I'm suffering from a severe case of solid-water-itis. Doc says it will not clear till spring, I understand it is going around. For many of us, paddling has stopped and building has slowed, thought it might be fun to share stories of how we came up with the names for our mistresses...
My first boat, a Muskoka Seaflea (yes, the dreaded spread-boat) I named “Kidd”. I was thirteen at the time and my older brother referred to as me “the kid”, I added the extra “d” since my initials are “DD”
Fast forward 30 years: My next and current project, a 17’ skin on frame Kayak, I named “Kia Ora”. I wanted something that would reflect my New Zealand heritage and one day before construction even started, I was helping my wife with the dishes. I was drying and looked at the tea towel. It was from New Zealand and had the traditional Haka, a Maori war dance that the All Blacks do before each game. There in the translation was “T’is life” – Kia Ora
My Wife’s boat, a Chesapeake 18 will be “Aquarius”, because she is… and it is a water sign.
Please respond with your stories of how you came up with the name of your boat.