One of the more fun parts of getting a new boat is deciding on her name. Now, one might say.. Hey! Wait one darn second. It should retain it’s original name. Correct you are Mr correct pants. BUT. In many cases like this one, there is no history of an original name. The boat was renamed in the 1990’s during a restoration, so that sets us free to have some fun. We have narrowed it down to two. One is very sentimental, the other fun and reflective of it’s and my birth year 1958. Each one has a story, and I thought it might be fun to include the citizens of Woodyboaterville in the choice. So once you read the options, you can vote on the little survey deal on the upper right hand side of this web site.
On the surface this may seem like a very simple and plain Jane name. And it is.. BUT. Here at home we name our boats after folks that are key to the boats survival. Like naming a wing at a University or Museum… Our barrel back was named after my Grandmother Sylvia who told me to do something stupid with some of the money.. She would be proud to know that I did just that. In this case, my wife and I, if we to have had a little girl back in the day wanted to name her Betsy.. A simple name. So that came up in the conversation of names… OK yawn… I get it, and we moved on. UNTIL I spoke to the folks that restored this boat back in the mid 90’s. Turns out the only reason the boat was saved was because of the owners mother, a very well known artist in Knoxville Tenn. Yes… Betsy Worden… Sadly Betsy passed away in 2006.. Now it get stranger… My mother was also an artist passed away in the exact same way. I got a chill when I found this out….The karma points on this one are to big to ignore.