What’s in the name? One of the biggest decisions you’ll be faced with as a new boat owner is what to name the vessel you now command. Ok, so maybe it won’t be the biggest thing you have to decide upon, but it will be one of your most visible decisions, so it should be something good!
Here are a few tips for coming up with a killer name for your boat. Whether it’s a custom-built wood boat, an ancient sailboat, or a fancy speed boat, the perfect name will say it all.
Why Should You Name Your Boat?
First off, you’re probably wondering why naming your boat is so important. Every historical ship you’ve ever heard of has a name of some kind. Whether it’s the “SS Minnow” or the “Titanic” or the “Niña” the “Pinta” and the “Santa Maria,” the name gives personality. Your boat may not be a world-class ocean liner, but a name will still serve your time on the water well.
As with naming anything, it’s important to be original. This is your boat, so the name should reflect something that is uniquely yours. There are plenty of boats cruising around with names like “Seas the Day” or “Serenity” or anything like that. While those puns are clever, they’ve been used to the point of being cliche. Take a leap, think outside of the box, and be really clever!
Give It Some Personality
In addition to originality, the thing that makes a classic boat name is a bit of added humor. Something to evoke a chuckle from passers-by while avoiding the common cliches. Sounds difficult, right? It doesn’t necessarily have to be. Everyone has their own sense of humor, so maybe the name is an inside joke between your friends or family or the ones who will be on the boat the most. Keep it simple.
Make sure it’s not something too long or obscure; one to three words are usually a pretty good length. Make sure it is short, memorable, and can easily be understood over a VHF radio. Keep it classy, with a name that won’t give off the wrong impression. Remember, everyone will see the name on your boat.
For some added flair, you can add lights, graphics, fancy fonts, or various other embellishments to your boat name. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so whatever you add to the title should add to the story the name tells.
Reflect Your Personality
Your boat’s name is an extension of yourself. Consider your interests, hobbies, or personal values. Are you an adventurous spirit? A lover of literature? A dedicated environmentalist? Incorporating these elements into your boat’s name can create a strong and meaningful connection.
Keep it Memorable
A memorable boat name is essential for building recognition among fellow boaters and enthusiasts. Simple, catchy names are easier to remember and share. Avoid overly complex or cryptic names that might be difficult for others to recall.
Consider Nautical Themes
Incorporating nautical themes can add charm and relevance to your boat’s name. Terms like “Sailor’s Delight,” “Sea Breeze,” or “Captain’s Quest” evoke a maritime ambiance that resonates with the boating community.
While it might be tempting to go with a trendy or pop culture-inspired name, remember that trends can fade quickly. Opt for a timeless name that will retain its relevance and appeal over the years.
Pronunciation and Spelling
Choose a name that’s easy to pronounce and spell. This ensures that people can easily remember your boat’s name and find it online or in conversations.
Symbolism and Meaning
Consider names with symbolic meanings or connections to your life. Whether it’s a family name, a place of significance, or a word that encapsulates your boating philosophy, a name with a deeper meaning can enhance your boat’s identity.
Make It Official
Finally, the name needs to be official. Once you’ve settled on the perfect name it’s time to add it to the boat. This brings on the last part of decision-making; where to put the name on the boat. Most boat names appear on the back center of the vessel. Some larger yachts display a name on the side, though that is less common. Wherever it decides to go, be sure it’s visible. Lettering can be done by professionals or you can print vinyl yourself to put on.
With that, you have a one-of-a-kind boat name that will stand the test of time and last for generations. And hey, if anyone has the same name on their boat, they likely copied yours. Happy boating.