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Old 04-01-2011, 10:28 PM
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Just purchased a boat from an older couple and it really has a terrible name. I can't wait to get those decals off of the side but I don't want to curse myself with bad luck. What do you guys think? Leave it alone or make it my own and rename it?;?
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Bad luck and decal adhesive are both soluble in alcohol. Apply liberally.
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Yeah me too just got the decal of I don't know my last boat was a piece of crap sea ray but i did rename it and on the maiden voyage it broke down ,and many times after that ....just took my new wellcraft on its maiden voyage(Didn't rename it yet might not) and it didn't brake down but it did run alittle warm on the starboard engine ..... I would leave it considering my experiences
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Originally Posted by tom10122 View Post
Yeah me too just got the decal of I don't know my last boat was a piece of crap sea ray but i did rename it and on the maiden voyage it broke down ,and many times after that ....just took my new wellcraft on its maiden voyage(Didn't rename it yet might not) and it didn't brake down but it did run alittle warm on the starboard engine ..... I would leave it considering my experiences
DAMN! just what I didn't want to hear haha
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Mess with Poseiden at your own risk.....

There are too many stories of what happened after poorly done naming ceremonies and re-naming for me to go fishing with you
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google boat renaming ceremonies

you will find a few and they all seem to involve alcohol. invite some friends and have a good time
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I was going to rename my current boat but on it's maiden voyage, a cousin that was with me gave it a nickname based on the boat's name from the previous owner and it stuck.

That was six years ago and haven't changed the name yet. Probably never will.
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Originally Posted by Bluepike View Post
I was going to rename my current boat but on it's maiden voyage, a cousin that was with me gave it a nickname based on the boat's name from the previous owner and it stuck.

That was six years ago and haven't changed the name yet. Probably never will.
Any problems with it?
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The decal removal will most always show shading doffernce from the rest of the hull, but keeping a name you really don't care for creates it's own bad luck in that you may not put in the miantenance care to quite the same level as a for a boat whose name you really enjoy , plus you are more likely to head for "True Love" than "Ex-Wife's Mother-In Law Brunhildasaurus" on a good boating window. Give it a name you can be especially proud of. ( Unless you got an amazing deal from a generous relative you care for, which provides a wholly different reason to enjoy the old name. )
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I took the old decals off of mine when I bought it (dumb name) but I haven't had the courage to give it a new name yet! Don't know if I will.
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what ive heard is that renaming the boat is not bad luck BUT you have to keep the original name on the boat somewhere. it can be on something as small as a cupholder. just so that it is still somewhere on the boat.
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i bought an old boat with a horrible name and renamed it during an extensive rebuild (see my handle..) despite my best efforts, maniacal and anal maintenance and a lot of money, it has a way of ...let's see...how to put this....bringing things to my attention. but it's fine now....really!

am now closing on a deal for a wonderful boat with a so-so name and while i'm not in love with the name, i am also in no hurry to change it just yet. i haven't come up with a name that i love enough to be worth the possible consequences.

just my two cents.
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As peerless said: the ceremony does envolve a quantity of alchohol. Invite some friends, have some fun with it. My son and D-I-L did it to theirs a couple of years ago, was a great afternoon, and no problems with the boat.
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Just change the name to "Bad Luck" and you will be all set,lol
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I've renamed several of my boats in the past with no ill effects. I use a tried and true redneck ceremony. Just wrap a BudLight in a towel, say "I christen they XYZ" along with some little speech, and hit it squarely in the bow eye (or other hard area). Make sure the bottle breaks on the first hit and you must be drinking a Budlight while doing this! Then hit the water! Good luck!
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It is actually good luck, especially if you rename it after a rich aunt/uncle who is on their last legs, don't forget to show them the photo's.
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The way I've arranged every-ones luck is, you do something like breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder or improperly renaming your boat and you get bad luck. However, that luck has to go somewhere, so I have it go my way.

I have to watch out though, like heads up pennies I leave be, as I don't want to surrender any of my copious amounts of good luck.
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The Ceremonies:
Do not under any circumstances carry aboard any item bearing your boat’s new name until the purging and renaming ceremonies have been completed!
Once you are certain every reference to her old name has been removed from her, all that is left to do is to prepare a metal tag with the old name written on it in water-soluble ink. You will also need a bottle of reasonably good Champagne. Plain old sparkling wine won’t cut it. Since this is an auspicious occasion, it is a good time to invite your friends to witness and to party. Begin by invoking the name of the ruler of the deep as follows:

Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to expunge for all time from your records and recollection the name (here insert the old name of your vessel) which has ceased to be an entity in your kingdom. As proof thereof, we submit this ingot bearing her name to be corrupted through your powers and forever be purged from the sea. (At this point, the prepared metal tag is dropped from the bow of the boat into the sea.)

In grateful acknowledgment of your munificence and dispensation, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court. (Pour at least half of the bottle of Champagne into the sea from East to West. The remainder may be passed among your guests.

It is usual for the renaming ceremony to be conducted immediately following the purging ceremony, although it may be done at any time after the purging ceremony. For this portion of the proceedings, you will need more Champagne, Much more because you have a few more gods to appease.Begin the renaming by again calling Poseidon as follows:

Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to take unto your records and recollection this worthy vessel hereafter and for all time known as (Here insert the new name you have chosen), guarding her with your mighty arm and trident and ensuring her of safe and rapid passage throughout her journeys within your realm.

In appreciation of your munificence, dispensation and in honor of your greatness, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court. (At this point, one bottle of Champagne, less one glass for the master and one glass for the mate are poured into the sea from West to East.)

The next step in the renaming ceremony is to appease the gods of the winds. This will assure you of fair winds and smooth seas. Because the four winds are brothers, it is permissible to invoke them all at the same time, however, during the ceremony; you must address each by name. Begin in this manner:

Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through whose power our frail vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to grant this worthy vessel (Insert your boat’s new name) the benefits and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring us of your gentle ministration according to our needs.(Facing north, pour a generous libation of Champagne into a Champagne flute and fling to the North as you intone Great Boreas, exalted ruler of the North Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your frigid breath.(Facing west, pour the same amount of Champagne and fling to the West while intoning Great Zephyrus, exalted ruler of the West Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your wild breath.(Facing east, repeat and fling to the East.) Great Eurus, exalted ruler of the East Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your mighty breath.

(Facing south, repeat, flinging to the South.) Great Notus, exalted ruler of the South Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your scalding breath.

Of course, any champagne remaining will be the beginnings of a suitable celebration in honor of the occasion.

Once the ceremony has been completed, you may bring aboard any and all items bearing the new name of your vessel. If you must schedule the painting of the new name on the transom before the ceremony, be sure the name is not revealed before the ceremony is finished. It may be covered with bunting or some other suitable material.
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Originally Posted by NOSaints View Post
Just purchased a boat from an older couple and it really has a terrible name. I can't wait to get those decals off of the side but I don't want to curse myself with bad luck. What do you guys think? Leave it alone or make it my own and rename it?;?
It is not bad luck to change the name when you buy it from someone else and change THEIR name.

But if you change the name that YOU named it................then you may get what you deserve.
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It is not bad luck to change the name when you buy it from someone else and change THEIR name.

But if you change the name that YOU named it................then you may get what you deserve.
Also, the safest way to rename a boat is with a legitimate name not "WHY KNOT?" or something which is only good on a new boat.

My boat is named after a beautiful woman that left the Earth way too early. She looks after us at sea and keeps King Neptune in line.

Who has you back offshore when your boat is named "DON'T TELL THE WIFE"?

My point is that I believe the Gods will show respect if the new name is given in respect.

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