Yacht Were You Thinking?: An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad

Yacht Were You Thinking?: An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad

by Jonathan Eyers

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Overview

Often 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. Naming a boat can be as personal as naming a baby. Many boat owners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first—or ruined their chosen name forever by co-opting it for their disgraceful boat.

The perfect gift for any skipper or would-be skipper, and featuring hundreds of common and uncommon names, this entertaining little book answers 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 right now?

Names are categorized—and listed alphabetically within these chapters—as to:

- Popularity: helpfully, yacht insurers release ranked lists of popular names each year, which have revealed some very interesting trends

- Don't Even Go There: they might be uncommon these days, but sometimes there's a good reason for that

- 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

- A Bit of Pedigree: good names, but probably too classy for you to get away with copying them

- 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 awful, and how to avoid inventing another for your boat

- Too Much Information: why using a boat to celebrate a bonus/retirement/divorce/second wife tends to be a bad idea a few months down the road

- 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 humor, this is the essential guide for all would-be boat owners, and anyone looking for a dad-type gift on Father's Day or Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472944375
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

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.

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