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How to Name a Fishing Boat or Any Other Vessel

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Have you or your family recently purchased a fishing boat or any other type of boat that you're looking to name? While this may seem a silly concept to some, boat-naming is an important task for many people, symbolizing both their investment and their love of the open water.

At Pybus Point Lodge, while you won't ever have a need for naming a boat on any of our all-inclusive fishing packages -- we provide all of the watercraft for our clients -- we're certainly familiar with this realm. Many of our top clients love fishing so much that they purchase their own fishing vessels for other locations, often nearer to where they live. With this in mind, here are a few of our pro tips on how to name a fishing vessel or any other boat you're considering the purchase of.


Like any other special occasion or moment, a boat-naming ceremony is about symbolism. You need to carefully consider your choice of nomenclature and what it says about you and who you are as a person.

Generally speaking, you want to go with something original that holds unique meaning for your boat, yourself and potential clients. In other words, don't name it something simple like "Bessie" or "Sally." This is a fishing boat that you're going to be using to make money with, so it needs an original name that people can identify with -- and that you identify with as its owner.

Not Too Long

While you can technically name your boat anything you like, we typically recommend steering clear of names that are too long or complicated. If you give your boat a lengthy name, people may have a hard time remembering it and/or identifying with the historical significance of its moniker.

With this being said, you can always opt for a shorter version of the official boat title. For instance, if you wanted to name your vessel "The Ocean's Point," you could opt for "Ocean's Point" as the official name and then list "The Ocean's Point" as a secondary title. Either way is perfectly fine, but we typically advise against going more than two words unless you're looking to make a larger statement or share a more personal message with your future clients.

Wordplay or Boat Puns

For those looking to be a bit cheeky with their boat-naming process, there are a number of different types of wordplay or boat puns that you can consider. For instance, if your last name is "Fisher" you could opt for naming your vessel something lighthearted like "The Fish's Folly." In other words, you're piggybacking off the classic saying about fishing "casting a wide net" to make your vessel stand out amongst others. Or, you can opt for something like "The Bilge-inator" to play off the idea that everyone is always looking for ways to improve their fishing game (e.g., improved boat bilge pump technology).

For more on how to name your fishing boat or any other vessel, or to learn about any of our all-inclusive Alaska vacations, Alaskan fishing trips or wildlife tours, speak to the staff at Pybus Point Lodge today.

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We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

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My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

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This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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