I'm not into superstition at all when it comes to renaming boats. When I bought my Kaiser 26 (a wonderful, rare, honest bluewater pocket cruiser) it was named Little Dipper. Now, that's an okay name, but just OK.
Years ago reading through the Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea I came across the entry for Nancy Dawson. That's the name of the tune to which the rum ration was piped in the British Navy for over 200 years. I said then that if I ever had a boat worthy of a name that's what it was going to be.
I changed the name immediately without fanfare or ritual and she didn't seem to mind at all. In fact, I think she loved the new name. We single-handed from Ft. Lah dee dah to the Rio Dulce and back without incident in a nine month vacation and I lived on her for another six years.
It's NOT true that one of the happiest days in a boat owner's life is when he sells the boat. I hated doing it, but financial embarassment and a woman forced me into the situation. Now both the boat and bitch are gone and I'm searching for a new boat on which to sail into my retirement.
Way back in the early and mid 70s I was involved with a boat named Athena in a couple of curious ways.
When I got my first job on a boat, as a deckhand on a dinner cruise vessel here in Fort Lauderdale when we would be returning from our lunch cruise we would pass a 65' sailboat named Athena. On sunny days there would be a very attractive lady sunning herself on deck, and of course, since all men are pigs, we would get out the binoculars and scope her out.
A couple of years later a friend of mine bought Athena and I spent a winter living aboard and painting her.
A couple of years after that, one of my brothers married the girl who used to sun her self on Athena's deck. We've laughed about the fact that I was one of the guys with the binoculars more than once in the retelling of the story over the years.
Wow great site...i looked...you should join the maintenance group or forum...you are way ahead of me. i paid for all my updates, and repairs, and paid a bundle. Congrats.....my cats enclosed src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/2472738998?profile=original" alt="" width="1280" height="960"/>
Hello Jen, I am inviting you as friend...you can click on my picture to read about me...I will go to your site and see your boat...be in touch..Lola...PS this is a great site....I hope to take my boat out for first time in a few weeks.