Every time you call up a marina or another boat on the radio, the protocol is to announce your boat name at least twice, if not three times, for clarity. For example, a friend of mine, who named his boat ‘Blue’, would need to say: “Brixham Marina, Brixham Marina, this is Blue Blue Blue.”
He regularly caused consternation with his ‘Blue Blue Blue’ over the radio. It sounded like he was sinking.
I’ve been looking around the marina and I’ve found some real beauties in bad boat names. Not with hidden consequences, like ‘Blue’, or incongruous, like ‘Flower’, but some truly dubious names for boats. Here are a few from my collection:
Ohhh. This is a fishing boat. I see what the owner’s done there. Yes, very clever.
This boat is an American flagged vessel, with English speaking owners one assumes, so there are no ‘lost in translation’ excuses. She is also shimmery brown and slightly sparkly.
Probably the Number One offender in my collection.
Why, why, why?
This little boat is really very pretty and deserves better.
Luckily the couple on board seem oblivious to the terrible pun.
Not so much…
Not sure what’s happened to the ‘n’.
Unlucky at the last jousting, maybe?
Or just a very late one and a bit the worse for wear?
(I really quite like this one though: is it the unassuming lower case and the youthful rakish angle of the dodgy ‘n’?)
…Or an elderly owner’s feisty response in a wild moment of defiance?
Looks like Lilo Lill’s made her way up in the world.
Mrs. Boswell would have something to say about that.