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Safe at Sea: Every boat name tells a story

By Staff | Jul 18, 2018

ALL SALTS, a group of boaters who meet on the first Wednesday of the month to talk about all things boat-related in Sanibel, reminisced about “what’s in a name?” at their last gathering. A boat’s name can really tell a story, according to the members of America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva.

Can you guess the story behind these names – Floating Swan, Marger III, Tyree, Music, Dejo, Suzy Q, Water Music and Island Spirit?

Floating Swan was chosen by Tom Gillis 75 years ago for his very first vessel, simply celebrating the ability to float on water. Water Music, the name of the last vessel he owned, was a joyous proclamation of a lifetime on the water.

Marger III was named by almost centenarian Dr. George Irwin for his beautiful wife, Marguerite.

Tyree I, II, and III was selected by Bob Crossman, 85-year boating veteran, in reference to an island off the Scottish coast unreachable except by boat. His favorite sailboat was named for his wife, Glenayr.

Music became the favorite boat name of George May for the tropical paradise memory it invoked from a bare boat adventure in the Bahamas.

Dejo was simply a combination of the first names of siblings Dede “D’Arcy” and her brother, John. They water skied behind their 16-foot skiff on Lake Michigan when it was smooth enough. If you didn’t fall, the temperature of the cold lake didn’t make that much difference. (“And, yes, we were young!”)

Island Spirit was a wistful and celebratory shout out to life on Sanibel by me in naming my 21-foot center-console fishing boat, docked off-island at Punta Rassa.

O’FISHal Business, Fancy Pants, Grandy 5 and Finest Kind must have stories, too.

What boat names have you seen that intrigue you? It is fun to wonder. What would you name your boat?

Joanne Heroy-Giller is a member of America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva. For more information, contact 239-985-9472 or Commander@SanibelCaptivaSPS.org or visit online at americasboatingclub.org.