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03-31-2013 01:26 PM
One
Re: Naming a boat

I'm not superstitious one bit, nor do I believe in any gods whatsoever. With that said, I do understand the lure of going through a ceremony (even if it is invented for the occasion). It's the same sort of thing as funerals: To allow the people attending to get closure - or in the event of renaming a boat: To allow for the people to feel as if the boat is now really theirs and it bears their name.

I have even had my then gf to ask me if we should do a ceremony to name my (open water) rowing boats. So it matters to some. I get a boat to become "mine" by going through every detail and altering what I see fit. It can be as simple as removing ridiculous brand name stickers.
03-31-2013 01:21 PM
MedSailor
Re: Naming a boat

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Originally Posted by downeast450 View Post
Our boats have named themselves. ...

A good boat name should be unique, easily heard and understood over the radio and memorable.

Down
Agreed, and agreed again. If you don't have a burning desire to use one particular name, that you are sure is just right, let the boat name herself. This story from SmackDaddy's naming of his catamaran for example is classic! (long and laugh out loud funny)

The naming of SmackDaddy's catamaran

MedSailor
03-31-2013 01:11 PM
downeast450
Re: Naming a boat

Our boats have named themselves. Events involving each one resulted in their picking up a moniker. Their stories are interesting and fun. Not secrets but too long for this post. We just purchased a beautiful 18' runabout for lakes here in Maine. It is a vintage E.M White in perfect condition except the po knocked its mahogany framed windshield off. I am building a replacement. It has 2 40 hp Johnson obms that are 49 years old. Fun. That name must be replaced! VER JEN. For the po's daughters Verginia and Jeniffer. Fortunately the name is plastic letters affixed with brass nails. It hasn't had time to "discover" its new name. It shall go nameless until then!

The other three are: Sea Mouse, Tundra Down and Drinking Bird! All with worthy stories to go with each one.

A good boat name should be unique, easily heard and understood over the radio and memorable.

Down
03-31-2013 12:46 PM
MedSailor
Re: Naming a boat

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Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
You can re-name it without incurring the wrath of the gods if you strictly follow Vigor's re-naming ceremony rules. No cheap champagne and a liberal dose to appease said gods. I've followed the steps to the letter and re-named several boats and haven't lost one yet:-))

Denaming
I can't figure out if you ARE superstitious or not. Personally I think it is bad luck to be superstitious, but then again, sacrificing a few small animals to pagan gods might be a good idea.

I changed the name of my last boat without any ceremony or superstition and was even lame and lazy about getting the new name painted on the side. My history with my first boat is a tale of worry and woe that more resembles the book "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float" by Farley Mowat (bet book ever) than not.

MedSailor
03-31-2013 12:05 AM
joebeach
Re: Naming a boat

According to Vigor (see link earlier in this thread), (1) advised but not required, and (2) unequivocally yes, respectively. If you're going to do it, you may as well do it according to Hoyle....
03-30-2013 11:15 PM
br3nt We're going to do the full ceremony in a few weeks with a few friends in attendance. For those of you who have done the dename/naming... Did you wait 24 hours in between? And almost as importantly... Is that a bottle on the bow for each part of the ceremony?
03-30-2013 08:16 PM
hallucination
Re: Naming a boat

We just went through this whole rigamarole

We have a boat in charter...so we wanted to mess with them

There was a place in Santorini we sailed to and stayed overnight...Iliovasilema. Still cannot pronounce the F'in word

Then there was "BOB", my name is Robert , and thats what boats do!

My wife wanted "Cheese-Burger" (in paradise). We chartered a boat a while back that was called "FRUITCAKES" some SOB removed the "S". Phuque.

Settled on naming out Vision 46...Hallucinations. previous name was too disney, Doubloon.

We are NOT Disney people
03-30-2013 07:33 PM
smurphny
Re: Naming a boat

I didn't rename my boat because I didn't want to cough up the $80+ bucks to re-file the documentation. The name of the boat Philyria is an absolute PITA to convey over radio. I'll eventually change to something like BOB so that at least I can be understood via radio contact. Advice: make it easily legible over airwaves.
03-30-2013 02:01 PM
arknoah
Re: Naming a boat

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Originally Posted by Yorksailor View Post
Boat names should make sense in English, be easy to pronounce and not confuse the Coast Guard or make them laugh!
I agree. We named our boat Ilya after a manatee we adopted through the Save the Manatee Club (our daughter is nuts about manatees). I worry a bit about the coast guard thing because it's not a common name, but at least I can spell it to them in only four letters!
03-28-2013 09:58 AM
blutoyz
Re: Naming a boat

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Originally Posted by TheWollard View Post
I decided to keep the name Miss Marisol for our Watkins 27. We wrestled with a name change. The deciding factor for keeping the name as-is, was laziness. Miss Marisol was a USCG Documented Vessel and I didn't feel like wading through the forms and signatures required to change the name.
There is nothing wrong with being lazy...it is not a bad name. Unfortunately my boat's name is a play on the previous owners last name and it is the 4th at that so he already has his new boat lettered with a "5". I have no choice but to rename as a courtesy.
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