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Old 06-15-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

I've read where its bad luck to change the name on a boat and one has to go through some "rituals" in order to do it.* Also read if you are purchasing a boat thats already named, and want to change it, thats okay.* Any truth to any of this.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

I have changed the name on every boat I have boat and have never been "cursed". I think the pirates started this simply because they wanted a reason to drink more rum....and then the rum manufacturers picked up on it....

A little more seriously, I have heard that it is bad luck to change the name of the boat that you currently own....ie....let's say you buy a new boat and name it and then turn around and change the name a year later.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:30 PM   #3
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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

I am buying a boat next week and I intend to change the name.* I will have a purging ceremony and a naming ceremony and be sure to spill much champaign into the water while we're at it.* I'm not superstitious, but hey, it can't hurt and it looks like it could be a lot of fun.**

When you think about it, naming a boat in the first place is a little strange.* I mean, you don't name your car do*you?* So as long as we're treating our boats like they have*souls (and they do), we might as well take great care treat them with the respect they deserve and also any gods that might want them on their register.* My boat is much more than a thing that floats in the water, so I want to bring its new name into the world with as much celebration as possible!
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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A name is all about the owner, not the boat. The boat could care less--- it's just a bunch of fiberglass, wood, and metal components fastened together in one lump. The soul of a boat is in the beholder, not in the boat. The boat isn't going to do anything different no matter what name you give it or how many times you change it. This "soul" crap is no different than Disney humanizing elephants, mice, and dogs. Whatever "soul" you give a boat is in your mind, not the boat's.

We chose the name of our boat because it means something to us, not because it has anything to do with the boat. If we'd bought a completely different kind of boat, we'd have given it the same name. In fact we came up with the name years before we decided to buy a cruising boat. Buying the GB finally gave us something to put the name on. If we ever buy a different boat, we'll give it the same name.

So change the name whatever you want. If you decide to change it later, no bad luck will ensue unless you screw up or make mistakes. The boat's not going to do anything on its own. If you want to have fun with a name changing party, that's fine--- it's a good excuse to have a party. But whatever happens to you with your boat in the future, it will have nothing to do with the name you give it or the ceremony you did or didn't have.

I know people who left the name of their boat what it was when they bought it, and I know some people who've changed the name of their boat three times since they bought it. All these folks have done just fine.

And I've found a surprising number of people do, in fact, name their cars
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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

Thank you all for your opinions. Hubby is retired law enforcement so wanted to come up with something catchey.
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:42 PM   #6
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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

Take it easy Marin.

Sure the boat has a soul, because I think it has one.* And some boats have no soul.* But mine does because I think it does, so I do agree with you that it is all about what I think.* Just as an old house that has been lived in for a long time has a soul, or call it character or whatever you want.* I didn't mean it is like a talking choo-choo train...

I was just trying to say have fun with it.* No need for analysis.
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And Rocky, welcome aboard. Great to have a woman on here!!! You will get to know the personalities soon enough...some good folks on here.
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Well thank you John. Am getting a wealth of information from everyone. What do ya'll think of the name Wuzz-A-Fuzz. I actually thought this was rather clever on my part

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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

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Well thank you John. Am getting a wealth of information from everyone. What do ya'll think of the name Wuzz-A-Fuzz. I actually thought this was rather clever on my part

-- Edited by Rocky on Tuesday 15th of June 2010 04:22:07 PM
Sounds good to me. "Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear" and all that.

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Not bad t all!!!!!. Just keep thinking and get it narrowed down to your favorites!!!!
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Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

I think there is as much unfounded superstition re name changes as there was about women being on a boat being bad luck. So relax on both counts Rocky. I consider a boat name a bit like when naming our children. That is how will it sound when calling in on the radio, and what bastardry could smart asses do with it?* I also like it to have a bit of pizazz, but without being 'twee'.


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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

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That is how will it sound when calling in on the radio, and what bastardry could smart asses do with it?* I also like it to have a bit of pizazz, but without being 'twee'.


