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Letters What is the Proper Way to Change a Boat Name?


I recently purchased a Ranger 33 and discussed changing boat names with my father, Bruce Ford. He referred to a recent story in your November issue, “What’s in a Boat Name,” by Karen Sullivan, and suggested I contact you in finding out how to appease Neptune. As it happened, I also read the same story. I normally don’t find myself as superstitious, however, Bruce did manage to instill a little superstitious fear in changing boat names. With that said, do you or Karen Sullivan know of any special ceremonies, short of sacrificial virgins, that can be performed to make Neptune a happy God, to provide fair weather for the Abby Normal and Capt’n & Crew? Current boat name still on the transom: Staccato


documented (Musical term: short separate musical notes. Italian meaning: detached) New name: Abby Normal, documented (from Young Frankenstein, when Igor delivered the brain to Dr. Frankenstein, he delivered the AbNormal brain, hence “Abby Normal”). The Staccato was very neglected and I am giving her a new life. The name was thought of while sitting in the car for five hours with my fiance, not going anywhere during last month’s snow storm, after delivering sails to Schattauer’s for repair. Was this a sign?


Gary Ford Abby Normal


King Neptune presiding over a denaming ceremony. Once the boat is denamed, the traditional christening ceremony my take place.


Gary, you are so lucky to have an old seadog like Bruce watching over you. Who knows what disasters may have befallen you had you renamed the boat and not appeased King Neptune with a proper denaming ceremony. You need to go to our website, www.48north.com and click on Article Archive. There you’ll find the “Interdenominational Boat Denaming Ceremony” by John Vigor. We’ve had John’s article up since 1997 and it is still the most read, and religiously adhered to, article we’ve ever had.


48° NORTH, JANUARY 2011 PAGE 14


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