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Contributed photoAquaholic was the top boat name for 2019 according to a BoatUS survey. Contributed photoAquaholic was the top boat name for 2019 according to a BoatUS survey.

Outdoors: a look at the top boat names

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by nick hromiak Special to the Press in Sports

With Memorial Day traditionally kicking off the pleasure boating season, and if you own a boat or watercraft, this list, prepared by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), tallies the most popular boat names.

The tradition dates back a quarter century, with the list derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics. Each reveals something about the personality of the vessel’s owner. And the list is entertaining to say the least.

The 2019 BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names:

1. Aquaholic: After a four-year absence from the top-10 list, this popular boat name returns. Its appeal is in its intoxicating wordplay about overdoing too much time on the water. This kind of imbibing, however, won’t give you a hangover - except maybe on a Monday morning when you have to go back to work.

2. Pearl: Sometimes a shortening of the name of the fictional ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, folks who put Pearl on the transom likely know that their luxurious vessel has an understated luster.

3. Forever Young: While boating isn’t exactly like the Fountain of Youth, many boaters say the feeling of boating, sailing or fishing keeps them feeling young. A perfect name for maintaining a stress-free boating life.

4. Second Chance: This boat owner has likely had an opportunity for a do-over - be it with boating or a life-challenge related to health, career or matrimony. It’s a reminder to take advantage of the chance to start over.

5. Squid Pro Quo: It’s clear this fishing vessel owner appreciates Latin, or at least perhaps understands that life is a game of give-and-take.

6. More Cowbell: A 2000 Saturday Night Live comedy skit featuring Will Farrell and Christopher Walken pokes fun at taking things too far. Perhaps this boat is a little over the top as well.

7. Pegasus: A winged horse from Greek mythology that was capable of creating water springs just by striking his hoof into the earth. This boat name that connects earth and sky is commonly found on both sailboat and powerboat transoms.

8. Feelin’ Nauti: Who says you can’t be amorous while boating?

9. Why Knot?: These owners appreciate nautical wordplay and realize sometimes you just have to jump into things without over-analyzing it.

10. High Maintenance: This term, sometimes used to reference a boat owner’s spouse, can also indicate that this vessel also requires much time, money or effort. A good choice for a high-performance boat.

For a look at all of the BoatUS Top-10 Boat Names lists over the years go to The BoatUS Graphics service offers an online design tool to easily create custom boat graphics with fast turnaround times. Boat US also has simple step-by-step video instructions on how to install graphics on your boat.