How We Got Our Name

Stories behind the boat names

Published in the May 2013 Issue Published online: May 10, 2013 How We Got our Name
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Zulu

Our houseboat, Zulu, is a wide-beam narrow boat measuring 60 feet by 12 feet, She’s called Zulu, just so my husband can do his best Michael Caine impression and say “like Michael Caine in Zulu.” Plus we knew we’d be writing her ourselves and wanted something short without too many curly bits!

Kirsty Waight 

Cambridgeshire, UK

CHARdonnay

We have an old Kings Kraft. I’ve completely remodeled the whole boat. I’m a home builder and own a cabinet company so we really did it right. We know it’s an old boat, but it’s a good boat. Probably the fastest houseboat on the lake because it’s very light weight, plus has twin V-8 engines. I named it after my wife Charlotte. She might pop a cork on a wine bottle from time to time. So the boats name is CHARdonnay.

Anthony D. Wilson

Ardmore, Okla.

5:00 Somewhere

She’s a 1972 houseboat that we rebuilt from the pontoons up in 2007. Our boat is our escape and we live by the philosophy that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. So the name came easy, It’s 5:00 Somewhere.

Gregg Bambarger

Wheeling, W. Va.

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