Oh, those clever boat names

rodcrafter@islc.netSeptember 2, 2012 

While in Myrtle Beach last week I had the opportunity to visit a friend at the marina. Ronnie Nelson lives on his boat, a well-appointed 45-foot houseboat aptly named "Chick-n-Ship."

The reason the name fits is because Ronnie is a bachelor and lives on a boat at the marina. His boat has no engines, since he opted not to re-power a few years back. In place of engines he installed a large hot tub and wet bar. Needless to say, his outings are confined to a small tender and the generosity of friends during an emergency. But he reciprocates in kind and things are working out pretty well.

Boat names are a lot like personal license plates, a vanity sign of sorts that can be confusing. Take for instance the name "Bow Movement." Do you suppose the owner was claiming his profession or just stating a fact? If this is the norm, I doubt the owner of "Welfare Fraud" put much thought into his choice.

Whether you're trying to claim a presence or simply wishing to get a laugh, an unusual boat name can do it for you.

Boat Closure

Parris Island will be conducting extended live fire Tuesday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. The marsh and waterways in the range impact areas -- Archers Creek, Ribbon Creek and Edding Creek -- will be closed to all boat traffic.

Boating Course

The next class of the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron will be Sept. 18 to Nov. 13. Classes will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Port Royal Town Hall. For more information, contact Tom Mobley 843-812-6457 or email tommobley@embarqmail.com

Yemassee Shrimp Festival

The 19th annual Yemassee Shrimp Festival is scheduled for Sept. 14-16, with pre-festival events beginning this Friday. For more information, call 843-589-2120 or email yemasseeshrimpfest@yahoo.com.

Shrimp Baiting

The 2012 shrimp baiting season begins at noon on Sept. 14 and ends at noon on Nov. 13.

NOAA Fisheries

The recreational catch limit for black sea bass has been reached for the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern states, and the recreational fishery will close in federal and state waters throughout the region, including the South Carolina coast.

The recreational sector for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic from 35

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