Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What's In A Name?

June is not usually sunny and clear, but we have been having spectacular weather.

This afternoon, after a morning spent in my garden, we grabbed out kayaks and headed out to sea.

In reality, we just cruised around The Keys paddling at a relaxed pace.

I took Steve's underwater camera along in case there was something I wanted to photograph.

We don't ever plan to get dunked, but we learned the hard way that an underwater camera is best.

One day we were kayaking in Summerland and Steve snapped some wonderful photos of dolphins leaping all around us.

When he drifted to shore, his kayak tipped over and my camera was soaked, destroying the camera and our dolphin photos.

So, no matter the conditions, we always take a water camera.

One of my favorite things to do as I paddle through The Keys or the harbor is to look at names of boats.

I love the play on words and all the creative names people use.

I often wonder what the story is behind each name.

This little electric boat, SOLEADA, belongs to our friends Sunny and Tommy.

I googled the word soleada and discovered that it means "sunny" - obviously an appropriate name for their boat.

I get a kick out of the names of all the electric boats.

FINALLY - did they finally get an electric boat, finally move to The Keys, finally retire?

The DO-OVER - what they are doing over?

 JUST KIDDIN' - is the owner a joker or does he feel like a kid running around in his little boat?

What is the story behind Knot A Woodie?


Will YACHT IN TRAINING ever grow up?

TWIZZLER - because it is red?

I loved the primary color thing going here and the name of the blue boat- TRUANT.

It took me awhile to figure out that SINITRAM is martinis spelled backwards.

HERS is always the last boat we see as we drift into the cove at the end of our paddle.

I have never seen HIS.

I have always gotten a kick out of the name LOST INTEREST

and, I am curious the story behind MISSPENT YOUTH.



and REEL RELAXED are fishermen.

I don't imagine these boat owners have hit ROCK BOTTOM if they can afford to live in The Keys and own a boat.

But, I expect there is some HIGH ANXIETY in owning a boat.

I love this little boat - GO FISH.

Just as I was finishing up my paddle, I saw this boat.

I have never noticed the name before, but it was definitely how I felt at the end of my paddle -



  1. Love your story and thoughts... The pics are beautiful, too!

  2. Cute post. Thanks for sharing these boat names. I felt like I was paddling along with you.

  3. Love the views, not only of the boats, but also of the houses from your kayaking trip. Fun and interesting boat names too !

  4. great post, carol! how wonderful to take a "stroll" on the water! gorgeous!

  5. It's hard to imagine a lovelier way to spend an afternoon. I love the boat names too!

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful relaxing day of kayaking. Looks like it was a beautiful sunny day. Loved the clever boat names.

    Hugs and Kisses.

  7. Wow! How wonderful to live in such a beautiful place! I never realized how fun it could be to read boat names -- so cute and clever! Thanks for taking the time to snap all those pics and share them with us!

  8. Hello, loved this post we do the same here some boats up here have great names too although the boats we pass are a wee bit different to yours will try take some pics next time we are out. I have a new kayak on order a rockpool about 8 weeks and counting till it arrives, especially love the boat Sparky our dogs name :-)

  9. I think these names on these boats are hilarious!
    I love them. Thanks for showing them.