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Old 06-16-2010   #1
 
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Bad luck to put your name on your raft?

Heard it was bad luck to put your name on your raft (I currently have my name and number on the raft in case i lose it). Don't really believe in that sort of thing but I figured I would get the general opinion of you guys. Also I am assuming its ok to name the raft itself or is this generally considered bad luck as well?

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It's stupid not to put your name and number on kayak/rafting stuff. Come on, how does one expect to get back a lost $300 kayak paddle or those expensive Sawyer oars if they get lost? I label everything including my cams for those days I am working as a guide. Gotta keep track of all my gear if I expect it to stay my gear.
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Yep, I'm w/ Snowhere... I've heard lots of boating superstitions but NOT putting your name on your gear makes it really easy to find yourself trying to borrow your buddy's (who DID use a label) stuff!
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I was at the brown canyon put in and the ranger check my boat for a name. the ranger said you most have name and address on it.
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In old sailor's lore, it is bad luck to change the name of a boat. It can be done, but only in a specific ceremony involving a full moon, anejo rum and the blood of a land mammal. As far as putting your name in the boat, I've also been told that its required in Colorado, FWIW.
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in a lot of states you have to register your boat, I know in ohio you have to even register play boats and have stupid big numbers on your stern, so imagine getting to a nice playspot with that. Under colorado regs, you don't have to register your boat, but it hast to have your name and address in it....plus it's not bad practice if you happen to have an out of boat experience, raft or kayak.
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It would have been handy for my friend to have her name on her raft when she had to leave it pinned on a log after she got dumped. She went back the next morning with help and it was gone. Amazingly we found it a few days later downstream. It had settled on a log jam in front of a house and by happenstance he had seen my email plea with a description of the boat.

It would have been so much easier if her name had been on it.....
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From the Colorado State Boating Regulations:

33-10-103
(5) It is unlawful for any person to operate or use a canoe, kayak, sailboard, or non motorized raft which is not required to be registered under subsection (1) of this section on the waters of this state unless it has been marked with the owner's name and current address in a legible, clearly visible, and durable fashion. Any person who violates this subsection (5) is guilty of a petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of fifteen dollars.


I wonder how many people actually follow this rule (I'm referring in particular to the "clearly visible") and if anyone here has actually had to pay the fine?
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In old sailor's lore, it is bad luck to change the name of a boat. It can be done, but only in a specific ceremony involving a full moon, anejo rum and the blood of a land mammal. As far as putting your name in the boat, I've also been told that its required in Colorado, FWIW.
I bought a used boat years ago with "the boogie barge" emblazoned on the side. I removed it and haven't renamed yet. Thanks for the heads up-when I do rechristen it what mammal blood do you suggest? Human, I think, would be the easiest most accessible; although I do have a chicken which rides shotgun in my boat.
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From the Colorado State Boating Regulations:

33-10-103
(5) It is unlawful for any person to operate or use a canoe, kayak, sailboard, or non motorized raft which is not required to be registered under subsection (1) of this section on the waters of this state unless it has been marked with the owner's name and current address in a legible, clearly visible, and durable fashion. Any person who violates this subsection (5) is guilty of a petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of fifteen dollars.


I wonder how many people actually follow this rule (I'm referring in particular to the "clearly visible") and if anyone here has actually had to pay the fine?
I do have my name and address on boat for this reason...reminds me of the $20.00 fine for not signing the registration you carry in your car. I had a cop point out my transgression once; I now always sign my registration when I renew plates.
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