Not trying to hyjack this thread but I just bought my first laser (1992 ). The boat name, courtesy of the previous owner, is "The Full Monty"....I had no intentions on keeping the name but, my brother is telling me that it's bad luck to rename a boat...any opinions on this?
King Neptune (or other God of the sea, whomever suits you), keeps a log book of all the vessels sailing and keeps watch of them.
If you were to re-name your boat, then it would not be listed in his book and he'd not recognise it from random debris people dump out there and not protect you.
The trick is to make an offering to King Neptune when you name your boat; be it it's launch or re-naming. Pouring some champagne over the bow is a common offering.
So I restored an old catamaran called "Tega Too". A Pelican stood watching me rig when I first launched it, and as I flew low over the water with hull in the air, the Pelican soared above, following. Awesome! I wanted to name it after the Pelican flying, so called it "Pelikinetic" (Pelican + kinetic). It was at an away regatta, the Batemans Bay Anzac Regatta, that I first wrote this new name on an entry form, and then went and painted the name on the side of the boat. For my offering I shared some of my lucnh with the Seagulls and asked them to pass the message on. We won our division that weekend.
My next boat was called "Slippery When Wet" >cringe<, and because this Paper Tiger had flouro coloured ropes all over it, I said whoah "Tigerdelic!" Some bread for the Black Swans on Lake Burley Griffin (Canberra) was offered at her launch, and then we won that regatta.
My Laser didn't have a name, but it's called "Firefly", after the Joss Whedon space western TV series. As in, "this is your Captain speaking. We might experience a little turbulence, and then, explode...." I poured a little bit of beer into the lake as my offering on that one. We haven't won a damn thing, but hey, it hasn't sunk!