Congratulations on your new boat! Here’s wishing you many years of happy voyages on her.
The naming of a vessel, whether a sea going liner or a smaller river dinghy, is an important occasion.
It is not easy choosing a name but when that most important of decisions has been made it is time to celebrate with a naming ceremony.
Your boat may not be new, so before you give her your new name you might like to have a de-naming ceremony first. Once that is done we you might like to appease the gods with an ancient ritual. Perhaps a Christian blessing is important to you, or to placate all deities a mixture of everything.
Whatever you want we will provide you with a unique ceremony, reflecting your own beliefs, superstitions and wishes.
Extract: Boat De-Naming
In the name of all who have sailed
aboard this ship in the past, and in
the name of all who may sail aboard
her in the future, we invoke the ancient
gods of the wind and the sea to favour
us with their blessing today. Creator
God, Creator of Mighty Neptune, king
of all that moves in or on the waves;
and mighty Aeolus, guardian of the
winds and all that blows before them:
We offer you our thanks for the protection
you have afforded this vessel in the
past. We voice our gratitude that she
has always found shelter from tempest
and storm and enjoyed safe passage
to port ...
Extract: Boat Naming Ceremony
Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas
and oceans, to whom all ships and we
who venture upon your vast domain are
required to pay homage.
We implore you in your graciousness to
take unto your records and recollection
this worthy vessel, guarding her with
your mighty arm and trident and ensuring
her of safe and rapid passage throughout
her journeys within your realm.
We now appease the Gods of the Winds
(who are all brothers) to ensure smooth
seas and fair winds:
Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through
whose power our frail vessels traverse
the wild and faceless deep, we implore
you to grant this worthy vessel the benefits
and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring
us of your gentle ministration according
to our needs ...