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Basspro69
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06/19/2012 03:54PM
And if you do, what is it if you dont mind sharing.
 
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LuvMyBell
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06/19/2012 04:00PM
I don't but my wife named my non-BWCA Old Town canoe that I use on my local rivers and lake - "Old Fart ". She even went to the trouble of buying the peel-n-stick letters and labeling my canoe for all the world to see. I wonder if she's trying to tell me something.
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06/19/2012 04:00PM
quote Basspro69: "And if you do, what is it if you dont mind sharing."

I don't but my wife named my non-BWCA Old Town canoe that I use on my local rivers and lake - "Old Fart ". She even went to the trouble of buying the peel-n-stick letters and labeling my canoe for all the world to see. I wonder if she's trying to tell me something.
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/19/2012 04:03PM
nofish
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06/19/2012 04:06PM
Well since I am not blessed to own a light weight canoe my canoe has developed several names while I'm portaging it. Usually along the lines of "Gosh darn, back breaking piece of poo". Thats the family friendly version and believe me there are plenty more.

When paddling or while in storage the canoe doesn't have a name.
Outdoorsfan69
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06/19/2012 04:13PM
My son, then 8 years old, named my first canoe "Streamer". It kind of stuck and now my second canoe is called "Streamer II".
06/19/2012 04:17PM
Haven't yet. Perhaps its a subject I'll broach with the kiddo when we're on a trip in a couple weeks....
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06/19/2012 04:21PM
Yes, I call it "Rental"
06/19/2012 04:41PM
Two canoes, "Bob", and "Fang".
PINETREE
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06/19/2012 04:51PM
Haven't yet.
If I did name it, I might get hauled in by law enforcement for assault and battery for all the abuse my canoe gets. Really I try to baby it,Yes Officer Yeh really.
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06/19/2012 05:21PM
My canoe goes by U.S.S MeatHunter.

She's a green, recently repaired Wenonah Sundowner and will be takin her maiden voyage this weekend out of East Bearskin. If ye be in the area and happen to catch sight of her, stop over and say Ahoy.



ARrrrr.......
Divainthewild
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06/19/2012 05:36PM
Backwoods Betty and I miss her.
bwcasolo
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06/19/2012 05:51PM
no. i curse the wind sometimes though.
oldgentleman
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06/19/2012 05:54PM
I used to call my MN II Minnie, but lately I've been calling her 'Old Yeller'.
mocha
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06/19/2012 05:56PM
Lily.
06/19/2012 06:10PM
Amok
Savage Voyageur
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06/19/2012 06:41PM
I think it is "Team Pikehunter"
YaMarVa
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06/19/2012 06:45PM
The SS Llatikcuf, I should have named it Wall Drug.
06/19/2012 07:34PM
Since I rent canoes the name Scurvy Slut seems somewhat appropriate.
kanoes
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06/19/2012 07:40PM
The Flying W.A.S.P. :-)
OBX2Kayak
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06/19/2012 07:45PM
Yep. "Boat 1", "Boat 2", "Boat 3", etc. Original, huh?

I also have two cats, "Boy Cat" and "Girl Cat" (Or, BC and GC, for short).
06/19/2012 08:20PM
Boat 1 is The Tin Can
Boat 2 is The Tan Boat
Boat 3 at the lake is P.O.S Boat
Jeriatric
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06/19/2012 09:03PM
1) The Little Canoe
2) The Big Canoe
PINETREE
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06/19/2012 09:03PM
quote oldgentleman: "I used to call my MN II Minnie, but lately I've been calling her 'Old Yeller'. "

Yeh and you know what happens to Old Yeller. I still like that show.
bwcadan
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06/19/2012 09:10PM
No Just reference by their length.
mooseplums
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06/19/2012 09:38PM
named my Magic "The Minstrel" because when I'm paddling her it's like sweet music.
kanoes
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06/19/2012 10:09PM
quote Divainthewild: "Backwoods Betty and I miss her."
:(

btw? i miss you too.
analyzer
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06/19/2012 11:02PM
we just bought an alumacraft canoe, with the little triangle back, to match my brothers two. They are 38 inches wide, and 17 ft long, weighing in at 95lbs.

