With the start of every new boating season we see our friends sporting new vessels. Some are new, but most are of the pre-owned status. Those that fall into the pre-owned status often times come with odd, if not down right undesirable names.
To help you feel comfortable in making your vessel your own, follow the De-Naming procedure, followed by the Christening below.
“In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today.
“Mighty Neptune, king of all that moves in or on the waves; and mighty Aeolus (pronounced EE-oh-lus), guardian of the winds and all that blows before them: “We offer you our hitherto been known (_____), be struck and removed from your records.
“Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with another name, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the selfsame privileges she previously enjoyed.
“In return for which, we rededicate this vessel to your domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea.
“In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea.”
Now it is time to Re-Name or Christen the vessel with the following. “I name this ship ___________ and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who sail on her.”
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