Timaru ask public to name a boat; hopes to avoid Boaty McBoatface

Hart Marine via ODT

Hart Marine via Stuff


The public will have a say in the naming of PrimePort Timaru’s new $2.4 million pilot boat, but we are not allowed to call it Boaty McBoatface.

Chief executive Phil Melhopt said they had not sorted out the finer details for naming the 15.6m self-righting vessel which has just been ordered from Australia’s Hart Marine and is due to arrive in Timaru in July, 2017.

But they wanted to encourage community involvement in a similar way to the Aoraki tug boat in 2007 when 400 ideas were received, Melhopt said.

“Whatever we decide to do, we’re going to be putting some reasonable parameters on it,” Melhopt said.

“We don’t want to end up with a name like Boaty McBoatface.”

Melhopt said the boat had been commissioned because the 36-year-old Ohau pilot boat was reaching the end of its working life and was next due for survey in 2018.

“It’s served the company well but the staff I think are looking forward to having something a bit newer to work with.”

Let’s call it the John Key.

No matter what happens, it is self-righting.


– Stuff


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  • Crowgirl

    Cats are self-righting…..just saying.

    • Dave

      Cats and water never mix……. In my short time boating, I have come across two cats upside down. one in Sydney harbour, one off Paraparaumu

      • Tom

        I think she was referring to cats -in- a- sack sort of thing.

        • Crowgirl

          The furry kind, not the boat kind. The kind this blog loves so much.
          But preferably not in a sack.

      • Orca

        Sigh, why do cats never get the message, “always wear your lifejacket and carry 2 forms of communication”.

    • Steve kay

      Cats and toast. Dunno why the greens haven’t thought of this

  • kayaker

    That CEO is a kill-joy.

  • Muzman349

    I guess it will end having a Maori name no matter how many good non maori names are submitted.

    • Spiker

      Waka te Wakaface?

      • Cadwallader

        “Scribbles” for short?

    • Anthony

      waka konohi

  • Mark

    Just call it “Pilot” or is that too religious?

    • Orca

      Piloty McPilotface?

  • Orca

    Why not a more practical name: “Follow Me if you want to Live”.

  • Stephen Fuller

    How about “Phar Lap” it’s what Timaru is famous for isn’t it?

  • Dave

    Looking at the front, and the black bottom, how bout Black Whale.

  • Usaywot

    Bumble Bee

  • Caprice

    The good ship ‘Andrew Little’, would surely be as good as the ‘John Key’.
    As well as being able to turn on a dime, and not be rolled. It can be submerged by as much as 93% and still not sink.
    Only trouble is, it heads off in the wrong direction all the time..
    Okay, scratch that idea.

  • Rick H

    Current Pilot Boat, named “Ohau”.
    I’ve watched her head out into the open water in a heavy swell to meet the incoming ships, and often wondered how it didn’t capsize.
    The swell out of here is unusually short in length, but high, rather than a long swell, when the height isn’t such a problem.

  • chwaga

    How about following the tradition.. “Floaty Bobalong”

  • Jafarma

    Or John Quay?

  • Stephen Fuller

    OHAU I do like to be beside the seaside… OHAU I do like……