We have named them:

The Yorktown
The Hornet
and
The Enterprise

Twins87
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06/19/2012 11:17PM
No but I haven't seen her yet. 4-1/2 weeks and she'll be a part of the family. I am pretty sure she has a name and I just don't know it yet.

Have I mentioned I can't wait to pick up my new (used) canoe?!
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06/19/2012 11:49PM
quote kanoes: "The Flying W.A.S.P. :-) "

ATF !
BWPaddler
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06/20/2012 12:09AM
We have sets of names:

1 - Ketchup
2 - Mustard
3 - Relish
4 - Pickle

or

1 - Blood
2 - Pus
3 - Snot
4 - Gangrene

or

1 - Red Rider
2 - The Ugly One
3 - Water Moccasin
4 - tbd

The old Coleman is not part of the "in crowd" and simply goes by "That piece of xxxx" or "the old Coleman"...
Chilly
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06/20/2012 12:59AM
All other crafts have names but still waiting for a fitting one for the Voyager. It's got to earn the name first.
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06/20/2012 05:13AM
I have an old Grumman freighter (19 square stern) that we dubbed "Edmond' oner 30 yrs ago. It has its share of dings and scrapes. The name stuck.
06/20/2012 06:59AM
I've dubbed the new to me MNII I just finished restoring "Patchy the Pirate" or just "Patchy" for short (if you can guess why) and we call my old SpiritII "Driftwood" or "Drifty" for short.
06/20/2012 07:01AM
I have a Souris River Quetico 18.5 in the color of Burgundy that I bought from Suko here in the for sale section.

Pete called her Brandy and the name has stuck.
06/20/2012 09:47AM
I don't talk to my canoe, BassPro and...my poo doesn't talk to me ;). I talk to myself a lot on solos though.
canoe212
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06/20/2012 10:12AM
I properly named my canoe "The Canoe".
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06/20/2012 10:46AM
quote canoe212: "I properly named my canoe "The Canoe"."
That about covers it.
Sierra1
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06/20/2012 12:18PM
quote canoe212: "I properly named my canoe "The Canoe"."

My canoe has the same name....
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/20/2012 12:21PM
quote Sierra1: "quote canoe212: "I properly named my canoe "The Canoe"."


My canoe has the same name...."


I see a copyright infringement lawsuit on the horizon! ;-)
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06/20/2012 02:25PM
We have a 19 foot square stern Grumman and named her Deliverance. She's got plenty of character and can handle just about anything the big water throws at her.
06/20/2012 02:53PM
No, I do not.
john 800
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06/20/2012 03:19PM
After Forrest Gump's boat, "Jenny"
mr.barley
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06/20/2012 03:57PM
I call them "the tandem" or "the solo".
Stinkmann
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06/21/2012 05:56PM
USS Stinkman (for my dog, The Stinkman)
walleye_hunter
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06/21/2012 08:22PM
quote Stinkmann: "USS Stinkman (for my dog, The Stinkman) "

Did you build that boat?
walleye_hunter
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06/21/2012 08:29PM
Far Better

The meaning is two-fold. 1) Fishing in the BW is far better than many things. 2) Philippians 1:23
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06/22/2012 12:25AM
The 17' Grumman is called, formally, "The Edmund Fitzgerald", or simply, the "ore boat". It's intended to be doubly descriptive. Sometimes I call the 17' "Bauxite I" and the Grumman 15, "Bauxite II". Mostly I call them the big one or the little one. The Wenonah Wilderness as yet has no name--I search for inspiration!
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06/22/2012 05:57AM
2 years ago I picked up a Vagabond. I named it Buddy...lettering on the side. I named it after a Boykin Spaniel, that was...well, my buddy. He was knida small, and when he retrieved Maximus Canadas on the water all you would see was the bird sorta just coming towards you, kinda sideways, no dog in sight. On land he couldn't pick them up, so he dragged it by the neck. Don't laugh, he had a heart of gold. He was my buddy.
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06/26/2012 09:55PM
quote walleye_hunter: "quote Stinkmann: "USS Stinkman (for my dog, The Stinkman) "


Did you build that boat?"


yep. 17 1/2', 6oz cloth;double on the bottom, 64#
Claudio
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06/26/2012 10:27PM
The kids started naming our MN 4 rental last year. They called it Bessie. This year we rented Bessie again along with her companion, which was a newer MN 4 dubbed Queen of the Lake.
06/27/2012 09:26AM
We have not named our very sexy, super speedy, red MNII- but all along the inside side walls I have written all the dates of trips we have taken with it- with all names of the lakes and river listed for the trip.

