On a boat it becomes your identity! As cruisers we rarely know each other’s last names, only our boat’s name. Some examples are “aren’t you Shane on Guiding Light”, “Ahoy Guiding Light”, and “here comes Guiding Light”.
With this truthfulness I wanted to pick a boat name that I would be proud of and knew would not be common. I came up with my name because I wanted something representing religion and boats. Therefore Guiding Light came around and stands for God and lighthouses guiding me through life and rough waters. This means God helps guide me, but I feel he also expects me to actively make decisions based on the world around me. I liked the name so well that when I found out there was a soap opera with the same name (bummer!) it did not faze me. In fact I figured it was another way for people to remember my name (plus it was the first soap opera, so at least I used a name that is trail blazing).
While some people leave the name of their boat the same as it had when they bought it, other people I know chose their names for a variety of different reasons. Bill & Michele on Steppin Up chose their name because this is a bigger boat, Mike and Rebecca on Zero To Cruising started with no idea about boats and worked their way to go cruising, Steve on Alternate Latitude bought his boat to charter and wanted a name that makes people think of Jimmy Buffet’s “Changes in Latitude” song, Rusty and Linda on Sea Yawl Later used their Texas roots and put a nautical spin on a common Texas phrase, Troy and Dena on Storyville named it after their favorite band, and Renee (who is Dutch) & Stacy on Pipe Muh Bligh translates to Blow Me Hard (I am sure they are talking about the wind 😉 ).
Of course you can take the theme of the boat’s name to the dinghy also. My best friend tabbed my dinghy Temptation because it takes you to shore with bars and other vices. Thus it is taking you away from the Light. On the same line of thinking my kayak is Redemption, because you have to work out to use it. Dave and Leslie on Texas Two Step named their dinghy Line Dancer.
All of this is brought up because I just had the name plastered on the bows of the boat. When I first got the boat I had the name and logo put on the stern as soon as I could. Well it was not until later when I was out cruising that I realized other boats could not see my name with my dinghy hanging on the davits. Therefore, I finally had the name put on the bows so everyone know who I am and I don’t look like a lot of the bareboats around here.
What do you think of the logo? What is or will be your boat name and why? Why don’t you leave a comment answering these questions for everyone to read?