If you are Catholic you can also have a Priest come and bless the boat with Holy water
. If you don't have access to a Priest and Holy water
you can make your own...
Just boil the hell out of it.
Seriously when we renamed our boat to Grace we did have a complete ceremony with blowing of conch horns, readings on renaming of boats, singing of amazing grace, readings on the history
of the song Amazing Grace, and even had someone play amazing grace on the bagpipes. We also poured water on the boat in the appropriate areas (much older tradition than any alcoholic beverages - we applied these internally) We rented a room at the marina and invited everyone around. We served wine and beer
and desserts (too many people to spring for dinner). It was a great celebration and everyone remembers it fondly.
Remember what Bob at Lats and Atts has to say - the difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude. You can CHOOSE to have the ordeal of replacing the name or the adventure of bringing forth a new member
of the family
. I would suggest the latter is much more fun.
Final note - I have often heard that superstition causes bad luck.