When we are paddling along I love looking at all of the places we have been. When we come home it is fun to clean it out and add the last trip to the side wall of fame.
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06/27/2012 10:09AM
My Northwind is named Chinook, in memory of my old friend
Chicagored
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06/27/2012 09:55PM
One year I needed an extra canoe so I took my 85 pound metal one. The name I gave it can't be repeated here.
06/28/2012 08:20AM
I have yet to name mine, but I'm considering Dolemite

KTorell
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06/28/2012 08:34AM
The Indiana and the Indi2
my wifes car is Mitzy, lol
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06/28/2012 08:38AM


On a recent trip we christened my buddies Northwind as "The Red BELL Pepper."
Basspro69
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06/28/2012 08:46AM
quote Ragged: "I have yet to name mine, but I'm considering Dolemite


"
Thats an old school name there dolemite.
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06/28/2012 12:59PM
Imperial... as in Chrysler.
06/28/2012 03:41PM
Annabel Lee, Wife is Anne, my name is Lee
Hawbakers
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06/28/2012 04:02PM
Fishslayer!
old_salt
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06/29/2012 10:14AM
'old salt', lettering under stern seat (where I sit) on both sides. The canoe is an SRQ 17' Le Tigre. If you see me, paddle over, or wave.
BRic
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06/29/2012 09:44PM
Lois
06/30/2012 08:17PM
Nort... (Northwind)
Evie... (EveningStar)
The Blue One... (Old Town)
The Aluminum One... (Grumman)
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/30/2012 08:39PM
quote ripple: " We have not named our very sexy, super speedy, red MNII- but all along the inside side walls I have written all the dates of trips we have taken with it- with all names of the lakes and river listed for the trip.


When we are paddling along I love looking at all of the places we have been. When we come home it is fun to clean it out and add the last trip to the side wall of fame. "


I do sorta the same thing in the Black Pearl. Just above the fish. ;-)
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09/02/2012 10:04AM
'Row vs. Wade' for our tandem canoe.
Beaverjack
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09/02/2012 10:29AM
Why would you name something you may have to eat? Oh crap, that's a horse. Boats is boats. They don't give a crap about running you up on a rock in the middle of a lake, or taking off in the wind during the night. I say keep it impersonal and shoot 'em when they get old.
09/02/2012 10:08PM
After the last trip, I've renamed boat number 1 to "Heavy a** piece of shizer"
Mickeal
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09/03/2012 07:58AM
YODA,catch or catch not there is no try.
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09/03/2012 09:17AM
Neither my husband nor I ever named any of our canoes. I did, however, name our garden tractor: "Little Red Riding Honda."
Stumpy
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09/03/2012 10:57AM


No permanent names...but here's me & one of my best friends.
Grandma L
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09/03/2012 01:03PM
Yup, the Grumman that got banged up in some rapids - is "Crunch".

The Bell black gold is "Serious" - you H. Potter fans will understand.

As a side note, when I go on "solo" road or camping trips, I always take my friends Martha (my GPS) and Bessy (our Ford Expedition). Nice to have a little company on the journey.
gorytt
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09/03/2012 05:17PM
Our old red canoe is named Rodney. After Rodney Dangerfield.
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09/03/2012 05:26PM
My most recent stripper is named "Picnic". I used redwood from a picnic table my mom was going to put on the curb.
Stretched John Winters Quetico(not the same as a SR Q)is 19' 8" three seater,stable,fast and massive wt capacity.
CB
jtowncrew16
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09/03/2012 09:31PM
Named mine the rock since I leave a little bit of it on everyone I hit. Was going to name it WTF but that is what I named the fishing pole for every fish I miss
nojobro
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09/03/2012 09:34PM
No.
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05/13/2018 08:36PM
mastertangler
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05/13/2018 08:59PM
Esox Lucius (latin for Water Wolf ) is always my canoes name.


