Wednesday, December 5, 2012

All work and some play

Now that we are in St. Augustine and on the hard we are trying to get things done as quick as we can so we can get back in the water.
The first two days Paul scraped the bottom paint.  He was so efficient that everyone else in the boat yard wanted to hire him to do their boats too.
While he worked the rest of the family went to watch the Christmas parade and enjoy the beach.
The name Betty Jane from Albany, NY has officially been removed.  We will complete the full de-naming and re-naming ceremony to please the Gods of the Seas.  Not sure what it will all entail but we will make it a full ceremony and write more soon.

 The transom for the dinghy.  I wonder what we will name it?

 Taking off the name Betty Jane.  Finally people won't think we are from Albany, NY.

 Beach Day!
 This is Paul after the scraping of the Hull.  Covered in Blue.
 This is what the side of the boat looks like after the treatment with muriatic acid.  The brown came right off.
For now we await our new name and Paul is working on building a new dinghy.
Our new name will be Shambala.  We will put our home port as Littleton, CO.
Shambala is a buddhist term that means magical kingdom.  Commonly it is understood to be a "place of peace/tranquility/happiness".


  1. Kurt and Kim HannigDecember 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Here is the denaming ceremony:

    "In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today.
    "Mighty Neptune, king of all that moves in or on the waves; and mighty Aeolus (pronounced EE-oh-lus), guardian of the winds and all that blows before them:
    "We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past. We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.
    "Now, wherefore, we submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has hitherto been known (_____), be struck and removed from your records.
    "Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with another name, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the selfsame privileges she previously enjoyed.
    "In return for which, we rededicate this vessel to your domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea.
    "In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea."

    Followed with the Christening:
    Christening Ceremony
    After a boat is denamed, you simply need to rename it using the traditional christening ceremony, preferably with Queen Elizabeth breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow, and saying the words:
    "I name this ship ___________ and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who sail on her."

    Taken from Vigors boat naming ceremony.

    We enjoy following you adventure.

  2. Cool. You'll have to video the denaming/renaming ceremony and post it, so we can all share in it.


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