Naming Callipygia

We sold our 27' Pearson in the summer of 2000, and began shopping for The Boat on which we hoped to be able to move aboard, cruise the Caribbean, and perhaps eventually go back to Scotland where Pat first learned to sail as a youth. We did our research, and armed ourselves with a list of 50 attributes (topped by "affordable") that our new boat should have. We recruited Teta Howard, of Annapolis Yacht Sales, to help us find it. The 12th boat Teta showed us was a 14-year old nameless Tayana 37, a type with which the we were unfamiliar. After a second look, however, and noting that the vessel satisfied 45 of the 50 items on our attribute list, we read the review of the model in the book, Practical Boat Buying. No doubt about it, this was our boat.

The list had only one subjective criteria: "Can we love this boat?" We knew that whatever boat we bought would have imperfections, features that would irritate unless we forgave them, and so we decided it was important that our boat should delight our eyes. Our prospective new boat certainly did that, especially with her comely canoe stern.

We shared the boat's picture with friends and relatives, and solicited suggestions for naming her. We bought a copy of Naming Your Boat. We came up with a long list of names we quite liked. But none evoked our instant and joint "Aha." Until sitting at dinner one night, with Bill's sister-in-law Martha, it came. "What about Callipygian?" said Martha. "Remember how Dad loved that word? He was such an ass-man! And your boat's behind is so lovely with it's canoe stern." "Perfect" said Bill. "What on earth does that mean?" Pat inquired, and dashed off to the dictionary. Turns out it is an adjective derived from Callipygia, the Greek Goddess of Beautiful Buttocks. And thus she was named. Check the Photo Album for pix of our sweetie.


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