Be Careful Naming Boat-J. Martino

Be careful when naming a boat By John Martino I love marinas, the bigger the better. To me, they are one of the happiest places on earth. After all, who goes to a marina to have a bad time? These protected harbors provide more than a place to moor your boat. They also become social gathering spots for boat owners and their friends. My favorites are the big water marinas. No matter what is going on I usually make time to walk the docks looking at all of the different makes and models of water craft and talking to those who are fortunate to have them. One of my favorite pastimes when not holding a rod and reel is to look at the varied names people give to watercraft. Many, after finally getting the boat of their dreams, wonder about which name to emblazon on the sides or stern. Choosing a name is important because the owner usually becomes associated with the pseudonym. Just like a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person sitting in the driver’s seat, a boat’s name can give you insight about the person perched behind the helm. We rarely name our cars or motorcycles. It’s also uncommon to nickname RV’s or busses, but boats are different. Let’s face it, you’ve never seen someone bust a bottle of champagne over the hood of their new car or RV. Yes boats are special. Each year the Boat Owners of the United States (BoatUS) select the top names people attach to their watercraft. Here’s this year’s best five. Aquaholic: After a four-year absence from the Top 10 list, this popular boat name returns. Its appeal is in its intoxicating wordplay about overdoing too much time on the water. This kind of imbibing, however, won’t give you a hangover – except maybe on a Monday morning when you have to go back to work! Pearl: Sometimes a shortening of the name of the fictional ship in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, folks who put Pearl on the transom likely know that their luxurious vessel has an understated luster. Forever Young: While boating isn’t exactly like the Fountain of Youth, many boaters say the feeling of boating, sailing or fishing keeps them feeling young. A perfect name for maintaining a stress-free boating life. Second Chance: This boat owner has likely had an opportunity for a do-over – be it with boating or a life challenge related to health, career or matrimony. It’s a reminder to take advantage of the chance to start over. Squid Pro Quo: It’s clear this fishing vessel owner appreciates Latin, or at least perhaps understands that life is a game of give-and-take. OK, now it’s your turn. So you’ve settled on the boat of your dreams and the time has come to name it. There are several things to consider besides picking something you like. Your boat’s moniker will affect others and it will stick with you for as long as you own it and possibly longer. They say shorter is better. Many in the boating community believe you should try and limit a boat’s name to one word. You also never want to tempt the Gods of the sea by naming your vessel something like “On the Rocks” or “Bottoms Up”. They may just grant your wish even though the names are meant for something entirely different. You also don’t want to name your craft after an inappropriate action or item and I have sure seen some crossing that line. Some I prefer not to mention in this column. Even though you don’t have to be totally original it’s never a good idea to name your craft after another boat either. That’s just plain silly. Remember the name you give your boat will end up being your name as well. People will have a hard time remembering your birth name but will always remember your boat label. So be careful before painting something like “Liquid Valium” or “Cirrhosis of the River” on your vessel. While visiting Washington Park in Michigan City and the New Buffalo Marinas, I took a few minutes to talk with an orthopedic surgeon from Chicago. His boat was appropriately titled “Naut on Call.” Several piers down was a boat named “A Loan Again.” I later learned the owner was a banker. While perusing all the different types and styles of boats, lined up like silent sentinels in both harbors, it was hard not to notice the guy driving the candy apple red off-shore racer. The low rumble of the big motors almost resembled the sound of thunder in the distance as he kept passing by the beaches obviously trying to impress the hordes of female sunbathers. The words “Play Bouy” stretched across the sides. “That figures” I thought to myself Then there were some boat names that made me laugh out loud. I couldn’t help but smile after seeing the large sailboat with the words “Breakin Wind” painted in large black letters on the stern. “That’s unique,” I said with a laugh, as I passed by the owner who was stepping out onto the dock. “Yeah, every time someone hails me on the marine radio when I’m on the lake and asks, is that you breaking wind? I just tell them no - it was my wife!” Adams Auto Group Benefit Bass Tourney. For many years, Brian Adams, owner of Adams Auto Group and Mobility has hosted a benefit bass tourney at the Kokomo Reservoir to raise additional funds for children who take part in the “Jim “Moose” Carden Kids Fishing Clinic and this year was no exception. “Anytime you involve children and the outdoors, everyone benefits,” Adams said. “We are glad to sponsor this kind of event.” Last Saturday a large group of anglers gathered to take part in the contest. At the conclusion of the weigh-in it was the team of Dennis McKee and Mat Temme that swept the event winning first place and the tourney’s big fish honor. The winning pair carried five fish to the scales totaling 11.18 pounds. Their largest tipped the scales at 3.39 pounds. Darla and Steve Kelley snagged second place with five fish weighing 10.13 pounds. Third place went to Scott Leisure and Scott Carpenter with five bass weighing 9.51 pounds. Kokomo Reservoir open team bass tourney Fishing solo B.J. Butcher took top honors at last Monday’s Kokomo Reservoir open team bass tourney with five largemouth bass totaling 7.74 pounds. Second place went to Matt Cottrell and Matt Durben with four fish weighing 6.58 pounds. Eric Kinney and Chance Taskey reeled in third place with three fish dropping the scales at 5.47 pounds. Delphi-Delco The team of Keith Milburn and Ed Lyke swept last Tuesday evening’s Dephi-Delco team bass tourney, staged on Mississinewa Reservoir. The winners carried two fish to the scales weighing three pounds, one ounce. A fish topping out a one pound, 11 ounces was good enough to give the weekly event’s big bass honor.