Sales of personal watercraft went up by 10% last year! Clearly, guys and girls across the country are discovering the joys of hitting the open water, feeling the wind in their hair, and filling their lungs with fresh ocean air.
However, only a few of them know of the many myths that exist around this popular pastime. Would you like to read all about them? Keep reading to discover the most common boating myths that exist today.
Whistling Brings Bad Weather
Throughout history, sailors have avoided whistling onboard their boats. Why? Because they believe it’ll bring bad weather by challenging the wind to blow a gale.
The same goes for clapping, throwing stones into the water, and/or bringing an umbrella aboard. Some superstitious sailors feel these actions or items will bring thunder, large swells, and heavy showers, respectively.
Renaming Isn’t Allowed
Does your brand new boat with its fancy solas propellers have a name? If so, make sure you never change it! Altering a vessel’s name is thought to be bad luck.
This is because every boat’s name is said to be written down in the “Ledger of the Deep”. Expect the wrath of the Sea God, Neptune, if you try to trick him by altering it somehow. Some sailors also believed that a boat would get a mind of its own.
Women Bring Bad Luck
Few boating superstitions are as old or well-known as the one that says women bring bad luck. We know that it’s nonsense nowadays, of course.
But in a time of long ocean voyages, sailors of bygone generations saw women as unhelpful distractions. They believed this angered the gods of the sea and brought inclement weather (and other unwanted outcomes) as a result.
Bananas Bring Bad Luck
Women aren’t the only thing that could bring bad luck to your waterborne adventures. Apparently bananas can too! It sounds strange, but the origins of this boating myth make this superstition more understandable…
Not only do bananas release a gas that causes other fresh produce to ripen (and spoil) quicker than usual, but crates of them can also hide dangerous animals, such as spiders. Neither aspect of transporting bananas would bode well for sailors of old, which could have given rise to the connotations of bad luck they now hold.
Red Sky at Night…
Most people in the boating industry have heard the phrase: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.” However, unlike the other boating myths in this post, this one has some scientific truth to it!
At sunset, a red sky means that light from the sun is coming through a mass of dust particles, which implies stable air and high pressure are on their way. In other words, good weather’s coming. By contrast, red sky in the morning suggests a low-pressure system (i.e. bad weather) is around the corner.
Remember These Boating Myths
For as long as watercraft have crossed the seven seas, boating myths have done the rounds. As we’ve seen, the majority of them are far-fetched and based on superstition alone! Yet the occasional one has a dose of truth to it…
With any luck, the myths in this post have shed light on the most common ones out there. Would you like to read more articles on this topic and others like it? Search “boats” on the website now.