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Renaming a Boat

Is it really bad luck to rename a boat?

Most people have heard that renaming a boat is bad luck.  Apparently, this results from failing to properly advise Neptune (god the sea, AKA Poseidon) and the deities that rule the elements. Fortunately, there are some tried and true steps to notify the powers that be and keep things right with the universe.

Compilation of images of Neşko prior to being renamed Arkadaslik.

Compilation of images of "Neşko" prior being renamed "Arkadaslik".

January 2015

In a few weeks, Neşko will begin a significant transformation - including a change in legal ownership, registry and name. There are agencies that take care of mountains of paperwork required by the government to document these changes. Fortunately, all I have to do is provide some information, pay the fees, wait a few weeks, paint the new name on the side of the boat and VOILA - done!

compilation of photos of Turkish gulet Nesko

Compilation of photos of Turkish gulet Neşko before being renamed Arkadaslik.

Every time I tell someone that I'm planning to change Neşko name, they regale me with horror stories. Tales of ill-fated boats whose unsuspecting owners  faced disaster after disaster. Well-maintained boats developed terminal engine problems. Firmly anchored boats drifted into rocks and sank. Small boats developed big leaks. And big boats tipped over in perfectly calm seas. Yikes - changing the boat name might be a bigger issue than I first thought!

Thanks to the Internet, I learned that renaming a boat CAN be bad luck. Apparently, this comes as a result of failing to properly advise Neptune (god the sea, AKA Poseidon) and the deities that rule the elements. And, the penalties appear to be much more severe than fines assessed by any governmental authorities.

We followed all the recommended steps for renaming a boat when transforming Nesko to Arkadaslik

We followed all the recommended steps for renaming a boat when transforming Neşko to Arkadaslik.

Fortunately, the Internet also outlines several ceremonies that can be followed to ensure the Ledger of the Deep is updated correctly, thereby avoiding such potential disasters:

Compilation of Nesko pictures

Except for the electronic images in this article, there's nothing left with the name "Neşko" onboard the boat!

June 2017

We diligently followed all the steps and had a pretty major celebration in early May 2015, when we relaunched "Arkadaslik" and safely cruised to Rhodes with nine wonderful guests for our inaugural journey on the newly named boat.  We've had a few onboard hiccups since then, but, for the most part, the boat formerly known as Neşko has kept us safe and sound.  I think it's fair to say "we're believers"!




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