Boat Names (303)

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#Boat NameOriginal Owners(s) / CrewEtymology
[Person supplying information]
1
Kate
Charles Leafe
A play on words - Syndicate (syndi Kate)- the group (Jack Holt, Beecher Moore, Noel Jordan, Tony Howard, Bernard Lee and Veri Wagner) behind the building of the prototype Merlin.
[Mike Liggett (& The Merlin Rocket Book)]
2
Wizard
Reason not stated  -  but probably from the slang word meaning 'excellent' or 'first class'.
[The Merlin Rocket Book]
Re-named:-
Merlin
Group Capt Haycock
The Group Capt had tired of the RAF slang word and so changed the name to Merlin who was King Arthur's wizard. He then added the insignia in the shape of Merlin's hat.
[The Merlin Rocket Book]
40
Enchanter

[Patricia Jones]
Re-named:-
San Fairy Ann
Re-named by:-
Miss. S. Caines
A play on words from French Ca ne fait rien meaning 'that’s nothing'
[Mike Liggett / Patricia Jones]
Returned to original name:-
Enchanter
Returned to original name by:-
Pat James
Pat felt it was unlucky to change the name of a boat and since the original mythical Merlin was a wizard or enchanter why change in the first place?
[Patricia Jones]
180
Killick
'Killick' is Royal Navy slang for a Leading Seaman (from the badge worn on the uniform : a single anchor). Everyone would rather their boat was leading.
[David Cooper]
187
Naiad
A river/lake dwelling nymph.
[Mike Liggett]
227
 Rockettoo
Built by Wyche & Coppock and so named as the first Rocket to(o) conform with the Merlin Class rules.
Sailed in the 1950 Champs. by Bruce Banks (6th) and 1951 Champs. by Howard Williams (3rd).

[Mike Liggett]
292
Chinook
Robin Judah
A warm moist wind affecting weather along coast of NW United States.
Came 5th. in 1951 Champs.

[Mike Liggett]
447
Nerine
A mythical Roman water nymph.
[Mike Liggett]
575
Arion
Chris Starr
Named after a successful race horse of the time
[John Cooper]
666
Hell Cat
Mike Astley
666 is the number of "the beast"/the Antichrist/ the Devil.
[Mike Liggett]
684
Crew Cut
Tony Fox
The boat was helmed by John Oakley but owned by the crew (Tony).
[Patrick Blake]
999
Rozzer
Clive Curtiss
Slang name for policeman.
[Mike Liggett]
1027
Team Spirit
John Laing & Son Ltd
This belonged to the John Laing & Son Ltd. sports club.
[Mike Liggett]
1066
Ten-sixty-six
 Leslie Brain
The date of the Battle of Hastings
[Mike Liggett]
1079
Passing Cloud
Harry Harris
A reference to the cigarettes smoked by Harry - a habit he got whilst serving in the army during WW2.   Passing Cloud cigarettes (manufactured by WD & HO Wills) - oval in cross section and in a pink pack.

[Robert Harris]
1198
Popocateptl
Alan Warren
Alan had a 'thing' about volcanoes - they were big and went off with a big bang. Popocatpetl is an active volcano, located in Central Mexico.
[Alan Warren]
1205
Binzee II
Peter Binns
A play on words with the owners name - I guess his second boat.
[Guy Gurney]
1275
Skish
Frank Warren (father of Alan)
Named her 'Skish' for the sound a boat makes when going through the water.
[Guy Gurney]
1488
Dugout
Doug Pearson
A play on words with the owners name.
[Mike Liggett]
1493
Katy Lou
Gordon Payne
First owned by Gordon (at Upper Thames) and was named in honour of his daughter.
[Chris Rathbone / Ross Jackson]
1584
Cotapaxi
Alan Warren
Continuation of a previous theme (1198). Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains.
[Alan Warren]
1693
Magic Dragon
Anthony Evans
Named after a popular tune of the time "Puff the Magic Dragon".
[Tony Lane]
1697
Beatle Cut
Patrick Blake
The boat was completed in 1963 and the Beatles were taking the world by storm. Patrick had long floppy hair so it had to be Beatle Cut.
[Patrick Blake]
1850
Dunker
Frank Dunning
Frank was always capsizing so boat was named accordingly!
[Barry Dunning]
1895
Rampage
Not known
Name taken from the dictionary definition "to go about wildly"

[The Merlin Rocket Book]
Re-named:-
Exe Profundis
Not known
Not known
[Year Book]
1939
Royal Dutch
G. Chick
'G' worked for Royal Dutch-Shell.
[Mike Liggett]
Re-named:-
Tarcus
Re-named by:-
P. Melvin

[Peter Male]
Re-named:-
Englands Glory
Re-named by;-
D. Holtham

[Peter Male]
Re-named
War Horse
Re-named by:-
Mike Liggett
Mike considered this sounded a fighting name.
 
(War Horse was also a London stage play - following a film - based on a book)

[Mike Liggett]
1945
Marmite
Terry Stark
Terry and his crew went down to Bob Hoare's to pick up the boat. There was much discussion on names and it got to the stage that the dinghy was launched - still without a name. At this point Terry's crew said "Which do you like best, Bovril or Marmite?" Terry replied "Marmite" His crew responded with "I name this boat Marmite".
[Mike Liggett]
1965
Dougout Too
Doug Pearson
Doug followed a theme from his previous boat (1488).
[Mike Liggett]
2004
Rage
Spud Rowsell
Follow of the theme from 1895
[The Merlin Rocket Book]
2018
Krakatoa
Alan Warren
Continuation of a previous theme (see 1198 & 1584). Krakatoa erupted in 1883, in one of the largest eruptions in recent time. Krakatoa is an island volcano along the Indonesian arc.
[Alan Warren]
2095
Wotfree
Alan Warren
The boat is a A. E. Watts 'Wotnot' design and it was built by John Freeman. It was the trend at the time to have 'Wot' included in the name of the Watts' designed boats.
[Alan Warren]
2102
Salted P-nut
Peter Rainey
The 'P' is for Peter and he used to sail GP14s - hence he was considered the nut as the Merlin was supposed to be more difficult to sail than a GP14. The boat was definitely salted as Peter sailed it on the sea.
[Peter Rainey]
2121
Original name:-
Half Cut
Patrick Blake
At the time Patrick ordered this boat they were getting wider. He though that the latest Proctor Mk XVII was a bit too extreme but liked the underwater lines of the Mk IX. He spoke with Bob Hoare who was sailing fast himself and building fast boats and hatched up the idea of a IXd. It was the Mk IX shape underwater but flared out to make it wider. The name may also have reflected Patrick's alcohol intake but he considered that it was never a fast boat and not the best name either.
[Patrick Blake]
Re-named:-
Morgan Le Fay II
Re-names by:-
K Burford
Morgan Le Fay was a powerful enchantress in Arthurian legend. Wanton and sexually aggressive with many lovers including Merlin.
[Mike Liggett]
Returned to original name:-
Half Cut
Returned to original name by:-
Chris Barlow
Chris Barlow, who rescued and restored the boat, was told to take this old boat away before it gets cut in half. Then he found out the original name!
 
 In 2016 the name was still appropriate as the helm was a former pub landlord.

[Patricia James]
2143
Hob Goblin
T.D. Evans

[Miles James/Mike Liggett]
Re-named:-
Paper Moon
Re-named by:-
Miles James
Miles re named the boat after a book his sister was reading in the 70's  - Paper Moon.
[Miles James]
2204
Outrage
Spud Rowsell
A follow on of a theme - (see 1895 - 2004); A Rolling Stones song.
[Spud Rowsell]
2221
Fantasmagorical
Chris Rathbone
Inspired by the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
[Chris Rathbone]
2225
Near Myth
Patrick Blake
At the time of this new boat, Patrick considered that the hair cut theme had run its course (see 684 ; 1697 ; 2121). He thought a new theme would be in order and hit on the name Near Myth. He thought it was quite clever because he wanted it to become a famous boat although he knew it almost certainly wouldn't be. Also there was a bit of a double entendre - if you spoke with a lisp it had a similar if slightly different meaning. He have been trying to explain this ever since but no one else gets it!
[Patrick Blake]
2246
Waribashi
Guy Gurney
Japanese word for a small piece fitted into the scabbard of a Japanese sword. Translates as “split chopsticks”. (Guy was heavily into Japanese art at the time.)
[Guy Gurney]
2310
So Wot
John Cooper
This was the first to be built to the "Wotnot Beta" design. The fashion of the time was to include "Wot" in the names of Wotnot designs built by John Freeman.
[John Cooper]
2379
Miss Conception
Sheffield University Sailing Club
This was the first new boat built for Sheffield University and the start of their 'Miss' series.
[Geoff Wright]
2414
Bob's Wot
Robert Deacon
The design is a Wotnot and it was the style at the time to have 'Wot' in the name.
[Jeremy Deacon]
2427
Nyaminyami
M. Holland
The Nyaminyami (pronounced Yamin Yami) is a snake like god that said to reside in the Zambezi River and control the life in and on the river.
[Peter Male/Mike Liggett]
2446
Mythbegotten
Patrick Blake
At this time Patrick had just met up with Keith Callaghan who had recently designed 'Hotspur' and decided to have one built. Patrick wanted to continue the 'Myth' theme (see 2225) and came up with a pretty terrible pun. The idea was that her ancestry was a bit dubious, having come from this young designer who had no track record! She was a nice boat and quite quick, specially in light airs.
[Patrick Blake]
2465
Original name:-
Miss Pepper
A. G. Dixon

