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Jonathan Eyers

Yacht Were You Thinking? : An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad

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<b>From HMS<i> Invincible</i> to <i>Boaty McBoatface</i>, <i>Seas the Day</i> to <i>Shoot Low They?re Riding Chickens</i>, naming boats has always been a tradition that separates the inspired from the woefully unfunny. This book explores the fascinating history behind several famous boat names as well as the bizarre stories behind the stranger ones.</b>

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From HMS Invincible to Boaty McBoatface, Seas the Day to Shoot Low They?re Riding Chickens, naming boats has always been a tradition that separates the inspired from the woefully unfunny. This book explores the fascinating history behind several famous boat names as well as the bizarre stories behind the stranger ones.

Often the culmination of many years of dreaming and penny-pinching, the purchase of a boat of any size is a huge event for any sailor, and with that comes serious naming pressure. Naming a boat can be as personal as naming a baby. Many boat owners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first--or ruined their chosen name forever by co-opting it for their disgraceful boat.

The perfect gift for any skipper or would-be skipper, and featuring hundreds of common and uncommon names, this entertaining little book answers perhaps the most important question new owners should ask themselves: What will this name say about me? And as everyone knows, once you've named a boat, you never ever change it, so it also answers the question: What is my boat name saying about me right now?

Names are categorized--and listed alphabetically within these chapters--as to:
- Popularity: helpfully, yacht insurers release ranked lists of popular names each year, which have revealed some very interesting trends
- Don't Even Go There: they might be uncommon these days, but sometimes there's a good reason for that
- Pun Intended: some reveal a classic wit, others reveal just how many desperate unfunny dullards there are sailing around in yachts called Seas the Day
- A Bit of Pedigree: good names, but probably too classy for you to get away with copying them
- Common as Muck: bad names--Moondancer, Wave Catcher, and others that sound like names from a bad children's novel-where they come from, why they're awful, and how to avoid inventing another for your boat
- Too Much Information: why using a boat to celebrate a bonus/retirement/divorce/second wife tends to be a bad idea a few months down the road
- The Devil's Own: don't tempt fate by calling your boat Invincible, as the Royal Navy did each time the last one sank/exploded--plus other superstition-violating names

With fascinating history, a fair bit of psychology, and a lot of humor, this is the essential guide for all would-be boat owners, and anyone looking for a dad-type gift on Father's Day or Christmas.

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Publisher
Bloomsbury USA
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
144
Author
Jonathan Eyers
Title
Yacht Were You Thinking? - Hardcover
ISBN-13
9781472944375
Publication Date
October, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.38 x 5.10 x 0.68 Inches
ISBN-10
1472944372

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