Boat Names (358)

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17.03.19  -  1890 : 2754 : 3037 : 3218 : 3708 added
13.04.19  -  3800 : 3802 added
28.04.19  -  3805 added
06.07.19  -  3804 added : 3751 amended : 3463 picture added
22.07.19  -  3341 : 3588 : 3761 : 3782 : 3803 added
23.09.19  -  3394 amended
03.12.19  -  1810 : 2989 added
07.01.20  -  844 added
15.04.20  -  3594 corrected.
16.09.20  -  3367 added
19.09.20  -  3803 amended  :  Maumahara added

#Boat NameOriginal Owners(s) / CrewEtymology
[Person supplying information]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Too Dark and Stormy
Richard Page
A follow on from the previous boat (3619). Dark and Stormy II was not an option.
[Richard Page]
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]
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]
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]
2 Pints of Lager
Matt Biggs
At the time Matt sailed with Rob Kennaugh and this was the typical request after sailing!
[Matt Biggs]
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]
Monkey Business
Alex Jackson
See 3706 - Monkey Puzzle.
[Kevin Anderson]
Rob Holroyd
A beautiful green which Rob considered  'wicked'. He also loved the musical (show)
[Rob Holroyd]
Bad Wolf
Richard Bates
A reference to events in Dr Who.
[Dave Lee]
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 by:-
Sam Thompson
Sam named the boat in honour of his Grandmother.
(Sylvia lived in Sutton Coldfield - West Midlands and it is a Royal Town. This status was granted by Henry Vlll and for over 500 years a tutor rose has been associated with the town. A close examination of the boat name shows that a tudor rose has been used for the dot over the 'i'.)

[Sam Thompson]
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]
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]
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]
Fluffbum Babylove
Nick Barnes
Believed to be the pet names for original owner and crew.
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]
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]
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]
Jon Turner
Jon considered the name sounded magical and if checked out 'on line' it has fantastic 21st century connotations.
[Jon Turner]
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]
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]
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]
2 Planks
John Cooper
John & his crew Becci had been sailing RS400's for 18 years when they were encouraged to buy a Merlin. They wondered if they were been a couple of planks to do so. The inspiration for the artwork came from an Eric Sykes film "The Plank".
[John Cooper (Lymington Town)]
The Dark Side
Tom Stewart
A dark grey boat.
[Year Book]
Re-named by:-
Nick Simmons
A dark grey boat (a smokey colour). Sailed by .........  The inspiration for the name came from the film "Smokey & the Bandit".
[Nick Simmons]
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]
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]
Superfast Jellyfish
Simon Blake
A protest song - Lyrics refer to Neptune and water breathers.
[Simon Blake]
Ben McGrane
The inspiration for the name came from the film "Finding Nemo". Dory is a Regal blue tang (fish).
[Ben McGrane]
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]
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]
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]
Where's Wooster
Steve Cockerill

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]
Nick Craig
The name was chosen by his children but Nick was not sure why.
[Nick Craig]
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]
Re-named by:-
Hew Reynolds
Narnia  -  a fictional land, the Kingdom of Aslan in CS Lewis’s The lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. The original 1980’s series was televised on a Sunday afternoon in winter and was a particular favourite of Huw’s daughters.

[Hew Reynolds]
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]
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]
Tickled Pink
Peter Jackson
At the time that Peter bought the boat he had just split up with his long term girlfriend and had just benefitted from an endowerment policy. He as 'tickled pink' with his good luck.
[Peter Jackson]
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]
Space Hopper
Richard Domoney

[Year Book]
To the moon & back
Re-named by:-
Andy Postle
Name chosen by Andy's daughter. Rockets go to the moon and back.
[Andy Postle]
Red Mistress
Sam Pascoe
Sam had a history of buying red boats. When he optained this boat he had just returned from honeymoon. His first thought was to name the boat 'Ball & Chain', but this was not approved. Finally 'Red Mistress' was approved.
[Sam Pascoe]
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]
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