“Mayday, mayday, mayday, this is the Master Baitor. We are taking on water.”As we sailed along, listening to this distress call and the interaction with the local Coasties, all I could think of is if this boat owner ever envisioned having to call in a mayday with that boat name. Sure, he probably got a couple of laughs from his fishing buddies about the name. He may even have giggled a little to himself when he calls a marina or a friend calls him on the VHF. But did he ever consider how his boat name would sound in this situation?
Collecting bad boat names has become something of a hobby for my Bride and me. We like to snap a quick photo of them. Here are a couple of our favorites:
When we purchased our Catalina she was named “Norm’s Place”. We knew that wouldn’t do for us plus the seller wanted to keep the name for his next boat. When we started to come up with names we had several concerns in mind:
· How would the name sound over the radio in a distress call. We didn’t want the name to add to any confusion in an already stressful time.
· We wanted a traditional name in that it was named after a woman.
· We wanted the name to be fun and have meaning to us.