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Old 14-03-2013, 18:44   #1
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Change of home port ceremony?

Hello cruisers,

I suspect I am not alone in being quite a superstitious sailor. Therefore, I am a bit worried about the fact that I am changing the home port of our ship and I don't know if there is a ceremony I should complete. (Other than the piles of expensive paperwork and statutory declarations.)
I stress that I am NOT renaming the ship, just changing her home port.
Does anyone have any recommendations to appease the gods of sea and weather?

(Also, is this the right sub forum for this question?)

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Re: Change of home port ceremony?

Open a bottle of wine, have a toast to the new hailing port, drink the wine and forget about it. Works for the boat name too.
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Re: Change of home port ceremony?

Why should this be any different than changing the name ceremony?
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If it's a wooden boat ! Theres a few old timers,that have a big to-do !! but for Glass and steel, ya change it and do as Kettlewell said. and enjoy your sailin!! Just my 2 cents
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Re: Change of home port ceremony?

If you happen to be Chinese I am sure there is a ceremony.

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If it's a wooden boat ! Theres a few old timers,that have a big to-do !! but for Glass and steel, ya change it and do as Kettlewell said. and enjoy your sailin!! Just my 2 cents
Oh wow, there's a labour saving advantage of a tupperware boat I had not considered...
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Why should this be any different than changing the name ceremony?

Don't know if it SHOULD be different, but I am superstitious (paranoid) enought to worry that it MIGHT be different.
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Open a bottle of wine, have a toast to the new hailing port, drink the wine and forget about it. Works for the boat name too.
Seems simple enough for even me to follow... particularly since the advent of screw top bottles.
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If you happen to be Chinese I am sure there is a ceremony.
Not that I'd noticed...
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LOL! Ive been to fancy re-nameing deals even with priests, and Rabbis!! and Ive seen em painted over and a new name on top! So far Ive never seen any different outcomes form either style of re-nameing!! If a big to-do makes ya feel better, then do it up !! As for me at my age, I don't re-name anymore !! To much trouble ! and expense! I just buy em and re -doc them with the same name ! and Hailing port I just change !! Ive done that 5 or 6 times and never had a problem!! Come on folks ! yall talk about all your fancy electronics and such and ya worry about old time Crap like this?? WOW I can't hardly believe yall folks are so old fashion !! Im 74 had a bunch of boats and come from a family of commerical fishermen, and even I don't believe in this crap !! LOL Just sayin yall need to quit reading and start sailin !!! LOL
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When we bought our big boat I told the marina to blast the old name off the transom before the water stopped dripping from the keel at haulout. They buffed it out so well that by the time it got to our home marina it was completely gone. I'm an ardent traditionalist, but this naming stuff has always seemed goofy to me.
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...Im 74 had a bunch of boats and come from a family of commerical fishermen, and even I don't believe in this crap !! LOL Just sayin yall need to quit reading and start sailin !!! LOL
I understand your point of view, it might seem silly, I just find that superstition is a good a way as any I have found of making sense of some of the things that happen on a boat, and overall I would say I've had a great run so far, I just want it to STAY that way.
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Any excuse for a piss up.....
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Re: Change of home port ceremony?

Sounds good enough excuse to enjoy a better bottle of champagne, and probably a decent martini too.
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We do the wine thing, but we make it a little more formal. We pour glasses (nicer ones, not the coffee mugs) of wine all around, go up to the foredeck, and say something like, "We hearby change the hailing port of the Quahog to East Rotting. May the winds always be favorable for leaving that god forsaken harbor!" Then we spill a little wine around on deck, have a nice toast, and then finish off the bottle.

We did this once as our renaming ceremony and just as we clinked glasses a tremendous cannon boom went off in the distance--turned out to be the start of a sailboat race, but it added a nice touch.
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