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WantaWhale posted 10-05-2001 03:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for WantaWhale   Send Email to WantaWhale  
I removed the old name off of the sides of my boat. Now I need to pick a new on and can't decide. I was going on something along the lines of my boat being so small (11' SS).
I was thinking about Little Bit. Sometimes I get ideas from the craziest places. One of the local radio stations plays something in the mornings called Classic Television lines and the other morning on the way to work I turn on the radio and the first thing I hear is " Gilligan- The Minnow has been Beached!"
So I starting thinking maybe that was a sign I should use Minnow instead . What do you guys think???
Bigshot posted 10-05-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
When I was a kid my 1st boat was a 9' Squall. We were trying to think of a name and my mother offered "Baby Sperm" She then realized what she said. It does pertain to Whales and Whalers though:)
Mike posted 10-05-2001 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike  Send Email to Mike     
altohugh I haven't placed the name on the boat, my Striper 15 has for many years been affectionately known in my family as "Good Little Boat". Maybe it's time I labeled it as such.
JBCornwell posted 10-05-2001 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, Wanta. . .(gotta?). . .whale.

All but one of my Whalers have been "Sunshine I,II,III, etc." The one exception was "Hiedi Yawl". On my list for an 11' are: "Sparkle", "WeeBit", "Menehune", "Tinkerbelle" and "Widget".

Help yourself if you like one of them.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Taylor posted 10-05-2001 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Actually, I've been enjoying your screen name "WantaWhale". Perhaps "WhataWhale" instead.

I grew up with a Menehune in the family, a 1947 27' Chris Craft cabin cruiser. Menehune is sort of a hawaiian pixy.

My advice is to pick a name, use it in your mind for a while until it either fits or does not fit. Of course this advice comes from a guy with a kayak named Seaweed.

noswah posted 10-05-2001 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     
Back in the 70's I bought a new Sea Ray and named her "Girl Friend" it was a 19 foot boat and by turning her caty/corner I could just get her in our 2 1/2 car garage. When we had company we would always get a chuckle when my wife would tell new comers that my
"Girl Friend" lived out in the garage. It was a fun name to use.
mcahill2 posted 10-06-2001 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for mcahill2  Send Email to mcahill2     
How about the [ Bottom Line ]
ALAN G posted 10-06-2001 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ALAN G  Send Email to ALAN G     
I don't know how into Hawaiian names you are, but I owned a 13' Whaler in Hawaii in the early 70's and named it PIKAKI (or PAKAKI...can't remember now, but a Hawaiian dictionary would resolve it). It means to "skim over the water as a flying fish". Very apt for a 13!
Dan posted 10-06-2001 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
How about naming the little boat after a one-celled Amoeba?

or if you're a musician: Sea Flat

WantaWhale posted 10-08-2001 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Thanks guys for all the comments. I still can't decide..but I can say the little boat really proved herself on Sat. Everything went wrong that could at the worst time. First the motor died while gettting on a plane in 3 foot seas. Thought I knew what the problem it restarted and seemed to be ok. Then died again. Water starts coming over the stern and of all luck the new rule 500 fails (well only worked from time to time and not very well). I get the motor restarted but it will not rev up and dies when put in gear. By that time water level in boat is between my ankle and knee.
To keep it short- My buddy tows me in to his marina, they don't have ramp so I have to borrow one at the nearby Yacht club. When we get the boat out on the trailer I am draining all the water out and want to see whats wrong with the RULE. Turns out my new garmin gps was in a ziplock bag and slipped in the hole near the rule. The bag had wrapped around the pump. The bag also let some water in and apparently ruined the gps. the bag didn't have that much water in it but apparently it was enough. This thing is 2 months old and was supposed to be water resistant :(

Anyway after all this I can say the boat is the one thing that did not fail me. At no time did it feel like it was sinking even with all that water in it. I dought my
Jon boat could have handled that much water without swamping.

Tsuriki BW posted 10-08-2001 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

How about "Rule-'er..

or "Little Tub"...

just to reflect your experience with her....


Tsuriki BW posted 10-08-2001 01:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

How about "Rule-'er..

or "Little Tub"...

just to reflect your experience with her....


blackdog posted 10-08-2001 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I'll bet Garmin will take care of your GPS. Call them, excellent customer service.
They have been pretty good to me. My cable needed a fuse and the unit didn't come with one, it should have. They sent me a whole new cable with a fuse built in! No questions asked.

Names are tuff. I still haven't settled on one and the boat is 2 years old! I think there are 2 ways to go.
Do you want other to be able to understand or figure out what the name means or stands for or do you want the name to be private and only you and yours know what the name stands for?

Good Luck


Makonut posted 10-08-2001 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
Geeez WantaWhale....After that last post..I nominate "Murphy"...(Anything that can go wrong will)


Taylor posted 10-08-2001 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
No, not 'Murphy', that looks like another endorsement for 'Minnow' which if you will recall your 60's TV, was really only seen on the beach with a hole in the side.
jward posted 10-08-2001 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for jward  Send Email to jward     
My first boat was named "Sea Tub" it was a twelve foot green fiberglass hull with a 6 horse and Dad built the trailer (from a kit) in the garage.

