Based in Alexandria, Va., BoatsUS—the nation’s largest organization of recreational boat owners—issued its 2017 Top 10 Boat Names list today. The annual list is produced using names collected by the association’s graphics services arm and, according to the release, “reveal much about the personality of the vessel’s owner.”
What’s in a boat name? Quite a bit, according to the BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names list. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
What follows is the BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names list with meanings, descriptions and explanations provided by the organization.
Serenity: “The utter calm and quietude boating brings.”
Seas the Day: “A nautical wordplay on the Latin saying, ‘Carpe diem,’—taking boating to its fullest.
Andiamo: “Literally ‘Let’s go” in Italian and a perennial favorite boat name.
Irish Wake: “Mourning and merrymaking after the death of a family member or friend.”
Freedom: “Patriotic name that first appeared on the BoatUS Top 10 Names List in 2004.”
Adagio: “Italian for ‘at a slow tempo’—represents how boating reduces stress in our hectic lives.
Ohana: “From the Hawaiian culture, meaning ‘family’ in an extended sense.”
Oasis: “A fertile spot in a desert where water is found—symbolizes boating’s ability to refresh and nourish our daily lives.”
Happy Ours: “A playful take on the good feeling you get at the afternoon communal cocktail time.”
Firefly: “Making the list for the first time—it’s thought that the kids picked this one.”
For a look at all of the BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names lists during the years as well as a directory of more than 9,000 boat names, go to BoatUS.com/boatnames.
Editor’s Note: According to the press release, the BoatUS Graphics Service offers an online design tool to “easily create custom boat graphics with fast turnaround times.” BoatUS also has simple video instructions on how to install graphics on your boat.