Why do people still name boats?
Sea faring is a traditional sport. Sea captains always have one eye looking to the past. And as such, boats continue to receive names today.
It is no longer a logistical requirement for boats to bear a colorful name. They could be referred to using their registration number. This would be similar to using a license plate number to talk about a specific car. Yet, nobody uses a registration number to refer to a boat.
Every single boat has a name. If you need some witty examples, here’s our excellent list of funny names for boats.
So, aside from tradition, why hasn’t this ritual of naming a boat lost any steam?
In my opinion, the answer has a lot to do with ego. Boaters, in general, have a grand sense of self. It’s not often that you’ll encounter a quiet and introverted skipper.
And each type of boater has a different reason for their inflated sense of self.
Sailors love the fact that they’ve mastered sailing and don’t need an engine.
Fishermen see themselves as brave hunters pulling trophy after trophy from a vast ocean.
Speedy power boaters ride up on hydroplane and fly insanely fast across an otherwise placid lake or bay.
None of these activities seem to attract shy or humble personalities.
All this ego needs a creative outlet… and the name of the boat has become that outlet.