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I have been meaning to do this for a while - what did you call your boat and why ??

Some names seem selfevident like parhaps "peace" but what is the whole story ? Many choose Poiynesian names but to me this is perhaps better suited to sailors who sail these seas or at least can realistically hope to do so.

My own boat is at this time nameless. So this could help me make up my mind. Having replaced 50% of the entire boat in a reconstruction I feel I am entitled to a new name as well !

In my younger days I was "Circus" and a beginner in circus is called a "First of May" because this is by tradition when the circus starts to tour. So when I became a beginner in sailing I used this name for my boat. You can imagine the mayhem on the VHF when my friends tried to call me - yeah yeah "Mayday Mayday where are you?" So that name is history.

I am an Irish speaker and am tempted by some lovely Irish language names eg. "Gabhlan Gaoithe" [ who goes with the wind ] which is the Irish name for the Swift [bird] who circles the globe without landing - even mating in flight.  

Another line of thought leads me into musical circles. My home [ Clare ] is renowned for it's traditional music and I am a small part of this. I made my living as a tradesman and "The Mason's Apron" is a tune that crossed the ocean to Newfoundland and returned and is a great favourite on both sides of the Atlantic.

But this is not just about me. So go on tell us - what did you call yours and why ???

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I named my tiki after Beto Pandiani. He is a Brazilian who leads expeditions on 21' beach cats. He has sailed a Hobie 21 from Miami to Brazil, around Cape Horn, across the Drake passage, and next year is voyaging to the North Pole on a custom Eagle 21. He is an inspiration to me, and seemed very fit to name my boat after, being a Tiki 21 and all. Beto would probably find my boat luxurious!

Nice Brad.

I had the name'' mutiwakki '' as a contender, but am now leaning towards s.v. Warthog. No deep and meaningful reason is a positive for this, unlike mutiwakka I won't get what does it mean etc.

Also warthogs put a smile on my face every time.

Little Cat. Its little and a cat. Some have accused me of being short on ideas, but I insist that its really just a lack of imagination.

OK folks...............I've been wondering .................what would the feline equivalent be for the "Mutts Nuts"???????

Moggibag ?

Cats Sacks????

Perhaps the Moggis Marbles??

Crazy Cat?  Scatty Cat? 

How about BaggaPuss,......... too un-PC?

The cat's pyjamas ??  [ something that is just too cool to be real ]

in the 1990s in brisbane therew was a boat called woftam when asked what it meant the owners reply was 

waste of flipping time and money,this is the polite version.i leave for australia today will be nice to get home see all my family and friends in brisbane after 3 years in china /,will be buying or building so i cant wait.cheers for now.andy

Our Tiki 38 was born (built) in Darwin on the Arafura sea.  There is a strong history, predating white man's "discovery" and colonisation of Australia, of contact between the Makassar, Sulawesi seafarers and Northern Australian Aboriginal people (in particular, Yolngu in north east Arnhem Land) - our boat's name Lipa Lipa is one of the words that crossed the Arafura sea from Makassarese language to Yolngu Matha, the language of north-east Arnhem.  When we named her, we still did not know that we would in the future live in Makassar, so it seemed the name (and our last five years here) was pre-destined.  Lipa Lipa means "dugout canoe" in both languages

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