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Old 13 May 2008, 12:34   #1
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Is it unlucky...

...to re-name your boat?

Was just about to do it and someone warned me that it's unlucky, but I can't have a boat called Anne-Marie II - it just reminds me of my son's mate's rather sexy blonde mother every time I get aboard...if you'll excuse the pun

So - anyone got any old sefarers tales to tell about what happened when they re-named their boat?

Or is there an old seafarers ritual I can go through to reverse the bad luck. Drink ten pints of cider from a decapitated buoy or something?

Thanks all.
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It's supposed to be bad luck, unless done properly.

Do a web search for "Boat Renaming Ceremony" and you'll find several procedures.

The big thing in most of them is to eradicate any on-board reference to the old name. That, and the offering to Neptune.

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Old 13 May 2008, 12:50   #3
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Was thinking the same thing myself...

mine was previously called 'Sea Rider' - not exactly original
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Remove from the water.
Remove any reference to the old name onboard.
Must be out of the water for at least 24 hours.
Attach the new name.
Return to the water.
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I personally don't like the thought of a change.. but I have considered that a full recommissioning would be alright, as long as some respect was paid to her previous incarnation. Read from that what you will
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May have some paperwork to do too, SSR registration to be cancelled, plus Coastguard Form 66, VHF Radio etc. Change insurance docs. Add gold sovereign under the main mast toast new name on first launch with Magmum of Champs.
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i thought you more of a bottle of cava man myself pete
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i thought you more of a bottle of cava man myself pete
Nah, that's for speed boats, this is a rib

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more a crate of bud i think
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Yes - very unlucky. And here's how I know:

I did all that stuff (never did see the original name - the vendor had it removed) and had new name patches fitted on the tubes before launch.
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She developed an air leak (AKA-"Hole") under the new name patch!

Anne-Marie II - not such a bad name, when you consider the alternatives...
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