Boat Name

edward maddison's picture

I'm in the process of buying a boat! And, small-boy excitement aside, I'm thinking about how to set the name. I think i want a traditional no-nonsense sans serif, and hoped fellow typophiles might have some ideas or know of suitable boat lettering source materials (books, photos etc)

many thanks

Ed

hrant's picture

What's the boat like, and what will it be used for?

hhp

pattyfab's picture

MUCH more importantly, what are you calling the boat?

edward maddison's picture

the boat is a colvic northerner and will be used initially on inland waterways and then if we are brave the sea.

hrant's picture

{[Near] Duplicate}

hrant's picture

What one calls the boat derives from my questions too. :-)

hhp

hrant's picture

Based on the portholes I'd say Kabel. Or maybe something brand new: Hypatia.

Ah, or what about something funky and with a good backslant: you'd use the regular slant cut on the starboard side and the backslant on the port. My fav: http://www.linotype.com/915/kursivschrift-family.html _
That even suits the name I think!

hhp

edward maddison's picture

we assumed renaming was off the cards, boat people are a superstitious lot, apparently its not done without a weird and lengthy ceremony

hrant's picture

Yes, if Fidel kept Granma for the name of the boat he bought from a Texan
and used to start the revolution then there must be something to that!

hhp

edward maddison's picture

Good thoughts hrant, i have kabel and kursivschrift so will have a play

hrant's picture

The Kursivschrift backslant might be especially relevant here since
apparently in cartography backslant is used to denote rivers!

http://typophile.com/node/30747

hhp

edward maddison's picture

Intriguing.
Another thought is something more primitive, this sort of thing maybe:

pattyfab's picture

I'm just glad you're not calling it She-Devil or La Vida Loca (or its english equivalent The Good Life) or Seas the Day or one of the legions of dopey boat names I see (over and over) at the marina by my beach house.

Linda Cunningham's picture

ROFL! Reminds me of the old Flintstones episode where Fred and Barney buy a boat. Fred wants to call it Nautical Lady and Barney thinks Sea Queen would be more appropriate. They end up compromising with Nau-Sea. ;-)

pattyfab's picture

Now I'm ROFL. I'm actually not remembering (on purpose I think) some of the worst offenders. The marina is basically a trailer park on the water, full of fat sunburnt yahoos drinking Bud on the deck of their boat and blaring Ozzie Osborne. Meanwhile the most beautiful beach in the world is steps away - they could care less.

Stephen Coles's picture

Your primitive type has been digitized as Vintage Gothic.

hrant's picture

And it even has a backslant style!
But to me the boat doesn't look "primitive" [enough] itself.

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

Hrant, is anything ever enough for you? ;^)

hrant's picture

Well, I do remember a meal in Munich that I couldn't finish. :-)

hhp

crossgrove's picture

"its not done without a weird and lengthy ceremony"

So... what's the problem? you need a new name, a witch doctor and a crusty old signpainter! Sounds fun, get on it! ;D

Look up the Letterheads for a signpainter, or get John Downer.

I'm not a big fan of groaner puns either (AHEM CHRIS), but "Constance Dawn" sounds kind of meek or unadventurous to me.

Giampa's picture

What is the boat made of?

Giampa

Stephen Coles's picture

Welcome back to shore, Giampa! It's been a few weeks since we've seen you.

edward maddison's picture

Thanks all for the ideas, really like the backslant vintage gothic.
I wasn't immediately infatuated with the name, but its kind of growing on me, i think the meekness might be a good thing (inheriting the earth and all that).
Oh and the boat is GRP construction (fiberglass)

garyw's picture

This is one of many examples of why I should never own a boat.
Congratulations on yours!

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