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Old 10-24-2020, 07:15 AM   #101
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Boat Names: Boatwright

Two reasons for Boatwright:
1. Family name going back 14 generations to John Boatwright born 1607 in Fressingfield, UK. My Grandmother's maiden name, and she was the cornerstone of good character in our family.

2. Boatwright is the modern English name for "Bat Wyrtha", Old English and "Botvrais", Norman French - a boat builder. In 1066 William the Conqueror, a Norman (North-man - Vikings inhabiting NW France) invaded England, killing King Harold and consolidating the nation under one King. He rewarded his key supporters in the invasion with land grants, including the men who built the ships for his army to cross the English Channel. Two panels of the Tapestry of Bayeaux show the boat builders - Boatwrights - at work. So, Boatwrights were established in England as a family name.

So, Boatwright stands for good character and for the boat-builders who assisted William in establishing Viking Blood as King of England.

A little more: On the back of our "boat-card" we leave with mechanics, marinas, etc., is a verse from Longfellow's "The building of the ship":

"Build Me Straight (right away), O Worthy Master
Staunch and Strong, A Goodly Vessel
That Can Laugh at All Disaster
And With Wave and Whirlwind Wrestle"

While the poem tells three stories - Building a Ship, A Romance and the foundations of our Country, my father interpreted this verse as a prayer for Strong Character. In commissioning Boatwright in service to our family, our country and the majestic environment God has given us, developing Good Character is alongside developing Good Seamanship in the lives of my Grandchildren.

Boatwright: A vessel to draw our family together in heritage, character and seamanship.
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Old 10-24-2020, 08:35 AM   #102
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Came with the boat. Couldn't think a reason to change it.
The meek will inherit the earth but, the brave will inherit the seas.
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:21 AM   #103
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The name "Brown Eyed Girl" was the original name on the boat. When deciding what to name the boat after we bought it we realized that both Leathia, my wife and our daughter have brown eyes, so we decided to keep the name.
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Old 10-24-2020, 11:23 AM   #104
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Boat Name

Our Boat, a Jefferson 37 Sundeck is called 'FEATH'.
Pronounced 'Fee-a', which is Gaelic for 'Calm/Tranquil'. Our boat was documented by the previous owner with the name 'Finn', but my wife and I wanted to have the boat named for something we strive for. It was pricey to document when we boat the boat, but worth it in the long run.
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Old 10-24-2020, 02:42 PM   #105
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Previous owner built the boat, and named it after his deceased wife. He's also deceased. I dare not change the name.
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Old 10-24-2020, 02:50 PM   #106
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Good call
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Old 10-24-2020, 02:50 PM   #107
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Originally Posted by BrianG View Post
Previous owner built the boat, and named it after his deceased wife. He's also deceased. I dare not change the name.
Good Call
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Old 10-24-2020, 02:51 PM   #108
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Gemma - Grandmother in law

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Old 10-24-2020, 07:23 PM   #109
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Originally Posted by Leo Reise View Post
I do not recall a thread covering this topic. Boat names are interesting. They usually have meaning for the owner - sometimes funny, sometimes not so much, and sometimes just because.

Ours paid honour to our boatís history in part, and a meaning for us. My Admiral is a steers-person for the KAB Dragon Boat Team - 3 time World Champions. The combination has its own meaning in dragon folklore.

History first named - Cajun Moon
Second name - Moon Dog II
Our name - Moon Dragon

What is your story?
I am also on a Moon theme.

My first boat was conventional "Papillon" (Hunter 33' sail), my wife painted the name and image on the stern

My second boat caused all the trouble. I had just moved to the PNW and was so impressed with the complex bay system that I named the boat "Basic Mazecraft" (Cal 34' Sail) after a line in the superb book "Passage to Juneau" by Jonathan Raban. In a nutshell he described mazecraft as the way to get out of a maze by walking around while not letting go of one wall. He used this analogy to describe Captain Vancouver's mission (to prove the absence of a NW passage to Europe). You are already bored with this description and that is exactly what happened whenever I tied up in a marina - I would always get asked what the name meant and had to stop when their eyes glazed over! So that led to:

MoonStruck (Hylas 49' sail)
MoonDance (Bayliner 4788 motor)
MoonShadow - current boat (Wendon 72' Motor).

