Author(s): Jonathan Eyers
Naming a boat is as personal as naming a baby (even if few male skippers would risk telling the wife that). The culmination of many years of dreaming and penny pinching, the purchase of a boat of any size is a huge event for any sailor, and with that comes serious naming pressure. Many boatowners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first - or ruined it for ever by reducing its reputation to snigger-worthy opprobrium. Sometimes it's so difficult to name a boat that skippers are desperate enough to ask the sorts of people who think Boaty McBoatface would be a good choice...
The perfect gift for any skipper or would-be skipper, and featuring hundreds of common and uncommon names, this entertaining little book will answer perhaps the most important question new owners should ask themselves: what will this name say about me? And as everyone knows, once you've named a boat, you never ever change it, so it also answers the question: what is my boat name saying about me?
Names will be categorised and listed alphabetically within these chapters:
- Pun Intended (some reveal a classic wit, others reveal just how many desperate unfunny dullards there are sailing around in yachts called Seas the Day)
- Common as Muck (bad names - Moondancer, Wave Catcher and others that sound like names from a bad children's novel: where they come from, why they're bad, and how to avoid inventing another)
- A Bit of Pedigree (good names - but probably too classy for you to get away with copying them)
- Don't Even Go There (they might be uncommon these days, but sometimes there's a good reason for that)
- Word Piracy (expressions borrowed from other languages - with varying degrees of wisdom)
- Myths, Legends and Gods (inspired by heroes and deities of cultures now lost to the past)
- The Devil's Own (don't tempt fate by calling your boat Invincible, as the Royal Navy did each time the last one sank/exploded - plus other superstition-violating names)
With fascinating history, a fair bit of psychology and a lot of humour, this is the essential guide for all would-be boat owners, and anyone buying a gift for Dad for Father's Day or Christmas.
From HMS Invincible to Boaty McBoatface, Seas the Day to Shoot Low They're Riding Chickens, naming ships and boats has always been a tradition that separates the inspired from the woefully unfunny. This book explores some of the fascinating history behind famous names, and bizarre stories behind the stranger ones.
Jonathan Eyers is the author of Don't Shoot the Albatross!: Nautical Myths and Superstitions, How to Snog a Hagfish!: Disgusting Things in the Sea and Final Voyage: The World's Worst Maritime Disasters for Adlard Coles Nautical, and the novel The Thieves of Pudding Lane for Bloomsbury Children's.