Popular boat names for 2011 prove that boaters are choosing names that are about relaxing and enjoying time on the water

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The best boat names, like the popular “Serenity”, reflect your desire to enjoy a relaxing boating lifestyle.

Whether you are choosing a nautical pun or a personal spin on your own name, it’s clear that the best boat names are ones that are a true reflection of your lifestyle and general attitude toward boating.

Some boaters just know right away what the perfect boat name should be… while others struggle with the decision and may need a few ideas from other boaters to help them pick the best boat name for their own boat. That’s when top ten lists and popular boat name lists can be very helpful.

Boat Names About Relaxation Top the List for Boaters

One boat name trend that seems to continue to be popular is focusing on a boat name that demonstrates a boater’s desire to relax and have fun on the water with family and friends. In fact, a recent list of the most popular boat names for 2011 (compiled by FirstBoat.com) is full of names that demonstrate how boaters enjoy their time on the water… like “Serenity”, “Happy Ours” and “Just Chillin”.

Check out the full list of the best boat names for 2011 according to popularity:

1. Serenity (In addition to “Serenity” we saw variations such as “Serenity Now!” of Seinfeld fame, as well as clever misspellings including “Sea-Renity”)

2. Happy Ours (Time was a common theme in boat names this year. Variations on this boat name included “Happy Hours” and “Happy Hour”)

3. Feelin’ Nauti (This one surprised us when it rose to the top five, as there are so many other popular boat names that include “Nauti” in the name)

4. Family Time (Another variation of the Time theme that we saw again and again. There were many other boat names that referenced Time that came close to the top ten)

5. Liberty (Always a favorite, we also saw variations such as Miss Liberty, Lady Liberty, and Liberty Belle)

6. Black Pearl (Every boater feels like a pirate sometimes. Just plain “Pearl” was popular as well, but it didn’t crack our top ten)

7. Andiamo (Let’s Go! A quick internet search will show you that this is not only a popular name for boats, but also for Italian restaurants in America)

8. Knot On Call (Several boat names used the word “Knot” cleverly, but only this one made the top ten)

9. High Maintenance (Yes, this describes most boats very accurately)

10. Just Chillin (Looks like relaxing is on the mind of even the younger generation of boaters)

According to FirstBoat publisher Andrew Canepari, “It is clear from these names, perhaps now more than ever, that boating really provides people with a way to relax and make the most of their time with family and friends.”

Did your favorite boat name make the Top 10 popular boat names list for 2011? Post your boat name in comments below!

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Diane Seltzer

Founder & Editor at My Boat Life
Diane is the founder of MyBoatLife.com as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids BoaterKids.com. She is also active in the boating industry, serving as the marketing director for a marine sunshade product, SureShade, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also the author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.


  1. We named our boat Salty Jazz. My husband loves jazz and it was obvious that we will have jazz music playing on the stereo all the time.

  2. Our boat’s name is “Doc’s Orders”. She’s a 26′ Chaparral Sunesta. This seemed pretty appropriate since my husband’s nickname is “Doc”. So many people comment on the name. One of our favorite comments is when an elderly gentleman stopped us while we were fueling up and said he wished his Dr. would give him orders like that.
    It’s a fun name!

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