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I have a new 2008 Signature 250 being delivered next week and we have not named her...do we have to?

What are the advantages of having name?

Is it bad luck not to name her?

So many are "cute" and others will forever generate questions....

Paul

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makes it easier to call the coast guard i guess.

It's considered bad luck not to name a boat. It help to have a boat name when requesting a bridge lift, entering a marina or making a distress call.

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Lot of people have lots of opinions on this. In my opinion, keep the name simple. One or two words at most. Like Chief said, you may need to call someone in an emergency. How would you like to call, "this is "my mother-in-law's sea monster" calling with an emergency.

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Lot of people have lots of opinions on this. In my opinion, keep the name simple. One or two words at most. Like Chief said, you may need to call someone in an emergency. How would you like to call, "this is "my mother-in-law's sea monster" calling with an emergency.

Now that's about as opposite as you can get from "Paradise" Wow! What made you think that thought? :wacko::P

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Now that's about as opposite as you can get from "Paradise" Wow! What made you think that thought? :wacko::P

I have no idea, Chris. I love my MIL. Sweet lady. I just have this thing about long boat names. Just a personal thing. Also really sick of the Jimmy Buffet song boat names.....It's Five O'Clock Somewhere..........Margaritaville.........etc.

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Hi

I have a new 2008 Signature 250 being delivered next week and we have not named her...do we have to?

What are the advantages of having name?

Is it bad luck not to name her?

So many are "cute" and others will forever generate questions....

Paul

Interesting (funny) article from Boat US

If you want to get boat owners talking, ask them how they arrived at the name they gave their boat. The ancient Egyptians allegedly began the tradition of naming boats centuries ago on the Nile River, and boat owners have been racking their brains ever since for the perfect boat name. In fact, most will confess that they spent far more time thinking about a perfect name for their boat than their children. That makes sense: children don’t go around with their name emblazoned in six-inch letters on their rear ends.

For the past 11 years, BoatUS has conducted a highly unscientific but immensely interesting survey of the most popular boat names. These names come from the BoatUS Graphics department, which each year produces lettering for thousands of boats.

In 2000, tried-and-true Serenity again topped the “most popular” list, beating out second-place Irish Eyes and third-place Island Time. Fourth through tenth most- requested boat names were, in order, Sea Spirit, Obsession, Time Out, Reel Time, Escapade, Southern Comfort and Serendipity.

There is definitely a love affair going on between boaters and the name Serenity. It was also the most popular boat name in 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1998, and every year it has ranked among the top five names in the BoatUS survey.

Interestingly, Peace and Tranquility, both synonyms for Serenity, have never scored anywhere near the top ten, although two people ordered graphics for boats named Dot.Calm — get it? — last year.

Actually, unless you’re going to document your boat with the federal government, there’s no law requiring that you name it. All most states require is that a boat display its registration numbers. Yet when people see an unnamed boat, no matter what its condition, the first word that comes to mind is “orphan.” A boat without a name is a dog without its bone. Besides, who wants to go on the radio and say “This is motorboat number oh-seven-two-seven-three-two-five-nine-oh” ?

Picking a Name

Choosing a name for a boat can be a lot more agonizing than selecting the boat itself, and some co-owners have been known to raise their voices a notch or two over this issue. Fortunately, there’s a lot of help and name suggestions available, including a directory of more than 1,500 names at www.BoatUS.com/names, and —at the same site — a list of the top ten boating names since BoatUS began its survey in 1991.

Once you’ve selected a name, see if it passes the following test — compiled by the wonderfully irreverent Latitude 38 magazine in California — before you put it on your transom.

The explanation test. How often do you want to explain what the name means? Bizarre Greek gods, in-jokes and Latin phrases (Carpe Diem doesn’t count) usually fail this test. The non-cute test. How sappy is the name? Puns, childhood nicknames and in-jokes usually fail.

The brevity test. Imagine repeating your boat name three times, especially if calling “mayday.” Are you hoarse yet? .

The hubris test. If you’re racing, try not to pick names like Magic Bullet unless, of course, you have that one-in-a-million boat that actually wins every time.

The “Been There, Done That” test. There are a lot of Obsessions and Odysseys out there already.

The omen test. Naming your boat the Money Pit one day may mean you need a new engine the next.

The radio test. Lots of words that look good — Slithery, for example — sound pretty funny on channel 16..

The Christening Ceremony

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not bad luck to rename your boat if you’re the new owner, say boating name experts. But the sea has its superstitions, and it’s a lot better to be safe than sorry. For example, you want to make sure that the “old” name is removed from everything on board, including log books and charts. If its name is painted on the hull, gently sand it away and then paint over it. If vinyl, use a hair dryer to make peeling the old name off easier, and then use acetone to get rid of every trace of glue.

Buy a bottle of the best champagne you can afford (you don’t want to offend the sea gods with the cheap stuff). Say a few words of supplication to every wind and ocean god you can find on the Internet (and don’t forget your own higher power) asking for good will, indulgence and safety for your boat. Pour an enormous libation over the bow of your boat and share the rest with any guests. If you have more than one excellent bottle of champagne, by all means wrap it in a towel and break it over your bow, but it’s a lot harder to do than it looks.

