“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Naming or renaming your boat may not seem like an important thing but it is not an easy task (see following page for Blue Tale’s previous names). The name you give your boat will tell others a little about yourself and will stick with you as long as you own the boat and possibly longer. When Rob was in the Canadian Navy years ago while steaming up the west coast to Alaska he was on watch (the ‘Mid’s’) and heard a boat calling into Vancouver Traffic called ‘Boom Chicka Rocka’. For those who don’t know, when hailing another boat or station, the initiating caller calls the vessel or station’s name three times and then their own name three times. i.e. Vancouver Traffic, Vancouver Traffic, Vancouver Traffic, this is ‘Boom Chicka Rocka’, ‘Boom Chicka Rocka’, ‘Boom Chicka Rocka’. Needless to say Rob and his watch got quite a laugh out of it at 3am in the morning.
Choosing the right boat name is an important process, but you have to keep in mind that when you name your boat, someday you may be calling in a Mayday and if your name is too difficult to understand or too long… well you get the idea.
Here are some interesting boat names we have come across in our travels… Enjoy ~Sophia & Rob