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"Boat names and kids"©
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(Occasionally, editorial comments from Don of S/V Destiny Calls, host of this web site and southern waters frequenter, will appear in green italic)
After a while you see a pattern on the names given to boats. Sailors and cruisers seem to choose the name of their boats with lots of thought. I tried to categorize the names and came up with the following categories: feelings (emotions), nautical terms, geographic location, animals /vegetables and personal names.
Feelings seems to be expressed in many ways from the mundane to the far fetched: Relax, Relaxin, Blind date, Nachtmusik, Tranquilizer, Braveheart, Volle Pulle (German term), Destiny Calls, Yellow Brick Road, Rapture, Joy Bells, Malembe (African word for taking it easy), Rubaiyat, Scape, Turn Her Loose, Differrence, Caper, Avalon, Fortitude, and Cachee.
Nautical terms come from everywhere: Pyxis, Starknot, Flying Cloud, Pegasus, Winddrift, Puff, Horizon, Glass Lady, Eastern Passage, Chain Reaction, Antigone, Halcyon, Gentle Wind, Latitude Dancer, Latitude, and Southern Sky.
Location words for geography are used too: Yaquina, Borean,Kamandu, Kalahari, Endymion, and Abitibi.
And animals and vegetables are seen: Great Bear, Northern Goose,Two Tomatoes, Purple Onion, Cat Trax, Sea Kitten and Unicorn.
Personal names include names of family members combined or alone: Judith Ann, Pelican (Pieter, Liesse, Candice), Pearl, Shelsea, El Tio, Bobeye(Bob), Katie, Leticia, Arabella, Murphy, Cystal Lee, Mimmi and Lady Francis.
For every name there is a reason. Some are sentimental and others are whimsical. Asking a boater the meaning of the boat name is a topic of conversation and they gladly tell you in detail.
For our boat we chose Borean. We wanted a short and simple name, different from the others. Since we had it registered in Iqaluit in the new territory of Nunavut (Canada) we wanted the idea of cold and northern to be expressed. Borealis and Boreale were already taken and are popular in Canada. So another Latin word for northern is borean. But for the Americans and others it looks weird. Often they put the accent on the wrong syllable. So maybe a simpler one should have been chosen!
On this trip I have seen more children than I thought I would have. Babies, toddlers, and school age ones. They are travellers of the seas. They live in small sail boats to large catamarans. The babies have special needs from diapers to strollers to medicines but no schooling. And the school age ones need home schooling if they want to keep up with their education. Parents take the time to get the programs from the special home school services. Time is made on a regular basis to teach math and phonics and other subjects. Both parents teach what they need to cover. Testing is also done. I have met Merissa and Nathaniel Cope from Maryland on s/v Copesetic. They are 6 year twins who are here for a year since June 2000. They travel the Caribbean and are experiencing the islands and the reefs and the blue waters. They are learning so much from real lived experiences. They know the sea life, the shells and the fish. Other children were on Pegasus. Three girls from 8 to 13. They have been schooled by parents for many years. This is their third long trip. There is even a catamaran with 7 children on board ranging in ages from 7 to 18. And life goes. There is time for play and time for school. It requires a sincere discipline to keep it up. These children will have lived much more than those in the classroom and will become special ambassadors for the world.
January / February, 2001
I spoke to Jim today (March 2, 2001) and Borean is back in George Town waiting for a new injector. The recurring diesel problems forced Jim and Janette back to George Town but have been traced to one faulty fuel injector. (This is a case where two out-a three ain't good enough)
All is well, and they were about to enjoy a happy hour at the Peace and Plenty. We should all be so lucky to have the P&P available when we need a waiting room while our vehicle gets repaired.
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