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    When my new canoe arrived my daughters asked me what its name was. Between that and the competition it made me wonder how many of you name your canoes. I know it is the norm for boats but do not know how common it is for canoes.

    So does your canoe have a name and if so what is it and why?

    I have to confess neither of mine have names, yet
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    My old boat was named “Manouch” by its previous owners, and that is what is painted on the hull. My new boat is unlikely to get a name, although in the correspondence I’ve been having with the supplier trying to get it fixed it has been referred to as the wobbly boat, which is fitting for several reasons.

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    Not a specific name. but my canoes are often refered to as bnoes.
    e.g red bnoe. green bnoe.

    this follows on from a long standing joke too silly to explain where everything is prefixed with a b willy-b-nilly, like bnose and bweekend.

    This gets very banoying and after a while and I have to make bthreats the make bpeople bstop bdoing it as it really gets on my btits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue
    Not a specific name. but may canoes are often refered to as bnoes.
    e.g red bnoe. green bnoe.

    this follows on from a long standing joke too silly to explain where everything is prefixed with a b willy-b-nilly, like bnose and bweekend.

    This gets very banoying and after a while and I have to make bthreats the make bpeople bstop bdoing it as it really gets on my btits.
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    Not sure she ever had a plot

    Anyway should it not be bcanoe rather than bnoes
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    I did think about 'Ktosu' which is Swahili for small boat.

    Actually, I made that up. It stands for 'Keep The Open Side Up.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly
    Not sure she ever had a plot

    Anyway should it not be bcanoe rather than bnoes
    Don't know, but I'll have whatever rogues drinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bothyman
    Don't know, but I'll have whatever rogues drinking.
    I believe it is usually whitewater
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    I think canoes do have names.
    But they are just too spiritual to tell peole what they are.
    I think their names would be something silent like " ".
    At the very most something in the wind or waves you almost can't hear.

    Poor old thomas only had all that trouble because someone stuck a face on the front and gave him a stupid human name. He would have been much happier without them. Fame isn't everything.
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    Our first canoe that we bought was a browny dun sort of colour and was christened by my daughters as 'Puppy poo brown' - since it's been painted red but its still called 'puppy poo brown' in conversation. We've also got a Blue Discovery 169 - the girls have christened that 'puppy sea blue' and that's stuck as well.

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    When I purchased my Dagger Caption, it had the name "Wet Dreams II" stenciled on the side by the previous owner. He made me promise not to steal his canoe's name. I had no problem with that request and the name was off the boat before the first river trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly
    When my new canoe arrived my daughters asked me what its name was. Between that and the competition it made me wonder how many of you name your canoes. I know it is the norm for boats but do not know how common it is for canoes.

    So does your canoe have a name and if so what is it and why?

    I have to confess neither of mine have names, yet
    One of my canoes, a Wenonah Jensen, has a name - from a previous owner. It was an old girlfriend of his (he is in his eighties). Can't think of what it is, though. I intend to sand it out.

    My grandfather had a name for one of his dugout canoes. It was called "The Lone Trapper." Canoe was so tippy, only one person could be in it at a time. It also had an Ojibwe name, thanks to some of our relations, which escapes me at the moment. This name also dealt with the stability of the craft. Ojibwe are rather earthy folk, and the name dealt with keeping your male member centered.

    I have three canoes I should name - as they are my favorites. Have to give it some thought.

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    Ojibwe are rather earthy folk, and the name dealt with keeping your male member centered.
    this we gotta hear!

    Can I have first dibs for my rather tippy birchcreek?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Redondo
    this we gotta hear!

    Can I have first dibs for my rather tippy birchcreek?
    If I can remember it - it's all yours. Have to get hold of an Ojibwe/English dictionary and see if it jogs the memory.

