Renaming Ceremony



While we’ve been calling her Chance for quite some time now we only officially renamed her this past week. We wanted the type to be very classic so people will think we have a super fancy boat and all. I played around with a bunch of fonts and we settled on this great font that Jason found called Bolton. Bonus points that it was a free download! It’s so nice to have a little BK love on the boat now for all to see. Man do we love and miss Brooklyn!


{Applying the graphics.}

We found a local place in Port Canaveral to cut up the design we wanted onto silver vinyl. If you are in the area,AB Graphics did a great job and it only took them about 2 days to get it ready. They had really cheap prices for what we wanted done as well. The graphic was really easy to apply. You put masking tape along the top edge to make sure it’s straight and positioned where you want it. Then, you peel off the back and use a credit card or something similar to smooth out all the air bubbles and to ensure the graphics stick really well. Then you peel off the white backing. Viola! Beautiful graphics that are said to last 3 -5 years!


For many boat owners renaming a boat is a big deal and a can be a very superstitious process. A LOT of thought goes into their ceremony as they don’t want to chance anything when it comes to the wicked ways of the sea. While we want to make sure we’re on Poseidon’s good side, we’re not an overly superstitious crowd so we went a bit easy on the hoopla. We did however come armed with two bottles of champagne – one for the gods of the sea and one for us to celebrate FINALLY being in the water. You are typically not supposed to even let the name show until your ceremony but about an hour before we were set to splash our graphics were ready and they are a hell of a lot easier to install on dry land. So, I put them on and hoped the gods wouldn’t mind too much if we gave them their offering later that night. Traditionally you are supposed to smash a bottle of champagne over your bow to christen the new name, but we didn’t think the Port Police or the Coast Guard would like it so much if we did that. We opted to just pour the champagne in. I like to think that without all those chards of glass the gods were able to get drunk a bit faster.


Our ceremony was quick and to the point. We started at the stern and thanked the gods for the boat named Quest and getting her this far and poured a little champagne into the sea. Then we moved to the bow and asked them to bless the boat now named Chance and keep her and her crew safe in all her future journeys. When Jason asked if I had anything I wanted to add and say to the gods I may have said, “Thank you for getting us out of that nasty yard and please don’t hurt us.” Or, something similar.

And then we finished the bottle of champagne. I mean, it is bad luck to leave even a drop left. I may not be superstitious, but I didn’t want to leave that to chance.

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  1. hmmm, if the boat is registered to where you technically live on land, it should be chance/staten island, ny no??? i get it. the island ain’t cool enough for you guys anymore. well the dump, the mawl and the bowling alley don’t want you anyway.

    glad you guys are named and racing and in the water. exciting!!