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To name a boat can be fun and serious business all wrapped up together. Some people may know instantly what they will name their boat while others may really take their time contemplating the perfect name for their new floating oasis.


Have you ever seen other boat names and thought... huh?


Well, it's a totally personal decision on what you name a boat. Some people may get it and some people may not. The point is, it's entirely up to you.


Why Name a Boat?


There is a lot of history with naming boats that date back to ancient times and there's also history that involves naming a boat with a female name. I won't go into specifics (I'll post an article below that discusses this in greater length) but it was thought to be bad luck if you didn't name your boat.


In the modern-day, why not name a boat? You get to go through the creative process of personalizing a boat which I think is part of the fun.


This is where I come in and help with how to name a boat. I have a few tips that will help you with the groundwork of coming up with the PERFECT boat name.


Okay, let's get started. There are many variations on how to pick a boat name. First, you could choose one, two, three-word boat names. I don't suggest picking more than three because the font alone on the boat would be crazy long and you want your name to stand out. If the name of the boat is too long, the font will have to be smaller to fit all the characters on the boat. So, I suggest sticking to one to three words for your boat's name.



How to name a boat using one word?


Now if you have an idea of a boat name (and it's one word in length) but you're not quite sure if it's the perfect word, then think about adding a suffix to the ending of the word.


Suffixes are letter(s) that are added to the end of the root word. This changes the meaning of the word. For example, the nautical word "knot "could be changed to "knottiest" which completely changes the meaning.


This method also comes in a handy when you want to name a boat after a business or career (e.g., lawn business = lawnist or lawnitude)


Examples of Suffixes:

-er

-hood

-ion

-est

-ing

-ist

-tude

-ee

-ship

-fy

-ic

-ful


How to name a boat using a favorite location?


Some people have dream locations or places where they want to retire. Or it could be your favorite place on earth. Either way, you could incorporate the name of a place and add another word to make the boat name unique. For example, Bimini is a beautiful and popular place so a great name with using Bimini would be "Royal Bimini" or "Bimini Blue".


How to name a boat by combining names?


This is a great way to use loved one's names for naming a boat. For example, if you have parents or children that you would like to represent, use a few letters of two names to come up with a unique name. For example, Sara and Monica could become "MORA". Another way to do this is by using the first two letters of each name, the last two letters of each name, or the first two of one name and the last two of the other name (which is what I did with MORA) and viola! You have a unique name with significance.


How to name a boat using different parts of speech?


There are many variations to using different parts of speech to name a boat. Now think back to English class when you were taught nouns, verbs, and adjectives. You could use this method for developing a unique boat name.

For example-

  • Adjective (describing word) + Noun (person, place, thing)= "Jolly Wave"

  • Verb (action word) + Noun (person, place, thing)= "Running Sail"


How to name a boat using acronyms?


An acronym is when each letter represents the beginning letter of another word. It's basically an abbreviated form of a word or phrase (L.T.D. stands for love to dive)


How to name a boat using numbers?


This is another excellent way of crafting the perfect boat name. Use regular numbers or a different form of the number. For example, if you have three kids or three businesses, then you could use triple or multi to represent that significance (e.g., "Triple Wave").


How to name a boat by combining words to make short phrases?


This is a great method for naming boats. It's basically coming up with several categories and then adding synonyms (words with the same meaning) to the list. Then combine words from different categories to generate GREAT boat names!


Use the words below to come up with your favorite boat name combinations:

Numbers

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.

Single

Double

Multi

Triple


COLORS-

blue

aqua

coral

indigo

azure

navy

royal

turquoise



NAUTICAL

knot

map

marine

compass

anchor

bow

port

helm

deck

crew

sailor

captain

skipper

north

south

east

west


QUICK

fast

swift

agile

rapid

brisk

ready

rush

dash

flow


WEATHER ELEMENTS

wind

air

gale

blow

gust

clear

sky


MOON & STARS

sunlight

sunny

sunrise

flare

daylight

shine

star

crescent


WATER-

ocean

sea

tide

marine

current

wave

stream

river

pond

swell

surf

reef

sand


MONEY-

cash

fund

wage

wealth

bill

currency

reserve

note


STATE OF BEING-

relax

calm

unwind

rest

hang loose

take it easy

lazy

break

tranquil

float


TIME-

future

season

generation

life

occasion

moment

turn

eternity

spell

tide


30 Boat Name Ideas


We used our above list to generate unique boat names for you:


blue tide, quick compass, west turn, future fund, swell reserve, tranquil reef, rapid sea, single note, swift port, coral sunrise, sailor spell, double helm, sunrise eternity, current wage, rush crew, break tide, south gale, lazy anchor, indigo bill, sunlight tide, marine star, sea eternity, triple deck, life float, season unwind, royal tranquil, generation wealth, easy tide, sunny bow, knot lazy


FAQ


Can there be more than two boats with the same name?

Yes, but you need to check with your state or country on the specific requirements. I've posted a link below to the National Vessel Registration FAQ page that will help guide you. For individual states, google "your state + vessel registration".


Can I rename a boat?

Yes, you can rename a boat. Some people view this as bad luck, but if you buy a used boat, then you will want to personalize your vessel.


Conclusion

We hope you found this step-by-step guide to be informative and helpful for you! Remember, to take your time when exploring boat names. You want your boat name to be unique and a reflection of your life. The PERFECT boat name will come to you!


~Bon Voyage!


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Read More Reviews:

Resource

National Vessel Documentation Center FAQ Page


Reference

The Yacht Market- Naming A Boat

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