TIL: You can buy bottles of fake bubbly for boat christenings that are designed to break


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/29/til-you-can-buy-bottles-of-fa.html


#2

This immediately came to mind:


#3
  1. One does NOT want to piss off Neptune with the cheap shit.

  2. One hopes this happens only once in a boat’s life [maybe twice if there’s been a restoration]: changing the name of a vessel is an invitation to bad, bad luck.


#4

The two happiest days in a boat owners life are the day they bought the boat, and the day they sell the boat.


#5

Oh no, so close! We live inland, so we christened our boat at the reservoir where it lives. It’s city property, and they won’t allow glass bottles. This wouldn’t have helped. :crying_cat_face: We ended up pouring the champagne in to plastic cups off of the property, and then splashing it on to the boats. We toasted with the rest, which was a better use of the bubbly :slight_smile: I doubt the bow of the racing shell (crew boat) would have survived the impact anyway.


#6

My thought EXACTLY. You think Neptune’s gonna let that go? You are not just tempting fate, you are calling it out if you use fake champagne.


#7

When a play calls for smashing a bottle on stage they generally use candy glass - melted sugar poured into a plaster or silicone mould of a bottle.

If you want it full of liquid I guess you have to fill it just before you smash it, so the bottle doesn’t dissolve in its contents…


#8

As I’m sure this guy found out.

But, as always in matters of religion, there’s a workaround.
http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/rename.htm

When I bought a boat with a name I couldn’t live with, I gathered the family together and performed this ceremony. Yes, I was careful to use decent champagne and to pour a generous portion for Neptune. Apart from the eye-rolling on my daughter’s part, it all went well.


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#10

Pookie Smails needed one of those bottles


#11

ETA: Does Neptune hold dominion over the Great Lakes? Asking for a friend…


#12

In the original Duck Tales episode “The Uncrashable Hindentanic”, Scrooge McDuck pauses mid-swing during a ship (or rather dirigible) christening:

Scrooge McDuck: Is this cheap champagne?
Ducksworth: The cheapest, sir.


#13

OU9oWp


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#15

Sugar glass has largely been replaced by synthetic resins - ironically it’s a bit too fragile for handling. As you point out, sugar glass is soluble whereas some resins are waterproof - though probably less delicious.


#16

My theatre knowledge is definitely out of date.

I was thinking, w.r.t. the sugar glass, that it would be something you wouldn’t even need to worry about cleaning up - whatever doesn’t fall in the water and dissolve within hours, would only last a couple of rains.


#17

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#18

This is the stuff that’s used for most theater and film productions when they need breakaway glass. Looks just like glass, soluble, and breaks in nice chunks.

As seen here:


#19

I was glad to learn they include netting to contain the broken glass. While it’s unlikely anyone will get hurt by broken glass at the bottom of a marina (unless there’s maintenance that goes on down there I haven’t considered) we don’t need to be dumping more trash in our waterways, especially in the service of silly superstitious rituals


#20

That bottle of fake bubbly costs more than the real stuff people buy for New Years.

I have to admit I’ve sometimes wondered if people still did that ritual for fiberglass hulled boats. It seemed entirely possible that the bottle would be more rigid than the hull.