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Old 22-10-2008, 10:55   #16
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Required Items
1. Lots of liquid spirits for the guests – soft drinks, beer, wine, rum and other liquor
2. Lots and lots of food available for all to eat

3. A silver dollar – the older the better

4. Bottles of champagne for christening
5. Red wine for blessing

6. Ship’s Bell for ringing

Planning the Ceremony / Summary
a. You must plan to put on a great show. Show your boat that money is no object, and that you will do anything for it. Show the vessel that your checkbook is wide open. In fact, you want to make this boat really believe that you, as the newly adopted owners, will make life really terrific!
b. Pour a round of drinks for everyone who comes by.
c. Ring the bell to call the ceremony to order. Ring it again to make sure that they heard it.
d. Ask your guests to give verbal comments about how nice your hospitality is. You might think this is really weird, but the boat needs to hear others rave about your generosity.
Please Note: In the interests of brevity, we have eliminated some of the more obscure but conceivably important requirements which might have involved activities such as dancing about the boat with a chicken n your head, possibly naked and perhaps in violation of numerous laws, morals and regulations.

Hope this helps. lol Johnny

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Old 25-10-2008, 10:26   #17
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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.

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