by Sri V October. 23, 2020 230 views

Already a nice image in colour of a fragile looking boat on shimmering turquoise blue waters surrounded by foliage of different shades of green on a sunny day, a bit of playing around with preset filters and fine-tuning to taste yielded the below output that seemed somehow even more appealing.

More than the image itself, the word "Barefoot" scribbled across the side of the vessel in boldface got my attention. Not knowing much about the ways of seafaring folk, it got me wondering why someone would name their boat. After all we don't name our cars, do we? The answer was quite easy to find... "It's tradition, and it's luck. Boat naming started over a thousand years ago, when sailors named vessels after gods, goddesses or saints hoping to bring good fortune to their travels. The wrong name was the difference between good luck and being lost at sea." Ok. Accepted. (source)

Moving on then to the more interesting question at hand, why in this instance someone would call their vessel Barefoot. Probably Barebones is more fitting but to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt, the boat has probably seen better days. Also since renaming a boat is voodoo (source), we can safely assume that she started her life as Barefoot. Was the owner running a snorkelling front called Barefoot? Did the price of owning this vessel leave the owner barefoot? Did it actually leave him more bare than just his foot? More worrisome would be if something was left bare in the vessel's "foot".

So, without further ado, presenting Barefoot.



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Björn Roose 6 months ago

Well ... some people do give their car or house a name (I'm not one of them) and it has indeed been a long term tradition that sailors give their boat a name, but that tradition did gradually change. Boats used to be given women's names in the days women were not allowed on board. Maybe the tradition changed when the latter changed ? smile

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Sri V Replied to Björn Roose 6 months ago

Maybe it was easier to "give" boats their women's names when the women were more "giving" and less demanding. (Might have opened a can of worms there.. see no evil)

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Björn Roose Replied to Sri V 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I won't draw further attention to the can angel

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Sri V Replied to Björn Roose 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Much appreciated smile

5 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
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