Appeasing the sea gods
Renaming a boat is not something to done lightly. Since the beginning of time, sailors have sworn that there are unlucky ships and the unluckiest ships are those who have defied the nautical Gods and changed their names improperly.
Since this is an auspicious occasion, we invited family and friends to join us to witness and help us celebrate the re-naming of our boat.
Here’s a pictorial representation of the day:
We appropriately provided lots of liquid spirits and generously bestowed compliments to the boat so that she understands how we as the new owners appreciate her. First, we performed the de-naming ceremony. This is done to purge the former name from the Ledger of the Deep and Poseidon’s memory. First, we removed all physical traces of her former name from the boat as best we could. Then we wrote the former name on a large metal washer. We toasted to her previous name and Bob and Bev, the previous owners, who we are thankful to for providing such loving care of her prior to our purchase. Then the metal washer was dropped into the sea to appropriately retire the previous name.
<Lots of toasting and drinking>
We then proceeded with the re-naming ceremony. We asked the Gods of wind and sea to bless our boat and guard her with their mighty arm and trident and ensuring her of safe and rapid passage throughout her journeys within their realm.
<Lots of pouring of wine and champagne to appease the Gods>
Let it be recorded, that on this day, June 2, 2012 and forevermore, this fine vessel is named “Painkiller” Toast – To Neptune!
<Lots more toasting and drinking>