Moonstruck took us most of the way around the world which most of my family and many friends thought was nuts. I am a Brit and the word Moonstruck dates back to a description of nutty peasants in the middle ages (google it if you like - they might have not been nutty at all, but hiding moonshine).

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Old 10-24-2020, 07:35 PM   #110
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Lollygag= our preferred lifestyle
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:33 PM   #111
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Awkward but true.

I posted a version of this before and will start with a similar warning:

Contains 1950's-era sexist humor, which most of us have grown out of. Please don’t continue if you find that kind of thing offensive.

When I was 9 or 10, my dad bought a wooden runabout that he just loved, totally oblivious to what the name, "Gnatnoop," spelled backwards meant . . . or later said he was. He used it for over a year before someone took my mother aside and broke the news. She made him sand it off and paint over it that very night. The boat was rechristened "Star of the Sea."
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:55 PM   #112
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Our first boat, a Hunter 410 was named Dawn Treader V. The name fit us well so we kept it. Recently we bought an Ocean Alexander 42 and changed the name to Arctic Jade. My wife was born in Fairbanks Alaska and Iíve lived here for 40 years. The Arctic part is thus obvious. My wife came up with Jade. John.Artha. DeRuyter. I thought that was pretty creative and loved it.
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Old 10-24-2020, 10:03 PM   #113
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Previous boat was named "Hypnautic" because my wife was a hypnotist. She retired from that pursuit shortly after we sold the boat.

Our new boat is named "Here & Now", because that's where we are. Her trailer is "Now & Then"; her future dinghy is likely to be named "Here & There".
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Old 10-25-2020, 11:26 AM   #114
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Three boats ago was the Captain's Choice, but the name has stuck even though the last two were the admiral's choice.

I snapped this picture a couple of weeks ago at the yard, I figure this guy maybe named it after his ex, but I may be mistaken.
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Old 10-25-2020, 11:45 AM   #115
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Old 10-25-2020, 11:48 AM   #116
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Ours had a pretty storied career but for five years of its life it was the support boat for the Watchmen in the new park in the Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii called Gwaii Haanas. It noodled back and forth in the Hecate Straits from Queen Charlotte City to the southernmost reaches of the park doing crew changes and bringing supplies and fuel to the Watchmen. It regularly crossed the Straits to the shipyards in Prince Rupert. All the scars on the hull materialized during this time. Prior to this life she had spent 18 years in the reservoir in Revelstoke doing much of the same, also cleaning the reservoir, towing logs and forest fire fighting and support. Then she was called Kinbasket Forest and belonged to the BC Forest Service.

We had plans for a family name when we first acquired her but realized that her name was suitable. It means variously "Islands of wonder" or "place of splendour" depending upon whom you consult. We have our own nicknames...
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Old 10-25-2020, 12:02 PM   #117
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My big love was named after the starship in the Douglas Adams' novels. To me it meant adventure and exploration. Here she is in Newport Harbor.

The little green boat is m/v Mako which I had built during my decade in the Middle East. That's been my nickname since I was a kid.
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Old 10-25-2020, 04:36 PM   #118
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To our knowledge, she has always been in fresh water.
PO named ‘South Park’, which the admiral found distasteful.

Also, I always order food “no extra salt”....

If and when we do get her down the Hudson, she might be called 7 Knot - Salted.
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Old 10-28-2020, 04:37 PM   #119
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Why Bacchus?


Bacchus (Dionysus) was the god of wine and song.
He wandered about teaching people how to tend grape vines and to make wine.
His followers were mostly women who celebrated in a rite that gave us the modern term Bacchanalia, which included wild behavior and drunkenness.
These frenetic celebrations, which probably originated in spring nature festivals, became occasions for licentiousness and intoxication

According to tradition, Dionysus died each winter (stored on “the hard”?) and was reborn (re-commissioned) in the spring.
To his followers, this cyclical revival, accompanied by the seasonal renewal of the fruits of the earth, embodied the promise of the resurrection of the dead.
Dionysus was good and gentle to those who honored him, but he brought madness and destruction upon those who spurned him or the orgiastic rituals of his cult.

Being amateur home wine makers, cruising the Finger Lakes wine country of NY State and always enjoying celebration, especially those involving adult refreshments and fun…
We have named our three vessels “Bacchus”.
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Old 10-29-2020, 12:47 PM   #120
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My boat is "Ana" because it's only three letters and much cheaper when I buy a decal.
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