you have a new boat... with an old name?
If this is "where you're
at": You just found your dream boat (got a good deal on it) but when
you walked around to the stern, it had a horrible boat name plastered on
the transom. Ughh! Now, you have the perfect name in mind,
but you've heard that it's 'bad luck' to change a boat's name.
What to do? Are you
superstitious? Well it seems sailors (boaters) especially are.
The sea is so unforgiving and it's good to be very careful and very prepared,
and, so it seems, superstitions arise. A dutiful sailor will
do all he can before 'hitting the water' to make sure he and his boat are
ready. And since the old sailors tale is... it's bad luck to change
the name of the boat without a ceremony, the reasoning becomes: "better
safe than sorry". So, should you be superstitious about changing
the name of your boat? We hesitate to answer because this is a personal
decision. But since we are in the business of naming boats and also
because so many folks encourage outlandish boat naming ceremonies, we thought
we'd better weigh-in on what is becoming a common question. So again,
the question, should you be superstitious about changing the name of your
Our first thought is: NO,
why should you be. If you're a Christian and believe the 'Good Book',
than those old gods and goddesses of the sea the superstitions are based
on, are nothing to be worried about... in the long run (gulp), so why be
superstitious about them. But, again, the sea is a very unforgiving
place. Would it hurt to have a simple ceremony just to make sure...
or just for a little extra help when out on the water? Well, come
that first big storm, and the wind and water are blowing and the anxiety
rises, you might wish you had done something earlier. So, what about
a simple ceremony for changing the boat's name? Should a denaming
and naming ceremony be part of your being prepared for taking your new
boat out into the water?
Well, we've done extensive
research on these boat re-naming ceremonies. And they all involve
these steps: an invocation, an expression of gratitude, a supplication,
before the official re-dedication (or name change) and then finally some
kind of libation. What could be wrong with this? Much!
These made-up ceremonies are steeped in pagan worship to false gods such
as Neptune, Aeolus, Eos, Tuhengri, Yanna, and Koma . And if you read
the 'Good Book', you know it pegs these false gods as really demons (fallen
angels, former sons of God), who want the worship of us humans for themselves.
And such 'worship' (invocation, expressions of gratitude, and supplications)
to these gods and goddesses is said to be 'disgusting' to the Almighty
God. (double gulp).
So, if your superstitious
about renaming your boat, the real question is: 'Whom to you want to offend
more'? The answer should be obvious: "The Almighty God of the Bible,
Jehovah, should not be offended". So, if you still feel you need
to go the 'extra mile', and have a simple renaming ceremony, why not follow
the steps of (1) calling out to God (invocation) and (2) thank him for
any blessing you can think of (expression of gratitude) and finally (3)
ask him to keep you and yours safe while on the water (supplication) before
plastering the new name on the transom. And since this is a prayer to The
Almighty God, don't forget to say at the end "In Jesus' Name" so the invocation
will make it to Him. But be sure not to call out to any false or
made up god!
What about the Libation (having
a drink or two). God strictly forbids mixing alcohol with worship,
so if you do drink in moderation, why not wait till after the ceremony
Of course, for most folks
a renaming ceremony is just plain silly. Many an experienced sailor
will tell you they have transversed thousands of deep sea miles with never
a prayer to ANY god (real or imagined) and never had a problem. But
if your religious or superstitious (an old form of religious), than a simple
ceremony may be in order for you. But be careful not to offend the
one that made the heavens, earth, and the sea.
So, in conclusion, is a boat
renaming ceremony in order? No. It really is not needed.
Why follow a ritual that involves prayer (even to the Almighty God) that
is possibly made-up by the false gods themselves? But, it never hurts
to pray - in fact the 'Good Book' recommends: "pray incessantly".
And certainly, it does not cause any trouble to rename your boat.
If you want to put the two together, that's up to you. Yes, be very
careful about boating and being in the water. Rely on practical wisdom
and clear thinking ability and not on superstitions to insure a safe experience
with your new boat.
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