I've had a series of red boats that have all had the name Ruby. The original was a JPW Flyer Cat (14 X 19 cataraft) that was named The Ruby Slipper because she took me to Oz....in a metaphorical sense. Then I got a 14X22 red Maravia cat and the Ruby name passed on to her The Ruby II After that came a Teal 14 X 24 Maravia cat (the one I swore would be my last boat) and I continued the gemstone theme by naming her Jewel Of The Nile. Well, as we all know, there is no such thing as a "last boat'" and I traded Jewel in on a red & black Sotar raft, named Ruby III aka Ruby The Pirate Queen since she is decked out in red & black skull & crossbone straps.
I also own two SOT touring kayaks. One is blue and named Little Cloud, and the other is red & silver......Ruby IV of course.
Then there's the on that started it all. My 10 foot Outcast mini cat that's blue. It's named Little Blue. It's 20 years old now and I still take it down the river. It's been on 2 Southfork Snake trips this summer.
Top left Ruby I - Payette
Top right Ruby II - Tappan Falls
Bottom left - Jewel - somewhere on the Middle Fork
Bottom right - Ruby III - Tappan Falls
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb