Naming a ship can be fun and bring out creativity, and what about re-naming a secondhand boat; let us look at what to look at!
It would be wise to not make a hasty decision that might lead to regret latter; think of a title you can be proud of, easy to announce… something that speaks to you! Why not think of a favorite location, which sort of boat you’ve got and the pleasure and experience it will bring you!
What do you need to think about; Naming a Boat?
First think of security!
You don’t need a name which may be misinterpreted or difficult to pronounce when phoning it out on the emergency radio. Complicated spellings may also cause confusion, particularly when you’re using the phonetic alphabet to call the Coastguard at a catastrophe.
Think the female touch!
Boats are traditionally’she is’ but you do not need to go overboard with this. A good deal of ships bear a women’s name, maybe something private to the skipper. Too cute does not generally work .
Some names are extremely common and you see them over different boats. When naming your vessel think beyond the square and try to find something original, something unique and personal to your boat!
But what about if you’ve purchased a boat and you do not even like saying the title with a vengeance… it’s so awful and improper it sticks in your throat when requested?
Nautical folklore is wrapped up in superstitions! Among the most renowned superstitions is that in the event you re-name your boat it will anger the Gods of the sea, and will curse the ship with bad luck forever. What if you do not like the title of a ship are you stuck with it?
Mythology says you can rename a ship without being cursed with bad luck as long as you undergo a unique re-naming ceremony!
Superstition says renaming a ship is tantamount to defying the deities. According to myth, each boat’s name is listed in the Ledger of the Deep, which is Poseidon’s (the Greek god of the sea) personal record book. To really change a ship’s name, you have to purge its first name in the ledger.
Pour the champagne overboard to appease Neptune while splashing some on the vessel hull. An option is to smash a bottle of champagne on the ship hull, so Neptune and the ship both obtain their appropriate portions.
Then, as you’re surrounded by family and friends, christen your boat as though it was the first time. This method is fraught with risk and heritage, and getting it right is a serious business. But you should take the hints below with a massive pinch of (sea) salt!
Here’s a basic overview for you to follow;
• get rid of all traces of the old name. Obviously, only do so as soon as you have officially changed the registration but don’t bring anything on board with the new name before this is completed.
• execute a ritual ceremony! See below.
• provide a sacrifice – champagne is the standard but a tot of rum, wine white or red might suffice, do not forget to have enough for you and your friends.
• Attach the new name when possible
“Oh mighty and excellent ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all boats and we who venture upon your vast domain are expected to pay homage, implore you on your graciousness to expunge for all time from the records and recollection the name (here insert the old title of your boat ) that has ceased to be a thing in your own kingdom.
As evidence , we publish this ingot bearing her name to be corrupted through your powers and forever be purged from the sea. (At this stage, the prepared metal label is dropped from the bow of the ship into the sea.)
In grateful acknowledgment of your munificence and dispensation, we provide these libations to your majesty and your courtroom. (Pour at least half of the bottle of Champagne to the sea from East to West. The remainder could be passed among your visitors.
Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through whose power our delicate vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to give this worthy boat (Insert your ship’s new name) the advantages and joys of your own school, ensuring us of your gentle ministration based on our requirements.
(Facing west, pour the same amount of Champagne and fling into the West while intoning.
(Facing east, replicate and fling into the East.)
(Facing south, replicate, flinging into the South.)
Oh! Neptune, you soul God of seas great and small, on this particular boat, by your grace, let these sons and daughters all, to pass from port of hailing for their port of call, and on these sailing subjects create your gentle blessings fall.
“You who cause the seas to lie or anger in sweet repose, please list to we mariners here, your servants of those flows. This boat, the captain, the team and all those who love the seas and wind – will follow where thee goes.”
It’s totally up to you! Tongue in cheek or for a little fun with this service, traditional words and a few fantastic champagne! If nothing else it is a fantastic excuse for a celebration!!