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Tsuriki BW posted 04-27-2001 06:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tsuriki BW   Send Email to Tsuriki BW  
Since we are talking about boat names, what is the name of your boat? Did you decide it or someone else (used). Any special meaning? First time to use or did you use it before?

My Dauntless 14 is "Yukon II". First boat was a Jetcraft Yukon model jet sled. Didn't have a "name" here but when I took it to Japan the marina asked what it's name was to determine the parking slot. I said ??? oh Yukon and that is how it got it's name. The Dauntless is my second boat so I named it Yukon II out of respect and appreciation for the fun I had on the original Yukon. (BTW the Yukon is still fishing in the waters around Kyushu, Japan.

lpaton posted 04-27-2001 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Boat name is "L'Asile" which means asylum in french.My ex girlfriend said being around me was like being in the funny farm so when I bought the boat........
If/when I sell it will be interesting to see if new owner changes the name.
whalernut posted 04-27-2001 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
No name on my Currituck and am not putting one on. I like to keep it plain. My call name on the VHF is Whalernut, like my log-in name. Regards-Jack Graner.
Tsuriki BW posted 04-27-2001 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Maybe YOU were thinking of asylum in the sense of "political asylum" ie FREEDOM!

A boat does give you this sometimes when you need it.

Just a thought.


Tsuriki BW posted 04-27-2001 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Isn't your VHF registered to your boat, not to an individual? If have a feeling it is. If so, your boat would be "Whalernut" as far as the FCC is concerned.

Whether you choose to "label" your boat as such, I don't know.

Why no name for your boat? any particular reason? Even if you don't put it on the boat structure, do you call or refer to it by any name?


whalernut posted 04-27-2001 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Good question, my wife mentioned the name "Childhood Dream" as a pet name, since I have wanted this model since childhood! "1ST Love" would be an option, sice I loved Whalers before I even cared about women! Hmmmmm? Regards-Jack Graner.
Tom W Clark posted 04-27-2001 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

In the US there is no longer any requirement to license your VHF. Even when there was, there was no requirement to have a boat name, thought the FCC did assign a call sign. (usually alpha-numeric) Back then the proper procecure was to identify yourself with you vessel's name or brand/model followed by your call sign. In Jack's case that might have been: "This is Boston Whaler Currituck, alpha bravo charlie one two three four, over" but now it's merely "This is Whalernut, over"

Though come to think of it "Whalernut" might be entirely appropriate painted on Jack's boat....

Wagon1 posted 04-27-2001 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wagon1  Send Email to Wagon1     
My 13 sport is called the "Lady Jill" after my wife. No room on a sport to paint on the outside, but I put a name plate on a small piece of maghog in front of the anchor well. Naming the boat after my wife scored me lots of points and makes it easier to get a "kitchen pass" to go fishing on the weekends.
Tsuriki BW posted 04-27-2001 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom..Your knowledge about so many subjects still amazes me.. Thanks for posting.

I do have a question though, It seems to me, back in the old days, when you talked over the VHF, you used your boat name/registeration number and therefore people could identify your boat even from a distance. This was especially true if you were asking for help.

If a vessel needs help and calls for it using just a name the owner likes, how does the CG or other boats know which boat is asking for assistance?

What if the "Captain" is disabled and a crew member needs to call for help. What do they do.

Again, thanks for your very informative posts.


Dick posted 04-27-2001 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I haven't named my Montauk, don't even have a moniker for myself.

Guess I had better get creative.

Mariner just hit a home run 4 to 0 over Chicago. Unbelievable how they are playing.


Mark Gallagher posted 04-27-2001 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
My boat name is "Hooked"
I'm hooked on fishing
I'm hooked on Whalers
I'm hooked on boating
I'm hooked on the water
I'm hooked on this forum
you get the idea..........
I have the name lettered on the starboard side of the transom with a hook under the name. Name and hook are teal green to match accent/striping/logo colors.

Tom W Clark posted 04-27-2001 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

In response to your question, in the old days or even now, if your boat does not have a name then the best thing to do when announcing your self on channel 16 is to identify yourself in the most desciptive 9and concise) way possible. This usually means using your boat brand or model or perhaps just type of boat i.e. "Boston Whaler Currituck" or "14' Boston Whaler" or "lapstrake runabout" or "day sailer" or whatever. The point is you want to indentify yourself in some way that most other boaters will be able to pick up on so that in an emergency you can be picked out on the water by the CG or other boaters. If the skipper is disabled and the crew doesn't know the vessel's name then whatever comes to mind is OK. The whole point of communication is to communicate! If the phrase "big red boat" fits, then use that.

