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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Renaming a boat

Changing the name of a boat is supposed to bring bad luck. It should only be done in the most dire situations. I wouldn't consider my situation dire at all; Strega II actually had a good ring to it. It means "witch" in Italian, not the good kind but the bad kind. Not thrilled with that, we decided to make the boat ours so we decided on a name change.

According to legend, each and every vessel is recorded by name in the Ledger of the Deep and is known personally to Poseidon, or Neptune, the god of the sea. It is logical therefore, if we wish to change the name of our boat, the first thing we must do is to purge its name from the Ledger of the Deep and from Poseidon’s memory. Some Googling and talking to folks around the harbor I found several ways to accomplish this. The most widely referenced way is an involved process beginning with the removal or obliteration of every trace of the boat’s current identity. This is essential and must be done thoroughly. Then a long ceremonial speech. Some of the other options were just breaking a champagne bottle, having a party, having someone dress up as Neptune, and having a virgin pee on the boat.

Since I didn't have any virgins hanging around, we had a little party, drank some champaign and poured a little overboard for our homies lost at sea and any divinities of the deep.
~The Captain
p.s. We decided on Training Wheels.
By the way, runner up names where as follows:

Bibi Dahl
Ursula Andress
Bond Girl
Miss Moneypenny
Frakin’ ship
Caprica’s Red Dress
Strega Too
Off season
Dreams Come Tru
Carpe Vino
Surf Taxi
Surf Stalker
Casino Royale
The World is Not Enough
You only live Twice
As you wish

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