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Love These threads

These re-naming threads are every bit as entertaining as the periodic teak re-finishing wars. My question would be what happens if you don't name your boat at all? Just asking. Jim L
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These re-naming threads are every bit as entertaining as the periodic teak re-finishing wars. My question would be what happens if you don't name your boat at all? Just asking. Jim L
Since the PO of my boat did not name the boat, the owner of naming her fell on me. Itís just like my boat spent 20 + years in transient. Sailors are a superstitious lot and I fall in that category, I recommend following the outlined rituals to the letter. Har Har
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These re-naming threads are every bit as entertaining as the periodic teak re-finishing wars. My question would be what happens if you don't name your boat at all? Just asking. Jim L
1) I read once that a boat without a name leads one to believe that the boat has no soul.

2) A very successful racer here on the northern Chesapeake never names his boats. Go figure. Guess he wins because his boat is soul-less?
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As with all superstitions, the problems on renaming and naming of a boat are based on the logical fallacy of Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc. That is, after this, therefore because of this. I recommend you disregard all the superstitions regarding boat names, and everything else, nautical and otherwise, and replace it with the logic of Occam's Razor. It makes life a lot easier! Of course my father used to get upset when we threw a hat on the bed or opened an umbrella in the house!
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How exactly do you disregard everything nautical when you are trying to name a BOAT?
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T34C, disregard the nautical superstition, not the nautical. If I believed in superstition, I certainly wouldn't have named my boat ALAMO, that has a certain fatal connotation!
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ALAMO does carry a bit of a cloud over it. At least it's easy to remember!
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Yeah, I've read sanding the name off and letting the boat sit for a while with no name in hopes she "forgets" her former name - then you can rename - but also read thet it's a good idea to keep a bell with the old name on it - or something like that - does that make sense?

Also, anyone know when/where the superstition came from? I know that in all wars it was common practice to capture enemy ships or neutral ships that ran supplies to the enemy - at which the boats would be renamed by the capturing company - and this was common up to WWI at least - but what often happened if the ship was sunk or recaptured - maybe the superstition came from the result of the recapture or sinking after renaming. It would be interesting to know.
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My understanding is that superstition is not so much at play as practicality. When ships got reputations due to bad voyages or incompetent command, it was difficult to get sailors to sign on. The owner(s) would often rename a ship simply to duck the reputation, and sailors were always wary of the practice.

Renaming of captured ships I don't believe carried the same stigma.

So what you need to watch out for is the owner who renames a boat BEFORE selling it to you. It could portend Bad Luck!

And if you capture a boat, it's probably best to rename it (and do something with the VIN).

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