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Old 08-13-2016, 11:32 PM   #1
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With so many boat names out there, how do I know what names to go with and what names to stay away from?

My wife and I are newcomers to TF and the world of boating. We are researching and searching for our first trawler boat which can be used on weekend excursions to start, then do the GL in a year or two. The amount of information can be overwhelming and conflicting at times. Any advice and insight can be helpful.
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:13 AM   #2
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Just do use all a favor and pick a name that's easy to read off your transom and easy to say on the radio.
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:15 AM   #3
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With so many boat names out there, how do I know what names to go with and what names to stay away from?

My wife and I are newcomers to TF and the world of boating. We are researching and searching for our first trawler boat which can be used on weekend excursions to start, then do the GL in a year or two. The amount of information can be overwhelming and conflicting at times. Any advice and insight can be helpful.

Welcome. Lots of folks here with great experience and solid information. I'm not one of them, but I learn from the other folks.

As for names, I strongly think that you should pick whatever name makes you and your wife happy. In many ways the name of your boat is a very public expression of who you are. In many ways it will be your first impression given to other boaters. Some things to think about.
- how easy is it to read from a distance? Consider the name as well as the font.
- how easy is it to pronounce, both for yourself but also for someone who is just reading it? I have had the experience of wanting to hail a boat I see but can't figure out how to pronounce it.
- pick a name that you think will wear well over time.
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:18 AM   #4
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This would be a unique boat name

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:23 AM   #5
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I think the OP is asking about boat brands, not naming a boat.
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I think the OP is asking about boat brands, not naming a boat.
On second look, I think you're right.
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:31 AM   #8
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Thank goodness. I was going to suggest doing a bit better than this fella.

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Old 08-14-2016, 12:38 AM   #9
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Rather than focusing on a brand name define the exact mission you wish the boat to perform.


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Old 08-14-2016, 01:40 AM   #11
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Welcome to the forum, gahmadi.

Oh my, you have asked a very broad question. Different boaters have different needs and wants and preferences. In order to give you an answer that might be helpful to your situation, my questions to you would be,
1) are you looking for a new boat or a used boat?
2) how much boating experience do you have?
3) can you afford to spend lots of money on fuel, or do you lean toward the more economical manner of boating?
4) how much room on board do you think you will need for a long trip such as the Great Loop?
5) Have you looked at many trawlers? If so, what do you like and not like about them?

I can think of twenty more questions, but that's a good start. Welcome aboard, and three cheers for your awesome dream. Let the boat-buying adventure begin!
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Old 08-14-2016, 01:50 AM   #12
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I always wanted to name a boat Jolene due to the lyrics of the song Jolene. My would never approve.
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I think the OP is asking about boat brands, not naming a boat.
Indeed he was, but the advice given re boat names, once he's found one, could still be useful I guess..?
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This topic has been covered previously, check the archives. I seem to remember there was quite a lot of information posted, before the inevitable drift into irrelevancy that so often happens. (Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, sometimes the drift is more interesting than the initial thread)
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This topic has been covered previously, check the archives. I seem to remember there was quite a lot of information posted, before the inevitable drift into irrelevancy that so often happens. (Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, sometimes the drift is more interesting than the initial thread)
Ah..indeed, the drift into irrelevancy...the grist to the mill of forums...
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:00 AM   #16
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My twist is, if you are brand new to boating, you want to do the loop in a year or two, and you only plan on weekend jaunts........

The brand of boat is the least of your worries.

Next least is the exact boat....as there is no best.

You need to learn a lot more about boats in general and the demands of the loop....then focus on the boat.

There is an association for loopers, and dozens of great websites, blogs or other that will give you a feel for the loop.

This forum generally will give you great info on specifics. But there are just so many differing opinions on everything boating...you may get frustrated about something that will be entirely your decision based on your needs and preferences.

Some people will discuss all day long on what color your boat should be if you can believe that!!!!

PM me for the right color.....
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Craig,
That ship's name is probably the funniest/worst is have ever seen. I laughed so hard I thought I would pee. Can you imagine calling it on the VHF?
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go to General Discussion forum. At the top is topic "Boat Search 101".
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This would be a unique boat name

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch
That has to be Welsh....

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