Oceanco's Superyacht Equanimity - What's in a Yacht's Name?

Oceanco's Superyacht Equanimity - What's in a Yacht's Name?

Following last week’s launch of the 91.5m/300’2 Oceanco-built superyacht EQUANIMITY (Y709, Project PA164) we take a look at the reasons behind some of the industry’s most iconic yacht names.

Superyacht CHRISTINA O with tender

History tells us that it was the Egyptians who were the first to name their boats. Since then it has become a ceremonious practice and necessary aspect of owning a yacht to give it a name, which could be a tribute to anything from a family member to a spiritual belief. Many Owner’s still go by the tradition of naming their yacht after a loved one or family member such as the 75.5m superyacht or possibly most famously CHRISTINA O, named after Aristotle Onassis’ daughter.

There are a few possible meanings behind the name of EQUANIMITY which has recently been delivered to her Owner who is originally from China. The word itself derives from the Latin aequus that means to be balanced and calm in state of mind and physical being while Buddhism teaches that equanimity is one of the Four Immeasurables (Compassion, Loving kindness, and Sympathetic Joy) that the Buddha taught his disciples to cultivate. Despite exterior images of superyacht EQUANIMITY only just being released, this idea of physical and spiritual harmony could be associated with the sense of proportional balance that has been achieved in her design. The yachts logo that can be seen on the stern also seems to represent balance.

Charter yacht BARENTS SEA
Running shot of superyacht QUATTROELLEQUATTROELLE's dining table with 'for L's' inlay

Another yacht who’s Owner has given great thought to the name and concept as a whole is the 2013 Lürssen built charter yacht QUATTROELLE. The word in Italian means ‘four L’s’ that in this case stand for life, love, liberty and luxury. These words not only form the name for this highly regarded superyacht but also represent the objectives behind her design brief. The four-L logo appears throughout the yacht—on the bow, the exhaust stack, the aft dining table and inlaid into the main lobby and aft-deck dining table.

The recently re-named BARENTS SEA (ex. PANTHER II) meanwhile now encompasses a promise made to God by her new Owner who experienced a life threatening incident in the Barents Sea. During said incident he prayed to God that if he survived he would name is business after it – a name that has fittingly now been bestowed upon his 41m/134’5 luxury superyacht.

Despite exterior images of superyacht EQUANIMITY only just being released, this idea of physical and spiritual harmony could be associated with the sense of proportional balance that has been achieved in her design.

Sailing yacht PARSIFAL III

Some superyacht names aren’t quite as profound in meaning, the 81m luxury charter yacht AIR for example was named after the Owner’s, Augusto Perfetti, brand of Italian chewing gum – Air Action. Sir Richard Branson meanwhile named his 32m/105’ sailing catamaran NECKER BELLE which had been first named LADY BARBARETTA when she was built, after his famous British Virgin Island retreat, Necker Island. This idea follows a long-held tradition by many businessmen who own yachts to create a theme of names to connect business’ with a yacht, or even a fleet of yachts. Some Owner’s will stick with a name that means something to them, for example the Owners of the 53.8m/176’5 charter yacht PARSIFAL III have owned three sailing yachts all named PARSIFAL.

From wives to wordplay, the naming of superyachts will always vary from the sublime to the ridiculous and, if wisely chosen, can often be what makes them stand out against other yachts on the global charter fleet. EQUANIMITY certainly sounds like promising concept and we look forward to seeing what makes her so ‘balanced’ as more information is released.

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