As I stood in my driveway, armed with a hot air gun and nail polish remover, struggling to remove the nasty name off the boat's hull, a neighbour and fellow sailor hurried over to warn me of the peril of my actions.
"You can't change the name! You'll be cursed! You'll have nothing but bad luck forever!"
Apparently, sailors are a superstitious lot. And I wasn't buying it. I mean...it was a really horrible name! I was willing to tempt fate to change it. I was willing to stand toe to toe with Neptune, shake my fist in his face and dare him to curse my boat! But, (just in case) I googled "how to safely rename your boat".
After being warned again of the perils of changing a boat's name, I found some helpful advice that recommended a bit of hocus pocus that would protect the boat from Neptune's wrath. It involved destroying all traces of the original name, reciting an incantation, and sacrificial champagne - lots and lots of champagne.
With that done, the real job began - deciding on a new name. Not an easy feat. Some of our considerations were La Dolce Vita, Carpe Diem, and Bella Kara (it was during my Italian phase) before finally deciding on the name Interlude (even though one friend told me it sounded too Tiger Woodsy). Well...phwwwttt to her.
Power boaters, on the other hand, seem to prefer using really bad puns as names. And you know I love really bad puns. Here are some of my favourites:
Then there's the tradition of naming your boat after your lover:
So, what's your favourite boat name?