It is now official, our boat is Ventured. It was previously named Mirage, not a bad name but not my name, and I found out painted on boat names are quite difficult to rid yourself of. I never did try the suggestion of oven cleaner, but I did have multiple go rounds with a chemical paint remover, plastic spatula/scraper, and finally a 3M wet sanding sponge. I’m sure there is still some traces of the old name if one looks closely at the right spots, but from a distance it is all gone. What really stretched this out was the requirement for it to be over 60 degrees for the paint remover work effectively. Somehow, Seattle seems to have missed the global warming memo, and even on the rare warm days I would be working. Finally there were a few warm days that I was free to use the product, and it works reasonably well. And of course, once I got the name off I realized I was going to have to take some striping off for the new, longer, larger name to fit, so back to waiting for warm days. I love the sunshine, but when you need it and it won’t come out, it can be very frustrating. Speaking of frustrating, thanks to Prism Graphics in Seattle for putting up with my multiple visits, questions and minute adjustments to the name. I think I might have been one of those customers they tell stories about. I finally decided on all the details, color, font, size and ordered the name. And after much anxiety, Jenn basically told me we were putting the name on, and we did, and it went off without a hitch.
A night later, we had a small renaming ceremony on the dock, and christened Ventured.
I gave the sea (lake?) Gods both champagne, and a generous pour of Rainer. So far so good as Ventured took us to Oak Harbor and back without a hitch, leaving the morning after the renaming for Whidbey Island Race Week, and returning a week later.
For those of you wondering, no, I didn’t race my boat, we took it for a tender boat, which certainly beats a tent and meant we didn’t have to find a cat sitter. I raced on
a 1 tonner named Absolutely, and not only did we win our class, we ended up winning boat of the week honors. Jenn sailed with us on one day, and must be good luck as we won all three races. Thanks to Charlie, the ownerskipper for letting me race, and to all the other crew, it was an amazing week and I’ve harbored a
secret desire to be on a boat that won the overall honors since I started going up for Race Week about 7 years ago.
Jenn got one side striped at Race Week, and we got the other side done when we got back. So the renaminggraphics job is 100% done, and crossed off the list. And I can use my boat name on the boat, finally.
Just a note on the names origin, for those that are curious. When I signed up for my first Yahoo email account, I couldn’t find a single word account that wasn’t taken. This was quite a while ago, believe it or not, so I was a bit surprised I couldn’t be SpeedRacer or Mach5 without it suggesting SpeedRacer112 or some such nonsense. I suppose Erlin was open, but I can’t remember why I didn’t want just my name, or maybe it was taken and I just can’t remember. After trying words for quite some time, I stumbled on Ventured, pulling it from the classic Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained adage. There were some other names considered, but in the end I went with one I’ve had in my life since near the beginning of the internet.
Now it is back to work, for a few more weeks, and boat projects. Updates on the windlass and refrigeration coming soon!