I got into boating through my father. If it wasn’t for his love of boats, I wouldn’t be blogging about them today, and certainly wouldn’t have half the cherished memories of my childhood.

Unfortunately, my father, god bless his soul, passed away a few years ago.

Last week though, something strange happened that reminded me of him – I saw a boat at my local marina which had the same name as my dad’s old boat; Dream Chaser.

Yes, I know it wasn’t the most original of names, but it meant something to him. However, it did set me thinking. What would be good boat names for dads and fathers that reflect a father’s personality and family?

In the list below, I have put together some ideas the best boat names for fathers. This follows on nicely from my other boat name articles which you can find links to at the bottom of the page.

Good boat names for fathers and dads

Here’s just a few ideas. Bear in mind they are mostly relating to the word dad or father. The best boat name you can choose should really be an extension of your personality and character, but this could be a great starting point. 

  • Big Bad Dad
  • Breakin’ Dad
  • Dad Won
  • Dad’s Boat
  • Dad’s Gift
  • Dad’s Last Boat III
  • Dad’s Toy
  • Daddy Day Care
  • Daddy’s Delight
  • Daddy’s Dream
  • Daddy’s Girls
  • Daddy’s Long Legs
  • Daddy’s Money
  • Daddy’s Dollars
  • Family Affair
  • Family Business
  • Family Dev-Ocean
  • Father’s Mercy
  • Gene Therapy
  • Grateful Dad
  • Play D’Eau
  • Quiet Time
  • Thanx Dad
  • Who’s Shore Daddy 

Honoring the legacy of a deceased father

If you are a father, you might have enjoyed some of those dad boat names. But what if you want to honor the legacy of your own father if, like mine, he is deceased?

Again, I think this is a great idea, and is something I will be doing when I buy my next boat.

So, how about some different boat names ideas that might help you along the way?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some great inspiration you can browse through on the links below.

You should find some great ideas in there, and also look at some of the names that have been banned, so you know what not to choose!

What is the best type of boat for a family man?

If you are still in the process of choosing a boat to buy before you name it, I’d like to point you in the direction of what I believe are great choices for families.

Firstly, pontoon boats.

They are my first love, and what I started this website about.

You can read more about them, including this buyer’s guide which goes into huge detail about how they would suit a father with a young family.

My other recommendation would be a deck boat. They are more performance driven than a pontoon and offer more opportunities for water sports activities.

And lastly, my father used to take me out on his Jon boat for small fishing trips as a youngster. This was my first introduction to boating, and they make a great beginner boat if you are just starting off your boating adventures on a budget.

Why boating is fun for fathers with families

Once you buy your boat, here’s a selection of things you can do with your family.

  1. You can have lots of adventures and games with your kids.
  2. You can bond and create precious memories with your children.
  3. You and your kids can learn to develop essential life skills.
  4. You can educate your children on safety and responsibility.
  5. You can have more fun than you could ever imagine.
  6. You can get fitter and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

The last word…

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these boat names for dads as much as I did by researching and compiling them.

In truth, you can call your boat whatever you like, as long as it’s not on the banned list!

The most popular boat names tend to be something funny, a pun, or relating to the person who owns it. For example, I’ve lost count of the amount of boats in my local marina named after the owner’s career (for example, lawyers, firemen, pilots, and doctors).

Don’t rush the naming process. People who rush to name their vessel will often end up with something that they regret or are possibly embarrassed by.

There’s a dad in my local marina who named his boat the Salty Test Tackles. Needless to say his teenage daughters don’t come down the marina that often, and stopped inviting their friends for a ride a long time ago!