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Old 03-20-2017, 11:33 AM   #1
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What's in a Name??

We're in the process of buying a new boat. (we still own the old boat, but that is a different story altogether).

We've been knocking around names, and we think we've arrived on one we like. Now, there appear to be 2 definitions for the name we've chosen.

I'm curious which definition pops into people's minds when they read the boat name.

Proposed Name: "Sundowner"
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:50 AM   #2
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Well, to me it means a looong drink during sunset.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:54 AM   #3
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I believe there is a website out there that shows documented boat names. Someone here may have the link.


Sundowner is an interesting name and popular. Good luck on your search as it is the fun part of owning a boat. But BE WARNED! Perform the naming ceremony.


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A bar on Green Turtle Cay with a lot of conch horns at sunset.
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Well, to me it means a looong drink during sunset.
Yes, that was our intention in the name, incidentally.
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Not very original. There are dozens of USCG-documented boats with the name "Sundowner."

Sundowner, a person suffering from sundowning (dementia), sometimes known as sundowner syndrome. Does that say something about the beverage?
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:40 PM   #7
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Not very original. There are dozens of USCG-documented boats with the name "Sundowner."

Sundowner, a person suffering from sundowning (dementia), sometimes known as sundowner syndrome. Does that say something about the beverage?

and........that is the other definition. The real question is which definition is evoked when one hears or sees the name?
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With those 2 definitions, I think it really comes down to what the boat looks like as to which definition you think of. If you're buying a nice comfortable boat that you will maintain the outward appearance of, most will likely think of the first definition. If it's an eye sore that looks neglected or abandoned, the second definition will come to mind.

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and........that is the other definition. The real question is which definition is evoked when one hears or sees the name?


The first meaning that pops into my head is the one you intend.

Pick the name that you like, is easy to read on the hull, and easy to say and hear on the radio.

The comment that it is "not very original" comes from someone named "Mark" btw. Just sayin....
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The dementia meaning comes first to my mind, but that's probably b/c of personal experience with aging family.
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1999 Mainship 350.

Yes, flywright. I knew about the definition dementia definition. It is a friend who is a nurse who was not familiar with the 'cocktail' definition at all. She thought it was a crazy name until we explained it to her.
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"Shrew" can be Shakespearean or a cute busy little rodent with a funny snout...just saying.
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"Shrew" can be Shakespearean or a cute busy little rodent with a funny snout...just saying.
Rodent, in case anyone is wondering. Admittedly, people mistake it for the former a lot. I've never been mistaken for 'cute' LOL!!!!
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To me it's the Four Winns Sundowner 205 perhaps because it's a tender on a friend's boat.

Anyway, best wishes and good luck on your search.

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To me, a "sundowner" was a person in their twilight years....doing nothing..awaiting the final sunset.
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It's interesting that we winter at a marina in Florida called Sunset Bay. What does that bring to mind? Careful, I'll find you.
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I agree, not super original (there is a pretty popular Vlog on YouTube where the boat is named Sundowner) but still a good name. Avoids the dreaded pun, which is always a bad idea, and the unpronounceable non-english word that gives bridge tenders and marina people fits.

For what it is worth, my Father-in-law died of dementia six months ago and my mother died of parkinson's tied with dementia about a month ago. I didn't think of the dementia application, don't think I've ever heard it.
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US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-111 "Sundowners" was likely the most famous Pacific fleet squadron.



So, a "Sundowner" was typically a member of that squadron.
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Every time I heard that name I thought of the classic speed boat Ionce saw.

It had the name arched on the transom superimposed over a beautiful
sunset mural.

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