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Question The Name Change Jinx (or not)

Ok, as some of you here know I'm at the end of a refit and real close to launch date. The boat came with the name OUTRAGEOUS. The boat was built in the 1980's and I'm sure this was the greatest name around the marina at the time..or not. I have done extensive work on her and my 2 year old son has come up with a nice name for her, AB Seas. I was going through my final check list last night of things to do...cross one thing off the list and add two..wtf? One looming question, Am I just being silly or am I about to commit a crime by changing her name?
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It's ok ...

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I know nothing of the lore concerned here, but that is a great name!
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I ran through the same issue when I refitted my "new to me" boat. I did a lot of the same worrying over the name change.

Luck is what you make of it. If you believe in the "bad" luck of changing the name then do what I did and do some good luck things to off set it. Remove everything with the old name on it, Christen the boat with your bubbly of choice, and finally - Go sailing.

For mine, she sunk under the name "Emma Rose" and that can't have been a very lucky name so I've convinced myself that it's luckier to change the name.

here's my website: www.sailkismet.com

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OK, thanks all....i allready feel better. I have put a ton of love ($$$) into her and i agree that luck is what you make of it. On a house, typically you will find a horseshoe in the basement.... is there anything that a boat is known for having that can represent "good"?
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I have changed boat names without incident (knock wood). There are some names you simply cannot live with. I intend to change the name of my present boat when the intra-family negotiations cease. There are ceremonies that you can find on the internet if you are especially worried about it.
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You think that is bad.
Previous name was "The Lazy Susan."
The original owner thought it was a great name.

We renamed her for my wife who puts up with a lot of BS from me.
New name "Julianna" She has brought us nothing but good luck.

Here is my favorite link to the renaming ceromony.

Boat re-naming ceremony - Nautical Know How
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OK, thanks all....i allready feel better. I have put a ton of love ($$$) into her and i agree that luck is what you make of it. On a house, typically you will find a horseshoe in the basement.... is there anything that a boat is known for having that can represent "good"?
A silver coin under your mast step.

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There's lots of lore out there for changing names on boats. One thing is to remove all items from the boat that have the old name on them. Then there's the ceremony to retire the old name and to obtain Neptune's blessing on the new name. Primary problem with the original ceremony was the need to pour the urine of a virgin on the bow. Given the lack of virgins these days, most folks use champagne.

I changed the name of my P-33 when I bought her in 2003 and never really had an official ceremony. Things have been fine so far! But I did take off all the old stuff with the old name, which was Hot Number. That name didn't work for me -- the new name is Inner Voice. Much better for a sailboat I think.

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KISMET....great site!! I am floored that you are the one who saved that boat as I have seen that picture before but never made the connection. My Starwind 22 refit pales in comparrison to what you must have been through. Great work..i look forward to reading more on your site at lunch.
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