[Mike Liggett]
Re-named:-
Delirious
Renamed by:-
Phil Mason & Paula Lay
This was Phil & Paula first boat and rescued from a barn in London! It was quickly painted with pink/mauve Dulux. Being big Prince fans they named the boat after a track taken from his 'Album1999'. There are lots of references to, 'can't steer', 'lakes' and 'Can't win a race'. However, being Prince, the lyrics have an edge!
[Phil & Paula Mason]
2523
Gigolo Girl
Chris Rathbone
Chris previously owned “Gigolo” (2222) having bought it from Graham Pike and Patrick King, so he kept the theme going!
[Chris Rathbone]
2527
Joyrider
John Ibberson
Joy - John's wife.
[Geoff Wright]
Re-named:-
Vertego
Re-named by:-
D Osbourne
It is assumed that the change to Vertigo in more recent Year Books is a typo.
[Mike Liggett]
2553
Brontesaurus
Chris Haworth
This was Chris's first design and he hoped to design more boats using dinosaur names. Also, the Bronte family (authors of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights etc) lived in the village of Haworth.
[Chris Haworth]
2567
Original name:-
Miss Carriage
Sheffield University Sailing Club
The second boat built for Sheffield University (see 2379) and continued the 'Miss' theme.
[Geoff Wright]
Re-named:-
Gybe Talkin
Re-named by:-
D. Anderton

[Mike Liggett]
2575
Myth Isle
Patrick Blake
Having launched Mythbegotten (2446) Patrick and Keith teamed up for the year. Whilst sailing together Keith came up with a new design. They went to Spud Rowsell to build this one and she was a lovely boat. Patrick considered that they we were seriously quick. 'Myth Isle' - Another pun on the 'Myth' theme but a nicer name really. In those days Spud had a year long waiting list so another one was ordered for next year.
[Patrick Blake]
2604
Satisfaction
Spud Rowsell
A follow on of a theme - (see 1895 - 2004 & 2204); A Rolling Stones song.
[Spud Rowsell]
2612
Hickory Dickory Doc
Peter Rainey
Peter had just achieved his Doctorate and was definitely dickory at times.
[Peter Rainey]
2663
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Chris Haworth
Following the dinosaur theme. (see 2553) Chris liked "the King" element and 'T Rex' were topping the charts at the time.
[Chris Haworth]
2681
Not Known
Not named by original owner.
Atomic Mustard
Richard Dee
The boat was yellow and at the time discussion about nuclear weapons was high on the agenda.
[Chris Martin]
2710
Captain Snort
John Cooper
John was a Captain in the Army when he completed this boat. Named after Captain Snort of Pippin Fort in the children's TV programme "Camberwick Green" which was a favorite of his son.
[John Cooper]
2713
Mythelated Spirit
Patrick Blake
A continuation from 2575 - a 'Hornblower'. Keith tweaked the design a bit to produce a 'Hexagon'. 'Mythelated Spirit' - Another pun on the 'myth' theme with a double entendre but somehow reflecting their mood - elated spirit.
[Patrick Blake]
2737
Close to the edge
Tim Fells
'Close to the Edge' was the fifth studio album from the English progressive rock band 'Yes'
[Tim Fells]
2748
Miss Anthropist
Sheffield University Sailing Club
One of a pair of new boats (see below) and the name continues the 'Miss' theme of previous boats (2379 : 2567)
[Geoff Wright]
Re-named:-
Ghostly Bloater
Re-named by:-
P. Greatrex

[Mike Liggett]
2749
Miss Ogynist
Sheffield University Sailing Club
One of a pair of new boats (see above) and the name continues the 'Miss' theme of previous boats (2379 : 2567)
[Geoff Wright]
Re-named:-
Soporific Spirit
Re-named by:-
M. Wilson
Martin was newly married when he bought the boat from Sheffield University & therefore 'Miss Ogynist' wasn’t very appropriate. It is a Phantom Kipper design so, deliberately misinterpreting the name (as a ghostly sleeper) he came up with 'Soporific Spirit' (sleepy spirit)
[Martin Wilson]
2760
Red Rooster
Spud Rowsell
A follow on of a theme - (see 1895 - 2004 - 2204 & 2604).  A Rolling Stones song.
[Spud Rowsell]
2763
Evening
Barry Dunning
The design is a G.G Gregory 'Echo'. The boat was sponsored by the Southampton Evening Echo.
 
[Due to an error in setting out the boat was built too long and 1inch had to be sawn off the bow before  it would measure]

[Barry Dunning]
2778
Wide Guy
Guy Winder
Guy's previous boat was 1285 - a Mk9, so was much looking forward to 2ft extra beam.
[Guy Winder]
2805
Blonde on Blonde
Ian Tinker
Ian had long blonde hair and the boat was white. 'Blonde on Blonde' was arguably Bob Dylan's greatest album.
[Geoff Wright]
Re-named:-
Flaming Bavarian
Re-named by:-
F. Schlund

[Mike Liggett]
2863
Admiral Benbow
Peter Rainey
The name of the design and this was chosen by the designer - Martin Jones.
[Peter Rainey]
2865
The Red Baron
Will Rainey
Back in 1974, 'Snoopy and the Red Baron' were all the rage, with the now very familiar posters of Snoopy sitting on his kennel in his flying googles. Also the Hotshots had released their single in 1973 - it got to #4 in the charts. Will's first new Merlin had to be The Red Baron.
[Will Rainey]
2868
HARP
Hywel Bowen Perkins
Hywell was sailing with his brother Rhys.
 
Hywell And Rhys Perkins
 

[Hywel Bowen Perkins]
Re-named:-
HARPY
Re-named by:-
M O'Connor

[Peter Male]
2887
Late night extra
Guy Winder
The radio programme Guy listened to whilst he was building the boat.
[Guy Winder]
2892
Fadeaway
Spud Rowsell
A follow on of a theme - (see 1895 - 2004 - 2204 - 2604 & 2760).  A Rolling Stones song.
[Spud Rowsell]
2932
Therapist
Dave Griffiths
Dave had qualified as a doctor. On the boat there was a slight gap after the third letter - could be worrying!
[Geoff Wright]
2941
Chrysalis
Chris & Liz Wilkinson
A play on the Christian names of the original owners.
[Mike Liggett]
2945
Infibulation
Barry Dunning
An Infidel design. The name was a play on words to describe what the boat had done to Barry's romantic life for a whole winter whilst fitting it out.
[Barry Dunning]
2946
Opium
R Deacon
This was a 'Fadeaway Satisfaction' - a variant of the 'Smokers Satisfaction' - hence the smoking connection.

[Jeremy Deacon]
2948
Winder Box
Mrs Greenhalgh
Designed & built by Guy Winder - Also the design name - I guess it is self evident.
[Peter Male]
2958
Moriarty
Phil King
Was whimsically named after the Goon Show character.
[Phil King]
2967
Original name:-
Myrddin Emrys
In the Arthurian legend, it is suggested that Merlin is based upon a figure in medieval Welsh legend - Myrddin Emrys.
[Peter Male]
Renamed :-
Ice on Fire
Re-named by:-
S. Mellor

[Mike Liggett]
Returned to original name:-
Myrddin Emrys
Returned to original name by:-
Peter Male

[Peter Male]
Renamed:-
Ice on Fire

[Peter Male]
Renamed:-
Cold Feet
Re-named by:-
R. Meek

[Mike Liggett]
2988
Moonshadow
Keith Callaghan
Simply because he said he liked the poetry of the name.
[Rod & Jo Andrew-Becker]
Re-named:-
Hysteria
Re-named by:-
Don Hearn
Don became aware that by some accident there was no boat named after the design. He rectified the situation.
[Rod & Jo Andrew-Becker]
Re-named:-
Foreign Affaire
Re-named by:-
Rod & Jo Andrew-Becker
Rod & Jo lived on the continent (Belgium & then France) and chose the name to reflect the export/import of the boat. Spelt with the final ‘e’, in English it had the connotation of a saucy french love affair (with the boat of course!), which seemed right. The French ‘affaire’ has multiple meanings**, generally around the theme of a ‘business/event/thing’ so being a foreign thing brought to France. Written on the transom rather than side, Rod hoped that people would be in the best position to read it there!
 
