What’s in a Name?

In physics, Redshift happens when light or other electromagnetic radiation from an object is increased in wavelength, or shifted to the red end of the spectrum. In general, whether or not the radiation is within the visible spectrum, “redder” means an increase in wavelength.

Are you still awake?  If so …..

Some redshifts are an example of the Doppler effect, familiar in the change of apparent pitches of sirens and the frequency of the sound waves emitted by vehicles speeding by. A redshift occurs whenever a light source moves away from an observer. A special instance of this is the cosmological redshift, which is due to the expansion of the universe, and sufficiently distant light sources (generally more than a few million light years away) show redshift corresponding to the rate of increase in their distance from Earth.

If you didn’t make it past the first sentence of the first paragraph of the explanation above; I don’t blame you.  Unless you happen to be an astrophysicist, its probably not a term you commonly come across. Despite this, and the fact that the name has been bastardized by some to Redshit, the name Redshift has served the boat well until now.  However, something new was needed to match the new look.

Names were bounced around.  Crusader was one suggestion, The Impaler (in honour of the magnificent prod planned for the bow) another.  My personal favourite, Sail Fat Boy Sail, also had a brief mention.  But none of these seemed to really capture the essence of what we had planned for the boat.

Inspiration came from an unexpected source.  My son was keen to learn what we were going to change on the boat. The outline I provided of our plan was met with an occasional ‘cool’ or ‘sick’ and even elicited a ‘wicked’, but it was not until I asked what he thought about the plan overall that I got “… the boat is going to be a savage”.  God bless idiom!  We might have a winner.

The name Savage was floated with Bas and the crew, and they agreed.  Savage the boat will be.


Adjective:  (of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled