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Old 12-06-2010, 09:29   #16
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Take your handy dandy sharpie and make a large design over the old name that incorporates the new name and obliterates the old one!

A set of 12 coloured sharpies will give you a good palate to work with.
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Take your handy dandy sharpie and make a large design over the old name that incorporates the new name and obliterates the old one!

A set of 12 coloured sharpies will give you a good palate to work with.
Erm, what's a shapie???? At first I thought you might mean a sharp knife, but that probably wouldn't do much for the buoyancy of the life jackets......
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Try Vigor's Interdenominational Boat Denaming Ceremony, at the link below. I used it to dename a friend's boat at the UW and the next day we renamed that boat and a whole bunch of laser's. For the lasers we used beer and the short form for renaming. For the big boat we used the long form, decent bubbly and threatened to sacrifice the owners 11ish yr old daughter which got some big eyed stares from her and her mother but then we let her douse the boat with bubbly which she found very amusing so I was off the hook with mom.

Whatever you decide, don't pick a name that mocks the ocean or expressed dominance. As an example Peter Blake, a well known world travelling racer, named his last boat 'Seamaster' and he was killed by armed robbers on the boat in Brazil not terribly long (1ish yr) after setting out.


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Erm, what's a shapie???? At first I thought you might mean a sharp knife, but that probably wouldn't do much for the buoyancy of the life jackets......
A type of very indelible marker found in the US and perhaps elsewhere.
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I think it depends on if you are a superstitious person. If you are then renaming might bring bad luck. I would suggest not taking chances and doing the renaming ceremony. At the very least you have created a reason to have a nice party and you may have averted disaster. wink wink nudge nudge....
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Just to be on the safe side ....

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Take your handy dandy sharpie and make a large design over the old name that incorporates the new name and obliterates the old one!

A set of 12 coloured sharpies will give you a good palate to work with.
My thoughts exactly. If not a design with the new name, then a graphic design that disguises or imprisons the old name.





Or something like that. I'm also changing a boat's name but am not superstitious and feel therefore I will not be subject to anything worse than my own abilities and inadequacies and what is out there. That will be enough to deal with I imagine without importing spirits and mythological beings. I think myths are very important to societies but I don't believe that their subjects are actually there in front of me simply because I can see them in my imagination.

However, if one is superstitious, one can talk oneself off a cliff in a self-fulfilling prophetic sort of way. Good luck. Get out the ink or sharpies or buy a new set of gear.
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Wow! Great responses! Even the snarky one had a good point!

I'm really not a superstitious person at all, but I do have respect for the customs of other cultures than my own. There are tribes in the Amazon that feel that having their picture taken robs them of their souls. Of course I know that's not true, but if I was among them I certainly wouldn't be taking pictures, no matter how tempted. I was really curious about what other people thought of that particular suspicion and what old lore supported it, and there's a lot of good input here!

The boat's current name is Lullabye, which is sweet. But I would really like to name it Odessa, after a character in one of my favorite books (I Know This Much Is True) but also a reference to the journey of sailing itself. An Odyssey is described as: "a long series of wanderings or adventures, esp. when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc."

Sounds right to me.
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Out of respect for the boat, I don't think you should rename the boat until you have completed a lot of work on her. After many hours and many disappointments and many setbacks and many victories, you have developed a relationship with the boat and you now deserve to choose her new name, unless you choose "Wet Dream" then you deserve all the heartache you get.
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LOL! Good point! I do have a lot of work to do, and I've never been a fan of hasty decisions. Thanks!
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I've changed the name of every boats that I have ever owned. That would be seven boats over 20 years, and never had any trouble that I hadn't got into all by myself. Never noticed any more bad luck than normal.
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My thoughts exactly. If not a design with the new name, then a graphic design that disguises or imprisons the old name.



Or something like that. .
I've tried and tried, but just can't get through this maze.... Am I missing something???
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I've tried and tried, but just can't get through this maze.... Am I missing something???
Try getting out. I managed on the second try.

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Wow! Great responses! Even the snarky one had a good point!

I'm really not a superstitious person at all, but I do have respect for the customs of other cultures than my own. There are tribes in the Amazon that feel that having their picture taken robs them of their souls. Of course I know that's not true, but if I was among them I certainly wouldn't be taking pictures, no matter how tempted. I was really curious about what other people thought of that particular suspicion and what old lore supported it, and there's a lot of good input here!

The boat's current name is Lullabye, which is sweet. But I would really like to name it Odessa, after a character in one of my favorite books (I Know This Much Is True) but also a reference to the journey of sailing itself. An Odyssey is described as: "a long series of wanderings or adventures, esp. when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc."

Sounds right to me.
Which comes from Odysseus of course. Mythic ruler of Ithaca and star of Homer's Odyssey. I do like Greek names for boats. Which has nothing to do with why mine is Honeysuckle
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I've changed the name of every boats that I have ever owned. That would be seven boats over 20 years, and never had any trouble that I hadn't got into all by myself. Never noticed any more bad luck than normal.
Didn't you know? Seven is the maximum times you can ever ever rename a boat, then all hell breaks loose. This is a well known curse and has been proven to be true. Something about "taking 7 days to create the world" sort of things. Can't go over that...
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