We made a trip home last week for a little ceremony. The 40′ Morgan Ketch that has been sitting in my parents’ pasture 90 miles from open water was finally given a name. The boat has been undergoing a complete refit at the hands of my brother-in-law and co-owner of the boat. We decided to hold the renaming ceremony before the project because Andi is home from St. Thomas on spring break.
I had the honor of being the master of ceremonies, which involved me figuring out what the ceremony entailed. I was able to cobble together a nice little event that had the air of tradition without being overly serious.
We gathered with our family and friends in front of the boat. We first called out to the powers that be, asking that the old name of the boat be struck from the ledgers of the sea. With Amanda, Andi, Matt, and I wearing our crew polos, we asked for the blessings of the god Poseidon. I sprinkled champagne in the air for the gods of the winds and into a bucket of salted water for Poseidon. We then announced the name of the boat would, from that moment, be known in the gods’ ledger as the S/V (sailing vessel) Errant.
I know we’ve mentioned before that the dingy is getting the name Comma. Yes, that makes the pair the Errant and Comma, or Errant Comma. Matt’s work has been absolutely amazing and he was beaming as he took friends and family on board to look at all the work he’s done over the last 18 months. I’ll make sure to post a link when he has a tour of the Errant on their YouTube channel. You’ll have to deal with me, in the captain’s cap, conducting the ceremony for now.