The time to announce a winner has arrived in our 2018 Boat Name Contest and while it was a close race between our first and second place winners, Heartbeat, an American Tug, won over voter's hearts on the way to tallying 2822 votes. It was a close competition with 5 to 1 who finished in second with a solid showing of 2311 votes. A bit further back in the vote count, a Grand Banks 46, Dessert First, took third place with 650 votes.
Take a look at the three winners below and their great prizes. Personally, we had a lot of fun seeing all the submitted boat names. We appreciate all our readers who provided submissions and voted in this campaign and we appreciate the support and prizes provided by Fusion, Mazu Marine, and Icom. If you missed scrolling through all the submissions, see the gallery below.
1st Place, 2,822 Votes:
Heartbeat, American Tug 34
About the Name:
Inspiration for the boat name: "The Bucket List of all those things in life can easily be set aside for too long. But if you find yourself having triple bypass heart surgery in your early 40s that list takes on a renewed importance. We found the boat, quit our jobs and and will embark on completing The Great Loop aboard our new to us boat “Heartbeat” in the Fall. Life is unpredictable, having a heartbeat means you are alive - get out and live the life you dream of."
The proud owners of Heartbeat will be taking home the perfect piece of mind for their trip around the Great Loop next year, a Mazu mSeries m2500 Bundle, the m2500 sentry bundle, and the full Mazu app. With this system by Mazu they will have complete global satellite coverage for SOS with a 24/7 search and rescue team. The mSeries also provides weather reports, SMS messaging, email, and automated positioning updates. The sentry kit provides boat monitoring for any time you are off the boat from high water alarms to entry sensors. Learn more at Mazu-Marine.com.
2nd Place, 2,311 Votes:
5 to 1, Hatteras 48 Cockpit Motoryacht
About the Name:
"I am partial to my boat's name, "5 to 1". As the transom indicates, I have five daughters and one boy who clearly feels out numbered by his sisters. I love the reaction of other boaters as they drift by our boat anchored on American River or in the Sacramento Delta. Once people learn that the young man depicted on the transom is my son, and the others my daughters, I have been characterized as crazy, brave and patient or "poor little guy." Most often, however, those passing by simply utter..."wow!"
I love my boat's name and I love my boat; a 1981 48' Hatteras Cockpit Motoryacht that is moored at the Sacramento Yacht Club. We extensively cruise the Sacramento Delta and San Francisco Bay. Next summer, my wife and I (with the only child left at home...hopefully) plan to cruise up the west coast and cruise the San Juan Islands; however, an extensive refit is a head of plans. Any of the prizes offered is on our list for the refit (which begins in earnest after this summer's cruising season ends)."
Matthew & Monique Smith's kids are going to be rocking out next summer with a brand new Fusion Apollo Series 770 entertainment system. The Fusion Apollo Series has won several awards (2018 NMEA Product of Excellence Award and the NMMA Innovation Award at IBEX this year, to name a few) recognizing it for its superior sound, innovative design, and sleek presentation. Fusion is truly a brand apart in the audio game. Check out Ben Ellison's review of the Apollo series from earlier this year.
3rd Place, 650 Votes:
Dessert First, Grand Banks 46
About the Name:
"We were at the 2016 Anacortes, Washington, TrawlerFest eating cinnamon rolls at the Calico Cupboard when our boat name clicked for my wife and me: “Dessert First!” We often order dessert instead of an appetizer and get the strangest looks from wait staff. However, the underlying meaning is in the fact that we began our cruising adventures before a house, kids, or retirement aboard our Grand Banks 46 Classic."
The Bartos will be bringing a new toy to Dessert First as well, a brand new Icom IC-M25 VHF handheld radio. A handheld VHF is a must-have for every boating adventure, from your ditch bag to rides ashore in the dinghy. The Icom M25 not only floats but has a flashing light that activates even if the radio is off when it hits the water, making retrieval easier. With a 1500mAh Li-ion battery the radio has an 11-hour operation time between charges and features an output power of up to 5 watts.