Summer brings boat loads of fun

Chris Ellis/For The Register-HeraldTime spent in boats on Summersville Lake is just one way to enjoy the summer in West Virginia.

As I flipped the page on my desk calendar to June, it reminded me that summer is just around the corner. As for me and my family, summer in West Virginia means many outdoor adventures based on or around water. — summer float trips for smallmouth bass, wading mountain streams for wild trout and plenty of lazy Sunday afternoons at the lake enjoying plenty of fresh air and eating many meals from a cooler.

I grew up on boats, mostly canoes and jon boats, and my children have grown up on the water as well. We all enjoy a fun little afternoon swimming and playing at the lake. One of the things we find fascinating and fun is to see how creative people can be when it comes to naming their boat. So when I received a bit of news on the subject, I’d thought I’d share.

Each year, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) tallies the most popular boat names. The tradition dates back a quarter century, with the list derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics.

The 2019 BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names:

1. Aquaholic: After a four-year absence from the Top 10 list, this popular boat name returns. Its appeal is in its intoxicating wordplay about overdoing too much time on the water.

2. Pearl: Sometimes a shortening of the name of the fictional ship in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, folks who put Pearl on the transom likely know that their luxurious vessel has an understated luster.

3. Forever Young: While boating isn’t exactly like the Fountain of Youth, many boaters say the feeling of boating, sailing or fishing keeps them feeling young. A perfect name for maintaining a stress-free boating life.

4. Second Chance: This boat owner has likely had an opportunity for a do-over — be it with boating or a life challenge related to health, career or matrimony. It’s a reminder to take advantage of the chance to start over.

5. Squid Pro Quo: It’s clear this fishing vessel owner appreciates Latin, or at least perhaps understands that life is a game of give-and-take.

6. More Cowbell: A 2000 Saturday Night Live comedy skit featuring Will Farrell and Christopher Walken pokes fun at taking things too far. Perhaps this boat is a little over the top as well.

7. Pegasus: A winged horse from Greek mythology that was capable of creating water springs just by striking his hoof into the earth. This boat name that connects earth and sky is commonly found on both sailboat and powerboat transoms.

8. Feelin’ Nauti: Who says you can’t be amorous while boating?

9. Why Knot?: These owners appreciate nautical wordplay and realize sometimes you just have to jump into things without overanalyzing it.

10. High Maintenance: This term, sometimes used to reference a boat owner’s spouse, can also indicate that this vessel also requires much time, money or effort. A good choice for a high-performance boat.

In case you’re wondering, these were the 10 most popular boat names last year, according to BoatUS.

1. Grace

2. Freedom

3. Seas the Day

4. Therapy

5. Second Wind

6. Serenity

7. Perseverance

8. Rum Runner

9. Knot on Call

10. Pura Vida

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