Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What's in A Name? Plenty.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet."  

-Juliet, Romeo and Juliet

Any boat owner can tell you that their boat is more than just a vessel.  It becomes a living entity, a part of the family, a gendered being possessing a heart and a soul.  Scott and I are of the belief that there actually is quite a bit in a name and, as such, have decided to re-name our new boat regardless of what William Shakespeare has to say about the matter.

Our boat's previous name "Fair Winds" while nice is - for lack of a better word - unoriginal.  When we bought Rasmus, we didn't change her name because a) we didn't really care and b) we didn't mind the one she had (it means "God of Wind").  "Fair Winds", however, doesn't give our beautiful new boat the je ne sais quoi that we are looking for.  First of all, it is two words and we prefer a one word boat name.  Second of all, it contains the word "wind" which is too obvious for our liking.  We didn't even need to discuss it.  She needed a name that did her more justice.  A name that we would be proud of.

To be completely honest - there are some downright appalling names on boats these days.  Just plain bad.  Whether they be horrible puns (Bow Down), tongue in cheek (Nauti Buoy), or play-on words (Miss Adventure) - boat names have taken a turn for the worse.  I don't want to offend, so I'll let the irreverent Pat Schulte do it.  Check out his thoughts on the sorry state of boat names these days (and how not to name your boat).  For more examples of questionable boat names, check out this hilarious post.

So...back to our new boat, and our new name.  We wanted something special, something unique, and something that said a little about us.  Longtime followers of this blog know that I am a huge believer in karma and putting good stuff out into the Universe.  I believe in being grateful, in the power of positive thinking and the importance of saying "thank you".  I believe that when you send gratitude out there into the Universe, good things come back to you.  It's simple and, so far, it has worked for me.  "Thank you Universe" is a phrase I say almost daily.

With that said, our new boat will be christened "Asante" (Ah-sahn-tay) which is Swahili* for "Thank You".  It rolls trippingly off the tongue, it's easy to read and pronounce, and (most importantly) means something to us: that we are thankful.  And now, we will continue to be grateful wherever we go... 

There is a lot in a name if you choose to make it so.  It has the potential to tell a story, to conjure up an image, to spark up an interesting conversation... While, "Ex-Ta-Sea"could strike up a potentially interesting discussion and "Harvey Dockbanger" does tell a bit of a story, something tells me Mr. Shakespeare would not approve.

Stay classy boaters!

* I lived in East Africa for three years, and they were some of the best years of my life - this name is also an homage to that beautiful place and the powerful and ever-present impact it had on me.


Mike said...

Very nice, guys. I like it!


Anonymous said...

Very nice! I like the name!
We changed our boat name~
Ours went from Tropicool (was so embarrassing) it was light blue too so when we painted our boat to a cream color we re-named it Charis .Charis
(Ka-reece) means favor/grace in greek, we never been on a sailboat till we bought our boat, so we decided we needed LOTS of favor /grace in learning to sail and live aboard. So far it's working out!!

sailinglunasea said...

What a great name! We're currently looking for our boat name - and like you, want to tie it to something meaningful. Thanks for sharing. It gives me an additional path to travel in our search :)


Lisa Patterson said...

Beautiful Name and fits you and your family really, really well!!

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

What a great choice! Living and traveling on a boat is truly something to be thankful for!

Albert said...

I love it. Not only is it a "thank you" for all of one's blessings, it is a "thank you" directly to the boat - for the passages and joy it brings to you, Scott and Isla. Great choice.

Courtney said...

Perfect name, and a great sound to it. You can say it easily over VHF, so it's clear you'll actually sail it!

BoatNameBlog said...

Great name, a great story to it, and a good message to deliver as a guest of each port you visit.

And, it's original. No sign of it on our sites.

Well done.


Jake DiMare said...

Great name, great story. Thanks!

Jennie said...

Very nice and I like the whole karma thing

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

I LOVE it!!!!! Sounds like the perfect name.

Deb said...

Our boat's name was Encore and we just didn't like it. This is not a repeat, but a new adventure for us. After careful thought we changed it to Kintala which is the gypsy word for "karma" or "state of balance". Tim has a pretty good hunk of gypsy heritage in him via his grandfather so it was an additional tie to the meaning.

S/V Kintala

Amanda said...

I like the new name!!! My all time favorite head smack name for a boat was Knot A Clew. The guy was trying to tie up to our fuel dock and nearly took out a piling, and narrowly missed a few boats in their berths. It was classic.

Amanda said...

I like the new name!!! My all time favorite head smack name for a boat was Knot A Clew. The guy was trying to tie up to our fuel dock and nearly took out a piling, and narrowly missed a few boats in their berths. It was classic.

sarah said...

That's a really nice name, there really are some awful ones out there.

JustAnotherVoice said...

Just came across this and I like your reasoning behind the name. Our Catalina 445 is call Benediction ... it is a true blessing and we are blessed to be able to own and enjoy her.

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