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Boat Naming

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.

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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

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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 ...

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