**but curiously NOT usually a love affair, or ‘liaison’, unless explicitly, ‘affaire d’amour’
 

[Rod & Jo Andrew-Becker]
2994
Asp
Jerry Rook
An acronym from "All Scrounged Parts". The boat was fitted out using surplus parts donated by Barry Dunning. (others have suggested that Asp was short for "All Spare Parts" or "All Strange Parts" - but this has been discounted by Jerry)
[Dan Alsop]
2998
Hexpresso
Play on words, the original owner hoping this Hexagon design would give express performance.
[Chris Martin]
3000
Solace
Peter Rainey
Peter won the boat in the 1975 MROA raffle. He was selling tickets (at £1.00 each) for the raffle and had one left. His brother did not want it so he had it and it won - ticket number was 800.
[Peter Rainey]
3016
Saint Frideswide
M. Herman
Legend has it that St. Frideswide was a Princess who founded a priory in Oxford. She is Oxford's Patron Saint
[Mike Liggett]
Re-named:-
Miss Spent Youth
Sheffield University Sailing Club
Re-named to continue their 'Miss' theme (2379 : 2567 : 2748 ; 2749)
[Geoff Wright]
3035
Oomeegees
Tony Johnson
A name with a play on letters.
[Tony Johnson]
3036
Miss Guydid
John Pattinson
John crediting his boatbuilder on this early Winder Box.
[Guy Winder]
3046
A Touch of Magic
Chris Rathbone
Inspired by a discussion in the bar. Someone mentioned that they needed a touch of magic with their sailing so Chris snaffled it.
[Chris Rathbone]
3054
After Myth
Patrick Blake
In 1975, feeling elated (2713), Patrick decided to move on and bought a Flying Dutchman so that he could have a shot at the Olympics selection. In the 1976 trials he missed out, been beaten by Rodney Pattison. Patrick then ordered a boat from Laurie Smart to compete in the Nationals.
In the aftermath of missing out at the Olympics selection - what else but to continue with the 'Myth' theme (see 2225-2246 - 2575 - 2713) and therefore 'After Myth'

[Patrick Blake]
3067
After Burner
Alan Warren
Alan was a competitor in the Montreal Olympics 1972. His boat, with others was shipped out to Canada in a container and rough weather during the crossing resulted in boats breaking free from their cradles. Alan's boat was severely damaged and he spend most of the time allocated to local training repairing the boat. However, the repairs were never able to return the boat to it's original condition and after the games Alan considered it uneconomical to return the boat to the UK. The boat was burnt on the beach - much to the annoyance of the RYA. This was Alan's first Merlin after the event.
[Alan Warren]
3072
Sweat Charity
Richard Bramley
Taken from a musical that was popular at the time. The title song was "Sweat Charity". - Richard's advice was to read the words.
[Richard Bramley]
3078
Miss Laid
Sheffield University Sailing Club
The last new boat built for Sheffield University and continuing their 'Miss' theme (2379 : 2567 : 2748 : 2749 : 3016) However, the 'Miss' theme for the university was interrupted by John Pattinson with another 'Miss' name for his slightly earlier Winderbox (see 3036)
[Geoff Wright]
3091
Blind Date
C. Humphrey
Keith Callaghan received a commission to design and build the boat. It was therefore seen as a bit of a blind date when the owner was introduced to the new boat.
[Keith Callaghan]
3104
Legend
Phil King
A pun on the boat being at the 'leg end' of the crew.
[Phil King]
3109
Misty Blew
Steve Leney
A play on words related to a popular song of the era  -  Misty Blue
[Steve Leney]
3125
Foot Loose
Peter (Spud) Rowsell
Nothing to do with fancy free - the first boat with a loose footed main.
[Peter Male]
3136
Substitute
Barry Dunning
Originally built by Laurie Smart with a dagger board. The Class Assoc. changed the rules within two weeks on hearing of the build and Laurie had to "substitute" a normal centreboard case for the dagger case.
[Barry Dunning]
3146
Sledgehammer
A Peter Gabriel song of the late 70’s
[Chris Martin]
3147
Just Blew
Steve Leney
A continuing theme from Steve's previous boat.  (3109)
[Steve Leney]
3158
Bellerophon
Nick Aubrey
Bellerophon is a hero and slayer of monsters in Greek mythology. His greatest feat was the killing of Chimera.
[Mike Liggett]
Re-named:-
Ancient Footprints
Re-named by:-
E Whalley
The name was not registered but it was painted on the boat. It would also seem that the ownership was not registered.
[Geoff Wright]
Re-named:-
Time Passages
Renamed by:-
Geoff & Noelle Wright
Time Passages was named after an Al Stewart Album - it seemed to fit.
[Geoff Wright]
3165
Panatella
R Deacon
The hull is a Smokers Satisfaction and therefore it was considered that the name of the cigar followed the theme
[Jeremy Deacon]
3169
Sidewinder
Martin and Rene Watts
Named their Disguys after 'Guy made a missile'.
[Geoff Wright]
3174
Thwartless Blues
Steve Leney
The first boat without a thwart. Also following a theme from previous boats. (3109 & 3147)
[Steve Leney]
3175
Pyeyed
Tony Johnson
Tony and his crew - Ian Matthews - liked a bit of a drink. Tony liked the play on letters in the name.
[Tony Johnson]
Re-named:-
Captain's Log
Re-named by:-
N. Baker

[Peter Male]
3179
Woodstock & Friends
Peter Rainey
The naming of this boat links back to 2102 and the characters from the Peanuts cartoons.
[Peter Rainey]
3184
Silk Cut
P. Frampton
A NSM design - clearly named after the popular brand of cigarette - Silk Cut.
(NSM = New smoking material)

[Chris Martin]
3185
Hamlet & Wildfire
Alan Jackson
The boat is a Smokers Satisfaction - so it was named after the cigar (Hamlet) which gave you that satisfaction.
[Alan Jackson]
3194
Original name:-
Silicon Ship
Robert Grew
Silicon Ship was built in the days of the emerging personal computer era. All the talk at that time was of Silicon Chips, so the boat, (obviously a play on words) was named to reflect the thinking at that time.
[Robert Grew]
Re-named:-
The Bitterest Pill
Renamed by:-
Phil & Paula Mason 
A new addition to the family saw a turn in direction with less time for sailing, their 'new' boat (3515) was sold and Silicon Ship bought to keep a connection. However, they never really had the time and never did take to going back to an old boat and hence re-named it 'The Bitterest Pill', a track by the Jam. In 1982 Phil had bought tickets to see the Jam in concert and subsequently sold them at a profit and didn't see them play live. It turned out to be their last tour, the wrong decision? It kind of fit, they had bought an old Merlin, a lovely boat, but it never did fill the gap.

[Phil & Paula Mason]
Returned to original name:-
Silicon Ship
Returned to original name by:-
Jim Hopton
Jim was the original crew for Robert. In addition to returning the original name to the boat he also painted it the original colour.
[Jim Hopton]
3199
For Ever Autumn
I Copsey
'For Ever Autumn' was a single from the Jeff Wayne's hit 'War of the worlds'
[Dougal Henshall]
3200
Original name:-
Seren Caer
H & W Wright
The boat was commissioned by Henry Wright and his father Walter, to sail at Bala. The name was, because of where she was to be berthed, intended to be a play on words, in welsh, of their surname. The welsh for “Wright” (as in shipwright, wheelwright etc) is “Saer”. This was miss-spelled by Henry and Walter as “Caer” . (Caer is the welsh to describe a Roman stronghold, equivalent to the English “Chester”. )

“Seren” is welsh for “Star”! Hence the boat was intended to be called, in welsh, “Wrights’ Star”.

It is not known if the miss-spelling of “Saer” was intentional of an administrative error.

[David Harries]
Renamed:-
Luffchild
Renamed by:-
Colin Palmer

[Peter Male]
Returned to original name:
Seren Caer
Returned to original name by:-
Peter Male

[Peter Male]
Renamed :-
Eternal Flame

[Peter Male]
3201
Rumours
Rumours was named after the hugely successful album by Fleetwood Mac.
[Graham Willianson]
3204
Batty Bat
D Robinson
Two records albums that were hits at the time the boat was built featured 'Captain Beaky and his Band'. Batty Bat was a member of the band and a hero in the song.
[Dougal Henshall]
3208
Stiletto
Guy Winder
This boat was designed to be sailed heeled, but then much modified.
[Guy Winder]
3211
Bananas
Phil King
Money was tight, Phil was between jobs, and R & M boats were expensive. Spud phoned with the final price ( considerably more than the estimate from many years previously because of the waiting time, and far more than Phil had ever paid for a boat from other builders), and asked for the name and paint colour. Phil thought that he must be bananas spending so much money on a hobby. He responded; Paint it green and call it Bananas. Spud never asked him why. Phil reported that the boat was a revelation, worth every penny, and jumped him to the front of the fleet. The year it was launched, he almost won the 1980 Weymouth nationals winning 2 races, having previously never been in contention. It was another 11 years before he had a boat that was as good. (3471 - Savage).
[Phil King]
3222
Hi-Risk
Derek Hanrahan
This was the 3rd boat that Jon was to build since starting-up on his own.
The name represented Derek's risk in having a boat from Jon, when the fashion was strongly with the established builders. 
On collection Derek was so impressed that he immediately placed a substantial deposit for his next boat (Seventh Heaven - 3296).

[Jon Turner]
3245
Twocan
J.S.Nixon

Re-named:-
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Re-named by:-
J. Haslam
A book first published in the 1970's
[Peter Male]
Re-named:-
Golden Snitch
Re-named by:-
Magnus Smith
The boat was yellow when purchased by Magnus, and he fancied a literary name which did not require a re-paint. His wife suggested a term from the Harry Potter books which had gripped them both. It refers to a winged ball that is nearly impossible to catch. Such a mascot hangs from the boom.
It was a popular name choice at the time; Alan Warren sailed 'Golden Snitch 2' during the following season, though the '2' was not visible on the boat. The RYA registration forms concerning the name choices probably arrived in the same week.