MrBadExample
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05/13/2018 09:13PM
My son named mine.

“Porkchop Express”
analyzer
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05/13/2018 10:44PM
shoreviewswede: "Imperial... as in Chrysler.
"
'

My grandpa had a 1961 Chrysler Imperial. Cool car. Push button transmission. Power everything, back when that was rare.
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05/14/2018 09:21AM
My first BW trip was with my wife and three boys. Our Wenonah Adirondacks became known as Kevin (or Kev) and Ole' Roy on that trip, based upon the materials used..Kevlar and Royalex. After I picked up a second Kevlar last year (Wenonah 17), I will need to dub this canoe with a name. I guess I could call the first one Kev and the second one Lars. :-)
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05/14/2018 10:19AM
tandem - Bertha
solo/tandem - Winnie
solo - Danielle

All for personal reasons.

Hex
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05/14/2018 10:25AM
I have 2 aluminum canoes name Bonnie and Clyde.
05/14/2018 10:53AM
mirth: "Haven't yet. Perhaps its a subject I'll broach with the kiddo when we're on a trip in a couple weeks...."

6 years later and it's still officially nameless. "The Spirit" is fitting if you knew me & my circle of friends back when we were kids so I'm ok with that. Now that I have another I might need to come up with a name for the new one. We'll see....

Maybe I'll just call it "The Northstar"
Mocha
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05/14/2018 11:58AM
Lily. 17' souris river le tigre.
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05/14/2018 10:41PM
My Old Town Discovery 174 is “The Tank” mostly for its river running and rock bouncing, but also for the weight. Haven’t named the others yet.
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05/15/2018 06:12AM
"Ida" named after my childhood lake near Alexandria - Lake Ida.



mastertangler
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05/15/2018 07:18AM
KarlBAndersen1: ""Ida" named after my childhood lake near Alexandria - Lake Ida.





"


Beautiful!
missmolly
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05/15/2018 08:09AM
I was about to name mine Cutty Sark, but then I heard some Brits plagiarized me. So, I'm going with Yamato.
05/15/2018 12:37PM
I turned mine upside down on the Current River right in front of Medlock Spring branch. I named it a couple of things in my mind but the water was so cold no words would come out of my mouth.
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05/15/2018 06:13PM
My aluminum is aptly named “Frank the Tank”, and when I got my Northwind 17, it felt so fast compared to Frank that we coined it “Usain Boat”. I also have a solo gel coat that I affectionately call “Glass Jaw” because I’m constantly repairing cracks or chips in the gel coat.

1. Frank the Tank
2. Usain Boat
3. Glass Jaw

Tony
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05/15/2018 07:55PM
The 3 lake canoes have a theme:
The Old Laughing Lady
Cinnamon Girl
Pochahontus
and
is very 158 is the name of the river canoe
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05/15/2018 08:08PM
Green bastard
From parts unknown
OT camper 16'
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05/16/2018 04:03PM
As a former pastor I named mine ....... Visitation
BWPaddler
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05/18/2018 07:07AM
anthonyp007: "My aluminum is aptly named “Frank the Tank”, and when I got my Northwind 17, it felt so fast compared to Frank that we coined it “Usain Boat”. I also have a solo gel coat that I affectionately call “Glass Jaw” because I’m constantly repairing cracks or chips in the gel coat.


1. Frank the Tank
2. Usain Boat
3. Glass Jaw


Tony"



Usain boat... still laughing!!
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05/18/2018 01:19PM
My kevlar boats are unnamed, but the aluminum goes by many names, the number of expletives in them increasing the farther I have to carry it.
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05/19/2018 06:16AM
My royalx which is hogged it's so old and beat up with lots of patches, is "The Bathtub".
"Wood Canoe" is my wooden canoe, Who'd of thunk?
3 person is "The Barge"
2 person tandem wooden kayak is "The Kak"
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05/20/2018 09:58AM
My first aluminum canoe I named 'Fishin Impossible.' I even cut out my own stencil and spray painted it onto the sides. I've since parted ways with what was left of it. I have yet to name my wenonah royalex solo plus (although I have owned it for ~10 years) and my new to me wenonah Itasca.

