Jim and Joanne Matthews captured this nice shot while in Perry Creek, Vinalhaven, Maine.
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What’s in a Name? Part Three
Here is another installment of stories of how a few of our readers came upon their boat name. One major naming source seems to be a resonating book or movie. Sowwanin, a Sabre 456, pictured above got its name from a book, The Big House by George Colt. The book begins by describing Cape Cod, Massachusetts and mentions Sowwanin, the Wampanoag (local Indian tribe) word for wind of good fortune. Andy Sonis and his wife knew this was the right name for their boat as soon as they read it.
While watching the 1990’s movie Joe Versus the Volcano, Jim and Betty Adams heard a character say “my dad calls me a flibbertigibbet”. It sounded familiar but they didn’t know where they had heard that before. One of them grabbed a dictionary that gave the definition of flibbertigibbet as “a flighty impetuous girl”, which not only describes Betty, but sailboats in general. After some research they realized they had heard it before in Shakespeare’s King Lear and in The Sound of Music when the nuns sing about Maria being a flibbertigibbet. The name has been on their O Day 34 and then their Catalina 42, so for twenty years they have been known as Jim & Betty on Flibbertigibbet.
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