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Boat renaming/denaming

You have just purchased the perfect boat. What next? One of the first things new boat owners do is change the name of their boat. We have all heard of boat superstitions. Don’t leave on Friday, never paint your boat blue of green, bananas are bad luck. These are all simple things to avoid but what about de-naming and re-naming your boat? I’m not superstitious but I also don’t want to press my luck. I have enough difficulty with basic seamanship. The last thing I want is a boat with bad juju because I broke the code of the sea in renaming my boat. I have heard everything from placing a silver dollar under the mast to sailing backwards a full boat length to erase the old name. I have owned many boats but never renamed any of them. My last boat came with the name Dangerous. How could you ever want to change that? Can you imagine if Bob Bitchin changed the name of The Lost Soul to something like “Obsession” or “My Panacea”? Most boats come with their proper name and a soul not to be reckoned with.
My most recent boat and current home had her name removed over ten years ago, the last time she was in the water but we had no Idea what it was. She was named by her builder But months of research turned up nothing.
After consulting the gods I came to the conclusion that since every boat is different every ritual of boat naming must be individual. Rather than an elaborate ceremony I decided to bond with her and let her spirit guide me.
First came our initial bond, the kind you have long before she has safely carried you through yet one more storm or sat gently bobbing at anchor patiently waiting for her next journey. I simply sat by the light of her lantern with a nice bottle of scotch staring at every nook getting used to her feel and smell.
Eventually her name came to me. She would be forever hailed as The` Tay-Ah. Rather than an elaborate ceremony I chose to make her my blood sister. I waxed, buffed, sanded and oiled every inch of her leaving a trail from bloodied knuckles as I went. In the process I have touched and examined every inch of her inside and out. There is not one scratch, chip, or nick I don’t know about. I know every wire, every leak. Every loose screw has been tightened. My blood lives in her bilges and lockers. Like a newborn infant her genetic makeup will never change. Her soul has been intact since her first conception but together we will continue to bond and grow. We will learn our limits together and push those on every horizon. As a last measure I bought her a bottle of scotch, poured a pinch in her bilge and have saved the rest for her first visitors. When the bottle is empty we will paint her name.
If you happen to stumble across us in the yard feel free to stop by for a drink.
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Re: Boat renaming/denaming

I would follow John Vigor's de-naming/re-naming ceremony.

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The boat looks gorgeous by the way.... Congrats

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Old thread but fun, thanks. This is on my list of concerns for my first purchase.
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Re: Boat renaming/denaming

I may be a racer, and bleed for speed... but I love classic lines. It pits me against myself when it comes to my next boat.

That boat has some beautiful lines. Sounds to me, like you can call it anything you like. Keep that bond and she'll treat you well.

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Re: Boat renaming/denaming

When we bought our Alberg 35 two years ago, I never thought of renaming her. She came named 'Pendragon'; not her original name, which I believe was 'Tar Heel' and she had 'Chicago' on her stern (she'd been in Baltimore for a few years and that's where we keep her. It just seemed wrong to change her name. She's 50 years old, she had a history and a personality. So we kept the name and I'm glad we did. Finally, this year we're getting BALTIMORE on the stern and I hope that's the last change!
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I've renamed every boat I've owned except one. No ceremony or big deal and no adverse consequences that I know of. But how would you know?
How can making a vessel more your own be a bad thing?
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I wont say I've followed ALL the rules but I always toast the new name. Interesting I could see the shadow of a lot on names in the gelcoat. Its an east coast Canada built Boat that I know has been to the Cayman's and one of the shadows shows San Francisco it would be cool to know the travels of my Boat in the last 28 years. Doubt all the "rules" were followed on all the changes in the past.
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...How can making a vessel more your own be a bad thing?
And that's just it.

Originally, we kept the old name in homage, but it always seemed like we were sailing Steve and Donna's boat (PO's), so we changed it. It's our boat now.

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It helps if the original name is good or at least not terrible. I liked the original owner's name for my boat and that minimized any desire to change it, now I'm used to it and comfortable with it.
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I've renamed every boat I've owned except one. No ceremony or big deal and no adverse consequences that I know of. But how would you know?
How can making a vessel more your own be a bad thing?
... and that pissant squall you got hit with was just happenstance? We all know better than that. Maybe if you get your act together right away, an offering to Neptune from a good bottle of Rum could help you avoid the next repercussion before it happens.
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