I get a lot of interesting emails over the course of the year and one pertains to the names folks give their boats.
BoatUS News says that sometimes the names can reveal a lot about the personality, passion and life experiences of a boat owner. (Hey, Art, what did you say the name of your boat was?)
Here are this year’s Top 10 most popular names and what they might reveal about their owners.
Grace: This name reflects the elegant and tranquil qualities of the boat, oftentimes owned by someone seeking peace through boating.
Freedom: A patriot to the core, this boat symbolizes the meaning of freedom in all senses of the word — freedom to explore, freedom to dream and freedom to discover the world by water being most important.
Seas The Day: While this boat owner may feel a loss of control over a declining retirement account, he or she is completely in charge while boating and intends to get the most out of the boating lifestyle.
Therapy: Capitalizing on the joys boating has to offer, this name takes into account the healing nature boating provides the owner.
Second Wind: This boat is perhaps owned by parents constantly yearning for that second boost of energy in life. Spending time with their boat gives them the rejuvenation despite the craziness of being a mom or dad.
Serenity: Born out of the “Hippie Era,” this name illustrates peacefulness in both the boat and the owner. Simply explained, this boat owner is completely untroubled while out on the water.
Perseverance: A relentless vehicle that never stops exploring, this boat has more than 10 years on it with a few dents and scratches, but also holds countless memories of the good times.
Rum Runner: A party boat by nature, this boat often hosts big personalities and guarantees a good time with laughs galore.
Knot On Call: The moment a boater steps onto his boat, his or her responsibilities are left on the dock. The owner enjoys and encourages leaving worries behind and fully immersing in the boating experience.
Pure Vida: More than just a Costa Rican saying meaning “pure life,” it reflects a way of everyday living by example, one that thrives on no worries, no fuss and no stress.
The following are some of the more humorous names of 2018.
Shenanigans: Good or bad, they are obviously up to something.
Reel Nauti: The ultimate play on words in the marina dictionary.
Flounder Pounder: Let’s see the proof buddy!
Kale Yeah: Clearly owned by a proud health nut.
Shaken Not Stirred: They know what we like.
Ship Happens: We can all relate to this one, can’t we?
Bite Me: Ferocious on land. On the water, too?
Mojo Risin’: Stepping onto that boat instantly increases any boater’s mojo.
Jolly Toots: Not quite sure what it means, but it is fun to say.
Penny Pincher: Someone may have named his or her boat too quickly after buying it.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) says that fishing participation is on the increase and, from where I sit, this is as it should be.
Proof of this could be found during the recent children’s fishing derby on Mirror Lake. The looks of pure joy when the kids caught any kind of fish, big or small, said it all, as far as I am concerned.
Now, I have nothing against organized sports for kids, but let’s give them some time to spend on other pursuits and, YES, I mean fishing!
The RBFF tells us that fishing participation rose 4 percent to 49.1 million participants in 2017. Fishing license sales increased 1.35 percent in 2017, making for a 4.3 percent increase over the last 10 years.
Regarding youth participation, 11.6 million kids ages 6-17 participated in fishing, and that is up 5.4 percent from the 11 million participants in 2016.
In the meantime, female participation increased 3.15 percent to 17.1 million and, among first timers, 3 million new fishermen had their first fishing experience in 2017. This up 21 percent from the 2.5 million in 2016. Hispanic participation is up 11 percent to 4.2 million anglers.
Get a kid hooked on fishing, not drugs!
Big Doug’s Memorial Saltwater Shootout, a catch-and-release contest for striped bass and bluefish, will take place July 13-15 at Oak Leaf Marina, 218 Ferry Road, Old Saybrook.
Proceeds benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries and canned goods and supplies for the pantries will be collected all weekend long at the marina..
Anglers will have the chance at winning cash prizes as well as numerous products from sponsors of the event.
A mandatory captain’s meeting is Friday, July 13 from 7-9 p.m. There will be a post-contest BBQ and awards ceremony on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m.
Anglers can fish anywhere in Long Island Sound. All catches to be reported via text or email with photos.
The main contest is open to boat, surf and kayak anglers. There will also be a Junior Angler Division for a discounted price ($20). There is also a “Barbie Rod” Division with a separate buy-in.
The contest has raised enough money over the past two years to provide over 10,000 meals through Shoreline Soup Kitchens and organizers are looking to top that here in Year 3.
Registration for the contest as well as donations and T-shirt sales are all available at the website firstname.lastname@example.org Questions? Give Doug Jr. a call at 202-694-9959.
The New Haven Raccoon Club will host a St. Jude Trap Shoot this Saturday, June 2 and a 3-D Archery Shoot next Sunday, June 10 with all of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trap Shoot starts at 9 a.m. The Archery 3-D Shoot run 6 a.m. to noon.
The DEEP stocked Mirror Lake with Channel Catfish prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Those fishing for them are reminded that in Mirror Lake there is a THREE-FISH LIMIT!
More on Channel catfish next week. See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops wherever they may be.