What a pleasant problem Peter. I've got the same one though the boat doesn't arrive until September. It's very difficult to name somebody else's boat unless you know something about them or the boat. I've a navy blue hulled boat arriving and I fancy "Rhapsody in Blue" , though my wife likes " The Navy Lark". Looks like we'll need to find another one or divorce.
What are you taking delivery of? Ours is a Moody hopefully in late June / early July. We have researched clasical myths etc, I am tempted to go back to our first boats name but the real boss thinks it may be unlucky!!!??????
I've ordered a Maxi 1100 with a navy blue hull. I've thought about all sorts of "MAX" puns but they didn't seem right so decided to try to find names with a blue theme. We also tried some Norse mythology sea gods as the boat's Swedish. We might settle for AEGIR one of the Norse sea gods. I still prefer "Rhapsody in Blue", probably because I love George Gershwin but I think we'll end up with something different. I've seen lots of boats that have been named after the owner's last boat usually with something like "2" or "too" or "again" after the name. I'm not sure about the luck thing. Good luck.
I've got a mate with a boat called Gingerbread Man. He called a boat on his VHF called Twinnie the Pooh. After a few minutes when the penny dropped they mutually agreed to call each other as little as possible !!!!!
I was lucky, for once this time with our new (2 year old boat), I've had all sores of boat names from Tiara to Serenade, really tacky, this time she's called "Taiyo" which means "sun over the sea" not bad for a Sun Odyssey, wish I was that clever!!
Try a greek,japanese,french,Italian,Irish, etc... (ooh not Welsh though, (only kidding))
We came up with all sorts of erudite ideas - then, faced with the registry form, a name just popped up - supplanting all the clever, arcane names we had mulled over.
Rely on 'gut' feeling to give you a name.
Beware! I bought a boat with a french name. I dont think I have ever managed a VHF call without a "say again your name" or response to "Unknown station". Perhaps it is my accent but it does concern me if there was a real emergency. Yes, i know I can change it but it would cost me a fortune to re register and I would have to clean the old one off the stern!
We had a club boat called 'Saoirse'; I believe Irish for freedom and pronounced Seersher. I got so used to spelling out the name as Sierra Alpha Oscar.....etc that the usual coastguard reaction when I finished was "Yes, sir. I got as far as the first Sierra. Can you repeat at dictation speed, please?"
We'd bought the boat second-hand. Most of us would have liked to change the name, but one of the committee members said that it would be unlucky. It certainly could have been, if we had needed to get out a message in a hurry.
On a slightly different tack, I remember the reaction from the coastguard when called by 'Yacht Payday'. An immediate request to change the name, unlucky or not.
When you have a shorlist try saying them over the radio, or pretending too. When I brought a new boat about 7 years ago Fritha was a possibility but the name sounded awful when said three times as per VHF. From the VHF point of view names need some hard vowels in them so we settled on Freyja for a HR31