Renaming A Boat Naming Ceremony – A How to Guide

Renaming a Boat ceremony is a process one can do if they like to change the name of their boat.God of the Seas

There are a number of reasons why boat owners may want to change a boat name. They might be tired of their current boat name or they might of just purchased a great boat and don’t like the name the boat has. This is easy to do but some people are superstitious to say the least and some people think if they change the name of the boat the boat itself may get bad luck. This was raised with me occasionally by my customers when I first setup the Boat Stickers Shop back in 2008.

A Racing Yacht with Bad Luck

Before I delve deeper into this I want to take you back to a famous sailing yacht based in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. The name of the racing yacht name is not relevant. The race in question was the magnificent Sydney to Hobart race. The racing yacht had a magnificent crew and it was skippered by one of the best. What struck me was that over the years the name of the racing yacht changed if I can recall a couple of times due to sponsorship and so on. Throughout the years this yacht would also encounter some bad luck with equipment failure and so on while another racing yacht team with no boat name change would obliterate its competition. I would always ask myself the question. Are these 2 things actually linked and if they are was a boat renaming ceremony ever performed on this particular yacht.

The Power of Belief

This is a topic that could be covered on its own and one that is covered in well being day courses.

Belief is a very powerful tool used by people everyday to achieve and create different things. Some are consciously aware of using this process while others are not. People from all walks of life use belief to make things happen. Think good and good things will eventually happen, think bad and in time bad things may happen and so on. Not going to give my opinion on how this works but from experience it does work.

Poseidon God of the Sea the Urban Legend

Boat Naming - PoseidonAccording to urban legend, myth and through the greek ancient religion a God of the Sea exists and goes by the name of Poseidon. Legend has it that Poseidon has a ledger and inside this ledger contains a large complete list of ships and boats that have ever sailed, indexed by the name of the ship. Poseidon’s job is to protect these ships and its seafarers. These ships though can only be protected if Poseidon knows who is who. These are indexed in the ledger under the correct boat/ship/vessel names.

Poseidon though can only identify each ship by its boat name. This is why your old name needs to be completely removed from the ledger and the new correct one added to the ledger.

Lets Get Started with the Boat Name Removal Process

Step 1 – Boat Renaming – Things You Need

What you need?

  • 2 Bottles of Quality Champagne/Red Wine.
  • Metal Tag or Dog Tag with old name written either in water based ink or printed on a label and attached to tag.
  • Bell for ringing and celebration.

The boat renaming ceremony needs to be performed with you on your boat in the water  at a sand bank, pier or jetty.

Step 2 – Remove Your Boat Name Stickers & All Signage From Your Boat

To get started you first need to completely remove the boat name from your boat. Then proceed to remove any mention of your boat name on anything that is on the boat itself. This includes:

  • Life rafts
  • Life Buoy
  • Tools
  • Mechanical Parts
  • Furniture
  • Life Jackets
  • The boat name on the boat itself
  • Equipment
  • ID/Dog Tag
  • Paperwork/Log Books (You can blockout the old boat name with a marker or whiteout)

It is important to make sure the boat no longer has an reference to its old name. If you have any vinyl boat letters then you can remove these. If you have a painted boat with a painted name you may decide to repaint the area around the boat name itself or completely repaint the boat itself. How you decide to do this is entirely up to you. Any reference of the boat name on any documentation needs to have the old boat name removed as well.

You can use white tape, blockout pen or something similar.

Once you complete this process do not bring anything on the boat that may have the old boat name until the renaming ceremony is complete.

Step 3 – Prepare Your Boat Names Tag

Boat Naming TagUsing water soluble ink write the old name on the tag. The idea behind this that in time the name on this tag which was your old boat name will slowly disappear from the tag itself since the ink is water soluble.

You can also use a paper based stick on label. Then with a water soluble ink or pencil you can print or write down the boat name. You can test and find something that works for you with where you live.

Choose the right setting and invite some friends over as well. You may decide to do this process during sunset or sunrise or on a full moon. You may even decide to dress up for the occasion or have a costume theme. This is up to you but make sure your intent is positive.

During this process if you feel your intuition is telling you to add something into the process that will benefit then  why not do that?

You may also want to light up some candles and burn some incense such as Frankinsense.

Step 4 – Removing the Old Boat Name from Poseidon’s Ledger.

This process involves asking Poseidon and other Gods of the Sea, to completely remove your old boat name from their records/ledger/archive.

Make sure you have a bottle of wine nearby and the name tag of the old name.

Choose a setting if you like such as a sunset during a full moon and complete while boat is in the water.

NEXT –  Thank You Poseidon for protecting this Vessel on past travels and journeys and for protecting its seafarers. We now ask you Poseidon the great ruler of the sea to purge and completely remove this vessel’s old name which I am standing on, which is (read out old name) and to completely remove, delete and purge from your records archives and ledgers forever. As proof and to show our gratitude we offer to you this token name tag bearing her old boat name.

ACTION – Throw the tag into the ocean from the front of your bow as confirmation on what you need Poseidon to do.

This is a very powerful process and the more positive focus, intent and energy you put into the better.

NEXT – Thank you Poseidon for completing this process for us and purging this name from your records for us.  To show our  gratitude and acknowledgement in the completion of removing this vessel’s name from your archive records ledger we offer you this as a thank you and a gift. You can now pour at least half of the bottle of champagne/wine into the sea starting from East to West. You can share the remainder with your guests.

Step 4 – Let the Boat Renaming Process Begin

It is ok for you to perform this next task after completing the name removal process.

If you like you can wait 30 minutes or so. This is entirely up to you.

NEXT – Poseidon great ruler of the seas. We ask you to add into your records archive ledger from now and forever our vessel’s new  name. This new boat name (your new boat name) who will be only known from now and forever as (your new vessel’s name). We ask you Poseidon that you guard and protect her and her seafarers with your mighty powerful  arm and trident throughout her journeys while travelling within your environments.

Thank you for completing this process for us and for your  gratitude and acknowledgement and completion of adding this name into your archive records ledger we offer you this as a thank you and a gift. Now pour half a bottle of wine or champagne into the sea starting from West to East and keep 1 glass for the Captain and head of deck.

Step 5 – Appease the Gods of the Winds

Gods of the WindsYou need to now complete the process with the the gods of all of the winds.

We ask the gods of all of the winds in which ones power enables this vessel to travel across the vast oceans to grant this vessel (add boat name) the benefits and pleasures you have to offer that suits her needs safely.


Face north and pour wine or champagne into the sea and fling some towards the north.

Then say – Boreas the great ruler of the North Winds. We ask you to grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Please spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.


Face west and pour wine or champagne into the sea and fling to the west.

Then say – Zephyrus the great ruler of the West Winds. Please grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Please spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.


Face east and pour wine or champagne into the sea and fling to the east.

Then say – Eurus the great ruler of the East Winds. Grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels.  Please grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Please spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.


NEXT – Face south and pour wine or champagne into the sea and fling to the south.

Notus the great ruler of the South Winds.  Please grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Please grant us and this vessel permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our travels. Please spare and excuse us from your fierce and powerful winds and allow us to travel safely.

Once you complete this process its now time for you to add your mew boat names on to your boat. You can do this by applying one of our Boat Name Stickers.