The Washington Times - May 29, 2009, 08:28PM

During the last Atlantic City International Power Boat Show the promoters provided a list of the 10 most popular names found on the transoms of privately owned boats. But here’s fair warning: most of them appear to be rather dull.

For example, how did the name “Black Pearl” ever become the most popular boat name? It sounds impossible, but the boat show people said they did their homework and that’s what it was.

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In second place was the name “Liberty,” followed by “Second Wind.” That third place name must have been on the back of a sailboat.

Number four was “Amazing Grace,” then name “Aquaholic” (which I like), and “Knot On Call.”

In the seventh spot the name “Second Chance” appeared to be popular although I’ve never seen a boat with that name and I spend a lot of time in and around the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Wanderlust” made it to eighth place, followed by “The Dog House,” and there was a tie for 10th between “Carpe Diem” and “Seas the Day.” I like “Seas the Day.”

All the same, among those that I’ll recall with fondness, was a Chesapeake Bay dead-rise fishing boat whose name was neatly painted across the transom. “Ketchenenny?” it said and who didn’t understand the question even when you consider the intentionally convoluted spelling.

Then there was a friend whose boat had lettering across the back that plainly ordered us all to “Eat Mo’ Possum.” I always enjoyed seeing it.

My brother-in-law, Ted Livesay, had a boat named “Grits R Good.” The “R” was flipped to read backward, kind of like the famous toy store does. Then there is a friend who named his boat “After You.” Whenever someone asked what the name of his boat was, he could honestly answer, “I named it after you.”

You don’t often find any funny or profound names on the backs of charter fishing boats because most of the men who ply the salty waters of the ocean or various bays name their boats after their wives or children. There is a broad assortment of Marys, Bettys, Susies, Janies and Lulu Belles.

But there are pay-to-fish boats that carry impressive names like the “Ocean Princess,” “Magic Dragon,” “Morning Star,” “Hooker,” “Kingfish,” and “Reel Relief,” and, yes, all of them are better than “Liberty” or “Black Pearl.”