Choosing the name for a boat can be quite a difficult task. It is an intensely personal thing since, lets face it, sailors have a rather large attachment to their boat. The name of a boat can run the gauntlet from hilarious to extremely nautical. In the marinas around us we have seen names like Hoosier Daddy (I’m assuming the owner must have been from Indiana), Sails Call, Miss Behavin’ and ones like Calypso or Wind Dancer. Each name says a little bit about the owner and the boat.
For us, our Helia is going to be our home, carrying us safely across the globe and we worked hard to come up with a name that will reflect us and our journey. For us, the main categories that we considered were:
- Our Journey
- Something Important to Us
- Length of the Name
- Internet Availability
Our Journey: The goal is to eventually set off on a circumnavigation. We love to travel and want to see the world. The name of our boat needed to be suitable for this sort of adventure. Starry Horizons takes into account that for us, being on the water means open skies, stars and an endless number of horizons to go explore.
Something Important to Us: Stars are important to the both of us in many ways. We have family connections and for me personally, I have very vivid memories of the select few times in my life that I was able to sit down and see stars from horizon to horizon. (Living in one of the largest cities in the world means it doesn’t happen at home) Those moments bring me a sense of peace and awe. Sharing many those moments together is something I am most looking forward to about our trip.
Length of the Name: The name of your boat has to be repeated over and over again to people you meet, over the radio and to Customs/Immigration. Something short and relatively easy to understand is a must so Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious would have been a bad choice.
Internet Availability: Some people may laugh or shake their heads at the inclusion of this category in our decision making process. However, both the Admiral and I have some marketing experience and we know that in order to make a name for yourself on the internet, you need to make sure the domains/twitter/facebook pages etc that you want are available. Most two word domains are already taken, but since we were considering Out Chasing Stars for the name of our boat, we knew that the domain/twitter/facebook page were all available. While this isn’t exactly our boats name, it does convey the general sense behind our trip and we felt it well in line with the feeling we’re trying to portray.
As I said at the beginning, choosing a name for a boat is a very personal endeavor. We considered names for several months before stumbling upon Starry Horizons, but once it was suggested, the proverbial light clicked on. It makes the waiting a slight bit easier, knowing that while she hasn’t been built yet, Starry Horizons is just waiting for us to begin our adventure.