OutrageMan posted 04-27-2001 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
In 10" fire engine red letters on both sides I have the name "Dog House." Because my wife told me that if I got it that is where I would be :)


dfmcintyre posted 04-27-2001 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
We've always used "White Water" on the whalers. The Supercat is called "Dragons Breath". Have not got around to putting that name on her yet, as I'm still planning on refinishing the hulls. Gail is going to creat a large scale graphic of a dragon snorting fire, with the body dipping in and out of the waterline. Someday...

Interesting story about White Water. For years we thought we were the only White Water, then we ended up needing some custom stainless fabricated, and was recommended to call a local guy. He made up the part, and gave me an invoice. I about fell over when I looked at the invoice, that said "White Water Marine". Said that was my boats name. Barry said that was his sailboats name.

Small world, but large enough for two WW's.


lhg posted 04-28-2001 01:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Don - from about 1985-1990, there was a nice line of 25' center console boats sold, mostly in Florida, with the brand name of White Water.
beby138 posted 04-28-2001 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for beby138  Send Email to beby138     
my boat name is:
The fool on the hull ;-)
beby138 posted 04-28-2001 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for beby138  Send Email to beby138     
My second boat name is:
"My other boat is a WHALER" ;-))
Makonut posted 04-28-2001 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
for boat names..My main is "The Defense Rests" been thinking of "Little Tort" for the 13'whaler..since its only 13' "Li'l Tort"...still thinking so if you fellas have any ideas (??) No..I'm not a atty, just very defensive. Have to be living in Los Angeles.

PS..This site is nothing short of fabulous!!

Contender25 posted 04-28-2001 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
Growing up my folks named their sailboats "PRYDE". Since I went to the "other" side of boating I have named my boats "TRAYDER". Don't really know why we can't spell.

LHG- Whitewater is still alive and well. They still have the 25 and now few other hulls. Here is a link to thier site.

Kim posted 04-29-2001 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kim  Send Email to Kim     
my mountauk 17 name is;
back ground in commerical fishing,jet ski raceing, sport fishing.(ochen only)
triblet posted 04-29-2001 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Instructions on how to call Mayday and on
how to start the boat are printed on
waterproof laser printer paper and taped
inside the lid of the dry box. I show it
to all guests. If those instructions ever
get used, it's cuz MY ass is in deep trouble.

My 17' Montauk is "Black Dog" (no relation
to the guy who hangs out here.) Why? See:


OutrageMan posted 04-29-2001 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
One name someone in my family suggested for my boat was based on the fact that I was married on May 1st. Hence the suggestion "May Day."

Can you imagine using the radio with this name?


Toad2001 posted 04-30-2001 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Toad2001  Send Email to Toad2001     
Our towing vessel is called Toba River (its on the map, a remote location in BC.) The towed vessel (Toad) is a 15' BW called Toba Springs. Because Toba River is old 'n' slow, Toba "Springs" into life in contrast.
TC posted 05-01-2001 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for TC  Send Email to TC     
My kids and wife and I brainstormed for a name for the 13' I bought "mostly" for the boys. Everyone came up with good names but someone always vetoed them. Finally my 6 yr. old just started naming things in his bedroom ( lamp, desk etc.) and he saw his indian decoration over his bed and said " dreamcatcher" . We all agreed it was a great name. We're still trying to come up with a name for the montauk.
Novice Dave posted 05-01-2001 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Novice Dave    
We call our 13' Sport "Beluga" for the small northern white whale. These cetacean are described as over 12' long with a round head and upward curving mouth. It seems appropriate.
Most people think of Russian belukha caviar and that is ok too.
unsinkable_2000 posted 05-02-2001 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for unsinkable_2000  Send Email to unsinkable_2000     
My Frontier 25 is called the Molly Brown
kingfish posted 05-02-2001 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I named my Outrage 22, "Outre'".

I had originally wanted to dream up something unique, clever and short that was related to whales or whalers (pequod?), but just didn't come up with anything that felt right, so I shifted gears and decided on the French word that when loosely translated means "outrageous".

I have been thinking lately that someone ought to name a boat, "Afishinado"; not Whaler-related, but I like the the cut of its jib...


