Christening a boat— much like welcoming a new spouse or child to the family— is a celebration best shared with family and friends. This is one of the happiest days in the life of any boat owner. Have cameras ready, and expect lots of smiles.
Quick ideas to commemorate buying a new boat:
- Host an intimate gathering on it with family and close friends
- Take a nice picture of it for a social media post (Really think about what to write; this is an important moment!)
- Make your first boat ride a dock ‘n’ dine experience
If you’re thinking about getting a bottle of the good old-fashioned bubbly, you might want to consider a more “standard approach.” Not sure what we mean? We’ll explain.
Using the “standard approach,” one might consider getting a pre-scored bottle of champagne. The scoring means the bottle is already on its way to being broken, so you won’t have to smash it as hard against the boat to complete the deed.
And, speaking of smashing, you’ll want to be careful with all the shards of glass that result. A good way to handle this is by having the bottle of champagne inside a nice bag when you crack it against the bow. That way, the glass shards go into the bag, and nobody ends up with a bloody foot later on.
Zuzana Prochazka is an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer with regular contributions to more than a dozen sailing and powerboating magazines and online publications including Southern Boating, SEA, Latitudes & Attitudes and SAIL. She is SAIL magazines Charter Editor and the Executive Director of Boating Writers International. Zuzana serves as judge for SAIL’s Best Boats awards and for Europe’s Best of Boats in Berlin.
A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana founded and manages a flotilla charter organization called Zescapes that takes guests adventure sailing at destinations worldwide.
Zuzana has lived in Europe, Africa and the United States and has traveled extensively in South America, the islands of the South Pacific and Mexico.