do you highlight a trip that began more than 33
years ago and is still going on? My husband Vic
and I began our “voyage” July 13, 1984, when we
started our business here in Southwest Florida.
are most grateful for the wonderful people who
began as customers of our business and we now
consider friends. Along the way we have had many
highs and a few lows, but when asked what causes
us to smile the most and sometimes shake our
heads, it’s a pretty simple thing that I have
talked about before in “The View” and that’s the
names people give their boats.
Our friends at Boat
U.S. keep track of names and annually publish a
list of the most popular names the prior 12
months. That’s pretty interesting with a number
of repeats over the past few years like
Seas the Day,
and this year’s #1 –
But, there’s a lot more to this that I’ve
experienced over the years.
Some of it is downright
scary, other name choices make me laugh and
there are some that just make you wonder,
especially when you meet the captain and crew.
Just think about
Both of those
offer a lot more information than any of us care
to know. How about the message the captain of
Eat Drink and
If he’s single or about to be, I would think
prospective female first mates would take a pass
on a chance to cruise with him.
A few years ago
made the list and I thought that was pretty
clever when you consider it suggests magic
power. No argument from me, anytime on board and
at sea gives us all some magic that we need to
recharge and recoup from time on land.
There are some that I
would call practical.
Can’t and won’t argue with any of those, there’s
probably good reason why they were chosen.
don’t know if there’s a right or wrong way to go
about coming up with a name for your boat. My
suggestion is pretty simple and straightforward.
Develop a list of possibilities, share it with
friends and family and see what they all have to
say. If you can’t reach consensus, consider what
your mother would say. If your choice would pass
muster with her, it should with anyone.
I like creativity, but
I also have an appreciation for reality. The
name of the boat, type of boat and captain all
ought to mesh. You don’t name a cockapoo puppy,
even if they behave that way.
guess at the end of the day, the name you pick
will be the name you have chosen. Just remember,
it’s almost like the web, whatever you post will
be there forever, that is, unless you sell the
boat and buy another or change the name, but
that’s kind of cheesy.
I’m pleased to note that
the vast majority of names I have seen since
beginning our voyage in 1984 have brought a
smile to my face. I hope that continues as we