BoatUS Asks for Help to Choose Name for Own Boat

March 12, 2013


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - For the nation's largest recreational boaters group with over half a million members, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) knows how difficult it can be to pick the right boat name. After all, naming or re-naming a boat often considers traditions - even superstitions. Then there is the type of name - is it a nautical theme? A play on words? A language other than English? In fact, BoatUS Boat Graphics and Lettering, which offers boaters the opportunity to design and purchase custom boat graphics online, has had over 9000 names submitted over the last two decades to help find the right choice.

But, just like most boat owners, BoatUS is having a hard time choosing a name for the recently donated BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water research and educational vessel, a 27-foot Albemarle berthed on the Chesapeake Bay. BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner explains, "We've been debating names for weeks and getting into some pretty heated discussions, so we figured we'd call a 'time-out' and ask the public for some help."

To help with this task, boaters have until March 18 to go online to the BoatUS Foundation's Facebook page to enter a prospective name. The boat names will then be posted for just three days beginning March 20 and the name with the most votes wins. Finally, on March 27, the Foundation will post a selection of graphic layouts of the winning name - all made with the Association's online boat graphics service - for a last round of voting before the name is applied to the boat. The winning entry will receive a personalized cooler from BoatUS Boat Graphics, and all entrants will receive a 10% off coupon for custom boat graphics, registration numbers or other personalized items.

Boat Owners Association of The United States' 23rd Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names is:

1. Island Time
2. Seas the Day
3. It's About Time
4. Liberty
5. Serendipity

6. Second Wind
7. Dolce Vita
8. Aquaholic
9. The Good Life
10. Nauti Buoy

Funded primarily by BoatUS members, the BoatUS Foundation provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe. To learn more, go to

For more information on the BoatUS Graphics service, go to