Boat Names

Boat Names: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Last updated on June 25th, 2018 at 01:13 pm

No great vessel has ever launched into the sea without a name. Naming the boat is a serious ritual for every sailor. The tradition began thousands of years ago when sailors named their boats to honor their god or goddesses who they believed will bring good luck to the journey. And back then, naming a boat is more ceremonious than cracking open a beer with friends while brainstorming name ideas. If you think any name that you think is impressive or funny will do, you’re wrong. Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of cringe-inducing boat names! So we’re going help you avoid making the same mistake with this quick guide to naming boats.

The Good

Name it after a special lady – For years and years, you’ve seen boats named after a woman. Some say ships are like women that have their own personalities. Others believe that the Mediterranean word for “ship” is feminine. Whatever the reason is, a captain will feel closer to the ship and would care for it more when it has the name of someone special in his life.

Choose foreign names – If you’re not exclusively sailing English-speaking countries, you can choose a foreign name or a phrase for your boat. Some choose names of goddesses or sayings. Guests who do not know it will ask you about its story making it a great conversation starter.

Common names are: Freyja, Calliope, Valkyrie, Boreas, Notus, Adagio, Carpe Diem, La Bella and Ohana

Be pun-y – Who hasn’t laughed at a good pun or two? Probably no one. It has always been a lighthearted choice when it comes to naming boats. You can get creative and put a smile on people’s faces every time they see it.

Popular names are: Seaduction, Nauti Buoy, Piece of Ship, Arr and Arr, Ships and Giggles and Comocean

Encore – You probably don’t want to change your boat’s name if it’s a good one. You can do that and not spend on decals and other registration work. Who doesn’t want a no-fuss approach?

The Bad

Sticking with clichés – There are many tried and tested names for boats. The problem is, dozens of ships probably have the same name. Try to think out of the box, list down a couple of name choices and try to include your personal touch.

Be crass – Those who love puns fall victim to this. Consider what you would be using your boat for and if your mothers opinion matters. You want to make sure there’s a right mix of fun and good taste always.

Avoid these names: B-Yatcht’ch, Master Baiter or, anything similar.

Choose something hard to pronounce – You might be tempted to name your boat with something hard to pronounce. It may make you sound clever but, what if you had to call emergency? Not so funny when the person on the other end of the line can’t pronounce it and, you need to spell it several times.

The Ugly

The tale of Boaty McBoatface – The Natural Environment Research Council asked people to suggest names for the new polar research ship. Sounds like a good idea, right? That is until many rose to the occasion and voted for Boaty McBoatface.

On a similar note, Australians had their own debacle with Ferry McFerryface. People chose this as the name for the six new ferries in Sydney. Luckily, both names didn’t become official, so faith in humanity was restored.

Aussie Boat Loans

You’re probably ready for some sea breeze and have thought about what you will name your new boat. Aussie Boat Loans can help you with boat finance. They have specialists that’ll make sure you only walk away with a loan you can afford. Call today on 1300 769 999 or fill out the online application form.

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