Originally Posted by SailorMitch
The real problem with most of the original rituals is the requirement to pour the urine of a virgin over the bow. Given that virgins are in short supply these days, most people resort to using champagne -- but nothing too cheap of course.
But I am also with Faster. I changed the name of my Pearson 33-2 when I bought her 3 years ago and never followed through with one of the various ceremonies. I did, however, remove all remnants of her original name from the boat. Plus, her new name is so much more dignified than her old one. And every time I have brought a bottle of bubbly aboard I end up drinking it rather than pouring it over the side to pay homage to Neptune. I figure Neptune understands.
I, too, have changed the name of every boat that I've owned and am in the process of trying to come up with a new name for my new boat right now. So far, without incident (knock wood). In each case I considered a ceremony but never got around to it. Maybe on the new one, though.