A trip member of ours cleverly turned his we•no•nah into a we•no•nah•duh, by altering another wenonah sticker, so it looks factory, sorry, I don't have a picture of that.
05/20/2018 04:09PM
Named the last two now, Sold!
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05/20/2018 10:08PM


Nova Craft Bob's Special was named Bernard, after my favourite French solo sailor and author Bernard Moitessier. I think he would've enjoyed canoeing Canadian northwoods.



Sawyer Autumn Mist that became nicknamed The Green Turd Of Death. I've never not gelled with a boat as much as that one.




Wenonah Canak that spends so much time on the Great Lakes infront of busy harbours it has adopted the same nickname as my VHF handle. Speedbump.
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05/21/2018 08:38AM
"Vessel of Freedom" - inspired by the Kenny Chesney song, "Boats"
Difficult to tell in a photo, but the lettering is in a birch bark pattern.
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05/21/2018 03:10PM
The tandem is called Summertime. The solo is simply The Boat. On occasion, Summertime is also called The Boat.
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05/21/2018 09:57PM

The floating turd.
05/21/2018 10:23PM
On my six week trip out west I had the ugliest canoe I've ever hauled. Andym I think would agree... I called it the yellow submarine...
Kinda thought it was a joke or something. But low and behold the woman accepting it was thrilled as it was a wedding present to her and late husband. ( Late as in not with us any more... Not late for his wedding). Anyways, I felt kinda bad thinking that way. But it wasn't very pretty... Or light.
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05/22/2018 01:38PM
deepdish71: "Green bastard
From parts unknown
OT camper 16'
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Decent
ABisbee
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05/23/2018 09:13PM
My 17 foot Alumacraft: ”Aluma Nauti”
mr.barley
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05/24/2018 06:10AM
The SS Sassy
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05/28/2018 12:29PM
Wow funny to see this old thread revived !
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05/28/2018 09:53PM
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05/29/2018 09:02AM
maxxbhp: "I turned mine upside down on the Current River right in front of Medlock Spring branch. I named it a couple of things in my mind but the water was so cold no words would come out of my mouth. "

Heheheh, I was thinking of you last fall, Bill, when Dan and I were stopped there. Had a guy come into the little spring branch for a minute and we exchanged pleasantries. As it was running very strong that day, I warned him about exiting the spring branch to ferry upstream and across or be careful to lean downstream. He did not take the advice well and made a terse declaration about knowing what he was doing.....then paddled away and promptly took a swim (LOL)! Just one of those spots that looks like a piece of cake, but can bite you!

I haven't named the Morningstar I've been paddling the last year, I'm out of ideas?

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05/29/2018 10:25AM
Looking back at this thread and my response reinforces my decision to sell my canoe last summer.
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06/13/2018 09:04PM
I call my Wenonah 17' the "Walleye Warship."

There is a Minnesota based clothing company called Northmade and they made this shirt called the nordic walleye... I really wish they made stickers like this so i could put them on my canoe.

Josh



joshawes
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06/13/2018 09:09PM
And yes, I am a Vikings fan.... SKOL
06/14/2018 07:07AM
I’ve given it several names on my bushwhacking adventures , none of which I can say here ...
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06/14/2018 07:51AM
Basspro69: "Wow funny to see this old thread revived !" I always scroll though to see who brings up these old ones and why. This time is was a guest visiter and they said nothing. It's nostalgic seeing old members that are no longer here.

OK my canoe names, they aren't original: kid canoe, Green canoe, river canoe, aluminum canoe and 20 footer
missmolly
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06/14/2018 09:42AM
Canoearoo: "Basspro69: "Wow funny to see this old thread revived !" I always scroll though to see who brings up these old ones and why. This time is was a guest visiter and they said nothing. It's nostalgic seeing old members that are no longer here.