Good memory!

WantaWhale posted 10-08-2001 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Well the boat is not much bigger than a tub, thats true. As far as a private name or not, doesn't matter as long as I like it.

As far as the minnow might fit better than you think. I did alittle research and found that boat is still in existance and still in use. Apparently there were 4 of them (one was just a CBS studio prop) but the one that you see leaving the harbor (in color) was still sailing up till 1996 when it really did sink or at least partialy so. Well some guy liked the brand of boat so much he paid to have it salvaged and towed in. He spend much $$$ restoring it then found out/confirmed it was a famous boat. The boat is now back in service. Weird how the truth can follow fiction some times :)

Makonut posted 10-08-2001 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
Your right wantawhale..I saw the Minnow about a year ago about 4 slips down from mine. (Marina Del Rey) This was also the port you saw at the beginning of the program in each episode (McHales Navy boat was here for refurbishing a year ago also)..If you didn't like Murphy..How about SeaRunt..

scottfarm posted 10-08-2001 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for scottfarm  Send Email to scottfarm     
itsy bitsy
Tsuriki BW posted 10-08-2001 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
How about "Mini Minnow"?

"Minnow Tinder"?

"My Minnow"?


Bertramp posted 10-08-2001 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bertramp  Send Email to Bertramp     
how about "Plastic Fantastic"
Sawgrass posted 10-08-2001 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sawgrass  Send Email to Sawgrass we go!!

how about? ....Bay "B"... for a baby Boston Whaler or like, yes sir..that's my Bay "B"

CarlRobert posted 10-08-2001 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
"Foam Gnome"?
WantaWhale posted 10-09-2001 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Thanks guys..
I like Mini Minnow and Bay "B. Also
I like Searunt as well but Old pet name
for ex-girlfriend was Rodent and runtster and if she ever saw that she might get ideas :)
Kelly posted 10-09-2001 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
How about "seven eleven" or "heaven eleven"
Based on your experience sounds like a lucky boat. Kelly
blackdog posted 10-09-2001 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I like "Foam Gnome"!
Highwater posted 10-09-2001 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
Barnacle Bait
JFM posted 10-09-2001 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Teenie Weenie,if oppropriate. I'll say no more. Jay
Otter posted 10-09-2001 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Otter  Send Email to Otter     
Hope you don't mind me chinin' 'bout...

"Mini Me"

"The Harpoon" (actually, I guess that would be a bad thing...anti-whale)

How 'bout, "Peg Leg" aarrrrhhh mate!

"Popeye's Knuckle"... I'm not even sure what that means, but I like the sound of it.

BTW, for my future Montauk, what do you think of , "R-U-TAUKin'-2-Me?"

LarrySherman posted 10-09-2001 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Flotsam, and when you step up to a 13, you can name it Jetsam.
Free Willy posted 10-09-2001 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Free Willy  Send Email to Free Willy     
After your experience with her.. Molly Brown
blackdog posted 10-10-2001 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Nice.... Titantic ref
Kelly posted 10-11-2001 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I really like Molly Brown, I think I might use that. Kelly
WantaWhale posted 10-12-2001 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Thanks guys for all the suggestions as it has given me something to think about. Still like minnow or mini minnow but will wait till I get the boat back from shop to decide. I decided to stop procrastinating and have the
Johnson gone over by OMC. Oh and someone was asking in an earlier thread if you could convert your motor to the next size up. My
20 is the same basic engine as the 25 and 30hp. I asked and they said yes but its not cheap. The carb and manifold have to be changed. The carb is about $200.00. Something
to think about anyway...


alvispollard posted 10-12-2001 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
How about "Sea D"? Maybe where your $ was before buying her.
Flipper posted 10-13-2001 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
A friend of mine has an 11' sport with a
35 Evinrude, and we called it "Idle Threat".
We tossed around "Tenderized" , but the
former suited his setup (we didn't appreciate the ambiguity of the latter name until we got older)!
Drisney posted 10-16-2001 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Bigshot should appreciate my Whalers name.....Sperm Whaler......and no it is not painted on the side
andygere posted 10-17-2001 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
My vote is for Mini Me. I laugh every time I picture him driving the little 11, with Dr. Evil following behing in an Outrage 25 named......Me. LOL!
hauptjm posted 10-17-2001 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
A buddy has his larger boat named "Ginger Lee" after his wife. His 11ft. Whaler is named "Tender Lee".
tlynch posted 10-18-2001 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     

So many posts but not a single one has mentioned that you are not supposed to change the name of your boat - very bad luck - and from the looks of it that bad luck might have already started. I suggest throwing that old name back on the side as soon as it comes back from the shop.

What was it anyway?


blackdog posted 10-18-2001 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
There is a way to change the name and it came up on this site before. I believe there is a Ceremony and you put the old name on the bottom of the boat so Neptune or who ever knows the boat.

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