Name a boat, name your life

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

h mighty Nep­tune, King of all that moves in or on the waves; please grant us . . . um . . . some­thing.’’

This, or some­thing sim­i­lar, is what I’m go­ing to have to yell out to sea if we want to change the name of our boat. Ridicu­lous – surely?

Legend has it that if you want to name a boat you have get in touch with a Ro­man god, or find a vir­gin to pee in the bilge.

If you don’t, you’re des­tined for years of gloom and doom at sea.

It has to do with Ledger of the Deep and it’s all very sin­is­ter and se­ri­ous, but when you’re talk­ing about sur­vival at sea, who wants to take any chances?

Or maybe we’ll just go the Vik­ing way and spill a bit of blood, or the Christian way and smash cham­pagne in the wa­ter east to west.

There are some stun­ning boat names at Mana Ma­rina. Most are al­ter egos, or about hope and liv­ing the dream.

One of my favourites is E Ticket, named after the type of ticket that gets you the best rides at Dis­ney­land.

E Ticket has been re­named many times: Barker Seater, T&T, Liana Shell, E52, Spirit, and so far there have been no tyranny strikes from Nep­tune.

Brian and Vicky have a gor­geous boat called Claude Wil­liam, the name of Brian’s dad.

Brian was in­stru­men­tal in de­sign­ing and build­ing the boat. Some of his ear­lier sketches had the name Claude Wil­liam on, although they hadn’t def­i­nitely de­cided on a name.

Sadly Brian’s Dad died be­fore the boat was launched.

At a fam­ily gath­er­ing a carver etched a teak panel with the name Claude Wil­liam on it.

So the nam­ing was done and the panel sits right­fully proud across the back of the boat.

Lloyd has a yacht called Idunno.

When he was a young­ster, he liked the name Ari­ana.

All the boats he’s owned have been god­desses – Athena (God­dess of Wis­dom), Nereia (wife of Nep­tune, God of the Sea).

He’s about to re­name his boat Ari­ana, a character from Greek mythol­ogy. Some say she is the god­dess of colours and emo­tion.

When I was 8, I wanted to change my name to Laura.

In­spired by Laura In­galls from the TV se­ries Lit­tle House on the Prairie, I thought that by chang­ing my name I would sud­denly have lovely long hair, and oo­dles of ex­tra love and laugh­ter as I ran through fields of long grass.

It wasn’t un­til some­one pointed out that Laura was also called Half-Pint that I thought my own name was OK.

I’d like to change the name of our boat to re­flect a way for­ward, some­thing to aim for on harder days, a re­minder that be­ing pos­i­tive and in­spired is a mus­cle that needs ex­er­cis­ing.

But why limit our­selves to boat names?

To­day I’m nam­ing the day Cheery Day. Happy Cheery Day ev­ery­one.

Peace­ful sight: The Mana Ma­rina.

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