Friday, November 28, 2014

A New Name and A New Beginning...

Today, "s/v Domina Mari" officially became "s/v Dreamboat Annie".

When I started this journey I thought I had this whole name thing all figured out. She would be called "Domina Mari" which is Latin for "Lady of the Sea". It sounded sophisticated, smart, and worthy of a blue water boat like the Westsail 32. Still, tough I posted to a blog bearing that name, something just didn't feel right about the name. It didn't really fit in some way...

Then, back in early October I was feeling nostalgic and was listening to one of my favorite bands of the seventies - Heart. One of the songs that popped up in the YouTube selection grid was a song called, "Dreamboat Annie". It was one of their early songs but being a child of the seventies, I remembered it. After listening to the lyrics, I immediately knew... "DREAMBOAT ANNIE" is the name. It fit the boat, the dream, and me... (The lyrics to the first part of the song are below).

Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one

Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Oh, Annie
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams...

The re-naming ceremony consisted of writing all her former names on a stone and then casting that stone off the stern into the sea giving those names back to the sea, (or back to Neptune if you believe in the Roman gods: Poseidon if you believe in the Greek gods). I even included "Domina Mari" though that name was never official. Then she was christened with a whole bottle of champagne while declaring her new name and allowing all the champagne to run over her bowsprit and into the sea in order that the sea could join in the celebration of the vessel's new name.

The old blog, will remain in place for the sake of history and reference. 

From this day forward, all new postings will obviously appear here. The Domina Mari blog will not be updated any further.

Follow me from here as Annie, "My Little Ship of Dreams", and I ride on diamond waves.

Fair seas and God bless!

Both previous names were given back to the sea.

Alex coming to get  her (everyone knows how long she has been on the hard).

Waiting for her ride back to the sea
Strapping her in!

Only 200 yards to go...



  1. I was at a football game but I was think of you and did you splash today. Congratulations, a big day for you and Dreamboat Annie.
    Sleep well tonight, you deserve it.

    1. Thanks Mike!

      It was a great day! Today, I'll motor her 34 NM to the marina where I'll liveaboard. Wish me luck.

    2. So lets see, newly installed motor, haven't been in the water for for 5 years and first thing to do is 34 mile motor 1/2 way across Florida, you got guts. Hope it went well.

      Somehow I think you will have a story to tell.

    3. Hey Mike...

      We made it! Annie did great! I'll post this evening once I get settled in and update everyone on the trip.

      Not really "Guts", just had to get in the marina by Dec 1st or lose the slip. It was a "Have to" situation.

  2. She looks good floating there and I know you are excited and happy for all the hard work you have done to get to this point.

    1. Thanks Steve!

      She does look good in the water...where she belongs. I must admit, a smile has been on my face most of the last 12 hours.

      Had a couple of minor issues, the head doesn't work, so I'll have to put in a new one next week. You know how I love working on the waste system... :/

  3. come back from a weekend away and see you have yet another site. lol

    Very nice to see her floating. I'm sure you're proud of your work. Nice Job!

    1. Hey Dan,

      Well, I had to rename her and that required a new site. LOL

      She does look good back in the water. Thanks for your encouragement.