I guess one of the most enduring boat superstitions have to do with, of all things, bananas. This healthy fruit that's full of potassium is strictly forbidden onboard a boat. Boaters take this seriously! In fact, not only just boaters but many charter fishing boat crews have steadfast restrictions about bringing bananas on the boat. In fact, they'll return to the dock to purge the offending fruit. Some charters go so far as to prohibit Banana Boat brand sunscreen or Banana Republic brand clothes onboard. Fishermen have even been known to object to Fruit of the Loom underwear (one sport fisher claimed he's treated wearers to wedgies and then cut the labels out). Oddly enough, the Fruit of the Loom graphic doesn't even have a banana on it, and I personally think that the banana was left off because of this very superstition.There are many theories on why people believe bananas are bad luck for a boat. One superstition is that boats carrying bananas don't catch fish. The origin of this belief dates back to the Caribbean trade of the 1700s. The wooden sailing boats of that time had to move quickly to deliver bananas before they spoiled, and fishermen had a hard time trolling for fish on such fast-moving boats, which is how the superstition came about. Another superstition that originated during that time is that bananas will cause a boat to sink. This belief developed after many boats never made it to their destinations, and all of the doomed boats were carrying bananas.
One of the creepier superstitions is that banana cargo could actually kill a man. In actuality, fermenting bananas do give off methane gas, which could conceivably get trapped below deck and kill any crew members unlucky enough to be working in the hold. Another popular theory was that venomous spiders hitched rides in bananas, and once those bananas were onboard, the boat would be host to any number of lethal critters. And then, of course, there's the theory that banana peels cause crew members to slip and fall on deck.
Anyway, as you can see there are many theories. Have you ever heard something so crazy? Is it true?
All I have to say about this is that after many hours of flipping my line, I didn't catch a thing! But, after I ate my banana, I caught a fish! I am convinced that the hours spent not catching a fish is not coincidence, but consequence.
I really don't think I'll ever bring a banana on a boat again. My hand is still cramping from flipping my line and the banana didn't help! I'm pretty sure Bill won't let me anyways, I jinxed him too. I'm sure it was my banana that caused him not to catch a fish, at least that's what he said.
However, John doesn't believe this superstition. He caught his limit of 3 today!