The story behind your boat's name

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dpvandy01, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. kg4vgh

    kg4vgh New Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    Hampton Roads, VA
    340 Sundancer
    Ratheon Radar, SH 1200C, SH 3500S, AIS,
    T-350's with V-drive
    My first boat was named "Oui Cheri" translated from French to English "Yes Dear"
    Admiral frowned on it, 2 years later when she found out what it meant....grin
    This boat is Julia Rose, my first grand child
  2. go-hokies

    go-hokies New Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    1st boat was a Chaparral Signature 27 named "Cinco de Mayo" because original owners launched her for the 1st time on.......May 5th.......(the husband made the wife sell the boat because he did not like boating......another story). Not real superstitious but kept the name because we liked it and was our first boat.... Bought a 310 Dancer named Eubby and had to change we ended up at Cinco de Mayo II...... Everyone who hears us talk about "Cinco" ( as we refer to her ) wonder why we go out on a boat named "Sink-o"
  3. AntVinTas

    AntVinTas Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    South Shore, Long Island NY
    1989 270 Amberjack modified by Whitewater
    Twin 5.7 I/O
    When I was 2 years old, my parents got me a puppy. A pure-bred German Sheppard, black and silver. Her name was Storm.
    She's been gone now for years (had a very good life for 13 years), so I thought this was fitting.

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  4. mjoplin

    mjoplin Member

    Oct 10, 2016
    Houston, TX
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    My in-laws were surprised when they were greeted by twin girls a few weeks early when they thought they were going to have one son. Needless to say, they had no names ready.

    The Rod Stewart song was playing in the room when it came time to put names on the birth certificates. My wife, the older by a few minutes, got named after the song Maggie Mae.

    Her twin ended up with a modification of the boy's name they were going to use, Peti Lou.

    The boat was a surprise purchase for both of us at a local boat show a month ago. Given that, Maggie Mae seemed like the perfect name!

  5. billnpat

    billnpat New Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
    Agree........Perfect......Good Luck......
  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    My little 185 doesn't have a name, but the 290da was "Little Lady" it came from my nickname for my wife when we were dating - would always call her Little Lady. I could give a big list, but a friend who was in the mortgage business and recently divorced named his boat "LoanSum" - Boat names are great, there is usually a good story behind them.
  7. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
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    My wife's name is Angelina and her nick name is Lina.... The boat is so nice we named it twice.

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  8. OldEngineer

    OldEngineer New Member

    Oct 3, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Part of the Admiral's Hawaiian name is Pualani (Heavenly Flower), so our first boat (Catalina Capri 16.5 daysailer) is so named. Sailed it one time (mid-size chop, winds gusting to 15 kts) with the Admiral hanging on to the boom for dear life. She said (between screams) "We need a bigger boat!". I said, "I heard that!" Along came Pualani Nui (Big Heavenly Flower), a 25-ft Catalina sloop. Next, our family suddenly expanded to six, with two young pre-teens, who needed something more spirited than a sedate sailboat like Pualani Nui, so I started Internet shopping and found our 1986 Sea Ray Seville $100 boat. The Tribe did some Hawaiian language research, and came up with Ohana Nani Nui (Big, Beautiful Family).
  9. Island Time Buffalo

    Island Time Buffalo Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    Grand Island, NY
    380 Sundancer 1999.
    7.4 Horizons
    Island Time:

    When hanging (or chillin' or limin') in the tropics, time becomes quite relative .... almost optional.... where you don't do anything by the clock. A total state of relaxation where deadlines simply don't exist. It's often referred to as being on "Island Time". That's how we think of our time boating.

    Also, we live on an island in the middle of the Niagara River, just above Niagara Falls ( you can see the mist of the Falls from my marina outlet), so it has a secondary meaning.


    Also.... all of our vessels have been named Island Time .... and we do not number our boats. Sort of like Air Force One..... whatever boat we occupy is Island Time.

