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Old 20 November 2001, 15:00   #1
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It's all in the name

Just before Keith Hart asks the question.....I'll ask instead

Would anyone care to explain their nom-de-plumes on this website. Is it all an in joke?
Why Sirzap, Rannsachair, Stealth etc. ?? How did you get those names? Did you make them up?

I'll go first..."Brian"..... is my real Christian name.
Anyone else?
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Old 20 November 2001, 16:19   #2
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Okay then, I'll have a guess.

It's the name of their boat?

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Old 20 November 2001, 18:17   #3
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sirzap...

Zap...Childhood school nickname, round grade 8, the days of Zap comics, pinball machines, football teams...you could only post 3 letters on a pinball machine for highest score...The 'Sir' is held over from the colonial days...
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Old 21 November 2001, 05:26   #4
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What's in a name

'Stealth' was a logical name for me as I owned the first 6.5m Hysucat Rib in the UK. (Hydrofoil Supported Catamaran).
The marketing comes from the design of the foil, as the shape and look is similar to the 'Stealth' Lockheed F1-17 fighter aircraft.
The fact that I am South African and this RIB is built in SA has no bearing on my bias towards this boat!
The best 6.5 RIB on the market.
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Old 22 November 2001, 09:47   #5
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Errrrmmmm.....

"Alan".....just my name I'm afraid. Seem to be a lot of us about on Rib.net ... Priddy, Corlett, Mckewen etc etc!!

Perhaps what would also be interesting is what is your RIB's name and why?

"Yellow Tang" . Well a Yellow Tang is a fish that is Yellow with Blue bits. Our RIB is Yellow with blue bits. Easy eh?!

Another example would be Phoenix of Portsmouth which is ancient english for "bounced along a french autoroute after a confrontation with french driver and rebuilt. (we have the technology)". Perhaps we should call it the bionic rib?!

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Old 22 November 2001, 10:04   #6
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Phoenix of Portsmouth actually translates to "I bought a second hand RIB but ended up with a brand new one!"

Just in case anyone here missed the saga, I did a deal with Alan Priddy to buy his boat (Still Never Enough aka Spirit of Portsmouth) a couple of years ago while it was in the south of France.

While it was being towed home on the motorway at a leisurely pace, a maniac drove into the back of the boat at about 100mph. This totalled his car, the boat, the trailer and the Shogun tow vehicle, plus about 100 metres of crash barrier!

After some haggling with the insurance companies, and a lot of work by Alan, I ended up with a brand new hull, console and seats, a new trailer and a replacement outdrive -- so the Phoenix had risen (not quite from the ashes, but near enough!).

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Hi there on the subject of naming boats, mine is so small if the name is more than 4 letters long it would poke infront of the bow!

Here is an artice about naming boats you may be interested to read:

http://www.sailnet.com/collections/a...leid=suelar160

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No green RIBs!!

In case any off you did'nt know, you should never change a boats name unless it undergoes a majour refit or the equivilant. It's bad luck.

You should also never paint a boat green thats bad luck as well.

A boat should also be a she, bloke names aren't allowed.

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Old 23 November 2001, 03:46   #9
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Named after the brand + model of the manufacturer (Bat + 9-Falcon - X). As far as the boat's name : SUNKISS II, because of the sun who kisses us in Greece and my 2 daughters.
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Old 23 November 2001, 06:06   #10
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Re: Errrrmmmm.....

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"Alan".....just my name I'm afraid. Seem to be a lot of us about on Rib.net ... Priddy, Corlett, Mckewen etc etc!!
What you mean is that there are a lot of "Alans" - I seem to be the only Alien.

That's why I chose that name
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Oh you hairdressers............

can be so pedantic sometimes!
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Names!

Keith guessed for me - its the RIB's name.

As to the meaning - If you don't have the Gaelic you won't know!

I have green tubes - is that bad luck??
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Re: Names!

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Keith guessed for me - its the RIB's name.

As to the meaning - If you don't have the Gaelic you won't know!
Manx Gaelic must be vaguely similar, so I would guess that it is a reference to looking for something - searching or seeking perhaps.

So at another guess, in English your boat would be "Searcher". Close ?

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The Gaelic

I thought you guys used to shoot Scotsmen on sight!

I believe Manx Gaelic is very similar - one of our Gaelic news programs 'Eorpa' had a short documentary on Manx Gaelic last week.

Close enough with the translation: Explorer or Searcher.

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Re: No green RIBs!!

"You should also never paint a boat green thats bad luck as well."
Well... you don't want to believe all that hocus-pocus...The Transat Jacques Vabre has just been won by a green boat, which was the Fico champion last year as well ("Groupama"). Loic Peyron spent years winning just about every major race there is with a green boat ("Fujicolor")...and on a much more lowly level, my humble craft has a fair amount of green too and so far she's always looked after me...


"A boat should also be a she, bloke names aren't allowed."
In France, boats are masculine...ever hear of Bernard Moitessier and his boat "Joshua"?

And to continue this line of debate...I know a bloke who called his catamaran "Two Rabbits", painted it green and launched it on a Friday...still going well thousands and thousands of miles later...




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Re: Re: Errrrmmmm.....

What you mean is that there are a lot of "Alans" - I seem to be the only Alien.

Who's this guy "Alien" then...?
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Well done Donald - I was beginning to think that my sense of humour was either not appreciated or even worse, not even noticed
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Mars Attack

Actually, I thought 'Alien' was a typo.....did not want to show you up!?
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Names?

What's the scuttlebut on what's brewing between "Robbie the Bobby", "Cyril the Swan" and "Zampa the Lion"?...now these are some sort of names for sure!
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well rannsachair might mean searcher or explorer in Manx/Scots Gaelic. In Irish Gaelic rannsachair means .....ransacker! The word entered Gaelic from Old Norse, where I believe they have 40 words for ransacking / plundering / pillaging and general bad behaviour.
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