[Magnus Smith]
3274
Vampire
Dick Batt
Vampire - species of bat
[Chris Martin]
3275
Adrenalin
Steve Leney
After so many years the reason is lost in history.
[Peter Male]
3279
One Samba Walk
Alan Jackson
Named after a dance step.
[Alan Jackson]
3283
Family Affair
Patrick Blake & Roger Taylor
Ge'd up by his success in Merlins, Patrick decided to buy another Flying Dutchman and have a further shot at the Olympics. This time he was successful but it was 1980 and Moscow and the RYA boycotted the games. Patrick continued to sail Flying Dutchman but was keen to do Salcombe week and the Nationals, which in, 1970, he did in a borrowed boat with Roger as crew.
Roger, the husband of Patrick's sister-in-law was keen to to do club racing and open meetings so the family decided to share a boat.

[Patrick Blake]
3287
The Message
Peter Scott
This was a buzz phrase at the time and was a good name for the boat. 'T' shirts were made saying 'I've got the message' and the trailer was liveried as The Message Carrier!
[Peter Scott]
3291
Paranoia
Lawrie Smart
At the time Lawrie built this boat he was under a lot of grief from many directions.
[Lawrie Smart]
3296
Seventh Heaven
Derek Hanrahan
Derek's seventh Merlin. (7th is highest of the heavens in Islam)
[Geoff Wright]
3297
New Potato
Peter (Spud) Rowsell
New Potato was named by Phil Morrison. The boat was quite radical at the time. It was designed and built in the Spring and Phil M wanted to relate the (design) name to the time of year - and the thought of new potatoes popped into his head.
[Phil King]
3300
Perfection
Chris Rathbone
When Chris saw the boat being built by Laurie Smart, it looked one of the most beautiful boats that he'd ever seen. That name came very easily.
[Chris Rathbone]
3302
Co-respondent
Dave Griffiths
Dave spending too much time with his boats?
[Geoff Wright]
3309
Nora Batty
R. Harris
A Summer Wine design, named after a character in the TV series "The Last of the Summer Wine".
[Chris Martin]
3314
Passion
Jon Turner
The name reflected Jon's feelings about Merlins and sailing them.
[Jon Turner]
3317
Shared Affair
Patrick Blake and Roger Taylor
See 3283  'Family Affair' -  it was time to update - so a continuation of the theme.
[Patrick Blake]
3330
Nice Legs
I Holt
A 1980's pop song which also included the words " shame about the face"
[Peter Richards]
3339
The Flame
Peter Scott
Once the paint was chosen - the name became self evident.
[Peter Scott]
3344
Die Fledermaus
Dick Bat
Die Fledermaus - german for The Bat
[Chris Martin]
3348
Wasp
Jerry Rook and Dan Alsop
A follow on from Asp (2994)  - Wasp = "Wasn't All Scrounged Parts"
[Dan Alsop]
3353
Master Blaster
Richard Whitworth
Having picked the boat up, on turning a sharp corner Richard managed to pass a lamp post with the car to one side and the mast on the other. 'Blasting' the mast. Also a song by Steve Wonder.
[Richard Whitworth]
3354
Desiree
Chris Rathbone
Everyone thought that she was a New Potato design but in fact she was an NSM2. The name came from a character in a musical called “A Little Night Music"
[Chris Rathbone]
3368
Debutante
W & W Wright
The design is an 'Uptown girl' so the name speaks for itself
[Jeremy Deacon]
3372
Diamond Smiles
Ian Holt
Diamond Smiles was a song on a Boom Town Rats album.
[Broz (via Forum) / Mike Liggett]
3389
White Whale
Phil King
White Whale arose because of the shock of seeing a gleaming white lump trestled up on the concrete in the Easter sunshine of Spud's yard. There was a distinct sense of betrayal about the way the boat was made (melamine coated ply painted white). However it was meant to be a functional racing boat, not a piece of furniture. Phil joked that it looked like a white whale, and that seemed a good enough name. Phil hoped it would be suitably ironic for a fast boat.
[Phil King]
3392
Flighty
J. Docherty

[1988 Year Book]
Re-named:-
Mithrandir
Re-named by:-
N. Brinn
In J. R. R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' there is a wizard called Gandalf and he has many nick-names. One of these is 'Mithrandir'.  In the story, Sindarin is the everyday language of Elves and in this language 'Mithrandir' means grey pilgrim.
The boat was grey.

[Chris Martin]
3394
Who's a Pretty Boy
Alan Jackson
The hull ended up being painted a soft pink. You can't turn up on the start line with a pink boat called Bruce.
[Alan Jackson]
Re-named:-
Ring a Ding

Re-named:-
Bandelero
Re-named by:-
M. Candelas

[Mike Liggett]
3398
Out of the Blue
Brian Drake
Out of the Blue was named after the immensely successful album by the Electric Light Orchestra.
[Graham Willianson]
3400
Dangerbat
Dick Batt
The bat reference is obvious - Dangermouse was a popular children’s cartoon in the mid 80’s, could be a connection.
[Chris Martin]
3403
The Refrigerator
Peter Scott
This was sister ship to the 'White Whale' (3389) so the word play was on the white goods angle. At the same time there was an American Footballer of some girth (and speed) named William Perry whose nickname was 'The Refrigerator' - for some reason this was Peter's nickname in the hockey team for which he played!! ( Also known as the bulk of the team!!)
[Peter Scott]
3407
No limits
Steve Leney
When buildiging the boat, Steve's objective was to view only 7 planks for the hull and use the 8th plank to create a complete half barrel in planks. In order to do this the design had to be based on the maximum exposed limit, a phrase in the rule book at the time which hounded Steve.
[Steve Leney]
3408
Original name:-
Dynabyte
Shaun Frohlich

Re-named:-
Rising Tsar
Renamed by:-
Graham Williamson & Nick Yeoman
Red was the preferred colour of the weaponry for this duo, and the name is a play on the russian link, and their climb towards stardom and the 1993 nationals which they lost on countback.
[Graham Willianson]
3431
Charge of the Light Brigade
Mike Lennon (& Kevin Driver)
At a time when the perceived wisdom was that 24 stone was needed for successful Merlin sailing, Mike & Kevin weighed in at around 19 stone, unshaven, dressed and wet! Hence the allusion to the famous attack by lightly armed soldiers taking on the heavy guns.
[Graham Willianson]
3434
Love Over Gold
Bruce Mager
Named after album by Dire Straits
[Patricia James]
3438
Simple Minds
Phil Emery
Phil was sailing with David Hawkins so no explanation needed!
[Phil Emery]
3439
Nessie
Colin Brockbank
A reference to Colin's ancestry.
[Colin Brockbank]
3442
Armed Forces
J Lewis
A well known album by Elvis Costello.
[Chris Martin]
3451
Deep Thought
Chris Rathbone
The design was a 42 and the name came courtesy of the Taylor's and the Blake's via the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Chris thinks it was mainly Debbie's idea.) The current colour isn’t what Chris envisaged as “a highly intelligent shade of blue”- which was a darker blue than the current shade.
[Chris Rathbone]
3459
About time
Alan Jackson
A boat builder building his own boat, plus a long lead time.
[Alan Jackson]
3466
Thunderclap
John Cooper
Name chosen by John's family with reference to an incident in Chaucer's Millers Tales, when a character stuck his bum out of a window and farted like a hunderclappe. (The boat is a Canterbury Tales)
[John Cooper]
3467
Twice Shy
Alan Warren
Named as a follow-on to Once Bitten (3355) - a boat already owned by the Warren family
[William Warren]
3470
Roaring Forties
George Dalby
The boat is a Phil Morrison '42' design and George was in his 40's when he built it.
[Andy Dalby]
3471
Savage
Phil King
Named after the Annie Lennox album, my wife's haircuts (also in the style of Annie Lennox) and the perceived attitude needed to win a championship.
[Phil King]
3474
Skimbleshanks
Tony Johnson
Tony's daughter, Louise, had just started sailing when she went to see the musical 'Cats'. This was followed by a school poem project and the subject was 'Skimbleshanks' the railway cat.
[Tony Johnson]
3476
Tales of Marco Polo
Geoffrey Cox
The boat was commissioned by Geoffrey Cox when the issue of new Merlin numbers was approaching those of his childhood Cadet - Marco Polo CK 3476.
Geoff took a keen interest in the appearance of the boat during construction and spent much time making sure that it was going to be a really beautiful boat.

