My father recently bought a boat (named “Let’s Go… Again” after my great-grandfather’s boat.) It’s not a particularly fancy boat and it’s almost 30 years old but it’s the first he’s ever owned and he loves it quite dearly. Which is why he was so depressed when it had to spend a week in the repair shop after his second trip out on the lake. And why I crossed my fingers and toes and begged any water spirit or goddess that would listen to please just let the thing start when it took six tries to get it to turn on last weekend.
In light of the poor vessel’s various plights, I thought it would be appropriate to do a boat blessing, something I admittedly probably should have thought of when he bought the thing to begin with. So here we go, for any fellow boaters!
Blackberry-Rosemary Infused Water Boat Blessing
Place two sprigs of fresh, organic rosemary and a cup of fresh, rinsed blackberries in a pitcher. Fill the pitcher with cold, clear water and refrigerate for at least three hours.
Anoint each side of the boat with a bit of the infused water before a trip, saying a few words. Serve the remaining drinks over ice once the boat is safely on the water.