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    My first canoe was named the "Mary Ellen Carter" after a Stan Rogers song about a sunken fishing boat recovered by it's crew. My girlfriend picked the name after we put a hole in the bottom of it and it just wouldn't give up and die. We did a complete restoration after the trip. Our latest boat is just named "The Nancy" in keeping with the ship names from Stan Rogers songs. That song was about a Scottish Canadian Captain who put some invading Americans to flight in the war of 1812. She picked that name too and I did not object as it was also the name of my deceased grandmother from Derbyshire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyAyeMan
    My first canoe was named the "Mary Ellen Carter" after a Stan Rogers song about a sunken fishing boat recovered by it's crew. My girlfriend picked the name after we put a hole in the bottom of it and it just wouldn't give up and die. We did a complete restoration after the trip. Our latest boat is just named "The Nancy" in keeping with the ship names from Stan Rogers songs. That song was about a Scottish Canadian Captain who put some invading Americans to flight in the war of 1812. She picked that name too and I did not object as it was also the name of my deceased grandmother from Derbyshire.
    The Nancy

    The clothes men wear do give them airs, the fellows do com-pare
    A colonel's regi-mentals shine, and women call them fair
    I am Alexander MacIntosh, a nephew to the Laird
    And I do distain men who are vain, the men with powdered hair


    I com-mand the Nancy schooner from the Moy on Lake St. Claire
    On the third day of Oc-tober, boys, I did set sail from there
    To the garrison at Amherstburg I quickly would repair
    With Captain Maxwell and his wife and kids and powdered hair

    CHORUS:
    Aboard the Nancy, in regimentals bright, Aboard the Nancy
    With all his pomp and bluster there, a-board the Nancy-o

    Below the St. Clair rapids I sent scouts unto the shore
    To ask a friendly Whyandot to say what lay before
    Amherstburg has fallen, with the same for you in store
    And militia sent to take you there, fifty horse or more

    Up spoke Captain Maxwell then: Surrender now, I say
    Give them your Nancy schooner and make off without delay
    Set me ashore, I do implore. I will not die this way
    Says I: You go, or get below, for I'll be on my way

    Aboard the Nancy. Surrender, Hell, I say, aboard the Nancy
    It's back to Mackinac I'll fight, aboard the Nancy-o

    Well up comes Colonel Beaubien then, who shouts as he comes near
    Surrender up your schooner and I swear you've naught to fear
    We've got your Captain Maxwell, sir, so spare yourself his tears
    Says I, I'll not but send you shot to buzz about your ears

    Well, they fired as we hove anchor, boys, and we got under way
    But scarce a dozen broadsides, boys, the Nancy did them pay
    Before the business sickened them. They bravely ran away
    All sail we made, and reached the Lake before the close of day

    Aboard the Nancy, we sent them shot and cheers, aboard the Nancy
    We watched them running through the trees, aboard the Nancy-o


    Oh, military gentlemen, they bluster, roar and pray
    Nine sailors and the Nancy, boys, made fifty run away
    The powder in their hair that day was powder sent their way
    By poor and ragged sailor men, who swore that they would stay

    Aboard the Nancy, six pence and found a day, aboard the Nancy
    No uniforms for men to scorn, aboard the Nancy-o

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    Thats the one!

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    In keeping with naming all canoes after Stan Rogers songs the latest one (the Nova Craft Cronje) was named "The Nightingale" from the tune The Flowers of Bermuda.
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    Our first canoe was a Pelecan 15' called the "Tank" our seconed and recently sold Mad River Explorer 16' TT was called "Big Boat" My W N N Prospector 15' is called 4T as she was bought for me as a suprise 40th birthday present from my wife. My wifes Venture Ontario 15' is called "Dream Boat Anne" taken from a Heart song.
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    The Māori phrase "Kia Kaha" literally "be strong", is also frequently encountered as an indication of moral support for someone starting a stressful undertaking or otherwise in a difficult situation. Very appropriate when we set off down the Berens last year.

    This is part of Mary's heritage and an honour for me to paddle in a boat with such a name
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    mine is called "pricey" due to the amount of money i had to part with to buy her

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    Not being big on personification and anthropomorphism, I refer to my two canoes as "the red one" and "the green one". Mind you, their lack of a christening doesn't stop me from calling them all sorts of names on those unfortunately far too frequent occasions when they won't go where I want them to!

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    I might have mentioned this before:
    ours is called 'Merlin'

    coz it goes down the cam a lot


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    I’m keeping up with the long maritime tradition too not give names too the small boats .