[Kieron Mason]
3486
The Quickenings
John Harris
Believed to be a reference to the film Highlander. The lead cast member of the television series, Adrian Paul, explained, "The Quickening is the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament or a massive orgasm".
[Chris Martin / Mike Liggett]
3490
Wing and a Prayer
Peter Scott
This was a brand new Phil Morrison design that (hopefully) would be a good weight carrier. (See 3403) It was and this was the 'prayer' element of the name. When the boat was first launched it was rigged with a wing mast that was the same section as used on the Tornado catamaran - a failed experiment - but gave the 'wing' element to the name The design became known as 'Thin Ice'.
[Peter Scott]
3496
Seren Y Mor
H. & W. A. Wright 
Henry & Walter, who sailed at Bala, had a long tradition of giving their boats welsh names. Seren Y mor is welsh for Sea star.
[Chris Martin]
Re-named:-
Smokin'
Re-named by:-
Steve Essex
Possibly a reference to the film “The Mask”
[Chris Martin]
3498
Wizard of Odd
Julian Parry
play of the epic "Wizard of Oz". This was an 'odd' boat - a Thin Ice design but without a thwart - which was unusual for a Rowsell boat.
[Julian Parry]
3501
Empi
Jamie Seymour
Named by Jamie after an elbow move in the martial art of Tomari-te.
[Graham Willianson]
3502
Shindig
Alan Markham
Alan had previous boats (not Merlins) called 'Shambles' and 'Shammozle'. The boat name continued the 'Sh...' theme with the word having a meaning of "having a party or having a ball". Furthermore, the family of Sue (his wife & crew) were fans of folk dancing.
[Alan Markham]
3505
Sterling Crisis
Will Rainey
18 years on from The Red Baron (2865), on the 16th September 1992 (Black Wednesday), as Britain saw interest rates hit 15% before deciding to leave the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), Will thought - sod it - it is time for a new boat. So Sterling Crisis it was.
[Will Rainey]
3506
Smarty Pants
Patrick Blake
When Patrick came to order this boat, a Canterbury Tales or Let it Ride seemed to be the option. However, he wanted something different. He went to Laurie Smart and they studied the drawing of the current boats to come up with a new derivative that they considered would beat all. Most of the ideas came from Laurie so 'Smart Pants' as in 'how clever' but there could be another interpretation. (see 3620)
[Patrick Blake]
3508
Red Dragon
Phil Emery
This was a book that was the prequel to Silence of the Lambs
[Phil Emery]
3509
Dingbat
Dick Batt
Again, the bat bit is easy, maybe Dick enjoyed this early 90’s board game?
3511
Heaven Sent
Alasdair Evans
Andrew Mills advises that the story he had about Heaven Sent came from Judith Massey and corroborated by Rob O'Toole, who sailed the boat in her 1st championships.
 
Alasdair Evans came into a pretty large inheritance and went to Jon Turner, who was turning out foam sandwich CT's at the time for somewhere north of £13,000. He requested him to design and build the best Merlin he could, money no object. The bill was quite large, and the boat was known colloquially as"Evans spent"

[Andrew Mills]
3512
Flying Cloud
Peter Chester
It is understood that the name relates to the clipper ship that set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco. The ship held this record for over 100 years.
It follows on the theme from a previous boat (3483 - Cloud 9)

[Peter Male]
3513
Pipistrelle
Dick Batt
Following the theme from his previous boats - another species of bat.
[Chris Martin]
Re-named:-
Sticky Fingers
Re-named by:-
Nick "Boris" Heginbotham

[Chris Martin]
3515
Slap & Tickle
Phil & Paula Mason
Named after a track on the 1979 'Cool For Cats' album by Squeeze. Musical taste and influence had moved onto a retro stage. The new boat coincided with getting engaged in 1994. The track was a ballad about a couple getting together. It seemed to just fit in a light hearted way if not romantically ... and included the lyric ... "Never chew a pickle with a little Slap Tickle!"
[Phil & Paula Mason]
3517
Shooting Tsar
Graham Williamson & Nick Yeoman
A follow on from Rising Tsar (3408) - continuing the red/Russian theme and the next step along the way.
[Graham Willianson]
3518
Smoked Salmon
Duncan Salmon
Rather self indulgently, named after its eponymous first owner.
[Duncan Salmon]
3519
The Newark Eel
L. Ross

[Mike Liggett]
Brain Salad Surgery
Album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

[Peter Richards]
3529
Pass the Parrot
Alan Jackson
The term came from an over active workshop phone.
[Alan Jackson]
3531
S Monk
Not named by original owner.
[1996 Year Book]
NV
Steve Watson
Before purchasing this boat, Steve and his son Tobi sailed a NSM IV that was a rather questionable shade of green. As a result, Steve and Tobi were known as Team Green at Midland SC.
The new boat was therefore called NV - which stands for Nouveau vert (French) or Nuovo verdi (Italian) - and means “new green”. The new boat was blue and yellow, which when mixed together makes green. Or was there a sense of being green (team) with NV (envy).

[Steve Watson]
3534
Valley Freight
John Dalby
This boat, designed & built by John, was supposed to be the first of a line, all to include the noun Valley (John was a member of Trent Valley SC.) To manage peoples expectation, in case it was not a rocket ship, John thought of Freight to acknowledge the nearby railway. The next would have been Valley Express - but it did not arrive.
[Andy Dalby]
3535
An Bradan Fease
Colin Brockbank
The name is related to Irish mythology. A tale about a 'Salmon of knowledge' - a fish that has gained all the world's knowledge and this is passed to the first person that eats the flesh.
[Colin Brockbank]
3536
Original name:-
Blazing Saddles
S. Wragg

[Paul Hollis]
Renamed:-
Mine's a Double
Renamed by:-
Paul Hollis
When Paul purchased this boat he had just become the licensee of the Needlemakers Arms at Studley (see 3610)
[Paul Hollis]
3539
Gangsta Paradise
Phil King
Named after Kevin Driver, the boat's builder who at the time wore dark clothes and black hats, and the (almost) eponymous song by American rapper Coolio.
[Phil King]
3540
Cheers Easy
G. Forshaw

[Chris Martin]
Re-named:-
M&M's
Re-named by:-
Mike Allen & Mark Archer
Not only a reference to Mike & Mark.  -   M&M's are also a chocolate confectionery coated with hard candy shell
 

[Chris Martin]
3546
Gilt Complex
Will Rainey
Following on the theme from Sterling Crisis (3505), Will's next new boat was a simple play on words. The quickest boat he ever had.
[Will Rainey]
3547
Moondance Assasin
Mark Barnes
The name and colour scheme comes from the rave/drugs culture. Having been sailing new high speed designs for the previous 10 years, Mark came up with the concept that one must be on drugs to spend such a large amount of money on a 14 ft. wooden boat. The name comes from the Moondance Rave (Funky - still going strong in 2015) and Assasin (instead of Assassin) as in high as a kite. The yellow inside reflects a bad trip and outside the calming of the blues / Van Morrison, from where/who the Moondance Rave takes it name.
[Mark Barnes]
3548
Tam htab
Tony Larder
This photograph has not been reversed
[Kieron Mason]
Re-named:-
Firestarter
Renamed by:-
Kieron Mason
Kieron had been inspired by 3549 - Unfinished Business - and was looking to move up from an old Phantom Kipper. When 3548 came on the market he seized the opportunity. The quick refurb turned into a fairly long one over the winter with many cups of tea and of course music playing . The original name and graphics went with the sandings and was replaced with the 'Firestarter' – a track by The Prodigy. It had been played a thousand times during the refurb and seemed appropriate as the anticipation of getting the ‘new’ boat on the water grew. Kieron wasn’t disappointed as the boat repaid the hard work with some sublime moments.
[Kieron Mason]
3549
Unfinished Business
Mike Calvert
Having ordered the boat, the delivery was longer than anticipated. Mike's request for progress reports indicated that it was not finished. The expression 'unfinished business' evloved over a period of time.
[Mike Calvert]
3550
She's a Cracker
Tony Johnson
The farther of Tony's crew (Robert Smith) had a boat called 'Cracker' and Tony liked the name. Furthermore, the boat looked good.
[Tony Johnson]
3554
Stud Muffin
Julian Parry
Nothing more to it other than Julian liked the name.

[Julian Parry]
3556
Make it so
Lawrie Smart
'Make it so' was an expression used by Admiral Lord Nelson, who would go on deck, give an order to an officer and culminate with 'make it so'. Lawrie copied this style by using the expression when giving instructions to his assistant.
[Lawrie Smart]
3557
Out of the Blue 2
Guy Winder
Although sail numbers do not show this - Out of the Blue 2 was the first Winder foam sandwich boat out of the mold - just out of the blue.
[David Winder]
3561
Snorting
John Cooper
A carry over from Captain Snort (2710)
[John Cooper]
3565
Original name:-
Spotted Dick
Dick Batt

Re-named:-
Scallywag
Renamed by:-
Andy Bownes
Andy did not like the idea of being 'associated' with Spotted Dick. Scallywag was the nickname used by Andy's father and the name was chosen in his memory.
[Andy Bownes]
3569
Time Zulu
Graham Williamson & Nick Yeoman
Time Zulu is zero hour - the time from which all other times are measured - as happens when winning races. Following Nick's untimely death after sailing the boat only once, John Bell acquired his share, and the name proved fortuitous as the boat won the nationals at the first time of asking (2000).
[Graham Willianson]
3570
Second Thought
Chris Rathbone
Chris was carrying on a theme from his previous boat. (3451)
[Chris Rathbone]
3571
Hakuna Matata
Andy Jones
Andy took his three children to see The Lion King. The song took their imagination.
Hakuna matata is a Swahili phrase; roughly translated, it means "no worries".

