Saturday, March 16, 2013

Give Her a Name

They say it's bad luck to change a boats name... but the Dorsett has never been named, so we get to name her!

With any good name the goal is to reflect the boat's and/or the owner's personality. In fact I may have bought a boat just so I could name it. The little Dorsett will be named Whisky Tango.

For those of you who are familiar with NATO code Whisky Tango represents the letters W and T. The urban dictionary lists Whisky Tango as an abstract spoken method to point out the presence of white trash to friends while still remaining unoffensive. Quite frankly, rolling a 50 year old 15 foot fiberglass runabout with a too loud and too smelly two-stroke motor in the Newport Beach harbor immediately puts you in the Whisky Tango category.

To complete the presentation, I wanted to add a little 60's nostalgia to the lettering. I chose the Magneto font that is designed from the lettering on the Chevy Belair. Also I wanted to add a little hot rod flair so I included the Clay Smith Cams "Mr. Horsepower" logo.
The Mr. Horsepower logo has become the unofficial "peckerwood" logo. Wikipedia says peckerwood is a slur used by southern whites to describe poor rural whites. The redheaded woodpecker as a representation of working class whites. They considered them loud and troublesome like the bird, and sometimes with red hair like the woodpecker's head plumes.

As a happy coincidence, the 60+ Scott McCulloch 60/75Hp motors are often referred to as the "red head" motors because the block of the motors are painted red. Perfect!