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A buddy of mine bought a 30ft Cat after our year long Afghanistan deployment. We have been working on her for a while and are at the point of getting close to dropping her in the water. The X-owner has taken the name of the ship to his new ship, as it is the name of his deceased wife. That said he has asked my buddy to change the name. That all said, what is the "rule of thumb/sail" on this tradition? I always thought that it was bad luck, but if this gentlemen is asking for that reason, how's that go??? Any advice is appreciated.
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You are pushing your luck when you change a boat's name, but in this case I think it's worth the risk. If I remember correctly, you have to go through a lot of champagne and sacrifice a virgin, but I can't remember which comes first.

There are several good resources on the web. This one looked OK to me:
Boat Name Changing Rules | eHow.com.

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In lieu of a virgin sacrifice, you (in addition to many other parts of the ritual) can have a virgin pee in the bilge.

Gross, but required.
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In lieu of a virgin sacrifice, you (in addition to many other parts of the ritual) can have a virgin pee in the bilge.

Gross, but required.
I thought woman were bad luck on boats?
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just curious, what are you going to name her?
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In lieu of a virgin sacrifice, you (in addition to many other parts of the ritual) can have a virgin pee in the bilge.

Gross, but required.
Not pee, but give up her virginity during the launching of your vessel. But good luck in finding one of legal age that is willing to do this for you.
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If she has to give up her virginity, I vote that you follow in the order of:

Ply her with Champagne
Take her virginity
Make her pee
And then sacrifice her

Much easier that way.
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I thought woman were bad luck on boats?
IIRC, in maritime lore, women are bad luck unless they are topless.
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Search this forum. There are some recent threads about this, complete with the proper incantations and rum procedures. I would not take any chances with offending the gods of the sea, wind, and heavens. But if done properly, and for this reason, I'm sure they would smile upon your buddy and his boat.
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