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The Annual Boat Name Report

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Vol. IV, No. 5

This fishing boat has a nice classic name applied a tasteful font. Photo by Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com.

This fishing boat has a nice classic name applied a tasteful font. Photo by Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com.

Around this time each year, Boat U.S. comes out with their most popular boat names report. This year’s winner: Serenity. Aw, how nice. But don’t worry, Seas the Day still made the list, aptly representing the category of bad puns. See the list. Boat U.S.’ records go back nearly a quarter century, to 1991, and remarkably and unlike baby names, there doesn’t appear to be any change over time in the style of boat names, at least in the top 10. Nor does there seem to be any change in the top 10 gaudy fonts used, as can be seen in their boat names photo gallery.

This Boat U.S. data likely represents mostly powerboats. A look at newer racing sailboat names provides a more positive outlook. Here’s a fun one I’ve come across recently. View the gallery for more recent samples of interesting names and stylish fonts.

A J/70 named "Cool story, Bro." Photo by Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com.

A J/70 named “Cool story, Bro.” Photo by Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com.

But still, perhaps the issue here is the “top 10″ factor. Maybe these top 10 will always be full of the same bad puns, but other names for sail and power boats alike are evolving.

-DC

Categories: WaterViews

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