How We Named Our Boat
We’ve had a few people ask about the meaning behind the name of our boat.
The short story is that we didn’t name it. The name came with the boat.
It’s not a very exciting story, but Julie and I have spent an unhealthy amount of time fantasizing about how and why the original owner named it “Heartbeat’. Was he a doctor? Perhaps a cardiac surgeon? Maybe he was a poet? Or a romantic comedy screenwriter? We don’t know anything about the original owner. Call us old fashioned, but we only asked questions about the boat, not the original owner when purchased “Heartbeat”.
We know the boat has spent its entire life on an inland lake in British Columbia – the same lake we occupy today. This is great news because we know it’s never touched salt water, or even touched any type of chemical pollution, like the kind found in the great lakes. I don’t know if that pollution is even that bad for a boat – I just know our lake doesn’t have it and that can only be a good thing.
Julie and I have talked about renaming the boat several times in our five seasons of using it, but it’s bad luck to rename a boat. If you choose to rename it, there’s quite a ceremony you’re supposed to perform to ensure nothing bad happens to you or the boat. I’m not much into superstition, but I am into tradition – so let’s call it that. Plus whenever there’s booze involved, it can’t be all bad right?
The biggest reason we haven’t renamed the boat is mostly because I think we knew this boat would be temporary. Although we’ve invested a lot of time, energy and money into Heartbeat, we always knew it was a stepping stone to something else. The express cruiser is our gateway to boating, but we’re kind of in love with the idea of moving up to a trawler or tug and doing a little more long range cruising. I guess that all goes hand-in-hand with our dream of doing the great loop.
Heartbeat will remain named as such, until we sell or it travels a few nautical miles to that big boatyard in the sky. We don’t have the funds to upgrade yet, and with a new engine, new canvas and new lease on life, Heartbeat could be a round for quite a few more years.
It doesn’t stop me from listing it for sale every winter, you know, just in case.