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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

Nice story! It is always best if a boat will choose it's own name.

A reminder that moorings and even slips are not entirely safe.
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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

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Circumstances named my other boat, Tundra Down, too. That is another story.

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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

CalebD,

Perhaps in another post. Boat names should have stories. It is also important they are easily identifiable. A name should be clearly heard and recognized on the radio. It is important they be unique if possible to avoid confusion. "Drinking Bird" should meet the standard. "Tundra Down" does, too. Our Rhodes 22, a long time on the hard at the farm, is "Sea Mouse". A name I gave to my first boat when I was a kid living on the estuary of the Croton River in your neck of the woods.

On a kids adventure a friend and I took the original "Sea Mouse" a 12 foot Duratech, up the Hudson River, from Croton, to Lake George for Labor day weekend. It sounds crazy today. We hired a pickup to take us from the head of navigation in Glenns Falls and launch us in Lake George Village. A campsite on one of the islands was our retreat for the week. We were 12 and 13. When we approached the Troy lock at about 10 pm it was empty and open. My friend walked up to the lock keeper's office and asked permission for the "Sea Mouse" to lock through. With little thought it was given and I proceeded to motor into the empty lock. Alone! The keeper was a bit surprised but closed the lock's doors and I "climbed the ladder" as the water boiled in. The inside of the lock was quite rough and grabbed at the gunnel a couple of times. Exciting stuff for a 12 year old. We locked through successfully and spent the night in a barn along the canal. I am guessing it is the smallest craft to ever transit that federal lock alone. The name is what cleared our passage don't you think?

We are getting off topic for this thread.

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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

DownE,
Is this what the original 'Sea Mouse' looked like?
1958 12' Duratech V-Hull Aluminum Boat
A boat like that could get under the railroad bridge at the mouth of the Croton River at low tide. I'm not sure how you would navigate the New Croton Dam though.
That was quite a voyage for a pair of almost teens.

I am also a fan of unusual boat names. Agreed that the 'name' should be easily pronounced and identifiable. Some boat names make me wonder if their owner's have much of an imagination.

Our old Tartan 27' came with her moniker 'Odalisque' so I can't claim to have picked the name. Students of classical painting would know that there are several famous paintings of Odalisque's by various painters: odalisques
While an odalisque is a member of a harem she is not necessarily a concubine:
It seemed appropriate to me that two happily married men would be sharing a boat named 'Odalisque' provided our wives did not object, and they haven't so far.
There are a few other boats named 'Odalisque' out there but not as many as there are 'Aquahaulic'.
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CalebD,

That was my boat. A blue deck and a bench seat back, no windshield. A great boat. It was stolen from my dock on Halfway Creek in Everglades City, FL in the 60's. It got around.

My home was just upstream of the Manor House. That was when the old RT. 9 bridge was there. Getting under the rr bridge was not a problem. A great place and time to grow up! Lucky me.

Duratech had its bench seats filled with a solid block of Styrofoam that was exposed to the air but suspended out of the bilge, under the seat. The same way Starcraft installs its floatation in their small open boats.

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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

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Boat names should have stories. It is also important they are easily identifiable. A name should be clearly heard and recognized on the radio. It is important they be unique if possible to avoid confusion.
One of my old boats was Named FRED. Apparently the original owners wife got fed up with his expensive habit of attending the World Championships in Sweden, France & Texas and referred to the boat as a F**king Ridiculously Expensive Diversion.

Needless to say, I kept the name.
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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

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Or as the caps say, "SLUT" for short!

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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"

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On a kids adventure a friend and I took the original "Sea Mouse" a 12 foot Duratech, up the Hudson River to Lake George for Labor day weekend. It sounds crazy today. We hired a pickup to take us from the head of navigation in Glenns Falls and launch us in Lake George Village. A campsite on one of the islands was our retreat for the week. We were 12 and 13. When we approached the Troy lock at about 10 pm it was empty and open. My friend walked up to the lock keeper's office and asked permission for the "Sea Mouse" to lock through. With little thought it was given and I proceeded to motor into the empty lock. Alone! The keeper was a bit surprised but closed the lock's doors and I "climbed the ladder" as the water boiled in. The inside of the lock was quite rough and grabbed at the gunnel a couple of times. Exciting stuff for a 12 year old. We locked through successfully and spent the night in a barn along the canal. I am guessing it is the smallest craft to ever transit that federal lock alone. The name is what cleared our passage don't you think?
I love this story! Many thanks for sharing!!
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