  10. Island Time Buffalo

    Island Time Buffalo Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    Grand Island, NY
    380 Sundancer 1999.
    7.4 Horizons
    Love the German Shepherd story - but I'm quite partial. The boat isn't named after him, but he manages to make it into most of the photos of the boat.
  11. Sublimetime

    Sublimetime Active Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    clifton nj
    420 da
    My boats name is SublimeTime




    adjective: sublime; comparative adjective:


    elevate to a high degree of moral or spiritual purity or excellence.

    Sublime describes the time we spend on our boat perfect.
  12. BlewByYou88

    BlewByYou88 Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    268 Sea Ray Sundancer 1988
    2X 4.3L 4bbl Mercs w/ Alphas
    Blew By You--

    Came to be when my parents bought the first "Green" 268 we had back in 88'. Southwest marine dropped the boat trying to get it on the trailer, (Rear Sling Let go), my mom and dad refused to take delivery. Sea Ray wouldn't warranty the hull. (I was three at the time). (Side note, I wanted to name the Green one, "The Green Booger.) Southwest sent us to their Page, AZ store to pick up another one, which turned out to be blue. Parents wanted to name her after the Linda Ronstadt song, "Blue Bayou" but rather than take the name exactly made it a play on words, "Blew By You." For those of you who don't know the story, Dad pissed me off and sold her in 2005, I found her on Craigslist in 2010 and bought her back....She will always be my boat. Name has never changed.
  13. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    'Happy Place'.....

    I think the name is self seems that no matter how bad 'life' is treating us either at work or our personal lives we always find refuge at our boat....when I am driving to the marina and crest over the last hill and see the lake and our marina I can literally feel the tension start to release out of my mind and body....the Admiral feels the same way...we love retreating to our 'Happy Place' on weekends for a short escape from reality.....

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  14. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    "Life is but a Dream".
    My girlfriends name is Merilie, she did NOT want her name on the boat, and I said Merilie, Merilie, Merilie, then she said "Life is but a Dream"
  15. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 15hp Mercury
    My wife and I own a cemetery memorial business here in West Michigan, this being our first summer with this name on the boat, lots of people asked us if we were funeral directors. lol
  16. Timeflys

    Timeflys Member

    Dec 7, 2013
    Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada
    "Frequent Flyer"
    2002 Sundancer 360
    Merc Horizon 8.1s
    THAT is one great post Cliff! I think it sums everything nicely and whatever it is that appeals to us boaters.
    As for boat names, I smile when I see a local boat named "Grateful Ted".
  17. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    The Admiral is a huge Stevie Nicks fan, so the last boat (23' Wellcraft Sportsman) was named "Rock a Little" after a Stevie song. When we upgraded to the 340 DA, it became "Rock a Little More"
    Fitting, as music is playing on the boat ALL the time.
  18. Steve Craig

    Steve Craig Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Saint John, N.B.
    '07 260 Sundeck
    6.2l & Bravo III
    Large part of the local river system flows wide & deep between two parallel runs of small mountains/ridges.
    Summer weather can be very, very nice, however, painfully short lived.
    We get away on the river under the hot sun & between the mountains.
    Thought about a name all Summer & having the decals made up over the Winter.
    "Valparaiso" - Spanish for Paradise Valley
  19. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    we have a boat at our marina named 'Comfortably Numb'....I smile each time I pass that boat....

  20. AMFM3

    AMFM3 Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Okanagan Lake, British Columbia
    370 Sundancer 1995 Raymarine C 120 Plotter / Radar
    Dinghy with 9.9 hp Merc
    7.4 L Twin inboards, v drives
    I'm sure I've put this out there, but it was a long time ago.

    Our 370 is named "AMFM 3". Both the Admiral and I are broadcasters. We've been in the industry for most of our lives, I just celebrated 40 years in radio. So when we took the plunge and bought our first boat we had to come up with something appropriate. Luckily, we found something with a dual meaning as that first purchase was a financial stretch (to be honest).

    So there's the radio reference of the two bands of radio we grew up on and in, AM and FM. But the logo has a dollar sign in it. The meaning being "All My F$#%ing Money". It works.

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