Tumultuous Uproar

A cruising boat with a racing problem...

"Nausadia, Nausadia, calling on channel 16"

03 March 2022
Russ Whitford
It has been quite a few years since I wrote about boat names. Rule Number One: Don't name a boat something you have to explain to other sailors. We violated that rule right off by naming our boat Tumultuous Uproar. Couldn't be helped. Lisa and I are Parrotheads, fans of Jimmy Buffet music. We were listening to “God's Own Drunk” and JB belted out, “We have worked ourselves into a tumultuous uproar!” Lisa said, “That's a great boat name.”

Tumultuous Uproar was named years before we bought her. Our large graphic on the side has “Tumultuous” in much smaller font than “Uproar.” We just go by Uproar on the radio and among our sailing friends. We quickly found out that Europeans are just vaguely familiar with Jimmy Buffet. We have explained the name many times. Many American sailors get it.

Sometimes I explain, “Serenity was already taken.” Serenity is the most popular sailboat name in the US.

We departed Milwaukee along with Bill and Judy on Whisper, in July 2015. We sailed through most of the Great Lakes, Erie Canal and Chesapeake with Whisper. Last year we reconnected with Whisper in the Bahamas. A few days ago we once again dropped anchor near Whisper in the Exumas, Bahamas. It's great to get together with Bill and Judy again, we have been enjoying stories, familiar and new.

While in the North Channel of Lake Huron, we both pulled into the marina at Kilarney, Ontario. Another cruiser said they got such a chuckle out of hearing on the radio, “Whisper, Whisper, calling Uproar.” “Uproar, Uproar calling Whisper.” We hadn't even thought of our polar opposite boat names.

Rule Number Two applies only to catamarans. You don't have to name your boat with a feline reference or something referencing the number “two!” (hence rule number two) We have seen Whiskers and Meow docked next to each other in Grenada. Let's get original! One of our favorite catamaran names is Naughty Dog. Another favorite is Bad Kitty. We had to forgive the feline reference. That catamaran was a seized, drug running boat, purchased at a government auction.

A boat name that doesn't even come close to rule number one is: WNIIIDCWYC, acronym for Why Name It If It Doesn't Come When You Call.

Bill mentioned another clever name last night at cocktail hour, End of the Rode. Sailors will definitely understand. The last bit of the anchor line, attached to the boat is called the rode. Sure hope the boat stays at the End of the Rode! And hope the sailors aren't at the end of their road!

Whisper sounds like a soft, ethereal boat name. One can easily imagine the wind whispering through the rigging. Bill has had several boats named Whisper, all carrying the logo of a lesbian bar in San Francisco. I'll let Bill explain that one.

But back to Nausadia. We only heard the name called on the radio and haven't seen it written. Absent further explanation, we interpret the name to be a contraction of two unpleasant effects sailors experience on boats in rough seas!
Vessel Name: Tumultuous Uproar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 42s7
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Russ Whitford & Lisa Alberte plus Sophie our Jack Russell Terrier
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Uproar FULL ON in the North Channel! Picture by Rick Pask.
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