Monday, January 19, 2009

Most Popular Boat Names of 2008, the premier online destination for new boaters, today announced its list of the most popular boat names of the past year. The list, compiled by in collaboration with,, and the Boat Name Blog, includes nautical puns, tributes to recent movies and TV shows, and an overall celebration of the boating lifestyle.

Here are the top ten most popular boat names for 2008:

1. Happy Ours
2. Carpe Diem
3. Aqua - Holic
4. State of Mind
5. Anchor Management
6. The Office
7. Feelin' Nauti
8. Yes Dear
9. Sundance
10. Serenity Now

Several of the boat names on the list, such as “Happy Ours”, “State of Mind” and “Carpe Diem”, reflect how much enjoyment people derive from the boating lifestyle. In fact, the popularity of these particular boat names may suggest that boating, for some, offers a temporary respite from the unremitting news about a distressed economy and record-high fuel prices which were experienced during the peak of last year’s boating season.

In general, most of the names on this year’s list of top boat names illustrate that boaters are imaginative and passionate individuals who like to have fun.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Boat of the Year

If you are among the few in a position to buy a boat in this economy, why not buy the best?

The 2009 Motor Boats Monthly Motor Boats of the Year were announced last night in a swanky ceremony at London's Waldorf Hilton during the 2009 London International Boat Show.

The winning Sportscruiser over 45ft, Princess V45, is pictured.

RIBs and Sportsboats - Avon Adventure 580

Wheelhouse and Walkaround - Botnia Targa 44

Sportscruiser under 45ft - Aquador 28HT

Sportscruiser over 45ft - Princess V45

Flybridge under 50ft - Princess 50

Flybridge over 50ft - Fairline Squadron 55

Trawler and Aft Cabin - Beneteau Swift Trawler 52

Steel and Inland - Seamark 780C

Traditional and Retro - Mochi Dolphin 54

Custom Yacht over 70ft - Moonen 94 Alu

To learn more about these boats, pick up a copy of February 2009's Motor Boats Monthly magazine.

Friday, January 09, 2009

No Boat Show Shortage

Is the economy really all that bad? You wouldn't know it by looking at the boat show schedule this weekend.

Whether you're in San Diego, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Toronto or even London, there's a boat show going on near you right now. In fact, there are more than 20 shows this weekend, so there is likely one a short drive from you!

Here are a few links to the shows:

San Diego Boat Show (Largest on the west coast!). Or if you're really brave, get updates from the show on Twitter:

London Boat Show

New Orleans
For more than a dozen other shows this weekend, plus boat shows throughout the year, visit the Discover Boating boat show calendar.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

All New Trawler Expo

Displaying a show of confidence in what the new year may bring, the town of Stuart, Florida, is not only holding its 35th Annual Boat Show next weekend (Jan 9 - 11 2009), but is simultaneously launching its first annual Trawler Expo.

The combined shows will have over $100 million in products - including more than 500 boats - on display both in-water and on land. The Trawler Expo is a bit pricier than your average boat show, but includes seminars on navigation, electronics, knot-tying and more.

For more details of the 35th Annual Stuart Boat Show, including dates and times, visit their website here.

For more about the Trawler Expo, including seminar schedule and prices, visit their website here.