Well it's almost time to officially change her name. She came along to me as "La Belle Vie," a great name with a lot of memories and that special "je ne sais quoi...!" But she's been bare for over a year now, sailing in some races, pounding waves and reaching across the lake in any sort of weather. She's really proven her stability and capability in all sorts of conditions, except windless conditions of course, that this is a vessel of extraordinary quality and exceptional fabrication! It's time for a new name!
I've already taken up who and how I named her ( see the background story ) and I felt there was something of yesteryear about this particular boat that was suspended in another time and space. You know it if you see it; the way the stern meets the water, the way she eases over in the wind, and the way peoples' heads turn and admire her whether she's fast or slow, it doesn't matter. There's something about the Cape Dory which makes people say, "I've always wanted one of those..." I hear it all the time. And the other phrase, which is, "I shouldn't have sold mine..." One sort of becomes a keeper of the classics with one of these little itty-bitty boats.
It's something we say around things which are old yet appear ageless in admiration. We like old things of character and style. And we tend to collect them.
So have finally ordered her name for the transom and home port, Lake Murray, SC, where else? Figured that if we're headed up to the National Cape Dory event in June on the Rappahannock, I'd better get her a name plate! Perhaps we'll do a ceremony before taking off for the event....or perhaps wait and do something at the event too! So many decisions!
So the other day my graphics arrived and I re-put her numbers and name on the hull and then applied the new name and location ( to be done via ceremony later ) of course:
So now with name affixed she's a debutante for sure! Most people will have no idea why the name. But then, most boat names are cliche anyway, so this one is obscure, except for the old "salts" who remember another day and time. And that's what the Cape Dory does, it reminds us of another time.
So off we're going to play with some other Typhoons!