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250+ Best Boat Names of All Time

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My name is Tatiana, but my friends and family call me Tutta. I love writing articles that bring a little creativity to everyday life.

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The Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria: Does this sound familiar? It should! It was the name of the three ships that Christopher Columbus set sail with to discover a new world, and he did, indeed! America!

These three names are evidence that naming boats and ships goes back to at least year 1492! You are probably here wondering why ships and boats have names, and the main reason is for identification purposes. Describing which boat you are talking about by using its name is a lot easier than trying to describe it by using a physical description, and by having names, people are more easily able to identify which boat to board, and to identify other boats at sea.

Boat Name Uniqueness

You might be wondering if your boat name needs to be unique. That really depends on where you live. For example, in the US, names don't need to be unique, but it appears that names do need to be unique in Canada.

A common way to deal with this is by appending numbers or roman numerals to the end of the boat name. For example, if the name "Poseidon" is taken, then perhaps the names "Poseidon II" or "Poseidon III" are available. If you would like to look your name up, here are some of the sites where you can do that:

US: https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/CoastGuard/VesselByName.html

Canada: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/4/vrqs-srib

European Union: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/fleet/index.cfm?method=Search.SearchSimple&country=

Boat Name Ideas to Consider

So you’ve decided to purchase a boat, all the while silently singing “isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful?” And indeed, she is! Having a boat is an amazing luxury for some, while it becomes home to others. Whatever your intended purpose for your boat, it’s gotta have a name! Here are some tips for coming up with some of the best boats names there is!

  • Female gender: Notice how I was referring above to the boat as some kind of female entity? That’s because there seems to be a deep history with regards to female names! Sure, not all boats have a female name, but many of them do and it is thought to help deepen the bond with the boat!
  • Know the prefixes: If you are new to sailing, then you might not be familiar with many of the acronyms that precede a boat’s name which actually indicate what kind of vessel it is. For example, SS is a prefix that stands for steamship and TB stands for tug boat. If you plan on using a prefix, just be sure it makes sense for the kind of boat you have.
  • Use puns: When it comes to naming a boat, there’s a vast sea of opportunities for puns! A little humor is always a good, and any sailor can appreciate it.
  • Summon your inner sailor: All sailor swears aside, hop into your boat, even if it just sits on a trailer, and feel the boat. Become one with your boat. Picture yourself doing whatever it is that you plan on doing with your boat and you might just picture the perfect name on the side of your boat!
  • Boat’s appearance: This might be a given, but find some inspiration in the overall appearance of your boat whether it be the color or some kind of feature that stands out.

Considering the above pointers, I’ve come up with some of the best boat names that will have you hooked! Read on...

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Funny Boat Names

Bikini BottomMidlife Crisis

Zombies Can’t Swim

Full of Ship

Fish and Ships

Fishizzle My Bizzle

Codtastrophe

Looking for Fish

Prawn Star

Sick Day

Tax Refund

Sharkbait

Reely Expensive

Change the Channel

A Boat

Missing Anchor

Stinky Anchovy

Rubber Ducky

Wife #4

The Crusty Barnacle

Poseidon Probe

In Deep Ship

Sea Señor

Nuclear fishin’

Soggy Cheerio

The Navi-Gator

Holy Ship

Boaty McBoatface

Heavy Wetter

Tackle Me Elmo

Jamaican Me Sail

I’ve Got Crabs

Get Shipfaced

Clam Dunk

Spare-a-Beer?

Scuba Steve

Coral Reefer

Laguna Matata

Mother Rudder

Mmmbob

Nacho Boat

Trawling You

The Other Woman

Forced Family Fun

Poop Deck

Do You like Fish Sticks?

Fish Magnet

Smelling Fishy

Captain Underpants

Ketch-up

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Clever Boat Names

Bottom FeederPier Pressure

Breaking Bass

Tide Pool

Rail Banger

Wish You Were Her

Presidential DeBait

Fishers of Men

Carpe Diem

Sea Addicts Anonymous

Seas the Day

Prawn Shop

Fishing for Compliments

Shakespeare Fishing

Off the Hook

Sea King Adventure

Tide Down

Nothing But Net

Ship Happens

Mr. Trawley

Docked Pay

Docked Up

A Salt Weapon

Seas the Moment

Lega-sea

Dockter Sea

The Codfather

Ecsta-sea

Court Salmons

Knot Your Boat

Fishing Nemo

Smoke on the Water

Knot for Sail

Boat to Be Wild

Ships Ahoy

Decked Out

Sea For Yourself

Speedo Deck

Beach Leech

On the Docks

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Cool Boat Names

DriftersKraken

S.S. Riptide

Ankle Buster

Wicked Fishin’

