Well now, I own a lovely old 31-foot Cheoy Lee Bermuda ketch (Offshore 31) and I've been restoring her every second summer... She's almost ready to go, (if she hasn't been stolen from her perch yet - as I am not at home to babysit her this year...)
Anyway, I have a question, about her name... I don't know who knows the most about this topic; however, I'm stumped, and seek the advice of anyone with real knowledge of the issue...
A touch of background color: I purchased the boat from a retired high school principal, for about 3,000 dollars (U.S.) and realized, immediately, that I wouldn't be going very far with her until I gave her a thorough refit... When I took possession of the sweet lass, though sullied and worn and ashamed of herself for seeming so faded, it wasn't long before she was washed up and started to resemble the days of her former youth, when she was a full-hipped starling amongst the larger ladies...
But then I noticed her name! And it was her name that "got" me... On the Washington state licence paper, her name was written all too clearly: Good Fortune
... Well, the name felt "good" at first, but then, just plain and predictable somehow...
Now, I am wondering -- I want to change her name to porchid
... (I don't know if you can get the pun, it doesn't matter to me...)
But what matters is the issue of changing her name... If you change the name of a sailboat, someone told me once that it is "Bad Luck"... But who says so? And why, or how could it be bad luck
Is it okay to go ahead and paint her new name, porchid
on her prow and tail?
Any opinion, sincere or droll, would be most appreciated by this eager beaver!
.. or, bad