While my wife and I were both together on the boat, it seemed like the best time to perform the renaming ceremony. For anyone that isn't familiar with all the superstition surrounding sailing vessels and the high seas, there is a lot of it. And naming, or renaming, a vessel is one of those items steeped in tradition and lore. Since we had already submitted the paperwork to the Coast Guard to change the name (which I hear might be processed in a few more months), it was about time to make the name change happen.
The basic concept is that you need to appease the gods of the seas and wind (Poseidon/Neptune, Boreas, Zephyrus, Eurus, Notus) and it seems, just like with many a sailor, drink is the appeasement of choice for the sailing gods. So the ceremony consists of asking the gods to be good to the boat while pouring copious amounts of champagne or wine into the water or flinging it through the air. There are some other "options" and variations on the theme, but they all seem to have that in common. I do wonder why it is not rum...but then I don't really want to waste perfectly good rum do I?
Here is a write-up on the ceremony we used:
To get the old name off of the boat was easier than I thought it would be. I ended up using a plastic scraper and my newly acquired heat gun (if you own a boat and intend to do any work on hoses, you'll need one of these) to remove the old lettering. A little heat loosened the glue and the letters peeled off fairly easily. A little goo gone took care of what little residual glue remained.
Applying the letters is pretty straight forward. We got the lettering from Lettering On the Cheap (which may be a bit of a misnomer but weren't bad, had easy to use online design tools, and delivered pretty quickly). The letters come attached to a big clear temporary sticker used for positioning. Following the online video instructions on their site, we were able to get the new lettering applied to the boat a few hours before the ceremony was supposed to start. Of course, we had to immediately cover up the new lettering so as not to offend the gods until the ceremony was complete.
Our first attempt at the ceremony was postponed due to the cold and rain (so much for "Sunny Florida" during "the dry season") but several guests showed up anyway so we ended up having an impromptu party...or maybe it was the pre-naming celebration.
The next day the rains held off so we were able to complete the ceremony. Unfortunately we didn't have quite as many people show up as the previous day, but it was a fun time anyway. We
|Opening one of the sacrificial bottles of champagne.|
|A few friends waiting on the dock while we did the ceremony.|
|Champagne, wine, beer...something will appease the gods, right?|
|Hopefully the first of many gatherings of friends on Rover.|
A special thanks to Britton and Dieter for providing some of the pictures...and for reaching out when they noticed I was in their area. The cruising community is very cool because of people like them (and most every cruiser or wannabe cruiser I've had the fortune of meeting thus far has been very cool).