Is there an unspoken tradition that some boat names have a certain amount of “punny-ness” to them?
Here’s a case in point from our recent trip to Maine:
On that same trip, we saw a lobster boat with the name Captain Mortgage written in the same font as the famed brand of rum.
At any rate, punny boat names seem to be a fixture in the sailing community. At our marina in San Rafael, there’s a boat called Knot to Worry. We’ve seen several variations off “knot,” like Knot My Problem and Knot Completely Paid For Yet. (We might have made that last one up, actually.)
We should also distinguish the punny name vs. the general funny name. Also on the San Rafael canal, there’s a motor boat named Wastin’ Away with a port of call of “Margaritaville,” and we suspect that this isn’t the only such port of call or Buffett-inspired boat name. We have photographic evidence of at least a few Salt Shakers. (Should those ports of calls be “Lost?”)
Latitude Nation: Is there a punny (or funny) boat name at a slip near you? Have you passed a few clever names on an afternoon sail or while cruising? We think it’s about time we start creating an informal but well-thought-out, well-researched encyclopedia of said names.
Please send us pictures here of clever boat names, or comment below (but pictures are paramount to this bit of research). Depending on the volume, we’ll either publish them on a future ‘Lectronic, or in a future Letters. (We certainly prefer sailboats, but if you happen to snag a photo of a good name on a motorboat’s transom, well, who’s gonna know?)
The “best” of the punny names will win a Latitude 38 hat. Good luck everyone, and thanks for playing.