[Andy Jones]
3573
Rong Number
Paul Davies
The builder carved the wrong number in the hog.
[Paul Hollis]
3574
Holy Grail
Hywel Bowen Perkins
Merlin > Wizard > King Arthur > the Holy Grail.
[Hywel Bowen Perkins]
3575
Gavadlax
Duncan Salmon
Following the theme - (see 3518) - this boat was one of the first wave of Winder CTs, wonderfully built and engineered but lacking the mahogany fore and side decks and sycamore gunwales -  so called Gravadlax , almost smoked salmon but not quite the same.
[Duncan Salmon]
3580
Chambulls
William Warren
'Chambulls' was William's first new boat. A popular drink at the time which seemed to sum up his shambolic sailing.
[William Warren]
3581
Prologue
Mike Anslow
The boat is a Canterbury Tales and Mike was looking for a name with a literary connection.
[Mike Anslow]
3582
Never been to Salcombe
Richard Estaugh
Although Richard was a regular competitor on the Open Circuit, at the time the boat was purchased (2000) he had never been to Salcombe. Since then the boat has been to Salcombe and is now known as NBTS.
[Peter Male]
3583
Original name:-
Kind of Blue
John Andrews
Kind of Blue is a reference to a Jazz record - arguably the most significant in the world of jazz
[Robert Grew]
Re-named:-
Back to the Future
Renamed by:- 
Chris Martin
Chris sold a Winder boat 3602, to buy a wooden boat 3543. After three years he sold 3543 and bought 3583, obviously another Winder - moving Back to the Future. (The name given to a trilogy of Sci-fi films)
[Chris Martin]
3585
After Hours
Glenn Truswell
A hull by Tony Locke, fitted out by Glenn working on it after hours at work.
 

[Graham Willianson]
3586
Same Old Magic
Mike Fitzpatrick

[Kieron Mason]
Re-named:-
Shadowplay
Re-named by:-
Kieron Mason
Kieron acquired the boat after it had been in storage for some time. This had been less kind to the fittings and the majority needed replacement so another refurb was underway (see 3548). Kieron wanted to flip the trend for ‘traditional’ white waterlines and decided on black. He admired the very dark grey of 3743 so black and grey it was.
Belinda (his wife) and Kieron had spent many hours working late into the night as students listening to Joy Division and their track Shadowplay. Thoughts of this brought back memories and it seemed to fit the boat pretty well.

[Kieron Mason]
3587
Mitral
Ted Kington
Ted’s present to himself after major heart surgery which included the provision of new Mitral valves.

[Chris Martin]
Re-named:-
Mistral
Re-named by:-
Frank Fern
Frank thought the name on the boat had been mis-spelt and had it 'corrected'.
[Chris Martin]
3589
Fat Bottom Girl
Colin Brockbank
As we all know - boats are feminine.  Merlins have a wide beam and a flat(ish) bottom.  A play on words.
[Colin Brockbank]
3592
Boadicea
Judith Massey
Boadicea was perhaps the greatest of the Warrior Queens, and something of an inspiration for its lady owner.
[Graham Willianson]
3593
Insomnia
Richard Whitworth
A song to which Richard would listen prior to sailing to get him 'in the groove'.
[Richard Whitworth]
3597
Quidditch
Steve Crook
The boat was purchased at the time when Harry Potter was big box office. Merlin was a wizard and Quidditch is the game wizards play in Harry Potter .
[Steve Crook]
3598
Bah Humbug
Jim Hopton
After years of persevering with older boats Jim decided if couldn’t beat the owners of new boats he would join them.
[Chris Martin]
Bah Humbug
Jim Hopton
After years of persevering with older boats Jim decided if couldn’t beat the owners of new boats he would join them.
[Chris Martin]
3599
Harry
John Harris
Named after John & Robert's father.
[Mike Liggett]
3601
Millennium Falcon
Will Rainey
In 2000, a new design was conceived over supper at the Looe championships. The film the Phantom Menace had been released the previous year and as a Star Wars fan - Will's next boat just had to be metallic silver and called Millennium Falcon, the fastest space ship in the galaxy. It was, after all, the year 2000 and a Merlin is a species of Falcon. A further twist in the theme is the now infamous port v starboard incident with Dave Winder in the boats first open meeting at Abersoch, when Will hit Dave (WIll's fault). Dave then called his new boat The Phantom Menace (3611).
[Will Rainey]
3606
Take it easy
Phil King
Alluding to the corny cowboy salutation (another reference to Kevin Driver's black hats) and the hope that the boat would do all the work.
[Phil King]
3608
The Shed
Phil Emery
Phil - an avid Chelsea supporter. The Shed - the home end at Stamford Bridge.
[Phil Emery]
3609
Time Lords
Graham Williamson & John Bell
A development of the 'Time' theme (3569), and an anagram of Old Timers. The boat was purchased at a point when John & Graham were consistent winners of the Centenary Trophy for a combined age over 100...
[Graham Willianson]
3610
Needlemakers
Paul Hollis
When purchased, Paul was the licencee of The Needlemakers Arms, Studley, Warks.
[Paul Hollis]
3611
The Phantom Menace
David Winder
The story continues from 3601. Dave was also a Star Wars fan and The Phantom Menace (Star Wars: Episode 1) was a film that had just been released. The Millennium Falcon (a silver boat) and The Phantom Menace (a black boat) are on different sides in the Galactic Republic.
[David Winder]
3617
---
Richard Estaugh
Richard did not name the boat
Nearly all Over
Matt Biggs & Dave Crockett
When purchased by Matt & Dave it was anticipated that Dave would soon have to give up sailing - however - see 3665
[Matt Biggs]
3619
Dark and Stormy
Richard Page
Richard had been taking part in a 'round the Island' race. This was followed by drinks in the Royal Corinthian YC. The crew from another boat started the group on 'Dark and Stormy'. A great time was had by all. The boat was named as a reminder of the memorable evening.
[Richard Page]
3620
Cool Cookie
Patrick Blake
Patrick had started a new theme for his boat names (see 3506). An alternative version of 'Smarty Pants' is sort of slang terms for attractive young women - after all boats are feminine. So he came up with 'Cool Cookie', it sort of followed on with a nod towards his home club at Cookham.
[Patrick Blake]
3625
Point Break
Richard Bramley
The term is taken from surfing. When two wave which are approaching at different angles collide, this results in a bigger wave. Name given by Lawrie Smart, who at the time, had just returned from surfing in Australia.
[Richard Bramley]
3626
Business as Usual
Mike Clavert
Following a theme from Mike's previous boat (3549). Having taken delivery of Unfinished Business Mike went on to win (in 2002) the National Championship. The hope was that the new boat would ensure continuing success.
[Mike Calvert]
3627
Snorter
John Cooper
A follow on from Snorting (3561) and Captain Snort (2710)
[John Cooper]
3629
Zero Gravity
Will Rainey
Getting the weight out of the ends of the boats was the theme of the day (Will considers that he went a bit far with this boat as it had 28kg of correctors).
Wishing to continue with the space theme, Zero Gravity (also metallic silver like Millennium Falcon 3601) was an obvious choice. Sadly, this was not Will's quickest boat.

[Will Rainey]
3634
Ministry of Pleasure
Phil King
A reference to the then prevalent 'Ministry of Sound' club culture and the hope that the ship would deliver happiness.
 

[Phil King]
3637
Delerium
Richard Whitworth
An upbeat song to which Richard would listen before going sailing.
[Richard Whitworth]
3639
Carbonator
Steve Leney
Prior to obtaining this boat Steve was sailing a wooden boat with an aluminium mast. He felt there was a considerable disadvantage compared with the newer boats with carbon 'bits' - hence 'Carbon (h)ater'.
[Steve Leney]
3640
Smart Tart
Patrick Blake
Patrick had a theme running (see 3506 - 3620). Following that theme but also giving recognition to the boat builder - Laurie Smart
[Patrick Blake]
3643
Moist
William Warren
The name was a result of dinner party silliness.
[William Warren]
3644
Poached Salmon
Duncan Salmon
Following the theme (3518 - 3575) - Duncan needed to upgrade to a Winder 4 but was having liquidity issues because of a recent house move. Fortunately, a house restoration fund was being accumulated to pay for essential repairs / updates to the 100 year old North London property. Cash was liberated from the fund and the boat called Poached as in 'to steal fish from another's property' as distinct from 'to cook in simmering hot water'. However when his wife found out, the latter was just as relevant. Dave Winder got the joke and the boats name was sign- written in medieval script to reflect the poaching reference.
[Duncan Salmon]
3645
Blue Velvet
Barry Morant
Named after the film
[Jeremy Deacon]
3646
Wuthering Heights
Miles James
Wuthering Heights - a romantic novel by Emily Bronte. Miles built the boat in the garden of his wife to be and the name was a statement of his feelings.
[Miles James]
3647
Mr Bright Side
Andy Davis
A song from the band 'The Killers'.
[Andy Davis]
Re-named:-
Liquid Dreams
Re-named by:-
Hywel Bowen Perkins (jnr)

[Hywel Bowen Perkins]
3651
Jupiter
Colin Brockbank
For Colin this was a reminder of his school days when, with his mates, lived in a fantasy world of 'Jupiter' - they were all 'Jupiterians'. A trip in to nostalgia.
[Colin Brockbank]
3652
Time & Tide
Graham Williamson
Further development of the 'Time' theme (3569 & 3609). Time & Tide, as we know, wait for no man but lead from the front!
[Graham Willianson]
3653
Artemis
Judith Massey
Artemis was another famous warrior queen (see 3592) - in this case the highly respected Greek goddess of hunting. Watch out chaps....
[Graham Willianson]
3654
Tales of Acapulco
Geoffrey Cox
Following the theme from a previous boat - 3476 - Tales of Marco Polo
[Kieron Mason]
3656
Wild Card
Rob Wilder
Bought with a bequest from his grandfather, Rob was only slightly known in the fleet, but felt the new boat would make him the Wild Card in the pack -  a good play on the family name.
[Graham Willianson]
3657
Revolution
Phil Emery
A continuation of the Chelsea FC theme (see 3609) Roman Abramovich was considered to have started a revolution when he became the owner of Chelsea FC.
[Phil Emery]
3658
Batto

[Peter Male]
Re-named:-
Er-Entry
Re-named by:-
David Gates
Rockets re enter the atmosphere. David was returning to the fleet after an absence.
[David Gates]
Bernard
Chris Jennings
Did not like Re-entry so had to find another name.
 
