The Ida May was originally named after Ida M. Van Brunt, Willard Van Brunt's sister. In 1935, Stan Laurel renamed the yacht, the Ruth L. after his wife Ruth. Jonah Jones purchased the yacht from Stan Laurel and renamed her the Nada III after his daughter Nada. In 2005, 80 years later her name was appropriately changed back to the Ida May.
Jonah Jones Jr. had the yacht completely fiberglassed and had the flybridge built with portholes placed in the main salon. The Ida May has been returned to the original beveled glass windows and all fiberglass has been meticulously removed. Credit for this goes to Paul Arnold, a previous owner of the Ida May. Most of the aforementioned restoration work began in 1989.