OK my canoe names, they aren't original: kid canoe, Green canoe, river canoe, aluminum canoe and 20 footer"


I see the old names and I get sad. I have named my Bell canoes Rockstar and Northwoods. Original, huh?
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06/14/2018 09:47AM
I have picked up a couple new ones in the last two seasons, that I haven't gotten to "know" well enough to name yet.

I have had a green Old Town Discovery 17'4", for over 20 years and I got it used. Just had replace the cane seats this year. It sits by the lake all summer and is also used as a river runner on the Brule. In my younger (foolish) days it did make it into the BWCA a couple times (2 too many).

Last summer, it was actually taco'ed on the Brule, due to some poor steering on my part. Somehow ripped it off the rock, stomped on it to remove the pucker, continued the trip, set it out in the sun - you would never know.

Still looks the same as the day I bought it. It doesn't age and you sure can't kill it.

It is the "BEAST."
06/14/2018 10:28AM
Our old SR Q 18.5 was called the Family Truckster


Our SR Q 16 is called the Green Machine
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06/14/2018 10:43AM
Driftless: "I have picked up a couple new ones in the last two seasons, that I haven't gotten to "know" well enough to name yet.


I have had a green Old Town Discovery 17'4", for over 20 years and I got it used. Just had replace the cane seats this year. It sits by the lake all summer and is also used as a river runner on the Brule. In my younger (foolish) days it did make it into the BWCA a couple times (2 too many).


Last summer, it was actually taco'ed on the Brule, due to some poor steering on my part. Somehow ripped it off the rock, stomped on it to remove the pucker, continued the trip, set it out in the sun - you would never know.


Still looks the same as the day I bought it. It doesn't age and you sure can't kill it.


It is the "BEAST.""


I had an Old Town Discovery as well and I'm convinced that in the event that nuclear war breaks out the world will consist of nothing but cockroaches and every Old Town Discovery ever made, and possibly anything that was hiding underneath an Old Town Discovery. They are simply indestructible.
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06/14/2018 11:05AM
nofish: "Driftless: "I have picked up a couple new ones in the last two seasons, that I haven't gotten to "know" well enough to name yet.



I have had a green Old Town Discovery 17'4", for over 20 years and I got it used. Just had replace the cane seats this year. It sits by the lake all summer and is also used as a river runner on the Brule. In my younger (foolish) days it did make it into the BWCA a couple times (2 too many).



Last summer, it was actually taco'ed on the Brule, due to some poor steering on my part. Somehow ripped it off the rock, stomped on it to remove the pucker, continued the trip, set it out in the sun - you would never know.



Still looks the same as the day I bought it. It doesn't age and you sure can't kill it.



It is the "BEAST.""



I had an Old Town Discovery as well and I'm convinced that in the event that nuclear war breaks out the world will consist of nothing but cockroaches and every Old Town Discovery ever made, and possibly anything that was hiding underneath an Old Town Discovery. They are simply indestructible. "


I've owned a couple Discovery canoes and when I hit a rock, I'd stop and make sure the rock was okay.
TickMagnet
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06/15/2018 10:11PM
Not when renting or borrowing Kevlars the part few years, no.

But MY canoe, most definitely.

It's a '69 Grumman that came to me 20 years ago.
It's been from Snowbank to Saganaga, Kawishiwi to Knife, and on countless lakes in between, as well as navigating lakes all around the Twin Cities area.
Despite being the heaviest canoe I've personally ever lifted, it's seen portages from 5 to 500 rods.
It's dents have dents.
For the past 10 years I've been able to skip every other J stroke when paddling on the right due to a slight curve in the keel, the result of an ill advised attempt at running some class II-III on the Vermillion river, bending it into an inverted V over a rock, pounding it back flat and continuing our trip.
It's conquered 3 foot whitecaps on Crane Lake, yet been capsized on a dead calm day.
It's been puked in, peed on, covered in glow stick liquid, blown across Adams lake overnight, slept in, and provided shelter in a thunderstorm.
My dad sold it to my neighbor while I was at school in Montana, and that S.O.B. made a profit off me when I bought it back.
It's as stable as a swimming dock, and has handled 3 people and their gear on a trip to Kekakabic.
It's faithfully carried my high school friends, many family members, 2 girlfriends, one fiancee and 4 dogs through the years and provided countless memories.


On It's maiden (for me) voyage, during a shore lunch on Knife lake, it was given it's name.

The General Lee.

Usually just "The General", anyone who's ever paddled with me or just knows me and my group of friends calls it that. If someone wants to use it, they ask to borrow "The General". My wife, who usually rolls her eyes at the inside jokes and silly nicknames my friends and I have, yesterday asked if I wanted to take the General out this weekend.
It's actually weird to hear someone new ask about my canoe instead of using its name.



analyzer
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06/16/2018 01:21AM
TickMagnet: "Not when renting or borrowing Kevlar's the part few years, no.


But MY canoe, most definitely.


It's a '69 Grumman that came to me 20 years ago.
It's been from Snowbank to Saganaga, Kawishiwi to Knife, and on countless lakes in between, as well as navigating lakes all around the Twin Cities area.
Despite being the heaviest canoe I've personally ever lifted, it's seen portages from 5 to 500 rods.
It's dents have dents.
For the past 10 years I've been able to skip every other J stroke when paddling on the right due to a slight curve in the keel, the result of an ill advised attempt at running some class II-III on the Vermillion river, bending it into an inverted V over a rock, pounding it back flat and continuing our trip.
It's conquered 3 foot whitecaps on Crane Lake, yet been capsized on a dead calm day.
It's been puked in, peed on, covered in glow stick liquid, blown across Adams lake overnight, slept in, and provided shelter in a thunderstorm.
My dad sold it to my neighbor while I was at school in Montana, and that S.O.B. made a profit off me when I bought it back.
It's as stable as a swimming dock, and has handled 3 people and their gear on a trip to Kekakabic.
It's faithfully carried my high school friends, many family members, 2 girlfriends, one fiancee and 4 dogs through the years and provided countless memories.


On It's maiden (for me) voyage, during a shore lunch on Knife lake, it was given it's name.


The General Lee.



"


Love the background story. The name "The General Lee" reminds me of a time when 4 of us were playing some sort of electronic version of the board game Risk. We had each had to name ourselves so we were:

General Lee Speaking
General Ization
General Mills
and of course
General Motors
jdevries
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06/18/2018 02:32PM
My first was named Murphy - homage to the Murphys portage along the North Kawishiwi River. My second (and current) is named Charmaine after the strongest and bravest woman I have ever known.

JD
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06/21/2018 12:14AM
2 weeks ago while on Brule lake in the new to us canoe, my kids said we should name the Canoe.. This thread popped to mind..

So I said, how about Brule, after the 1st lake we took it on...

So Brule it is..
ozarkpaddler
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06/21/2018 07:53AM
firemedic5586: "2 weeks ago while on Brule lake in the new to us canoe, my kids said we should name the Canoe.. This thread popped to mind..
So I said, how about Brule, after the 1st lake we took it on...
So Brule it is.. "


In a similar vein, my first non-aluminum canoe was named after our favorite Ozark County, "Shannon." Shannon County, MO is still where I do most of my paddling; Shannon County has the upper Current and Jack's Fork Rivers.

Later on, I bought a stripper from a guy, and we named her "Shannon II." Shannon II was a BEAUTIFUL canoe, but she fell apart....LITERALLY. Never purchase a home-made canoe by someone who you suspect may be spending his profits on his drug habit; LESSON LEARNED!
Shannon






Shannon II
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06/30/2018 01:10PM
After my last trip to Oyster Lake I will call it "Patches"
Minnesotian
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07/01/2018 10:30AM

Nice long tread. Fun to read

After a couple years of owning them, the names of my canoes have emerged.

My two person Wenonah Prospector, which is a 16’ bananna of a boat that still manages to get on the lakes up in the BWCA, is called Redbone...after the band. It got that name when we were picking up our permits at the Duluth Pack store and “come and get your love” came on the speakers. Well, that song was still in our head once we got back to the truck, we saw that big red canoe sitting there all ready to go and, voila! Redbone was its name.