Inspiration taken from the Blackadder series. A character called Nursey turned out to have the name Bernard. Chris started to use 'Bernard' for all things without a name! But - of course all boats are female.

[Chris Jennings]
3659
Zeno
Julian Parry
Zeno was a Greek philosopher - who had a 'hare & hound' theory (paradox) - if, in a race, you keep halving the distance between the hare & the tortoise then the hare never catches the tortoise. Like buying a new Merlin - by the time it is ordered built and fitted out you can never catch up with the latest developments.
[Julian Parry]
3660
djelibeybi
Will Raney
Will abandoned his Star Wars themes for this boat. Sir Terry Pratchett had published Pyramids, as part of his Discworld series, and 'djelibeybi' was a fictional middle eastern country in the story. As you would expect, djelibeybi was painted/sprayed a deep rich blackcurrent colour.
[Will Rainey]
3662
Attack of the Clones
David Winder
Although Will Rainey had moved away from the Star Wars theme for his new boat (3660), Dave was still a fan. The new boat was black, the same as 3611 and when it was taken out of the mold it looked just like a clone. Attack of the Clones was Star Wars: Episode 2.
[David Winder]
3663
Bronte
Chris Haworth
This relates to Chris's surname and the Bronte sisters who lived in Haworth, about 3 miles from where the boat was built.
[Chris Haworth]
3665
Still Not Over
Matt Biggs & Dave Crockett
The earlier expectation (see 3617) that Dave would have to give up his sailing did not happen and they upgraded to a new boat.
[Matt Biggs]
3672
Bola Bola
John Cooper
This is Malay for one of his families favorite expletives - 'Balls' or more usually 'Bollocks'.  John had served in the Malaysan Army. [John Cooper]
[John Cooper]
3673
The Oldie
Alan Warren
The inspiration came from the magazine "The Oldie"
[Alan Warren]
Re-named:-
Desperate Housewife

[Peter Male]
Returned to original name:-
The Oldie
Returned to original name by:-
Caroline Croft

[Caroline Croft]
3674
Autumn Gold
Mike Anslow
This was (planned) to be Mike's last new boat. The boat is 'yellow' to match the seasonal colour.
[Mike Anslow]
3676
Hot Totty
Patrick Blake
Following the theme from previous boats (3506 - 3620 - 3640)
[Patrick Blake]
3678
Nora
Stu Bithell
Stu only owned the boat for about 3 months. It was his first real attempt to win the championships and the money to pay for it came from his grandmother who had just died. She was called Nora hence the boat was named after her.
[Steve Crook]
3680
Shaka Zulu
Steve Watson
Continuing a theme from a previous boat (3569 - Time Zulu). The boat that replaced Time Zulu was Time Lords. Therefore Steve continued with the Zulu theme.
Before moving to Birmingham, Steve worked in South Africa. Shaka Zulu was the founder of the Zulu nation, based in Natal, South Africa, in the early 1800s. He was a ruthless warrior and never lost a battle.

[Steve Watson]
3681
Midnight Flight
Emma Flight (& Richard Bates
A double meaning on Emma here with romantic connotations for them.
[Graham Willianson]
3684
Keyser Soze
Andy Davis
From the film 'The Usual Suspects'. Keyser Soze is a 'crime lord' who is not to be 'messed with' - worse than the devil.
[Andy Davis]
3685
The Black Pearl
William Warren
The boat was bought during the height of The Pirates of the Caribbean films, William's boys were of an age when pirates were fun and therefore it had to be 'The Black Pearl'.
[William Warren]
3687
Mellow Yellow
Alan Jackson
Alan was in a pretty laid back part of life.
[Alan Jackson]
3688
-
Not recorded
Not named by original owner.
Who Dares Wins
Ben Hollis
Ben was a fan of the TV programme 'Only Fools & Horses' and the lead character - Del Boy (Derek Trotter) - used the phrase 'Who Dares Wins' on a regular basis. As a joke, Adam (Ben's brother), stuck the name on the boat whilst Ben was absent.
It is also the motto of the SAS.

[Ben Hollis]
3689
Ticket to Ride
Hywel Bowen Perkins
Ticket to Ride - the boat design was a variant of a Let it Ride and the inspiration came from the Beatles song.
[Hywel Bowen Perkins]
3690
General Lee
Andy Dalby
This was the last desperate and wild act of a poor bloke about to tie the knot! Andy simply wanted to create the General Lee car from the Dukes of Hazard TV show. Dave Winder needed some persuasion and called Andy just before he made it to make sure! Andy thought it would stand out so he would definitely have to hold back on the start line instead of pushing it and getting OCS. It certainly worked!
[Andy Dalby]
3691
Quick Fix
Mike Calvert
Mike had not being happy with his previous boat (3626) and was unsure which direction to pursue for the replacement. While thinking about the issues he needed a short term solution in which he could keep his winning ways - in other words a Quick Fix.
[Mike Calvert]
3693
Slippery When Wet
Will Rainey
Bon Jovi was the inspiration for this choice. 'Slippery When Wet' was their third album and included tracks such as 'Living on a Prayer'. The real reason is the original album cover design (which was not used except in Japan).
[Will Rainey]
3697
Too Dark and Stormy
Richard Page
A follow on from the previous boat (3619). Dark and Stormy II was not an option.
[Richard Page]
3700
Brazilian
Phil Emery
Named after Phil Scolari, the Brazilian Chelsea FC manager, who was sacked soon after. A continuation of the Chelsea theme - (see 3608 & 3657)
[Phil Emery]
3702
Salmon en Croute
Duncan Salmon
Following the theme - 3518; 3575; 3644 - Salmon en croute or crusty salmon - Duncan's 50th birthday present to himself!
[Duncan Salmon]
3703
Faithless
Richard Whitworth
A continuation of the theme Richard used for a previous boat (3593). Faithless was the artist that sang the song 'Insomnia'
[Richard Whitworth]
3705
2 Pints of Lager
Matt Biggs
At the time Matt sailed with Rob Kennaugh and this was the typical request after sailing!
[Matt Biggs]
3706
Monkey Puzzle
Kevin Anderson
Kevin was in business with Alex Jackson and they decided that they would have new Merlins so they ordered a pair of boats from Winder Boats. Initially the idea was that Kevin would call his boat ' Monkey Business' and Alex would use 'Slap the Monkey'. However, Kevin's wife was not in agreement and held the view that the boat name should relate to a tree or a plant - hence Monkey Puzzle.
[Kevin Anderson]
3707
Monkey Business
Alex Jackson
See 3706 - Monkey Puzzle.
[Kevin Anderson]
3711
Bad Wolf
Richard Bates
A reference to events in Dr Who.
[Dave Lee]
Re-named:-
Seawolf
Re-named by:-
Dave Lee
Dave wanted to change the name and he understood that nautical folklore allowed you to avoid bad luck by retaining part of the boats original name. At the time Dave had just finished reading the Patrick Robinson novel, Seawolf, and thought it seemed a better name.The novel is about an American submarine.
[Dave Lee]
Re-named:-
Sylvia
Re-named by:-
Sam Thompson
Sam named the boat in honour of his Grandmother.
[Sam Thompson]
3712
Oakey Dokey
Jon Gorringe
Jon previously had several boats (not Merlins) with names related to dragons.
The family used a child entertainer who had a little green dragon which was called Oakey Dokey. It therefore followed Jon's theme.

[Jon Gorringe]
3715
Truly Scrumptious
Paul Rayson
Paul wanted a name that reflected the beauty and appeal of the boat as well as following a theme, characters from musicals. After much family debate they settled on Truly Scrumptious, the character from the film and stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. So far the theme has continued with our inflatable (used to get to Millbay in Salcombe) being named Jemima after the daughter in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
[Paul Rayson]
3716
Carbon Footprint
Steve Leney
Following on the theme from his previous boat (3639) - Carbon footprint was a new 'buzz word' for the era.
[Steve Leney]
3719
Fluffbum Babylove
Nick Barnes
Believed to be the pet names for original owner and crew.
[annon]
Re-named:-
Fluff 'n' Stuff
Renamed by:-
Jeremy Deacon
An abbreviation on the original name to avoid the bad luck associated with changing the name of a vessel.
[Jeremy Deacon]
3727
Fragile
Tim Fells
The boat was ordered from a hospital bed the morning after a back operation. Fragile is another track from an album by 'Yes'. Continuing a theme from a previous boat - 2737.
[Tim Fells]
3728
Volski Queen
Judith Massey
Continuing with the theme of warrior queens (3592 & 3653), this boat was named after Camilla, queen of the Volski, who was rumoured to be able to run on water.. Jude just couldn't call a boat Camilla....
[Graham Willianson]
3729
Shabazzle
Jon Turner
Jon considered the name sounded magical and if checked out 'on line' it has fantastic 21st century connotations.
[Jon Turner]
3730
Blood Sweat & Beers
Paul Hollis
Paul's wife originally suggested 'What are you doing down there again', however this did not find favour with Paul.
He decided to search an internet site that gave suggestions for boat names and selected this.

