#19: Literary & The Arts
🏆SKYMARK came from a poem from Robert Frost bemoaning being somewhat lost at sea on a cloudy night and asking the clouds to part so he could find his old "sky marks" in the heavens so he could once again determine his location; thus the name. I have used it since my first sailboat in 1981. – Timothy D., Virginia Beach VA
Baji-Naji: From CJ Cherryh's sci-fi book series Foreigner, it is a combination of ying-yang que cera cera and generally refers to luck and fortune both good and bad – which sums up sailing! We knew that our boat would have this name for many years before we got it. – Dan L., West Chester PA
Manolin: I’m a huge Ernest Hemingway fan and my favorite story is Old Man and the Sea. The young boy in the story was named Manolin. As an added bonus in Hebrew Manolin means “God is with us." – Bill S., Cleveland OH
A 30' Nonsuch catboat, Breezing Up was named after a painting by Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910) "Breezing Up - A Fair Wind." The painting depicts 3 boys and a man in a small catboat with a loose footed sail heeling over with its lee rail awash – just the way my wife loves to sail. – William W., Houston TX
#20: Dinghy Duo
🏆A close family friend joined the Special Operations Unit for the Marines and was KIA. During his brutal training where all he wanted to do was give up he would recite the phrase in his head "Beast mode no breaks." This phrase became common among our families after. Our boat is named Beast Mode and our tender is named No Breaks. – Drew M., Groton MA
Our boat is greek and the dogs are always with us! Her name is Pawseidon and our dinghy is named Pupseidon! – Steve P., Southport NC
#21: Change of Pace
🏆 Here Today: Here Today was launched In January 2019 in the Virgin Islands and has traveled to 57 different ports from the Caribbean to New England – for our short stays we are “Here Today”! – John M., Detroit MI
🏆The 4th Quarter: We are both retired and in the 4th Quarter of our life. We met in a grief class at a church neither of us normally attend after our spouses died. (1st qtr with parents 2nd qtr was 1st marriage ending in divorce ) Cathy had never boated Bob was a life long boater. Great way to begin a new life! – Robert M. & Cathy S., Little Rock, AR
RELAX: we lead super stressful lives and the name reminds us of why we are on the boat. What we never expected is how it resonates with other Boaters. whenever we are staying at a new marina everyone stops to comment on the name and confirming whether we are living up to it at that moment. Kids love that! – John C., Centerville MA
Slow Ride: Started out with a wooden power boat then went to a sailboat and named her Slow Ride because it was. Finally 20 years later power trawler type so kept the name. – Donna L., Foxborough MA
Wile Away: We are retired and intend to use our boat for relaxation. I explain the name is the definition of beguiling time. – Matthew S., Brookline MA
Blue By You: It's a 70mph blue metal flake 20' Hydrostream. – Bob K., Medfield MA
Thank you all so much for sharing your stories and photos with us! We had a blast reading through these and we hope you did too. If you can’t wait until next round, share with us in our Facebook Group.
Boat Name Contest FAQs
Q: When does the contest run?
A: We launch the contest each April or May to help get boaters in northern latitudes excited to splash their boats and get back out on the water. Typically we announce the winners a month later – in 2020 we announced mid-July.
Q: I have a trophy near my boat name! What happens now??
A: Your bragging rights are effective immediately! We've issued boater credit to all of the category winners who had Dockwa accounts corresponding the the emails with which they submitted their boat name; if you are a winner and don't see credit on your account, check your inbox and spam for a message asking for an updated email address, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. Dockage credit will apply automatically to your next Dockwa reservation. Woot!
Q: Can I submit a better photo of my boat? Can you add my marina name?
A: Sure! Just keep in mind we're a small team, so bear with us as we hustle to check off our team priorities first. Send on over to email@example.com, with the subject line "Best Boat Names - Update" – or, even better, post a photo of your boat on Instagram and tag @dockwa and we'll get the memo. :)
Q: Why are there more East Coast boats? Do you hate the West Coast?
A: Heck no, we love the West Coast! We started in Newport, RI, and our team is based there, so although we're growing like crazy we still tend to have more boaters and marinas where we've been the longest. We literally did not even look at the locations when sifting through names. :)
Q: I have feedback on the way this contest is run, promoted, or written – who can I share that with?
A: That'd be me, Cap! Email away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I share this post?
A: Oh heck yes – please share to social media, your go-to boater forums, spraypaint the URL onto the back of your enemy's car, the sky's the limit.