Boat Renaming Ceremony – Traditional Script

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So you have found the perfect boat of your dreams but the only issue with this boat is you hate the name this boat has.  You’re at the Mariner Club having a nice cold beer among your boating mates when the boat name discussion starts. You are then quickly told that changing a boat name can bring bad luck and need to do so with a renaming a boat ceremony. boat Renaming Ceremony- Ritual PoseidonMany over the years have this belief and upon further research, you discover why.

And this is due to the ledger of the deep that is maintained by Poseidon the greek ancient God of the sea.  You quickly learn more and that Poseidon keeps a ledger. In this ledger contains a large complete list of ships and boats that have ever sailed, indexed by the name of the ship. It is a ritual to remove the boat name from the ledger if you are superstitious.

1. Remove any Mention of your old boat name found on:

  • Life rafts
  • Life Buoy
  • Tools
  • Mechanical Parts
  • Furniture
  • Life Jackets
  • The boat name on the boat itself
  • Equipment
  • ID/Dog Tag
  • Paperwork/Log Books (You can block out the old boat name with a marker or whiteout)

From this moment forward do not take anything onto your boat that has the new name until this process is completed.

2. Begin Purging of Old Boat Name.

Using water-soluble ink write the old vessel name on a dog tag. This needs to wash out in the water. Invite your friends to witness.

You will need 2 bottles of quality wine or champagne.

Recite the following out loud –  Thank You Poseidon for protecting this Vessel on past travels and journeys and for protecting its seafarers. We now ask you Poseidon the great ruler of the sea to purge and completely remove this vessel’s old name which I am standing on, which is (read out old boat name) and to completely remove, delete and purge from your records archives and ledgers forever. As proof and to show our gratitude we offer to you this token name tag bearing her old boat name which I am now throwing into the ocean. Thank you Poseidon for completing this process for us and purging this name from your records for us.

To show our gratitude and acknowledgement in the completion of removing this vessel’s name from your archive records ledger we offer you this as a thank you and a gift. You can now half the bottle of champagne/wine into the sea starting from East to West.

3. Begin renaming a boat ceremony.

NEXT – Poseidon great ruler of the seas. We ask you to add into your records archive ledger from now and forever our vessel’s new name. This new name for our vessel is (read out new boat name) who will be only known from now and forever as (your new vessel’s name). We ask you Poseidon that you guard and protect her and her seafarers with your mighty powerful arm and trident throughout her journeys while travelling within your environments.

Thank you for completing this process for us and for your gratitude and acknowledgement and completion of adding this name into your archive records ledger we offer you this as a thank you and a gift. You can now pour half the bottle of champagne/wine into the sea starting from West to East.

Share some champage or wine with friends.

5. – Complete Boat Renaming – Appease the Gods of the Winds.

We ask the gods of all of the winds in which one’s power enables this vessel to travel across the vast oceans to grant this vessel named (add boat name) the benefits and pleasures you have to offer that suits her needs safely.

Face north and pour more wine or champagne into the sea and fling some towards the north and say.

Boreas the great ruler of the North Winds. We ask you to grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. In your power spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.

Face west and pour more wine or champagne into the sea and fling to the west. Then say.

Zephyrus the great ruler of the West Winds. I ask you grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. We ask that you spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.

Face east and pour more wine or champagne into the sea and fling to the east. Then say.

Eurus the great ruler of the East Winds. Grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels.  We ask that you grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Now please spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.

Face south and pour wine or champagne into the sea and fling to the south. Then say.

Notus the great ruler of the South Winds.  Please grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Please grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Lastly please spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.

The boat renaming ceremony is now complete.

You can now finish off any leftover wine or champagne. You can also start applying your new boat name or adding your boat name to areas of your boat.

This script is also ideal for narrow and rowing boats. You can do this by applying one of our Boat Name Stickers.

 

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