How to christen your boat

Boat christening has been a time-honored tradition all across the globe, with each country having different methods and customs relating to religious views or superstitions. It is usually unheard of that a new vessel will let sail on the waters without the official christening ceremony of some sort as many believe that this will protect the vessel from harm when navigating waters.

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Boat christening methods explained

Depending on your country of domicile, religious views, and traditions, boat christening is regarded as an important event before the boat sets sail. Many Christian and Jewish followers are known to launch their vessel with prayers and the use of either wine or water as the christening fluid. Some religious people will even request that a priest bless the boat before its first sail.

Many believe the official method of boat christening is to smash a bottle of expensively priced champagne against the boat before it sets sail for the first time. However, many also consider that two bottles of champagne are required – one for the boat and one as an offering to the ‘gods of the sea’ which will then be poured into the sea around the boat.

Champagne however is not the official christening fluid, but in fact, wine is – normally red wine. Champagne is the christening fluid of choice for many high net worth individuals wishing to christen their extravagant boat as wine does not provide much exclusivity or elegance to the christening process.

Traditionally a large metal cup known as a standing cup was used by the ‘presiding official’ of the boat to sip wine as the vessel left the dock for the first time. Once the ceremonial sip from the cup was taken the remaining wine was poured on the deck below and the cup thrown overboard.

For most, the popular christening method of choice is simply pour a bottle of their favorite drink, be it champagne or wine, on the hull of your boat before it is officially launched on its first nautical trip. Many people are concerned with the damage that smashed glass would do to the side of their boat and so prefer to pour the christening fluid over the boat.