Naming a boat can be fun and bring out creativity, and what about re-naming a second-hand boat; let’s look at what to consider!
It would be wise not to make a hasty decision that could cause regret latter; think of a name you can be proud of, easy to pronounce… something that speaks to you! Why not think of a favourite location, what type of boat you have and the pleasure and adventure it will bring you!
What should you consider; Naming a Boat?
First think of safety!
Make the name easy to pronounce and relay in times of an emergency, your life could potentially depend on this. You don’t want a name that can be misinterpreted or hard to pronounce when calling it out on the emergency radio. Complicated spellings can also cause confusion, especially when you are using the phonetic alphabet to call the Coastguard in a crisis.
Think the feminine touch!
Boats are traditionally ‘she’s’ but you don’t have to go overboard with this. A lot of boats bear a women’s name, maybe something personal to the skipper. Too cute doesn’t generally work either.
Some names are very common and you see them repeatedly over different boats. When naming your boat think outside the square and look for something original, something personal and unique to your boat! Some of the sail boats commonly seen have been called ‘Cool Running,’ ‘Keel Over,’ ‘Ocean Runner’ and ‘Ocean Spirit,’ ‘Wind Dancer and ‘Wind Breaker’ to name a few.
Re-Naming a Boat!
But what about if you have bought a boat and you don’t even like saying the name with a vengeance… It is so awful and inappropriate it sticks in your throat when asked?
So how do I go about changing it?
Nautical folklore is heavily wrapped up in superstitions! One of the most famous superstitions is that if you re-name your boat it will anger the Gods of the sea, and will curse the boat with bad luck forever. What if you don’t like the name of a boat are you stuck with it?
Mythology says you can rename a boat without being cursed with bad luck as long as you undergo a special re-naming ceremony!
Superstition says renaming a boat is tantamount to defying the deities. According to myth, every vessel’s name is recorded in the Ledger of the Deep, which is Poseidon’s (the Greek god of the sea) personal record book. To actually Boat Decals change a boat’s name, you must purge its original name from the ledger.
Pour the champagne overboard to appease Neptune while splashing some on the boat hull. An alternative is to smash a bottle of champagne on the boat hull, so Neptune and the boat both get their appropriate portions.
Then, while you’re surrounded by family and friends, christen your boat as if it was the first time. This process is fraught with danger and tradition, and getting it right is a serious business. However, you should take the advice below with a huge pinch of (sea) salt!
Here is a basic summary for you to follow;
• Remove all traces of the old name. Obviously, only do this once you have formally changed the registration but do not bring anything on board with the new name until this is done.
• Perform a ritual ceremony! See below.
• Offer a sacrifice – champagne is the norm but a tot of rum, wine red or white might suffice, don’t forget to have enough for you and your friends.
• Attach the new name as soon as possibl