it had a name. He said The Falcon. That would have to change. It might have no name, or it might have a new name. It took two Rogue trips and a Grand Canyon trip, but I think I got it now.
I first thought about calling her White Side Up. That's how I want her to stay. The top is white, and I want that side up. I was concerned that this might come across as inappropriate to some folks, so I let that go. I briefly thought of Blanca. That didn't seem right.
Black on bottom, pearl on top. Black Pearl! But that's an imaginary pirate ship. Hmmmm. My sweetie suggested it kind of looks like a honeybee if you think of the white as the wings and the black/yellow as the body.
So now her full name is Black Pearl Honeybee, but she goes affectionately as Pearl.
I have a red Aire SDP that my, at the time, 3 year old daughter named Cherry Crystal Sparkle. I tried to name my orange Aire WD William, as in William of Orange, but then I have to give history lessons with every new passenger.