good point about the kids) they are the ones who have to live with it whereas it's the owners who have to live with their boat names.
One name that gave us fun last year was in a berth next to the one we rented called 'Last Laugh', the owners were not the smiley types and we kept joking that the boat was the last laugh they had had!
We had the devils own job thinking of a name for our first boat and chose something we thought reflected the boats origins and type. Names I seem to like best are the fun ones you seem to see more often on performance yachts.
So is it bad luck to rename a boat with a daft name?
I have never had the honour of naming a boat, apart from my tender, who is Percy. I feel it's bad luck to change a boats name, also all my boats have been part 1 registered, so it's also expensive and they will not allow certain names and most of the really good ones are already gone. I did own a boat called "Gay Nomad" now I did recieve a little ribbing about that one, but she was named iin 1963, gay meant gay, not homosexual! I didn't change her name! I am the proud owner of a boat called "Englander" so you also won't see me flying an EU flag either! Just doesn't fit does it! A lot of the sporty type sailing/motopr boats have amusing names and I often laugh. Some are downright pathetic, bit like "dunroamin" on a house!
The GK 24 and GK 29 had quite big fleets in their day. Many of them had GK names varying from the relatively harmless – Granny Knot, Get Karter – to the more mysterious – Grockle Krusher – to the slightly rude – Get Knotted, Gnacker Kracker.