My solo Wenonah Vagabond has a poetic name. I was reading The Kalevala a couple years ago on a trip and there was a character description that really captured a feeling when I am out solo camping:

“Annikki, she of good name,
girl of night,
maiden of dusk,
keeper of a long twilight
and mornings early riser...”

ILcdr
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07/29/2018 10:56PM
My brother in law referred to my cedar strip as The Ark one time, that name has stuck.
Basspro69
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08/05/2018 09:36AM
anthonyp007: "My aluminum is aptly named “Frank the Tank”, and when I got my Northwind 17, it felt so fast compared to Frank that we coined it “Usain Boat”. I also have a solo gel coat that I affectionately call “Glass Jaw” because I’m constantly repairing cracks or chips in the gel coat.


1. Frank the Tank
2. Usain Boat
3. Glass Jaw


Tony"
Love Usain Boat. That is hilarious. !!!
BAWaters
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08/05/2018 11:11AM
My son and daughter were with me on a river trip in our green 17 ft Old Town Penobscot years ago, when they were much smaller. In a moment of synergy, we decided to name our boat "The Pod" since there were three of us.
BAWaters
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08/05/2018 11:20AM
Abbey: "My Old Town Discovery 174 is “The Tank” mostly for its river running and rock bouncing, but also for the weight. Haven’t named the others yet. "

We have an old aluminium Ouachita canoe named "The Tank" as well. It was acquired warped and dented, and I beat it back into shape with a rubber mallet. We have been down extremely rocky, paddle destroying rivers with it--seems to be indestructible. Only 15 feet, but ridiculously heavy.
RLancer
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08/10/2018 04:15PM
I have 17ft, Wenonah Spirit II in bright red. I named it Big Red since it is longer than a lot of the motor boats that I meet on my local haunts.
08/10/2018 04:23PM
We had an aluminum canoe at my folks summer lace back in the 70s.
It got run over by a car, dropped off a boat rack, and smashed into a dam.
We called it Timmy.


That's short for Timex ...






because it took a licken' and kept on ticken'!
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08/11/2018 09:30PM
I finally named my new Wilderness - Marie.
Marie Cantine was the sweetest, nicest "old lady" who lived with her husband - Pete - on the lake where I grew up fishing in Minnesota through the 50s and 60s.
I would like her memory to carry on.
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08/12/2018 10:38AM
My Mad River Explorer Kevlar Canoe is the...

Smokin' Rabbit

Legend of the bunny

Confident in her ability amongst the ferns...
snakeybird
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08/14/2018 11:00AM
After many nameless summers, the fishing canoe got dubbed the Yellow Goose this year. The incubator hatched goslings imprinted on it and won't go swimming in farm pond without someone taking the canoe out with them.
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08/15/2018 06:05PM
My wife named my Wenonah Champlain "Go Find Your Smile" taken from the movie"City Slickers" with Billy Crystal. The name is on the bow.
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08/15/2018 06:48PM
Swampturtle: "My Mad River Explorer Kevlar Canoe is the...


Smokin' Rabbit


Legend of the bunny


Confident in her ability amongst the ferns..."


LOVE IT!
myceliaman
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08/16/2018 10:04AM
I have 2 canoes both named. One is "Fat Poppy" which was my grandpas nick name which was always strange since he wasn't fat. But the reasoning is Fat Poppy can and will take you everywhere you need to go as my grandfather did.
The second canoe was named when we purchased it from an old timer. He named it Rats Ass because he didn't give a rats ---- about anything when he was fishing.
Blackhawk
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08/16/2018 10:24AM
I own a Mad River Tahoe.

For all the times I've thrown that canoe on my car to go canoeing/fishing I've given it the name:

"The Big Green Sombrero"
Blackhawk
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08/16/2018 10:24AM
I own a Mad River Tahoe.

For all the times I've thrown that canoe on my car to go canoeing/fishing I've given it the name:

"The Big Green Sombrero"
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08/17/2018 06:46AM
The alumnacraft is the Rock Magnet (30 years ago we ran rapids in it).
The Bell is the green canoe.
The prism is Bryces canoe.
The kayak is Sylvia's kayak.
The Wenonah is the yellow canoe.
I guess we're not very creative.
 
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