-- Edited by Peter B on Wednesday 16th of June 2010 05:58:16 AM
What ever names you*come up with*say them three times as in an emergency and see if it still sounds clear and concise.* Some 20 year old or 80 year old Aux at the Coast Guard Station needs to under stand it the first time.*

Wuzz-A-Fuzz might work.*
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:33 PM   #13
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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

Our survey went SUPER today, and we are going ahead with the purchase. As far as the name, he, the hubby, likes Wazz-A-Fuzz. Do most of you here on the forum go with the vinyl lettering or painting it on?
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Depends on the surface,the look you want, and how much you want to spend. We went with vinyl lettering with a dark gray drop shadow for the name/nav lights boards*I made right after we got the boat. Carved letters would have been nicer but the vinyl was easier and cheaper. I built the boards, varnished them, and then turned them over to the sign shop for the installation of the lettering. Better they make the mistake and fix it than me.

The boards are 12 years old now and the lettering, which has several coats of varnish over it now, is still holding up okay. My wife made Sunbrella covers for each name board to protect them from the weather when we're not using the boat, and that makes a huge difference in the longevity of both the finish and the lettering.

Were we to do it again, or when we do it again, we'll go with a lighter shade of gold or we'll use silver. The gold vinyl is not the easiest thing to read from any distance once there's some varnish over it.

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RE: Whats the truth about name changes on boats?

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Our survey went SUPER today, and we are going ahead with the purchase. As far as the name, he, the hubby, likes Wazz-A-Fuzz. Do most of you here on the forum go with the vinyl lettering or painting it on?
Vinyl. Get a professional sign shop to do it and your choices are limitless. It'll also be much easier to remove down the line if someone wants to change the name.

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Our survey went SUPER today, and we are going ahead with the purchase. As far as the name, he, the hubby, likes Wazz-A-Fuzz. Do most of you here on the forum go with the vinyl lettering or painting it on?
Congratulations!* Like you, after the survey went well, the first thing I thought about was how to replace the name plates etc.* That was my first post on this forum.* I hope I'll receive the word sometime today that the deal has been closed and that I will be owner of (another) boat.

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Old 06-23-2010, 01:14 PM   #17
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Well keep us posted Woody. Two boats, yikes. We're trying to now sell our little 30' wooden cruiser, not much value in her, but maybe she'll work for someone. The purchase of a boat is a fairly detailed process, as we've discovered; surveys, loans, etc. Seems like we were hangin on a thread there for weeks, wondering "do we have her or do we not."
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Well keep us posted Woody. Two boats, yikes. We're trying to now sell our little 30' wooden cruiser, not much value in her, but maybe she'll work for someone. The purchase of a boat is a fairly detailed process, as we've discovered; surveys, loans, etc. Seems like we were hangin on a thread there for weeks, wondering "do we have her or do we not."
The deal is closed.* I am the proud owner of a wonderful Monk 36.* I will deliver her on Friday, about a 5 hour trip to our hailing port.* The other boat is 15 yr old* 19' Grady White.** The Grady serves a totally different boating need.* It is pampered and is kept indoors and forklifted out whenever I need it.**

I wish you good luck, and a steady hand at the helm.
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Well HooRah Woody. Good for you, hope you are as excited as we are. Be safe on your voyage to home port.
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Well HooRah Woody. Good for you, hope you are as excited as we are. Be safe on your voyage to home port.
*Thanks!* The voyage was 5+ hours, plus a stop to top off.* It went really well, aside from the motors not stopping (see thread about stopping solenoids).* I spent night one on the transient dock, and the next day I took her for a short cruise and then backed her into her new slip without incident.* Then we removed the port and starboard wooden name plates and peeled off part of the old name from the transom.* I have ordered new vinyl name decals and will strip the varnish off the old name plates.* Next weekend we will purge the old name and apply the new plates and decal on the transom.* At that point I will spill some more champaign into the ocean and maybe a little on the bow, and then the mate and I will drink the rest, along with the dockmaster and whoever else can make it.
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