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Old 25-06-2013, 11:56   #1
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Boat Name Change?

I'm thinking of changing the name of my boat. It came with the name "Plan B" when I bought it. I kind of liked the name at the time, especially since for me Plan A was an airplane.

But the recent publicity about the morning-after birth control pill has increased the number of people who take it upon themselves to poke fun at the name of my boat, which thoroughly pisses me off. I actually got in some guy's face about it 2 weeks ago.

So...before I get my skinny ass kicked, I was wondering how much bad luck I'd really be bringing down on myself by simply changing the name. The boat is federally registered.

Thoughts?
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Old 25-06-2013, 11:59   #2
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48 North - The Sailing Magazine, find the renaming ceremony.
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You need to find a virgin to pee on your foredeck... Or something along those lines...
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Old 25-06-2013, 12:17   #4
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You need to find a virgin to pee on your foredeck... Or something along those lines...
A virgin? In New York? Get real.
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Old 25-06-2013, 12:49   #5
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Re: Boat Name Change?

According to the USCG, regarding documented vessels:
"Once established, a vessel's name may not be changed without application, fees, and the consent of the Director, National Vessel Documentation Center."


So, you'll need to send in the form to the USCG to change the name. It's easy, and costs less than $100. Check out: USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, Home Page

If you're looking for ideas on a renaming ceremony, you can check out this blog post.

Denaming and Renaming Our Vessel | S/V Octopussy

Hope it helps.

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Old 25-06-2013, 12:53   #6
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According to the USCG, regarding documented vessels:
"Once established, a vessel's name may not be changed without application, fees, and the consent of the Director, National Vessel Documentation Center."


So, you'll need to send in the form to the USCG to change the name. It's easy, and costs less than $100. Check out: USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, Home Page

If you're looking for ideas on a renaming ceremony, you can check out this blog post.

Denaming and Renaming Our Vessel | S/V Octopussy
Thanks, Octopussy! I figured the Coast Guard would want some cash. I'll check the site and your blog.

Thanks again,
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From 48 North archived articles:

48 Vigor's Interdenominational Boat Denaming Ceremony
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Thank you, Stu. Very interesting!
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I think you have to sail her backwards on your fist outing after the renaming ceremony too.
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Old 28-06-2013, 21:36   #10
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Well Im 75 years old and MY Old Daddy a fisherman all his life always said only wooden boats need a ceromony to rename! If it's glass just send in the papers and the fees and paint the new name on her !! All this old fashion stuff is just that !! STUFF !! Good Lord some folks have some strange Ideas LOL Its a boat not your first born !! Personaly I feel ya have a great name !! ya just need to think of some sharp retorts to these stupid folks who think they are funny !! ( or a black eye if needed LOL) Just have fun and give the middle finger to those wise asses who are would be comedians!! Just my 2 cents
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After all the fun of having all that libation one for you and one for the boat N,S,E,W libation all around , then put the anchor down cause your too wasted to sail. LOL
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I'm doing the same thing Dennis and have spoken to many about the 'old wives tales' who say its all hogwash.

One renamed his boat three times before it sunk in a freak squall.
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Well Im 75 years old and MY Old Daddy a fisherman all his life always said only wooden boats need a ceromony to rename! If it's glass just send in the papers and the fees and paint the new name on her !! All this old fashion stuff is just that !! STUFF !! Good Lord some folks have some strange Ideas LOL Its a boat not your first born !! Personaly I feel ya have a great name !! ya just need to think of some sharp retorts to these stupid folks who think they are funny !! ( or a black eye if needed LOL) Just have fun and give the middle finger to those wise asses who are would be comedians!! Just my 2 cents
Thanks, you guys!!
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I'm doing the same thing Dennis and have spoken to many about the 'old wives tales' who say its all hogwash.

One renamed his boat three times before it sunk in a freak squall.
Thanks, Gavala. I'm thinking of repainting the hull this winter, so the timing might be right for a new name.
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The whole "Plan B" thing is a shame b/c it's really a good name other than that! The only thing you'll need to do is the documentation change because there is no such thing as bad luck.
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