The Official Guide to Christening or Renaming Your Vessel
During the renaming ceremony, you will complete the purging process by asking the gods of the sea to remove the name from their records and then accept the new name as a sign of good favor. What steps do you need to take to rename your boat or charter yacht? We break down the process into a few essential categories: 1 Removing the old name from the boat 2 Perform the name-removal ceremony and call upon the sea gods 3 Appease the wind gods 4 Celebrate 5 Bring the new name on board.
With friends gathered, the old name completely removed from the boat except for a small metal tag with the name written in non-permanent ink, the renaming ceremony can begin. The purging ceremony can take place before the party or can be a part of the renaming evening festivities. Before diving into the processes, the ceremony should begin by invoking the ancient gods of the wind and sea. In the name of all who have sailed aboard this vessel … we invoke the ancient Gods of wind, Aeolus, and the sea, Neptune, also hailed as Poseidon, to favor us with their blessing today.
Now you can begin the de-naming portion of the ceremony. Standing on the bow the new owner or crew must call out to the God of the sea as follows:. Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to expunge for all time from your records and recollection the name here insert the old name of your vessel which has ceased to be an entity in your kingdom.
As proof, thereof, we submit this ingot bearing her name to be corrupted through your powers and forever be purged from the sea. In grateful acknowledgment of your munificence and dispensation, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court. You or the crew must pour at least half of the bottle of Champagne into the sea from East to West. The remainder may be passed among the guests. Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to take unto your records and recollection this worthy vessel hereafter and for all time known as new name , guarding her with your mighty arm and trident and ensuring her of safe and rapid passage throughout her journeys within your realm.
Seal the pact with a libation by drawing attention the libation you offered and provide another libation if needed. Sailing requires favorable winds along with seas. The gods of the winds must be invoked to make sure that the newly named boat is recognized and favored. The four winds are brothers and must be called individually by name.
Standing upon the bow, the new owner or crew calls out:. The gods of the wind are just as vital in sailing as the gods of the sea.
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Therefore, as part of the renaming ceremony for your boat, you must call upon each of the wind brothers and offer a libation to in the direction of their domain North, South, East, or West. Facing North , crews must pour a generous libation of Champagne into a Champagne flute and fling to the North and intone:. Great Boreas, exalted ruler of the North Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your frigid breath.
Facing West, the same amount of Champagne is poured and flung to the West while the crew intones:. Great Zephyrus, exalted ruler of the West Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your wild breath. Great Eurus, exalted ruler of the East Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your mighty breath.
Great Notus, exalted ruler of the South Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your scalding breath. The christening portion of a renaming ceremony is an opportunity to place a good luck charm on your ship and toast to the new crew and captain. Unlike a typical christening, it is not necessary to crack a bottle of champagne on the hull.
It is usually recommended to begin this portion with a song as a serenade—however again this is not a required action for performing the ceremony.
How to do a Boat Renaming and Christening Ceremony for New Boat Name
The captain and mate of the newly named yacht also deserve a toast! As well, make sure you toast to the new boat name as everyone deserves another drink for the hard work put into this transformation. Next, you will toast to the captain, the first mate, and the new name. Afterwards, you can proceed with placing a silver dollar under the mast, or in another safe location. Take care to place the silver dollar somewhere where it cannot be lost or stolen as this is an important symbol of good luck for the boat.
Next, we will place a silver dollar under the mast as a good luck charm, and as a symbol of generosity to this vessel, to show her that we will care for her and attend to her every need and desire. Finally, make sure to toast to all the attending guests who have participated with you in this renaming ceremony.
With permission requested from the gods of the seas and winds and Champagne shared with them to garner their favor, the naming ceremony is complete. The remaining wine should be used to toast the new boat name with the guests. The Gods appreciate a good party in their honor, so turn up the tunes and have fun! Now the new name can be brought on board, and the boat is one step closer to becoming a successful charter yacht. If you are interested in turning your yacht into a luxury yacht charter business contact iYachtClub to find expert advice, proven yacht management experience, and honest guidance and support.
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