You can tell a lot about
a person by the name on their boat. For example, a
couple of years ago I strongly advised a certain
literary celebrity, Juliet Capulet, to never date
a guy with a boat named Sir Osis of the River,
Beeracuda, or Blew Too Much.
looking at the popular boat name lists from
BoatU.S. and it occurs to me the names don't just
tell us about the psychological condition of the
boat owners; they speak to us about the
psychological condition of the nation's economy.
Indeed, they are a proxy
for the mood of the country and point to a change
in direction for the economy and perhaps the stock
market, too. Up or down. I call it the Boat Name
Mood Meter (BNMM)
So what is the BNMM
telling us? I think it's telling us that the
economy is recovering.
The first thing I do is
delete the names on the top 10 list that are on
the list every year. Those recurring names don't
tell us anything. So, goodbye Seas the Day,
AquaHolic, The Black Pearl, La Belle Vita.
Last year's list reverberated with a bad attitude.
That top ten list had boat names like Lazy
Daze, Bail Out, On the Rocks.
Now, compare them with the names on the new list:
Andiamo (Let's go), Mojo, Island Time, Second
Wind, No Worries, Serenity, Blue Moon.
Don't you see what's happening? Boat owners are
tossing out the negative and accentuating the
positive. They are feeling better. Much better.
You should, too.
is it time to buy stocks or bonds or what?
Well, I don't know about
that, but I do know that it's time to invest in
time on the water. Being on the water is the great
escape. It's the rhythmic flap of wind on a sail,
the harmonic charm of a well-tuned cruising
engine, the excitement on a boat when a big fish
is landed, the soothing feeling you get watching a
colorful sunrise or a sunset.
Time on the boat doesn't
make problems go away but it does gives us the
mental fortitude and the right attitude to deal
with matters back on land.
may have read that Tiger Woods is selling his
155-footer, Privacy, and replacing it with
a smaller vessel. He calls it Solitude. The
Tiger Woods case may not be the best example but
it helps to illustrate that even when times are
tough boaters don't give up on boating entirely.
Some sail. Some cruise.
Some fish. Some paddle into remote backcountry
areas where few have gone before. Some seek
solitude. Some socialize. Some go fast from here
to there. Some go slow to nowhere. Heck, some
never leave the dock. But on the water, they feel
is it time? Oh, yeah. Memorial day signals the
start of a new summer. Fishing and Boating Week is
June 4-12. Father's Day is June 19.
stars are aligned. It's time to be on the water.
You can check the Dow when you get back in.
Meanwhile, it's nice to know that the Boat Name
Mood Meter is trending sharply up. You know what