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Old 03-19-2006, 11:19 PM
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Default Is it bad luck to rename a boat

I got the boat and I dont like the name Tuffy.
So is it bad luck to rename her?
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:33 PM
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I'd take my chances. CV
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:26 AM
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bad luck.... lore has it.... so are the words pig(while on a boat) and eating bannanas...
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:49 AM
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I alway renamed my boats when I bought them second hand.. Once I name it. I don.t change it.
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:56 PM
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So renaming a banana boat the Sea-Pig is out of the question?

OK Roc I think you owe us a little explanation as to why saying pig and eating bananas on a boat is considered bad luck. Heard about the renaming but not the others.
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Old 03-30-2006, 06:35 PM
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I've heard the banana one but I don't know why it is. I was reading a book not too long ago about the 1998 Australian Hobart race that went terribly wrong, and a guy on one of the boats discovered Bananas and proceeded to throw them overboard. Another boat discovered one of the crewman's wives baked a Banana bread, that went overboard too. :)
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:52 PM
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So renaming a banana boat the Sea-Pig is out of the question?
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:17 PM
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It is considered bad luck, but can be done so long as proper procedure is followed. Do an online search regarding this. It essentially involves removing all traces of the name of the boat and asking the gods to remove its name from their roles. Alcohol is involved (first for the gods and then for you!). Do not put anything with the new name on board until after the cerimony. One site, as I remember, states that you can remove the old name and apply the ew name to the transom so long as it is completely covered until after the cerimony is followed.

That said, I didn't go through this with my last boat before renaming her and ran into bum luck. I'm not renaming the new(er) boat.
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:20 PM
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I have worked in the boat industry for years, and evey time a boat changes hands it gets re-named, especialy the yachts, it is bad luck to change it when you still own it, so says the lore.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:05 AM
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Anything beats "Tuffy"... That is ridiculous...
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:50 AM
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Default Re: Is it bad luck to rename a boat

I was told that it is bad luck to rename the boat unless the previous name is either engraved on a wooden part of the boat or engraved on a piece of wood that is on the boat.


The Case
Against Bananas

Bringing a banana aboard a fishing boat won't win you any friends among anglers-but it might score you a wedgie.

This article was taken from Boating World Magazine

The mere mention of a banana muffin on board was enough to send legendary south Florida fishing guide "Bouncer" Smith scrambling toward the cooler that held the offending item. With his face flushed and a vein bulging from his forehead, he hurled the hapless muffin overboard, much to the objection of its rightful owner. Was this the act of an isolated bananaphobe? Well you can forget about black cats crossing your path or broken mirrors, because to many fishermen around the world, there is nothing unluckier than a banana on board a boat.
Having been cultivated in the Indus Valley as far back as 2000 B.C. , the banana's nickname is "the fruit of the wise" Somewhat ironic when you consider that it is technically classified as an herb (although clearly a member of the "hand-fruit" genus) and is a favorite food of monkeys, whose major leisure activities include hurling bodily waste products and offending sexually uptight visitors at the zoo.
The origin of this superstition is uncertain, but many believe that it began in olden times, when bananas were transported by rickety, overcrowded, top-heavy boats plying the tropics (now known as cruise ships). These boats would frequently sink, leaving behind a residue of floating yellow commas, thus leading witnesses to deduce that hauling bananas was unlucky. A more scientific explanation is that since bananas give off ethylene gas when they ripen, it causes other perishable foodstuffs to spoil more quickly. This expended-gas theory could be why it's also considered unlucky to have a politician on board. Yet another theory suggests that crates of bananas would also contain unwanted pests, such as spiders, snakes, flies, mice and Beanie Babies.
Although the banana superstition is worldwide, nowhere is it taken more seriously than in Hawaii. Some believe the Aloha State's anti-banana sentiment has its roots in legend when the god Pele (apparently before his soccer career) brought his brother to the islands to be the deity in charge of sport fishing. Rumor has it that he was deficient in, how shall we say, the male hydraulics department, giving him a severe case of banana envy. A clue to how Hawaiians feel about the subject can be found on the Kona Fishing Charter website. Although fairly ambiguously written, it states "Absolutely positively, no ifs, ands ,or buts, do not bring bananas on board". Let's just say if questioned by a Large Samoan deckhand folding a filet knife, it might be better NOT to reveal the fact that you had a Bananas Foster for breakfast.
In Florida, charter boat crews have extended the prohibition beyond bananas and related food products to include objects that merely have the word banana on it, such as Banana Boat sunscreen, or items from Banana Republic, During fishing tournaments, anti-banana feelings run high. Not leaving any stone unturned, each person on board is quizzed as to what brand of underwear they are wearing. Should some clueless individual mention they are wearing Fruit of the Loom, a rather unpleasant operation is performed on them. First, they are seized by a couple of stout deckhands and given a punitive "wedgie" to prepare the surgical field. A razor-sharp filet knife is then used to excise the label, which curiously doesn't even have a banana on it. Experts recommend not struggling during this procedure, particularly if after a hard night of carousing the underwear is on backwards.
Some bold individuals spit in the eye of this superstition such as the Banana Lure Co., which features trolling lures that look like half a Chiquita. Attempts to inquire about how business is going have gone unanswered…..

And as far as saying "pig" on a boat....

I've never heard that one before, but because Roc said it then it's probably true. I do know some sailors get a tattoo of a pig on one foot and a rooster on the other foot. Supposedly because back in the day those two animals when transported by ship were carried in wooden crates that for whatever reason floated. Whenever a boat sunk the roosters and pigs were always found on dry land
In boot camp one of my combat water survival instructors (who was a bad mother f***er by the way) had a pig and rooster tattood on each of his feet. And when I say bad mother f***er I mean it.
Think like a fish....

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Old 03-24-2009, 09:42 PM
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Is it ok to rename it if it sank once or twice???
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:45 PM
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u must keep the old name on the boat for at least a year of new ownership, then you can change it.....according to the superstition around these parts!
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:23 AM
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When booking a trip we have learned to educate the passengers on banannas. DO NOT BRING BANANNAS. We have proven this time and time again when it comes to catching fish. I know on Charter guy that will cancel the trip.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:54 PM
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change it when you buy it then leave it be. Buy another boat b4 having to change the name again.........
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