#19: Literary & The Arts
Sea Major: While sitting on a Bare Boat Charter in the BVI we were tossing around names for a new boat we had on order. My wife plays the violin and I play guitar. When my wife's brother asked her what was her favorite music key it was easy. C major has no sharps or flats and Billy Joel had this name too.
- Deo Volente is Latin and it means “God willing”. I got it from Jane Eyre (yeah, I read Bronte out on the water). Now I’m about the farthest thing from being a religious person but I figured if I made it out and back alive it would be for that reason. So fair wind and following seas from Deo.
I got an old wooden Snipe just after I'd read R.H. Dana’s “Two Years Before the Mast,” which had a line, “A ship is like a lady’s watch: always in need of repair.” It fit. My boat became M’lady’s Watch.
- Hawkeye is taken from the main protagonist in a series of novels known as The Leatherstocking Tales written by James Fenimore Cooper set in 18th century New York. We purchased our boat from a friend by the name of Ken Fenimore, descendant of the famous author, and have kept it ever since.
- 🏆 Vagrant Gypsy: I always loved the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield... – Erin S., Gig Harbor, WA
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
#20: Dinghy Duo
An extra award for this category as well because, come on, how cute is Tooth Ferry?
🏆Bubblecuffer: The boat is named for a double black diamond ski trail at Sugarloaf Maine. The trail name is an old lumbering term for a riverman who could ride logs down river and stay dry as he moved from log to log except for bubbles that might wet the cuffs of his pants. Our dinghy is named Cuff Link. – John B., Freeport, ME
🏆 Baby Tooth: My wife is a Pediatrician and I am a dentist. The "baby" is for her and the "tooth" is for me. Our tender is caller Tooth Ferry.
We named our boat Whitecap after the wave and our favorite ski area with the same name. Our dinghy is named Undertow both for the wave and it is under tow behind the boat
Bark Less, Wag More: We’re empty nesters who cruise with our dog. We get a lot of happy comments on the dock about our boat’s name.
Honorable mention, because it made us laugh:
#21: Change of Pace
All great names. This year's two Change of Pace winners both fully embraced the spirit of their new lifestyle.
🏆 Last Dance: I've been boating since my teens and am now 75. I love cruising and sleeping aboard, so when I retired I purchased a 270 Sundancer with my bucket list "Erie Canal" summer cruise in mind. In the Coast Guard we always referred to choppy seas as "dancing with the waves" and as this is my last boat = Last Dance. – Ron W., Tallahassee, FL
🏆 What better name than Call Me Crazy for purchasing a Leopard 44 catamaran as a first boat without ever having sailed. Well it was a steep learning curve but we've never looked back. And at anchor or visiting other marinas I always get a shout of 'Hey you're crazy!" – David A., Woonsocket, RI
- Knot Supersonic: I am a former military fighter pilot who has been supersonic in a jet fighter many times. My wife and I now own a trawler that goes hull speed around 10 knots. We are definitely Knot Supersonic. With a nod to going the speed of sound we are now enjoying the relaxed pace of trawler life.
Carry On: My partner Nancy and I are retired. We had been cruising New England in the summers aboard our Tartan 34 but three years ago we bought a more comfortable Cape Classic 30 trawler so we could "Carry On" cruising further into our old age!
I started an agricultural business that sells seed to farmers 25 years ago. When it finally came time to sell the business and retire my wife and I fulfilled our dream and years of hard work and bought a catamaran that we named Sead Money. Our boat logo incorporates the leaf of a growing seed.
Pines 2 Palms: After a lifetime in cold states Pines 2 Palms is our retirement home. We now spend summers in Maine (the Pine tree state) and winters in Florida (the Palm tree state). What better name to share our joy of (finally) traveling to warmer climes for winter.
Argonauta: An Argonaut is an octopus whose egg case resembles a sail. Argonaut means “sailor of the sea.” We moved from our well loved sailboat Spring Fever to our well loved Tollycraft CPMY 44 Argonauta. The name is a small remembrance of our sailing days.
the dark side: We were sailors for years.....then we went to "the dark side" and bought a power boat!!!
That's it! Congratulations to this year's winners and all who entered – luckily there are no losers in this contest, since getting out on the water = winning at life.
Thank you to everyone who shared 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.
Post-script: For those who've been following the Dockwa blog and emails for a while, you may have noticed some new faces! Janelle is now at the helm of our social media channels and pulling together fantastic new blog posts (share your story!), and Amy is whipping Marinas.com and Dockwa Deals into shape. I'll be taking some much-needed time off, but already can't wait to get back and hear about summers on the water. Feel free to stay in touch via my Facebook, where I'll be popping in on the Dockwa Facebook Group from time to time. –Becky
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. Our 2021 Winners are typically announced mid-June! (This year had some extenuating circumstances, thanks for bearing with us.)
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 do 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 yeah! Please do share to social media, post to your boater forums, spraypaint the URL onto the back of your enemy's car – the sky's the limit.