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Naming Your Pontoon Boat


As our owners know, Bennington pontoon boats can be ordered with literally thousands of variations, including panel colors, fabrics, seating arrangements, entertainment options and engine choices. All of this makes it possible to personalize your boat and make it unique to you. But there’s one more way to make your boat your own in an even more personal way: how you name it.

Naming boats is an age-old tradition, but the owners of clipper ships, merchant vessels and battleships always took themselves pretty seriously. There’s just no fun in Red Jacket, Argo Merchant, or Dreadnought. When all else failed, a ship owner could always name his new vessel after the missus. (Most of the time, it was probably the expected payoff for permission to buy a new boat.)

Naming your boat after a loved one is still at minimum a diplomatic decision, and at best a sincere expression of your regard. No one will raise an eyebrow if you call your pontoon boat Hortense, or Oliver. Even though boats are always referred to as “she,” that doesn’t prevent anyone from putting a man’s name on the transom. There are numerous classes of ships in the U.S. Navy named for presidents and military heroes, most of whom have been of the masculine persuasion.

But there are a lot of other things to do with boat names. They can reflect your profession, your heritage, your love of boating, or another favorite hobby. They can be about the boat itself or about you. They can be philosophical, witty, poetic, serious, or romantic. And puns—puns are a favorite way to go, often in combination with any of the above. (If you haven’t seen a boat named “Seas The Day,” you haven’t been paying attention.)

Here are some categories and examples, but we encourage you to use your imagination and come up with your own distinctive name, to make your pontoon boat even more distinctly your own. Unless, of course, you have to name it after your spouse.




Fishy Business


Hakuna Matata

Silver Lining

Can’t Take It With You


Grounds for Divorce

She Got the House


Joint Effort

Cntrl + Alt + Delete

It’s All About Me

Party Girl

Fat Bastard





Golden Fleece



Millennium Falcon

Black Pearl


Piece of Ship

A Little Nauti

Random Nautical Puns

Row Vs. Wade

Dock Holiday

If you were planning to be utterly original, you’ve set yourself a challenge. Here’s a list of 10,000 boat names that are already in use.

Whatever you choose, consider your family, your guests, and possibly the reactions of your yacht club neighbors. It’s considered bad luck to change the name of a vessel, so get input from those who matter and get it right the first time.

Ready to put your name on the tubes of a new pontoon boat? Find the nearest Bennington dealer.