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Old 11-15-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Boat Name Help Please

I have purchased a Marine Trader that I want to rename after my daughters, Kate and Jen.
KaJen seems a fine name as I sit here in southern California.

However this boat will travel the Mississippi/Tennessee rivers, the gulf coast, Great Lakes, and the east coast over the next two years.

So, here's the question: as I talk to other boats and marinas over the radio, i will likely sound like I am saying Cajun. Is this going to cause any problems, misunderstandings, or offense to anyone?

I have no experience traveling in the southern states and don't want my first impression to be anything less than positive. I would really appreciate your opinions and thoughts,
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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I have purchased a Marine Trader that I want to rename after my daughters, Kate and Jen.
KaJen seems a fine name as I sit here in southern California.

However this boat will travel the Mississippi/Tennessee rivers, the gulf coast, Great Lakes, and the east coast over the next two years.

So, here's the question: as I talk to other boats and marinas over the radio, i will likely sound like I am saying Cajun. Is this going to cause any problems, misunderstandings, or offense to anyone?

I have no experience traveling in the southern states and don't want my first impression to be anything less than positive. I would really appreciate your opinions and thoughts,
Arch
KaJan sounds just fine. Please come to see us at Chattanooga on the Mighty Tennessee River. Congrats on the boat purchase.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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Good to see you are carrying on the fine tradition of naming boats after women or virtues.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #4
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What's the old Cajun chef's name he always said
"I Guarantee"

You may get asked how to cook crawfish. other than that.
We're all just boat folk.

I love the name.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:38 PM   #5
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Try "KaJen Girls". Even if they think it's "Cajun Girls", it'll sorta get the message across, .. that's it's named after ladies you're fond of, and willing to name a boat after.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:41 PM   #6
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What's the old Cajun chef's name he always said
"I Guarantee"

You may get asked how to cook crawfish. other than that.
We're all just boat folk.

I love the name.

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His name was Justin Wilson. Always enjoyed his cooking shows
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:55 PM   #7
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That's him. Man was his show a hoot.

I loved it.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #8
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #9
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How about "JenKat"?

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:07 PM   #10
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Welcome Arch.. Just a thought, about SS KaJen.. the SS can stand for Sweet Sisters


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Old 11-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #11
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No one down here has any problem with Cajun. It is used all the time, cajun cooking cajun country, cajun heritage, etc, etc, by cajuns and non cajuns alike.
It is a version of "Acadien" the folks from Acadia who were expelled from Canada by the British in 1755.
You will have to clarify the spelling since, as you say most will hear and think of Cajun.
Cajuns are also known as "Coonasses" no problem there either.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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Cajuns are also known as "Coonasses" no problem there either.
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Except that he didn't name his daughters...


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Old 11-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #13
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We live on the waters that you intend to cruise. Lots of bridges, lots. You will be spelling that name every time.
Something to consider. Other areas of the country, west coast for instance, not nearly the number of bridge contacts. The ICW, both of them but particularly, one is in virtually constant radio contact with commercial boats.

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:39 PM   #14
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So, here's the question: as I talk to other boats and marinas over the radio, i will likely sound like I am saying Cajun. Is this going to cause any problems, misunderstandings, or offense to anyone?
I doubt it. And any person that it might offend will most likely be offended by the fact you even have a boat, so don't worry about it. It's been my impression that Cajuns are proud of their heritage so I would be surprised if they would take offense at a boat being named for their culture.

Charles brought up a good point, and that is that whatever your boat name is, it should be easy to say and easy to understand when heard on the crappy quality of a VHF radio. Cajun or KayJan or however you want to spell it should fill that bill.

If the bridge tenders on the ICW and rivers need the exact spelling of your boat's name you're going to be spelling it almost every time anyway unless your boat is named Cat or Dog or Boat or some other such simple name. The harbormasters and commercial vessel captains and such that we call from time to time all get the pronunciation of our boat's name right the first time but I daresay none of them have a clue how to spell it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:44 PM   #15
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My boats the cajun rose, I don't think I offend cajuns or roses. When you get to the MS gulf coast buzz me and we can raft up.
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A few iterations:

KayJay (As opposed to just the initials KJ)
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Try "KaJen Girls". Even if they think it's "Cajun Girls", it'll sorta get the message across, .. that's it's named after ladies you're fond of, and willing to name a boat after.
Kajen girls may lead people to other thoughts. KaJen is very good just buy itself.....maybe Miss KaJen or Ms KaJen?

naming boats is a tough job. Good luck

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:31 PM   #19
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hummmm......suggestive name for a vessel
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