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Boats Travel On A Water Highway Through Flagler - All Shapes, Sizes and Names

Van Snider
Van Snider

The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is the water “highway” used by thousands and thousands of boaters. In addition to boaters enjoy cruising and fishing in the ICW, boats travel through Flagler County on their way south to lower Florida and, in some cases, to off-shore island destinations or while heading north to return to northern ports.

Whether being on a boat operating on the ICW or viewing the ICW from ashore, one of the fun things to do is observe the variety of boat types and sizes traveling the ICW through Flagler County. What make is that boat? Where is it heading? What did the owners name the boat? These are the types of questions you’ll be asking yourself as you watch powerboats and sailboats traveling by.

Each year Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) releases a list of the “Top Ten Boat Names” and the Alexandria, VA based association notes “A boat name can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner.” I can speak with experience. Choosing a boat name can be a very difficult exercise. One boat name we developed used the first three letters of our daughter’s name followed by the last three letters of our son’s name. I also took my wife’s name (Betsy) and gave it a nautical flavor - “Bet-Sea”. If you are visiting Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches or are a resident, I recommend you find time to visit one of our fine waterfront restaurants or parks along the ICW or make your way to the shores of the ICW and watch boats go by. Take binoculars and get a closer look at the variety of boats and boat names traveling on the ICW.

Curious about the Top Ten Boat Names determined by Boat US? Where they are:

  1. Happy Ours
  2. Freedom
  3. Grace
  4. Serendipity
  5. Island Time
  6. No Regrets
  7. Liberty
  8. At Last
  9. Blue Moon
  10. Aqua holic

BoatUS has a list of over 9,000 boat names given by boaters across the country over the past 20 years. For a look at all of the boat names, go to BoatUS.com/boatnames and click on Boat Name Directory. By the way, if you are a boat owner, I recommend membership in BoatUS. If you are not yet a boat owner, but are planning on becoming one soon, it isn’t too soon to start thinking of a boat name.