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03-12-2013 01:32 PM
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
I think I would reverse those two.
Strangely enough I wouldn't. And I do enjoy bubbly....

If you are superstitious (or cautious) enough to have a (re)naming ceremony, then going cheap in the "sacrifice" is guaranteed to risk the ire of good fortune, and many would say guarantee bad luck. Many people - for right or wrong - are concerned about renaming a boat to begin with; I reckon if you want to do it, do it right - don't shortchange Fate or the gods (or God) by cutting corners.

As a boat owner for a few years, let me assure you that a nicer bottle for the libation will be the least of your costs....

(another good renaming site: Renaming Your Boat -
03-12-2013 01:07 PM
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
I think I would reverse those two.
03-12-2013 11:05 AM
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

Originally Posted by FinallySailing View Post
Any renaming has to involve lots of bubbly for the boat and some for those at the ceremony.
I think I would reverse those two.
03-12-2013 03:35 AM
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

We renamed our boat once we finished the first season refit. Any renaming has to involve lots of bubbly for the boat and some for those at the ceremony.
03-12-2013 03:11 AM
norahs arc
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

There is one tradition I have heard about for naming a boat,
"Never name it after your spouse but a blood relative is fine - relatives will stick arround
- but spouses have been known to leave."
One cute name I have come across and liked. " A LOAN AGAIN "
03-11-2013 11:20 PM
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My grandfather renamed my boat before I took over ownership. The first thing that happend after he changed it was an electrical fire on the way to the Bahamas. Then an alcohol stove fire when we got there. Then the engine crapped out forever, still engineless. Then the main sail ripped in half in a squall. Then when I was impounded by the Belizean government for over staying my welcome, which was just after a dismasting by my own hand, ( I pulled the wrong pin) then it sunk on thanksgiving, then again the following christmas, then I sold it and bought it back a year later, then huricane wilma knocked it off it's stands in the yard and it landed on the Yanmar one cyl. that I had on a pallet under the boat which I had just rebuilt. holed the boat and the eng was a complete loss.,Then the boat yard seazed the boat for an unpaid bill.............................................. .....those are just the main points over a 30 year period, there is much more. I'm sure it's bad luck to rename a boat and leave port for a passage on friday, that's another string of stories. Hopefully I've paid the name change dues, it appears so any way's.
03-11-2013 10:06 PM
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My boat has a perfectly acceptable name... and wife calls it The Other Woman anyway.
03-11-2013 08:17 PM
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

Originally Posted by rlltrash View Post
... In addition, it appears that the larger a boat is, the more likely it will have a name. (I guess there are USCG requirements at some point.)

So, should I give a name to my 1985 Holder 20?

Thanks, Richard
That's probably because larger boats that cruise tend to be USCG documented rather than state registered.

Naming your boat (or not naming it) is up to you as a boat that size probably won't be documented. It is helpful, as others pointed out, when needing to radio for help. However, just in case, here is the rule for naming a documented vessel:

Documented vessels do not display their official numbers on the outside of the hull, but are identified by the name and hailing port. The application for documentation must include a name for the vessel composed of letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals and may not exceed 33 characters. The name may not be identical, actually or phonetically, to any word or words used to solicit assistance at sea; may not contain or be phonetically identical to obscene, indecent, or profane language, or to racial or ethnic epithets. Once established, a vessel's name may not be changed without application, fees, and the consent of the Director, National Vessel Documentation Center. There is no rule against duplication of names for documented vessels, so hailing ports are helpful in identifying vessels.

From the USCG FAQ page on vessel documentation.
03-11-2013 08:05 PM
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Yes, name it, but keep it two or three easily pronounceable syllables. You want someone to understand you and take you seriously when you hail on VHF. A friend who has a stupid punny name for their boat is regularly laughed at and told to "get off the radio" when they say their boat name.... everyone assumes they are just fooling around and not to be taken seriously. This is dangerous.
03-11-2013 06:21 PM
Re: Boat Name Protocol ?

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
Good thing to give it a name so just call it, 'that damned moneypit'.
There, fixed it!: D
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