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Changing a boat's name said to bring bad luck?

Changing a boat's name is bad luck. Fact, myth, or just supposition? What are others ideas on this?
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This is a myth. However the connotation associated with calling something a myth implies that this thing cannot be "true." I don't understand that, but I do agree purely descriptively that this is a myth. One that I believe should be respected.

Do not change your boats name, it brings bad luck.
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If you do have to change the boat's name, please use John Vigor's Interdenominational De-naming Ceremony.
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I think that if you change your boat's name you should remove all item on your boat that have the old name until you erase it and wright the new name on them.

(I think, anybody can confirm this?)
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Actually, anything with the old boat name should be removed...not changed or altered... REMOVED. The sea gods can be very picky about this.

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I think that if you change your boat's name you should remove all item on your boat that have the old name until you erase it and wright the new name on them.

(I think, anybody can confirm this?)
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Listen to SD, you are dealing with Gods here (plural)! Follow the de-naming/re-naming ceremonies to the letter and for god's sake don't buy cheap booze to use for the offerings.

ps. I'm not superstitious but need all the help I can get
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As long as you love your boat, spend lots of time maintaining and playing with her, you can do whatever you want with her including changing her name.

Throwing a name changing ceremony/party with the appropriate toasts is of course a requirement. The girl needs to know she is the center of attention and the gods need to know you will take care of her before they will give you their blessing to change her name. Sound like any other ceremony you've been a part of?

I've had good luck with both my name changing ceremonies. I got married 21 years ago and I changed my boat's name when I bought her 9 years ago.
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I have always been under the impression that there is a time factor involved in the re-naming decision.

If you wait to long before performing the naming ceremony, like 30 days, the old boat name will attach itself to you and cannot be removed no matter how many toasts you hoist. Trying to break this attraction will really piss off the boat and eventually those deities that allow us passage through their domains.

Act quickly!

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Listen to SD, you are dealing with Gods here (plural)! Follow the de-naming/re-naming ceremonies to the letter and for god's sake don't buy cheap booze to use for the offerings.
The Gods I pray to, like me, aren't terribly picky about their booze, but I would highly recommend not offering something cheaper than you would drink. I am also firm in my belief that one should help the Gods consume said offerings.
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