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We did not change the name of our boat for a few reasons. First, we were pressed for a delivery window and didn't have time to change the name to match new documentation. Secondly, her former owner never wanted to let her go, he seemed to have to. She was a dream that wasn't apparently going to come true and wept on the dock when we cast off.

We still correspond and refer to her by the name he gave her. It can't change.


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Wow, Minne. Nice story, not so much for that PO. I went a different route to un-do a broken superstition. I'm not in the least bit superstitious. My boat had one owner for about 40 years, then a couple of one-and-done owners. The second one of those changed the name from Sandpiper II (which I don't feel one way or the other about) to something I didn't care for. So, rather than come up with something clever or narrow down the meaningful things in my life, I chose to honor the original owner who treated her with love and care for so long and did a meticulous job of it. I returned the name, without ceremony and just tell anyone who asks that I kept the original name out of superstition. So, basically, I lie about it. Is that bad?

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I changed the name on my first sailboat, probably not going to change he name on my second sailboat I just purchased. Not for any reason except that the name just didn't suite the first boat, but this time 'round I think it does. =D
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I have to agree with mgmhead, be careful what gods you are trying to appease. My boat is named Lord Willing. So was the last boat. I know the God who takes care of me.
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John Vigor has a funny post on "denaming" and then renaming: Denaming

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Some cultures around the world consider changing a boat's name is good luck! Yes, even western cultures. It all depends on what you choose to believe.
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What if one buys a boat and the previous owner renamed it without a ceremony and now that you have it, you rename it again without a ceremony. This is what happened with my boat.
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We renamed ours then the Admiral did not like the work so we removed it before we put the boat in the water. We will have the new name repainted in February when I bring the boat home again. We have a copy of the ceremony to appease Neptune and plan to make good use of it with some friends. The admiral has several items to put onboard with the new name on them but is waiting until we complete the ceremony. Luck is a matter of attitude-no matter what you do. Sometimes s**t happens and sometimes it doesn't.
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The mere thought makes me shudder. If you do not like the name - don't buy the boat.

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Fortunately, our current boat was without a name, so no problem there. Our previous boat had one and we had figured out a new name, but sold it before following through on the change.

I think a nice ceremony with or with out alcohol (we don't drink) is a fun idea and helps you show off your boat to friends and family. And you can easily adapt the ceremony Jon V. has and make it a nice prayer meeting -- kind of like asking a priest or other clergy member to bless the boat and keep those on it safe from harm. Not blasphemous, a nice gesture, and a nice ceremony for all -- everybody wins.

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