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Old 03-06-2008, 23:40   #1
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Name Change

I know it is bad luck to change a boats name but........

How many have done it with a new to them boat?

What do you think?

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Old 03-06-2008, 23:49   #2
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Hey!

I've done it. I've also heard that it's not bad luck changing the name, it's bad luck to re-christian it. IE Don't smash a bottle of champagne on it. Simply change the name. Take a look at the merchant ships, 8/10 (not scientific) have changed their names. You can usually see the old name under the new one! Go for it! Just don't name the boat "Friday"
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:52   #3
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We did it.

The previous name was a mix up of all the previous owners- PAul, Vi, ANdrew and NEil= PAVIANNE

Unfortunately, the husband had died, and it felt strange having a boat with his name, so we thought about changing it. And then, out of the blue, the wife told us that we should think about changing the name and gave us her 'blessing' (that sounds corny, but it was actually really sweet)

We cleared off all references to the old name- absolutely anything and everything had to go. We then had a cleansing ceremony (neither of us are religious or particularly believe in Gods, so it wasn't very serious!) We lit a huge fire and danced naked around it (hmmm.... no, Im kidding, we didnt do that) but we did read something we found on the net, written for the purpose.

Then we refit her, without a name, and when she was all finished and ready to go, we renamed her 'Miss Moneypenny' by pouring Fanta over her bow. Very touching. We've now done several thousand miles in her..... I'd say without a problem but that would be a big lie! But then most of our problems have been caused by scouse diesel mechanics and our own impatience in not waiting for a storm to pass! So who knows if the Gods were annoyed or not. We're still here, so I guess they cant be that upset. Maybe they particularly like Fanta..... (or the dancing naked!)
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:00   #4
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It's only bad luck if you drive it under a ladder while watching a black cat swim across your bow. We changed one once and are thinking about doing it again. First we want to find a witch Dotor to bless the ceremony.LOL
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:36   #5
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We renamed our boat and strictly followed the attached ceremonial procedures.

We would have been dressed up nicer and not looked such a mess but two hours before the ceremony she blew an impeller and we had just finished repairs as guests were arriving - Welcome to boat ownership!

http://www.bluewatersailing.com/docu...ngceremony.pdf

We had an absolute blast!
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The superstition is fun since the ceremony entails a lot of booze consumption.

We changed the name our our boat when we bought it.

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Certainly a requirement. Attire is a local custom thing. The above folks all look properly dressed to me .

In our two renames they were done at hideous expense. Both boats had painted names done with two part paint with the last boat having two bow names as well as strern name and port across the entire stern. So in both cases the bad luck was the act / expense of removing the old name.
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If we had bought any other boat than the one we bought, we would have changed the name. Would have used the ceremony much as outlined on the above link. Yes, it's bad luck to change a boat name, and so far, I've never done it.

It's funny, but we moved the boat 300 miles over Memorial Day. We ran into LOTS of folks who said "HEY! We know you!".
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If that's Ex_Calif's boat in the background of the pictures above, he might find his "luck" better served by furling the jib properly instead of dockside ceremonies.
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If that's Ex_Calif's boat in the background of the pictures above, he might find his "luck" better served by furling the jib properly instead of dockside ceremonies.
Ouch! Harsh but fair...

Aside from the fenders not being stowed how's this one? - LOL

A guy in our club just lost his genny in a thunderstorm. On the mooring and the genny partially unfurled and flogged itself to pieces.

Also a couple of shots beating to windward with a partially furled genny - Completely novice crew so I took some power off the boat. Furling is my friend.

Note the custom preventer for the boom. Easy to rig and if it falls overboard it's so much fun making a new one. It was only recenlty that I figured out you don't need a preventer going to windward -
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