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Old 21-01-2010, 22:34   #61
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Do not embark on a journey if its Friday. Keep your hat off the bed. And don't rename your boat unless absolutely necessary.
Is it only bad luck if you already know of the superstition in the first place?

When we've headed out for weekend sails (and many full week ones too) we've always left on a Friday. You'd lose half the weekend otherwise.

Nothing bad has happened to us ye
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Despite the several directions this thread seems to be going, just keep in mind that whether you are superstitious or not, the renaming ceremony is often one hell of a party.
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Definitely going to purchase a used boat (soon!) and curious if it is bad luck to change her name. Some old-timers have told me it's a big no-no. Is this really a big deal?
Good god, man, have you taken complete leave of your senses?
Do you not recognize that these scions of satan have come here to tempt you to make this most grievous error?
Just listen to what they're saying, "Change a boat's name!", "Leave on a Friday!", "Let women onboard!"

It's blasphemy, I tell you, a slap in Neptune's face! Those are the typed words of sirens, beckoning you to your doom!

No, I would never leave on a Friday! No painted harlots shall ever walk my decks! And, should the next boat I sail be pre-named "PRISSY PANTS", I shall radio her name with pride!
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Old 22-01-2010, 04:52   #64
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We purchased our boat more than a year ago, and of course the name she had, sola gratia... no, don't think so. This boat has had 6 owners I believe, and 6 names. A 7th wouldn't hurt.
So we renamed her to Sarah Claire,
Two fine names for a boat Bob... If my next boat is fortunate to be named either named either "sola gratia" or "Sarah Claire": I would probably keep the name.

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When we've headed out for weekend sails (and many full week ones too) we've always left on a Friday.
You got away with this? Did you allow red haired women aboard too???
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Old 22-01-2010, 05:30   #65
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Okay..........I'll throw myself into the fire with this question..........

Why should you never set sail on a Friday?
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Because Christ was crucified on that day.
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So that only matters to Christians....

good to know.
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Here’s another version:

Friday was named after the Norse goddess Frigg, or Frigga. The goddess of love and fertility, she was the wife of the god Woden, after whom Wednesday is named.

In early times, Friday was regarded as a lucky day, and an especially good one on which to get married.

But the early Christians regarded Frigga as a witch, and her day as unlucky. It became a deep-rooted superstition, manifesting itself in many ways. Among sailors, it became bad luck to set sail on a Friday.
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Friday was named after the Norse goddess Frigg, or Frigga. The goddess of love and fertility, she was the wife of the god Woden, after whom Wednesday is named.

In early times, Friday was regarded as a lucky day, and an especially good one on which to get married.

But the early Christians regarded Frigga as a witch, and her day as unlucky. It became a deep-rooted superstition, manifesting itself in many ways. Among sailors, it became bad luck to set sail on a Friday.
Apparently, the christians tried to take over all the good animist & pagan holidays, often by force of arms. While going through flight training at Pensacola, one of my best friends was Norwegian born, and a tradition arose at meals where 3 or 4 of us would offer a prayer out loud to Odin in old norse that went something like, "Odin, grant us wealth, lots of sex and death to our enemies". Two out of three wasn't bad! Think I'll begin making that prayer again, as I rename my next boat and leave on a Friday.
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Don't be superstitious, just a little stitious and you will do fine.
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So that only matters to Christians....

good to know.
Never thought about that aspect of it. How could sailing on a Friday bring bad luck if one was not Christian???

While reading about the Friday superstition, I noticed a few others: Bringing Red heads aboard is unlucky. Bringing a priest on board is unlucky. Whistling on a ship will call up a storm. Black cats onboard are considered lucky. And nailing a wooden naked lady with wide-open eyes, to the bow will ward off storms... Fascinating stuff eh?
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Where on earth are you going to find enough virgins for the ceremony
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And, should the next boat I sail be pre-named "PRISSY PANTS", I shall radio her name with pride!
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"Prissy Pants Prissy Pants Prissy Pants- this is s/v Beth over"
"Mike do you really have Prissy Pants? over"
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