There is beautiful irony in that this post is coming immediately after the ‘no-plan plan’ post. One would have thought, based on the fact I’ve been a corporate lawyer for 15 years, and regularly advised clients not to go down the road of developing their business’ brand without confirming they could register the corporate name they wanted, that I would have been prepared for this…

We received word on Friday last week that the name we had picked, the name I’ve written about, the name we’ve already set up our blog with, has been reserved by someone else within the Canadian Ship’s Registry. “Skookum” has been reserved by someone else, but not yet registered to a vessel. Apparently one can reserve a name for up to a year (incredibly long considering the B.C. corporate registry only permits 56 days) without actually registering it, and so far we’ve not been able to determine when it was reserved, nor when such reservation expires. When we did our search of the Canadian Ship’s Registry before choosing the name and instructing the person assisting us with our Ship’s Registry registration, “Skookum” didn’t appear as registered, and unregistered name reservations don’t appear in the list.

So…back to the drawing board. We have spent much of the last few days mulling over what we should do. Do we go with Skookum II? Frankly, I’ve always disliked a vessel name with a numeral in it, but for no real logical reason. We could try Skookum Four, in reference to there being four of us in the family? In another moment of brilliance (haha), I suggested Skookum V, but have the ‘V’ not be for ‘five’, but rather for ‘vie’ (pronounced ‘vee’), the French word for ‘life’. I mean, who wouldn’t want a skookum life?

The person who has been assisting us with the Canadian registration is on holidays for two weeks, so that means we have a little time to consider the name. In the meantime, here are some additional thoughts on it:

  1. Stu likes names that could be a punny reference to the investing strategies he want to use, like the one we saw during our boat search: “No plans, just options” or “Optionality”. Currently, I’ve used my veto on those.
  2. I like “Mulling Aboat”, as a twist on our respective last names, and a “you have to be Canadian to understand” joke on how we’d say ‘about’. Stu’s less certain about this longer name.
  3. Do we change the blog address? Do we pick another and redirect via this one? While I don’t have self-aggrandizing thoughts about the number of followers we’d actually have, I have told a lot of people already about the blog address, and don’t want to cause too much confusion.
  4. In the cruising world, most families/sailors are known by the name of their boat, so it feels as though we want to be clear on this ASAP, and have a name we actually like.
  5. See my last post about the other requirements for our boat’s name.
  6. Since we won’t have the name issue sorted before we actually arrive at the boat on January 4th, what do we call ourselves in the meantime? Technically, the prior name of the boat , Sea Shifter, is owned by the US government and is in the process of being cancelled, but at the same time, that is the name that appears on our transfer documents. Somehow that doesn’t seem right. Technically we wouldn’t actually need a name registered with the Registry if we were in Canada, but the boat needs to be registered somewhere, and is currently being removed from the US Registry…

So, what is in a name? Are we over-thinking this? Should we just get Ellie and Lily to pick the name, and chance the fact we’ll end up with ‘Boat’ or ‘Elsa’ or ‘Chase’ (Paw Patrol) as the name?