    If I refer to one off my canoes (yes, that includes my kayaks for they are canoes too), I do so with the name the designer has given it, my Canadian canoe is the “Vomo”, my seayak is the "Quest", this name is even already put neatly on the sides by it’s Builder. My WW-jak is the exception on the rule, I could name it GTX but mostly name it “plasticbathtubthingy” .

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    The only one of mine that has a name is the blue meanie (from Yellow Submarine) for its paddling characteristics...

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    My SOT doesn't have a name. My prospector Big Dave has been replaced by Red, my green Legend
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    my other half wants to name our canoe, mind you she named our first cat Marjorie which was an excessively old fashioned name for a small black cat so I'm not sure its a good idea

    that said she said yes I could buy it, so she can pretty much name it anything she likes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed_(kent) View Post
    my other half wants to name our canoe, mind you she named our first cat Marjorie which was an excessively old fashioned name for a small black cat so I'm not sure its a good idea

    that said she said yes I could buy it, so she can pretty much name it anything she likes
    Call it Marjorie and she may look after it for you. There are some good recommendations for polish on this site

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    A Name? My canoe has a website!

    The name of Gromit is one I shamelessly nicked from a canal barge I paddled past. Just quite fancied it. Didn't think it would stick, but I suppose having www.gromitandfriends.co.uk cemented it forever.

    If you want a peek you'll be needing the username of 'gromit' and the password of 'friend' (just keeps it to those who'll appreciate it)

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    .............'Dream-boat' , because I've always been one.............


    P.S. Hey Jed! Marjorie is a great name for a cat!
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    I must get the stickers made now that I have let the cat out of the bag,

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    Quote Originally Posted by white_ensign View Post
    A Name? My canoe has a website!

    The name of Gromit is one I shamelessly nicked from a canal barge I paddled past. Just quite fancied it. Didn't think it would stick, but I suppose having www.gromitandfriends.co.uk cemented it forever.

    If you want a peek you'll be needing the username of 'gromit' and the password of 'friend' (just keeps it to those who'll appreciate it)

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    managing to get your seat in the river still atached to your canoe?

    I have a name but it not on the boat yet.

    Nantosuelta:

    its the name of a Goddess of nature, valleys and streams. Her name means "Winding River". A Gallic protective goddess and goddess of water. Her symbol is the raven.
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    All the way through the build process I was totally committed to calling my Peterborough 'Mok-Me-Not' for reasons that may be obvious when taking family and friends comments into consideration. However on the morning of the sea trials I (read the wife & I) decided that Mok-Me-Not was quite a negative name so it was changed to C's The Day cos I like the play on words even if it's not gramatically correct .
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    Yafful - an old English name for the Green Woodpecker (my Mohawk is green and it pecks the canal banks). An alternative spelling.

    Anyone know where I can get a vinyl stick-on name plate made up ??

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    My plywood stitch and tape canoe was originally clear varnished and called "Honey" after the colour and her performancy in the water (sweet - not sticky!)
    After years of use and repairs I painted her black, added skull and crossbone stickers and a "pirate" flag addapted to a squaresail and renamed the craft "The Black Joke" as by now she weighed several times her original weight thanks to inumerable repairs and protective sheathing!
    I can still paddle this craft and (despite dry rot by one part of the gunnel) she is still a joy to be in - even if she looks tatty and is heavy as a heavy thing in need of a crash diet!
    None of my other canoes have ever been named.....

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    My Valkyrie wooden lapstrake has been christened Mirrormere which is the body of water first encountered by the Fellowship when the escape from the Mines of Moria in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Also something about her white hull reflecting in the water surface makes this name feel very appropriate. Additionally, the Lake District is one of my favourite places and and many of the lakes have the suffix of 'mere. Might have mentioned all of this somewhere before though.......

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    Mine's called "Tweety" 'cause I was wearing an old Tweety Pie T-shirt when I collected it and took it for its first wetting. A lady asked what I was going to call it and it was the first thing I thought of (a bit like the Mr Staypuft episode in Ghostbusters. How sad is that?!)

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