[Alberg30] Boat Names

Alfredo alberg30sail497 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 11 18:18:44 PDT 2003


I too started off on a Hobbie mine was old and the blue color hulls
were faded along with its previous name. I renamed my Hobbie Wind Song,
because of the humming noise the hulls would make when pushed trough
the water by the wind. 
During my college years in Florida, my housemates and I shared a red
sleek powerboat a Donzi 31 named Sin or Swim. (Explanation given upon
When I purchased my Alberg it was named Free Spirit honestly, I could
have not come up with a better name myself. It surely describes how I
feel when I sail her. My body might have to return to the dock and back
to the rat race but my spirit will follow the wind and chase the sun
over the horizon.

#497 Free Spirit

--- "Roger L. Kingsland" <rkingsland101 at ksba.com> wrote:
> Albergers (hold the mayo);
> Most of this communication is a rambling build up to a request stated
> in the last three paragraphs; so, if you get sleepy just go directly
> there.
> My family and I are struggling over what to name our new (to us) A30,
> #148.  Her current name, Mahina Manu, is purported to mean "Moon
> Bird" in Polynesian. However, for all we know, it could mean "Oil
> Slick," or even, "Your Fly is Down."   I don't think there are birds
> on the Moon nor do I think there are birds that moon; so, we are
> willing to flaunt nautical tradition and rename the boat.
> My first boat was a brand new 1976 Hobie 16' that was all white.  I
> thought having an all white Hobie among all those colorful, show-off
> boats would be unique.  I used to hang a red bandanna from the
> forestay bridle for just the right touch of tasteful color.  I named
> her "Purity," which seemed appropriate given the color (or lack
> thereof) and the singular, go fast purpose of the boat.  The kids in
> the family I sold the boat to some 10 years later renamed her
> "Generic Boat;" so much for high-minded names.
> My second boat, a 1962 centerboard Rhodes 19 day-sailor, came with
> the name "Tonic," which I interpreted to mean good for what ails ya,
> not what you add to gin.  I think it's a great name for that boat
> because she is a joy to sail and sailing her is so therapeutic.  No
> worries with Tonic; even in the strongest gust, she takes on about 20
> gallons of water then heads into the wind.  The 350-pound cast iron
> centerboard makes an ideal depth sounder;  I just tack every time it
> hits bottom.  In fact, three years of finding the bottom with Tonic
> on Pittsburgh's three rivers has given me the confidence to sail the
> A30 on the rivers.  Not that there are any good reasons to do so. 
> River sailing is a very linear existence and I don't think the mast
> will clear the last two bridges en route to Steeler games at Heinz
> Field.
> That gets us to the new name for A30, #148.  Some time ago, I read
> that the country of Portugal had the Latin moniker of "Non Plus
> Ultra," which translates to "no more beyond," or "there is no more
> beyond (Portugal)."  Then, in the 15th century they got into all of
> that global exploration so the name didn't quite fit.  Their solution
> was to take out the "Non," the remaining "Plus Ultra" means, "the
> more beyond."  I always thought that would be a great name for a boat
> and for years have given that name to the cruising catamarans I
> design as a hobby (architect by day, frustrated naval architect by
> night).  I have the Plus Ultra, Twin Cockpit Pilot House 42; the Plus
> Ultra, River Curser 36 (a power boat); and several models in between.
> A little side note on the catamaran design: I use the term "design"
> very loosely.  Actually, I was able to cajole a very fine naval
> architect, Chris White, to send me drawings of his Atlantic series
> catamarans.  Working with his hull designs, I modify the layouts
> (mostly) and rigging (sometimes).  Chris designs what I think are the
> most beautiful and functional ocean-going sailboats afloat.  His
> designs are based on solid logic, much of which is described in his
> book, "Cruising Multi-hulls," which can be found along with some
> great boat designs, on his web site, www.chriswhitedesigns.com. 
> Anyway, I do these crazy designs and send the sketches to Chris for
> his comments.  The usual response is, "That's interesting."  Since I
> know what that means when I say it to my clients, I am aware I should
> keep my day job.
> Back to Plus Ultra.  I was a little nervous about giving such a high
> performance-sounding name to a traditional, and not exceptionally
