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Renaming a boat back to its original name

I have a 30 foot lancer that for 24 years was named Ho’olea, 5 years ago the last owner put the name Andrew on it, I’m not even sure if he did a ceremony. Any way, I want to rename her back to her original name, do I need to do a ceremony?

Second question, I am stepping a new mast on her this Saturday. I have the original coin that was place at the base. With the new mast do I leave the original coin at the base and put a new one or only the original or only the new?

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If you're going back to the original name, I'd stick with the original coin under the maststep. It has obviously brought good luck, and will help Ho'olea feel more comfortable with her new spar. A re-naming ceremony is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED. We have found that Neptune seems to react favorably to Mt. Gay Eclipse Rum. At least, when we changed our boat's name to Eclipse, we proceeded to win the club championship. It has been suggested that since Mumm dropped their sponsoring of the Mumm36 and Solent Race Week that their products be avoided at any ceremonial events invoking Neptune.
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Use whatever Ju-Ju, Mo-Jo & Hocus-Pocus you can embelish into a lavish hedonistic ceremony! 'sounds like fun, but don't begin to imagine that there is a "proper" procedure in such lunacy. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Why tempt fate? Do something "proper" to rename it and then just relax afterwards knowing you will be safe.......


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I would definatly do a denamming and then the renamming ceremony. cover all the bases you don't now what the last owner did, who names a boat Andrew??? Play it safe. Enjoy your new boat

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"do I need to do a ceremony?"
Well, if you're a Roman Catholic you'll probably be excommunicated for honoring pagan gods and rituals. If you have other beliefs, your mileage may vary.
The coin at the mast step is the bridal dowry that you are giving to your new wife as part of the wedding ceremony. Not just naming ceremony--it is a wedding. Your are asking Poseidon's blessing to take one of his daughter's as your wife, and if you don't ADD MORE DOWRY but just give back what was there before...well...Poseidon might call you a cheapskate and take back his daughter.
As I recall, when Old Ironsides was renovated and new masts were stepped, even the USN added new coins to the old ones.
Tradition would call for a gold coin, a US gold coin in the US, but the smallest gold coins that the US Mint sells are 1/10th oz, which would probably sell for $135 or so now. In more frugal times, folks have been known to use silver coins, but that's between you and your new father-in-law.
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I would definatly do a denamming and then the renamming ceremony. cover all the bases you don't now what the last owner did, who names a boat Andrew??? Play it safe. Enjoy your new boat

Peter
Never heard of a denaming ceremony, what does it involve? If it has rum in it I'm all for it.
Di a renaming ceremony for Enchantress, put a new coin under the mast and a special crystal at the masthead -- don't know exactly what the crystal does but my wife said it was necessary -- and lost of Pyrat rum was consumed by all.

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Wonder if I should now do denaming ceremonies for the three boats I've renamed -- maybe make it a denaming party.

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I can't take too much credit - it was previously posted on sailnet. There is another, similar one listed somewhere in the forums, but I think it is a bit more involved.

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