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I have been accused of teasing you all by not coming clean on what we decided for the new boat name. The truth is that even though we have removed all exterior signs of the old name, we have still been using Aita Pea Pea on the radio. Why? Because we don’t yet have the new name affixed to the boat, nor have we completed the traditional renaming ceremony.

All that said, we’re now ready to share. The new name of the boat is….

…Drum Roll…


That’s it. Frost. Simple. Easy to say. Easy to spell.

Why Frost?

Most people will correctly assume that it has something to do with the climate in Patagonia where we intend to sail. That is not the only source of inspiration for the new name though. For as long as I can remember, the poem The Road Not Travelled, written by Robert Frost, has been one of our favorites. While there may be various interpretations of the author’s meaning in that poem (discussions like “What did the author mean when he wrote…” are the kind of things that made me hate English class in school), like many, I feel that I can relate to the text. Coincidentally, we have learned that this month marks the 100th anniversary of that very popular piece.

Well, there you have it. Don’t you feel better now? I sure do. πŸ™‚

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


  1. Frost rolls off the tongue quite well compared with the old name and you will use a whole lot lees ink in the ships log. Win win

    Cheers from Annecam

  2. Like in the movie failure to launch. Go “Frost” yourself. Which you will be doing when you head south. Awesome name. Good on you.

  3. Good Catch! Reading of all the turmoil and static that has somewhat tossed your lives up in the air over the past few months, I am impressed in the way you two have fielded the foul. So I say again, Good Catch. Frost is a great name.

  4. So you two, Foxtrot – Romeo – Oscar – Sierra – Tango it is then!

    A fitting name when one considers from among the definitions for FROST out there: noun – “deposit (of tiny, white ice crystals) on a surface.”

    As you now lay down plans to break away from the trappings of the Caribbean that has been your home and familiar cruising grounds for the last few years, you will indeed take on the real significance of being a deposit on the surface of the globe. True then, to your yacht’s new name. Deeply humbling and profoundly powerful for sure.

    Great choice of yacht name!

    Alan and Christina

  5. I was hazarding guesses based on the picture, my mind wandered to one of Yogi Berra’s famed quotes; β€œWhen you come to a fork in the road, take it” but really couldn’t apply that to a boat name. High roads and low roads also came to mind, so “Loch Lomond” seemed possible, thinking you may have some Scots in your blood.
    FROST is surely appropriate to where you’ve come from and where you’re heading. It’s also a great way to prepare a mug prior to filling it with beer, but I digress. πŸ˜‰

    Sail on!


  6. Nice.

    With most sailors/climbers/adventurers the sense of discovery–even if it is only new to you–is everything. It gives you an excuse to beat your chest and proclaim “I discovered fire!” or some such, fulfilling a primal physiological need.

    We re-named our PDQ Shoal Survivor, because our goal was to explore out of the way coastal places and write about them, and that’s what we did. Strangely, now that my daughter is off at college, it feels like there is less sense of discovery, but perhaps it is now up to me to learn a new sort of cruising. I lost nearly a year to knee and back injury, but the last few weeks I’ve been on the water as much as home, so things are looking up.

    You are right, of course; you’ve got to have change to keep it fresh.

  7. That name is chill! I hope that you and Rebecca enjoy the new adventure!

  8. This means that ice will be plenty on the boat right? πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations on the new name! I really like it, and the backstory is wonderful.

    I am just getting caught up on the last few days of posts, but it looks like all is going well. You deserve it!

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