Ultramarine

Lochness

Stargazer

Hot Knots

Sea Hawk

Sea Dancer

Endless Summer

Dawn Patrol

Impact Zone

Cannonball

Devil Wind

Wave Rider

Twisted Reel

Tigershark

Swallow Tail

Leviathan

Endless Blue

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Dirty Boat Names

Sea-ductionFilthy Oar

IV Play

Knotty Hooker

Sex Sea

Hehe, Sextant

B. Knotty

Master Bait

La Seavious Acts

Shellfish in Bed

Lure Me

Easy Catch

Nice Aft

S.S. Seamen

Sea Stalker

Playbouy

Motorboater

Tail Chasers

Fishnets

Wet Dream

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Classy Boat Names

WinchesterLegacy

Elizabethan

The Olympia

S.S. Admiral

Atlas

Exodus

Danube

The Sapphire

Magnolia

Liberty

Oasis

Peridot

Edinburgh

S.S. Niagra

Buckingham

The Atlantis

The Duke

Titus

Duchess

Atlantic Pearl

Aristocrat

Windsor

Baron

The Icelandic

Baroness

Symphony

Watercrest

Serenity

S.S. Azure

Twilight

Alabaster

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Millennial Boat Names

Don’t Need RoadsPedro for President

Never Say Die

Wheezin’ The Juice

Rufio, Rufio, Ru-fi-O

88 MPH

Neverending Story

Flux Capacitor

Quit Playing With Your Dinghy

Clever Girl

Atreyu

Big Pile of Ship

Hey McFly

Dinosaur Skirt

Favorite Deputy

Spare No Expense

To Infinity

Ya Filthy Animal

Little Infinity

Killin’ Me, Smalls

Mom’s Basement

High Quality H2O

Bigger Boat

Circle of Life

Oh Fudge!

Glass Case of Emotion

Strange Little Man

Center for Ants

Marty Moose

Yer a Wizard

Drawn That Way

Tina You Fat Lard

Wax On, Wax Off

Heck Yes!

Make Like a Tree

Nunchuck Skills

A Delicious Bass

 

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Famous Boat Names from TV & Film

VesselTV/Film

Titanic

Titanic

Jenny

Forrest Gump

Gone Fission

The Simpsons

S.S. Minnow

Gilligan’s Island

Orca

Jaws

HMS Shag at Sea

Austin Powers

Red October

The Hunt for Red October

S.S. Venture

King Kong

African Queen

The African Queen

Nautilus

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Andrea Gail

The Perfect Storm

Willie

Steamboat Willie

Jolly Roger

Hook

Slice of Life

Dexter

The Flying Wasp

Caddyshack

S.S. Immaculata

Overboard

Time Bandit

Deadliest Catch

Cornelia Marie

Deadliest Catch

The Northwestern

Deadliest Catch

Wizard

Deadliest Catch

Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean

Flying Dutchman

Pirates of the Caribbean

HMS Dauntless

Pirates of the Caribbean

HMS Interceptor

Pirates of the Caribbean

HMS Endeavor

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Empress

Pirates of the Caribbean

Queen Anne’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pequod

Moby Dick

Arabella

Captain Blood

Albatross

The Sea Hawk

The Henrietta

Around the World in 80 Days

The Inferno

The Goonies

Dawn Treader

Chronicles of Narnia

Sea Patroller

Paw Patrol

Queen's Gambit

Arrow

Maersk Alabama

Captain Phillips

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Famous Boats in History

MayflowerAmerican Queen

HMS Victory

Bismarck

Niña

USS Maine

Pinta

USS Arizona

Santa Maria

USS Missouri

HMAV Bounty

Whydah Gally

Golden Hind

SS Edmund Fitzgerald

RMS Lusitania

Yamato

RMS Titanic

The Queen Mary

HMS Beagle

Noah’s Ark

I’ve seen bunches of boat names in my time that had me thinking whatever floats your boat! Some haven’t made much sense to me, while others were just really basic. Make your nautical adventures more enjoyable for you and others by sailing in style with a great boat name! But remember, the more time you spend trying to think of a name, that’s time you’re missing fishing! Unless, of course, you do both at the same time.

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Comments

Todd on June 26, 2020:

“Scared Stiff”

Guy was a mortician...

Mick on October 19, 2019:

Best name I ever seen, 45 foot motor yacht, with a midlife guy and a young women half his age on board. “Stocks & Blonds”

max on August 17, 2019:

Columbus didn't discover American, there were people here already.

Rick on August 06, 2019:

Under millennials

Should add

Don’t work

Everything free

Entitled

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