[Alberg30] Boat Names

Mike Lehman sail_505 at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 12 13:08:49 PDT 2003

When we bought our Alberg in 1977, the surveyor (a really seasoned guy who 
had been around boats for all of his life and a surveyor for 50+ years) 
asked me if we were going to give her a new name. I told him that we what we 
were planning to name her and he got soooo excitied about the name claiming 
in all his life he had never seen a boat with that name, and considered it 
to be about the most perfect name you could give a boat. We did not use the 
name on our Alberg, and I am not going to tell you what it is because I am 
saving it for our next boat (if we ever decide to get another boat...the 
Alberg is perfect for us). Instead we named our Alberg "Gilleleje" after a 
Danish fishing village were there is a small harbor where the herring fleet 
sails out of. The village has special meaning to Trish and me because it was 
in the village of "Gilleleje" were we honeymooned. Every day since has been 
a honeymoon, especially on our Alberg.

Okay, you can wipe your tears now.

Mike Lehman
"Gilleleje" #505

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Dave Terrell" <DTERRELL at message.nmc.edu>
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Subject: Re: [Alberg30] Boat Names
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 13:12:22 -0400

I have had two named boats. I named by Cal 27 Scholarship because I am a
college prof and like to think that I am a scholar too - hence the name
that gives some expression to what my life is about. The other boat with
a name is talisman, my alberg - The name suggests a good luck charm and
I think I was really to get her and expect her to bring her charm to my
sailing life. so for now I will keep the name because it fits. If I were
going to change it I might go for one of those names the Brits liked to
give ninteenth century sailing warships - I am reading the Horation
Hornblower books - can get going so far  on Jack Aubrey - I think those
names were really great. Once my boat was called Gemeni and also
Glorious - that  sounds like a 19th cent british warship. So I suppose
the boat has a good name in its history, and I get tired of talisman, I
have a great name in reserve.

That is my story.

 >>> rkingsland101 at ksba.com 09/11/03 11:29AM >>>

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

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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