Christen your boat with a name befitting her personality is something of utmost importance. Make no mistake-this is serious stuff. A new boat is a lot like a new girlfriend. Exciting and fun, with the ability to monopolize all your time and suck your wallet dry.
Try the name out on family and friends before making it permanent. Heed what they say. If they tell you it's too cutesy or offensive, change it. Mariners have long held the belief that it's bad luck to change the name of a boat. Get it right the first time. File the appropriate paperwork, then proceed to Step 3 if you're re-naming the boat. If naming a new vessel for the first time, skip to Step 4.
Look at her honestly before choosing a name. The name of your boat equates to your new nickname on the sea, and you must be able to say it in mixed company while maintaining a straight face. That said, unless your boat is the biggest one in the marina, don't get too cocky.
Invite your friends to a boat christening. Give a short speech, telling the boat what her new name is. Remember to talk directly to the boat, or she'll feel left out. (You know how women are.) Feel free to have a member of clergy bless the vessel and those who sail her. Bring 2 of the finest bottles of champagne you can't afford. (You can't afford them because the boat sucked up all your cash, remember?)