Dick posted 05-04-2001 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Looks like it's my turn now. We have had the Montauk for allmost two years now with no name. We have been looking for something exotic, maybe with a cryptic meaning.
Tonight at dinner the subject came up and after a few suggestions we settled on "Murphy Girl" after our English Cocker. She thinks she owns the boat, so why not.
Bigshot posted 06-19-2001 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I am putting the big "Whaler" decals on mine so no room for anything. My other boat is called "The Filthy Oar". I had a 16 Checkmate called "POSBIFF" Piece of Sh*t but it is f#*king fast. My friend has a 42 footer named "Dilligaf" Do I look like I give a F*$K. And his 23' Is "Isdgaf" I still don't give....Just a few converstaion names that break the ordinary. I plan on one day naming a boat "Reel Stupid Name"
JohnT posted 06-19-2001 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
My 1977 Montauk is "Sneaky Pete" but that's the name its former owner (Shay) gave her - he inherited her from his late Uncle Pete.

My wife suggested renaming her "No Objection" partly because I'm a lawyer and partly because I bought it without her approval, but she had no objection to my buying it. (I love that woman!)... Not sure if I'll actually rename her, though.

Shay bought a boat I think he should christen "Shay's Lounge"...

My favorite boat name belongs to a friend whose wife is named Ruth. His boat? "Ruthless"

Kelly posted 06-19-2001 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
When I was having difficulty figuring out some the wiring on my boat, a friend reminded me of a name we saw down at Carabelle one time. "Always Something"
reelescape1 posted 06-19-2001 03:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
You guessed it Reel Escape
andygere posted 06-19-2001 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
After much debate, we have named our Montauk Namaquoit (say Nam uh coy), after one of our favorite beach and fishing spots, Namaquoit Point, on Little Pleasant Bay on Cape Cod. Nancy and I spent many happy days there in the old 13. Now it's time to get some lettering made up....
Clark Roberts posted 06-19-2001 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
I name all my boats but do not affix lettering to hull. Just personal preference. An appropriate name usually comes to mind automatically after awhile! Examples of current fleet names: 1960 13' with 20 Merc (tiller) named "Flipper" (remember the TV program?); 1984 13' with 40 Mariner (short shaft on jack plate) with red upholstered seat and red top named "Little Red Riding Hood" (affectionately known as the "bitch"); 1977 15' with 40 Merc known as "Killer"; 1979 revenge 21 with 135 Optimax named "el Nino' (when you open her up she creates her own weather); and a project 1974 19' Low-Profile (no engine yet ???) named "Mr. Twister" (will power to fit the name). I have never named a boat after a real person... just personal preference again.. Happy Whalin' ... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
JimU posted 06-19-2001 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
I usually name my boats after my favorite girls. My latest is a 13 foot sport named for the girl who will probably be its skipper in the next few years--my five year old grand daughter,Ann Katherine, who loves boats and water. Boat's name is Annie-Kat
scattcat posted 06-19-2001 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for scattcat  Send Email to scattcat     
My 79 15 ' sport is named (10-7) that means out of service / unavailible for duty (in firefrighter radio lingo) that how I want to be thought of when I get on the water don't want any interuptions I also have named my old trot line running boat a 14 ft Sea Nymph its called the (Sea Frog)
NWflyfisher posted 06-19-2001 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
'78 Montauk is named Seraphiel...Chief among the angels of the Seraphim and ruler of the North winds.
70_Katama posted 06-19-2001 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
A pub that I visit each Monday night to watch a game with the guys is called TK's. Have been going theer for years. My name is Tim and My Wifes Kate and we have two great kids. So I named her TKs 2 (roman numeral 2)
whalerron posted 06-19-2001 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I swear that I have seen some of these names on whalers. How many of you frequent the mid-chesapeake bay or Cape May New Jersey?

- ron

White Bear posted 06-20-2001 07:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for White Bear  Send Email to White Bear     
"Ecchymosis," for obvious reason.
TightPenny posted 06-20-2001 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
2000 Montauk named for my wife Terri.

