Add our thoughts to those above, and good on ya for keeping up the tradition.
Here's something to think about. My dad as a life long boater. When we bought our boat he died before he had a chance to see it. In his honor, we engraved a ship's bell and it's now mounted on the boat for us to ring when we're ready to leave the slip. It's our way to honor him and to invite him along on the trip.