> fast, mono-hull.  When our kids (girl 13, boy 11) pointed out that it
> sounded like a toothpaste, that was the end of that name.  Perhaps I
> will use it when Chris White designs a real catamaran for me.  Will
> someone please reply to my previous request for stocks that will
> appreciate at least 30% so I can get Chris started?
> Next came family names.  I don't mean naming the boat after an
> ancestor (my stepmother-in-law asked us to name our daughter after
> distant relative Unity Yancey; for some reason we declined and she
> gave the name to her miniature Schnauzer instead), but rather after
> ships associated with our family history.  Some of my ancestors were
> ship captains, but we don't know the names of their vessels.  That
> doesn't really matter though because I can claim that whatever name
> we come up with was the name of one of my ancestors' ships.  You'll
> have to take my word for it that I actually even have ship captain
> ancestors.  
> My great, great, great, great, great (I might be off by a great or
> two) grandfather had a lumber mill in Nutley, New Jersey and supplied
> the first wooden curbs to New York City.  His schooner, used to ship
> the wood across the Hudson, was named "Charming Polly," which, I
> assume, was his wife's name (I don't think, even then, they named
> boats after parrots); not as bad as either Unity or Yancey, but still
> too old fashioned for my taste.
> My neighbors got onto the fray during the weekly Steeler (you know,
> that pro football team that is going to win its fifth Super Bowl this
> season) game party.  Aside from a strong endorsement for "Passing
> Wind," (11-year old boys have certain "issues," but sure know how to
> do the double meaning thing), a couple of stupid motorboat names came
> up.  Someone suggested "Bag-O-Beer," which is what we all carry to
> the Steeler party host house each week.  Unless we want to entertain
> naming the boat "Heinz Ward," or "The Bus," or "Tommy Maddox," I
> don't think there is much hope for genuine boat naming help from the
> neighborhood.
> Which gets me to the point, finally!  Since the Kingsland's have all
> winter to decide, I think it is only appropriate to make the name
> selection process a little harder, and would like to do some research
> using data provided by Albergers (no buns for the Atkins folks). 
> Would you all please be kind enough to send me a story about a boat
> name (or two, three...)?  I am interested in knowing about how you,
> and/or your friends, came up with the name(s) for your boat(s).  For
> Example, Gord Laco is the technical consultant for the new movie by
> Fox based on Patrick O'Brien's historical fiction series about the
> Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.  His A30 (#426) is named
> "Surprise," which was the name of the central figure's favorite
> command, a fast frigate.   I have a friend whose boats have all been
> named after towns in Nantucket (Siasconset, Sankaty, Quidnet) and a
> sister whose many yellow labs had names starting with the letter "T"
> (Tavner, Tuffy, Treetorn, Terra, Tyler, Trevor, Tickles).  
> Although suggestions for boat names are certainly welcome, I am most
> interested in the stories behind the names; the raison d'etre (why do
> the French have to eat raisins to come up with an idea).  I would
> also be interested in any humorous names you have seen, even if you
> don't know their origins.  I have found the transoms of motorboats
> are often a good source.  Basically, anything you would like to share
> regarding names will be valuable and will help give us direction and
> purpose.
> Your help in solving the Kingsland family naming dilemma this fall
> and winter would be greatly appreciated.  If you prefer a private
> response, my email is rkingsland101 at ksba.com.
> Thank you, thank you very much,
> Roger Kingsland
> Chief Financial Officer (AKA, check writer)
> Mahina Manu, A30 #148
> N40°  29.288'
> W79°  54.228'
> Author's Disclaimer; This email was produced exclusively by the
> sender and, in the interest of expediency, without the benefit of
> editing by others.  The sender, thank goodness, is a much better
> architect/sailor than speller/editor and, frankly, constantly laments
> an obvious flaw in "spell check," it does not know what the author is
> thinking.  Please accept the sender's sincere apologies for any
> "typos" that may appear in this document.  If present, they are
> certainly unintended and hopefully do not cloud the message, or spawn
> any unnecessary lawsuits.
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