Boats name: MYSSTERRI, cause it is a mystery to me how I got away with buying the boat without any arguments, and I never can figure her out.

stingrayman posted 06-20-2001 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for stingrayman  Send Email to stingrayman     
My wife wanted a ring, I wanted a boat. We bought the boat and called it "Judi's Ring".
Works for me!....Sting
GAwhale posted 06-21-2001 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
The most creative name I ever saw on a boat was a J-24 sailboat in Marblehead Harbor, Massachusetts. The owner took black electric tape and spelled out on the side, "The Opera Ain't Over 'Til The Fat Lady Sings".
hauptjm posted 06-21-2001 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Some interesting names from our local J-22 Fleet: Men's Kouch, Wild Tchoupitoulas (pronounced chop-a-tool-us), Diesel Snack,
Blew By You, Toy Monster, Krewe Boat.
alvispollard posted 06-23-2001 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
My montauk's name is "Whooper Stopper II"
alvispollard posted 06-23-2001 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
That's "Whopper Stopper II"
David Pendleton posted 07-02-2001 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
My 23 Conquest is named 'Tampico'.

The inspiration was 'Tampico Trauma' by J. Buffet.

Samars posted 07-03-2001 07:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

I am still in the process of renovating my little 13 sport. It was in my wife's family for years (1967...they named all thier boats after letters in the kids names. First three letters....

therefore this boat will be christined:

RanLau......for Randi and Lauren...Although it's current name is: "Mess"

as in when are you going to get that "Mess"
cleaned up in the garage !!!

Outrage18 posted 07-03-2001 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage18  Send Email to Outrage18     
Named the boat "Tarheel".

I bought her down in NC...


where2 posted 07-03-2001 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
In college, my friends always refered to me as "Mark Wendt Where?". So after awhile, the custom plate on the back of my car read "WHERES" in big letters and "florida" in little letters below that. (a strange irony for a Professional Surveyor & Mapper)The boat came after the car, so it was "WHERE2", hence the username. It's always the first question asked when we launch the boat. "Where to"?
JohnT posted 07-19-2001 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
OK - my wife thought of the name for our BOSTON Whaler: "T Party"

JFM posted 07-19-2001 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
My 1969 Chris Craft 46' aqua home is named "Carol Linn" after my mother in law Carol Linnemann. And I will never change it, the boat was a gift from my father in law. My 1969 Chris Craft 38' Roamer is named "Tam Mur" after my wife Tami Murray and my 1972 BW 13'is not named yet. My son wants "Cure CF" so that will be its name if we don't get a Montauk soon.
blackdog posted 07-19-2001 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Soon to be “Black & Tan”
Finally came across a name I liked while sipping on Pint last weekend.
I wanted to name the Dauntless after are Black Cocker named Lucy aka: Lucy girl or “Black Dog” ( Chuck already had that name and his dogs are much bigger than mine :) but my wife said the would show favoritism and leave out our male English Cocker, “Sydney”. He is Tan or brown so I think we will name her Black & Tan. Also happens to be my favorite Beverage. Cheers

What do you think


JFM posted 07-19-2001 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
My 1959 century resorter was named "Home Wrecker" shortly after my first wife divorsed me. Current wife never knew, I told her that was its name when I got it.
Bigshot posted 07-19-2001 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Where2....Did'nt we call you who on Boat You restored that boat with new decks and motore, etc. Or do I have the wrong guy?
triblet posted 07-19-2001 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I think "Black & Tan" works just fine. But
be aware that the "Black and Tans" were a
much-despised Protestant constabulary in
Ireland prior to the Irish Republic splitting

But EVERY name is going to have a problem with
someone. Usually the ex-wife. ;-)


Bobber posted 07-23-2001 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bobber  Send Email to Bobber     
"Whale of a Time" ... came with the boat.
1984 17' Super Sport with a 1985 Johnson 90.
The bow rail never ends and neither does the varnishing!
TheWiskey posted 07-23-2001 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for TheWiskey  Send Email to TheWiskey     
Crewless is the name of the 13 Sport, which I keep on the Chesapeake Bay, and Allegra (Happy) is the name of the dauntless 22, which I keep in Los Roques Venezuela.
RFK posted 07-24-2001 06:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Current boat is named Reposo. Spanish for being at a state of rest. My 15ft was named Asylum. I was director of a mental hospital, but meant asylum in the best sense of the word. My kids didn't want me to name our 16SL Asylum, Too, which is where I was headed. Reposo has the same context to it.
SchoolsOut posted 07-24-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for SchoolsOut  Send Email to SchoolsOut     
School's Out.
26 outrage w/twin 225 yams.
Buckda posted 07-28-2001 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My favorite boat name:

Aquaholic, but there was a great 15 Sport with a huge evinrude engine when I was growing up in the Les Chenaux Islands, MI that was appropriately named "The Beast".

I also like INXS (not after the rock group) for a decked out boat.

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