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    Posted: 26 Mar 04 at 12:39pm
We had an old battered sail training Mirror dinghy that had been nicknamed the 'Titanic'.

It was a rather strange specimen featuring wooden decks and internals but an outer turquoise fibre glass skin that was dimpled like cellulite. It was also on the heavy side.

When I was about 8 or 9 I took it out for a spin one day. Hadn't got very far when I decided to put down the self-bailer to drain away a bit of water.

It was pretty stiff, so I gave it a good push and the thing came off in my hands! It didn't take long for the water to start flooding in through the hole that had appeared in the bottom (it wasn't very windy).

Just goes to show that if you give a boat a bad name she'll live up to it!


The affectionately named 'Titanic'
(before she sank!)





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The reason that the hull was dimpled was because there was a thought that it would create a layer of bubbles around the hull and hence reduce friction and therefore make the boat faster. Didn't seem to take off much really.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 04 at 2:18pm
Mmm.. names. As I believe every boat should have a name, I
am in danger of being a hypocrite... I have yet to name my
RS200... any suggestions anyone, after all I don't want to make
get it wrong now do I?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Doctor Clifford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 04 at 2:58pm
Anagrams of "RS two hundred"

thundeR Sword
Shrewd & Rotund
hundred woRSt
drown heR Stud


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil eltringham Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 04 at 2:58pm

How about: Tigger? or Gael Force? (geddit?)

Cant be worse than the name my 29er has: 'Albino Snowman', seemed like a good idea at the time, and you can't rename your own boat so the name is here to stay untill it finds a new home

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Haggis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 04 at 7:18pm

What about GBR XYZ

After all all names are gay and a boat is just an inaminate object you use to get round a course!

Don't you reallty get round up with
X Yachts having X in the name
Mumms haveing Mumm in the name
RS's having RS in the name!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 04 at 11:16am
You do have a point Haggis about the Xs, RSs and Mumms... can be
very contrived...

But I disagree - boats definitely have personalities, they're more than
lumps of plastic. I talk to mine, so it needs to have a name.

Plus, smiling is one of the most important things in life - and if you
can make people smile by having a great name for your boat, then
that's a good thing. Don't be so boring!

So your Europe doesn't have a name...? I think we should give it
one... how about 'Hippotomous' or 'Elephant'... (no reason, just silly
- you're talking to someone who called her last two boats 'Giraffe'
and 'Earwig') or, if you're still concerned about it being a 'girl's boat'
and that affecting your reputation, how about 'so macho' or 'Ivor
Biggun'!

Anybody spotted any really great names out there they can share
with us?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Haggis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 04 at 6:34pm

My apologises Gael, bottle of wine to blame for this one as well.

Boat names are cool!!!!!
I love them so much, i just can't get them out of my head.

Just take the Mumm30 'PLUS 3' which also has sail number GBR 66R

Will buy you a drink this weekend to make up for it.
Better check up on the Hamble Bacon butty fare at the same time!

Me thinks we may have to split up into teams to cover all the bases in 2 days?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote James Bell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 04 at 7:41pm
I'm reluctant to let people know what my Laser 4000 is called.
I didn't name it - the previous owner did. Isn't it bad luck to rename a boat?

I remember going to view it. It was a superb boat in nearly brand new condition for a good price, but the graphics on the side absolutely ruined it!

A split purple/white hull, emblazoned on the side in large yellow letters in an angular chinese-type font the height of the side was the name 'Second Wind' (ouch). At the back in a smaller lettering was the text 'Leaky & the Dodge'! (the owner ran a porous hose business).

Luckily, the seller delivered the boat to our club very early on a Saturday morning giving my brother and I time to remove the 'horrific' graphics before anyone else saw!

James

PS. Hope the previous owner doesn't read this forum!!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Small people Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 04 at 10:46am

If boats are inanimate objects Haggis just used to get round a course why do you spend so much time faffing with yours?

 

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