To cement the naming ceremony, tradition holds you should then take your newly christened boat out on the water. If it’s a sailboat, luff it up into the wind and drift to a complete stop, then allow it to sail backwards — a boat-length is long enough to appease the spirits. If it’s a powerboat, some traditionalists suggest running it aground (gently, of course). The moderates claim three times on purpose will make the gods happy, while die-hards say these groundings can’t be intentional. It’s up to you.

—Becky Squires

Copyright BoatUS Magazine

March 2001

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Thanks all,

We are currently pondering "Bobby McGee"

Maybe its the line "...freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose..." or just the "..busted flat in..." line

No decisions yet, we have a week till launch.

At least is not Jimmy Buffet Phil; its Kris Kristofferson (not Janice Joplin and Bobby was originally female).

:beer-7687-1:

Paul

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I can hear the VHF conversation:

Boater: Coast Guard, this is Bobby McGee

Coast Guard: What is the name of your vessel?

Boater: Bobby McGee

Coast Guart: You told me who you are, but what is the name of your vessel

You get it. Abbott & Costello all over again. Who's on First?

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Just "officially" named my boat this week by putting the graphics on, her new name is "Knutty Kutty." Per the above article, looks like I need a maiden voyage and some champagne.:beer-7687-1:

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Just "officially" named my boat this week by putting the graphics on, her new name is "Knutty Kutty." Per the above article, looks like I need a maiden voyage and some champagne.:beer-7687-1:

I found this on the web. I consider it the official re-naming and re-naming ceremony for no other reason that it involves a lot of liquor and many friends. :drinkinBuddies::drink-buddy:

http://www.bluewatersailing.com/documents/renamingceremony.pdf

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At one time we had a long thread on this forum about how each member came up with their boat name. But after several search attempts I cannot find it. Maybe the mighty Webbie with his search tools can do a better job of finding that very lengthy, informative and humorous thread.

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I don't know if this to profane or not but...

My wife wants to name our boat "#%^$&%$ Boat", since that is already what it is referred to as, especially now that we are in the middle of replacing the engine!

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At one time we had a long thread on this forum about how each member came up with their boat name. But after several search attempts I cannot find it. Maybe the mighty Webbie with his search tools can do a better job of finding that very lengthy, informative and humorous thread.

Doxology, I also remember a thread about the boat naming but I think it was before your time on the board.

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Doxology, I also remember a thread about the boat naming but I think it was before your time on the board.

Actually not. That old thread just kept coming back to life and I even participated in it. I had read a number of posts in it thinking I had already posted, but then I looked and I hadn't. Anyway, hopefully our powerful Webbie can help us out with his might behind the scenes. Even though:

:notworthy:

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Have not named ours either. Not sure where I would put it. Not much room on the sides or the stern.

The few names I came up with the Admiral shot down.

BTW these are clues to her response:

(1) FINE - This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right

and you need to shut up.

(2) FIVE MINUTES - Is she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is

only five minutes if you have just been give five more minutes to watch

the game before helping around the house.

(3) NOTHING - This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be

on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in Fine.

(4) GO AHEAD - This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

(5) LOUD SIGH - This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood

by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is

wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.

(Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) THAT'S OKAY - This one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That's

ok means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will

pay for your mistake.

(7) THANKS - A woman is thanking you, do not question or faint. Just say "you're welcome".

(A clause here - This is true, unless she says "Thnks a lot" - that is PURE sarcasm

and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say "you're welcome", that will

bring on a 'whatever')

(8) WHATEVER - Is a woman's way of saying, GO TO #$^%

(9) DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT, I GOT IT - Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something

that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This

will later result in a man asking "What's wrong?" For the woman's response refer to #3.

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It's true that you spend more time naming the boat than deciding which one to buy....

I went through the whole Boat US website and a dozen others before deciding on something that relates to me. I am a printer and can't wait for my time out on the boat, away from work, so the name I decided on was "Press Release". The name should go on in the next week or so, after I make the template for the Sea Dek swim platform pad and put the boat back in the water for the season. Good luck on your search.

:thl_speedboat:

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It's true that you spend more time naming the boat than deciding which one to buy....

I went through the whole Boat US website and a dozen others before deciding on something that relates to me. I am a printer and can't wait for my time out on the boat, away from work, so the name I decided on was "Press Release". The name should go on in the next week or so, after I make the template for the Sea Dek swim platform pad and put the boat back in the water for the season. Good luck on your search.

:thl_speedboat:

Great name!

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We debated over the name of ours when we first got her. Finally decided, after debate, on "Drug Money". My wife and I are both legal drug dealers, aka Pharmacists, so it fits. We will just have to hide the evidence if the law is attracted on the water or trailering. :beer-7687-1:

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We debated over the name of ours when we first got her. Finally decided, after debate, on "Drug Money". My wife and I are both legal drug dealers, aka Pharmacists, so it fits. We will just have to hide the evidence if the law is attracted on the water or trailering. :beer-7687-1:

That is just asking to get stopped. Would be like putting on the back "I'm Drunk"! You could of gone with Rx.

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name boat link

My poll regarding the naming of our Chappies is gone..... <_<

That was a GREAT find on your part! Thanks. :D

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Picked up my lettering from Fastsigns today - 1/2 the cost of Boat US and no shipping. (I provided the Adobe Illustrator file to scale - I own a printing company and have all the fonts and software, so there wasn't any prep work involved). I will put it on tomorrow and post pix.

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