MERLIN ROCKET BOAT NAMES

Boat Names (371)

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07.01.20  -  844 added
15.04.20  -  3594 corrected.
16.09.20  -  3367 added
19.09.20  -  3803 amended  : 3812 added
18.02.21  -  3338 added
11.03.21  -   2696 added
12.03.21  -   1711 added
26.03.21  -   1999 : 2100 : 2448 : 2487 : 2804 :3009 added
07.05.21  -   2967 amended
03.08.21  -   3741 : 3813 added.   3757 amended.     2604 : 2663 : 3599 : 3650 : 3697 : 3707 : 3796 : 3812 – pictures added
06.08.21  -   1972 added
30.09.21  -   3666 added

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#Boat NameOriginal Owners(s) / CrewEtymology
[Person supplying information]
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]
3604
Aunt Fanny
Laurence Tosh

[Year Book]
Re-named:-
Desafinado
Re-named by:-
Tim Barr
The name of a song written by Tom Jobim. The word means off key or out of tune.  -     Helm or boat?
[Tim Barr]
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]
3615
Edgar
Andrew Hilton
Named in memory of grandfather.
[Andrew Hilton]
3617
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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]
Re-named:-
Marleen
Re-named by:-
Jon Bloice
Jon acquired the nick name 'Boycie' - the character in 'Only Fools & Horses'. Boycie's wife was Marleen.
[Jon Bloice]
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)
For a long time Hywel had dreamed of owning a Winder Mk4, so when he finally got permission from his wife to buy the boat he got very excited - 'liquid dreams'.
[Hywel Bowen Perkins (jnr)]
3650
Headcase
Lawrence Tosh
At the time of buying the boat, Tosh lived in Looe. Whilst standing on the balcony of his house and wondering about the name, he got the insparation from the name above the hairdressers across the road.
[LawrenceTosh]
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]
3666
Enchanted Evening
Chris Lewns

[Year Book]
Re-named:- ted
Re-named by:- John Meadowcroft
One of John's crew did not like the original name so some of the name was removed leaving the name as 'Enchanted'. This did not find favour for very long and the self adhesive name was 'attacked' again - removing 'E' - 'n' - 'c' . When the second 'n' had been removed a solution to the name problem had been found. The addition of the stripes finished the job.
[John Meadowcroft]
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]
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