It's bad luck!
The weather gawds are going to get you.
You will sink.
You will spontaneously combust.
Your boat will disentegrate within 15 minutes.
Sometimes we have to supercede the superstitions.
Go with the flow.
Do a dance.
Waste some champagne.
Hire a preacher to bless the boat.
Burn a monkey on the foredeck.
Sometimes boats do have to be re-named.
Well, actually a lot of times.
Take for example the following boat names we have seen:
"Sail Bad the Sinner"
Remember, someday you might have to say this name in a bit of a panic to either Vessel Assist or gawd forbid, the Coast Guard!
You want the Coast Guard to take you seriously.
You don't want them to start laughing when you say "Makin' Luff".
Try saying "Hot Ruddered Bum" three times.
Or requesting help over the SSB radio by saying "My Assiss Dragon".
Remember when cruising, these boat names actually become your last name.
We are still known to some people as "The Thistles"...
and we haven't even owned that boat for the last six years!
Speaking of "Thistle"...
Her ex-name was removed within 15 minutes of pulling into our slip.
Yep, the day we purchased the boat!
I felt by NOT changing the boat it would be bad luck.
I was not going to leave the harbor in a boat named "Rogue Wave".
In fact, I didn't even go on the seatrial (but not for that reason).
Not this time.
A simple scrape off of the name and slap on a new one.
Twelve years of better luck.
This time it was the simple "Blue Tape" ceremony.
Tape over the old name.
Tape on the new name.Worked for us.
For about two weeks...
Until we got our real name.
Almost seven years of good luck.
Fast forward a few years to Dave and Cherryl's new boat.
The boat that replaced "Thistle".
The boat that was named "U.S. Mama Duck".
Back to wanting the Coasties to take you seriously.
Back to having to be able to say it three times in a row over SSB or VHF radio.
"U.S. Mama Duck, U.S. Mama Duck, U.S. Mama
Uh yeah, not going to happen.
Back to it becoming your last name.
"Hi, we are Dave and Cherryl U.S. Mama Duck".
Uh thinking that wasn't going to happen either.
So a New Year's Eve ceremony was in order to officially christen the Duck to
First a toast.Well, actually several.
I did hear some mumbling from the guests about not realizing the ceremony was going to be a drinking game...
Then a smash!
No foredeck dancing.
No preacher's blessing.
No monkey burning necessary.
Just simple ceremonies all in our own individual ways.