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Re: Your Boat Name - the story behind it
Shortly after college, I bought an old Lightning. It was wooden (I'd had fiberglass dinghies before), it was lively, and I'm a Tolkien fan -- so I thought of Ents, the living tree-like creatures. The main Ent, known as "Treebeard," was too slow and ponderous. But there was a younger, more impetuous Ent, "Quickbeam." [Nerdy point that Tolkien fans will recognize: The real names of individual Ents are too long to put on transoms -- or even wrap around the entire hull.]
That was more than 35 years ago. Every boat since then has had a Tolkien-based name. The O'Day DaySailer was "Goldberry" (a perpetually-happy and singing spirit of the water) followed by the Laser "Pippin" (an energetic young hobbit). When I bought my first keel boat, a Ranger 26 (by then, I was in my 50s), it was purely for relaxation -- and "Tom Bombadil" is the most carefree person in the Tolkien world. Last year, I moved up to a Catalina 30, considered "Tom Bombadill II," but went with "Rivendell" -- one of the most restful places ever. (I decided against the Elvish version of the name, "Imladris" -- doesn't roll off the tongue as well; since this is my first boat with VHF, never even thought about needing to say the name on the radio!)
When I was looking for a name for the Ranger, someone suggested "Vingilote," the ship on which Earendil and Elwig sailed to Aman to seek pardon and assistance from the Valar. [Yeah, we Tolkien fans can get a little obsessed.] But Vingilote "was said to be the fairest ever fashioned." And though I was happy with the Ranger and now the Catalina, let's be real: both are plastic and neither is the fairest boat ever fashioned! But maybe someday...
[Re-reading this, just realized that I started sailing the same year I first read The Hobbit. Maybe that's why I associated the two!]
Last edited by blew1000; 11-23-2018 at 05:00 PM.