[Paul Hollis]
3731
Mayhem
Andy Jones
The naming follows a light hearted debate at a dinner party. Andy agreed that the expression reflected the way that he and his daughter - Maddie - sail.
[Andy Jones]
3732
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Ben Rayner
Ben did not name the boat.
Nutwood Express
Alistair Glen
When Alistair met his future wife he was in the habit of wearing a chequered scarf in cold weather, somewhat (in her mind) similar to that worn by Rupert Bear. Her nick (pet) name for him ever since has been 'Rupert'. Alistair was looking for a boat name that contained an element of speed, humour and warmth. 'Nutwood', being the town were Rupert lived and had his smashing adventures with his chums together with 'Express' seemed to be the perfect mix.
[Alistair Glen]
3735
Clone Wars
David Winder
Continuing a theme - see 3611 & 3662. Another boat out of the mold. Clone Wars was an animated series made for TV
[David Winder]
3736
Metachrosis
Graham Williamson
All Graham's previous Winder boats had been purple, without any issues, but at the 2011 nationals he was called OCS, and the only evidence to support it was a comment that "the purple boat is close to the line". Graham decided that it was time to get a blue boat, like so many others. Metachrosis is the process of changing colour to blend in.
[Graham Willianson]
3740
Why Ask
Patrick Blake
Partrick was running out of names that followed his theme (see 3506 - 3620 - 3640 - 3676) without getting too risque; He considered that maybe 'Blue Rinse' might be more appropriate!
He was on holiday in the West Indies when I saw a traditional racing boat in Bequia called 'Why Ask'. He thought that this was a good name and maybe the start of a new theme.

[Patrick Blake]
3743
Pokin the Turtle
Matt Biggs 
A name chosen by his children, who knowing the vernacular meaning of the expression, found in very ammusing when they heard "no pokin the turtle" been shouted by the warden on the beach at a turtle colony.
[Matt Biggs]
3744
Mylo Xyloto
Chris Martin
A name sake (Chris Martin) was the co-founder of a band called Cold Play. In late 2011 they produced an album called 'Mylo Xyloto'.
[Chris Martin]
3745
Where's Wooster
Steve Cockerill

Re-named:-
Outnumbered
Re-named by:-
Simon Hoult

There can only be speculation about the new name. Simon had 3 children so it’s possible he renamed it after the TV comedy about 3 children and their beleaguered parents. The third owner was Paul Dean and he also had 3 children so this seemed apt and the name was retained.

Paul had previously owned 3371 Encore Fume and shortly after he bought Outnumbered someone asked if the boat was named after the fact he had been one of the last people at Wembley to own a wooden boat and hence felt “outnumbered” and had bought a plastic one. Maybe………!!!?

[Paul Dean]
3749
Stanley
Nick Craig
The name was chosen by his children but Nick was not sure why.
[Nick Craig]
3751
Strings Attached
Tony Johnson
A family boat - but with conditions such as it would be available for Tony to sail at Salcombe week.
[Tony Johnson]
3752
The Empire Strikes Back
Will Rainey
Will decided that it was now time to go back to Star Wars theme (The Force Awakens was in production). Following his port v starboard incident at Abersoch (see 3601), "The Empire Strikes Back" just seemed very appropriate.
[Will Rainey]
3754
Didley Pokey
Jon Gorringe
A follow on from Jon's previous boat (3712). There is a welsh expression that goes:- Oakey Dokey - Didley Pokey.
This name therefore had to follow from the previous boat.

[Jon Gorringe]
3756
Robert
William Warren
Named after a small boy who was being unfairly, verbally abused by his parents whilst skiing in Verbier. William felt very sorry for him and his idiot antics. The boat was named as a tribute to the underdog and his own idiotic tendencies on the racecourse.
[William Warren]
3760
Arbuckle
Mark Reddington
Mark's introduction to sailing was when his wife bought him a catamaran called Garfield as a surprise present. All boats since have been named after Garfield characters. Arbuckle is Garfields owner.
[Mark Reddington]
3762
RIMONIN
Malcolm Hyams
A rimonin as a grapefruit, which is a slang expression for a grenade. It was considered that this suited Malcolm style of aggressive sailing.
[Malcolm Hyams]
3763
Dancing (Smiffy) Brave
Mark Barnes
The boat colour scheme and name comes from Paul Smith who should have been the crew, but sadly died of Leukemia in December 2013. Paul had trained as a ballet dancer and Mark used to do a lot of Jive dancing, the name was thought to be appropriate. The 'Smiffy' in brackets is all about Paul.
(Dancing Brave was also a successful racehouse)

[Mark Barnes]
3764
Fancy Liquor
Tim Fells
Tim named this boat in memory of his double champs winning Lark (1993 & 1997). It is the punch line from and old joke..."I call my man Southern Comfort"
[Tim Fells]
3765
Three Dee
Richard Dee
Richard was the third child of the family. He had three children. At the time Richard purchased the boat he could not see in '3-D' because of an eye defect.
[Richard Dee]
3766
The Bear
Andy Dalby
After many years of racing around Salcombe and other events neck and neck with Duncan Salmon Andy decided to create a very subtle practical joke for him. He copied the boat colour and font of 3702 - to make 'The Bear' in order to chase the Salmons.  3766 & 3702 have identical top colour but 'Salmon en Croute' has a salmon pink bottom plank and 'The Bear' has a golden/brown plank.
Duncan's wife even had a special trophy (of a salmon) commissioned for the winner of 'The Salmon Steaks'! (The Notice of Race for this event has not been published. Peter Male)

[Andy Dalby]
3767
One Love
Ben Archer
A Bob Marley song
 
.....lets get together ............... feel alright.........

[Ben Archer]
3769
Disciple
Graham Cranford Smith
Sailing is altar on Sundays. Graham realised they they were never going to walk on water and tended to follow.
[Graham Cranford Smith]
3771
Skip
Richard Pausey
Richard was a roofing contractor, who, when trying to find room to keep his new boat, had to move a skip to create the space.
[Lawrie Smart]
3772
Velella
Phil Emery
A 'by the wind sailor' jellyfish. They are in the same species group as the Portuguese Man of War (A nick name for Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager). A continuation of the Chelsea FC theme (3608, 3657 & 3700).
[Phil Emery]
3773
Number Thirty Four
Alan Warren
Alan's 34th Merlin.
[Graham Cranford Smith]
3774
Panther
Jon Turner
This was the first boat out of Jon's new mould and to ring the changes it was decided to have it black. It was unprecedented for Jon to have a black boat.
[Jon Turner]
3775
Night Fury
Tom Pygall
Inspiration for the name came from the animated film 'How  to train your dragon' - which was based up on a series of books.
The Night Fury is a Strike Class dragon  - "Speed: Unknown. Size: Unknown. The unholy offspring of lightning and death itself. Never engage this Dragon."

[Tom Pygall]
3776
Messy Monty
Nick Craig
Named by Nick's children. A cartoon character - small brown dog.
[Nick Craig]
3777
Mockingjay
Simon Potts
A starting point is the view that all boats should have a girls name. Simon also wished to name it after a character with good personality. Two female characters of the time came to mind - Khaalessi (in Games of Thornes) and Catins Everdeen (in The Hunger Games). At the start of Games of Thornes - Khaaliessi comes over as a bit of a wet so was rejected. With regard to Catins, Simon was worried that chavs might call their children Catins & did not want a boat with the same name as chav's kids The boat is called Mockingjay because it is the symbol used by Catnis in the film - and Jay - for short - is still a real name.
[Ally Martin]
3778
Peer Pressure
Chris Gould
Originally Chris did not name the boat but then he had a lot of people telling him that he had to and were suggesting different names for it! He eventually got bored of this and gave in to the "peer pressure"
[Chris Gould]
3779
The Angels' Share
Dave Lee
This is a tribute to alcohol production and is the percentage lost to evaporation when wine or spirits are aged in an oak barrel. It was also a gentle tease for Dave's wife Kate, who helped pay for the boat - Dave told her Dave Winder had put the apostrophe in the wrong place!

[Dave Lee]
3781
The Force Awakens
David Winder
This follows on the Star Wars theme from previous boats (3611 - 3662 - 3735). David felt that the class was ready for a radical change in hull design. The underwater shape was much the same as the standard Winder boat of the time but above the waterline the maximum width was extended to the transom to give more righting forces.
[David Winder]
3783
Born to be Willd
Miles James
This was the second Steppenwolf hull to be built but it was modified with Genii internals and rig.
Born to be Wild was a top ten song by the group Steppenwolf. It was also on the sound track of the film 'Easy Rider'
 
Also -  wolves are wild, and according to some, Miles was a bit eccentric, not one for following the crowd.
 

 

[Miles James]
3787
Quicksilver
Chris Martin
Quicksiver is a character in the X-Men series of films. He has superhuman ability to move at great speeds.
[Chris Martin]
Quicksilver
Chris Martin
Quicksiver is a character in the X-Men series of films. He has superhuman ability to move at great speeds.
[Chris Martin]
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